St. Catherine’s Preschool has designed an excellent, well-rounded curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for children. In order to develop each child at their appropriate age level, St. Catherine’s Preschool program integrates five specific areas:
SPIRITUALLY: Our curriculum will help your child grow in the knowledge and love of God, develop happy, wholesome feelings towards his/her Catholic Church, and become familiar with related Bible thoughts and stories.
SOCIALLY: Our curriculum will help your child grow in his/her ability to work and play with others, respect the personal and property rights of others, become more friendly, likeable, thoughtful and helpful, and develop an attitude of kindness, cooperation and courtesy.
PHYSICALLY: Our curriculum will help your child establish desirable health and safety habits, strengthen and coordinate his/her body through large and small muscle activities.
COGNITIVELY: Our curriculum will help your child progress at his/her own rate, develop independent thinking, problem solving, following directions and carrying out planned procedures to the best of his/her ability.
EMOTIONALLY: Our curriculum will help your child to gradually mature and properly express emotional responses, face and overcome emotional problems, and develop a positive self-image.
Here at St. Catherine’s Preschool we are building a readiness foundation for your child in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, music, movement and art which is presented appropriately according to your child’s age. Monthly thematic units will be used to teach and reinforce all skills and meet our objectives.
St. Catherine’s Preschool offers an additional educational adventure called “5 ALIVE” representing an extended and enhanced educational experience.
Our 5 Alive class builds on the Early Fives and represents an extension of educational components. The extended activities include expanded experiences in science, math, and social studies as well as Bible classes, music, movement, and library.
Five Alive is for those children who will be 5 years of age between September 1 of the current year and the last day of February of the following year.
As the students reach the age of five, they can join the 5 Alive program “in progress” and add time to their school day.
Please give us a call if you wish to know more about “5 Alive” and how your child might benefit from the experience.
How GREAT is the SCPS Staff?
For 20 years, I have had the privilege of spending my days with the staff of St. Catherine’s Preschool. We lovingly call ourselves the” Sisters of St. Catherine’s Preschool” and that is what we truly are.
The teachers at St. Catherine’s Preschool are the absolute BEST women ever. These women are dedicated to teaching the children the true love of learning and of our Catholic faith. They work many more hours than they can be paid to give these preschoolers all they need developmentally, spiritually, emotionally and cognitively to progress forward. They not only nurture the child but the entire family. These ladies LOVE to get to know the families of their students. They truly care and that is a gift that is priceless. Each one of these ladies has exceptional gifts that they share with our preschool and I feel truly blessed to have each of them in our school.
We all feel that communication is key to a successful year. St. Catherine’s Preschool and our teachers have many forms of communicating with you. Listed below are explanations of the areas we utilize:
Monthly Calendars and Preschool Teacher Letters – These items list upcoming field trips, special guest, snack person, birthday’s etc. Your child’s preschool teacher provides these at the beginning of each month.
Daily and Weekly News – The Two and Three year old classes will be sending home “Weekly News” forms to give you a more current update on the status of your child’s classroom activities. The Four and Five year old classes will be sending home “Daily News” forms to give you daily updates on your child’s class activities.
Monthly Chit Chat – This item is a school newsletter that gives many important dates and reminders for the month. The preschool office provides this newsletter at the beginning of each month via email.
Voice Mail – Each Preschool Teacher and Assistant will have an individual voice mail that can be accessed by a direct line number. This will be given to you at parent orientation.
E-Mail – You may correspond with the Preschool by using our email address at firstname.lastname@example.org There can be no email interaction between parents and preschool teacher’s personal email.
Website – You can look on the church website and click the preschool link for additional information on our preschool or go directly to the preschool website. The church website address is www.stcatherinercc.org or preschool at www.scspreschool.org.
Karen Pickens, Director
Natalie Dawkins, Preschool Administrator
Vicki West, Curriculum Coordinator
Debbie McCurdy, Movement Teacher
Robin Matthews, Music Teacher
Leslie McCloskey, Resource Coordinator
Theresa Signaigo & Dawn Kirchner
Christina Bailey & Leighann Buford
Alicia Crittenden & Cassidy Foley
Trish Shipman & Teresa Siragusa
Melissa Robinson & Pamela Eyester
Katie Van Zant & Janet Randall
Jan McCarrey & Courtney Wexler
Maranda Bolzenius & Rosie Keiser
Vicki West & Ginger Perry
Linda DePeter & Jean Esposito
Early Fives Staff
Sylvia Spotts & Beth Robinson
5 Alive Staff
Carol Werner & Stephanie Melton