Pre-K Program


Our Pre-K teachers at Christ the King are second to none. They are certified, trained, loving, experienced staff members who genuinely care for each and every child who attends our program. Their primary goal is to adequately prepare each student for the challenges of Kindergarten, while nurturing a love of learning and Christ-like heart. For more information on each of our teachers, see below:

Mrs. DeTrempe created the Christ the King Pre-K Program in 2009. She is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College with BA in Elementary Education and holds a Kindergarten Endorsement. She is P-3 Early Childhood Licensed and CPR certified. Mrs. DeTrempe has 14 years of teaching experience Pre-K through 4th grade and has teaching experience in Illinois, Texas, Virginia, and Indiana. Mr. & Mrs. DeTrempe are parishioners of Christ the King and have 5 children.

Mrs. Fenske is a University of Wisconsin Oshkosh graduate dual majoring in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a minor in Speech Communication. She is Orton Gillingham Trained with a Multisensory approach to Education and is CPR Certified. Mrs. Fenske holds a Teaching License in the State of Indiana as well as Wisconsin. She has five years of teaching experience in Wisconsin teaching preschool and four years at Christ the King. The Fenske’s have been parishioners since 2001 and have four girls who all attended Christ the King. Mrs. Fenske has also been the coordinator of Vacation Bible School for 10 years.

Mrs. Dosch holds Associate’s degrees in Applied Science (Mental Health Technician) from Purdue University and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. She has a Substitute Teaching License, is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd trained and is a member of the Parish Spirituality Committee. Mrs. Dosch is experienced in working with mentally handicapped children and the elderly. Mr. & Mrs. Dosch have been parishioners at Christ The King since 2003 and have four children, all of whom attended Christ the King.

Mrs. Hill is a Carthage College graduate with a BA in Sociology and Japanese Studies. She then went on to attend Lado International College where she received her TEFL Teaching certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). Mrs. Hill taught pre-school at Trinity MOPS pre-school in Alexandria, VA from 2000-2004 and was also an ESL teacher at Lado International College in Washington DC from 2000-2004. She worked in the University of Notre Dame ChuSanRen Program thru Mendoza College of Business as an English conversation teacher in the summers of 2007- 2011. Mrs. Hill is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd trained and holds a substitute teaching license from the state of Indiana. She is also a member of the school’s Spirituality Committee. She is currently in her third year as aide in the Christ the King Pre-K Program. She is an active parishioner at Christ the King and is married with 2 children who are currently enrolled at CKS.

Overview & Philosophy

At Christ the King School we believe that children are capable and eager learners. We support their need for hands-on, meaningful activities and are advocates for the importance of play. Through play, children learn the rules of society; they work out emotional problems and develop imagination. In play, children learn how to share, to negotiate, to collaborate and how other people feel; they formulate, test and revise theories about the world around them. While they play, they are masters of their own world — they are in charge. We consider these years critical, not only for the world of knowledge waiting to be learned, but because basic attitudes are being formed — about their world, people with whom they are in contact, and most of all, about themselves.

Each child is valued and respected as a person. We are committed to helping children learn problem-solving skills, to become responsible for actions taken and to develop increased control over body and mind. Emphasis is on the whole child. Our staff, composed of skilled, caring teachers is committed to helping each child reach their full potential in the emotional, social, physical, creative, intellectual and cognitive domains.

We are dedicated to establishing strong connections between children and their peers, children and staff and staff and families. At Christ the King, adults and children are partners in creating meaningful curriculum and growth experiences.

Half-Day Pre-K

Christ the King offers two Pre-Kindergarten options: 1/2 Day and Full Day. The children in this class are integrated with a group of students who stay for the entire day, but are taught all of the materials necessary to advance to Kindergarten. 1/2 Day Pre-K operates from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This class also benefits from Library, Physical Education, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Spanish. They do not wear uniforms.

Full-Day Pre-K

There are two Full-Day Pre-K classes at Christ the King. Full Day Pre-K operates from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, with rest-time from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. every day. This class benefits from all of the special courses (Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, Library and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) and enjoys lunch in the cafeteria with the other grades. They do not wear uniforms.

Curriculum

The goal at the end of each school year is for Pre-Kindergarten students to be fully prepared for the challenges of Kindergarten the following year. We focus on an array of academic, physical and self-help skills throughout the year. Upon completion of the program, children are prepared in recognizing all upper and lowercase letters, identifying each letter sound, writing their first and last names unassisted, writing numbers 1-10, cutting and gluing, etc. As children show signs of becoming emerging readers, our Pre-K teachers modify and differentiate their instruction accordingly to help fit the academic needs of the whole class.

Special Courses

Children in Pre-Kindergarten are able to take full advantage of all of the special courses Christ the King has to offer. We think it is very important that they benefit from these as soon as they enter school. Pre-K students attend Art, Spanish, Music, Computers, Physical Education, Library and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd each on a weekly basis.

Our goals for the preschool child:

1.    To develop a positive self-esteem.
2.    To develop awareness of, and sensitivity to, others.
3.    To become a responsible person to self and others.
4.    To develop social skills.
5.    To develop verbal skills with peers and adults.
6.    To develop perseverance and problem-solving skills.
7.    To develop cognitive skills
8.    To learn to make choices.
9.    To share.
10.  To listen and follow directions.
11.  To finish a job begun.
12.  To develop a sense of wonder and curiosity.
13.  To develop an awareness of health and safety practice.
14.  To develop interest in creative arts (music, body movement, crafts, dramatic play).