Sacred Heart Preschool Newsletter

Summer Preschool News

Office Hours

The preschool office is closed during the summer months. We will continue to check our mailbox at the parish office and e-mails on a weekly basis. Contact Julie at jcrnkovich@saintcolumbkille.org. If your contact information changes over the summer, please be sure to let us know.


All payment agreement forms and initial payments/EFT forms must be received by June 1. Families choosing the monthly payment option will have their first payment drafted in July. Monthly EFT payments are scheduled for the first Friday of the month. As a reminder, the last day to withdraw a registration without payment due is June 15.

August Dates

August 13 Due date for medication forms, medical action plans and IEP’s (if applicable)
August 20 Preschool Parent Meeting 6:30 p.m. in Steinhausen Center.
(At least one parent is asked to attend this important meeting.)
August 22 Preschool Open House ~ adult & child attend together, choosing either time frame

8:00 – 9:00 AM OR 12:00 – 1:00 PM
(allow about 15 minutes for your visit)

August 23-24 First Days of Preschool

**A complete calendar will be available on the parish website**

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Preparing Your Child for Preschool

Many parents have asked how to best prepare their child for preschool. Current research is showing the importance of unstructured play (especially outdoor play) in a young child’s development. Every competency
important to school success is enhanced by play (abstract thought, early literacy, language development, mathematic thinking, perspective taking, social skills and emotional health). Be mindful of overscheduling.

In addition to the above recommendations, these are some additional things to consider over the summer:

  • Introducing your child to simple chores
  • Encouraging self-help skills and turn-taking
  • Ensuring your child has some experience away from mom & dad
  • Allowing your child to practice bathroom independence and handwashing
  • Providing time for your child to experiment with scissors, crayons and glue sticks
  • Limiting total screen time (television, tablets, video games, phone screens should all be considered)
  • Allowing some downtime (it’s okay for a child to be “bored”…it promotes creativity & self-regulation)
  • Developing a simple, calm approach to discipline that works for your family
  • Catch them being good! We all make mistakes, but we all have our strengths too!
  • Implementing a bedtime routine (especially in the weeks before the start of school)
  • Finally, one of the best ways to prepare your child for preschool is one of the easiest – spend some time reading and praying with your child daily!

Continue to watch the bulletin and this website for new information. Enjoy your summer!