Click here to download the 2018-2019 Registration Packet.


Preschool Forms:

 Child Enrollment Form

 Child Medical Statement

 Preschool Handbook (2017-2018)

Complete Registration Packet (2018-2019)

Helpful Articles:

(PDF) Who Goes to Preschool and Why Does it Matter? (306KB) – National Institute for Early Education Research

(PDF) The Importance of Play (109KB) – American Academy of Pediatrics

SPJ Preschool


Ss. Philip and James Preschool

A Christ-centered preschool with both half day and full day options.


SS Philip and James School is part of the school system of the Diocese of Youngstown and, as such, is under the direction of the Bishop, the Diocesan Superintendent of Schools, the Holy Cross Academy President, the Pastor and the Principal.

You are the prime motivator and the most important person in your child’s life.  Our school strives to build on the values and foundations you have already established in your family and to work together to provide an education of academic excellence rooted in the Gospel.  It is our goal to affirm the gift of life, the uniqueness of each person, and to make a difference in this world by how we live our lives together.


SS Philip and James School, established in 1875, is the only Catholic school in Canal Fulton.  It promotes Christian community and sound educational practices.  The preschool is an extension of and are the roots for the relationship with God we strive to cultivate at SPJ.

Our challenging curriculum focuses on the spiritual, emotional, academic and physical development of our students to reach their full potential as Christian individuals, committed to service, justice and democracy in our ever changing society.


Because children learn through activity, part of the day will be spent at the play and learning centers around the room.  Additionally, students aged 5 and 4 and a half will have break out sessions from the 3's and younger 4's to work on higher level development, according to the Ohio Academic Content Standards for Early Learning and Development.

Blocks: Large wooden blocks, large cardboard blocks, small table blocks, legos, beads, peg board, cars, trucks, people and animals.

Housekeeping: Toy furniture, kitchen utensils, dolls and dress-up clothes.

Math: Number puzzles, counting frames, games and geometric shapes.

Writing and Art: Crayons, pencils, clay, markers, collage material and painting.

Language and Listening: Books with tapes, puzzles, alphabet games, color games and book corner

Spanish: Students are taught the basics of a language that is growing in significance each year..

The children will also be participating in large group activities.  These will include:

Religion: Themes are the child, the five senses, family, friends, creation, Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, feelings, Easter, new life, prayer and church.

Physical Fitness and Sensory-Motor Training: Activities will include body image, space and direction, balance, moving and eye-hand coordination.  We will be using bean bags, balls, a parachute, activity records, rhythms, dance and a balance beam.

Language Arts: Concepts covered will be identifying sounds, rhyming words, matching like items, colors, opposites classification, sequencing events and alphabet recognition when age appropriate.  We will be using some language experience stories, “big books” for shared reading and an introduction to letters.

Science and Social Studies: These subjects will be centered around themes of holidays, safety, seasons, animals and occupations.

Centers for Learning: The students will take part in center-based activities that will allow for differentiated instruction and modes of learning. 

Art: Besides the activities at the writing and art center, children will be having daily experiences with cutting, coloring and pasting.  There will be a painting easel in the classroom.

Math: Activities with real objects for counting, grouping, classifying and counting rods, and walk-on number lines and tiles will be used.

Music: Music will be used in teaching many concepts, for religious expression and in games and dances.

Technology: Students will learn and improve skills in computer usage through educational programs and games.

Hot Lunch: The all day students will have the option to enjoy hot lunch provided for the SPJ Elementary students.

Walks to Canal Fulton Library: The students will get to enjoy trips to the library for stories read aloud and other exciting experiences.

Mentor Program w/ SPJ School Students: Preschool students will have activities such as reading buddies with students from Ss. Philip and James School.

Outdoor Play: Students will have the opportunity for outdoor play each day.:      

Daily Schedule

Pre-School sessions are held one to five mornings per week (Monday-Friday) from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m; full day sessions last through 3:00.  

Classes are held in the lower level of the church.  Classes begin one week after K-8 school begins and will conclude at the end of May.  The school calendar is followed, and Pre-School is not in session if SS Philip and James School is not in session.  Class size will be determined by state guidelines. 

PRE-SCHOOL DAILY SCHEDULE (MONDAY - FRIDAY): Arrival of the teacher 8:30 a.m.

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Arrival/Choice Activities while children arrive

                                    (help children respond to question of the day, how many jar, printing                                                  name)               

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Opening Activities

                                    (morning prayer, pledge, calendar, assign classroom jobs)

                                    Language Arts

                                    (Story time, language concept/theme development)

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Snack

                                    (Wash hands, helpers set table for snack)

9:45 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.Religion

                                  (learning about God & Scripture through stories, songs, activities)

9:55 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. - Outdoor Play

                                (weather discussion)

10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Learning Centers

                                (children choose from centers: creative art, manipulative, blocks, Math &                                         Science, sensory table, reading center, home center)  

                                   Clean Up

                                 (Children put away toys/materials)

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.Music/Movement Activities

                                 (Gym may be used)

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Small Groups

                                (Hands on Math, Science, and Pre-Reading Activities)

11:30 Closing Prayer/Dismissal of Morning Students

11:30-12:00 p.m.. – Lunch

                                (Students are welcome to buy hot lunch from the cafeteria).

12:00-12:30 p.m.. – Structured Play

12:30-2:00 p.m.. – Quiet/ Rest Time   

2:00-3:00 p.m.. – Enrichment activities based on morning lessons.                           

3:00 p.m. Closing Prayer/Dismissal

The Pre-School teachers and aides meet state standards for persons working with young children.  Certification in first aid, communicable diseases and child abuse recognition are required.  Other in-service opportunities in early childhood education are also attended.

To learn more about our preschool/ pre-K teacher, Mrs. Lavery, click here

According to the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), children who attend a high-quality preschool enter kindergarten with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not. In a loving, Catholic, family environment, Saints Philip and James preschool serves children ages 3-5.