Pre-School

 

ALL DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP WILL BE IN THE PRE-SCHOOL LOBBY

A teacher will be checking in each child with a health screening

 and temperature check before a child is admitted to care

Staff also adhere to the COVID-19 procedures before the day starts.

PARENTS, BE PREPARED (DAILY) WITH:

□ QUICK DIGITAL TEMPORAL THERMOMETER

□ PEN FOR SIGN-IN READY

□ CHILD’S BELONGINGS READY-TO-GO

□ CHILD’S MASK LABELED AND WITH A LABELED PAPER BAG FOR STORAGE.

Masks are recommended but not required. Children 2 and under or have asthma are exempt.

Please, inform us of your preference in regards to masks. By Office of Child Care, masks are not to be used during gross motor activities, lunch and rest time. The Staff will always use masks with parents but it is their preference in the classroom. Some children do not respond (are afraid) when we wear masks.

PARENTS, DID YOU?

□ PUT ON YOUR MASK? MASKS MUST REMAIN ON DURING DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP

□ SAY YOUR GOODBYES IN THE CAR?

□ EMAIL OR WRITE QUICK NOTES FOR YOUR TEACHER? (SPEAKING TO THE TEACHER AT DROP-OFF OR PICK-UP IS LIMITED TO EMERGENCIES ONLY)

□ SEND YOUR PAYMENTS ELECTRONICALLY OR PUT THEM IN YOUR CHILD’S FOLDER, IN ADVANCE?

□ REMEMBER TO STAY 6’ FROM OTHER FAMILIES DURING DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP?

□ KEEP ALL CHILDREN BY YOUR SIDE UNTIL HEALTH SCREENING IS DONE?

*ONCE SIGNED-IN, ALL CHILDREN WILL BE TAKEN TO WASH THEIR HANDS AND ESCORTED TO THEIR CLASS ROOM BY A STAFF MEMBER. PARENTS, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO GO BEYOND THE SIGN-IN TABLE. CHILDREN WILL WASH THEIR HANDS FREQUENTLY THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO PICK-UP*

Why Saint Demetrios?

Saint Demetrios Pre-School’s hope is that every child in our school will experience joy, fun, discovery, and wonderment as they learn and continue to Love Learning!

2504 Cub Hill Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21234
410-661-1090 x204
preschool2504@gmail.com

The Saint Demetrios Pre-School has been on the grounds of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church since September 1999. A non-profit, Accredited Early Education Program, the Saint Demetrios (Bilingual) Pre-School is a Ministry of the Church, is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education - Child Care Administration, the Archdiocese of America, and the Greek Embassy. The non-profit school accepts children ages 2 & 3 (Pre-School) and 4 (Pre-Kindergarten Program). We believe in active learning in a Christian centered environment, which will ready the children to enter Kindergarten and encourage them to be curious and excited about lifelong learning and discovery. Our program enriches and enhances spiritual growth, cultural/ethnic components of Christianity.

Vision

Our vision is to contribute to the healthy growth and development of our children. We strive to provide children with opportunities that develop their intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional and physical skills. To embark on the journey of a lifelong interest and appreciation for spiritual and cultural yearning, our educationally based philosophy and curriculum will emphasize that each child will be elevated to his/her own individual potential at his/her individual pace.

Mission

To provide a learning and nurturing environment that develops the whole child by:

-Placing the emphasis on the importance of Christian beliefs.

-Providing an educationally structured climate for age-appropriate learning activities.

-Promoting Bilingual language (Greek) and cultural values in conjunction with the Church.

-Creates opportunities for the development of social skills.

 

Value of a Christian Education:

Saint Demetrios Pre-School’s Song

I am Special, I am Special

Look and See, Look and See

Someone Very Special

Someone Very Special

God Made Me, God Made Me!

The children sing this simple song throughout their day to remind them that they are SPECIAL and God Loves them. Teaching the children through Music and music exploration and teaching them the important elements of our Orthodox Religion. Saint Demetrios Pre-School is an outstanding early education program in a secure Orthodox Christian environment.

 

Tuition and Fees:

To see our Tuition and Fees for the 2021-2022 School year, please click here.  

Here is our application for enrollment into our program (Fall 2021)

Tuition payments for the school year will begin in August for each school year and continue monthly through June.  If you cannot meet your payment schedule, it is your responsibility to call the Director.

Registration fee per Family: $100.00 PAYABLE AT REGISTRATION AND RE-REGISTRATION. This fee is non-refundable and non-applicable.

Saint Demetrios PreSchool Summer Program link

June - August with 2-week themed lessons

Please apply for your 2 yr. - School Aged child here

*Non Refundable $50 Summer Program Registration Fee for NEW STUDENTS*

 

KINDERGARTEN 2021-2022 REGISTRATION Link

Our Kindergarten Program uses the ABEKA Curriculum and is taught by a Maryland Certified Teacher. Our small classroom size offers the wonderful benefit of small group instruction, personalized educational approaches, parent involvement, fosters strong bonds with their peers.

Although we have a rolling admissions policy, we ask that applications be submitted as soon as possible.  This will allow us to plan and better prepare for the next school year.

Teacher Bios:

Evelyn K. - Kindergarten Teacher/ Senior Staff

45 hrs. in Pre-School curriculum training at Baltimore County Community College. Masters of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University (1st-6th grades)

Cindy Rock- Virtual School Age Learning Teacher

MD Certified Teacher with 30+ years working in Elementary and Pre-School locations.

Samantha Miller- Pre-Kindergaren Aide

Jasmine Howard- Toddler Room Senior Staff.

Infant/Todder Certification and background in Music & Dance.

Aelita Apostolidou- Infant Room Senior Staff/ Toddler

Greek Language Teacher.

Carol Anne McDavid- Toddler Room Aid

Doris McDavid- Infant Room Aide

Maria Hall- Pre-Kindergarten Room Senior Staff.

Jade Gericke-PreSchool 2s Senior Staff

Interested in a career in Pediatric Nursing.

Betty Boteler- Director

Bachelor of Science in Special Education and Psychology. AA in Early Childhood Education. Betty Newman Award Recipient. Pre-School and Pre-K teacher for 10+ years at Saint Demetrios. Certification in Infant/Toddler/Pre-School/School-Aged Care.

Lisa Mitsos- Orthodox Religion & Music Teacher.

Bachelors Degree & Course work for 90 hrs. in Child Care. 

Kelly MacDonnell- Substitute, LCSW-C

Parent of 2 Saint Demetrios PreSchool Alumni

Elaine Patiniotis- Greek Language Teacher

Kiria Eleni takes the children on a journey across the ocean to Greece – Right Here – In the classroom, where the children experience the language and the culture!

Angela McDavid- 2s Lead Teacher 

Rachel Cocoros- PreSchool 3s Lead Teacher

Ashley Grisez- PreSchool 3s Lead Teacher

Parents: **At this time we are not allowing Volunteers in our Classroom. All volunteer hours are suspended until further notice**

As part of the tuition structure of Saint Demetrios Pre-School, families support the school through service. Families fulfill their service obligation – 10 hours per family per school year– in a variety of ways. Parents, grandparents, and/or adult siblings of the student may serve the hours. If the hours are served during the summer months, any time after the end of school in June, they will be credited to the next school year. Hours do not roll over from one year to the next, nor are the hours transferable from one family to another. If both parents work the same event, both parents receive credit. All activity must be school related and school approved. Here are just some of the many ways that parents support the school:

Volunteering to read to classrooms

Assisting at the Pre-School table during Saint Demetrios Festival

Greeting during Open-houses

Assisting with planning/set-up for Community Yard Sale

Assistance with the Annual School Auction

Helping with classroom parties/set up

Grounds Keeping (pulling weeds/mulching playground)

Serving/Prepping food for School sponsored fundraisers (Pancake Brunch/Spaghetti Dinner)

Assisting during School End-of-Year activities/Parties

(Additional Assistance will be requested throughout the School Year that can be used as Service Hours.)

Please know that in order for your service to count toward your service obligation, it must be documented on a Service Hours Log and Signed by a Representative of the Pre-School. Logs will be submitted to School staff prior to the end of the school year.

Parents may opt to pay a $100 fee to waive the service-hour commitment, and all families that fall short of the service-hour obligation are billed at a rate of $10 per hour (Deadline is June 1st) This is not encouraged as actual service is vital to the school community.