Roncalli SonShine Patch  

preschool boys playing at table

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. Preschool Plus! 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. – 6:00 p.m.
  2. 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)

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 2022-2023

Sonshine Patch Handbook


preschool teacher reading to students

As Early Childhood Educators, it is our ethical responsibility to provide a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment for each child.  We are committed to supporting children’s development and learning by offering a developmentally appropriate environment that does not encroach upon the necessary psycho/social development of a child.  We respect individual differences and help children learn to live, play, and work cooperatively.

As Early Childhood Educators, we are facilitators, creating a community of inquiry.  Through forming relationships, creating an environment of trust and mutual respect, and allowing the child to lead the direction of his/her learning, we are building a strong foundation for the child’s school career.

Children learn concepts best when they are meaningful and relevant to them. They acquire knowledge through the active exploration of their environment, not solely through direct instruction.  By using a reflective approach, instead of a directive approach, teachers will take the time to observe and reflect within the time in the classroom, thus changing and adapting to the needs of each child.

(portions adapted from NAEYC code of ethics)


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.

Prayer, daily blessings, and the teachings of the Catholic Church are integrated throughout each day.

We believe children learn best through meaningful play. By integrating a meaningful play-based, child-centered program, we encourage curiosity, discovery, and problem solving which allows individual growth and development of a positive self-image, thus preparing the child for his/her school career.

We want you, as a parent, to look in our busy, happy, noisy, creative classrooms and see your child at work and play. We want you to realize the validity of that play and the importance of what is being learned. Parents and teachers together can help the children to develop their full potential.

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.  You are welcome to stop into the classroom or visit anytime.

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.  Conference 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