the ark preschool

First United Methodist Church

1200 E. Yellowjacket Lane

Rockwall, TX 75087

phone: 972-771-5501

eFax: 972-212-6853


For safety reasons, at drop off/pick up times, please

Do Not Park:

- in handicap parking spaces

- under the porte cocheres

- in back of the buildings


Getting Started Checklist

Make sure that everything you send is labeled with your child's first and last name!


Send a backpack with the following everyday:

  • a healthy lunch (No nuts or peanut butter please!)
  • a water bottle or "sippy" cup of water
  • a blanket or nap mat and/or pillow 
  • a weather appropriate and complete change of clothes in a gallon ziploc bag(even those who are potty trained!)
  • a coat with hood or hat during winter season
  • diapers or pull-ups if needed (each one should be labeled on the front!)


Snacks are provided.  However, if your child has food allergies be sure to send his/her own snack. 
What kind of clothes should my child wear to preschool?
PLAY clothes! Please plan to send your child in comfortable, washable clothing that is suitable for the weather, and for play!  If they are potty trained, they also need to be able to manage their clothing independently.  Tennis shoes or sneakers are best for playing outside on the playground.  Mulch can get inside of open-toed shoes!  Please do not send your toddler or two-year old in Bobs or Toms - they slide off their feet very easily!  Please remember to send girls with leggings or shorts under their dresses.

What should I pack in my child's lunch?
Good nutrition is an important part of your child's development.  Lunches should contain non-perishable foods such as sandwiches, cheese, fruit, and vegetables.  Include an ice pack!  We are unable to warm lunches so send soup or pasta in a thermos to keep it warm.  Please do not send peanuts or peanut butter in lunches.  The Ark is peanut free due to severe peanut allergies in children.

How can I help my child to be prepared for preschool?
If they have not spent time apart from mom and/or dad, give them opportunities to say good-bye and learn independence.  Drop them off at church nursery, or enjoy a date night with a babysitter.  It will help them to learn that moms and dads always come back!  Be happy and excited for your child's new school experience.