St. Martin’s Episcopal Preschool is celebrating its 29th year of service to our Church and our community. Five years ago we were fortunate to be able to design a new preschool in the new Parish Hall building. We feel blessed to have this beautiful building designed for our unique program!
The preschool consists of two programs:
- BEGINNINGS for children ages 1 and 2
- Preschool for 3 and 4 year olds
Classes can be from one to five mornings per week depending on the age of the child.
For more information, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (423) 855-1011.
The schedule for the BEGINNINGS program for 1’s and 2’s is as follows:
- 2 year old classes — Monday 9-12 & Friday 9-2 or Tuesday 9-2 & Thursday 9-12
- 1 year old ‘Baby Day’ classes — Wednesday 9-12
There are 10 children in 2’s, 8 children in 1’s, with 2 Teachers in each class. Our student-teacher ratios are below the State of Tennessee standards. The BEGINNINGS classes are taught by two great teachers, Mrs. Allison Creasey and Mrs. Andrea Lee. They bring to BEGINNINGS great love and affection for the children as well as invaluable knowledge and years of experience with preschoolers. They were also former St. Martin’s Preschool parents!
The BEGINNINGS classes are housed separately from the 3 and 4-year old preschoolers but have lots of storage for educational and fun materials plus access to the preschool materials and equipment. They also have a separate bathroom with a short sink and itty-bitty toilet. The BEGINNINGS playground is a fenced area within the larger preschool playground with equipment appropriate for their age.
The day is a structured program consisting of directed free play inside and outside, snack and/or lunch and Teacher directed time. This includes circle time, which changes daily and may consist of singing, felt board stories, reading books, music, movement, games, aerobics, dancing, puppets, etc.
Art activities are also a very important part of the day as the children produce a cherished ‘work’ as well as learn so many developmental skills. This is a wonderful age to begin working on social interaction, small and gross motor skills, relating to and verbalizing with other adults and children, sharing, following directions, testing limits and just having fun with friends!
The BEGINNINGS teachers make the school day very language and vocabulary rich as these are the ages for acquiring and using words and sentences. We use developmentally appropriate practices to address early learning skills through the play, art, music and language we do every school day. Our goal is to meet the child’s individual needs, start on the educational building blocks that will prepare them for academic success, foster appropriate social skills and help develop a good self-image.
The BEGINNINGS students do not attend chapel like the 3’s and 4’s. The teachers introduce age appropriate Christian songs and stories especially around the religious holidays. We believe that if learning is fun and rewarding from the ‘BEGINNING’ it will continue for a lifetime!
About 3 and 4-Year Old Preschool
After the 2-year old BEGINNINGS class, the children ‘graduate’ to 3 and then 4-year old PreSchool.
- Two-day 3-year-old classes Tuesday & Thursday 9-12
- Three-day 3 and 4-year-old classes Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9-12
- Five-day 4-year-old classes Monday through Friday 9-12
- All classes have the option of early care beginning at 8 a.m. each day and/or “Stay & Play” from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The preschool Teachers have college degrees, some more than one degree, and at least 18 hours of in-service training each year.
The 3 and 4-year old classes feature a departmentalized format, an educational experience unique to our preschool. When arriving at school, the child will have a directed free-play time in which the child can relax, see friends and expend some energy. They have the opportunity to play with any of the other 3 and 4-year olds who come to school on that day. They may also choose any center, from cars and trucks to painting to dress-ups to roller racers, for example. Both small and gross motor skills are addressed. These centers change daily for variety in the learning experience. After we clean up, we have an ‘opening’ in which we discuss the weather, calendar, current events, birthdays, etc. The preschooler then goes to his homeroom class with his age group for his first class. If, for example, the child is a 5-day 4-year old, his homeroom teacher is Ms. Owensby, and he will start with a snack and then have her Art Class. He then visits Ms. Turnure for Music and next attends Ms. Goss’ Pre-reading and Math class. Weather permitting, 3’s and 4’s then go outside. The daily schedule changes to accommodate chapel on Monday and Tuesday, cooking and parties as well as field trips for 4-year olds and other special events.
The benefit of this format is fourfold. Rather than spending an entire school day in one room with one Teacher, the child has the opportunity to experience a new Teacher and a new and stimulating environment in each of the three subject areas. No area is ever slighted as that subject is the specialty of that Teacher. Secondly, the child has the opportunity to experience preschoolers both younger and older in the early free play setting and move from learning center to learning center as he chooses. The child learns to follow directions and adapt comfortably to both structure and change as he proceeds from class to class; an extremely important preparation for kindergarten. Finally, all of the Teachers and staff get to know all of the children in different settings and can make educated and first hand evaluations and recommendations.
For more information about St. Martin’s Preschool, please call me at (423) 855-1011 or email us at email@example.com.
Kathy McNabb, Director
Last week we sent home the applications for the 2017-2018 school year along with a detailed explanation of the process. If you did not receive one please let your teachers know. We will BEGIN accepting applications on Wednesday, February 15th at 9:15 AM. If you have questions about classes, the application process or your child, please give me a call or make an appointment. There is also a pretty detailed description of all classes in your manual. I will take applications from the public on Wednesday, March 1st, so if you know of anyone interested in St. Martin’s Preschool please have them call me so I can set up a tour and get an application to them.
St. Martin’s Preschool once again earned a rating of
the highest rating available from the state.
Thank you for choosing St. Martin’s for your children. We are blessed to have such wonderful families!!
We will celebrate Valentines with parties on Monday, February 13 for 3-day 3’s and 4’s and on Tuesday, February 14 for 2-day 3’s and 5-day 4’s. Please send valentine cards with your child no later than the morning of party day! We ‘mail’ our valentines during morning play time. You or your child may sign the cards on the back, but do not address them. You may send enough for your class or the day. The class numbers are as follows: 5-day 4’s: 13, 3-day 4’s: 9, 3-day 3’s: 9, 2-day 3’s: 17. For Monday, Wednesday, and Friday the total number is 31. For Tuesday and Thursday, the total number is 30. Parties will begin at 11:00 AM. The Parents that are working this party need to be here at 10:45 AM to set up. You do not need baskets or boxes for the valentines; we will decorate bags at school.
SPRING SUPPLY FEE
Your Supply Fee of $75 ($100 for 5-day 4’s) is now late. Please check your records and if you have not already paid it, please do so.
On Wednesday and Thursday, February 22 and 23, the 3 and 4-year-old classes will be having a beach party! The Preschoolers may wear beach attire; bathing suits, shorts, sandals, flip flops, etc. to school. Bring a beach towel to lounge on and a change of clothes including underwear, socks, and shoes in case we go outside. We will turn up the heat and pretend we are on the beach! We will eat popsicles, play beach volleyball, surf on bolo boards and, of course, play beach blanket BINGO. The children always enjoy these ‘Special Days’. 5-day 4’s may ‘beach it’ both days.
TAX ID NUMBER
If you are employed and report your school fees for child care, our federal tax ID number is 62-0991097. Don’t forget to also report early care, supply fees and application fees. Let me know if you need a receipt.
School will be closed Monday, February 20 for President’s Day.
LETTER OF THE MONTH
We will be working on the letters B, P, and R this month. Please send in pictures that start with these letters. Our writing center will be supplied with many valentine making materials during the month of February. The Preschoolers love to make valentines to mail in our mailbox. We encourage them to practice their letters, names and numbers when making these valentines which helps as another building block toward reading.
Please make sure that our annual Family Night Dinner, Art Show, and Sale is on your calendar for Thursday, April 6 from 5:00-7:00 PM. This is a super fun family event with parent and kid- friendly food, art centers, and inexpensive art projects and photos. Your family will have fun and the Preschool, Playground, and Scholarship fund will benefit. We also have a silent auction, so if you have a business, or know of someone who would like to donate an item please let me know. More information will be coming home soon.
We close if Hamilton County Schools close, but we start on time if they have a delayed start. This information is available on all radio and TV stations early in the morning.
We are really concentrating on our basic skills as we will be administering a readiness evaluation in preparation for spring conferences. If you are not already working on the basics at home, please do so! Encourage your children by having a box of paper, markers, scissors, pencils, crayons, etc. available to them. Plenty of practice at ages 3 and 4 will help them tremendously in kindergarten.
Applications Accepted at 9:15 AM or thereafter
School Closed for President’s Day
Family Night 5-7 PM
Graduation for 4-year-old classes, Creative Discovery Museum 9:00 AM