St. Michael Preschool News
Growing with God
Dear St. Michael Preschool Families,
“Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a reward from Him.” Psalm 127:3
Our teachers, Miss Michele, and I, sincerely thank you for the many expressions of love and gratitude shared with us during Teacher Appreciation Week. Your thoughtful and generous gifts made our hearts smile. But truly, the greatest gift this year has been your beautiful children. They have brought us so much joy during this very extraordinary year, and for that, we are extremely grateful.
It is hard to believe our last week of school is here! The teachers and I are so very proud of how much your children have learned and grown. Thank you for partnering with us to make this year so rewarding and successful.
For our families moving on, we will miss you very much, and we wish you every blessing. For our returning families, we look forward to seeing those smiling faces back in August for another joyful year of “Growing with God." We wish you all a safe, healthy, and fun-filled summer! Thank you, and may God bless you always.
Lisa Ciesla, Director
May Crowning of Our Blessed Mother
Governor Cooper announced today that he is lifting the statewide masking and social distancing mandate. However, St. Michael’s School and Preschool will continue to follow the guidance from the Superintendent of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Raleigh, which has not yet changed any policies regarding mask-wearing.
Therefore, the following will remain in effect for St. Michael Preschool:
- Continuation of temperature checks and health screening questions during arrival
- Staff/parents/caregivers/children 5 and older will need to wear a face-covering
- Masks will still be required for staff and students (age 5 and older) while inside
- Students and staff may remove masks while they are outside EXCEPT during arrival and dismissal
*If you wish for your child to keep their mask on during playground time, please notify your child’s teacher. Thank you for your continued support.
Construction behind the preschool (Trinity Center Building) will continue through next week. For the safety of all our preschool families, especially our Early Arrival and Two-year-old families who are assigned this parking location, this arrival and dismissal location will remain CLOSED. Early Arrival and Roo parents, please continue with the current arrival and dismissal procedures. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.
LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL EVENTS
May 17 - Fr. Michael Visits to Bless St. Michael Medals for Rabbit & Clifford Class
May 20 - Last Day for Roo, Pooh, and Rabbit
May 21 - Last Day for Kanga and Clifford
*Video of music programs and end-of-year celebrations will be emailed home so the entire family can enjoy together!
PREPARING FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR!
We are looking forward to the 2021-22 school year and all the new learning adventures ahead!
Please be sure to read the May Update Newsletter from Miss Michele to ensure you have completed the required documentation for your child to attend in August.
Also, please look for the Tuition Payment Reminder email that will arrive at the end of May. In order to hold your child’s seat, the first tuition payment will be due by June 5. Thank you for choosing St. Michael Preschool for your child!
ST. MICHAEL'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY
LIFE CYCLE OF THE BUTTERFLY
God's creatures are amazing! With a kid-sized butterfly house, our preschoolers experienced hands-on learning at its best! Then we said goodbye to our butterflies as we celebrate the end of another joyful school year.
HEALTH & SAFETY REMINDERS
*PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL UPDATE YOU ON ANY CHANGES TO THE COVID HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS BEFORE THE START OF THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR.
There has been an update to the COVID testing requirements for returning a child to preschool. The following options are:
- get a negative PCR COVID test (not the rapid)
- or an alternate diagnosis from a doctor
If you cannot do either of those things, your child will need to stay home for 10 days and then return when symptoms are gone.
If anyone in your family develops symptoms or feels unwell, please err on the side of caution by keeping your preschooler home, and notify your pediatrician and the preschool as soon as possible.
Please remember, that if any family member is experiencing COVID-like symptoms, getting COVID tested, or awaiting COVID results, your child should not attend school until the family member has been cleared by a healthcare provider.
If a child develops ANY of the COVID-19 exclusionary symptoms families have three options:
- stay home for 10 days from when symptoms first began, or
- get a negative COVID test, or
- get a note of alternate diagnosis from the pediatrician
If a child is sick with any NON-COVID symptoms, like a fever under 100.4, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea, our normal illness policy applies (24 hours free of diarrhea, vomiting, and fever without fever-reducing medication before returning to school). Your child must feel well before returning to school.
It is the responsibility of the parent/caregiver to understand and follow all health and safety protocols.
Dressing For the Weather
Outdoor play is a regular part of our day and your child must be dressed properly for the weather to go outdoors with the other children. With the sunny and warmer temperatures ahead, please remember to put sunscreen on your child before coming to school.
Please Note: Children 5 years and older are required to wear masks, however, while outside and socially distanced, they will be permitted to take brief mask breaks.
A Note About Asthma & Allergies:
If your child has asthma and/or chronic allergies, which typically include a frequent cough or runny nose, you will need to work with your pediatrician to find a way to best manage the symptoms. If symptoms continue, the preschool will require a written note from the doctor.
Reminder: a child must be able to independently manage their runny nose. If they are unable to do so, we will need to send the child home. We thank you for your continued support in adhering to our health protocols to keep our community safe.
MUSIC & MOVEMENT WITH MISS KAREN
Dear Preschool Families,
Thank you so much for your generosity during teacher appreciation week! WOW! Thank you for all the lovely cards, drawings, goodies, flowers, and gifts. Please know how grateful I am and how much I love teaching your children!
Music class is all abuzz at this time of the year! We are beginning to practice our end-of-year programs (which will be recorded and sent out in May). The children are really excited about singing for all of you! You just might hear about some of the songs, but we are doing our best to keep them a surprise!
We are also singing about spring, flowers, frogs, farms, and Humpty Dumpty! We will be using our egg shakers and having fun with scarves and the parachute. Our Clifford Class will have a rodeo unit and we just might be square dancing and galloping with our pool noodle horses!
Here are a few selections that we will be enjoying this month:
It's Gonna Rain using egg shakers
God Bless you and your families and thank you for sharing your children with us!
PARENT INFORMATION & RESOURCES
A limited number of seats remain in our 3's program. We will continue to take applications throughout this school year. If you have any friends, neighbors, or know of any new families to the area, please tell them to contact us! Thank you for spreading the word!
Stay up-to-date and informed on what's happening in our parish!
Our next PopUp starts this Friday, 4/30 at Carpenter Park in Morrisville featuring, The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds, and will be up until Sunday, 5/23. Come out & enjoy a great read on a beautiful 0.5 mi. loop path! More information can be found here: https://fb.me/e/2b12vLnqU
This meaningful family experience was organized by two of our very own St. Michael Preschool moms, Caroline Laski and Katie Richards. Thank you, ladies, for all your enthusiastic efforts to bring this wonderful activity to our community!
“The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.”
Christina Rose Photography
Hi St. Michael Preschool families!
I hope everyone has been doing well! I just wanted to let you know that I'll be offering spring school portrait mini sessions at a couple of different locations over the next couple of weeks. This is also a great opportunity for sports, cap and gown, recital, or First Communion portraits.
Here are some sample images as well as the scheduling link:
School Portrait Minis Sample Images
School Portrait Minis Details and Scheduling
Mini sessions will be held on the following dates:
Outdoors/Nature Portraits (Renaissance Montessori in Cary)
Saturday, May 15
Sunday, May 16
Outdoors/Nature Portraits (MacDonald Woods Park in Cary)
Friday, May 21
Sunday, May 23
Black Backdrop Portraits (my garage studio in North Cary)
Saturday, May 22
Thursday, May 27
Sunday, May 30
Please include a note with your booking that you are St. Michael Preschool family (or referral). 10% of the proceeds from your order will be donated to your school.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out! I hope to see you soon!
Christina Rose Photography
IDEAS FOR SUMMER FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
· Go outside and explore God’s big beautiful world
· Have a picnic
· Draw chalk murals
· Go for a family bike ride
· Enjoy some water balloon fun
· Blow bubbles
· Play kickball or catch
· Fly a kite
· Have a nature scavenger hunt
· Sit on the ground with your kids and identify the shapes of the clouds
· Family dance party - musical chairs, freeze dance
· Camp out in your backyard
· Roast marshmallows over a campfire
· Catch lightning bugs
· Stargaze with your family
· Read Alouds and Storytime all summer long
Visit these links for more family-friendly fun 😊
EXTENDED DAY PROGRAMS
Lunch Program Has Finished for the Year, but Early Arrival Continues through the Last Day
Need some extra time to run errands or get to an appointment? We can help! We still have openings in our early arrival. Your child will enjoy the extra time to socialize and play!
Early Arrival - available daily; drop off begins at 8:15 am
Need Payment History Receipts for your taxes?
No Problem! See our website for links and details.
St. Michael Preschool has 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
Federal ID: 56-1053379 State Tax ID: 09-2012282
(any receipt for dates before the 2020/2021 school year must be requested via the preschool office at email@example.com )
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