Welcome to our Preschool
The Johnson Memorial School at St. Stephen’s is a preschool for 3 and 4 year olds. Classes are held Tuesday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., September through May.
Our purpose is to provide an opportunity for three and four year old children to learn, play, and worship together in a Christian atmosphere. There is cooperation, democratic living and an opportunity for children to gain new skills and appreciation, to make new friends, to form good habits and to learn to be responsible members of a group.
Please download our Fall 2021 registration form below or request one from Candice Croker (JMS Director) at [email protected]
RETURNING FAMILIES -
Submit your completed form with non-refundable $200 registration/supply fee starting February 2, 2021.
NEW FAMILIES -
1. Tours during school hours are not permitted due to COVID-19 as our top priority is the safety of our students and staff. We are happy to answer any questions by phone or show you our classrooms after school hours starting at 1:15pm by appointment; please reach out to the Director for availability (713-859-7764 or [email protected]).
2. Completed forms may be returned in person starting Monday, March 1, 2021 at noon.
3. Please bring two checks made out to JMS ($200 total for registration/supply fee): $100 is non-refundable to hold your child’s spot on the waitlist and $100 will be refunded in case a spot is not available for Fall 2021.
4. Spots in each classroom are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis upon receipt of your completed registration form and two checks.
For the 2020-2021 school year, monthly tuition payments of $300 are due on the first day of each month. We require the first/last month’s payment before the first day of school. Tuition is not pro-rated for holidays nor early withdrawal.
Medical documentation is required of all students before the first class day. A template for this purpose, to be signed by a physician, will be sent with a Welcome Packet the first week of August. What is needed: A physician’s statement authorizing a child to come to school, current immunization record, hearing/vision test results (if your child is four years old by September 1, 2020), and a signed Emergency Action Plan (for students with allergies).
If you have any questions about JMS, about tours, registrations, or anything else you'd like to know, you can email the director, Candice Croker, at [email protected]
Each day begins with a period of creative learning in which the children are free to choose from various centers such as blocks, books, small manipulatives, art, science, cooperative, gross motor, and small group. This is followed by periods devoted to creative art activities, Spanish, music, readiness, outdoor play, unit study and story time. Active times are alternated with quiet times. The daily schedule includes lunch, with each child bringing a lunch kit.
Ours is a developmentally appropriate, unit-based curriculum. Qualified, experienced teachers guide the children through an important year in their lives as they share holidays, experiences, learn of our place in the family, in the community, and of God’s world around us.
Children enjoy field trips, special days, guests, books from the public library and our school and church libraries, and worship in chapel services.
Attention is paid to readiness with carefully selected teaching aids for the child’s next step of development.
Classes meet September through May, observing Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring holidays. School hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Children must be three or four years old on or before September 1st of the current year to attend.
The Robert A. Johnson Memorial School for Little Children was established with funds given in memory of Sgt. Robert Alan Johnson, aged 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. William O. Johnson. Robert was a Green Beret who was killed in action in Vietnam on May 12, 1967. This young man, who grew up in St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, exemplified the best of the youth of our nation.
Since 1967, this school has served families and children of all races and creeds, as a self-supporting, nonprofit part of the ministry of St. Stephen’s. More than 1,000 children have shared in this ministry.
Throughout the years families who know about our school come back and send others. Your support and trust is appreciated.
We endeavor to fulfill the teachings of Jesus in Matthew: “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” And he laid his hands on them and went on his way.