September 2017

This is always a busy time of year for young families! Our fall program is in full gear.  The familiar letter of the week has started. There will be an Ark wish list posted in the San Marco room and on the website after Irma has passed.

VPK starts September 5th.

Housekeeping DON’T FORGET!!!

All children should have on socks with their shoes or sandals)

 Ballet is Friday mornings for those enrolled—please send your child dressed for dance class.

Chess Club starts Friday September 8th for all students signed up. There are still spaces available in class.

 This is a reminder of the emergency closing policy for St. Mark’s Ark. Should Duval County Public Schools close we will also.  The TV stations will not always broadcast our closing because of the number of preschools in Jacksonville.

Tuition is due on Monday and late on Wednesday.  Accounts must be paid in full by Friday for your child to attend the following Monday. No outstanding balances will be permitted on tuition accounts.  Please keep in mind that if you are going out of town, you must pay your tuition in advance to avoid a late fee.

 Please use only blue or black ink when writing your check to St. Mark’s Ark. We copy all checks received and checks written in colored ink (gel pens) do not show up on the copies.  Thank you for your cooperation!

“For everything there is a season, and a time

for every matter under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

Dates to remember…

October 24th  –Open House 4-6

October 31st   –Let’s Pretend parade

Chess Club

You may still 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 9:30a.m.  A sign up sheet will be placed on the bulletin board in the San Marco Room.  You must complete your application on line at before your child is considered enrolled!


The new tuition rates go into effect the week of September 5th.

Doves/Lambs——–$225.00 per week

Turtles—————–$210.00 per week


Monkeys/ Giraffes—$185.00 per week

Ducks—————–$180.00 per week

Bears———$175.00 per week

(VPK wrap around fee $125.00)

As a storm approaches, I would just like to say a word about emergency procedures here at the Ark.  The office is equipped with a weather radio, which goes off whenever a storm watch or warning is issued by the National Weather Service anywhere in our area (including all of Duval, St. Johns, and Clay counties).  Anytime there is a warning issued for Duval County, Cathy and I immediately turn on the TV in the office and if necessary, we place a call to WTLV for more information.  If we ever feel a storm is too close for comfort, we would immediately move the children to the gym area and if a real emergency arose, the children would be moved to the hallway connecting the gym to the church and if necessary into the church basement (yes, St. Mark’s has a basement!).  Although we hope we never have to use these procedures, we do have a system in place. On a stormy day, it is important for us to keep our phone lines open.  We understand your concern for your child’s safety, and it is also our utmost concern.  If Cathy or I are able to answer the phone to speak with you and ease your mind we will be glad to do so, but please do not continuously call us on a stormy day.  We must be free to do our jobs and we must have access to a phone line at all times.  Thank you for understanding and cooperating for the good of all of the children in our care.

The emergency closing policy for St. Mark’s Ark is as follows, should Duval County Public Schools close we will also.  The TV stations will not always broadcast our closing because of the number of preschools in Jacksonville. Updates will be sent out via push notification through the St. Mark’s Ark app.  Your information with current numbers is kept in emergency manuals.  This also allows Cathy and me to call parents, in the event Ark phones are not working properly.

God’s peace,