Communion of Saints School opens new preschool

Communion of Saints preschool's large-muscle room.

The new preschool at Communion of Saints School in Cleveland Heights will open on Aug. 22.

The half-day program, 8:30–11 a.m., runs Monday through Friday for 4- and 5-year-olds, with 3-year-olds attending on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. An optional lunch bunch program runs from 11 a.m. to noon.

Karen Sommers is the preschool teacher. She graduated with honors from Kent State University and most recently was the lead pre-K teacher of PDO Preschool at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights.

Sommers enjoys spending time with her husband and five children, and said, "I have felt very welcomed at Communion of Saints. I look forward to meeting more families and becoming a part of this wonderful community while guiding the youngest members of our school to develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, physically, and spiritually in our play-based classroom.”

The Communion of Saints preschool program follows a play-based, child-centered philosophy enhanced by a welcoming Catholic tradition. The class will encourage active, hands-on learning while following diocesan standards and guidelines; supporting children to explore and discover their world through play has been established to be the optimum way for young children to learn.

Children will engage in dramatic play to develop pre-literacy skills, build with blocks and sort objects to establish math­ematical concepts, create process-based art to encourage aesthetic understanding, and move their bodies in both the large-muscle room as well as the outdoor play area to develop physical growth.

The preschool will celebrate the social, spiritual, physical, and cognitive individuality of each child in this first-school experience.

Twelve students are enrolled this first year; next year the school expects to expand enrollment to 20 students, and two classes.

For more information, and for upcoming open house dates, visit, call 216-932-4177, or e-mail

Liz Fisher

Liz Fisher is the marketing specialist for Communion of Saints School.

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