Pre-School

Why Saint Demetrios?

Saint Demetrios Pre-School’s hope is that every child in our school will experience joy, fun, discovery, and wonderment as they learn and continue to Love Learning!

2504 Cub Hill Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21234
410-661-1090 x204
sdpreschool@comcast.net

The Saint Demetrios Pre-School has been on the grounds of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church since September 1999. A non-profit, Accredited Early Education Program, the Saint Demetrios (Bilingual) Pre-School is a Ministry of the Church, is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education - Child Care Administration, the Archdiocese of America, and the Greek Embassy. The non-profit school accepts children ages 2 & 3 (Pre-School) and 4 (Pre-Kindergarten Program). We believe in active learning in a Christian centered environment, which will ready the children to enter Kindergarten and encourage them to be curious and excited about lifelong learning and discovery. Our program enriches and enhances spiritual growth, cultural/ethnic components of Christianity.

 

Vision

Our vision is to contribute to the healthy growth and development of our children. We strive to provide children with opportunities that develop their intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional and physical skills. To embark on the journey of a lifelong interest and appreciation for spiritual and cultural yearning, our educationally based philosophy and curriculum will emphasize that each child will be elevated to his/her own individual potential at his/her individual pace.

 

Mission

To provide a learning and nurturing environment that develops the whole child by:

-Placing the emphasis on the importance of Christian beliefs.

-Providing an educationally structured climate for age-appropriate learning activities.

-Promoting Bilingual language (Greek) and cultural values in conjunction with the Church.

-Creates opportunities for the development of social skills.

 

Value of a Christian Education:

Saint Demetrios Pre-School’s Song

I am Special, I am Special

Look and See, Look and See

Someone Very Special

Someone Very Special

God Made Me, God Made Me!

The children sing this simple song throughout their day to remind them that they are SPECIAL and God Loves them. Teaching the children through Music and music exploration and teaching them the important elements of our Orthodox Religion. Saint Demetrios Pre-School is an outstanding early education program in a secure Orthodox Christian environment.

 

Tuition and Fees:

To see our Tuition and Fees for the 2017-2018 School year, please click here.  

Please click here to access FACTS in order to create a new account or manage an existing account. 

Tuition payments for the school year will begin in August for each school year and continue monthly through June.  If you cannot meet your payment schedule, it is your responsibility to call the Director.

To qualify for the Parishioner Tuition Rates:

To qualify for the parishioner rates indicated above, families must be registered parishioners (in Good Standing) at Saint Demetrios Church who contribute $500 or more per year. The Church Office will be contacted to verify your status. Please do not send contribution statements to the school office.

Registration fee per Family: $100.00 PAYABLE AT REGISTRATION AND RE-REGISTRATION. This fee is non-refundable and non-applicable.

 

Extended Day

The Extended Day Program is open to all Saint Demetrios students.

Mission:

The Saint Demetrios Pre-School Extended Day is designed to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for students beyond the hours of the normal school day.

About:

Extended Day is a high-quality program that stresses socialization, education and recreation. It has been structured in response to a need from working families for a quality before and after school program for their children. Students enrolled in the Saint Demetrios Pre-School Extended Day program enjoy a variety of daily activities which include:

-Games

-Outdoor play (weather permitting)

-Arts & Crafts

- Snack time

-Free play with friends

Extended Day Hours of Operation:

Morning: 7:30 a.m. -8:45 a.m.

Afternoon: 12:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.

Extended Day Inclement Weather Policy:

  1. If Saint Demetrios Pre-School is closed due to inclement weather, Extended Day is closed.
  2. If Saint Demetrios Pre-School closes early due to inclement weather, Extended Day is closed.

 

Application for Enrollment 2017-2018 School Year

Thank you for considering Saint Demetrios Pre-School for your child’s education!  Since 1999, Saint Demetrios Pre-School has continued to provide students with a superior education rich in Orthodox Christian traditions and values. Please take a moment to review the admissions process below.

Although we have a rolling admissions policy, we ask that applications be submitted as soon as possible.  This will allow us to plan and better prepare for the next school year.

 

Staff: 

Betty Boteler

Pre-K Teacher/Director

 

Jennie Janssen

Pre-K

 

Lisa Mitsos

Orthodox Religion & Music Teacher

Pre-School 3’s Teacher

 

Debbie

 

Elaine Patiniotis

Greek Language Teacher / Pre-K

Kiria Eleni takes the children on a journey across the ocean to Greece – Right Here – In the classroom, where the children experience the language and the culture!

 

Rachel Cocoros

Pre- School 2’s Teacher

 

Kelly MacDonnell, LCSW-C

Substitute

Kelly has children who are alumni of the Pre-School and has been a parent volunteer for 6 years.

 

Parents:

As part of the tuition structure of Saint Demetrios Pre-School, families support the school through service. Families fulfill their service obligation – 10 hours per family per school year– in a variety of ways. Parents, grandparents, and/or adult siblings of the student may serve the hours. If the hours are served during the summer months, any time after the end of school in June, they will be credited to the next school year. Hours do not roll over from one year to the next, nor are the hours transferable from one family to another. If both parents work the same event, both parents receive credit. All activity must be school related and school approved. Here are just some of the many ways that parents support the school:

Volunteering to read to classrooms

Assisting at the Pre-School table during Saint Demetrios Festival

Greeting during Open-houses

Assisting with planning/set-up for Community Yard Sale

Assistance with the Annual School Auction

Helping with classroom parties/set up

Grounds Keeping (pulling weeds/mulching playground)

Serving/Prepping food for School sponsored fundraisers (Pancake Brunch/Spaghetti Dinner)

Assisting during School End-of-Year activities/Parties

(Additional Assistance will be requested throughout the School Year that can be used as Service Hours.)

 

Please know that in order for your service to count toward your service obligation, it must be documented on a Service Hours Log and Signed by a Representative of the Pre-School. Logs will be submitted to School staff prior to the end of the school year.

Parents may opt to pay a $100 fee to waive the service-hour commitment, and all families that fall short of the service-hour obligation are billed at a rate of $10 per hour (Deadline is June 1st) This is not encouraged as actual service is vital to the school community.