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259 St George Street St. Augustine, FL  32084 

Phone: (904) 824-2861   |    Fax:  (904) 829-2059

Welcome to Cathedral Parish School VPK Program

Danielle Whitehouse

Lead Teacher

B.A. Elementary Education

DCF Certified Pre-K Teacher

BIOGRAPHY

Kimberly Forsythe

Assistant Teacher

Lead Wrap Around Care Teacher  

B.A. Communication/Business

DCF Certified Pre-K Teacher

BIOGRAPHY

Cathedral Parish School (CPS) Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten otherwise referred to as "VPK" provides  a jump start opportunity for preparing children for school and enhancing their ability thru Pre-Math, Pre-Reading, Language and Social Skills. 

 

This program introduces children into these areas at an early age, giving them the tools needed to succeed leading them into Kindergarten.

CPS offers teachers who are DCF Certified Pre-K Teachers as well as a loving environment for children to flourish and learn at ease.

Please use the links below to commence your VPK Eligibility. 

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Request

Letter of Eligibility

Florida VPK Portal

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Florida Standards

for 4 Year Olds

CPS Philosophy 

At Cathedral Parish School Pre-K, we focus on the whole child. In keeping with developmentally age appropriate practices, we work to prepare the children in all areas of physical, social emotional, language, literacy and cognitive development. We firmly believe that each child is a gift from God and as such it is important to nurture both their spiritual life as well as their cognitive development.  Learning through play and purposeful activities in a language-rich environment, children will gain an enthusiasm for learning which we hope will carry them through all their years of life-long learning.

CREATIVE CURRICULUM FOR PRESCHOOL

This curriculum covers a range of topics as follows: Building, Balls, Trees, Clothing and Reduce, Reuse Recycle.  Embedded within these themes I have included studies on, the polar regions, transportation, environments and things that grow.

Starfall:

We utilize Starfall’s Curriculum throughout the day more specifically, by utilizing its resources for language and mathematical thinking as well as its interactive capacity for use during whole group instruction on our smart board.

LEARNING CENTERS & SMALL GROUPS (10:00 AM - 10:30 AM - SELF SELECTED CENTERS TO CHOOSE)

VPK WRAP AROUND CARE

VPK program portion of the day is a FREE Program (8:00 AM - 11:00 AM) open to any child four years old by September 1st and residing in Florida.

 

Priority will be given to those that require full time wrap around care:

  • Monday - Friday 11:00 AM  - 2:50 PM with a 1:50 PM release on Wednesday

 

By signing up for the full time wrap around care, you will be required to make a financial commitment to pay the full wrap around cost throughout the year.

 

2018-2019  Pre-K Wrap Around Care Rates:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Friday 11:00 AM  - 2:50 PM 

  • Wednesday  11:00 AM - 1:50 PM

CPS Sibling:             $ 350.00 per month

Non CPS Sibling:   $ 450.00 per month

Supply Fee:               $ 100.00 per student    

Registration:            $ 175.00 per student

After Care is available from 3:00 PM -  6:00 PM (see rates by clicking HERE)

 

Work with the Teacher: During this time children come together with the teacher in a small group for purposeful interactions and skill building to strengthen early literacy, phonemic awareness and mathematical thinking skills. (Each child will have an opportunity to meet with the teacher at least once a week)

Pretend Play Area: This center is structured around home -living and is changed on occasion throughout the year to encourage imaginative role -playing

Structured Centers: (Math, Science/Sensory, Writing, Listening/Reading, Art) These centers have specific tasks and are set up to promote the acquisition of skills  through intentional play activities.

Parent Helpers: Parents can sign up to help with centers after they have been cleared through our diocesan verification process. 

OUR DAILY SCHEDULE

Wash Hands / Sign-In

Table Work/ Free Choice

Morning Meeting Calendar: Children learn the days of the week and months of the year.  Skills: Children play whole group games and participate in activities to help them develop alphabet knowledge, phonemic awareness and mathematical thinking skills.

Outdoor Play

Snack

Whole Group: Chidren are presented with and explore themes that encourage critical thinking through language rich activities and are supported by engaging stories well known authors in all genres.

Choice Time/ Small groups

Children choose from several small group centers or come to small group to work with the teacher to participate in structured activities that support cognitive growth in phonemic awareness, print knowledge and mathematical thinking

Whole Group Wrap- Up

Children return to whole group for story time, and to wrap up the day’s events. Often this is the time where we will have a “Wow Experience.” (i.e. science experiment, special visitor or another hands-on experience to reinforce the concepts learned.

Clean-Up & Dismissal

Prayer & Lunch

Restroom & Nap

Limited Choice & Small Groups

Snack

Pack-Up & Regular Dismissal

7:40 AM - 8:00 AM

8:00 AM - 8:20 AM

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

2:50 PM

SACRED TIME

Every week we will spend some time in our learning about our faith using the Gospel Weeklies curriculum from Pflaum Publishing. Our routine will begin with song and prayer, and incorporate bible readings and a lesson that follows the weekly readings.

MORNING DROP-OFF

  1. Parents of VPK children will use the middle school drop off. Space will be provided along the fence parallel to the school for parking.

  2. Parents must walk children to their classrooms.

  3. Upon arrival to the classroom, parents must sign-in.

  4. Pre-K instructors will note the time of arrival and parents will sign and note the time the child will be picked up.

  5. All students should arrive in the Pre-K classroom no later than 8:00 a.m.

  6. If you arrive at school later than 8:00 a.m., you must bring your child to the office. It is a disruption to the classroom when children arrive late.

 

If a pattern of continual tardy behavior occurs, the administration will send a letter of warning. Continual patterns of tardiness may lead to dismissal from the program. (A child is considered tardy after 8:00 a.m.)

We do understand that occasional doctor or dentist appointments occur or other events beyond our control

 

We understand that drop off may be difficult for your child, especially in the first couple of weeks, but it is important that drop-off be a brief event.  For safety and all practical purposes, we ask that parents do not loiter in the classroom or on school grounds unless there for a specific purpose.  We need to begin instruction promptly.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

1. If your child is absent a written note, from the parent, will be required. The note must include the dates in which the child is absent.

2.  A child, who begins on day one of the VPK program, may not miss more than 28 school days per school year for any reason. If the child is a late enrollee, then they may not miss more than 20% of their enrolled VPK days.

3.  Parents must complete and sign an attendance verification form EACH month. These forms will be distributed in the last instructional day of the month and must be signed and returned the same day.

4.  Any sick absences for 3 or more consecutive days will require a doctor’s note.

Children who do not meet these attendance requirements will lose VPK funding and be dismissed from the program. The child may be allowed to remain in the Pre-K program at Cathedral Parish School, but the parent or guardian will be required to pay full tuition for the days that we are not given funds for by the state.

PUNCTUALITY AGREEMENT

Arrival for VPK is between 7:40 – 8:00 a.m. The instructional day starts at 8:00 a.m. and children are expected to be in place and ready to start the day. Arrivals after 8:00 a.m. are disruptive to the group in progress and difficult for the arriving child as well. We understand that it is occasionally unavoidable to be “running late;" however, more than three times a month will not be acceptable and could be a cause for termination from the VPK program. VPK instructional time runs from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.

BEHAVIOR PLAN

Philosophy: Our behavior plan focuses on empowering the children to make good choices and encouraging cooperation and above all kindness. We try to be proactive in our approach by employing techniques that help children transition from one activity to another by incorporating songs, chants and play. We recognize that often undesirable behavior is an opportunity to change our approach. We feel that the beauty of the Pre-K environment is that it allows for flexibility and opportunity for the children to flourish with both routine and adaptability.