320 5TH AVE SE, MELROSE, MN 56352       320-256-4257     SMSMELROSEMN.ORG

Last Update 1/13/2020

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Little Saints PRESCHOOL

A Place Where Little Saints Grow


Welcome you to the St. Mary’s Catholic School Little Saints Preschool program!  This program is available for children who are 3-5 years of age. Our caring, experienced Preschool team includes our lead teacher Dana Finken, assistant teacher Madelyn Klaphake, and Foster Grandma Julie Boecker.


To learn more about the Pre-K teachers, please visit our MEET US page.


We invite you to visit our fully-licensed preschool anytime; we are excited to share our love of learning with your child.  Our nurturing, experienced staff celebrates each child individually, focusing on the development of the whole child through learning and play in a Christ-based environment.



Option #1:   5 days/week                       8:00am - 2:45pm                $400/month

Hot Lunch is available for purchase ($3.00/lunch), or student can bring cold lunch.  


Option #2:   5 days/week                       8:00am - 11:00am              $200/month

AM Snack only, no Lunch served


Option #3:   3 days/week (M, W, F)       8:00am - 11:00am              $125/month

AM Snack only, no Lunch served

**Option 3 is available for 3 year olds only; we do also offer adjustments to the class options to fit your child's needs. Please talk with the program staff if you have a specific request.**


We also offer after-school care for preschool students; this care is also available for non-school days and late-start days.  Please contact St. Mary’s School if you would like more information on this option.


We enjoy sharing information about our program, and appreciate the opportunity to answer any questions that families may have.  If you would like to discuss your child’s needs, or if we can assist you in any way in the registration process, please feel free to call the school office at 320-256-4257.

Program Goals:

  • Our preschool program is centered around the best interest of the students. Specific goals of the program:

  • To provide a curriculum that is child centered with a Catholic/Christian orientation.

  • To stimulate creative interest, by promoting materials and opportunities for manipulative and imaginative play.

  • To encourage independence and a sense of personal responsibility.

  • To stimulate each child's curiosity and love of learning.

  • To strengthen each child's feelings of self-worth.


Curriculum - OWL (Opening the World of Learning):

The OWL curriculum is designed to develop oral language and early literacy skills for Pre-K children. All instruction and components include English and Spanish versions, with daily English language development lessons.  The program:

  • Develops language and early literacy skills in the context of research-based and field-tested content, including math, science, and social studies.

  • Excites kids about learning with children's books, colorful posters, picture cards, and music.

  • Provides guidance for teachers with a variety of materials to implement eight thematically organized units.


For More Information/To Register: 

Call 320-256-4257.  Class sizes are limited so register TODAY!

2019-20 School Supply List


          1 wide rule notebook

          1 12 pack color pencil

          3 jumbo glue sticks

          2 bottles of liquid glue

          1 3in. binder

          24 pack of crayons

          2 dry erase markers fine tip

          1 box of tissues

Ms. Dana Finken
Ms. Madelyn Klaphake