St. James School

St. James School

Excellent Minds. Exceptional Hearts.


Preschool Happenings

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The 4 year old preschool has been learning about community helpers. Both preschool and kindergarten made “Thank You” cards for the police and doctors and nurses. One of our parents is a doctor at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital and she was kind enough to take our cards to her coworkers. We also had a fun Halloween Party with costumes and pumpkin carving!

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I’m writing to welcome you and your child to preschool and to invite you to the orientation session. Orientation is for the parents, but children are welcome to accompany them. Children will stay in the classroom with the aide and the parents will go to another room for the meeting with me. At this meeting, I will explain our preschool program and help you get ready for an exciting school year.

The aide in the 3 year class is to be announced.
Mrs. Amy MacDonald is the aide in the 4 year class.

The 3 year old orientation will be Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 9:00AM in the preschool room, and the 4 year old orientation will be Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018 at 9:00AM in the preschool room.

Please see the attached supply lists for each class.

First Day of School
The first day of Preschool will be Tues. Sept. 4, 2018 for the 3 year olds and Wed. Sept. 5, 2018 for the 4 year olds.

The last day of preschool for the 2018/2019 school year will be May 23, 2019 for the 3’s class and May 24, 2019 for the 4’s class.

If you need to contact me this summer- please call the school office 412 741-5540 ext. 100 or email me at

I am looking forward to teaching your child and enhancing their hearts and minds in the Catholic faith. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Mrs. Janet Swalga
St. James School Preschool Teacher

Pre-School Newsletter

November 2018 Newsletter

We will be taking a walking field trip to the Sewickley Fire Dept. on Tues. Nov. 6th with the 3’s and Wed. Nov. 7th with the 4’s. Parents are welcome to join us as long as all clearances are in order. Children can come to school at the regular time. We will be leaving here at 9:45AM. Please dress comfortably and for the weather.

Show ‘n Tell for the month of November will be to talk about your favorite food. Children may bring in a picture of their favorite food or draw a picture of their favorite food- but please- no real samples. Show ‘n Tell will be on Thur. Nov. 8th for the 3’s and Fri. Nov. 9th for the 4’s.

On Friday, Nov. 16th, the 4 year old preschool will cook Stone Soup. This is a fun activity to go along with the story. A note will be sent home with the ingredient we will ask your child to contribute.

We will be celebrating Thanksgiving in our pre-school with a special “feast” to be held on Monday, Nov. 19th for the 4’s class and Tuesday, Nov. 20th for the 3’s class. A sign- up sheet for donations will be posted in the hallway. *Parents of 3 year olds only may join us at 11:00AM for a few Thanksgiving songs on the 20th.

Thanksgiving vacation will be Wed. Nov. 21 through Mon. Nov. 26. We will return to school on Tues. Nov. 27.

Snow day schedule for the school year 2018/2019. In case of a 2 hour delay, preschool students may arrive between 9:45AM and 10:00AM. Our school day will begin promptly at 10:00AM. 3 yr. old and ½ day 4 yr. olds will leave at 11:30AM. If school is cancelled, preschool will also be cancelled. We follow Quaker Valley School District. All delay and cancellation information is on TV and online. Parents will also be alerted via Option C through the school office.

Save the Date: Our 4 yr. old class will be presenting a Nativity Play in the church on Fri. Dec. 14th at 1:30 in the afternoon. Details will follow.

We wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Mrs. Swalga,
Mrs. Botticello and
Mrs. MacDonald

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