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


The teachers and I want to sincerely thank you for all your ongoing support and prayers. We wish you good health and happiness this Thanksgiving and offer a prayer of thanks for your beautiful children who you entrust to our loving care.


Dear Lord,

Thank you for these very special young lives. They burst with hope and joy and fill our days with such delight. Guide them and keep them each day. May they know your loving hand upon their lives and come to know you as friend and Father. Inspire their hearts as they grow and mature. Protect their minds, watch over their hearts, and lead them to great adventures.
Amen.


In Christ,

Lisa Ciesla, Director

lciesla@stmcary.org

LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

IMPORTANT DATES

NO SCHOOL - NOV. 25 - 30 Preschool Reopens on Tuesday, Dec. 1

Thanksgiving Break

Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart. Thessalonians 5:18


We are so grateful for your giving hearts! Your very generous food donations along with raising $250, contributed to feeding over 50 families in need this Thanksgiving. Each preschool class shared their family donations and worked together to build baskets of food containing an entire Thanksgiving dinner for those in most need this holiday.

School Portrait Orders are due Tues., 11/24 by Midnight

OPEN GALLERY

Enter your e-mail address and click OPEN GALLERY

Select child's class

Select child's name

Enter your child's birth date (e.g. 02/24/2009) please be sure to include slashes and four-digit year

View your child's images and Click Buy Package (far right side near top) to access print and digital options

Refer to the INFO tab at the top of the page for more detailed pricing information and FAQ

Click HOME to access your other children's albums

Click CART to review and submit your order

*If siblings were photographed together, they can be found in the Siblings folder (passcode is the older child's birthdate). For individual portraits of siblings who don't attend the preschool, their portraits can also be found in the Siblings folder (passcode is the birthdate of the child who attends the preschool).

Christina Rose

Christina Rose Photography

919-225-2568

questions@christinarosephotography.com

http://www.christinarosestudios.com

GIVE THE GIFT OF A CATHOLIC PRESCHOOL EDUCATION TO A CHILD IN NEED

This year, St. Michael Church is excited to be participating in #iGiveCatholic, a national Giving Tuesday campaign that highlights Catholic organizations to which one can donate. 100% of the donations made to St. Michael Preschool will allow us to offer scholarships to those who cannot afford a Catholic educational foundation for their children. The value of spiritual formation in our preschoolers cannot be understated, and we want to provide that opportunity for as many children as possible. Thank you for your prayerful consideration of this worthy cause. For more information or to donate, please visit https://raleigh.igivecatholic.org/organizations/st-michael-preschool

God bless you,

Fr. Michael

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PRESCHOOL HAPPENINGS

THANK YOU, FR. NOE, FOR READING THE THANKFUL BOOK BY TODD PARR

Fr. Noe Reads The Thankful Book

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!!!

Turkey Pokey with Miss Karen

UPCOMING EVENTS

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St. Michael Preschool Virtual Scholastic Book Fair!

Upon our return from Thanksgiving Break, we will celebrate our love for reading with a Scholastic Book Fair! You can preview the St. Michael Preschool Book Fair (link) today! This year, our Book Fair is entirely online, which means FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25* and all orders ship directly to home.

Feel like you have too many books at home? No worries, you can still support our school through this event by:

  1. Purchasing teacher Wish List (link) titles.
    • Sign up to purchase a book from the wish list; when the book arrives at your home, write a special message inside the cover and have your child hand-deliver the book to their teacher here at school. Oh, the teachers will be so surprised!
  2. Purchase a Scholastic eGift cards for any person on your holiday gift list.
  3. Donate to Read and Feed and give children in need an appetite for reading!
    • Bring a new or gently used book to the preschool the week of December 1-4 to donate at check-in (no board books, please)
    • Monetary donations accepted Click to Donate (Click link, Select one-time payment, Donation, note Read and Feed, and process payment)
    • All Donors (monetary and/or book donors) can register for a raffle to win a "St. Michael Preschool Swag Bag and Selection of Scholastic Books".

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! There are three special ways to get involved:

purchase a gift

monetary donation

volunteer

Thank you in advance for your heartfelt generosity!

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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.

COMING SOON...

Registration Information for the 2021/2022 School Year

We hope you’ll join us for another year of Growing with God as we pray, play, and learn together!

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.

PARENT RESOURCES

St. Michael the Archangel Church Bulletin

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

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.

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.

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.