The St. Rose Philippine Duchesne preschool program for 3- and 4-year-olds provides a solid early education foundation in a caring, faith-based setting.  Children participate in creative, hands-on learning activities that help them develop positive attitudes toward school, peers, teachers and their environment.  To learn more about enrolling your child or to schedule a classroom visit, please contact Mrs. McKay in the school office at 314-921-3023.
Meet the Teacher:

My name is Dawn Hale, and I am very excited to be the new preschool teacher at ASA St. Rose. My husband Darren and I have been members of St. Ferdinand parish since we were married there in 1998; and yes I was a child bride. We have three wonderful sons: Nick is 16 and beginning his Junior year at De Smet, Tom is 14 and he just graduated from St. Ferdinand and is beginning his Freshman year at DeSmet, and Patrick is 7 and beginning second grade at St. Ferdinand. 

My experience ranges from in home child care for infants and toddlers, teaching grades 1-3, teaching kindergarten PSR, subbing in preschool through eighth grade, and, of course, teaching preschool.

I am looking forward to meeting the faculty, parents, and, most importantly, the kids at St. Rose. Thank you for welcoming me into your family.

Hello! My name is Jennifer Moore and I am so happy to be the new Preschool Aide at St. Rose. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and have provided care and taught lessons to children for nearly 20 years, as a supervisor at Great Circle in Webster Groves, and more recently as an in-home child care provider. My family is Catholic, Florissant is our home, and my children go to an All Saints Academy school. I love gardening, being with my family, and volunteering. I am excited to meet and spend time with our preschoolers and am very pleased to be part of the All Saints Academy at St. Rose community.
See below for this week's classroom update!  
Classroom Announcements 
Looking for a great preschool where fun and learning go hand and hand? You have found it at St Rose Philippine Duchesne!!
Please come by and see what a wonderful preschool 
St Rose has to offer your family.
If you have any questions about our preschool program please feel free to email me any questions you may have at I would also be happy to give you a private tour any time.   
Come and explore St Rose Philippine Duchesne!

The SRPD staff is excited to share what we have to offer and look forward to welcoming you into our school family!

February 17, 2020

posted Feb 17, 2020, 4:55 PM by Dawn Hale

Dear Parents,

I am glad to report that we had another fun week filled with lots of learning.  We worked on the letter Rr this week.  In addition to our usual discussion of letter formation and sound, alliterative poem, yoga pose, and clue can with Adrianna, we had some fun letter R science lessons.  On Monday, we made a rainbow of liquids with different densities.  I explained to the kids that liquids whose molecules are close together will sink while liquids whose molecules are more spread out will rise.  On Thursday, we even did a little rocket science.  The kids loved watching my balloon powered paper rocket move up the string because of the force of air coming out of the balloon.

We also had fun getting ready for Valentine's day.  We read some fun Valentine themed books, decorated our valentine bags with paint, cut playdough into hearts, made patterns with heart shaped gems, and sorted candy hearts by color.  Hopefully, the party went well, I wish I could have been there, but my youngest son came down with the flu and needed his mommy.

The kids also did a great job working on their animal yoga poses with Miss Katie.  These poses are a way to focus our breathing and calm our bodies when big feelings get the best of little bodies.  When your child struggles with big feelings at home, feel free to encourage them to make their bodies into some of their favorite animals (dog, cat, snake).

I am looking forward to another fun week.

Mrs Hale

February 9,2020

posted Feb 9, 2020, 6:58 PM by Dawn Hale

Dear Parents,

We have had another week full of fun and learning.  We were able to see some guest jumpers from the American Heart Association, perform their advanced jump rope techniques and tricks.  We also attended mass with our 7th grade buddies.  The kids really did well!

Our letter of the week was Qq.  In addition to our usual activities, we also made a friendship quilt and enjoyed guessing what Morgan put in the clue can.  We are continuing to work on our letters and numbers in play, journal and centers. The kids really enjoyed playing number bingo this week. 

Miss Katie reviewed some of the emotions we talked about with a quiz using characters from the movie Inside Out, and reviewed some of our animal yoga poses.  It is so nice to have her help us learn to identify and handle our feelings.

We ended the week with a wonderful walking field trip to the Florissant Civic Center to see Owen and Mzee.  The story is about a baby hippo in Africa who is separated from his parents by a  tsunami.  He ends up making friends with a turtle in an animal sanctuary.  The kids really seemed to enjoy the story of friendship punctuated by some African inspired music.

Don't forget that this Friday, February 14th is the Valentine's Party.  Please have your child sign their valentines, but NOT address them to friends.  This way the students can place a valentine in every bag without needing assistance to read names.  There are 21 students so your child needs 20 valentines.

Have a great week.
Mrs. Hale

Febraury 3, 2020

posted Jan 31, 2020, 12:01 PM by Dawn Hale

Dear Parents,

Well, I think last week was a terrific Catholic School's Week.  We really had a great opportunity to celebrate all that is wonderful about our school: parents, students, community, parish, and teachers.  We were able to have a week full of celebration and learning.

On Monday, we celebrated the 100th day of school.  We did 4 25 piece puzzles, tried to string 100 fruit loops (but we didn't get quite that far), and wrote about what we would buy with $100.

We continued working on the letter P.  The kids painted penguins and learned about symmetry, worked puzzles, the cut pieces of pink and purple paper to glue on the letter P, read a book about and colored a picture of Peppa Pig, and played with playdough.  Praise also gave us some great clues for the clue can.

Miss Katie came in and talked about how we can melt like a snowman when we feel anxious and upset and also helped the kids make mindfulness jars.  The idea is that the kids can shake up the glitter and watch it fall to the bottom.  This is something that can help kids calm down when big feelings get the best of their little bodies.

We also got a chance to work with magnets.  The kids really enjoyed seeing what was and was not attracted to the magnets.  They also liked watching like magnets push instead of pull.  Physics is fun!!

I just want to take this opportunity to thank you for sharing your most precious gift, your children, with me.  It is a joy to watch them grow and learn.  They are amazing individuals, and I am truly blessed to be a small part of their lives.

God bless you all,
Mrs. Hale

January 30, 2020

posted Jan 29, 2020, 11:53 AM by Dawn Hale


Just a couple of quick notes for all of you.

1. Registration packets were sent home this week.  Please be sure to send those back in to reserve your child's spot in his/her 2020/21 preschool or kindergarten class.

2.  There is a permission slip for a field trip in your child's folder today.  The field trip is a week from Friday, on February 7th.  Please return these ASAP, including the attached sheet if your child will not be attending.  This is a walking field trip, so please dress your child for a walk in the weather.  They are due next Monday, February 3rd.

3.  There have been confirmed cases of flu and strep in our school, so please take any complaints of body aches and sore throats seriously.  I want as many students (and their teachers) to stay healthy as possible.

4.  Valentine's day will be celebrated on Friday February 14th.  We have 20 students.  We will decorate bags to collect cards in class, you do not have to do anything at home.  Please use this as an opportunity to have your child practice writing all or part of his/her name.  Please to Not write who the valentine is for on the envelope.  Preschoolers can't read and I want to let them have the fun of distributing their own cards.

Thanks for all you do to make our school such an amazing place to learn and grow.

Mrs. Hale

January 27, 2020

posted Jan 27, 2020, 5:25 AM by Dawn Hale

Welcome to Catholic School's Week.  I am excited to joyfully share with your children how excited I am about being a part of a wonderful Catholic school like ASA at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Campus.

Last week we continued talking about the letter O.  It was a short week and the snow day meant we couldn't do the clue can until last Wednesday, and vowels can always use some extra attention anyway.  This week we will talk about the letter P.  The kids already started listing words on Friday.  With such a forceful sound, P is an easier letter for them.  

The highlight of last week was celebrating the 98th day of school.  I thought last Thursday would be the 100th day, but with one miscalculation and an unexpected snow day, I was wrong.  So we dressed like 98 year olds on Thursday.  We also had the chance to make glasses from 98 gray hairs and build with 98 blocks.    I wanted to stay consistent with the note I send home since I have a slightly different mix of kids each day.  Today we will celebrate the 100th day.  We have  a writing project, a crown to make and a chance to put 100 links together.  We will even try to make 100 fruit loop necklaces.  In addition, we will celebrate our Catholic community with a prayer service.

If you didn't get a chance at open house, please take a look at all of our work on display in the hall.  The kids did a  great snowman writing assignment last week after reading Sneezy the Snowman.

I hope that everyone has a great week.  Thank you for all you do for our great Catholic school community.

Mrs. Hale

January 13, 2020

posted Jan 13, 2020, 1:54 PM by Dawn Hale

Happy New Year!  I am so exited to begin the second half of the year in preschool.  The kids have learned so much already.  Report cards will be coming home on Wednesday.  Our report card looks at major areas of development:  spiritual formation, socialization, communication, fine motor skills, reading readiness, and math readiness.  I assess several objectives in each of these areas.  Each objective is rated as B for beginning, D for developing, or P for proficient.  Please remember, that I look at preschool as a two year program.  Some kids are only one fourth of the way through that program.  It is ok if they are just beginning to develop some of these skills.  If every child were proficient in every skill, they wouldn't need to be in the class.  If you have any questions after viewing your child's report card, please let me know, and we can either e-mail, meet before or after school to discuss, or set up a phone conference.  I am always available to talk, I just need to schedule it for a time when I am not taking care of your children.

Last week we had a great start.  I began using the stoplight system for behavior management and communication.  I hope that everyone is checking their child's calendar daily.  Be sure to express how proud you are of every green day.  Each green day means your made a choice to follow directions, stay safe, and be kind to others.  If it has been a rough start, please remember that this calendar is a tool to increase our communication.  It is not meant to stress you out.  It is a chance to have a five minute conversation with your child about what choices were good and which ones were bad, and how they can improve the next day.  Remember, every child starts on green every day.  God wipes our slates clean, it's the least we can do for our children.

In this last week we worked on the letter Nn.  We talked about the sound of the letter, how to form it, and what words begin with it.  We also covered the N with newspaper, made noodle necklaces, and made snowmen out of our names.  We also managed to read the story of the Magi visiting the baby Jesus, talk about speaking from the heart and being star listeners with Miss Katie, and worked on naming community helpers and sang a song with Mrs. Pacheco our speech and language teacher.

This week we will work on the letter O and so much more.

Have a great week.  Blessings,
Mrs. Hale

December 16, 2019

posted Dec 16, 2019, 12:29 PM by Dawn Hale

Hello families,

I hope that all of you are enjoying this blessed season of Advent.  This will be my last post for 2019.  

This past week was a flurry of leaning and activity.  We began with our Monday advent wreath prayer service.  The children do such a great job paying attention to the traditions and scriptures being broken open for them.  It truly is warming to my heart.  We also continued opening a gift each day of advent.  Each gift has a new figure for our classroom nativity set.  As we introduce the piece, we read a reflection that tells us a little bit more of the Christmas story.  My goal is to get the kids excited about the real meaning of Christmas.  So many mornings I hear them saying to each other "I bet its baby Jesus today!"  I love that they are longing for Him!  This week, we will continue opening gifts each day and will have our advent wreath service on Tuesday due to the snow day.  On Friday, we will attend an all school prayer service in the chapel at 8:15.  We will sit with our seventh grade buddies.

We have also continued to introduce the alphabet.  Last week we introduced the letter M.  In addition to listing M words (lots of names), reading our poem, doing our yoga pose, and guessing what was in the clue can (Faith did a great job getting us to guess monkey), we also painted with marshmallows.  We also talked about the significance of Mary as Jesus mom.

We enjoyed the story of The Gingerbread Man and played a gingerbread shape game and played with my home made gingerbread play-dough.  We made beautiful Christmas tree paintings, practiced patterns with Christmas light pictures, made pattern blocks into Christmas pictures and counted how many of each type of block was used, traced Christmas words and pictures, wrote letters to Santa,listened to Dr. Gilligan read Twas the Night Before Christmas, did yoga animals with Miss Katie, and cut red and green strips of paper to make paper chains.  It was a busy week.

This week we plan to finish some hand-made gifts we started for our families, make Christmas cards, play a Christmas matching game, and introduce the letter N.  I'm not sure how many other activities we will get to with the snow day today, and Friday being booked with other fun activities, but we will continue to work and play hard.  Speaking of Friday, our schedule that day is as follows:
8:15- 8:45 prayer service in the chapel
8:45-9:30 time in our room (restroom break, play/read with our 7th grade buddies)
9:30-10:15 watch primary Advent program in the gym
10:15-10:45 whole school dice game in the gym
10:45-11:00 restroom break pack up back packs
11:00-11:45 class party
11:45-12:00 get coats, pray, dismiss for holiday
If you would like to attend the class party, you are more than welcome, but you must check in at the office and you must have completed the Protecting God's Children program.  This is an archdiocesan policy.

It is my hope that you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2020!

Mrs. Hale

Dates to Remember
Friday, December 20 - Noon dismissal
December 23- January 3 - Christmas break - No school
January 6 - School resumes
January 17 - Noon dismissal
January 20 - No school in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day

December 8, 2019

posted Dec 8, 2019, 6:52 PM by Dawn Hale

Happy Advent everyone!  I hope that all of you are enjoying this season of joyful preparation for celebration of our Savior's birth.  We are really enjoying this season at school.  On Monday, the students noticed right away that our prayer table was different.  I had a purple table cloth on it (the liturgical color for Advent) and a gift bag.  All through free choice time, the kids asked me what was inside.  I told them they would find out at circle time.  Every day I place a gift on the table.  The gift contains a part of our nativity set.  I get the piece out and read a short reflection relating to the piece.  The kids have kept up their enthusiasm about this reveal each day.  I love seeing them get excited about the reason for the season.  We also had a nice prayer service around the Advent wreath on Monday, and will have one each Monday of Advent.  We ended the week by taking a little time on Friday to talk about St. Nicholas on his feast day.

We also had another change in our classroom this week.  Our Teacher's Aide, Mrs. Moore, has left St. Rose.  She decided to use her degree in psychology to use in a position providing therapy for children with autism.  We wish her well.  Her replacement started last Wednesday, Miss Megan.  We are excited that she has joined our class.  

This week we introduced the letter L.  The kids did Christmas "light" finger paintings, learned the lion yoga pose, and, of course, had lots of fun guessing what Olatide put in the clue can.

Since we missed a lesson the previous week, Miss Katie, the school counselor, came in twice this week to implement the kindness curriculum.  She labeled lots of feelings that we have.  The kids practiced making faces that showed these emotions.  If the kids can make these faces, they can start to notice the faces of their friends to know how they are feeling.  This is the first step in developing empathy.

We also had a lot of fun playing with our new gingerbread playdough, creating AB patterns on candy cane ornaments, strengthening fine motor skills making pine cone ornaments. and writing letters to Santa.  I told the kids that I will mail their letters to Santa.  Be on the lookout for a sealed envelope in your child's folder addressed to the parents of ____.  I think these will be a nice keepsake.

Our class Christmas party will be at 11:00 on Friday, December 20. If you would like to help out, please contact our head room mom, Paola Ramirez.  You must have taken Protecting God's Children to come in for a classroom party.  This is archdiocesan policy.

Thanks for all that you do.

Mrs. Hale

Dates to remember
December 20 - 11:00 Christmas Party
                       12:00 Dismissal
December 23 - January 3 No School for Christmas Break
January 6 - classes resume

November 24, 2019

posted Nov 24, 2019, 6:47 PM by Dawn Hale

Dear Parents,

We have completed another great week of preschool.  

This week we worked on the letter K.  The kids did a great job listing words that start with K, even though it is a difficult letter because many great ideas actually start with C.  Pearl did a great job giving us clues to guess for the clue can.  We also had fun painting kites.  We will review letters we have worked on during the short week and pick up with the letter L after Thanksgiving.

Dr. Gilligan visited our classroom this week and read a book to the kids.  He will be coming in every Wednesday, so he can get to know them better.

We also had our kindness lesson with Miss Katie this week.  She talked about how we can go somewhere quiet when we are upset to calm down.  She also had the kids practice deep breathing by placing stuffed animals on their tummies and making them go up and down to "put them to sleep".  The kids really did a  great job with this.

We used the feast of St. Rose and Thanksgiving as a great chance to discuss Native American culture.  We watched a brief video that talked about how they were the first people to live in the land now known as the United States, the four major tribes, and the shelters and lifestyles of these groups.  We then went on to make paper representations of wigwams or teepees, and made bright colored necklaces like we noticed in the photographs we viewed of Native Americans.  

We also talked about what good Thanksgiving manners and what we are thankful for and made a Thanksgiving card for our grandparents.  I am very excited to see all of the grandparents this Wednesday, November 27th at Grandparent's Day.

This is the last update you will see until December, since this coming week is a short one.  I hope that all of you have a great Thanksgiving with your families.  Know that I count your children, you, and the whole wonderful community at St. Rose among the many things I have to be thankful for this year.

Mrs. Hale

Dates to Remember
Wednesday, November 27 - Grandparent's Day 12:00 Dismissal
Thursday, November 28  29 - Thanksgiving break
Friday, December 6 - Noon Dismissal

November 18, 2019

posted Nov 18, 2019, 3:27 PM by Dawn Hale

Hello everyone,

Happy Feast Day of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne.  Today we talked about how we can follow her example of reaching out to help others, even if they are different than us, and pray always.

We had a lot of fun learning this past week.  We talked about pets since the kids have been pretending to be dogs.  We played a game where we colored fish with numerals that matched what we rolled on the dice, we played another game where we counted out dog bones to match what we rolled on the dice, and we even built habitats for my stuffed cat, dog, turtle, fish, and lizard.  

We also talked about the letter J.  Leah did a great job giving us clues about juice.  The kids also really did a great job coming up with things that start with J, including several names.  I think it's wonderful that they are learning not only the letters in their own names, but also the letters in the names of their friends and family.  Our coloring sheet this week was J is for Jesus, an we had a lot of fun gluing jewels (sequence) on the J.

We also used some of the seeds I harvested from my pumpkins and dyed to cover our names with pumpkin seeds and make patterns with them.  Many of the kids can not only finish an AB or AABB pattern, but they can construct one of their own as well.

They are learning so much!! It really is an exciting time.

A couple of reminders.  
This Thursday, November 21st is our walking field trip to the Florissant Civic Center.  Please dress your child for the weather.  
I am in need of more 5 and 3 oz dixie cups, and would greatly appreciate if everyone can send in another box of each.  I also need 2 more notebooks for 5 day kids and 1 more notebook for 3 day kids.  Thank you very much to those of you who have already sent in these items.

Dates to remember
November 21- class field trip to Civic Center
November 27 - Grandparent's Day and 12:00 dismissal
November 28 -29 - No school - Happy Thanskgiving
December 6 - 12:00 Dismissal
December 20 - Christmas Party and 12:00 Dismissal
December 23 - January 3 - Christmas Break
January 6 - Classes resume

Mrs. Hale

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