Pawprints Preschool and Extended Care
Pawprints Preschool opened in August 2003 to provide a fun and safe learning environment for three- to five year-olds.
The program is affiliated with Saint Thomas More Catholic Church and School, and uses a Catholic-centered instructional curriculum to teach children the values and morals of our faith. Additionally, our prekindergarten students participate in the Montessori based, “Catechesis of the Good Shepherd” program. Please visit the CGS website for more information about CGS and to view our CGS videos.
Our preschool and prekindergarten curriculum also emphasizes fundamental, school-ready principles, including age appropriate mathematics, literacy, science, social studies, and art. Children will also practice important social skills while developing additional daily skills such as zipping, buttoning, personal hygiene and other fine and large motor coordination skills.
Advanced learners are offered phonics, beginning writing skills, early math concepts and beginning sign language.
- Children must be at least four years old on or prior to July 31 to enroll in the four- and five- year- old classes.
- Children must be at least three years old on or prior to July 31 to enroll in the three- year-old classes.
- Children MUST be fully toilet trained prior to the start of school.
- A copy of your child’s immunizations must be obtained from your doctor and submitted at the time of registration.
Preschool and Prekindergarten students will wear the STM school. This consists of girl’s jumpers (Dennis Uniforms), navy uniform pants (no cargo pants), and navy or white polo shirts. Pants and polos do not need to be purchased though Dennis Uniforms but are available there.
Tuition & Fees 2021-2022
A non-refundable $100.00 fee must be submitted to the school office once the online registration process has been completed to hold your child's preschool/prekindergarten spot. Please make checks payable to OCSC. Tuition must be paid by an electronic fund transfer through a checking or savings account if it is not paid in full at the time of registration. Once your online registration is complete and you have submitted your registration fee to the school office, you will receive an email from FACTS to set you your online payment plan. Your registration will not be complete until your FACTS has been set up.
STM Pawprints Preschool offers both morning and afternoon Half Day sessions for 3's, 8:00-11:00 a.m. and 12:10-3:00 p.m. We offer morning Half Day sessions for 4 & 5 year old prekindergarten students, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
- Prekindergarten Mon/Wed/Fri Classes A.M Class for 4's & 5's .... $1,550/year
- Prekindergarten Mon-Fri A.M Class for 4's & 5's .... $2,250/year
- Preschool Tues/Thurs Classes for 3's .... $1,200/year
STM Pawprints Preschool offers All Day sessions for 3, 4 & 5 year olds, 8:00-3:00 p.m.
- Prekindergarten Mon-Fri Classes for 4's & 5's .... $4,250/year
- Prekindergarten Mon/Wed/Fri Classes for 4's & 5's .... $2,650/year
- Preschool Mon/Wed/Fri Classes for 3's .... $2,650/year
- Preschool Mon-Fri Classes for 3's .... $4,250/year
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Option-
Transitional kindergarten is a two year kindergarten program meant to support students who are eligible for kindergarten (five by July 31st 2021), but are not academically and/or socially ready for a traditional kindergarten setting yet. The program also supports children who have just missed the Nebraska age guideline for entrance into kindergarten and will turn five between August 1st and October 15th. These students need to be mature enough and academically ready for a step past Prekindergarten. Families wishing to enroll in the TK class will need to have a conversation with the TK instructor and/or Prekindergarten Director before enrolling in TK. Through a combination of prekindergarten and kindergarten curriculum, the program intends to help every child be on grade level by third grade, if not sooner. TK students partake in all aspects of a school day just like K through 8th grade students.
Registration for new STM families begins here….
Families already enrolled at St. Thomas More
- Log onto Sycamore, click My School, and then click Admission Portal to begin admissions.
Preschool Extended Care
Pawprints Preschool Extended Care was established in 2007 to compliment the hours of our preschool for working parents. Children will spend their time in quality activities under the supervision of compassionate and caring teachers. Preschool Extended Care is available for students enrolled in our 3 Day and 5 Day Classes Preschool and Prekindergarten Classes.
The requirements of children enrolled in Preschool Extended Care are the same as the preschool/prekindergarten requirements.
Important…Transitional Kindergarten Students needing Extended Care will need to register for K-8th Grade Extended Care not Preschool Extended Care.
Preschool Extended Care Hours of Operation
Preschool Extended Care is open between the hours of 6:45 a.m.-7:45 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (5 p.m. - 6 p.m. available for an additional $8 per day.). Please see the Preschool Extended Care Commitment Forms for more information. The operational days will follow the St. Thomas More day school's annual calendar with few exceptions. Extended Care is not available when preschool is not in session. Due to requirements in student teacher ratios, drop-ins will not be accepted.
All registrations will be accepted on a first come-first served basis and spaces are limited.
Preschool/Prekindergarten Extended Care Fees
A signed Preschool/Prekindergarten Extended Care Commitment Form and a non-refundable $50 registration fee are required for enrollment in the Preschool Extended Care Program. (This is in addition to the $100 registration fee for preschool.) Please make checks payable to OCSC (Omaha Catholic School Consortium). Preschool/Prekindergarten Extended Care fees are based on $4.00 per hour rate and will be assessed on a monthly rate. An afternoon snack is included in this fee. All Extended Care fees are due by the first of the month.
Choose the Preschool/Prekindergarten Extended Care Commitment Form that is appropriate for your child's class days and submit it to the school office with your DHHS Children's Record and your $50 registration fee. Please call St. Thomas More's Pawprints Preschool at 402-551-9504 ext. 106 for more information.
- Pawprints Preschool/Prekindergarten Brochure 2021-2022
- Morning Only Preschool & Prekindergarten Extended Care Commitment Form
- Afternoon Only Preschool & Prekindergarten Extended Care Commitment Form
- Morning & Afternoon Preschool & Prekindergarten Extended Care Commitment Form
- DHHS Child Record Form