It is that time of year again! The time of year when the smell of a fresh pack of crayons and a newly sharpened pencil can remind you of all of the “first days of school” we have experienced in our lives. It is a time of new beginnings. For the children of the Ark, they are experiencing new things, too. Many have new teachers and new classmates. Many are learning to walk in a line, play in centers, eat at the table, sit in a chair, and sleep on a mat for the first time. Rest assured we are gently preparing your little ones for future success in school. It is our privilege and joy to watch your children grow and develop in Christ’s love here at St. Mark’s Ark!

Our school would love to know you better. Each week one family from the Bears and Ducks will be featured on our bulletin board in the San Marco room. You will be notified a few weeks in advance of your week. A poster board will be sent home for you and your child to decorate in any way you see fit. You are also welcome to set up a time with your child’s teacher to share information about your family, job, pets, or hobbies. An activity is always welcome. This is always a big hit. The children and teachers love the families’ pictures.

The teachers are bringing children over to their new class to practice. All the children are familiar with our teachers and the moves should be smooth.

Chess Club
You may enroll your Duck or Bear in Chess club. They will be taught the joys of chess by George Foote each Friday from September through May. The cost is $135 for the entire year. Make checks out to St. Mark’s Ark before September 12th. There is a limit of 20 students in this class.

Dance at St. Mark’s
Parents of Ducks, who are 3 by September 1st, and Bears are invited to enroll their children (boys and girls are welcome) in dance classes here at the Ark. An instructor with Mazza-Smith studios will teach dance classes, on Friday mornings at 9:15a.m. You must complete your application on line at before your child is considered enrolled!

A few parent reminders to help keep our center running smoothly:

1. Preschool instruction begins at 9:00 a.m. daily. Please try to bring your child to the Ark by 9:00 a.m. everyday. If your child misses “circle-time” (s) he will miss a vital part of their preschool experience. Circle-time sets the tone for the day and is also the time when many academic skills are introduced and practiced (colors, numbers, letters, weather, etc.)

2. Please label all items that are brought to the center with your child’s name (clothes, cups, backpacks, diaper bags, jackets, sleepy-time friends, etc.) Lost and found items are kept in the kitchen and if remain unclaimed, are donated.

3. Sleepy-time friends (preferably a soft toy or doll) and other comfort items (blankets, pacifiers, etc.) are welcome at the Ark for appropriate age groups. Bears may bring a book to share with their class. Other toys are not permitted at the center. Small plastic toys or matchbox cars are not appropriate sleepy-time friends. If your child brings a toy to school, your child’s teacher will keep the toy in a safe place away from the child during the day, and parents will be asked to make sure their children keep their toys at home in the future. This helps our staff keep an organized, “harmonious” classroom.

4. Ark students are to come to school with shoes and socks. The children play outside, in the sand box, and in the gym. It is important that socks are on your child to avoid mulch and debris irritating their feet.

Welcome “Back to School” and may God bless all of you and your families during this school year!

Exiting Bear Parents should make sure you have given a two week notice and left a self addressed, stamped envelope in the office. Your 2018 tax statement will be mailed in January 2019.

VBS was a big hit. Our Bears loved the themed fun. Each child got to stuff a bear and do other crafts.

Dates to remember…

August 17 Tumble $15 (Bears and Ducks)
August 22-23 Fall Pictures
August 27-31 Final Water Play of the summer
August 30 New code
February 7-8 Spring pictures