The Archdiocese of Miami Early Childhood program provides the experiences that meet each child’s needs. They stimulate learning in all developmental areas. Teachers prepare the environment for children to learn through active exploration and interaction. Children plan and execute many of their own activities from a variety of learning areas that the teachers prepare. Children are expected to be physically and mentally active. They are provided with many opportunities to see how reading and writing can be useful before they are instructed in letter names, sounds and word identification. Listening to stories and poems, dictating stories, participating in dramatic play, talking informally with other children, and drawing, all prepare children for later formal instruction. Individual self-directed activities, small group activities, and total group activities are used in our early childhood program. Each child is evaluated regularly and parents are informed of progress through progress reports and personal conferences. The Catholic school early childhood programs are committed to assisting the family in shaping the basic values of the young child as he/she eagerly seeks to know God and creation. Therefore, developmentally appropriate religious experiences are an integral part of the daily program.
While all children have the same basic needs and all go through the same overall developmental processes, each child is a unique human being created by God with special strengths and needs. The curriculum and educational program should be individualized for each child enrolled in the program to best meet his/her developmental needs. The child should be allowed to progress at his/her own pace with the encouragement from a trained staff to explore and search for answers in a planned environment. Understanding the important role of the family in the life of the young child, this educational plan draws upon the parents’ knowledge of the child. In return for this information, the school provides parents with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the child and his developmental steps through observation and conferences with the teachers. Age Children must be four years old by September 1 to be eligible for Pre-Kindergarten (4) and five years old by September 1 for Kindergarten.
The sacramental life of your child is very important to us as a Church community. We know that it is important to you too. There are certain requirements given to us by the Archbishop of Miami through the education office. There are other expectations that the local parish may require for its community for the betterment of its candidates. In light of this knowledge, we ask that both, parents and candidates, take seriously the involvement in the sacramental preparation for communion and confirmation.
a. We ask that you attend one (1) parent meeting for each grade level.
b. We ask the candidates for communion and confirmation to make sure that all work is completed in class preparation.
c. We ask the candidates for confirmation to acknowledge their commitment to the community they are going to serve.
Liturgies/Programs School liturgies have a regular place on the school schedule, students attend liturgies and para-liturgical services. All school liturgies are scheduled to coincide with major feasts and special events or as arranged by the Pastor and/or Principal.
The teachers, administrative staff and other personnel of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School do not arrive at the school and assume their duties until approximately 7:40 a.m. on scheduled school days. Accordingly, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School cannot and will not be responsible for the care or safety of children who are dropped off or otherwise arrive at school prior to 7:40 a.m. on scheduled school days. It is therefore critical to the care and safety of our children that you make arrangements necessary for your diligent attention to this extremely important matter. This is anticipated and most appreciated.
The school provides an After-School Care Program for students whose parents cannot pick them up at dismissal, for a nominal fee. Consult the school office for further information. The school provides supervision for students for 15 minutes before morning bell and 30 minutes after the dismissal bell. The Sts. Peter and Paul After-School Care Program strives to construct an enjoyable atmosphere with varying activities, including homework time, indoor games, and vigorous play whenever possible, according to the child’s level.