St. Michael Preschool News

Growing with God...November 5, 2021

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 safe Catholic preschool where we can pray, play, and learn; 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 children's preschool education; and the preschoolers whose joyful hearts brighten each day!


The teachers and I are especially excited for the holiday season and how this time enriches our daily learning through teachable moments like the Thanksgiving Basket project to share in the importance of family, giving, and being grateful, as well as St. Nicholas Feast Day, to learn how we can strive to be like God's helpers here on earth.


Please look for more details in this newsletter and in the coming weeks about special events like The Giving Tree fundraiser, St. Mike's Tikes 2nd Annual Live Nativity, and our annual Christmas Sing-along w/Miss Karen. 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


Fall blessings,

Lisa Ciesla

Preschool Director

lciesla@stmcary.org

LOOK WHAT'S NEW!

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THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL PARENT VOLUNTEERS WHO BROUGHT THE GIVING TREE TO LIFE!

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PRESCHOOL CLOSED

Thanksgiving Break - November 24-29

Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart. Thessalonians 5:18

PICTURE DAY PROOF COMING SOON

The week of November 15, 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 only.

Tuition Payment Reminder - 5th of each Month

Your next tuition payment is due by the 5th of the month. Details regarding payment methods can be found on our Online Payment Webpage.


Tuition can be paid using the following methods:

  • Monthly Auto draft: If you would like to utilize monthly auto-draft services for the 2021/2022 school year, enrollment is available using our Vanco Payment Solution Portal.
  • Personal Check or Cashier's Check: Tuition payments are also accepted via personal check payable to St. Michael Preschool. Payment can be mailed to 804 High House Road, Cary NC 27513. Cashier's checks are accepted in place of cash payments.

Roo Pals

Thanksgiving Baskets

Let's help all families have a bountiful Thanksgiving. With the items below, we can build Thanksgiving baskets for those in need. Please plan to have your child bring in the below food items the week of November 15th. Class collection boxes will be located at each preschool arrival station. Thank you for your support!


Food Collection 11/15-11/19

Clifford: One (5 pound) bag of sugar and 1 box (13.5 oz) Mashed Potatoes

Tigger: Four (15 ounce) cans of vegetables

Rabbit: Four (15 ounce) cans of fruit

Owl: Four (10 ounce) cans of soup (no cream)

Kanga: Two (6 ounce) bags of stuffing and 2 boxes of mac and cheese

Piglet: Two (26.5 ounce) cans of spaghetti sauce (no glass)

Pooh: One (24 ounce) container of vegetable oil and 2 gravy packets (envelopes, not jars)

Penguin: Two (2 pound) bags of rice

Roo1: One (5 pound) bag of flour and two bags of pasta (2 bags or 1 lb)

Roo2: Two (16 ounce) cans cranberry sauce and 1 turkey roasting pan

Roo3: One (1 pound) bag of dried beans and 1 turkey roasting pan

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

A Hearty Habitat Thank You

We would like to send a special thank you to all our Habitat Volunteers that came out and pitched in this past weekend. We hope you found as much joy in serving as we did, and we thank you so very much for representing our preschool in such a profound way. It was an absolute pleasure to work beside you in this effort. Many thanks for your time, your effort, and your giving heart.
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Discovery Day Friday Program

JOIN OUR DISCOVERY DAY FRIDAYS!

We are excited to offer your child another day to play, pray, learn and grow together at St. Michael Preschool! Discovery Day Friday offers you the option to add an additional fun day to your child’s existing preschool program for ages 2-5, who are not already attending school on Friday.


Miss Susan and Miss Corrine lead this exciting program where the children engage in discovery learning within the areas of early literacy, math, science, religion, art, music & movement. Comprised of age-appropriate thematic units and project-based activities that allow children to experience success through exploration, socialization, and play. Your child will develop their curiosity, problem-solving skills, and a sense of wonder about the world around them while continuing to grow with God.


When: Every Friday school is in session through mid-May.

Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (regular school hours). Early Arrival is also available beginning at 8:15 am for an additional fee.

Ages: Open to students 2-5 years old.


PLEASE email preschool@stmcary.org to learn more and to register.

KANGA, PIGLET, & POOH PALS

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. receive a negative PCR COVID test, or
  3. receive a negative antigen (rapid) COVID test, only accepted if the child has no known or suspected exposure to a person with COVID-19 within the last 14 days
  4. provide 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 look and feel well before returning to school.

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-19 test results or exhibiting any COVID symptoms, even if the person with symptoms is fully vaccinated!

If your child exhibits any symptoms of COVID- 19, we strongly recommend you have your child tested for the coronavirus at a COVID-19 testing site or at school. To schedule a school test, please contact nursegroup@stmcary.org.

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

Dress For the Weather

Please watch the weather and dress your child accordingly. Students will play outside daily when the temperature is above freezing with no precipitation.


As the seasons are changing, please remember to send in a cold-weather change of clothes for your child. Thank you!

EMERGENCY DRILLS

Your child's safety and that of our entire preschool community is a top priority. On Thursday, 11/4, a campus-wide Lockdown Drill was held. This is a required yearly drill coordinated by the Town of Cary Police Department. Feedback from the police was very positive in that the teachers and children are doing an excellent job following the established safety measures.

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

OWL, RABBIT, & TIGGER PALS

PARENT RESOURCES

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Give the gift of Catholic education! Come learn why St. Michael Catholic School (full-day PreK – Grade 8) is such a special place to learn and grow in Christ! Come join an in-person tour on Thursday, November 11, or Thursday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, visit our website at www.stmcary.org, call 919-468-6150, or email: admissions@stmcary.org.

St. Michael Catholic School provides a Christ-centered Catholic education, with a focus on academic excellence, and the development of the whole person, through our core values of reverence, service, and leadership. Applications for the 2022-2023 school year open on January 5, 2022.

MUSIC & MOVEMENT

Hello Families!

As the weather turns cooler, we begin our focus on being thankful, turkeys, and the beautiful bible story of Loaves and Fishes. We will learn to dance the Turkey Tango and sing about being thankful. We will be using our scarves this month for some extra movement. I am very thankful for your funny, sweet, kind children, and savor every moment that I share with them! I wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving!

God Bless you!

Ms. Karen

Rhythm in the Scarves

If Your Thankful and You Know It

Any Turkey Can Tango!


Loaves and Fishes (Tune of Ten Little Indians)

Five little loaves and 2 little fishes (one hand up with 5 fingers and 2 fingers on the other hand)

Five little loaves and 2 little fishes

Five little loaves and 2 little fishes

In the little boy's lunch

Five little loaves and 2 little fishes

Five little loaves and 2 little fishes

Five little loaves and 2 little fishes

Jesus fed a bunch!

ST. MIKE'S TIKES

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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?

Log Into Realm (Realm Log In required), then while logged in click the following Extended Day Registration Link

Project Enlightenment

Project Enlightenment offers support to parents of young children from birth through kindergarten with topics such as discipline techniques, communication, child development, and more.

CLIFFORD CLASS (TK)

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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.