St. Stephen Preschool
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Thank you for your interest in St. Stephen Preschool. Our holistic approach offers a variety of opportunities for individual and group participation. We strive to develop strong self-help and school readiness skills, encourage creativity, and provide engaging language arts and math activities.
We provide a kind and friendly atmosphere in which each child will expand his/her cognitive, social, physical, and emotional development, focusing on positive self-concept and an enjoyable preschool experience.
We introduce preschool members and their families to the St. Stephen congregation and ministry, and to invite them to become participants in the study of God’s word.
Class times are from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. We offer 2, 3, 4, and 5 day programs for children ages 2½ to 5. All children must be potty trained. Early Morning Care is available daily beginning at 8:15 am. An extended day program runs Monday – Thursday from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM from mid-September through mid-May.
Meets two days (Tuesday and Thursday) or
three days (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) per week
Maximum class size is 12
Should be 3 by December 31
Meets three days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday),
four days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday)
or five days per week.
Maximum class size is 14
Should be 4 by December 31
Meets five days per week
Maximum class size is 12
Prepares children for Kindergarten
Must be 5 by December 31.
All student participate in:
-Reading Room and Pre-literacy skills
-Math and Science Activities
-Weekly Music Class
-Physical Education Classes
-Weekly Chapel Time
-Monthly visits from the Williamsburg James City County Book Mobile
St. Stephen Preschool Calendar
2013 – 2014
August 29 — Orientation – all 3s – 10:00-11:30
August 30 — Orientation – all 4s & 5s – 10:00-11:30
September 3 — First full day of School – all 3s, 4d & 5d 4s & 5s
September 4 — First full day of School – 3d 4s
October 5&6 — Occasion for the Arts
November 4 — Lifetouch Pictures – all 4s
November 5 — Lifetouch Pictures – all 3s & 5s
November 27-29 — Thanksgiving Holiday – No School
December 16 — Christmas Party – all 4s & 5s
December 17 — Christmas Party – all 3s
December 18-January 1 — Christmas Break – No School
January 20 — Martin Luther King Holiday – No School
February 17 — Presidents’ Day Holiday – No School
March 3 — Father’s Night – all 4s & 5s – No School
March 6 — Grandparents’ Day – all 3s
April 6-13 — Spring Break
April 16 — Easter Egg Hunt – all 4s & 5s
April 17 — Easter Egg Hunt – all 3s
April 18-April 21 — Easter Break – No School
May 2 — Kindergarten Registration for Williamsburg/James City County
May 9 — Mother’s Day Luncheon – all 4s & 5s
May 26 — Memorial Day – No School
May 29 — School Picnic – all 3s – no school for all 4s & 5s
May 30 — School Picnic & Graduation – all 4s & 5s
Non-Discrimination PolicySt. Stephen Preschool shall not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational p0licies, admissions, scholarship, and other school administered programs. a
Lauren McQuain, Preschool Director and Ducks Teacher, is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, IN with a BS in Physical Education and a minor in Special Education, and has done graduate work in Elementary Education at the College of William and Mary and Old Dominion University. She has taught for 18 years, including 12 years at St. Stephen Preschool. Her daughter is a graduate of St. Stephen Preschool.
Susan Ruane, Frogs Teacher, is a graduate of Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, NH with a BA in Elementary Education and a minor in Fine Arts. She has taught for 12 years at St. Stephen Preschool. She is the mother of four boys, two of whom have graduated from St. Stephen Preschool.
Christine Hanlon, Bunnies Teacher, is a graduate of Florida State University, with BA degrees in Multicultural/Multilingual Education – French and History. She has experience working in Special Education and general education K-5 within James City County for the past several years. She has two children who are graduates from St. Stephen Preschool. This is Mrs. Hanlon’s first year teaching at St. Stephen Preschool.
Amy Colafrancesco, Little Bears Teacher, is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is a Registered Nurse in NY and Virginia and has her Preschool Child Development Associated Degree. She has taught at St. Stephen Preschool for 12 years. She has three children who are all graduates of St. Stephen Preschool.
Samantha Shearer, Teacher’s Assistant, attended Austin Community College in Austin, TX. She is a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church and has substituted for the Preschool for five years and has been involved in Children’s Education Programs for the past six years. Mrs. Shearer has two children who are graduates of St. Stephen Preschool.
Patty Ballentine, Music Teacher, is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a BS in Elementary Education. She is a former Kindermusik teacher and has 18 years experience teaching preschool music at the Wilmington Music School in Delaware, Walsingham Academy, and St. Stephen Preschool.
Kelly Kirkpatrick, assistant Art Teacher, is a graduate of Christopher Newport University and Lenoir-Rhyne College with degrees in Sociology/Social Work and Special Education. She has 25 years’ experience working in preschool programs in North Carolina and Tennessee. Mrs. Kirkpatrick is excited to be at St. Stephen for her second year.