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Preschool Summer Letter

July 11, 2019

Dear St. Philip Early Childhood Center Parents:

Our St. Philip faculty and staff are looking forward to starting a new year full of enrichment, tradition and fun.  We are excited to announce that Mrs. Brandares has been promoted to Preschool Director at All Saints in Manassas. Although we are sad to see her go, we are so happy for her as she starts this new adventure.  We are also excited to announce that Ms. Hornilla has accepted the opening and will move to the full day 4’s program with Mrs. Medina as the assistant teacher in room 9. We are currently interviewing for a 4 year old half day teacher and expect to make a decision shortly.

On Friday, August 23rd at 5:30 pm all students are invited to “Meet the Teacher”. You  and your children are invited to spend an hour in the classroom so you can meet the teachers, other parents and their classmates.  Your children will receive their St. Philip book bags which they can make their own.  Please do not purchase book bags, back packs, students may only use the school provided bag.  At 6:30 pm on this day we will have a short family film with popcorn and drinks.  More details will follow.

The schedule for the first week of school is as follows:

*Monday 8/26               Preschool begins for all Mon. – Fri. 5-day classes and Mon. - Wed. 3-day                                              classes at 8:50 am.

                                       Dismissal is at 11:30 am for half day a.m. classes and 12:00 pm for full day                                           classes.  Extended day is available for those on the teacher workday/early                                             dismissal plan. 

                                        *Coupons and drop-ins are not permitted.

Tuesday 8/27                 Regular dismissal and extended day.

Wednesday 8/28           Regular dismissal and extended day.

Thursday 8/30               Preschool begins for all 2 day classes (Thurs. &  Fri.) 8:50 am with regular                                             dismissal and extended day.

*Friday 8/31                     12:00 pm dismissal for all however, there is extend day for those on the                                                  teacher workday/early dismissal plan. 

                                        *Coupons and drop-ins are not permitted.

All the above information is also available on the St. Philip Early Childhood Center live streaming Google calendar on the school home page.

 All our preschoolers will be in the school uniform each day.  Your student can wear any combination of the uniform in which they are most comfortable.  The uniforms are available through Educational Outfitters www.educationaloutfitters.com Any new student including siblings must be in the St. Philip uniform. All items should be purchased through Educational Outfitters.  The logo is copywritten and can not be duplicated. The Corpus Christi uniforms will be grandfathered for this year for those who have already attended last year.

Extended day will continue to be offered this year from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.  The extended day registration form can be found on the St. Philip Early Childhood Center website under extended day tab.  This form must be filled out and returned to the main office by August 18th.  If you have any questions about what plan to choose please do not hesitate to contact me. 

The Back-to-School Night orientation for all parents will be held on Thursday, September 12th at 6:15 p.m. in the cafeteria.  We ask that at least one parent attend this important meeting.  This will be the time that our program and policies will be reviewed and you will be able to visit the classroom and learn the specific details from your student's teachers on classroom schedule and classroom policies.  Child care will be available, and a signup genius will be sent out to reserve a spot.   Spaces are limited for child care.

We will continue our family service program this year.  The family service form will be available on our website and will be sent out electronically.   All families are required to participate in this program or buy out for your required hours.  More details will be sent separately and will be available on the website or in the office.  All family members who want to participate in events in the classroom or in events where there is direct contact with students must attend the Virtus class and complete the background check paperwork, which is now online as of July 15th.  You can sign up for Virtus at www.virtus.org;  the paperwork is available in the main office.  If you have any questions about this please contact me directly at: astich@stphilipecc.org.

Every family should have received an email from FACTS with information about registering for our FACTS tuition payment programAll families must be registered, have made their first payment, and cleared prior year financial obligations, before students may attend school on the first day.  If you have not yet received this FACTS information or registered your student, please call the office at 703-573-4570 and speak with Mrs. Stich or email at astich@stphilipecc.org.

The goal of St. Philip Early Childhood Center is to instill in each student a love of God, a love of learning and a love of neighbor.  If at any time you have a question about their progress toward this goal, please do not hesitate to email or call your student’s teacher.  The staff is already preparing for a busy and productive year.  The teachers have many exciting events planned to help your student love school, and each other.  Know that all of you will be in my prayers this summer, and throughout the coming school year. 

The following school forms can be found on the St. Philip Early Childhood Center website www.stphilipecc.org under current families.  You can fill these out right online.

            Car Pool form (if you need a ride & if you are willing to give a ride)

            Emergency form due by July 30th

The rest of the forms listed below will be on the homepage of the website (within the week) and attached in an email.

            Extended day forms

            Milk/pizza form (if applicable) due by August 30th

            VA health form and immunizations due by July 30th

            Again please do not hesitate to call the school office at 703-573-4570 or email at astich@stphilipecc.org with any questions. 

God Bless,

Mrs. Ann Stich

Director