Toddler Classes: Ages 12 months-36 months
St. John’s Day School Embraces Children and Invites Them To Love Christ, To Love Learning, And To Love All People!!
The children practice important social skills such as trusting others outside their families and gaining independence. In addition, assertiveness is learned in socially acceptable ways through participating in daily circle time and attending chapel and music weekly.
The Caterpillars: Ages 2.5-3 years
A typical day includes group time, story time, small motor activities, free-play, and other age-appropriate learning experiences.
The Butterflies: Ages 3-4 years
Thematic units are used in promoting sensory-based learning, and an overview of the alphabet is incorporated during the school year.
Pre-Kindergarten: 4-5 years
The learning environment in the classroom is geared toward developing social, academic, and behavioral skills in order to promote a smooth transition to Kindergarten.
Pre-Kindergarten: 5 years
Our FIVES class is specifically designed for children who are eligible to attend Kindergarten but need an additional year of preschool to make the transition.
Experiences for Your Children:
• Chapel: The children attend Chapel (provided by the clergy) where they are taught a different Biblical theme each week.
• Music: Music class is provided once a week for our students.
• Playground: SJDS features a newly renovated playground, and all classes have at least 30 minutes of playground time each day.
2016-17 SJDS Calendar
Click here to view the 2016-17 School Calendar
Meet the SJDS Teachers
||Christie Hooper – Director
Formerly a teacher in our four-year-old program, Ms. Christie brings enthusiasm to the Day School daily as Director. An active, life-long member of St. John’s Church, she is great with the children and quick to tend to each child’s individual needs.
||Deane Vermilya - Pre-K Fours
Having a teacher with such experience is a blessing. Ms. Dea majored in Elementary Education and has her Masters in Learning disabilities. She has always loved working with children, but she decided to become a teacher because she has a brother with a disability and wanted to help children learn.
||Lucy Mutch – Butterfly Teacher
Ms. Lucy is thrilled to be back in the classroom watching the Caterpillars grow into their own personalities. She started teaching here at SJDS with the Butterflies and now is the lead teacher for the Caterpillars. Ms. Lucy also taught Preschool for many years in Nashville, TN. However when moving to Lynchburg, she took a break while sending her own children to SJDS. Ms. Lucy is also a member of St. Johns Church and has taught Sunday school.
||Erica LeMasters - Toddler Teacher
I am new this year as a teacher for the toddler class and I could not be more excited! My family and I are members of St. John's Church and my son just graduated from SJDS. My daughter is thrilled to be attending this year! I have worked with children my entire life and became a yoga teacher precisely to teach newborns through adolescents. Watching these children grow and develop physically and mentally, while also staying and raising my own two children at home made me realize that my passion in life is to help mold peaceful, balanced children in this world. My hope is that every child challenges themselves all the while smiling and laughing throughout the day!
||Elizabeth Cook – Butterfly Assistant
I graduated from University of Georgia and am married and have three beautiful daughters. The youngest went to St. John’s Day School. I have been a “Super” Sub for SJDS for several years. Now, I am an assistant with Ms. Amy in one of the Butterfly classes and I loving be here at the Day School!
||Barb Sydnor – Caterpillar Assistant
Ms. Barb is so excited to be teaching at St. John’s Day School! All three of her children graduated from SJDS, she loved it so much she did not want to leave. Ms. Barb has been a Girl Scout leader ever since her high school daughter was in Kindergarten (they just finished their Silver Award!) Ms. Barb enjoys working with the children, especially teaching them love, kindness and empathy.
||Katrina Phillips – Caterpillar Teacher
I am one of the lead teachers for the Caterpillar Class. I graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Childhood Development. I am new to SJDS and I am loving every minute of it and bonding with All our little friends! After school I am a nanny for two little girls, who I have looked after for numerous years!!
||Chantale Rosenberg – Pre-K and Fives
Ms. Rosenberg received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early-Middle Education from Radfor University in 1990. She currently teaches in our Pre-K program and has been teaching at SJDS for 24 years. She continues to provide new and exciting learning activities for the little ones in her class. HEr hobbies are wildlife photography (especially birds) and traveling.
||Amy Panzer - Butterfly Teacher
We welcome back Ms. Amy! With a minor in Child Development and many years of experience, she is a great addition to our staff. She enjoys watching the children learn, accomplish their goals, and the way they make her laugh.
||Carly Lawrence – Toddlers
Hello, I’m Ms. Carly! I am one of the lead teachers in the toddler Room at SJDS! I graduated from Ferrum College in 2011 with a degree in Elementary Studies, and a double minor in Psychology and English. Working with children is a passion of mine and something I have done for many years. I have two children, one of whom attends St. John’s Day School and one who will soon!!
How to Enroll
Open Enrollment begins in February, and takes place on a first-come, first-served basis. The process of enrollment is as follows:
1. Complete and Return the 2017-18 Enrollment Application
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2. If there is a spot available, you will receive a Schedule Agreement soon thereafter. When you receive your Schedule Agreement, we encourage you to set up a time to tour the school with your child. This will allow you to view the facility and ask any questions you may have.
3. Enrollment is completed once the Schedule Agreement is signed and returned along with the nonrefundable $50 Registration Fee and the first month’s tuition payment.