Our five day children have been busy learning and having fun in our fall-based centers. We've made our own pumpkin faces and Native American yarn designs, painted with puffy paint (which we made), raked fall leaves, and experienced aspects of Native American culture, such as canoes and campfires.

We’ve had multiple sensory experiences - playing with cranberries and beads in water, scooping sand, beans and corn in the sensory table and picking kernels off of Indian corn. 

Some of us have made our own Mo Willem’s cartoon idea boxes and pigeons, or mouse puppets and cookies just like the ones in If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Our creations made from leaves were inspired by Lois Elhert's book, Leaf Man.

We’ve peeled carrots and made applesauce for our Thanksgiving feast and made Pilgrim flip books.  And that’s only a taste of the activities the five day children have experienced.in the past few weeks.

It’s now time for that magical season of the year.  We are transitioning to all things Christmas.  We’ll make reindeer flip books and Christmas gifts.  We‘re decorating three trees in the Blue room, and the children will choose their parts as they reenact the Nativity.

Math, science, literacy, gross motor and fine motor activities are all practiced in play.  It’s a great way to learn!


Each year all of the children of the preschool collect nonperishable items to share with those who come to the church needing food.  We then present what they have sent on Tuesday, November 20 at 11:00 am in a service of Thanksgiving in Palmer Hall.

The children in the Red, Aqua, Blue, Green and Yellow rooms will sing their thanks as their parents and extended family members gather with them to celebrate. Please join us.

Dismissal is at the end of the service for these rooms and at the normal time for all other classes.  There will be no extended day, enrichment or lunch bunch programs on the 20th. 

We wish everyone a warm Thanksgiving. Classes resume November 27th .


SSP Purple, Red and 5-day students will use those large muscles, have fun and raise funds for St. Stephen’s Preschool snack room renovation – what a great combination! 

Many of you have already signed up to be part of our Fall Fit & Fun lunch bunch, but there’s still space for a few more. 

Friday, November 16 from noon to 2 pm our lunch bunch will include special games and movement activities that your children won’t want to miss. The fee is $25.

Call or email Kay to be part of this FUNdraiser. 288-6401 or ktyler@ststephensrva.org.


Tuesday, November 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Visit the "One Stop Holiday Shop."

May Fair House will be decorated for Christmas, and merchandise will be available at a 15 percent discount (some exclusions apply). Back by popular demand are Stella & Dot's irresistibly designed jewelry and fashion, Herb Works Oil and Vinegar of Richmond (with over 25 tastings), the Arranger's Market with the best tools and vessels for creating beautiful flower arrangements, and a variety of other vendors you'll not want to miss. Order a freshly made magnolia wreath from Saunders Brothers in Nelson County for your door.

Remember to bring canned or boxed food for St. Stephen's food ministry and you'll be entered in a raffle. Enjoy light refreshments while you shop. 

May Fair House profits support grants to ministries that serve women and children in need.


Support Your Child's Reading Success!

Did you know? Children who read for just 20 minutes a day are more successful in school and life.

Now that we've all settled in to our new fall routines, the SSP library and our Celebration Book program is gearing up. Our little library is a great resource and is a popular choice for the kids when a parent can be there to read to them.

Spending part of your morning as a reading volunteer is a fun way to see the students in action and read a few books to eager ears. A SignUp Genius invite will be sent to the 5-Day parents to volunteer for the library. Feel free to share that invite link with caregivers and family members.

Please also consider donating a book to the library as part of our Celebration Book program. Whether your child is having a birthday or you just want to celebrate the year at St. Stephen's, it's a perfect way to leave your child's footprint. We will add a bookplate in the donated book with your child's name for scores of future preschoolers to enjoy.

There are a few easy ways to give!  

1) You can buy a book of your choosing. There are lots of options with the Scholastic Book Fair and on the Amazon Wish List

Amazon: Go to the "Find a List or Registry" and type in St. Stephen's Preschool if you are having trouble using the link above.

Scholastic Book Purchases: Ordering from Scholastic Book Clubs is an easy way to find the best books that are just right for your child's grade and interests.

Choose books with your child online at: scholastic.com/bookclubs 
To order online, connect to our class using our CLASS CODE: LJRJT or by our school name
The DUE DATE for purchasing books for Christmas gifts is DEC 4!
Books will be sent home with your child when they are delivered to the school.

Scholastic Book Bonus: Every order you place earns FREE Books for our class to share.

2) Donate $20 or an amount of your choice to the Celebration Book Fund and SSP will buy a hardcover book from the classroom wish lists in honor of your child. 

Please reach out to Maggie Bradshaw (parent volunteer and George’s mom), regarding the Library and Celebration Books at 202.365.2086 or cheese@truckleRVA.com or Whitney Thouron (Blue Room teacher) for Scholastic questions.


It’s the tradition at St. Stephen’s Preschool to wear orange on Halloween.  We encourage each child (and parent, if you’d like), in every classroom, to wear orange on Wednesday, October 31.  For some children, Halloween costumes are very frightening, so our solution is for everyone to wear orange instead of costumes.  Thanks for your cooperation.

Our snacks for that day will be orange as well. Please send in orange fruits and vegetables, if you are able. The children will surely know the color orange by the time October 31 is over!




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Featuring trick-or-treating, refreshments (including beer!), a cupcake walk, art activities, pumpkin carving demonstrations (with completed jack o'lanterns for sale!), an amazing silent auction, a family-friendly movie screening, and more!! Funds will go toward the school's snack room renovation!

Skip the line and purchase your entrance & refreshment tickets online TODAY!  

Commemorative & refillable cups for sale online as well! (Adults: free refills on beer! Kids: free refills on popcorn!)

TRUNK HOSTS STILL NEEDED! So far we only have 10 trunks registered, and we'd love to have more! Anyone can host a trunk, and the prizes this year are spooktacular! First place wins a family portrait package (shot by Sandy of Sass & Frass Photography, worth $325!). Second place wins a "Taste of the Local" with gift certificates to Libbie Market, Mayfair House, St. Stephen's Cafe, and a lunch bunch package of four spots! 

The event will be hosted RAIN OR SHINE (indoors if we have bad weather!) so don't let the forecast deter you. 

FRIENDS, FAMILY, and GUESTS ALL WELCOME! The more, the merrier, so please bring them along! 

Online registrations highly encouraged, but tickets will also be sold at the door.

We can't wait to see you Friday!!

Red Room Update

In the last two weeks, the Red Room children have enjoyed talking about apples and fire safety. We have been very busy and having so much fun.

Please continue to ask your child daily about what he or she is enjoying in the classroom, what makes him or her smile. The children are eager to share and they are learning so much!

In Art the children have been using a wide variety of ways to create - stamping, dot dots, and easel painting. Collages of fire trucks offered the children the opportunity to touch and glue various materials and textures.

Earlier in the month, there were pretend apples available which the children could sort into baskets based on shapes, sizes and colors.  They also loved having the opportunity to squirt the “flames” attached to the bottom of the sensory box with a squirt bottle filled with water. (Great activity for using those finger and hand muscles.)

We have been working on strengthening and using fine motor skills while working with playdough, cutting apples (for applesauce), moving pom poms with tongs, tearing paper, peeling stickers and manipulating pony beads during apple making. The children continue to exercise their large muscles on the playground while swinging, climbing, sliding, pushing equipment, throwing, catching and tossing and in movement with Preston Blackburn.

Tasting yellow, green and red apples and making and eating our own applesauce have been sensory delights.  Both applesauce and apples were delicious.  

A big thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to walk to the fire station and to the parents who have made playdough!

Thanks to each of you for sharing your children with us. 


Eleanor and Blanche

Orange Room(s) Update

We are off to a great start in the orange room!  We have completed phase in and are now on our regular schedule.  The children really benefited from the small group size and shorter day so they could become comfortable in their new classroom and new friends.  We are enjoying getting to know your little ones.
  The children are quickly learning the routine and really look forward to snack time.  They are  learning that after they are finished snack, they carry their plate and cup to the sink.  We will continue to work on these important self-help skills. 
  We had music for the first time with Ms. Sprenkle and the children were so attentive as she played the guitar and sang songs.    The Thursday-Friday and Monday-Tuesday classes also had movement with Preston and she had everyone working those large muscles by going under and over the limbo stick! 
  At circle time, we have been reading books, singing songs and getting to know the names of our friends. 
   In the art center we have been working on self-portraits using crayons, markers, and chalk and will have them displayed in our classroom soon. 
  Thanks for sharing your little ones with us. We are enjoying getting to know them.

Christine, Debbie and Leigh

ORANGE ROOM Monday-Tuesday


ORANGE ROOM Thursday-Friday


Each year the preschool offers parents the opportunity to have their children’s speech and hearing tested.  (In January, vision screening will be available to those children who are entering kindergarten in the fall of 2019.)

Next week, Charlotte Crane of T.A.L.K. will begin testing those children two to five and a half years old, whose parents request it.  Your teachers may contact you to recommend your child be tested if they think it might be helpful.

See the attached permission form and letter from T.A.L.K. This paperwork will also be sent in totes tomorrow.

Please return the permission slip by Monday, October 1 with the fee for the services requested. Checks are payable to T.A.L.K.  You will receive a report after the testing is complete.