St. James School

St. James School

Excellent Minds. Exceptional Hearts.


Preschool Happenings

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The 4 year old preschool has been learning about community helpers. Both preschool and kindergarten made “Thank You” cards for the police and doctors and nurses. One of our parents is a doctor at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital and she was kind enough to take our cards to her coworkers. We also had a fun Halloween Party with costumes and pumpkin carving!

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I’m writing to welcome you and your child to preschool and to invite you to the orientation session. Orientation is for the parents, but children are welcome to accompany them. Children will stay in the classroom with the aide and the parents will go to another room for the meeting with me. At this meeting, I will explain our preschool program and help you get ready for an exciting school year.

The aide in the 3 year class is to be announced.
Mrs. Amy MacDonald is the aide in the 4 year class.

The 3 year old orientation will be Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 9:00AM in the preschool room, and the 4 year old orientation will be Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018 at 9:00AM in the preschool room.

Please see the attached supply lists for each class.

First Day of School
The first day of Preschool will be Tues. Sept. 4, 2018 for the 3 year olds and Wed. Sept. 5, 2018 for the 4 year olds.

The last day of preschool for the 2018/2019 school year will be May 23, 2019 for the 3’s class and May 24, 2019 for the 4’s class.

If you need to contact me this summer- please call the school office 412 741-5540 ext. 100 or email me at

I am looking forward to teaching your child and enhancing their hearts and minds in the Catholic faith. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Mrs. Janet Swalga
St. James School Preschool Teacher

Pre-School Newsletter

April 2019 Newsletter

He is Risen!!!

Our theme for April will be taking care of ourselves. Our religious theme will be Easter. The theme for Show n’Tell for the month will be to show a way to take care of yourself (cleaning, tooth care, exercise, etc.) Props are encouraged!

Due to the Holy season of Lent, we will not be having an Easter party. We will, however, do some fun Easter activities that week.

Easter Break will be Thur. Apr. 18 and Fri. Apr. 19. School resumes on Mon., April 22.

Looking ahead…..

On Wed. May 1st, our four-year old class will be taking a walking field trip to Safran’s Market in Sewickley to learn about nutrition. We will be leaving St. James at 9:45AM and will return by 11:00AM.

Veggie Tasting Day will be on Thurs. May 2nd for the 3’s and Fri. May 3rd for the 4’s. There will be a sign-up sheet posted outside our classroom door for donations. Please send in snack as usual for that day.

The Race for Education will be Friday, May 3rd- details will follow.

Summer birthdays will be celebrated in May- I will send home notices at the end of the month.

Save the Date:

Our end of the year celebration will be on Thur. May 23 for the 3yr old class, and Fri. May 24 for the 4yr old class. More details will follow.


Mrs. Swalga,
Mrs. Botticello and
Mrs. MacDonald

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