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St. Bartholomew's Preschool

16275 Pomerado Road
Poway, CA 92064

(858) 487-2140


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe each child is unique and should have opportunities to develop individual creativity, explore, experiment, enjoy peer friendships, and learn fundamental concepts in a fun-filled preschool environment. To that end we have three goals:

1. We provide a safe, developmentally appropriate program for children ages 3 to 5 that will foster each child's growth socially, cognitively, emotionally, and physically.

2. We share our faith in God by helping the children understand the world Gold has made and the love He has for each one of them.

3. As teachers, we support parents and families as they lead their children on a path toward a lifetime love of learning.
(excerpted from Parent Handbook)

A Typical Day

Your child's daily activities will include:
- Creative indoor play. This may include art projects, tactile activities such as play dough, puzzles, dramatic play, building blocks, etc.
- Group time. The children gather together to participate in any or all of the following according to age and ability: the Pledge of Allegiance, a Bible story, songs, a short, education or theme-related session, sharing and listening to stories, or creative movement
- Playroom. The playroom is set up with a castle, a large housekeeping area, a dress-up area, various types of building blocks, a creative art center, and a sensory table. On a rotating basis, there is also a puppet theater and puppets, a market, a lemonade stand and a tent. Activities are changed frequently to maintain student interest.
- Playground. Playground time includes sand play, dramatic play, bike riding, painting and chalk art, water play, climbing and sliding, soccer, basketball and games.
- Snack time. Each child brings his/her own snack.
- Chapel and Music Time. Once a week the children attend a short chapel service in the Church Sanctuary. They enjoy songs, finger plays and a Bible story together. Music is part of the daily schedule at the Preschool. We are fortunate to have a retired kindergarten teacher who comes weekly for a special music time with the kids.

(excerpted from Parent Handbook)

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Handling Separation: From the Director

Leaving a parent to join a preschool group is a new experience for a young child. Teachers and aides are always available to help facilitate this transition as each child adjusts to the preschool routine. "Get Acquainted Day" gives a child the opportunity to meet the teacher and the other children in the class and to feel comfortable in their new surroundings. Thereafter, we suggest you bring your child, help them get settled in their class and say a quick goodbye (assuring them you will return to pick them up). It is best to have a positive attitude about this new transition and not to linger too long. Extended goodbyes can be difficult for a child. Most children adjust without too much difficulty.

(excerpted form Parent Handbook)