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Published: 4.22.20

TO:                 CDC Families

FROM:           Debbie Shellhorn, Director

Cindy Wunderlich, Associate Director

We continue to pray for our families as decisions are made concerning employment and how we move forward safely. We are thankful for all of you, and our teachers as we navigate our time together during the week. St. Luke’s Facebook page is a wonderful resource for family activities, bedtime storytime, and worship services.

Miss Liz will continue our Virtual Pop-In time on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Looking forward to seeing you!

OCPS announced last Saturday, that schools will remain closed through the end of May.   Therefore, our Preschool and VPK classes will also remain closed through May. Additionally, PDO will be closed through the month of June. Updated information on prepaid tuition for April, May, and June is available under the “Frequently Asked Questions” section on the CDC website.

Here are a few more resources for you to explore:

-Marshmallow Painting

https://www.mymommystyle.com/marshmallow-painting

-Leaf People Art

https://www.mymommystyle.com/fun-leaf-people-craft//

-Nature Paint Brushes

https://www.messylittlemonster.com/2015/07/stick-craft-nature-paintbrushes.html

-Nature Crown

http://smallhandsbigworld.blogspot.com/2011/10/nature-craft-autumn-crowns.html

Music and Creative Movement

   www.learningstationmusic.com

Pinkfong on YouTube

“May the grace and peace that God provides displace your fears and worries.”

from “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young.

 

Published: 4.15.20

TO:                 CDC Families

FROM:           Debbie Shellhorn, Director

Cindy Wunderlich, Associate Director

It brightens our day when we see all of you during the Zoom classroom time!

We hope that your Easter was filled with egg hunts, chocolate bunnies, and memories of fun with your family. The teachers have been creative in planning the activities for your child’s class…may the fun times continue!

Miss Liz will continue our Virtual Pop-In time on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Next week our theme will be the “Great Outdoors”. Looking forward to seeing you!

Here are a few more resources for you to explore:

-Coffee Filter Butterflies

https://onelittleproject.com/coffee-filter-butterflies

Paper Plate Caterpillar

gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2015/06/paper-plate-caterpillar-kid-craft.html

Paper Towel Art

https://www.messylittlemonster.com/2020/04/magic-paper-towel-art- science.html

Music and Creative Movement

   www.learningstationmusic.com

Pinkfong on YouTube

Please let us know how we can assist you and your family. We continue to remember all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Psalm 143:8 “Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”

 

Published: 4.6.20

TO:                 CDC Families

FROM:          Debbie Shellhorn, Director

Cindy Wunderlich, Associate Director

We hope all our families are healthy and safe. We hope this week is filled with activities as we anticipate celebrating Easter on Sunday. Liz Vasquez, Director of Connect, has scheduled a Virtual Easter Hat Parade this Wednesday. We’re looking forward to seeing your wonderful Easter Hats and your smiling faces. Our teachers are enjoying their “Zoom” time with their students through Show ‘n Tell, Story Time, Creative Movement, and Scavenger Hunts.

Families who did not have an opportunity to purchase their child’s pictures will receive an email about online ordering. Wonder Years Portraits will waive the shipping and handling fees. If you have any questions, please contact the CDC Office.

Listed below are a few more resources for you to explore:

-Khan Academy

https://learn.khanacademy.org/khan-academy-kids/

Music and Creative Movement

   www.learningstationmusic.com

Search for Pinkfong on YouTube

Please let us know how we can assist you and your family. We continue to remember our families in our thoughts and prayers. “As you go through this day, trust Me to provide the strength that you need moment by moment.” from “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young.

 

Published: 4.1.20

TO:                CDC Families

FROM:          Debbie Shellhorn, Director

Cindy Wunderlich, Associate Director

It was wonderful to see so many families at the “Drive-By Parade”.  During our CDC Staff meeting this week, several teachers indicated that they are staying connected with our families through Facebook and Zoom as well as sending activities for you to do at home.

OCPS has announced that schools will remain closed through May 1, 2020.

St. Luke’s CDC will continue to follow OCPS closure dates.

Attached is an article from Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline for School and Working from Home. In addition to the resources listed below, St. Luke’s website continues to provide opportunities for all family members to enjoy (www.st.lukes.org). The April newsletter which includes class calendars has been emailed and are posted on the CDC website.

Kids National Geographic

Free School YouTube Channel

Netflix: Science for Kids

Please let us know how we can assist you and your family.  We continue to remember our families in our thoughts and prayers. Isaiah 41:10  “Do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Published: 3.23.20

TO:                 CDC Families

FROM:           Debbie Shellhorn, Director

Cindy Wunderlich, Associate Director

Hope this finds you and your family safe and healthy.  CDC staff is meeting weekly through Zoom conferences to ensure that we stay connected during these uncertain times.

Below are several websites recommended by our teachers for activities to do with your children.  In addition to the resources listed below, St. Luke’s website has opportunities for all family members to enjoy (www.st.lukes.org). The April calendars are posted on the CDC website.

-Scholastic Learn at Home:

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

-Highlight for Kids:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Highlights+for+kids

-PBS Kids (https://pbskids.org)

-Music and Creative Movement (www.thekiboomers.com)

We will be sending a weekly update with more resources.  Please let us know how we can assist you and your family.  Psalm 91:1-2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.” God’s faithfulness is our constant shield.

COVID-19 UPDATES

Published 3.19.2020:

St. Luke’s CDC will remain closed until April 15

Dear Child Development Center Families,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your children as we navigate these uncharted waters together. Following the Governer’s announcement, St. Luke’s CDC will remain closed until April 15. We will miss seeing you and the children while we are apart but we are working on ways to connect with you remotely. St. Luke’s has already started sharing videos like daily bedtime stories and enrichment activities for the kids that can be viewed here. New stories are posted daily and new activities are posted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

For adults, St. Luke’s has daily devotional videos posted to our Facebook page every morning at 6:00 a.m., work out videos on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m., and lots of new online classes starting next week (link coming soon to Facebook). Fun opportunities for families to connect online are coming soon as well.

If you have questions or need assistance, please call the office at 407.876.1155. You can visit the Child Development Center webpage or click here to view important updates from St. Luke’s.

You can also connect with St. Luke’s through social media via the icon buttons below. Thank you for following the recommended guidelines for social distancing to ensure the health and safety of our CDC family.

– Debbie, Cindy, and St. Luke’s Executive Leadership Team and Council

P.S. This Sunday, we invite you to worship with us on Facebook LIVE at 9:30 a.m. 

Published 3.12.2020:

Dear CDC Families,

It’s hard to believe how quickly things change. We invite you to join us in praying for all those affected by novel coronavirus (COVID-19), our leaders, and first responders as they seek to care for those who are ill. We lament the lives lost and hearts that are hurting, broken, and anxious.

We believe the role of the church is to be good stewards of each of you and the community God has given us to love. We want to be smart and proactive in our planning, so we continue to be a place of hope, safety, and comfort for all our students and families. This is a time to be community while protecting ourselves and our families and ensuring the safety of others, especially those most vulnerable to this virus. 

Click here to read the CDC’s guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

St. Luke’s CDC Directors, Executive Leadership Team and Executive Council are closely monitoring state and local advisories related to COVID-19 and taking precautions, recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), to prevent the spread of this and other illnesses. 

Following Orange County Public Schools announcement today, St. Luke’s CDC will also be closed the week after our scheduled spring break and remain closed until at least March 30. The safety of our students, families, congregation, community, and staff is our highest priority. In addition to this school closure, effective Sunday, March 15, St. Luke’s campus will temporarily suspend in-person meetings for the next week and public worship on campus through the end of the month. 

This Sunday, we invite you to watch Contemporary worship at 9:30 a.m. and Traditional worship at 11:00 a.m. live on Facebook. (click below at these times).

Click here to watch St. Luke’s worship.

We want to be extra cautious because of the high volume of activity on our campus each day.

St. Luke’s is helping prevent the spread of illness by:

  • Enhancing cleaning procedures for high-touch surfaces like tables, chairs, doorknobs and push bars in all buildings using hospital-grade EPA recommended cleaning solutions to combat the spread of viruses
  • Offering hand sanitizing stations around campus and sharing best practices for handwashing
  • Asking guests and staff experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home to care for themselves and as a precaution for others
  • Continuing to offer hospital and home visits as well as crisis support by our pastoral team while temporarily suspending visits by our lay Care Visitation Team members. (Lay teams will continue care through check-in phone calls to meet congregational care needs)
  • Contacting St. Lukers in high-risk groups to ensure they are prepared, not left in isolation, and have access to worship and attend studies online as well the latest health information
  • Providing study/care group leaders information and guidance so they may choose to hold classes virtually over Zoom (online/over the phone) rather than in-person (instructions coming soon)

As the situation develops, St. Luke’s will provide updates about scheduling changes, worship services, and more through regular communication channels.

For the latest updates, visit www.st.lukes.org/stayhealthy.

You can also connect with St. Luke’s through social media (@stlukesorlando) and the St. Luke’s Orlando app, available on the App Store and Google Play, as well as continue to support our vital ministries by giving online.

Thank you for doing your part to ensure the health and safety of our CDC family.

– Debbie, Cindy, and St. Luke’s Executive Leadership Team and Council

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How is St. Luke’s handling prepaid tuition received for April, May, and June?

          A. Families who have prepaid tuition for April, May, and June, will have the following options:

  1. Request a refund via email at cwunderlich@st.lukes.org.
  2. You may donate your prepaid tuition to CDC. This donation will assist in preparations for the opening of CDC in August. If you choose to donate, email cwunderlich@st.lukes.org.  Documentation for tax purposes can be provided.

Q. How long will St. Luke’s CDC be closed? 

           A. OCPS announced that schools will remain closed through the end of May. Therefore, our Preschool and VPK classes will also remain closed through May. Parent’s Day Out will be closed through the month of June.

Q. Where can I find the latest updates for St. Luke’s CDC? 

            A. Contact the CDC office through email, if you have any questions. Please refer to the CDC webpage for regular updates and resources like websites that contain activities and Dr. Becky Bailey’s Tips for School and Working from home. Monthly class calendars are available on the CDC website.

Q. How can I help my child learn at home?

            A. The Early Learning Coalition encourages developmentally appropriate activities during this time. This would include “hands-on-activities” and very little screen time. The year-end VPK Assessments will not be required for providers.  Our teachers are contacting their school families via email, Zoom, and Facebook each week. Some have downloaded packets with worksheets and activities that coordinate with the themes on the April calendars. Teachers are individualizing the time they schedule with their students to incorporate the daily classroom activities: Circle Time. – Morning songs, Letter of the Week, weather, counting, creative movement, show and tell, and storytime.

In the updates we have sent, we list several links that have a variety of activities – science, math, and colors. As well as helpful reminders from Becky Bailey concerning establishing a daily schedule with age-appropriate activities and making sure that activities are balanced with outdoor time.

Some of our PDO classes have scheduled storytime using puppets for the Toddler and 2’s Plus classes.

We will continue to send the monthly calendars via email as well as posted on the website which lists the theme and letter of the week, shape, colors, and literary selections (VPK).

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2020-2021 Registration Information

Click on the files below to access the 2020-2021 school year registration forms.

Child Development Center Newsletters

St. Luke’s Child Development Center offers three different programs:

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Parent’s Day Out

For children 8 to 35 months of age. The Parent’s Day Out program schedules are consistent with the school calendar established by the Orange County School Board. Parent’s Day Out Program is available from August through June.

Parent’s Day Out:

Toddler I: (8-16 months as of Sept. 1) 9:00 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.  Available Tuesday and Wednesday. Parents may select 1-day or 2-days per week.

Toddler II: (17-27 months as of Sept. 1) 9:00 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.  Available Monday through Friday.  Parents may select 1-day, 2-days or 3-days per week.

2’s Plus: (28-35 months as of Sept. 1) 9:00 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.  Available Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday and Friday.  Parents may select 2-days or 3-days per week.

Preschool Classes

For children at least three years and less than five years of age as of September 1. All children must be potty trained.

For children who are three years old by September 1, we offer a two-day or three-day program. For children who are four years old by September 1, we offer a five day a week VPK program.

The hours for the preschool are from 9:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. An Extended Day program is available on Mondays – Thursdays. Hours for children enrolled in Extended Day are from 9:00 a.m. – 1:50 p.m. The Extended Day program runs during the school year.

Preschool:

3 Year Old Tuesday and Thursday Classes: (3 years old as of Sept. 1)  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Extended Day classes are offered from 12:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. All children must be potty trained.

3 Year Old Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Classes: (3 years old as of Sept. 1)  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Extended Day classes are offered from 12:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. All children must be potty trained.

Voluntary PreKindergarten: (four years old by Sept. 1)

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Extended Day classes are offered from 12:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.

To learn more about the Child Development Center, contact our office at 407.876.1155 and schedule a tour. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Center is open to all children, regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, who may benefit from our type of program. Registration is handled through a Lottery Process and all programs are consistent with the Orange County Public School calendar.


For registration, tuition and other information about St. Luke’s Child Development Center Programs, please call 407.876.1155.

The Child Development Center is closed on Orange County Public School’s holidays. For their calendar please visit www.ocps.net.

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