St. Mark Preschool

Welcome to St. Mark Preschool

We are happy that you are sharing your child with us and we hope that his or her preschool experience will be an enjoyable and meaningful one.  Working together we can help your child develop his or her full potential.

St. Mark has a long history of preschool education for young children dating back to the late 1940s.  It started as a Kindergarten, then a nursery school, and now a preschool.  We renewed our commitment with a new beginning in September 2003 with the opening of a preschool for three and four year olds.

St. Mark Preschool admits students of any race, color, or national or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

Our purpose is to introduce your child to a friendly, safe, and non-competitive learning environment where each child can become self-confident and enjoy learning. We also stress the nurture of beginning relationships away from the family structure. While providing a learning experience, we plan to give your child opportunities to associate socially with other children and to learn to relate to adults other than his or her parents.

We offer classes for both 3-4 Year Olds and 4-5 Year Olds.

Our Location

St. Mark Lutheran Church

129 Charles Street

Hanover, Pa 17331

Contacting Our Preschool

Preschool Email:

Registration News

If you are interested in our preschool or learning any other information, check us out here online or email Allison Wentz at

Please note we currently are full for the 2019-2020, 3 year old class

but we have some registration openings for the 2019-2020, 4 year old class.

We have added a 4 year old afternoon class that will run from 12:30-3:15 next year.


Each preschool program has separate and specific units of study appropriate to that age group. During the year, the units of study include the following:

1. Daily organized lessons on the units planned
2. Crafts and art work
3. Free play
4. Organized play
5. Story time
6. Musical activities and finger plays
7. Educational games
8. Activities for small and large motor skills
9. Parties and special programs for the various holidays 

Click on the links to learn more.


A limited amount of money to aid tuition costs is available on a first come, first served basis according to need. An application may be picked up in the church office after May 1st, and must be returned to the church office Attn: Allison Wentz by July 15th. The amount awarded will be based on need and the amount of money available. You can download an appliction by clicking on the link below.

Registration and Parent Handbook

You can download a copy of our Registration Form or a copy of our Parent Handbook by clicking on the appropriate button below.

Registration  Information for the 2019-2020 School Year

To register, please complete the registration form and make sure you have the required $30 registration fee.  

If you have a child that has already attended St. Mark Preschool or you have a family member that attends St. Mark Lutheran Church, then you may register earlier than new families. Please get your registration in to us by January 31st to ensure your spot.

If you are new to St. Mark Preschool open registration begins at our Open House which will be on Thursday, February 7th from 6-8 p.m.  We tend to fill up quickly so you will want to be there early to register.

Since registration is on a first come first served basis after February 7th, it is recommended that you drop off your registration materials at the church office at 129 Charles Street, Hanover, PA rather than mailing it.  The office hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Preschoolers in Action

Policy Information

Snow Days

For information about St. Mark Preschool closings or postponements, listen to WSBA 910 (AM)/WARM 103.3 (FM) or WHVR 1280 (AM)/WYCR 98.5 (FM) or WGAL TV 8.  Listen for Hanover Public School District as we follow their school calendar.


If the Hanover School District has a 1-hour delay, the 3-year old class will start at 9:30 a.m. and last until 11:15 a.m.

If the Hanover School District has a 2-hour delay, the 3-year old class will start at 10:30 a.m. and last until 12:15 p.m.

There will be no class if Hanover School District is closed.


If the Hanover School District has a 1-hour delay, the morning 4-year old class will start at 10 a.m. and last until 12 p.m. 


If the Hanover School District has a 2-hour delay, the morning 4-year old class will start at 10:30 a.m. and last until 12:30 p.m.  

There will be no class if Hanover School District is closed.

Days missed due to weather cancellation will be made up, if possible, on “Snow Make-up Days” designated on the calendar of events handed out at orientation.


Children suspected of having a communicable or infectious disease should be kept home from school.  The following is a list of childhood diseases and time period the child must remain out of school.

Chicken Pox – 6 days after appearance of the last crop of vesicles (6 days from last pox occurring).

Strep Infection and/or Tonsillitis – 7 days from onset or 24 hours after institution of appropriate therapy (antibiotic).

Head Lice – Until judged non-infective by child’s physician.

Influenza – Until fully recovered.

Pink Eye – 24 hours after institution of appropriate therapy.

Skin Infections – Impetigo (crusty sores), Scabies (itch), Ringworm – until judged non-infective by child’s physician.

Whooping Cough – 4 weeks from onset or 7 days from institution of appropriate therapy.

If a child is running a fever and/or throwing up within 24 hours of a class session, the child should be kept at home.  Should the child become ill while in school, we will contact the child’s mother, father, or emergency contact person.  In case of an emergency where no one can be reached, the child will be taken to the Hanover General Hospital, with all expenses the responsibility of the parents.