St. Michael Preschool News

Growing with God...

Dear St. Michael Preschool Families,

"I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds." Psalm 9:1

Happy November! As Thanksgiving approaches, I continue to reflect on how much we have to be thankful for- a joyful and safe Catholic preschool where we can play, learn, and celebrate our faith, loving and dedicated teachers who share their many God-given gifts, our St. Michael Parish clergy who are eager to support the children's growing faith, supportive and generous parents who partner with us to enrich their child’s preschool education, and the children whose smiling faces and joyful hearts brighten each day!


The teachers and I are especially excited about some of our upcoming events that you will see highlighted in this newsletter. Please look for details about the Virtual Scholastic Book Fair, annual Christmas Sing-Along, and the new St. Mike's Tikes Drive-through Nativity. We hope you find these events a festive way to kick-off the holiday season. Thank you for your ongoing support, and “I pray that the fellowship of our faith may become every good thing which is in us through Christ.” Philomen 1:6


In Christ,

Lisa Ciesla

Preschool Director

lciesla@stmcary.org

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY HEALTHY!

Due to the resurgence of the COVID-19 cases in North Carolina and our country, it is extremely important that we continue to remain vigilant in our efforts to keep our community healthy. Please note that on November 10, 2020, the NC Department of Health and Human Services updated its preschool operating guidelines in the Childcare Strong NC Public Health Toolkit. Please read the updated Daily Health Screening Questions and guidelines for Returning to Child Care. It is the responsibility of the parent/caregiver to understand and follow all protocols.


Exclusionary COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, new loss of taste/smell remain the same. However, scenarios now include detailed information about results based on the type of COVID-19 test (antigen vs. PCR) and length of quarantine when there is a case of COVID-19 inside a household.


Whatever your family’s plans are for the holidays, we ask that you continue to remain cautious and take steps to minimize risk. NCDHHS has released guidance for the Thanksgiving holiday, which can be found HERE. If your family travels during the holidays and you plan to keep your child home for a few days before returning to school, please let your child’s teacher know.


IMPORTANT REMINDER: ALL ADULTS on St. Michael Campus must wear a face mask when dropping off or picking up their child. Thank you for your attention to this requirement. Although face coverings are not required by the health department for preschoolers, as we enter cold and flu season, you may choose to have your child wear one. If you decide to send your child to preschool with a mask, please ensure they have had time to practice with it and are comfortable and independent in wearing it for the 3-hour day.


The St. Michael Preschool teachers and staff are very grateful for your continued cooperation in following our health and safety requirements. Be assured of our prayers for good health for you and your family.

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

IMPORTANT DATES

NO SCHOOL - NOV. 25 - 30

Thanksgiving Break

Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart. Thessalonians 5:18


Thank you for your very generous food and/or monetary donations. All your contributions will go to feeding over 50 families in need this Thanksgiving. God bless your giving hearts!

PICTURE DAY PROOF COMING NEXT WEEK

Next week, Christina Rose Photography will email you a link to view your child's proofs. Orders will be placed online and retakes will be by request.

Thank You, Deacon Mark!

Loaves & Fishes Bible Story w/Deacon Mark

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Give the Gift of Catholic Education!

Learn more about what makes St. Michael Catholic School such a special place to learn and grow in Christ. Join an upcoming Virtual Open House Event hosted by the St. Michael School Administration on Tuesday, Nov 17 or Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Virtual Open House Event Registration:
Full-day PreK, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 Open House on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 9 a.m.
Grades 2, 3, 4, and 5 Open House on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m.
Middle School Grades 6 - 8 Open House on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.

We look forward to meeting you and your children! For more information, contact admissions@stmcary.org.

St. Michael Church Jesse Tree Project

Please consider helping a child in need this Christmas. Your participation in the annual Jesse Tree Project will certainly brighten the lives of the youngest in our community who are in most need this holiday season! We thank you in advance for your heartfelt generosity!

St. Michael Preschool Christmas Programs

Due to the on-going health department requirements and restrictions on large gatherings, we will not be able to gather together in-person for our annual Christmas Programs. However, we want you to know that Miss Karen and the teachers are still planning to record individual class sing-alongs that will be emailed home for the whole family to enjoy together. We continue to pray for the day when we can all be together again for these special celebrations.

WHAT'S NEW?

Music & Movement with Miss Karen

Hello Preschool families!

I wanted to let you know what is happening in music class this month! As we approach Thanksgiving, we are singing about turkeys and being thankful. We have been singing and dancing to the "Turkey Pokey" and "Any Turkey Can Tango!" We are also singing, "If You're Thankful and You Know It". The children have been playing the maracas too! Make your own maracas with some rice or dry beans in a plastic container! Any questions for me, please just send me an email at kallen@stmcary.org. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful families!!!

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Coming Soon... St. Michael Preschool Virtual Scholastic Book Fair!

The Scholastic Book Fair is back! While the fair will be exclusively held online this year, we still plan on making it a fun and joyous experience for our kids.

Features include:

  • St. Michael Preschool’s own online store, with a large selection of titles at the right prices
  • Virtual Book Fair so you and your kids can experience the magic in the comfort of your home
  • Get a head start on your holiday shopping! You can browse titles by grade and meet popular authors!
  • Every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly (25% back in reward points for us to purchase books for our classroom libraries!)


Save these dates and view our school’s Book Fair site:

Preview Dates: Nov. 22 - 30

Shopping Dates: Dec. 1 - 4

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Thank You for Your Help...

As the seasons are changing, please remember to send in a cold-weather change of clothes for your child. As you prepare your closets for fall and winter, the preschool would gladly accept donations of the following items for our “extras” box:

  • 2 packs Boys underpants Size 2T-4T
  • 2 packs Girls underpants Size 2T-4T
  • 2 Girls outerwear (sweatshirt/fleece) 2T
  • 2 Girls outerwear (sweatshirt/fleece) 4T
Thank you so much for your generosity and 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.

PARENT RESOURCES

St. Michael the Archangel Church Bulletin

Stay up-to-date and informed on what's happening in our parish!

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.

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.