Thursday, September 7, 2017

'Little Explorers?' It's A REAL Success Story!

Saints Simon and Jude School in West Chester (Chester County) will celebrate the opening of its “Little Explorers” Preschool program with a blessing. Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, who oversees Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will preside over the blessing. 

In addition to pre-school students and teachers, special guests attending the blessing will include Father Michael J. Gerlach, Pastor; Sister Regina Elinich, I.H.M., Principal; administrators from the Office of Catholic Education (OCE); representation from the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (I.H.M.); donors, and school board members. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Saints Simon and Jude School
6 Cavanaugh Court
West Chester, PA 19382 (Chester County)

In the fall of 2016, Saints Simon and Jude School formed its first School Board of Limited Jurisdiction. Under this board’s guidance the “Little Explorers” program was developed. An event was held last school year and raised $84,000 to support the preschool startup costs. Mr. Peter Federico, Chair of the School Board and Mrs. Mary Kinka, preschool teacher, will be available to speak about the new program following the blessing. The new preschool program will welcome 37 students to its 3-year-old and 4-year-old classes for the fall 2017-2018 semester. 

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