Pre-School

 

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
sdpreschool@comcast.net

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.

 

Summer Program 2019:

Click here for information regarding our Summer Program.

 

Tuition and Fees:

To see our Tuition and Fees for the 2019-2020 School year, please click here.  

Here is our application for enrollment into our program

Please click here to access FACTS in order to create a new account or manage an existing account. 

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.

To qualify for the Parishioner Tuition Rates:

To qualify for the parishioner rates indicated above, families must be registered parishioners (in Good Standing) at Saint Demetrios Church who contribute $500 or more per year. The Church Office will be contacted to verify your status. Please do not send contribution statements to the school office.

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

 

Extended Day

The Extended Day Program is open to all Saint Demetrios students. 

Mission:

The Saint Demetrios Pre-School Extended Day is designed to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for students beyond the hours of the normal school day.

About:

Extended Day is a high-quality program that stresses socialization, education and recreation. It has been structured in response to a need from working families for a quality before and after school program for their children. Students enrolled in the Saint Demetrios Pre-School Extended Day program enjoy a variety of daily activities which include:

-Games

-Outdoor play (weather permitting)

-Arts & Crafts

- Snack time

-Free play with friends

Extended Day Hours of Operation:

Morning: 7:30 a.m. -8:45 a.m.

Afternoon: 12:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.

Extended Day Inclement Weather Policy:

  1. If Saint Demetrios Pre-School is closed due to inclement weather, Extended Day is closed.
  2. If Saint Demetrios Pre-School closes early due to inclement weather, Extended Day is closed.

 

Thank you for considering Saint Demetrios Pre-School for your child’s education!  Since 1999, Saint Demetrios Pre-School has continued to provide students with a superior education rich in Orthodox Christian traditions and values. Please take a moment to review the admissions process below.

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.

 

Infant and Toddler Program - Click Here!

 

Teacher Bios:

Evelyn Kimos PreK Lead Teacher

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- PreK Lead Teacher

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

 

Janet Glover- Infant Room Senior Staff. Director Certified. 

 

Jasmine Howard- Toddler Room Senior Staff. Infant/Todder Certification and background in Music & Dance.

 

Fotini Baltatzis- PreSchool Aide

Worked as a teacher at Saint Nicholas Greek School from 1982-1992. Currently retired and working with children is her passion.  

 

Doris McDavid- Toddler Room Aide

 

Maria King- Infant & Toddler Room Senior Staff.

 

Jade Gericke-PreSchool Aide

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- 3's Classroom Lead Teacher. 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

 

Deborah Amrhine- Pre-School Aide

 

Elaine Patiniotis- Greek Language Teacher / Pre-K
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- 2's Lead Teacher 

 

Rachel Cocoros- 2's Lead Teacher

 

Lauren Nickles- 3's Room Assistant & Elementary Age Certification 

 

Parents:

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.