Students Help Pack-a-Snack for Peter Paul Development Center

Thanks to the efforts of Kate Batten, Parents’ Council’s head of Outreach, and all the parents who sent food, there was food aplenty to fill 100 bags for the children at Peter Paul Development Center. 

Having read Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud, children from the Purple, Red, Aqua, Blue, Green and Yellow rooms had the opportunity to fill someone else’s bucket and stuff a bag with one each of all the foods parents sent.  Tomorrow, Wednesday, Kate and several parents will take these love stuffed bags, filling 100 cupboards with food for the holidays. ,…v

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Purple 3-Day Class Update

December has been peaceful in the Purple 3-Day Room as we talk about Advent being the season of waiting.  The children know the story of the birth of Jesus and why we celebrate Christmas.  They have enjoyed decorating our tree, “baking” gingerbread cookies, painting Christmas trees, making ornaments and nativity scenes, and of course playing with a stuffed Santa!

We continue to work on social skills, emphasizing kindness and caring for one another by asking a friend, “Are you ok?” when they are hurt or sad.  As I mentioned in most of our parent conferences, another key phrase we teach is, “May I have a turn with that when you are finished?”  Specifying “when you are finished” makes all the difference.  Most times, the child being asked will immediately or quickly hand over the desired toy and is happy to share.

.We wish you the merriest Christmas and a very Happy New Year.  

Thank you for blessing us with the love and care of your children.  
Sarah & Amy

Chilly Chili Cook-off JANUARY 26th


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 JANUARY 26, 11:30am - 1:30pm

Come celebrate winter on the SSP playground with a



Chili cook-off and mac ‘n cheese contest on the SSP playground.

PRIZES for chili & mac contests… PRIZES ANNOUNCED SOON!

Hot dogs, sides, fixings, and non-alcoholic beverages included in ticket price.

Beer and wine (with free refills) with purchase of $15 commemorative cup.

Funds support the St. Stephen’s Preschool Parent’s Council.

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Name: __________________________________________

# of tix (kids under 2 free): _____ x $8 = ______ TOTAL ($32 family max)

I want to purchase commemorative cup(s)! ______ x $15 = ________ TOTAL

I want to enter the chili contest! _______ (# of entries)

I want to enter the mac ‘n cheese contest! _______ (# of entries)

Cash or checks payable to St. Stephen’s Parents’ Council. Online registration available soon!


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 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


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: 
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 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!!