Preschool

Luther Memorial PreschoolEnrollment open for 2013-14

Luther Memorial Preschool continues to accept enrollment for the 2013-14 school year.

  • Ages 2–5
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Mondays & afternoons for 4K students
  • Creative curriculum
  • Nurturing environment
  • Easy access and parking in the heart of the UW campus

Mission

As a ministry of Luther Memorial Church, Luther Memorial Preschool shares the love and joy of Christ in its teaching and nurturing of children. The preschool provides high quality, family-centered preschool programming that supports the development of the whole child and fosters a sense of belonging in God’s world.

Curriculum

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Children enrolled at Luther Memorial Preschool benefit from an educational and fun-filled curriculum with a solid foundation in Christian values. Well established research shows children learn best through play in a nurturing environment where they are respected and valued. The preschool’s professionally trained and experienced teachers create a warm environment that is educationally dynamic and diverse, offering opportunities to play, explore and learn. Field trips are used to enhance lessons learned in the classroom. As a parochial preschool, Christian lessons are woven into daily activities, such as prayers at group and meal times.

 

Preschool Goals

  • To create a safe, nurturing and respectful environment for all children and families.
  • To prepare every child for social and academic success in kindergarten and beyond.
  • To lay a strong foundation for spiritual/religious development.
  • To develop an awareness in each child of his/her importance in our community and world.
  • To instill a love for learning and growth.
  • To let children play.
  • To establish a partnership with parents where there is mutual respect and open communication
  • To provide professional development opportunities for all staff.

A child who is raised in an environment filled with respect, warmth, safety and age-appropriate activities will flourish!

Preschool Staff

Suzanne Du Chateau

Luther Memorial Preschool - Suzanne Du ChateauDirector

I’m thrilled to welcome you the 2012-13 school year at Luther Memorial Preschool this fall.  My journey here has lead me from classroom teacher to currently serving in my third year as Director, which I simply love.  Previously to my work here, I have over a decade of experience working with children in early childhood.

I was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN.  After coming to UW–Madison to pursue degrees in Education and Art I fell in love with the city and lifestyle here and stuck around.  Now Madison is home to our family including myself, my husband and our two daughters, both proud Luther Memorial Preschool alumni!  You will probably run into my girls either eagerly helping me give a tour, or fondly telling you all about their preschool days here!

Outside of school, I love to garden, create art, run and hang out with my family and friends!  This year I am excited to be coaching my daughter’s running team through “Girls On the Run” as together we train to complete a 5K.

Guiding our preschool families and students through the tender years of early childhood is a passion for me.  I am always available to discuss your child/families needs through the ages and stages of this unique time.  I believe strongly that young children learn best through play-based curriculum, where their primary focus is to learn through exploration in a classroom environment that is rich with a range of materials and warm, nurturing guidance.  We hope to do our best to provide that for your child here at Luther Memorial Preschool.

duchateau@luthermem.org
(608) 258-3160 ext. 32

Cydney Levanetz

Luther Memorial Preschool - Cydney LevanetzLeap Frog & Wise Owl Classroom Teacher

Hi, my name is Cydney Levanetz and I’ve been involved with Luther Memorial Preschool for over four years as a volunteer, substitute teacher and parent.  I’m a mother to two wonderful daughters.  I recently completed my nursing degree from UW-Madison.  I love working with children because of the spontaneity and joy they exude!

This past spring I enjoyed visiting the preschool as a special guest during as part of the “wellness week.” I was able to share some of the medical equipment and responsibilities that are a part of working in health care.  The students loved this hands on experience.  In my free time I also love being outdoors and spending time with my friends and family.  I’m thrilled to be part of the Luther Memorial Preschool team!

Julie Rose

Luther Memorial Preschool - Julie Rose

Wise Owl Classroom Teacher, Ages 3 1/2 – 5

I’m so excited to be starting a new school year at Luther Memorial Preschool. This will be my sixth year of involvement with the preschool… first as an  volunteer, then as substitute teacher. I love Luther Memorial Preschool and could not be happier with this fantastic school—it’s a wonderland!!  :)  In my classroom, I believe in hands-on experiences, learning creatively and learning through play-based curriculum.

A little about my background: I grew up in a small town in northeastern Wisconsin called Two Rivers, located about an hour and a half north of Milwaukee on the shores of Lake Michigan. My parents still live there in the house where I grew up.  I moved to Madison after high school to attend UW-Madison and have been here ever since. I currently live on the north side of Madison with my husband and our three daughters. I also love to garden, knit, sing, and just chill, watching movies and listening to music with my friends and family.

Amy Battista

Substitute Teacher

Hello, My name is Amy Battista, and I was a Luther Memorial Preschool teacher for 9 years, from 1997 when the school opened, until 2006 when I moved to the Milwaukee area. I have my bachelor’s degree from UW-Madison in child and family studies teacher certification preK-3. I loved every year I spent at the preschool, and I am glad I am able to stay connected as a substitute teacher. I am also a competitive figure skating coach and I manage the indoor water park at the Holiday Inn. I love teaching kids, whether it is in the classroom or on the ice. I hope to be able to make your children happy in the time I spend here at the preschool with them this year!

Carolyn Hendricks

Luther Memorial Preschool - Carrie HendricksVolunteer

Hi I’m Carrie! I’m a senior at UW-Madison, studying nursing. I’m from Green Bay so I’m obviously a huge Packer fan! I’ve been attending Luther Memorial since fall of my freshman year here and I started volunteering at Luther Memorial Preschool the following spring. I love working with both the kids and the teachers and learning from their interactions. I am also a LM member. I feel so blessed to have come across Luther Memorial Preschool!


Luther Memorial Preschool
1021 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53715

Phone: (608) 258-3168
Fax: (608) 250-2496

For more information or an individual tour, call Director Suzanne Du Chateau at 258-3168 or email at duchateau@luthermem.org.

Hours

Flexible drop off/pick up is available within the following hours:

Monday-Thursday: 8 am to 4:45 pm
Friday: 8 am to 1 pm

2014-15 Calendar

Thurs, Aug 28

Children orientation: 9–10 am, classrooms

Parent orientation meeting 9:15–9:45 am
Primarily for new families; however, all are welcome!

Mon, Sept 1 Labor Day, preschool closed

Tues, Sept 2 First day of preschool

Nov 27-28 Thanksgiving break, preschool closed

Fri, Dec 19 Last day of school before winter break

Dec 22–Jan 5 Winter break, preschool closed

Mon, Jan 5 Staff training day, preschool closed

Tues, Jan 6 Preschool resumes

Mon, Jan 19 MLK Jr Day, preschool closed

Feb 19-20 Parent-Teacher conferences, preschool closed

March 29-April 6 Spring break, preschool closed

Tues, April 7 Preschool resumes

Mon, May 25 Memorial Day, preschool closed

Fri, June 5 Last day of Preschool

Enrollment Forms

2014-15 Enrollment Options & Fees pdf

2014-15 Enrollment Contract pdf

2014-15 Registration Form pdf

WI Dept of Children & Families Forms

WI Health & Emergency Form pdf (required)

WI Immunization Form pdf (required)

WI Health Report Form pdf (required)

WI Enrollment Form pdf (required)

WI Allergies Form pdf
(required for children with allergies or who require medication)

Valuable Articles

“10 Ways to Ease Your Child’s Preschool Separation Anxiety (and Yours)”
New York Times (Sep 11, 2013)

Donate

Donations in support of Luther Memorial Preschool are welcome in any amount. Click to make a secure and easy financial gift online. Thank you for impacting the lives of our preschool children!

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Testimonials

“Our experience at Luther Memorial Preschool was truly wonderful. The staff was so caring and attentive to my son, that he couldn’t wait to go back and see them all again. They treated him as one of their own! I loved the play-based learning and the mixed age classroom for my son, both of which helped him grow in many ways. The staff always made it feel very comfortable for us, understanding that each child and family has their own needs. I look forward to sending my daughter there when she is ready for preschool!”  - Caroline

“During the two years our daughter spent at Luther Memorial Preschool, we could not have been more pleased!  She LOVED going to school!  Every member of the staff is professional, caring and compassionate. They truly care about children and provide them with a nurturing and fun learning environment. And….LMP being a peanut-free school was the ‘cherry on the sundae.’ It was a great place for her to learn and grow, and we can’t wait until our son can attend LMP in a few years.”  - Lori

“We had an incredible year at LMP thanks to the loving and caring staff, flexible scheduling, and excellent activities. We feel very lucky to have been a part of LMP. Our son had such a positive preschool experience here. We love LMP!!” - Leigh

“All three of my boys attend LMP.  I love the small, friendly and respectful atmosphere. I appreciate the play-based curriculum that has prepared my children very well for kindergarten – not just academically, but socially, too.  The staff were very professional and really worked well as a team. I absolutely loved our time at LMP and would highly recommend LMP to any parent looking for excellent preschool programming!!  - Sandy

“Luther Memorial Preschool fosters a loving and fun learning environment, while maintaining the highest standards for educational excellence. Suzanne and the teachers take an active interest in each child’s development and make a strong connection with preschool families.”  - Suelyn S.

“I don’t think that there are enough superlatives I could use to describe Luther Memorial Preschool. It is simply the most wonderful preschool environment for my son. It is extremely well run and the teaching staff are second to none. The educational environment is highly professional, supportive and caring.”  - Chanad S.

“Luther Memorial Preschool has been a ‘find’ for our family. The location of the school right on the UW campus is very convenient for us as student-parents. And the variety of available programs, from early dropoff to lunch bunch, has made it possible for us to work around schedules that change every few months. Most of all, the warm, family-oriented environment of the school has allowed our children to grow and learn in a place that they love. We’ll be sad to see our oldest graduate to kindergarten at the end of the year.”  - Kat D.

“We were excited to learn that Miss Suzanne would be Sophia’s new teacher this fall! My girls and I have taken art classes taught by Suzanne at Warner Park Community Center so we know from experience what a stimulating and enjoyable environment she creates. She is a hands-on teacher; very loving. Every child I know absolutely adores her. The kids just seem to gravitate to her. Suzanne is a fantastic addition to our preschool. Sophia wanted me to add this: ‘Miss Suzanne is awesome!” :)”  - Julie R

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