Summary

Director Mary Lammers: stmatthewps@gracefaithlove.org
                                        Phone 816-524-4354

Program Goal

nullThe St. Matthew Preschool provides a Christ-centered atmosphere conducive to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual growth of the whole child.

Classes Offered & Fees

(updated April 2019)

- Enrollment - $75.00 yearly (non-refundable)
- Activity Fee - $30.00 covers the cost of the two field trips the school offers each year-Pumpkin Patch for child & parent; Paradise Park for child. Vouchers will be given if child cannot attend.

Tots – 2 years old by July 31 - The Tots class is comprised of children who are self-sufficient in toileting needs and ready for group activities.

Preschool (PS) – 3 years old by July 31 – children participate in individual, small group & large group activities.

Pre-Kindergarten (PK) – 4 years old by July 31 - children participate in individual, small group & large group activities.

Classroom routines are established by the classroom staff; Chapel Time is held in the Sanctuary at the start of class every day.  In the classroom the children participate in individual, small group & large group activities.  Tuition includes $10/mo for Happy Feet.

Monday/Wednesday/Friday             $195/mo                     9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Tuesday/Thursday                           $155/mo                     9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Monday – Friday                              $335/mo                     9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon      

Prekindergarten+/(PK+) (4 yrs old by July 31)

This class is a good preparation for all-day kindergarten. Children will participate in all the activities of the traditional 3-hour class including Happy Feet with the following additional activities:

  • Lunch from home with opportunities for language development. Lunches should be in an insulated container with an ice-pack.
  • 15 minute rest time after lunch (required by state)
  • Interactive play, science-cooking, creative art, dramatics

Monday/Wednesday/Friday             $315/mo                     9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Tuesday/Thursday                           $230/mo                     9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Monday – Friday                              $525/mo                     9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Lunch Bunch – 12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM (fees based on days of attendance for the year)

Lunch Bunch is an opportunity for children to enjoy the following additional activities in a mixed age group after participating in all the activities of the traditional 3-hour class:

  • Lunch from home with opportunities for language development. Lunches (with no peanut products) should be in an insulated container with an ice-pack. (See sections on FOOD & PEANUT SAFE ENVIRONMENT for specific details.)
  • 15 minute rest time after lunch (required by state)
  • Interactive play, science-cooking, creative art, dramatics

Monday - $40.00/mo            Wednesday – $40.00/mo                Friday - $40.00/mo
Tuesday - $45.00/mo           Thursday - $45.00/mo

Early Bird – 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM - $5.00/day – This is offered for parents who have time conflicts and need to drop off early. The children meet in the Fellowship Hall and participate in a variety of activities.

 

Enrollment

Office hours 8:30 to 4:30 during the school year and abbreviated hours in the summer (please call before coming during summer hours). Enrollment for the coming year begins in February. Enrollments are accepted until classes are full.

Enrollment form.

 

Policies

  • The State Health Department requires the children to be up to date on their immunizations. The parents must provide a signed medical form and a copy of the immunization record at the time school starts.
  • The state requires an enrollment form and a parent responsibility form to be on file when the child starts.
  • Children must be potty-trained and preferably wearing underwear. We do not have the facilities to change diapers.

 

Curriculum

St Matthew Preschool staff will:

  • Provide Christian education in the classroom and chapel time, as well as on the playground and during center time.
  • Provide a wide variety of developmentally appropriate activities to offer opportunities for children to explore individual interests and differences.
  • Provide hands-on activities in a variety of learning centers so each child learns through the best style for him/her.
  • Provide learning centers - writing, science, art, blocks, manipulatives, etc. - for the children to explore the many different themes used throughout the year.
  • Provide a low student/teacher ratios at 7/1.
  • Provide children with outdoor activities every day.
  • Encourage children and their families to accept God's unconditional love as it is experienced through His word and the loving, caring preschool staff.
  • Help pre-kindergarten children prepare for elementary school.
  • Maintain ongoing communication between teachers and parents through newsletters, parent meetings/conferences and other parent involvement.

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