Music & Movement

You may have noticed that the Action Based Learning activities on the sidewalk as you enter the preschool, are changing monthly.  The hoops may be in a new pattern, the balance beam may have changed to a rope or a foot crossover activity, numbers have been added for jumping and then expanded to include 1-10.  What you may not know is that when the activities are changed on the sidewalk, we go over the activities in Music and Movement class that week!  Our goal is to teach the children the correct way to do each activity so when they come to school, they will have the opportunity to practice over and over with the activities on the sidewalk.  They are preparing their brains for more advanced learning all while having fun! 

November was filled with songs about table manners, scarecrows and turkeys. We had fun with the parachute – playing popcorn and poisonous snakes!  We also pulled out our box drums and drummed (loud, soft, fast, & slow) to an upbeat tune.  We even danced the Chicken (turkey) Dance and gave thanks for our many blessings. 

December will find us singing some of our favorite songs as we journey through Advent on our way to Christmas.  We’ll be taking out the bells and enjoying a Christmas marching parade around our music room (outside if the weather is warm) while singing Jingle Bells and Mary Had a Baby.  We’ll also be learning a fun finger play about the Wise Men’s journey to find baby Jesus and some fun motion songs about angels and snowmen.  Our parachute may come out again so we can make it “snow” with our cottonballs! 



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Play and Pray

Play and Pray Square

Thank you for your interest in Play and Pray.

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:
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Age Range:
Which Mass do you normally attend on Sundays?
Emergency Contact During Mass
Relationship to Child
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2nd Emergency Contact during Mass
Relationship to child:
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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

Religion At Home

The Holidays can be a time where finishing on time what needs to be done seems impossible.  The following several weeks remind us that when we put our trust in God, seek his face, focus on our real treasures, and remember we are His beloved, that nothing is impossible with God.  Merry Christmas!

At home with the Good News:

Advent Week 4


Holy Family









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Great Date Nights

Great Date Nights: Friendship – Fuel for Romance


Join us for our monthly date nights to support your marriage at 6:35 PM in Founder’s Room!
October 10
November 14
January 9
March 13
April 10

Why focus on Friendship this year? Couples with deep friendships have mutual respect and enjoyment of each other’s company. They tend to know each other intimately – they are well versed in each other’s likes, dislikes, personality quirks, hopes and dreams. They have an abiding regard for each other and express this fondness not just in the big ways but in little ways day in and day out.

That sounds like the kind of marriage I want – how about you?

Each date night begins at 6:35 with a 15-20 minute reflection on marriage by our ministry team on one of the “7 Principles for Making Marriage Work” by John Gottman. We’ll send you out for a date night with your partner with a small handout that might help guide your conversation on your date with your partner.

We hope that these evenings will be a chance for you and your spouse to really connect with one another by asking questions (good, helpful, non-confronation-minded questions) and telling stories (how you fell in love, or what your hopes and dreams are in your relationship). By sharing these things, you’ll grow closer to your spouse!

Limited childcare available for children ages 2-12 between 6:30 and 9:00 PM on Date Nights. Call Jason Lillis at 919-847-8205 x244 for more information on childcare, or any other questions you have.

Childcare will be held in room 204 of Clare Hall – click the map below to show the location:


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Feed The Need Ministry

Did you know that St. Francis has a Feed the Need Ministry?   Our mission is to provide meals for parishioners who have recently undergone a significant transition in their lives.  This may be due to a loved one being hospitalized, the birth of a new baby or a family member dealing with rehabilitation after surgery.  We hope a nice hot meal will help them during their difficult time and remind them that their parish family is there to help them.

How Does Feed the Need Work?

  •  Parishioners in need of meals contact Kathleen Owen, Coordinator of Care & Wellness, who will determine which days the family needs meals.
  • These dates, along with other information about the family, will then be added to our Feed the Need calendar and volunteers will be emailed so they know there is a new family in need of assistance.
  • Volunteers can log onto our Feed the Need LotsA Helping Hands site, check the calendar and  pick a day they would like to prepare a meal
  • Dinners may be dropped off between 8:00 and 4:00 and placed in the new Feed the Need refrigerator located in Clare Hall.  As you enter St. Francis from Leesville Rd., continue up the driveway and turn left into the main parking lot.   Clare Hall is the first building from the parking lot.  The Feed the Need refrigerator is located in a small room in the hallway marked with the restroom signs (It’s the 2nd hallway to the left as you enter from the parking lot).  The refrigerator room is right next to the Women’s restroom and there should be a Feed the Need sign on the door.

How Can You Volunteer?

It’s easy to sign up for the Feed the Need Ministry.  Simply go to our LotsA Helping Hands website and click on “Join This Community”.  Fill out the information, click the “Send Email” button and your request to join will be sent to us.  Once we’ve added you to our community, you will receive an email with more information about how to get started.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us Donna Mariani 919-326-3768

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Action Based Learning

Our students will discover when arriving at the preschool, the stations of Action Based Learning. By moving through our stations, we give young minds the opportunity to develop and activate their kinesthetic learning.

Brain science strongly supports the link of movement to learning. The brain and body’s movement and learning systems are interdependent and interactive. For example, motor development provides the framework that the brain uses to sequence the patterns needed for academic concepts. The body’s vestibular system controls balance and spatial awareness and facilitates the students ability to place words and letters on a page.

The preschool has incorporated the ABC Pathways Stencil into the surface as you enter the playground. Based on our Action Based Learning concepts, this is an excellent way to reinforce letter recognition and proper formation. This will be incorporated into our playground time and/or added as an activity at anytime during the preschool day.


When a student walks or crawls on the ABC Pathway in specific patterns, the brain’s ability to encode symbols is increased. The four visuals fields needed for eye tracking is strengthened. Proper development and remediation of these systems are critical to a childs’ ability to learn.
To learn more about Action Based Learning and the benefits of Movement to Brain Development at the earliest of ages, please visit

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Back to School 2014

Our Back To School forms have been posted online.  Be sure to check out our newly revised Parent Handbook and Snack Policy as there are major changes this school year.  We appreciate the effort all of our parents make to keep our children safe and healthy, and look forward to a great year of learning and fun!

2014 Student Forms (for our registered students)

This year, we are asking parents to supply children with a reusable water bottle for use at the school.  Something like this bottle pictured below would be helpful, with a clip to attach it to the bags.   Of course, we won’t let any one go thirsty, but are trying to minimize thousands of paper cups per year.

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Another change this year is that we are asking parents to pack an individual healthy snack for their child in a separate container than their lunch labeled with their name.   This will ease confusion and stress associated with providing a snack for the entire class, however, when packing the lunch and snack we ask you to adhere to the snack policy for approved foods.   No peanut and tree nut products are allowed in the classroom.


Thanks for your willingness to help us safe and reduce waste here at the preschool!


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Summer Adventures Camps at 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.  Register now at  All camps are held in Elizabeth Hall, from  9am-12pm.  The Camp Fee is $120 parishioners $135 non-parishioners weekly.

June 16 – 20 Digging for Dinosaurs

Find your inner explorer this summer at a camp that lets you discover science first hand. Whether you’re digging for dino fossils or getting up close and personal with wild animals, it’s sure to be a summer you won’t forget.

July 7-11  Pirates & Princesses

Set sail for the land of make believe. Young buccaneers and princesses take in tall tales and create a fantastical world of treasures and tiaras.

July 14 – 18 Going Buggy

Come and learn about many different bugs such as caterpillars, beetles and ants…oh my! Explore the world of bugs and other creepy crawly critters!

 July 21 – 25 Underwater Adventures

Put on an imaginary snorkel and explore life under-the-sea. Learn about sea creatures that swim, slither, sway, and crawl. Don’t forget about underwater plants and seashells, too! Splash your way through art, and science activities.

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Thank You!

We offer our thanks and sincerest gratitude to all who planned and attended our recent Harvest Moon Festival. This annual event raises money to support the Fr. Dan Kenna, O.F.M. and
Nancy Bourke Endowment Funds and other programs at the Preschool. It also provides an opportunity for fellowship among the families and children. In addition to fun games and great food, our young children also stuffed 175 Halloween treat bags for the children at Duke Hospital. It was such a beautiful Fall day to spend together as a community! Thanks to all who
donated their time, talent, and treasures to make this year’s Harvest Moon Festival the best one yet!


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