St. Michael Preschool News
Growing with God... April 30, 2022
Dear St. Michael Preschool Families,
"You are rewarded not according to your work or your time but according to the measure of your love." St. Catherine of Siena
It is hard to believe that May is already here! Time sure does fly when you are having fun! And our loving and dedicated teachers have been filling each school day with meaningful and joyful learning.
Next week, May 2 – 6 is Teacher Appreciation Week. This yearly tradition at our parish schools is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate our amazing teachers for the important work they do; especially the extra effort and care they have put into providing a happy, healthy, and rewarding environment to learn and grow this year!
Please consider having your child bring in small tokens of appreciation for their teachers… hand-made cards, a flower, small treats, etc.
I thank you in advance for your support. These thoughtful gestures will mean so much to our teachers and show them just how special they are and how much we love and appreciate them!
Lisa Ciesla, Director
PARENT APPRECIATON DAY!
We hope you enjoyed the gift of a little extra time and not having to pack snack or lunch!
Our preschoolers sure enjoyed their pizza party!
More time for fun with friends!
Week of May 2 - Teacher Appreciation
May 2-6 - May Crowning w/Moms - *please see schedule below for your assigned day. We hope you can join us!
May 8 - Mother's Day
May 17 & 18 - Field Day - *see below for more info.
May 16 - Last Week of Lunch Program
May 25 - 27 - End of Year Programs - *see below for more info.
Limited Preschool Seats Remain for Next School Year! *Register Today*
A limited number of seats remain in our 2's and 3's classes. 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!
May Crowning of our Blessed Mother
A very special and sweet tradition is our May Crowning to honor our Blessed Mother. It is a beautiful moment when the children present flowers to Mary and sing, "O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today, Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May."
We invite preschools moms to participate with your child. Please see the date and 30-minute time your child's class is assigned. We hope that you can join us! If your scheduled does not allow, please try and send another special person.
And, please plan to send your child to school with a flower from your garden on their assigned day below. Thank you!
Assigned Class Dates and Times:
Monday, May 2 - Miss Lisa's M/W Roo at 12:00 pm
Tuesday, May 3 - Miss Lisa's T/TH Roo at 9:45 am; Miss Susan's T/TH Roo at 11:45 pm
Wednesday, May 4 - Kanga at 9:45 am; Piglet at 10:00 am; Owl at 12:00 pm
Thursday, May 5 - Pooh at 9:45 am; Rabbit at 12:00 pm
Friday, May 6 - Clifford and Tigger at 12:00 pm
Field Day will be a terrific way to celebrate all our preschoolers' hard work and accomplishments this year while building their gross motor skills during playground time.
Please dress your child in comfortable play clothes with sneakers and apply sunscreen at home. Also, please send in a water bottle labeled with your child's name that we will refill as needed.
Assigned Class Dates:
Tuesday, May 17 - T/TH Roo, Pooh, Piglet, & Owl
Wednesday, May 18 - M/W Roo, Kanga, Rabbit, Tigger, & Clifford
Please join us on your assigned date and time to celebrate your child's accomplishments with a fun music program led by Miss Karen!
Location: Parish Center
11:00 - 11:30 am - Kanga Class
11:45 -12:15 pm - Owl & Rabbit Classes
11:00 - 11:30 am - Pooh & Piglet Class
11:45 -12:15 pm - Tigger & Clifford Classes
EARTH DAY IS EVERYDAY!
Miss Patty from Toward Zero Waste visited to explain how we can reduce, reuse, and recycle to help our planet. Miss Patty showed our preschoolers different pieces of trash and discussed whether they could be recycled or must be placed in the garbage. She discussed keeping our water sources and animals safe by recycling the goods we use. Thank you for helping your child recycle at home.
LIFE CYCLE OF THE BUTTERFLY
God's creatures are amazing! Our preschoolers are observing the miracle of metamorphosis with butterflies. We will keep you updated on their progress, especially when the teachers create a fun kid-sized butterfly house so the children can experience them up close.
KANGA, POOH, & PIGLET PALS
IMPORTANT PRESCHOOL HEALTH & SAFETY REMINDERS
POLICY ON ALLERGIES:
NC DHHS COVID Guidelines for Preschools
If your CHILD or ANYONE in your household is not feeling well, experiencing any symptoms, or awaiting COVID test results, your child MUST stay home.
Exclusionary symptoms now include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
PLEASE REMEMBER OUR GENERAL ILLNESS POLICY - IF A CHILD IS EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS THAT IMPACT THEIR LEARNING AS WELL AS THEIR CLASSMATES, THEY NEEED TO STAY HOME UNTIL THEIR SYMPTOMS HAVE IMPROVED REGARDLESS OF TESTING NEGATIVE FOR COVID.
RETURN TO SCHOOL POLICY UPDATE
Families have options if their child develops ANY of the COVID exclusionary symptoms:
- stay home for 5 days from when symptoms first began, AND RETURN TO SCHOOL WEARING A MASK FOR AN ADDITIONAL 5 DAYS, or
- stay home for 10 days
- get a negative COVID test, or
- get a note of alternate diagnosis from the pediatrician
It is the responsibility of the parent/caregiver to understand and follow all health and safety protocols.
OWL, RABBIT, & TIGGER PALS
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
COVID-19 TESTING IS AVAILABLE ON ST. MICHAEL CAMPUS
Please do not send your child(ren) to school if anyone in your household is awaiting COVID test results or exhibiting any COVID symptoms, even if the person with symptoms is vaccinated!
If your child is sick, and you would like for the St. Michael School nurses to conduct a COVID test, they would be happy to coordinate a time for you to bring your child to campus. Simply contact them at email@example.com or call 919-468-6156.
Registering your child is quick and simple:
- Click the Registration link below
- Choose the Minor/Guardianship option
- Check “not experiencing symptoms,” then continue
- Check “No” for close contact, then continue
- Complete your child’s demographic information, followed by your information and electronic signature.
- Finish by clicking submit and a confirmation text will be sent to your phone.
StMS Student COVID-19 Testing Registration
Early Arrival & Lunch Program
Need some extra time to run errands or get to an appointment? We can help! We still have some openings in our early arrival and lunch programs. Your child will enjoy the extra time to socialize and play!
Early Arrival - available daily, drop off begins at 8:15 am at the front preschool door
Lunch Program - available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; pick up is at 1:30 pm at the playground
Please note that registrations after 9/3 are not guaranteed as we must be able to maintain adequate staffing while ensuring cohort groups.
Ready to register for Extended Day?
MUSIC & MOVEMENT W/MISS KAREN
Music class is all abuzz at this time of the year! We are beginning to practice our end-of-year programs (which we will perform in person 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 the parachute with spring flowers and egg shakers for Easter! Our Clifford Class will begin a space unit and we will be going for a Rocketship Run!
Here are a few selections that we will be enjoying this month:
It's Gonna Rain using egg shakers
I look forward to seeing all of you in person for our end-of-year performances next Month!
God bless you and your families,
Our next StoryWalk will run 4/8 - 5/2 at Walnut Street Park, featuring the book, "Accident!" by Andrea Tsurumi.
This meaningful family experience was organized by our very own St. Michael Preschool mom, Caroline Laski. Thank you, Caroline, 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.”
ParishAthleticsNC.org has opened registration for the Spring 2022 Soccer and Baseball Season.
Spring Soccer (Apex-Cary)
Grades: Coed; Pre-K (3-year-olds) to 8th.
Dates: March to May.
Practice Locations: Apex or Cary, you pick.
Game Locations: Apex & Cary.
Cost: Pre-K $60; K – 8th Grade $65; (includes a medal, shirt, and picnic).
Note: Pre-k players have a combined practice/game on Saturdays. Kindergarteners to 8th graders have one-weekday practice per week.
Spring T-ball & Machine-pitch (Apex)
Grades: Coed. Pre-K (4-year-olds) to 4th grade.
Dates: April to May.
Cost: $65 (includes a medal, shirt, hat, and picnic).
Practice & Game Location: Apex
Note: Pre-k players have a combined practice/game on Saturdays. Kindergarteners to 4th grade have one-weekday practice per week.
Format: Pre-k & Kindergarteners play T-ball and 1st to 4th graders play Machine-pitch.
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