At St. Columba’s Nursery School, we believe that each child, each family, and each staff member has an infinite capacity to learn and grow. We cultivate their God-given and unique abilities in a joyful atmosphere of supported inquiry, sociability, and inclusion.
The Nursery School will open at 10 am Tuesday, March 4th, as DCPS has announced a 2-hour delay. The rest of the day will operate under the normal schedule with usual dismissal times. We will do our utmost to follow DCPS, but please watch for further information, as the Nursery School sometimes has to close even when DCPS remains open. STAY TUNED.
To make an application for our 2014-2015 school year, please come to one of our open houses. Admission open houses will be begin at 9:30 am and are held in the Great Hall of St. Columba’s Church. The dates for this year’s open houses are:
October 29, 2013
November 13, 2013
December 11, 2013
January 14 and 22, 2014
February 5 and 21, 2014
Every child is special. Each one changes and grows along a developmental continuum in a pattern as unique as a thumbprint. The philosophy of St. Columba's Nursery School affirms that every individual connected with the school is regarded as a person with an inestimable capacity to grow and learn - children, parents, and staff. Young children, of course, are the primary focus of the school. Discerning the child's level of development and challenging him or her with new and varied experiences are the goals of our approach to teaching and learning.
At St. Columba's we guide and support our students as they grow in self-sufficiency, motivation to learn about and explore the world around them, and in becoming eager collaborators in the classroom. We believe that the best preparation for on-going school, and quite frankly, for life, is to help children learn to take care of themselves and their belongings, express themselves in acceptable ways, and to learn the give and take of leadership and collaboration.
Children need space to grow in mind, body, and spirit and so half of each school day is spent outdoors. Our large well-equipped playgrounds with their paved areas for riding vehicles, wide-open slopes for sledding and rolling hoops, places to dig and burrow, sandboxes, gardens, running water, slides, climbing structures and swings has no equal in our area. Our full-time playground coordinator ensures that the playgrounds are ready and inviting for play each day. Similarly, our six classrooms, music, and environmental science spaces are light-filled, spacious and attractive and filled with materials and equipment to promote children's learning and exploration.
Since 1959 St. Columba's has been a haven for childhood, embracing play as the child's most natural and effective way of learning. We'd love to have your child join us for a rich, joy-filled, and exuberant first school experience.
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