Preschool Mission Statement
St. Mary School Preschool offers all students an educational experience rooted in faith, dedicated to academic excellence, and committed to service.
St. Mary School students are immersed in a Christ-centered learning environment, grounded in the Catholic faith, which supports the development of the whole child; spiritually, intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally. We acknowledge parents as the primary educators of their children and we partner with parents to provide an outstanding Catholic education. We encourage students to develop their God-given talents by fostering an atmosphere of dignity and respect for everyone. Students have multiple opportunities to grow in their faith through liturgical celebrations, Mass, daily prayer, and learning about our Christian virtues. Teachers and parents model values in class and around campus for students to witness faith in action. Our rigorous curriculum encourages critical thinking and problem solving skills for students to apply the knowledge learned in class and to promote life-long learning.
The Early years of a child’s life are the most important for developmental growth. Research shows that the emotional, physical and intellectual environments during a child’s first 5 years of life have a major impact on how his/her brain develops. The experiences children have with parents and teachers affect their success and well-being in school and throughout their life, through developmentally appropriate, hands on, and play-oriented activities. These activities are designed to develop the children’s self-esteem and positive feelings toward learning. They also promote the following goals
A. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
- Honor and love God and thy neighbor.
- Attend weekly Mass with the school and encourage Sunday attendance.
- Memorize basic prayers and develop a relationship of loving friendship with God
- Daily Catholic ABCs curriculum
- Thank you prayers before snacks and lunch.
- Learn spiritual and religious music/songs.
- Engage in classroom “Prayer Corner” (where children can pray) and “Prayer Wall” (prayers are written on a heart and hung on the wall as a daily reminder)
- Learn, live, and practice our school virtues.
B. EDUCATIONAL, INTELLECTUAL AND ACADEMIC
- Develop a love for learning.
- Develop an interest in books, reading and listening to stories.
- Participate in educational games individually and as part of a group.
- Play with structured and open-ended toys and materials.
- Participate in all “Creative Curriculum Interest Areas” (p. 13).
- Develop an awareness of the environment in which they live.
- Respect adults and other children (humility).
- Make appropriate use of classroom toys.
- Learn to be attentive and listen to others.
- Learn to share cooperatively (charity and generosity).
- Learn to take turns.
- Help with clean up.
- Participate in a) group activities; b) discussions; c) Show and Tell day.
- Separate from parents with ease (self-confidence and trust).
- Express feelings in socially acceptable ways.
- Express frustration with words or actions that do not hurt others (self-control).
- Have a caring and loving attitude towards others.
- Exercise self-dominance.
- Achieve independence in personal needs and expresses them appropriately.
- Develop a positive attitude to new experiences.
- Make appropriate informed decisions.
- Participate in motor development.
- Participate in a variety of outside activities.
- Develop good health habits.
- Learn the importance of rest and relaxation.
- Be responsible for his/her own space and possessions.