Parish Preschool

Check out our 2020-2021 Graduation Slideshow to see the fun we had in Preschool last year!

We Believe….That children are unique and develop in their own time and pace.  That through the guidance of our teachers, children will learn about self-respect, respecting others, sharing, listening, and embracing God’s love. Our goal is to create strong relationships among the children, their families and the church community.

Our Staff

Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church Preschool teachers are experienced, dedicated, and excited to participate in our preschool program.  All staff is screened and approved by Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church and the Archdiocese of Atlanta.  They are also required to participate in continuing educational seminars, workshops, and conferences.  We firmly believe communication is the key to a child’s success.  As the staff works to collaborate with the parents, the child will soar to great heights.  Our hopes are to build a relationship with the families in hopes of seeing one another as extended family.  As such, we provide many opportunities for fellowship among our families to get to know each other.

Our school

Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church Preschool is under the supervision of the Archdiocese of Atlanta Office of Catholic Schools. Our Director and staff attend Professional Development courses provided by the Archdiocese of Atlanta Summer Education Institute and other training agencies, and also maintain certification in CPR and First Aid. Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church Preschool operates under the guidance of the Archdiocese of Atlanta Office of Parish-Based Early Childhood Programs, Mary Jo Nichols – Director of Parish Preschools. You can reach her at 404-920-7704.

For more information about Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church Preschool – please contact our Director Gina DeGennaro at 678-854-9990

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In our program, we include scheduled times for snack and lunch at no additional charge.  As such, our program runs from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.  A list of nutritional snack and lunch food ideas are found in the handbook.

Our Curriculum

The preschool curriculum is designed to be an enriching experience with hands on learning opportunities.  Thematic units of study are planned based on the class’ interests and each individual child’s development.

Our Programs & Enrichment

STREAM: Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, & Math
Planning is based on Kaplan’s Learn Every Day™ Preschool Curriculum
Handwriting Without Tears®
Clifford’s Scholastic Weekly
Seeds Gospel Catholic Curriculum
www.sightwords.com Phonemic Awareness program
Small teacher-pupil ratio
Center-based environment committed to excellence
Music & Movement daily
Pre-K Café:  Cooking activities related to themes monthly
Pre-K Walking Library Field Trips Monthly
Lots of fellowship with siblings and parents

ClearTouch™ Interactive Boards are in each of our classrooms, offering our teachers infinite new options for engaging our students in a meaningful and interactive way.  The comprehensive curriculum we access on these boards have modules that allow further study and reinforcement at home on your device.  This early exposure to classroom technology prepares our students well for kindergarten.

Safety

Secure location:  We have a brand new state of the art facility complete with video surveillance and a two-point lock down entry that is only accessible with a secure card.   Our staff is trained in “Active Shooter Training”.  Tornado and fire drills are practiced regularly.  An Emergency Preparedness Plan is in place, facilitated by classroom hallway access to an emergency phone to signal the need for immediate assistance and school-wide alert capabilities through our  ClearTouch™ technology.  These all provide our teachers with the ability to execute safety controls quickly and effectively .

All church and preschool staff are certified in CPR, First Aid, and the use of our in-house Automated External Defibrillator (AED).  All are also trained under the Archdiocese of Atlanta Safe Environment Program (VIRTUS).