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2020-2021 Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year will be underway as of February 3, 2020 for our current families.

On February 24, 2020 Open Enrollment will be available to new families. We will start enrolling new families for the 2020-2021 school year at 8:00 am at the preschool office location. Please have your child’s age appropriate application completed and registration payment available when you come for Open Enrollment.

Our goal is to give children a positive start to their education and help them develop character and self-confidence. Our staff and teachers work with children at the ages when they are learning more rapidly than at any other time in their lives. We provide a loving, nurturing environment in which children are our number one priority. We constantly strive to do what is in the best interest of our children, and we eagerly accept and appreciate the responsibility and opportunity that is ours. We look forward to welcoming your family to St. Paul’s Preschool!

Please visit our 2020-2021 school year registration page for more information and to access a page with links to age-appropriate registration forms.


Empty Bowls

St. Paul’s Preschool recently presented Executive Director Clyde Fitzgerald of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina with several handmade bowls crafted for Second Harvest’s Empty Bowls fund-raising event.

The bowls were made in the Preschool shop and offered for sale at the event’s silent auction. Proceeds from the event help  provide food to more than 300,000 people served by Second Harvest’s partner network as well as special meal programs for children facing food insecurity, including BackPack, Kids’ Cafe, School Pantry and Summer Meal programs.

Soccer Coach and Player Visit Stars

On Monday, December 5, the St. Paul’s Preschool’s Stars class for four-year-olds had special visitors. Wake Forest University’s Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach Steve Armas (a Preschool parent) and Wake Forest soccer team midfielder Jon Bakero talked to the students about soccer and the skills needed to score a goal. Jon is from Spain and speaks Spanish.

The team is playing in the NCAA tournament, and students were encouraged to watch and upcoming match on ESPNU on Friday, December 9 at 6:00 p.m. If the team wins, they will play for the national championship.

Page’s Playground

This fall, St. Paul’s is constructing a new upper playground designed for young children. This will replace the existing equipment that has faithfully served our church and community for close to two decades.

The new space will be called Page’s Playground in honor of Page Daniel Hill, who served as Preschool Director and teacher at St. Paul’s for 15 years.

“Momma loved little ones,” said Sally Hill Shore, Page’s daughter and St. Paul’s parishioner. “And, perhaps more than anything else, she loved sharing music and singing with the children of St. Paul’s Preschool.”

Sally and Rosalie Hill Bland, also a St. Paul’s parishioner, recall their mother leading the children in song accompanied by her favorite ukulele. Inside her ukulele case, she would carry three clay mice to serve as a special audience. Those mice – Alexander, Beverly and baby Stephanie – are special keepsakes for the two sisters.

In addition to singing and playing her instruments, Page enjoyed creating unique programs for the children. Her love of the classroom evolved into the writing of two activity books, “Thanksgiving for the Very Young” and “Valentine Fun for the Very Young.”

Music continues to be a touch-point with Page. Sally and Rosalie enjoy hearing her sing a familiar tune that she coined, “Every day at St. Paul’s is better than the day before” – a sentiment as true during Page’s years at St. Paul’s as it is today.

The Preschool Committee has set a fundraising goal for Page’s Playground of $60,000 by October 31, 2016. If you are interested in making a gift, to Page’s Playground, you can donate online using your credit card.

You may also donate by writing a check to St. Paul’s with “Preschool” in the memo line or making a gift through the Winston-Salem Foundation

Contact Tom McDowell, Parish Administrator, at (336) 723-4391 ext. 1215 for more information about the playground.

Donors will be invited to a special celebration later this year.

The Ingram Scholarship

A Message from St Paul’s Rector

If you, your child, or someone you love has attended St. Paul’s Preschool during the past three decades, you have been touched by Judy Ingram’s ministry. As a Preschool alumnus who went on to become Rector at St. Paul’s, I have been doubly blessed as both a student and colleague by Judy’s capable leadership. (That’s me on the back row in my Superman shirt.)

IngramJ2011Judy will retire next month after nearly 30 years of service. To honor her, the Preschool Board and I have created The Ingram Scholarship Fund, a need-based financial aid program that will make St. Paul’s Preschool available to more families, regardless of circumstance. While making a high-quality preschool education more readily accessible to those who most need it, the scholarship fund will also help prepare and position St. Paul’s Preschool to thrive for another 30 years.

I am inviting you to prayerfully consider contributing to The Ingram Scholarship Fund as a parting gift for Judy. If you wish to be part of this endeavor, please send a check made out to St. Paul’s with “Ingram Scholarship Fund” in the memo line. You may also donate to the scholarship fund online by clicking here:


Thank you for considering this opportunity to honor Judy by making the Preschool program more available and accessible to all and for helping to make every day at St. Paul’s better than the day before.

The Rev. D. Dixon Kinser