St. Mary Catholic School Algoma Wisconsin

St. Mary Preschool-3 and Kindergarten-4 Programs - Algoma WI

MISSION
St. Mary School recognizes its mission as a channel through which the Church can extend and continue the teaching mission entrusted to it by Jesus Himself – namely, to build a People of God.

PHILOSOPHY
St. Mary School is a Catholic educational community which offers parents the opportunity of a sound academic and educational experience for their children.  It is committed to reflect in its environment, and in every aspect of its curriculum, Gospel values.  As such, it is a sign and a source of Catholic faith in this community.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
Throughout the Old Testament God promised peace to His people.  In the New Testament Jesus, the Prince of Peace, was given to us.  We recognize God’s Gift and responsibility.  Full Christian growth and development means full human growth and development:  spiritual, moral, emotional, intellectual and physical.  St. Mary School is dedicated:

  • To strive to inculcate the Gospel spirit of “peace, brotherhood, love, patience and respect for others.”
  • To explore ways to deepen our students’ concern for and skill in peacemaking and the achievement of justice.
  • To inspire our students to achieve a vital personal relationship with Jesus.
  • To provide an orderly preschool environment where children not only experience a learning atmosphere but also learn to respect property and appreciate the dignity of life.
  • To provide opportunities for meaningful play that are based on the child’s individual needs, interests, handicaps, abilities, and that will build important foundations.

For 15 years, the St. Mary Pre-School Program has fostered the development and learning of children in seven crucial areas.

Faith & Spirituality
Children are taught that each person is a special gift from God. They learn to respond to God's love for us through their natural awareness of nature, music and art. Children learn to care for other people and the environment.

Personal & Social Development
Children will develop self-confidence, self-direction, and responsibility. They will learn how to interact with other children and adults and learn to solve conflicts in non-physical ways.

Physical & Motor Development
Children will build body awareness, strength, and coordination through loco-motor activities and manipulative skills.

Children participate in structured and unstructured physical activity designed to increase heart rate and breathing along with improving strength and flexibility.

Literacy Introduction
Children will be exposed to a wide variety of activities to increase their listening and speaking skills. They will develop an understanding of words and word meaning through the use of appropriate vocabulary. They will begin to learn the symbols for our language and enjoy story time.

Math Introduction
Children begin their study of Math by exploring ideas about patterns and relationships, order, logic and meaning. They will identify and describe shapes, use numbers to tell how many, describe order and compare.

Science Introduction
Children's natural curiosity provides the basis for understanding science skills. Using a hands-on approach children will explore physical properties, learn to make observations and predictions and talk about natural changes.

Social Science Introduction
Children's natural desire to explore will lead to discoveries about people and places. THey will learn about locations and directions, wants and choices, and participate as citizens in the classroom.

ENROLLMENT

St. Mary Preschool is open to children ages three through five.  The child must be 3 years of age by September 1 to enroll in the 3 / 4 year old program.  The child must be 4 years of age by September 1 to enroll in the 4 / 5 year old program.  The child MUST be toilet trained to attend St. Mary Preschool. Practical, durable, and very washable clothing is best suited for preschool. 

As the Bible teaches, “God does not show favoritism”  Acts 10:3.  Therefore, St. Mary Preschool admits students of any sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin and all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities are generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, educational policies, admission policies, and other school-administered programs. You can live outside Kewaunee County or the Algoma School District and you do not have to be a Catholic or member of the St. Mary Parish for your children to attend St. Mary Preschool.

St. Mary Preschool-3 sessions are held Monday and Wednesday mornings from 8:00 - 10:30.
The Kindergarten-4 program is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00 - 10:30.

*Fee based on Parish membership.

A non-refundable registration fee of $10.00 per student MUST accompany registration to ensure your child’s placement into the program. Preschool fee payments must be made monthly beginning September 1 and continuing through June 1 of the current school year.  Statements will be issued monthly for your convenience.

Registration is held in spring and throughout the summer as needed.  Tours of the school can be arranged in June or August by contacting the school principal at 487-5004.


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WITHDRAWALS

The school reserves the right to terminate the attendance of a child if it is determined that such attendance is not in the best interest of the child or if the child has a disruptive effect on the other children.

The school also reserves the right to terminate attendance for the following reasons:

  • Delinquency in payments of fees
  • Lack of cooperation by the parents
  • Serious illness of the child
DAILY ADMISSION AND DISMISSAL 
Children should be escorted to the classroom by the parent or caregiver.  Any special instructions should be given to the teacher at that time. 

Children will be discharged only to authorized persons at the classroom door.  If someone other than the ordinary person is picking up a child, the teacher must be informed by a note or phone call from the parent.  Children will not be released to an unauthorized person.

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FIRST DAYS 
Some children find it difficult to be separated from their parents.  Be patient and understanding.  Offer help if needed by showing your child you are confident that he/she will soon stay by him/herself.  We have experienced, patient, and understanding staff that will help you and your child with difficult leave taking during those first sessions.

PARENT PARTICIPATION
Parent participation, along with the provision of a healthy snack, is required on a regular basis.  A schedule of parent volunteers will be developed and distributed by the teacher.  If you are unable to attend on your scheduled day, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to find your own replacement.

All persons acting as parent volunteers MUST complete the following before participating in the classroom:

1.    On-line eApps application through the Green Bay Diocesan website
2.    VIRTUS adult awareness training session (please check here for training schedule)
3.    Acknowledge receipt of and agree to adhere to the Diocesan Code of Pastoral Conduct

Since you are a part of our school family, we also encourage you to attend the five Home and School meetings scheduled each year.

CLOTHING
Practical, durable, and very washable clothing is best suited for preschool.  We will spend a great deal of time on the floor.

Outerwear, such as jackets, sweaters, boots, and mittens should be labeled with the child’s name.

Shoes should be practical for play.  We will engage in daily physical activities.  Tennis or other rubber-soled shoes are most suitable.

Please send an extra set of clothing with your child.  Enclose the set of clothing in a large Ziploc bag.  If your child would have an accident, we could return the soiled clothes in this bag.  Please label all items with your child’s first and last name.

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HEALTH
We wish to protect the health of the children.  We rely on you not to send a sick child to school.  Please call to inform the school of your child’s absence and the reason for the absence.  Also notify the school if your child becomes exposed to any contagious diseases.

MEDICATION
No medication of any type will be given to a child without the written consent of the parents.  Please inform your child’s teacher if your child is using medication that might affect his/her behavior in class.

TRANSPORTATION
The school does not provide transportation for Preschool-3.  Car pools may be arranged by the parents.

Bussing is available for the Kindergarten-4 program.

CANCELLATIONS
St. Mary Preschool will be cancelled whenever classes at St. Mary School are cancelled due to inclement weather.  Parents should listen to WBDK or WDOR radio stations for cancellation notices.


PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES 

St. Mary Preschool parent-teacher conferences will be held in conjunction with St. Mary School conferences that are usually scheduled in November.   Special conferences will be arranged at any time the parents or the teacher feels the need.

FIELD TRIPS
Special field trips will be arranged from time to time as they correlate with the educational experience of the child.  Permission forms will be provided and must be signed by a parent before a child can participate.  Parents will always be notified in advance when a trip is being planned.  We depend on parents to drive for the trips.  All children must be buckled up.

RECYCLING AND DONATIONS
St. Mary Preschool has been designed to be self-supporting.  We would ask that you help us to stay operationally self-sufficient.  Many of the materials we use are what people throw away; styrofoam meat trays, popsicle sticks, old hats, old magazines, useable board games, etc.

You may also be asked at times for donations of other items that are consumed by the children and periodically need to be replaced.  You will be informed of what items might be needed at a particular time.  If you have materials that you think might be useful, please talk to the teacher before bringing them or throwing them away.

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OUR PRESCHOOL
As stated in our Philosophy & Mission Statement, we wish to develop Christian social behaviors.  We will share with the children Christ and His love for us, and we will help to make children aware that our words and actions are a means of showing our love for Christ.

Preschool is not a requirement for entry into kindergarten, but it has been shown to be beneficial for the children and their parents.  A Catholic Christian preschool education provides kindergarten readiness, aids in early detection of academic, social, and emotional immaturities, nurtures and strengthens the faith of each child and supports Christian parenthood and home life.

St. Mary’s does not require you to send your child to St. Mary School after preschool.  We are here to serve those who want a Catholic Christian education for their child.  With the Lord’s help, we will serve you to the best of our abilities.

ST. MARY PRESCHOOL STUDENT SUPPLY LIST

  • School Bag/Backpack
  • Crayons (8 regular or jumbo)
  • Pencils – primary (fat size)
  • School glue  (4 oz.)
  • Watercolors
  • Colored pencils

Please send an extra set of clothing with your child.  Enclose the extra set of clothing in a large Ziploc bag.  If your child would have an accident, we could return the soiled clothes in this bag.

Please label all items with your child’s first and last name.

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