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Registration for classes beginning in the fall of 2017 is now taking place.  To receive a form please call our office at 412-486-5591or email us at preschool.office@stpaulsumc.com.   Tours of the Preschool are offered Monday - Thursday with a time that will fit the parent's schedule. Please call or email us to arrange a tour of our Ferguson Road Center.  PLEASE NOTE: As of Tuesday, May 23rd the McKnight Center of St. Paul's Preschool and Child Care will be permanently closing.  We hope you will consider the Ferguson Road Center for your child's Preschool and Child Care needs.

Click here to view or print the Preschool Parent Handbook

Click here to print a Child Health Report form.

Click here to print an Emergency Contact / Parental Consent form.

Click here to print a Permanent Record Form


Again this summer the Preschool will be offering a summer program for children who have completed a 3, 4 or 5 year old Preschool program.  We will have 3, 3day a week programs offered on June 27, 28, 29, July 5, 6, 7 and July 11, 12, 13.  Cost is $84.00 per week.  The program runs from 9:00 am until noon.  Children do not need to be potty trained.  A morning snack will be provided each day by the Preschool.  Starting in March you can get more information by visiting the St. Paul's United Methodist Church website at stpaulumc.com where you can register online for not only the Preschool program but all of the church's summer programs.  Once in site click on the Ministries-Sermons area.  Click on Children's Ministries on the drop on screen. This will take you to the form needed.  Any questions about the Preschool program maybe directed to the Preschool office at 412-486-5591.

Session #1 (June 27, 28, 29) - Young Explorers - explore nature and the world around us.

Session #2 (July 5, 6, 7) - "Travel" to several important landmarks in the U.S.A.

Session #3 (July 11, 12, 13) - Young Scientist - Participate in a variety of science experiments.

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!

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The articles this month deal with summer travel tips with Preschooler.  Please click on the link above to view these articles.

Please visit the calendar section for a activity calendar for the month of June.


Nature Sun Catcher     

You will need:

Colored paper plates

Contact paper

Ribbon or Yarn

Items from outside (twigs, flowers, leaves, etc)

Cut out the middle part of the color paper plates.

Using the center part to make a template on the contact paper

Cut the contact paper shape out and stick to back side of paper plate

Have child place nature items onto contact paper and press down gently so they stick

Tape a ribbon or yarn on plate to be able to hand from window


You will need:

Empty tall Pringle's Can



Stickers or acrylic paint

Contact paper

Tissue paper


Craft glue

Paint the outside of the can with the acrylic paint or just place stickers on the outside of the can.  Let dry if using paint

Turn can over and place nail in the middle of the tin bottom.  With hammer pound nail into bottom to make a small hole.

Have tissue paper torn into small pieces.

Glue the small tissue pieces onto the plastic Pringle's top. (this is the part that will be moving to make the patterns

On contact paper put small pieces of tissue paper and any glitter if you wish

Place another piece of contact paper over the first contact paper.

Using the Pringle can cut out the contact paper to fit the bottom of the can

Put some glue on the open end of the Pringle's can and then place contact paper on top of glued area

Once dried put the plastic Pringle's top over the contact paper

Your Kaleidoscope is now ready.  If the lid does not turn smoothly trim the edges of the contact paper.

Make A Garden Plaque

You will need:

Plaster of Paris

Aluminium pie pan

Shells, pebbles, acrylic gems, marbles other water-resistant treasures to decorate

Mix up the Plaster of Paris in an old jug according to the instructions on the packet.  Pour into the pie pan

Carefully lay your decorations on top (note: they will sink a little no mater how carefully you do this; if you are too rough they will sink a lot)

Leave to dry for a couple of hours or overnight

Remove plaque from pie pan

Sun Melted Crayon Art (hot, sunny day project)

Art canvas - can be bought at Joann Fabric or Michael's

Old or new crayons with paper off (broken into small pieces)

Place the broken crayon pieces on the art canvas

Place outside on a very hot, sunny day

The crayons should begin to melt after 35-45 minutes

You can tilt the canvas or run your fingers through the melted crayons to make the colors run.  You can also use a metal bowl to place the canvas on and spin the canvas to make the colors run.  PLEASE NOTE THIS METHOD IS VERY MESSY AND SHOULD BE DONE OUTSIDE IN THE GRASS AREA.


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


Whole wheat pretzels and crackers

Base Granola Bar Recipe

You will need:

2 1/2 cups old fashioned roll oats

1/2 cup nuts, roughly chopped

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 cups total extra mix-ins (about 1/4 cup of 3 different ingredients such as dried fruits, coconut, chocolate chips, etc)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9" square baking dish with parchment or foil and lightly spray with cooking spray

Place the oats and nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly toasted.  Place the nuts and oats in a large bowl

While the oats are toasting, add the honey, butter and brown sugar to a small saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until butter melts and the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally.  When butter mixture is ready, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt.  Pour the mixture over the oat and nut mixture and stir to combine.  Add any extra ingredients (except for chocolate) and stir to combine.  Make sure none of the oats are dry.  (If adding chocolate wait 15 minutes before adding to mixture then stir again to combine)

Place all of the oat mixture in the prepared pan.  Use a rubber spatula or the bottom of a greased measuring cup to press the mixture into the pan.  Chill the granola bars for at least 2 hours.  Remove from pan and cut into desired shape and size.

Fresh Fruit Pizza

You will need:

1 seedless watermelon

1 cup sliced strawberries

1 cup blueberries

2 whole bananas

Start by slicing the watermelon into circle slices.  Then you want to cut each circle into 4 halves.  Top with the strawberries, followed by the banana and blueberries.

Rainbow Pudding Pops

You will need:

2 - large boxes (5.1oz) instant pudding (light color)


food coloring

Dixie Cups (5 oz)

popsicle sticks

Prepare pudding according to the directions (you may need to add a little more milk to make the pudding pourable)

let pudding stand until it has thickened a bit

divide into 5 parts and color each part with food coloring

layer each color of pudding into small dixie cups

cover with foil, insert popsicle sticks

chill in refrigerator 2 hours, then place in freezer to completely freeze

to eat, peel off dixie cup paper and enjoy!



Book selection for summer reading:

How to Hide an Octopus - Ruth Hellers

Mister Seahorse - Eric Carle

Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea - Jan Peck

What Lives in a Shell? - Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

It's a Seashell Day - Dianne Ochiltree

The Twelve Days of Summer - Jan Andrews

Taffy Saltwater's Yummy summer Day - Micheal Paraskevas


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