Dear Parent:

It is our goal at St. Peter Early Childhood Center to introduce your child to a positive school experience. For many families, preschool is the first external exposure to learning. We strive to make you and your child feel welcome and comfortable. A safe and loving environment fosters positive self-esteem in children and provides for them a sense of community and the courage to learn and grow. The staff at the Early Childhood Center all work together to provide children with the stepping stones they need to learn and develop socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually. Our Center is the first stepping stone, the foundation to beginning this process. We focus heavily on emotional and social development in our daily activities. We work hard to foster good manners, putting our best foot forward, not giving up and getting along with others. We believe that instilling these simple life-long values at a young age will be beneficial down the road when more complex intellectual challenges begin to be introduced. Watching children exploring and expanding their knowledge is truly fulfilling. The teachers at St. Peter Early Childhood Center are dedicated to the growth and education of all children, they are our future.

To start the year off, enclosed you will find forms that we need on file. Please complete and return them to us at Parent Orientation. Due to the guidelines established by the Department of Education there are a few items concerning the forms that we need you to look at carefully.

Authorized Pick-up Form: Anyone who may possibly be picking up your child during the school year needs to be listed on this form including yourself.

Emergency Transport Form: Fill out Part I or Part II at the bottom of this form. The people that are listed to be contacted in case of an emergency must also be included on the Authorized Pick-up Form.

Child’s Physical Form: Your child needs a current physical. At the time of the physical please have your doctor complete and sign this form. This form must be on file no later then 30 days from the first day of school.

Child’s Medical History Form: If there is any condition that the Center needs to be aware of (i.e. allergies, asthma, modified supplements or special dietary needs) it needs to be listed on this form.

Birth and Baptism Certificates need to be on file. The Birth Certificate must be from the County. Please bring them to Parent Orientation.

The 2016-2017 Parent Orientation (parents/guardians only) will be held on Monday, August 8th at 6:30pm. in the Family Life Center. Parent Handbooks and teacher assignments will be available. After a brief meeting, parents will be asked to join their child’s teacher for a short discussion. You must turn in forms and pay your Materials Fee at this time. Please remember both are due by the first day of class.

We will have a Meet the Teacher/Open House on Sunday, August 14th from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Center. This is an opportunity for the teacher and your child to meet and share in the excitement of the new school year.

The first day of school for the Preschool is August 16th. The times of classes will be announced at the Parent Orientation.

Parent Volunteers; Last but not least, we always welcome parent volunteers! If you plan on volunteering the Archdiocese requires you to have a background check and view a child protection video. Attached are the dates and times that St. Peter Parish is facilitating these workshops. Thank you for the opportunity to teach and learn with your child. They are God’s Most Precious Gift!


Penny Stratton