Roncalli SonShine Patch  

boys on playground

Roncalli Sonshine Patch is located within Roncalli Primary School at 419 1st Ave NE, which houses Pre-K-2nd grade classrooms. We offer preschool/childcare for children ages 3-5. We are licensed as a child care center through the State of SD.

We provide a safe, caring, Christian environment for children of all faiths. The Sonshine Patch has different options for your child, dependent upon your needs:

  1. Full Day Preschool Plus! Childcare - We offer 3 classrooms of full day preschool/childcare for children ages 3-5. Children enrolled in these rooms can attend from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  2. Part-time Preschool - We offer 3 separate sections of part time preschool. All sections will be offered based on enrollment numbers. They are as follows:
    • 3 years old - Tues/Thurs (8:00 – 10:30 AM)
    • 4-5 years old - Monday, Wednesday, Friday (8:00 – 10:30 AM)
    • 4-5 years old - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (12:00 – 3:00 PM)
  3. OST (Out of School Time) - includes after school care for children in K-5th grade and our all day summer program for children ages 3-10.

All our programs are led by certified teachers using a developmentally appropriate curriculum. South Dakota State Early Learning Guidelines are followed.

Read our Primary School Viewbook for more information.

Preschool Enrollment

For information about availability in our preschool program, please contact Pat Buechler, Director, at 225–3460 or email at

Preschool & Afterschool Care Rates 2023-2024

New Child - Preschool Registration Form

Returning Child - Preschool Registration Form

Sonshine Patch Handbook


preschool teacher reading to students

Preschool is an integral part of most 3, 4, and 5 year olds’ lives. We are fortunate enough here to offer a quality preschool program staffed by qualified, caring adults. Our goal for the preschool is to offer the children a Christian based preschool program. Activities are based on weekly themes throughout the year. We use a hands-on, childcentered approach.

By the end of the school year, we hope to have given all children a quality preschool experience, abundant in learning, social skills, cognitive skills and a variety of playtime experiences.


preschool girl coloring with markers

The preschool teachers at the SonShine Patch refer to the SD Early Learning Guidelines in planning the day to day activities to ensure that the children are receiving a developmentally appropriate preschool experience. The activities planned allow children to become a community of learners, helping each other learn and enhance their skills. STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Math) activities are planned throughout the day and integrated within all our daily activities.

Learning Centers are used in each class and provide opportunities for the children to experiment, observe, explore, identify, communicate, and create. Prayer, daily blessings, and the teachings of the Catholic Church are integrated throughout each day.

Playtime is an essential piece in any preschool program. Through play, children learn about their world and the people in it. They make connections, learn critical thought processes, form relationships, discover how to think independently, and develop creative skills.

Parental Involvement

Parents are the first educators of their children. You know your children best, and we look forward to working in a partnership to educate your child. We value your suggestions and support. Our staff and teachers are always available to visit with you.

We will have two (2) conferences throughout the school year for the children who would be able to attend Kindergarten in the fall of the following year. Conferences are a great opportunity to set aside time to share, ask questions, share concerns or give “pats on the back”.


Common Sense Parenting

Parent Toolkit

SD Early Learning Guidelines

SD Dept. of Child Care Services