A New School Year for our Newest Students
Sometimes the St. James’ Preschool can feel as distant as the Sea of Tranquility, but in actuality our preschool neighbors are closer than you think, with many of them just a year or two away from coming to class across the street. The Butterflies teacher, Agnieszka Marchel discussed what’s old and what’s new in preschool, Aggie as she is known insisted every day is the best day of the week in her classroom, “No two days are the same, and we're never bored. It's thrilling to watch the children discover new things through playing and through our planned activities. Also it's just fun to play with them and take a moment to be a kid again.” When asked about her own preschool experience her immediate recall was on her peculiar dietary choices, “I remember eating a lot of chapstick. But in all seriousness, I remember playing and exploring, using my imagination to create my own world. I attended a play-based program and it definitely shaped who I am today.” As for this year, Ms. Marchel was enthusiastic about the 2016-17 school year and the new preschool director Pat Joseph Thomas “Pat brings SO much to the table. She has a vast knowledge of child development and many, many years of experience. She has a kind demeanor and a true comedic spirit. She has truly reinvigorated the staff and the school.”
In a single half hour on the preschool grounds you’ll see students buzzing around in cars reminiscent of the Flintstones, reenacting large scale floods, determinedly traversing mountain ranges of plastic blocks. An outside observer wonders as to what the actual curriculum entails among such young learners, Ms. Marchel walked us through the different classroom experiences. “A lot of the differences have to do with age and developmentally appropriate planning. Obviously a two-year-old is different from a three-year-old is different from four- and five-year-olds. Many of the goals for the children in the Dolphin room center around separation transitions and learning how to be at school. The Dolphin teachers also lay a foundation for building trusting relationships, receptive and expressive language skills, letter and number recognition, in addition to many other developmental skills.” Once they move on from the Dolphins, there are new challenges ahead, “In the Butterfly room, we focus on independence mainly. We want our children to know how to do basic tasks on their own so that they feel empowered to learn. We also extend their learning of letters and numbers and, by the end of the year, most of the children are extremely proficient in all learning domains- and independent! The Kindergarten Readiness Program teachers further extend the children's learning in all domains, while also empowering them to be individuals. Our entire program has differences, sure, but we all flow together to create children who are explorers, creators, and, above all, eager learners.”In the more short term though the St. James’ Preschoolers are focused on October, “We are always learning and exploring fun things, but this coming month, we are having a lot of visitors. A dentist, a police officer, and a puppet show will all be coming to the school.” Some traditions from the K-6 school are being replicated on the west side of Gramercy Pl, “We will also be creating our own Halloween costumes this year and have the Halloween parade at the preschool this year. The children will be creating their own characters and will be able to take ownership of their own ideas and creativity! The teachers might make a group costume as well..... maybe.”
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- Grandparents and Special Friends Day
It is hard to believe that our Grandparents and Special Friends Day is just around the corner on November 22! This is one of our favorite days of the year at St. James' and a wonderful celebration of our community. We look forward to welcoming our beloved grandparents and special friends to the school and enjoying a fun day together.
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- ASE Registration Now Closed
- From the SmartLab
- Car Safety Reminders
- Partybook Open
We've got pies, pumpkins and prizes on tap for this fall, sign up today.
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- Parent Wine and Cheese Night October 5 6-7:30PM
The St. James’ Parent Association cordially invites you to an evening of wine cheese and fellowship at their annual School Year Kickoff Party. Meet other parents and find out all the ways you can volunteer!
- Now Accepting Applications for September 2017
Now Accepting Applications for September 2017
St. James’ is now accepting applications for all grades for September 2017. Apply online.
Siblings of current students and children of employees are encouraged to complete their application before Thursday, October 13, 2016. This helps the Admission Committee have enough time to give careful consideration to all applicants, including siblings of current students and children of employees; to ensure that the school can meet the needs of all St. James’ students.
St. James’ provides an innovative educational experience within a warm and diverse community dedicated to academic excellence, nobility of character, and spiritual growth. We welcome all applicants, without regard to their race, ethnic origin, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or economic or social circumstances.
Sibling and employee applications are due Thursday, October 13.
Contact Assistant Director of Admission Kimberly James with questions about the online application process.