St. Michael Preschool News

Growing with God...

Dear St. Michael Preschool Families,

Last week, we joyfully celebrated St. Michael Feast Day! We prayed and played together in honor of our patron saint. A big thank you to Fr. Michael, Fr. Noe, and Deacon Mark who taught our preschoolers that St. Michael is a special angel that keeps them safe. They even learned a prayer that you can say as a family - St. Michael, Keep me safe, day and night, give me courage, strength, and might. Amen.


Your continued support is sincerely appreciated, and we are grateful for your commitment to your child’s Catholic preschool education. Our ongoing partnership will make for the most rewarding preschool year for your child and family. Let us continue to pray for all those impacted by COVID-19, especially those in our preschool community. May St. Michael the Archangel protect you and your loved ones always.


Fall blessings,

Lisa Ciesla

Preschool Director

lciesla@stmcary.org

Thank You & Best Wishes, Miss Diane!

Our preschool community offers heartfelt thanks and best wishes to Miss Diane whose last day with us will be on October 8. She will begin an exciting new career with an interior design business that at this time will be a great fit for her family. We are so grateful to Diane for her nine years of loving service to our students and preschool. She will be greatly missed!

Commitment to Catholic Education

Every five years, the Diocese of Raleigh recognizes teachers for their commitment to our parish schools. Please join us in congratulating three exceptional St. Michael Preschool teachers on their dedication and loving service to our parish preschool. We are so blessed that Miss Julie, Miss Alicia, and Miss Lynn continue to share their many gifts and talents with our preschoolers!

Miss Julie - 20 years

Miss Alicia - 15 years

Miss Lynn - 10 years

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IMPORTANT DATES

PICTURE DAY - Oct. 6 & 7

October 6 – Roo, Rabbit, Clifford

October 7 – Pooh, Kanga

The children will have their individual pictures taken. The photographer will wear a mask and remain 6 feet from your child. If you do not want your child photographed, please let your child's teacher know before their scheduled picture day. If you would like to have siblings photographed together, please plan to arrive at school by 9:15 am to meet with the photographer. A link to view the proof and order will be emailed shortly after, and retakes may be requested.

Fall Festival

Halloween is a popular holiday among young children. Many have probably already decided what their costumes will be. We wanted to provide a safe and fun way for your child to still partake in this fun tradition. On October 27th & 28th, the 3, 4, and 5-year-old children may wear a costume to school. Please guide your child to select a costume with nonviolent themes, and please do not send in accessories.


To ensure we follow all health requirements, the children will remain in their "class bubbles" and parade around their classroom or during music with Miss Karen. Our two-year-olds will wear orange on October 27th and participate in “Fall Fun” with their class. Your child's class parade and activities will be recorded and shared with you so you can enjoy it together from home.

NO SCHOOL - Oct. 29 & 30

Enjoy the long weekend with some family fun!

WHAT'S NEW?

Preschool Spirit Gear

ORDER NOW...Celebrate St. Michael Preschool with our fun merchandise! T-shirts in child sizes available for $16, in RED, BLUE, PINK, PURPLE, ORANGE, school bags $5, and insulated tumblers $10, all with our cute school logo! Online Ordering available for your convenience. Payment will be processed at the time of order. All sales are final, no refunds or returns. T-shirt delivery approximately 4 weeks. School bags and tumblers available immediately. Thank you for your support!

EXTENDED DAY PROGRAMS

Early Arrival & Lunch Program

Need some extra time to run errands or get to an appointment? We can help! We still have 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

Lunch Program - available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; pick up is at 1:30 pm


Extended Day Program Registration is now available online. It is offered in two payment options, the discounted monthly payment schedule or for ultimate flexibility a daily payment schedule. Details regarding our Extended Day Programs can be found on our website. Please note COVID procedures apply.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY HEALTHY!

If a child develops one of the COVID-19 exclusionary symptoms (fever of 100.4 or higher, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new cough, or new loss of taste or smell), families have three options:


  1. stay home for 10 days from when symptoms first began, or
  2. get a negative COVID test, or
  3. get a note of alternate diagnosis from the pediatrician


If a child is sick with a non-exclusionary symptom, 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.

Snack Allergy Policy

  • Children will bring their own snack to school. We ask that it be just one or two items that can be easily enjoyed by your child.
  • Snacks may NOT contain peanuts/nuts or peanut/nut products. This includes foods that have been produced/processed in a plant with nut products.
  • Avoid potential choking hazards - all grapes, cherries, and mini tomatoes need to be cut in half. Popcorn and hard candy are not permitted.

CLICK HERE for Healthy Snack Ideas

PARENT RESOURCES

Second Step Social-Emotional Skills Curriculum

Our St. Michael Preschool teachers strive to create a safe and loving environment where children treat themselves and others with respect and show care and concern for others all while growing in their love of Jesus. We recognize that supporting children’s social-emotional development helps them grow as learners, build relationships, and feel happier and more successful in the classroom and in their daily lives.


The Second Step weekly lessons are designed to teach preschoolers how to harness their energy and potential to achieve improved learning and behavior. The program teaches children to listen, pay attention, control their behavior, and get along with others. Students entering kindergarten with these self-regulation and social-emotional skills are set up for success.


Below please click on the Home Links that correspond with your child’s preschool program. Home Link letters and activities are a valuable component in building a strong home-school connection. They coordinate with the weekly lessons and concepts being taught to your children so you can reinforce them at home. We thank you in advance for partnering with us to ensure the success of your child’s early childhood education.

Home Links for Clifford’s Pals

Home Links for 4’s Program

Project Enlightenment

Project Enlightenment offers support to parents of young children birth through kindergarten with topics such as discipline techniques, communication, child development, and more. Visit their website www.projectenlightenment.wcpss.net for more information.

NEW WAY TO CONNECT WITH OUR PRESCHOOL COMMUNITY

Realm Groups

Want to connect with other parents in your child's class? The Realm Groups function is available to all classroom parents. Realm Groups offers an opportunity for families within your class to connect and network, encouraging fellowship among our community. Log into Realm, to get started.

Select “Groups” in the left menu bar

Select the Group you wish to chat with

Select the “Participants” Tab along top menu bar

Then Select “Chat”

FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE

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)

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.

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.