St. Michael Preschool News

Growing with God...September 24, 2021

Dear St. Michael Preschool Families,

Happy Fall, everyone! We love the cooler temperatures this season brings, along with the many opportunities for our preschoolers to grow in their faith and love of learning! Next week, we look forward to joyfully celebrating St. Michael Feast Day! On September 28 & 29, we will pray and play together in honor of our patron saint. Your child's teachers have planned fun and meaningful activities inside and outside the classroom including visits from our Pastor, Fr. Michael, and parish priest, Fr. Noe. Please be sure to check the Realm Newsfeed daily so you do not miss any of these special moments. Also, CLICK HERE to learn more about St. Michael Church's feast day events and other 25th Anniversary celebrations.


We thank you for your continued support and prayers, and may St. Michael the Archangel protect you and your loved ones always. St. Michael, keep us safe day and night, give us courage, strength, and might. Amen.

Joyfully in Christ,

Lisa Ciesla

Preschool Director

lciesla@stmcary.org

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NO SCHOOL - Friday, 9/24 - Teacher Work Day

PICTURE DAY - Oct. 12-14

The children will have their individual pictures taken. Your child's teacher will communicate your assigned picture day. A link to view a proof and order will be emailed shortly after, and retakes may be requested. If you would like to have siblings photographed together, please plan to arrive at school by 9:15 am to meet with the photographer.

Fall Festival - Oct. 27 & 28

Halloween is a popular holiday among young children. Many have probably already decided what their costumes will be. We want to provide a safe and fun way for your child to still partake in this tradition. On October 27 & 28, 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 these dates 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 & Nov. 1

Roo Pals

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Calling all Volunteers

Everyone needs a place to call home, and our St. Michael Church community is working hard to ensure one local family in need has a house to call their own. Our parish family is constructing a house on Trimble Ave. in Cary as part of our 25th anniversary celebration. Work is already underway and the progress is exciting to see! St. Michael Preschool families are invited to join in on the home build project this October! No experience is necessary, all we need are your helping hands!


Building Details

Location: We will be building our home at 121 Trimble Avenue, Cary

Date: Volunteers will work on October 28-30 at 8:15-3:30


Register to Volunteer

We need your help, volunteer with us as a team! You can register to volunteer by clicking this link and scrolling down to Oct 28 - 30: http://vhub.at/stmichaelthearchangel

All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older and fully vaccinated to participate, as per the guidelines from Habitat for Humanity. Join fellow school families, parishioners, and teachers for a day of fellowship and giving.


Unavailable to volunteer in-person? The home build project is also in need of volunteers to provide lunch each day for our volunteers. Please consider donating a meal (estimate 25 people each day), which could also occur with other families. Email mlanuti@stmcary.org and/or keoakley@gmail.com if you are interested in donating!

COVID-19 Testing Coming to St. Michael Campus

In collaboration with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, free COVID-19 testing will be offered on-site at St. Michael School by the end of September. StMS is partnering with the Raleigh-based MAKO Medical company to provide the school nurses with rapid antigen and PCR test kits. A gentle nasal swab obtained by the school nurses is all that will be needed to determine quick and reliable results. This testing will be available to all of our preschoolers and teachers.


More information and a link to register will be provided soon. All testing information is confidential. To learn more about StrongSchoolsNC COVID-19 testing, visit www.MAKOstrongschoolsNC.com. Please forward any questions to nursegroup@stmcary.org.


In the meantime, 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 between now and when we start on-site testing, we strongly recommend you have your child tested at a COVID-19 testing site rather than using an at-home antigen test. Please forward all COVID-19 test results to preschool@stmcary.org

ADVENTURE CAMP

Our super fun Adventure Camps begin in October. These camps are offered to preschoolers 3 years and older. Camps will occur one Wednesday and Thursday per month. If your child would love extra time playing and learning with friends, we still have some openings. Register Here by October 1.


Thursday, Oct. 7 - "Bugging Out” Children will explore the environment with nets and discover insects. We will compare bugs and go on a ladybug hunt.


Wednesday,
Oct. 13 - "Camping” The children will experience a scavenger hunt, learn about animal prints, and set up a camp. We will wrap up the day with a story around a campfire.


Cost: $13.00 per camp. Send a nut-free lunch with your child. Dismissal: 2:00 pm.

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. get a negative PCR 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.

Blackboard Connect

On Friday, September 17, an "All-Call Test" was sent out to all primary phone numbers on record. If you did not receive the All-Call message or have any phone number updates, please contact mlanuti@stmcary.org.

Driving and Parking Lot Safety


  • Please drive with caution, and adhere to the posted speed limit and directional signs while in our parking lot
  • Remember that you must park in a marked spot
  • Hold your child's hand in the parking lot during arrival and dismissal
  • No curbside parking is permitted, even with a driver remaining in the car as this creates traffic and safety hazards
  • Please never leave children in the car without adult supervision

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

MUSIC & MOVEMENT

October is one of my FAVORITE months of the whole school year! The hot days of summer melt away and cool, crisp weather arrives! We will be singing and dancing about fall, Halloween, leaves, pumpkins, spiders, and how God made animals-just to name a few. Here are a few songs that we will learn together in music this month. As always, please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like me to send you a song! I am happy to share any of my songs with you.

Happy Fall and God bless you and your families!

Miss Karen


God Made Animals

Looking For Dracula

Itsy-Bitsy Spider (not your usual version)

PARENT RESOURCES

REALM CLASS GROUPS

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. Event Registration and Event Payments are right at your fingertips.


The Realm Groups function is available to all classroom parents. Realm Groups offers an opportunity for you to see highlights from your child's day, as well as for you to connect and network with other parents, encouraging fellowship among our community. Log in to Realm, to get started (an active Realm Login is required).

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”

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

Get FREE BOOKS in the MAIL!

Receive 1 free book a month for each child in your home under age 5 from DOLLY PARTON’S IMAGINATION LIBRARY. Register online today! http://www.wakesmartstart.org/imagination
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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.

CLIFFORD CLASS (TK)

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Twitter: @stmpreschoolnc

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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.