St. Michael Preschool Spring Update

Growing with God...

Dear St. Michael Preschool Families,

We are thrilled your family will be joining our St. Michael Preschool community where we have been offering families a faith-filled quality early-childhood education for over 37 years. As an important ministry of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, spiritual enrichment is recognized as an essential part of learning. Here, children can discover the inherent goodness in all that they are and how God is a part of their everyday lives. Participation in our preschool offers families many opportunities to build and strengthen ties to each other and the parish community.


Here at St Michael Preschool, our wonderful preschool teachers “nurture the joy of learning through socialization and play as we grow in our love of Jesus." We look forward to praying, playing, and learning together in the new school year.


In this Spring Update, please find important information and reminders to support a seamless transition. If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to reach out to us.


Blessings,

Lisa Ciesla

Preschool Director

lciesla@stmcary.org


Michele Lanuti

Preschool Administrative Assistant

mlanuti@stmcary.org

Looking For A Swap?

We currently have one student in the 5-Day 4-year-old program who would prefer the 4-Day program. If you are currently registered in the 4-Day 4-year-old program and interested in moving to the 5-Day program, email mlanuti@stmcary.org to coordinate the "swap".


Additionally, we have 2 students in the T/TH 2-year-old program who would prefer the M/W 2-year-old program. If you are currently registered for the M/W 2-year-old program and have a flexible schedule that might allow your child to "swap" to the T/TH 2's classroom, email mlanuti@stmcary.org for more information regarding a potential "swap". Thank you for your consideration.

EXTENDED DAY PROGRAMS

Early Arrival, Lunch Program & Adventure Camp

Need some extra time to run errands or get to an appointment? We can help! Check out our Extended Day Programs. Your child will enjoy the extra time to socialize and play!

  • Early Arrival - available daily; drop off begins at 8:15 am
  • Lunch Program - available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; pick up is at 1:30 pm
  • Adventure Camp - available monthly Oct-May

Important Notice: Adventure Camp will only occur when health protocols permit programs to mix age and class groups.


2021/2022 Extended Day Program Registration will be available online in June - These programs offer two payment options, the discounted monthly payment schedule or for ultimate flexibility, a daily "drop-in" payment schedule. See our webpage for pricing. Please note COVID procedures apply and are subject to change based on the most current health department regulations.

PRESCHOOL TUITION

Tuition

In May, you will see your Parish Realm Account populate with the “Preschool Tuition Event.” This event will display your annual tuition balance, giving you the option to pay those fees online. More information regarding online payments and auto-draft options will be included in your first tuition invoice. No payment is due at this time, the first tuition payment will be due June 5.

Tuition is a yearly fee, payable as follows:

  • Payment in full by June 5, or
  • One-half payment by June 5, and one-half by December 5, or
  • Ten monthly payments occurring June through April (no July payment)
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REALM - CONNECT WITH OUR COMMUNITY

Welcome to Realm

Preview our 3-minute Introduction to Realm Video for more information regarding your Login, Family Profile, Member Groups, Event Registration, and Event/Tuition Payments.


Engage with our St. Michael community digitally through Realm in the following ways:

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Online Account Access/Activation (For New Families)

An account for your family has been created in our St. Michael Parish Database. Many of you have activated your account by accepting our email invitation to activate your parish account. To Access your Account, simply log into Realm .


If you are unable to login due to an invalid/unknown email, this means your account has not been activated. If this is the case, check spam for an invite from “St. Michael The Archangel <notifications@onrealmmail.com>" or email mlanuti@stmcary.org to request a new activation invitation.

Family Profile/ Contact Information:

Once you have logged into Realm, take a few moments to review your family's profile. A link to your profile is found in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

Please take a moment to review the following:

  • Your families privacy and notification settings
  • Parent contact information (address, phone, email)
  • Each child’s emergency contact
  • Child's allergy/medical needs, if applicable.

Realm Security/Privacy

Please take a moment to review your Realm Profile Security / Privacy Settings and edit as you see fit. To adjust your Realm Profile Privacy Settings, Log into Realm, select Your Profile in the upper right corner, then select Manage Privacy. Click for more details on Realm Security and Privacy.

Realm Newsfeed

Want to connect with other parents in your child's class? In August, the Realm Newsfeed function will be available to all classroom parents. Realm Newsfeed offers an opportunity for families within your class to connect and network, encouraging fellowship among our community. It is important that you review your Realm privacy settings before the Group Chat feature is activated in August. Please view our Parent Introduction to Realm Newsfeeds Video to learn more.


Log into Realm, to get started.

Select “Groups” in the left menu bar

Select the Group you wish view, to see our Newsfeed


(You can also: Select the “Participants” Tab along top menu bar to see all members in your group.)

Realm on the Move

Not near your computer but want to connect? No problem, we’ve got you covered! Download our Realm App by searching “Connect – Our Church Community” in your App Store for iOS or Android devices. Connecting with other Preschool Parents, Event Registration, and Event Payments is right at your fingertips (An active Realm Login is required).

PARENT RESOURCES

Student Records

Student records are required to be on file with the Preschool Office, for each student, before the first day of school. The documents required are listed below. The preschool office will collect these items now through the first day of school.


Birth Certificate: New students are required to submit a birth certificate. Birth Certificates can be submitted hardcopy to the preschool office or emailed (photograph or scan) to preschool@stmcary.org.


Health and Immunization Information: An up-to-date immunization record with a statement of your child’s general health must be on file in the preschool office before your child may attend preschool for the 2021-2022 school year. Children are not permitted to attend school without a current Health and Immunization Record Form on file. These health documents may be submitted hardcopy to the preschool office, emailed to preschool@stmcary.org or faxed to 919-468-6130.


Allergy / Medical (if applicable)

Please be prepared to submit an Emergency Action Plan (Food Allergy/Anaphylaxis) and/or Doctor Orders for Medication Administration if medications/medical devices will come to school with your child.

Parent Handbook and Calendar

The Month at a Glance Preschool Calendar for 2021/2022 is now available. In August, our detailed school calendar will be available on our website.


The current Parent Handbook is also available on our website. Some areas of particular interest in our Parent Handbook include:

  • Snack Policy
  • Allergy Sensitive School Information
  • What it means to be Independently Potty Trained
  • Illness Policy
  • Health and Safty Notes, including COVID specific policies
  • Tuition and Financial Policies
  • Inclement Weather
Please note COVID procedures apply and are subject to change based on the most current health department regulations.

Tours and Orientation

St. Michael Preschool will begin hosting in-person tours for any new families who have not had a chance to see our warm and welcoming preschool. In-person tours will be available weekdays from 1:00-2:00 pm, beginning May 3 - May 18. Tours will be limited to 3 families at a time with up to 2 adults per household. For this reason, reservations are required. Health Screenings will be conducted upon arrival and all participants will be required to wear a mask while on campus. Tours will begin and end outdoors, with limited indoor exposure, allowing for enhanced social distancing. To request an in-person tour reservation please email mlanuti@stmcary.org.


Classroom/Teacher assignments and Orientation Schedules will be emailed in August. Plan for Orientation to begin the week of August 23 which will include a virtual parent orientation and in-person meet the teacher/student orientation.


If you will not be able to join us in person, please view our virtual tours below to see what makes our preschool so special!

St. Michael Preschool Virtual Tour
St. Michael Preschool Programs

SUPPORT ST. MICHAEL PRESCHOOL

Social Media - Please follow us on…

Twitter: @stmpreschoolnc

Instagram: @stmpreschoolnc

Facebook: StMichael Cary - please friend this account and find a link to the Closed Group there to view videos of your child’s class and other fun events. Please Tweet and Post with #stmichaelpreschool and #stmichaelcary

About Us

St. Michael Preschool is an important mission of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. We provide a safe and loving environment where the development of the whole child and the joy of learning is nurtured through socialization and play as we grow in our love of Jesus and discover how God is a part of our everyday lives.