Preschool Policies

Preschool Policies

Toilet Training

The children in our 2-year-old program do not need to be toilet trained. Parents are asked to pack enough diapers and wipes in their child’s bag for each day their child attends. Because the nursery is used by many different groups and has very limited storage, we cannot store extra diapers in the classroom.

To participate in any of the other programs, a child must be toilet trained. We understand that for many of the children in our 3-year-old program, this is a new skill and accidents may occur. We ask that parents provide an extra change of clothes for their child in case of an accident.

Arrival and Dismissal

The children will arrive and dismiss by way of the Parish Life Center. Cars will line up along the curb and teachers will assist the children in and out of the car. Parents also may park in the lot and come to the door to pick up or drop off their child.

Discipline

Our parish mission statement is from the Gospel of Matthew: “Go forth and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (28:19-20).  We recognize that the word “discipline” is derived from the word “disciple.” We hear our pastor frequently state that we are called as parents, teachers and parishoners to prepare our children to live forever with our heavenly Father.

With this understanding and goal, our discipline policy will focus on training our children to live as Christians through their Catholic faith. Misbehaviors will reflect the four steps of confession: recognize the wrongdoing, admit what was done, ask for forgiveness and make amends for the wrong.

Parents will be contacted if the offense is of a serious nature or repetitious. Most behaviors will be dealt with during the class session.

Curriculum

We believe the most important thing every child should learn is to love God and one another. This belief guides us as we plan activities that allow children to love God in prayer and worship. Children love one another by sharing, taking turns and playing together.

Academically, the curriculum will focus on instilling a desire for lifelong learning. It will be part social, part play and part books/paper/pencil. Age-appropriate experiential activities will be provided to enhance all learning. Children will develop gross and fine motor skills through physical activity, interacting with various toys, exploring outdoor and gym activities, working with crayons, paints, clay, glue, scissors, and various other activities. Our children will come to recognize themselves as an important part of our faith community through prayer, worship, scripture and instruction.

Attention will be given to each child’s social development through interaction with adults and other children. Group and individual activities will be provided to help children further develop their verbal skills as well as an appreciation for those around them.

Below are listed general curriculum goals and activities. Each one will be implemented based on the developmental level of the children in each program.

Reading Readiness

Language growth will be developed through:

  • Opportunities for conversation about common experiences
  • Taking part in storytelling
  • Interpreting pictures
  • Sequencing (both visual and auditory)
  • Recognizing printed symbols as having meaning

Vocabulary growth will be developed through:

  • Speaking and attaching meaning to simple words
  • Matching and labeling

Visual discrimination will be developed by:

  • Recognizing likenesses and differences in color and configuration
  • Recognizing similarities in space, size and details
  • Copying patterns with manipulatives
  • Reproducing squares, circles, rectangles and triangles.

Listening skills will be acquired through listening to stories, poetry and direction.

Math Readiness

  • Introduce numbers
  • One-to-one correspondence
  • Add and take away objects
  • Group and regroup
  • Count sequentially
  • Use spatial terms such as over, under, above

Measurement of time, length, liquid, money and weight

Science

  • Observe the wonders of God’s creation
  • Introduce the process of scientific learning
  • Learn simple facts about plants and animals
Health

  • Encourage good dietary habits
  • Encourage positive safety habits
Aesthetics

Explore and develop an appreciation for art, drama, literature and music

Enrollment

Registration for the school year takes place each January before the start of the year you wish to enroll. Currently enrolled families are given the opportunity to enroll first, followed by St. Elizabeth Seton parishioners. Registration is then open to the general public. Enrollment is complete  when registration is complete and a registration fee is paid. Upon acceptance to our program, the registration fee is non-refundable.

Forms

Click to access the following forms:

Registration Form 2018-2019

Calendar 2018-2019

Tuition

Tuition is set on a yearly basis. For your convenience, we divide the tuition into nine installments. Tuition may be paid yearly, semi-annually or monthly. If a child is withdrawn from school, a two week’s written notice to the director is required to have any tuition refunded. We do not have a supply or snack fee. All such expenses are included in tuition.

View and download the tuition information 2018-2019