Our St. Stephen Lutheran Preschool


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Now Enrolling for 2019-2020!

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Come tour our school and learn about our program!

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Welcome and thank you for your interest in our preschool, established in 1965. Our holistic approach offers a variety of opportunities for individual and group participation. We strive to develop strong self-help and school readiness, encourage creativity, and provide engaging language arts and math activities.

For more information and to schedule a tour, call Preschool Administrator Sandy Peterkin in the church office: (757) 229-6688.  And be sure to check out our Facebook page!

We are receiving registrations for the 2017-2018 school year. You can download a registration form here. Send your form and registration fee today!

If you are interested in joining our dynamic team of teachers, you can download a job application form here.

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Mission Statements

To provide a kind and friendly atmosphere in which each child will expand his/her cognitive, social, physical, and emotional development, while focusing on positive self-concept and an enjoyable preschool experience.

To introduce preschool members and their families to the St. Stephen congregation and ministry, and invite them to become participants in the study of God’s word.

Our Programs

Class times are from 9:00 AM to Noon. We offer 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-day programs for children 3-5 who are potty-trained. Early Morning Care is available daily beginning at 8:15 AM. An extended day program runs Monday–Thursday from Noon to 2:00 PM from mid-September through mid-May.

Non-Discrimination Policy: St. Stephen Lutheran Preschool shall not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions, scholarships, and other school administered programs.

Threes Classes

  • Meet two days (Tues. and Thurs.) or three days (Mon., Wed., Fri. OR Tues, Thurs, Fri.) each week
  • Maximum class size is 10
  • Child should be 3 by September 30

Fours Classes

  • Meet three days (Mon., Wed., Fri.) or four days (Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs.) each week
  • Maximum class size is 12

Fives Class

  • Meets five days per week
  • Maximum class size is 12

Early Morning Care

  • Available daily from 8:15 AM

Extended Day Program

  • Monday through Friday from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM

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Curriculum Basics

Spiritual Development

     Weekly Chapel Time with a Pastor

     Prayer before snack

     Bible stories and seasonal songs

Language Development

     Oral expression/listening skills

     Vocabulary extension

     Daily reading time

     Appropriate field trips (e.g., fire station)

Physical Development

     Large muscle development

     Fine motor skill development

     Coordination activities

Social-Emotional Development

     Respect and warmth shown to each child

     Cooperative play experiences

     Trust in environment and adults

     Develop empathy for others

Cognition, Problem Solving, and Scientific Development

     Opportunities to see similarities and differences

     Develop senses:  see, hear, taste, smell, and touch

     Use diverse materials (e.g., water, clay, objects)

     Observe and care for plants and animals

Mathematical Development

     Counting activities

     Beginning recognition of numbers

     Development of basic number concepts

     Awareness of time intervals

Creative Development

     Daily art classes

     Exploration with wide variety of visual media

     Distinguishing between fantasy and reality

     Encouragement of imagination

     Weekly music classes

Our Calendar for 2019-2020

August 28-29………………………………………….. Preschool Orientation

September 1………………. Blessing of the Backpacks & Social Gathering

September 3…………… First full day of School – Zebras, Koalas & Frogs

September 4………………….. First full day of School – Giraffes & Hippos

September 9……………………………….. Extended Day Program begins

October 4-6……………………………………………. Occasion for the Arts

October 28………………………………………. Pancake Costume Supper

November 5………………………….. Lifetouch Pictures – Zebras & Frogs

November 6……………… Lifetouch Pictures – Giraffes, Hippos & Koalas

November 13……………. Jamestown Fieldtrip – Hippos, Koalas & Frogs

November 27-29………………………. Thanksgiving Holiday – No School

December 19………………………….. Christmas Party –Zebras & Koalas

December 20………………… Christmas Party – Giraffes, Hippos & Frogs

December 23-January 3……………………. Christmas Break – No School

January 20……………………….. Martin Luther King Holiday – No School

February 9…………………………………………………….. Winter Carnival

February 17………………………….. Presidents’ Day Holiday – No School

February 25………………………………. Pancakes & PJs/Shrove Tuesday

March 2……………………………………… Teacher Work Day – No School

…………………………………. Father’s Night – Hippos, Koalas & Frogs

March 16……………………………….. Summer Camp Registration Begins

April 2…………………………………… Easter Egg Hunt – Zebras & Koalas

April 3………………………….. Easter Egg Hunt – Giraffes, Hippos & Frogs

April 6-10………………………………………………………….. Spring Break

April 14………………………………………….. Grandparents’ Day – Zebras

April 15…………………………………………. Grandparents’ Day – Giraffes

May 1…………………………………………… Kindergarten Registration for

…………………………………………… Williamsburg/James City County

May 6…………………….. Mother’s Day Brunch – Hippos, Koalas & Frogs

May 15……………………………………………………. Extended Day Ends

May 25……………………………………………. Memorial Day – No School

May 28…………………………. End-of-the-Year Picnic – Zebras & Giraffes

……………………………………. No school for Hippos, Koalas & Frogs

May 29…………… School Picnic & Graduation – Hippos, Koalas & Frogs

June 1-5…………………………………………… Summer Camp – Week 1

June 8-12………………………………………….. Summer Camp – Week 2

June 15-19………………………………………… Summer Camp – Week 3

June 22-26………………………………………… Summer Camp – Week 4

July 13-17………………………………………….. Summer Camp – Week 5

July 20-24………………………………………….. Summer Camp – Week 6

August 3-7…………………………………………. Summer Camp – Week 7

August 10-14………………………………………. Summer Camp – Week 8

Dates may be subject to change

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