2015 Summer Adventures Camps @ St Francis Preschool

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This exciting program uses a different fun theme each week with age appropriate activities for children during the summer.  These camps are open to all children ages 3 – rising Kindergarten.   All camps are held in Elizabeth Hall, from  9am-12pm.  The Camp Fee is $125parishioners $135 non-parishioners weekly.  Click Here for a Printable Flyer

June 15-19 Super Science

Come get hands on Science fun!  We will be creating lava lamps, experiment with colors, and make tie-dye t-shirts, get down and dirty with volcanos and slime.

July 13-17 Fairy Tales Adventures

Come on an amazing week of adventure full of dragons, princess, princes and other characters from your favorite fairy tales. Together we will explore many stories such as Toy Story, The wizard of OZ, 101 Dalmatians, The Lion King, Snow White and many more.

July 20-24 Join the Circus

Come and play under the BIG TOP with us, we will be clowning around all week, face painting, playing circus games and making many different circus animals.

 July 27-31 Let’s Go to the Shore!

Play in the sand, toss beach balls, and explore the sea shore and all things that live in the sea and much more.

2015 Summer Adventures Camp

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2015 International Festival

The preschool International Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 7th, from 10 am – 12 pm.  In this event, we have an opportunity to celebrate our varied heritage and to share a bit of cultural diversity with other preschool aged families.  Amy Frazer and Kristen Trammell are coordinating the event and are in need of parents to act as ambassadors for the various countries represented.


To represent 12 countries, with two ambassadors per country

Ambassador Roles:

  1. Set up a small display about the country

– Display board, pictures, books, souvenirs, etc.

  1. Devise a craft

– Preschool age-appropriate for 75-100 children

– Examples:  Color country flag, make bells out of cups, construct windmills out of toilet paper rolls, string necklaces with red and green pasta

  1. Have a country-appropriate food for attendees to sample

– Small bites for 150-200 people (this is less daunting than it sounds)

– Examples:  Polish sausage, cannoli, dried fruit


*Basic supplies like construction paper, glue, copy machine, paper cutter, etc. are available at the preschool.  The preschool will reimburse up to $100 towards supplies (food, craft, and display included) for each booth.

It does not have to be labor- and time-intensive and can be a lot of fun!  You do NOT need to do this alone.  It is a great activity to do with a friend or in which to make a new friend!  Please contact Amy or Kristen if you are interested.  Thank you for considering!


Warm regards,

Kristen and Amy


Kristen Trammell


919-263-9373 (home)

727-403-5151 (cell)


Amy Frazer


919-906-0266 (cell)


PS (Below is a list of countries and volunteers we have so far:)

Italy – Vincenza Wright

Poland – Kristen Klecha

England – Sherry Hubbard-Bednasz

Ireland – Renee Lanci

Finland – Catrinel Jones

Thank you to our current volunteers!

Get ready for a journey! The preschool we will hold our
Annual International Festival to celebrate our families and their many different backgrounds and cultures. This festival was started to mark our 20th Anniversary and because of its success will return on March 7th from 10am until 12pm. All of our parish families are invited to travel via Fellowship Hall to destinations “Around the World” and experience the different cultures, traditions, and heritages that are represented by our many families. We will have food from nations around the globe, crafts for kids to create from different countries, and entertainment with music and dancing. If you plan to attend, please reserve a Family Passport via our website so we can have supplies ready. Presale price is $8/family or $10 at the door. Fee includes craft, and food for the whole family, so don’t miss out on this journey! Passport sale will begin in February!


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Parent/Child Classes @ the Community Center


Sign Language with Budding Babies (6-18 months)

When: Wednesdays from 9:30am – 10:30am

Dates:  January 21 – February 25, 2015

Where: St Francis of Assisi Church, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh, NC 27613, United States (map)

Fee: $80 for parishioners $99.00 for non-parishioners; fee includes DVD and printed materials.

Description: Sign Language for Budding Babies I (6 months – 18 months)

Come learn how American Sign Language can help you connect with your child before they can speak . In a playful, language-rich, educational environment, parents, caregivers and children will build their American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary through interactive games, songs, and instruction. Topics include getting started, mealtime, bathtime, getting dressed, diapers, and bedtime, along with other fun day to day and playtime signs.

For more information please visit our website at www.signsoflearning.com or contact Jessica at 919-469-5244 or by email SignMeUpBaby@signsoflearning.com

To register please visit the community center or follow this link: http://stfrancisraleigh.wordpress.com/community-life/programs/parentchild-classes/

Making Music Praying Twice (birth to 5 years)

Dates: January 22-March 26, 2015 Thursdays from 9:30-10:30

Fees: $135 family cost for 1 child (parishioner rate)

$155 family cost for 2+ children (parishioner rate)

$155 per family with 1 child (non-parishioner rate)

Limited to 12 children per class

Description: Music is a fun way to connect with your child.  Join us for this fun, low-pressure, hands-on parent/child music course for our littlest ones (0-5 years of age). Children and parents use instruments, toys, and scarves to dance, chant, sing, play games, and pray together. The curriculum is carefully chosen to enhance music aptitude and attitude in growing brains, while remaining sensitive to maturing souls.  It’s a great way to connect with other families with young children, especially in such a large parish.

You can find the registration forms at the link below or by stopping in the Community Center


 Winter Workshop-come join Ms Tina (one of our 2s teachers) and keep warm while we explore hibernating animals, FROZEN, The Mitten, and Valentine’s Day

Kids Yoga Series for 3 to 6 Year Olds with Bliss Body Yoga
FriDate: 2/6/2015 – 2/27/2015From: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Fridays in February
$40 for the 4-week series

This kids yoga series for 3 to 6 year olds offers children a fun introduction to yoga movement through songs, stories and games. This is also a great opportunity for parents/caregivers to leave their children in our care for an hour while you get a little time to yourself smile emoticon

This 4 class series will include:
Techniques to focus the mind including breathing, visualization, and guided relaxation. Partner poses to build social skills.
Playful yoga poses that improve coordination, body awareness, balance, and flexibility. Parents/Caregivers when registering online, please register under your own name as you will be asked to sign an online liability waiver. Class size is limited to 12 children.

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Weather Policy

School Closing Policy due to Inclement Weather

St. Francis of Assisi Preschool will follow school closing procedures for inclement weather established by the Franciscan School. When the Franciscan School is closed, we will be closed; if they dismiss early, we will dismiss early as well. If they have a one or two hour delayed opening, we will have a one or two hour delay. If there is a delay the two-year-old program will run end until 1 p.m. instead of 12 noon. Two-year-old parents will need to pack their child’s lunch that day. Weather cancellations will be posted on the following:

WRAL and WTDV (ABC 11)


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Little Francis CARES

little francis caresLittle Francis CARES is an opportunity for our young preschoolers to engage in meaningful service activities. CARES stands for Children Acting Responsibly and Engaging in Service. Parent volunteers help by leading a lesson which raise awareness to a local need and then facilitates participation in an age appropriate service project. The activities this past year were:

  • Making Dog Biscuits for the Wake SPCA during the month of October in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis.
  • Assembling soup kits for our sister parish Our Lady of the Rosary in Louisburg during the month of December
  • Assembling Hot Cocoa Kits for St. Francis Feeds in February
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As we have all heard, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” Researchers say it takes only 3-7 seconds to make a first impression of someone or something. If we can teach our children at this very young age to make eye contact and greet someone with a smile, think how much more natural this gesture will be for them when it really counts. Etiquette guru Emily Post once said, “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you will have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”

Each month we will attempt to raise a new awareness in our students by emphasizing  a different etiquette theme, topic or skill. These themes will be included on our calendars, newsletters,  and lesson plans. In this way we will communicate fully to you, our parents, what skills we are working on so that you will have the opportunity to partner with us and work with your child at home as well.

Below is our monthly breakdown:

Sept: GREETING…will include making eye contact, shake hands, and say Hello, Good Morning


Nov: TABLE MANNERS…chew with your mouth closed, stay in your seat while eating, don’t talk with food in your mouth, use a napkin, clean up when you are finished

Dec: GENEROSITY…giving to others, share with those in need

Jan: PATIENCE…ladies first, allowing others to go first, waiting your turn, staying in line

Feb: COMPLIMENTS/KINDNESS…caring, giving compliments

March: FORGIVENESS…saying I am sorry, forgiving others

April: RESPONSIBILITY…Respect for self, classroom, others, nature… incorporate Earth Day

May: EMPATHY/COMPASSION…sharing, caring about others feelings, taking turns, giving up your turn to someone else




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Music & Movement

DSCN4077All of our children participate in a weekly Music and Movement Class taught by our energetic and enthusiastic Karla White. Karla is a mother of 9 children, so you can imagine that she would be organized and full of energy! She plans age appropriate activities which allow children to develop large motor skills such as jumping, hopping, skipping and throwing. These activities are intertwined with music, singing and rhythmic fun.  In addition to this weekly class, children are also welcomed into school each morning with Music and Movement activities based on current brain research. Our Action Based Learning Stations change monthly and work to enhance a different type of large motor skill combined with a cognitive skill. These activities stimulate different parts of the brain and help prepare it for learning.  Children are introduced to these activities in Music and Movement class so that they will learn the proper way to execute them and be able to practice over and over again each day when the they come to school.  They are preparing their brains for more advanced learning all while having fun! DSCN4105



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Play and Pray

Play and Pray Square

Sunday Morning Faith-based Childcare Nursery
for Parish Children Ages 4 and Under
(During 9:30 and 11:30 am Masses)

Ages 12 months – 23 month
Clare Hall Classroom 204
Staffed by 2 experienced, consistent caregivers
Bible based toys, songs and stories.

Ages 24 months – 35 months
Clare Hall Classroom 205
Staffed by 2 experienced, consistent caregivers
Bible based toys, songs and stories.

Three and four year olds
Clare Hall Classrooms 208 and 210 (separated by age)
Staffed by rotating trained volunteers
Lectionary-based bible lesson; liturgically based learning centers

If you would like for your child(ren) to participate in this program
while you attend the 9:30 or 11:30am Mass,

Please provide the following information and let us know when you generally attend Mass

so that we can be prepared to host your child(ren).

** Please fill out one form per child. **

Previously Enrolled in Play and Pray?
Child's Name:
Child Goes By:
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Age Range:
Which Mass do you normally attend on Sundays?
Emergency Contact During Mass
Relationship to Child
Emergency Contact Phone
Ok to text?
2nd Emergency Contact during Mass
Relationship to child:
2nd Contacts Phone:
OK to text?
Permission is given to use photos of my child on the St. Francis of Assisi website, facebook, print publications and marketing materials. Names of students will never be used.
Please let us know if there are any special circumstances or comments about your child.
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Two Year Old Extended Hour

You will need to sign up for the entire 2nd half of the school year. This will not be a drop off arrangement.

The fee will be added to your FACTS account.

Monday/Wednesday Class

$34 per month

Tuesday/Thursday Class

$35 per month

Tuesday/Thursday/Friday Class

$49 per month

Please complete the following form if you are interested in having your child attend.

Student Name: *
Class Attending: *
I have spoken with my child's teacher. *
Add to my FACTS account: *
E-mail: *
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Faith Formation for Preschool

At home with the Good News:

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time


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