Pre-School

Program

We have a professional staff that plans a meaningful, child-centered curriculum using the Diocese of Phoenix Preschool Curriculum Guide and the Arizona Early Learning Standards as resources. Daily activities are planned that encourage cognitive, social/emotional, spiritual, language/literacy, small muscle, and large muscle development.

The preschool day is from 7:45am – 3:00pm, Monday through Thursday with early release on Friday at 2:00pm.

Our early drop off, also known as Hornets Hive, begins at 7:00am at no additional cost to families.

Families may also choose to have their children attend our After Care program for an additional fee.  The After Care program begins at the end of the school day until 6:00pm.

Program Goals:

  • To create an atmosphere of social justice, by encouraging reverence towards God and respect for the dignity of every person;
  • To build self-discipline and self-control;
  • To foster both independent and collaborative thinking;
  • To nurture creativity and appreciation of the arts;
  • To promote a positive approach towards learning; nurturing joyful, confident attitudes.

Preschool Three and Four year old Class

Children must be three years old and potty trained by August 1 of the year they are entering preschool.  There are two teachers and a maximum of 16 children enrolled in the class.

Typical Daily Schedule

7:30 - 7:45 Morning Activities

7:45 - 8:00 Morning Circle

8:00- 8:15 Morning Activities

8:15 – Restrooms/ Hand Washing

8:30- 9:45 Centers/ Snack

9:45 – 10:30 Outdoor Play

10:30 – Restrooms/ Hand Washing

10:45 – 11:15 Lunch

11:15 – 11:45 Outdoor Play

11:45 – 12:00 Story time

On Fridays Quiet Time is from 12:00 to 1:15

12:00 – 1:45 Quiet Time

1:45 - 2:50 Table Activities

2:50 – 3:00 Prayer Service

PreKindergarten Four and Five year old Class

Children must be four years old by August 1 of the year they are entering preschool.  There are two teachers and a maximum of 20 children enrolled in the class.

Typical Daily Schedule:

7:45.     Arrival/Prayer

8:00.     Morning Meeting

8:15.     Language/Literacy Job

8:35.     Outdoor Play

9:30.      Center Time

10:30.    Clean-up/Review/Lunch Prayer

10:45.    Lunch/Outdoor Play

12:15.    Story Time

12:45.    Quiet Time

1:45.      Free Choice

2:20.      Show and Tell

3:00.      Prayer/Dismissal

Pre-School CatechesisCatechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a child-centered approach to teaching the essential truths of our Catholic Faith. The Atrium is a specially prepared environment where the children come once a week to encounter the Word of God and the signs and symbols of our Faith; reflecting on the meaning and growing in their own personal relationship with Our Lord. 

We Believe:

That God and the child have a unique relationship with one another, particularly before the age of six.

That the growth of this relationship should be assisted by the adult, but is directed by the Spirit of God within the child.

That children need their own place to foster the growth of that relationship.

That the child's spiritual growth is best served through tangible but indirect means.

For further reading: www.cgsusa.org

Pre-School Classroom

Fitness Fusion

Fitness Fusion for kids is a movement eduction program designed to facilitate and strengthen the connections between the hemispheres of the brain.  The preschool children attend weekly 40 minute classes.

For additional information: www.fitnessfusion.com

After-Care

Our extended care program is available for children from 3:00 until 6:00p.m. Monday - Thursday and 2:00 until 6:00p.m. Friday, for additional fees.  The program provides a relaxed and fun environment where there are opportunities for outdoor play (weather permitting), free play, and a healthy snack.  

National School Lunch Program

St. Agnes is a sponsor of the National School Lunch Program.  We encourage all families to apply for the free or reduced price benefits for both lunch and breakfast.  A well-balanced, delicious meal is offered each day. 

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program

St. Agnes is also a sponsor of the USDA Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program. A fresh fruit or vegetable is provided for all children as their afternoon snack, at no additional cost to the family. This program has been successful in introducing our children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to sample, helping them learn and practice healthy eating habits.