St. Monica Catholic School Preschool, will BE OPEN for IN CLASS instruction for the 2020-21 school year. As a state-licensed facility providing childcare services, we are not only allowed to operate, but the Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF) encourages us to stay open. We will be open!
To provide the safest environment for our children and staff we have made some changes. Please read the following carefully. We will also hold a Zoom meeting on August 25th at 7:00 PM for currently enrolled families to answer all questions and layout the curriculum. Please mark your calendars now, as your attendance is vital to keeping the staff and students safe and keeping the classrooms OPEN.
Drop Off and Pick Up
- Drop off is between 8:00-8:25 AM. We will have a check-in station positioned outside the classroom door where will take temperatures and greet the students.
- The students will walk into the classroom with a teacher. Currently, we are not able to invite parents into the classroom. If your child is crying or upset their classroom teacher will take them from you and provide comfort in the classroom (this is where masks will come in handy). If you want an update, please leave your cell number for a text message from the teacher.
- The school day will now end at 2:30, and we will start preparing for pick up between 2:40-3:00. If you do not have a child in the K-8 school, you will want to pick up close to 2:40 to avoid traffic. If you have a child in the big school you will pick them up first then come get your preschooler closer to 3:00.
Students in the Classroom
- Children MUST be toilet trained. They need to be able to undress, get on and off the toilet, wipe themselves, redress, and wash their hands. We do not have the staff to help frequent bathroom accidents. Students who do have frequent accidents will be asked to keep their kids at home until fully functioning in the areas listed above.
- Hand sanitizing stations are in each classroom to be used between washes. Handwashing with soap and water is scheduled throughout the day; upon arrival, before snack, before lunch, after recess, after a nap, before going home.
- Students will bring snacks and lunch from home. Please pack very full lunch boxes! They will have the option to eat at 10, 12, and 2 daily. The hot lunch program will be returning, and Mrs. Bohm will provide further information.
- Children are required to wear face masks in school. Please rest assured, your children are far more compliant at school than they can be at home. If your child currently resists or cries in a mask at home, I can promise you, they will not do that in the classroom. Please do not worry about this one. Our goal in preschool is to allow the children to PLAY. Play is the most important thing in their brain development at this stage in life. We want to make play as safe as we can. We do not want kids in the classroom playing alone 6 feet apart. We want them to interact, laugh, negotiate, cooperate, and make friends. We feel the masks are a better option than to remain 6 feet apart and try to socialize. Trust me on this one.
- Naptime mats will be head-to-toe and 2-3 feet apart. All students rest at least 30 minutes a day.
- Indoor playtime has been adjusted from 2 hours to 1 one hour. We have increased outdoor playtime. So please dress your children with layers in the rainy and cold months.
- All students will have a shoe-box full of school supplies! Crayons, pencils, color pencils, playdough, glue, glue sticks, scissors, markers, craft materials, pens, etc. to limit supply sharing. Trust us, we can teach your children how to use this system, please do not think anything in this letter is impossible. We are up to it!
Staffing and Classroom Layout
- The fruit-shaped tables, sensory tables, and carpets are in storage for the year.
- Single-student desks and 4 top tables with plexiglass dividers will be used.
- Single-use sensory trays will be used to provide students the tactile sensory experience.
- When playing on the floor, students can sit on sensory cushions or carpet squares.
We have gotten creative with the classrooms!
The two classrooms have been turned into three classrooms and a new hallway. This gave us three “pods” of kids with 1 teacher leading each pod.
- The three pods will not be mixing to limit the spread of germs across the pods.
- A new Pod Leader has been hired for the third pod.
- Academics for the third pod will be directed by Talina Birashk.
- Toys will be cleaned and sanitized at the end of each day.
- The facility will be sanitized each evening by the Parish Janitorial staff; this includes daily bathrooms,
floors, countertops, doors, and kitchen.
- At the end of each day, the three teachers will clean all toys and materials used: shelving, cubbies, chairs,
tables, desks, phones, radios, etc.
- Masks will be sent home with families each night to be washed, teachers will wash their masks at home
as well. Clean masks will be worn daily.
We feel confident that if we all work together and stay positive this pandemic will only be a minor bump in the early education of your children. Our staff is committed to teaching your children in a clean and safe environment. We want the St. Monica Early Learning Center to be the place your children can safely make friends, explore hands-on, and feel free.
If we follow procedures, we can accomplish this. Please trust us, we can teach your children these routines and they will love school, even if its in a mask.
We have made a conscience, prudent plan to be open for the 2020-2021 school year and are currently enrolling for the 2020-21 school year. Let us know if you would like to set-up a time to visit the campus.Request Information
Our preschool program is in the Early Learning Center, located next to the primary K-8 school. Inside our sizeable window-filled building, we have two classrooms; one for students ages 3 and 4 and the second room for students ages 4 and 5. Classroom placement depends on the child’s birthdate and social development.