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For information about class availability for the 2017-2018 school year or to get information about registering for the 2018-2019 school year please call 412-486-5591 or email us at preschool.office@stpaulsumc.com.

 

Click here to view or print the Preschool Parent Handbook

Click here to print an Emergency Contact / Parental Consent form

Click here to print a Permanent Record Form

Click her to print Child Health form

 

ORIENTATION DATES:

2DAY/2YEAR OLD CLASS (Lavender Class) - Monday, August 14th @ 7:00 pm

2DAY/3YEAR OLD CLASSES (Green and Red Classes) - Tuesday, August 15th @ 7:00 pm

3DAY/3YEAR OLD CLASS (Turquoise Class) - Tuesday, August 15th @ 7:00 pm

3DAY/4YEAR OLD MORNINGS CLASSES (Orange and Yellow Classes) - Wednesday, August 16th @ 7:00 pm

3DAY/4YEAR OLD AFTERNOON CLASS (Blue Class) - Thursday, August 17th @ 7:00 pm

PRE-K (Purple and Gold Classes) - Thursday, August 17th @ 7:00 pm

 

The United Way
Did you know that if your employer participates in the United Way Campaign, you can designate the funds you donate to go to St. Paul's Preschool?  Simply obtain a United Way Contributor's Choice form from your employer and specify our preschool's code,
941482, and the monthly or annual amount you wish to contribute.

Preschool Parent Book Exchange:

We have two shelves in our Conference Room dedicated to a parent book exchange!  Please bring any books you have that might be of interest to other parents.  These can be great novels you read or interesting parenting books.  After you donate your book(s), check out the ones on the shelves donated by other parents.  You might find a special "treasure" just waiting for you!  This is a great way to recycle books and share with others!

Click here to view articles - This month's articles deals with starting Preschool and how to ease separation and anxiety.

Please visit the calendar section for a activity calendar for the month of July

        TOGETHER TIME 

CANVAS PAINTING

You will need:

Canvases - can find at Joann Fabric or Michaels

Paint

Brushes

Painters Tape

Have child place pieces of painter's tape on the canvas wherever they would like making sure to leave spaces of the canvas to paint.

Using a brush, paint the open canvas areas

Once paint is dry remove painter's tape from canvas to reveal your child's masterpiece

STRAW BLOWING PAINTING

You will need:

Non-toxic paint heavily watered down

Plain paper

Straws - piercing these with a pin near the tip should help prevent child from drinking paint

Felt tips

Googly eyes - you might like to add other collage materials such as pom-poms for a 3D effect

Drop small blobs of liquid paint onto your paper.  Use the straw to blow the blobs of paint out in all directions.  Leave your blow paintings to dry.  Once dry stick on googly eyes and draw in features using felt-tips such as arms, legs, mouths etc.

FREEZER BAG ART

You will need

Gallon-size freezer bags

Tempera paint

Marbles

Paper

Make sure the paper is cut to a size that will fit into the freezer bag

Place paint into small containers

Add marbles and spoons

Spoon the marbles into the bags and zip the bag closed

Have child press and move marbles by squeezing outside of bag

Remove paper from baggie and dry

PIE PLATE TAMBOURINES

You will need

2 aluminum pie plates

Plastic bottle caps

Stickers

Masking tape

Have child place plastic bottle caps inside one of the aluminum pie plates

Place the other pie plate upside down on top of the other plate

Using the masking tape seal the two plates together

Have child decorate the outside with stickers

Shake and have fun

CD/DVD WIND SPINNERS

You will need

Old cds or dvds

School glue

Craft gems, jewels and sequins, button, etc

Fishing line

Cover the cd or dvd area with the glue

Place the gems, jewels, sequins and buttons on the glued surface

Let dry completely

Attach fishing line and hang from trees outside

 

PEANUT, TREE NUTS AND EGGS FREE SNACKS

In the office at both the McKnight Center and Ferguson Center we have a list of commonly available snacks that are free of peanuts, tree nuts and eggs.  We invite you to stop in and take a look at this list.  You can also access the list by going to: http://snacksafety.com/snackguide.

  

                                   SNACK IDEAS

     

Some parents have asked for suggestions on what type of snacks to bring for their child's snack day.  Here is a list of some simple snack ideas. 

Trail Mix - a mixture of whole-grain cereal, dried fruits, sunflower seeds and dried coconut flakes.  You can also add in raisins, cranberries and pretzels.

Small box of raisins

Fruit - please remember that grapes if served MUST be cut in half.  Bananas, apple slices, berries are all good choices.

Mini bagels with cream cheese.

String cheese

Yogurt tubes

Applesauce

Whole wheat pretzels and crackers

PB&J PRETZEL SNACKS

You will need

1 cup natural peanut butter

3/4 cup berry-flavored syrup

96 pretzel twists or as desired

Mix peanut butter and syrup together in a microwave-safe bowl; heat in microwave for 10 seconds.

Mix well using butter knife

Spread peanut butter mixture onto 40 pretzels; top with another pretzel making a sandwich

PARMESAN PITA CHIPS

You will need

1 - 6 inch whole-wheat pita, split

1 tablespoon unsalted butter at room temperature

3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

pinch of dried oregano

kosher salt

Heat broiler

Brush the pita with the butter and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese, oregano, and a pinch of salt.  Cut into triangles

Broil until golden, 1 to 3 minutes.  Serve warm

NO-BAKE CINNAMON ROLLS FOR KIDS

You will need

2 slices of white bread, crusts removed

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar

2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar

1/8 teaspoon water, as needed

Roll the bread slices until very flat.  Butter the bread, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  Starting on one side, roll up the bread slice until tight.  Cut the bread rolls into 1 inch slices.

Mix the confectioner's sugar with water in a small bowl to make a thin frosting.  Drizzle frosting over bread slices and serve

CHILI-CHEESE ON A RITZ

You will need

24 Ritz crackers

4 slices colby and Monterey Jack cheese, each cut into 6 pieces

1/4 cup chili, warmed

2 tablespoons chopped tomato

1 tablespoon chopped onion

Top crackers with ingredients

Books:

BOOK SELECTION: 

Goodnight Campsite - Loretta Sponsler

The Pout-Pout Fish - Deborah Diesen-Farrar

The Day the Crayon Quit - Drew Daywalt

The Wonderful Things You Will be - Emily Winfield Martin

Llama Llama misses mama - Ana Dewdney

The Kissing Hand - Audrey Penn

I Love You All Day Long - Francesca Rusackas

 

Dear St. Paul's Preschool Families

I would like to welcome you and your child to St. Paul's Preschool.  This 2015-2016 school year marks our 44th year as an early childhood educational center.  I have been a part of this program for the past twenty-one years, first as a classroom teacher (15 year) and most recently as the director (seven years).

It is important for you to know that we view you as your child's first and most important teacher!  We want to work in partnership with you as we share information about your child and make decisions together about your child's care.  This helps us be able to provide consistent care between home and school, resulting in your child feeling comfortable, safe and respected within our facility.  Good working relationships with families enable the teaching staff to be more responsive to each child's needs.

Our program philosophy clearly states that "parents are an integral part of our program.  Their input and information about their child is continually sought and valued.  Parents are involved in every part of the St. Paul's program."

We ask that you walk your child into the classroom each day because the teaching staff and I enjoy sharing information and saying hello to you.  Each class will have an area displaying your child's work.  Please visit this area often with your child!  At eh end of each day, a staff member will give you a summary of what has happened during the day so we encourage parents to arrive at least five minutes before dismissal time.  If you are a working parent and cannot pick your child up after class, a detailed and personal email will be sent to you by the teacher after class enabling you to receive the same information about your child's preschool day.

There are many ways to become a part of the program.  Here are a few:

*Become a member of the Parent of Preschoolers (a parent group which meets once per month in the evening)

* Become involved in our annual fund raiser, the Santa Express (Many activities to prepare for this major event can be done at home)

*Become a classroom volunteer (party parent, library parent, classroom helper, equipment and repair helper and/or field trip chaperone)  These positions are detailed in your Parent Handbook found on our website: www.stpaulspreschoolumc.org

*Attend an Open House evening event during the year

*Attend a Family Sing-a-Long event during the year

*Record "books on tape" for our classroom listening centers. (This can be done at home)

*Share your family's culture with the class (special foods can be sent for snack time, special games, songs and dances can be taught, and special ceremonies or traditions can be explained)

Volunteering in the preschool is so important for your child.  Your involvement early in your child's life sets him/her on course to succeed academically because you are showing that you value education.  Staying connected to the school can give parents ideas of how to expand what their child learns in school.

Being involved with St. Paul's Preschool also helps parents connect to other people.  You will be able to make new acquaintances, get to know friends better and help your own self-confidence increase.

Volunteer sign up sheets will be given out at the Parent Orientation meeting in August.

Please remember that St. Paul's Preschool has an Open Door policy.  Parents and family members are welcome to visit at any time during the school day.  We encourage you to contact the office (412-486-5591/preschool.office@stpaulsumc.com) or your child's classroom teacher to set up a time if you would like to spend the day with us!

Together we can provide the very best learning and growing environment for your child!

 

I'm looking forward to knowing you and your child this year!

Laurel Webster

Laurel Webster, St. Paul's Preschool Director

 

Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children