Preschool

Holy Family Kirkland preschool

Holy Family Parish Preschool was founded in 1986 and is sponsored by Holy Family Parish. Our curriculum dovetails into the Holy Family Parish School (grades K-8) curriculum to ensure the highest level of preparedness for a successful transition into elementary school and in particular to Holy Family Parish School.

At HFK, preschool is all about providing each child with an enjoyable, positive, and nurturing learning experience while achieving appropriate levels of kindergarten academic and social readiness skills. At HFK we strive to inspire creativity and an interest in science, social studies, art, music, reading, and math, with an emphasis on individual social and emotional development.

HFK Preschool…where creativity makes learning fun!

Meet our preschool staff

Susan Webster, Principal
Stephanie Riley

Preschool Director, PreK

Susan Webster, Principal
Martie Shuk

Preschool I

Susan Webster, Principal
JoAnn Frogget

Preschool IA

Susan Webster, Principal
Karen Sumner

Preschool IA

Preschool I Curriculum

The Preschool I program includes developmentally appropriate play-based opportunities for creative, emotional, social, intellectual, physical, and spiritual growth. Self-confidence is nurtured while creativity and self-expression are emphasized through art and music. Our program provides a good balance between free time and structure. Large and small motor development, readiness skills, and socialization are encouraged by the use of building toys, sensory tables, a home living center, books, puzzles, an art table, manipulatives, free choice, and outdoor play. The idea of God’s love for everyone is fostered through stories, prayer, song, and discussion. By discussing Catholic values, children are encouraged to practice sharing, honesty, kindness, and cooperation. A strong foundation is laid for further development of kindergarten readiness skills.

 

Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum

Our HFK Pre-Kindergarten class for 4- and 5-year-olds is designed to encourage and expand a child’s intellectual, spiritual, creative, motor, and social skills in a nurturing environment. Special emphasis is placed on the development of social responsibility and spiritual growth. Open exploration as well as teacher-directed activities include opportunities for whole group, small group, and individualized learning. Different learning styles are addressed and the development of a child’s strengths is encouraged while instilling confidence. A daily variety of opportunities encourages the development of kindergarten readiness skills including pre-reading, mathematics, whole language, art, science, social studies, and motor development. Children will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and gain a longer attention span, helping prepare them for success in the more formalized school environment of kindergarten.

 

Specialist Classes

Interaction with Holy Family’s K-8 Parish School includes:

  • Visits to the school library and library time with school librarian
  • Music with the school music teacher
  • Science with the school science teacher and 7th grade science ambassadors
  • PE in the school gym
  • Art with school art buddies as well as story reading with school reading buddies 

Special Events

  • Participation in Catholic Schools Week
  • Opportunities to attend assemblies with Holy Family Parish School students
  • Visits from various outreach programs including the Kirkland Fire Department
  • Parent Involvement Days
  • Pumpkin patch and Easter egg hunt with grade 5
  • Community Service Projects

 

Stephanie Riley

Stephanie Riley, Preschool Director and Preschool II and Pre-K Teacher, loves being a part of the Holy Family Parish Preschool community and team. Stephanie earned a B.A. in Early Childhood Education with Special Education from Eastern Washington University and an M.A. from Swansea University, Wales. She has been teaching at Holy Family for 12 years. She enjoys working with children and coaching volleyball. Stephanie lives in Kirkland with her husband, Patrick, & son and daughter. She loves to watch her students discover new concepts and grow spiritually every day. Stephanie loves to play volleyball, cook, and spend time with her family.

Marti Shuk

For the past nineteen years, I have been working at Holy Family Parish in various capabilities. During the first thirteen years, I taught first grade and for the past six years I have been in the preschool. I graduated from Central Washington University and am certified in elementary and special education. At HFK, we begin instilling the Christian values of care, compassion, and respect for others at an early age. The preschoolers are involved in all of HFK’s many community service projects. and religion is incorporated in all areas of our curriculum. I feel it is a privilege to work at Holy Family. We are blessed with a very supportive staff and parent community!

About Holy Family Parish School Kirkland

Our mission is to inspire, educate and prepare students for a Christ-centered life of learning, faith and service. This has been our mission since our doors opened in 1957…and continues to be our mission today.

We Look Forward to Meeting You

Explore Holy Family Parish School and join us on a tour to see our students learning, laughing, playing and praying. Applications are available online and in the school office.

Engaged in Learning

HFK has a unique values-based education focused on each child’s academic, social and emotional potential, designed to build critical thinkers, confident learners and contributing leaders of our global community.

Beyond the HFK Classroom

From our strong athletic program, to our emphasis on the arts, to our varied clubs, camps, and our before and after school care, a Holy Family education enriches the whole child.

HFK Students, Staff and Parents working together

HFK is more than a rigorous academic education…we are an embracing and inclusive community of staff, students, parents, alumni and supporters.

Creating a Culture of Giving

The many and varied contributions of time, talent and treasure we receive from our parents, staff, parish community, grandparents, local businesses, and others enable HFK to continue to thrive and offer an exceptional education to all students. We invite you to join our team of Guardian Angels!