First Day of School
The first day of school can be an emotional day for both parents and their children. We expect separation anxiety, tears, and some shy, quiet children for the first couple of weeks. While we encourage you to visit your child’s classroom, the teachers need the first few weeks to bond and form relationships with the children. As hard as it may be, we strongly encourage parents to say their good-byes during these first weeks, after a few minutes.
The teachers are qualified and trained to encourage/re-direct children who are crying to participate in activities taking place in the classroom. As many of you already know WE WILL NOT LET YOUR CHILD CRY. We do everything possible to help your child adjust to their new surroundings. If after 20 minutes a child is still upset and crying consistently, we will call a parent. Please keep in mind we will not call a parent if your child is crying off and on for the first 20 to 30 minutes. This is an adjustment period for them, and as the days go on, the crying will get less at drop-off and soon, no crying.
Other things to remember for the first day of school…
- Please bring an extra set of clothes that are weather appropriate in a large ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name and class session. Example: Sarah Smith 3 to 4 yrs. T/TH A.M. or Johnny Smith Jr. Kindergarten. Please plan on leaving these clothes at the preschool for the whole year.
- If your child has been recently potty-trained and you foresee potty accidents during the day, please bring a tote bag or backpack with at least two or three changes of clothes everyday. Please remember, with the exception of our 2 year old class, all children must be potty trained and in underwear everyday, by the first day of school.
- If you would like your child to have sunscreen on, please apply it before the class session begins. Unfortunately, our staff cannot apply sunscreen on your child because state licensing treats it as medicine. Therefore, the parent must administer it. Chapstick, antibacterial hand sanitizers, and gummy vitamins are not allowed at school.
- Please label jackets, sweaters, tote bags, or backpacks with your child’s name. This helps to insure that children are going home with their proper belongings. We have noticed that many of our students have the same “Thomas the Train” back pack or a navy blue hooded sweatshirt. Labeling helps to distinguish which item belongs to whom.
Every morning, we have three classes that start at 8:30 a.m. That is an upward of 40 parents dropping off 40 students. The same goes for pick-up time. We ask that parents always drive carefully and slowly along our driveway and entering the parking lot. Please keep in mind that we have a one-way entry driveway located on the south side of the preschool/church premises and a one-way exit driveway located on the north side of the preschool/church premises.
The teachers will open the door when it is time for your child’s class to begin. Please do not show up early, as teachers need ample time to prepare for the day. We encourage all parents to be on time when dropping off their child at the beginning of the class session. It can become disruptive to the other children when a child is dropped off in the middle of circle time.
You will be required to sign your child in and out every day. Please use full signatures. This is very important as licensing can fine us a fee of up to $1,000 if parents are only using initials to sign their child in and out of the classroom.
If someone else is picking up your child, please give the teachers both verbal and written notice. Make sure you plan ahead and leave car seats for the person who will pick up your child. Important: We will ID every new person who comes into St. John’s Preschool to pick up a child. This also includes parents, grandparents, or anybody whom the teachers have not yet met. We do this to ensure the safety of all children.
We will dismiss the children one at a time as we see the parents outside the door. Please do not come inside at dismissal time. The students as well as their parents surrounding the doorway make it very difficult to ensure the safety of every child. We do welcome your visits, but please make it during class time and not during dismissal time.
Please be on time when picking up your child as some teachers need to prepare the classroom for the next class session or clean up at the end of the day. Also, when a parent is late, the child can become distraught when they are seeing other children getting picked up on time and they are kept waiting. Please call us if you foresee that you may be late so we can prepare your child.
If you would like to speak with your child’s teacher about your child’s day, please wait until all children have been dismissed to their parents. This may take a few minutes, but please remember it is for the safety of our children. The teachers will also be conducting Parent/Teacher conferences in November. We encourage all parents to sign up.
Monthly Calendars/Snack Menu
At the beginning of each month, We will post the monthly newsletter and snack menu. The calendar/newsletter will list what we will be focusing on for the month and what activities the children will be participating in. Please take the time to read all e-mails as they can have important news about classroom events. If you need to contact your child’s teacher please e-mail them at their school e-mail address.
A nutritious snack will be provided for your child. We would appreciate it if your child has finished their breakfast or lunch before they enter the school for their class session. If your child is eating his or her breakfast/lunch on the way to school, please have them finish it outside before entering the classroom.
Also, sugary food items like doughnuts and chocolate milk can be a nice treat for your child every now and then for breakfast, but we have noticed that children tend to focus better when a nutritious and healthy breakfast or lunch is served to them before the start of class. Let’s try to keep these treats on days when your child doesn’t have class.
Field Trip Transportation
On the occasion that we go on field trips, parents must accompany and provide transportation for their children. There is usually no class or extended care on field trip days. If you cannot attend the scheduled field trip, you must provide alternate arrangements for your child. Many parents ask relatives or friends to take their children on the field trip if they cannot attend. Permission forms and information will be sent home a few weeks before each field trip.
St. John’s preschool has a policy that no outside toys are brought into the school from home unless it is your child’s scheduled “Share Day”. It is extremely hard to keep track of toys from home and also difficult for children to share the toys with their friends. We would really appreciate your support and cooperation in this matter. Your child’s teacher will let you know when “Share Days” are scheduled.
If your child needs some sort of security item (like a blanket or stuffed animal) the first few weeks of school to make them feel comfortable while you are away, please ask your child’s teacher if it is o.k. to bring one on unscheduled share days.
Tuition Policy Reminder
As stated in the yellow tuition agreement, September through May tuition is due no later then the first of the month. If the first of the month lands on a weekend, then it is the parent’s responsibility to pay the tuition before the weekend. If the first lands on your child’s non-scheduled class session, payment is still due by the first.
Beginning after the 5th of the month a $10.00 a day late fee will apply. If the late fee is not added to the tuition check, a bill will be sent out to collect such fee.
We do not pro-rate the tuition for vacations, conferences, or scheduled holidays.
St. John’s Episcopal Preschool Board understands that situations and problems arise. Please make every effort to contact our Treasurer/Admin. Asssitant, Trisha Gillotte, if you foresee that your tuition will be late at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Before School Care Option
We will offer before school care from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. for a flat fee of $10.00. If you need care before 8:00 a.m. Please speak with Miss Lisa.
Extended Care Option (“Lunch Bunch”)
St. John’s Preschool offers an extended care option for our families. Extended care hours are from 11:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Monday through Friday and are for those children whose classes end in the “A.M.” The cost is a fee of $10.00 per hr, capping off at $200.00 per month. If you are in need of care longer than 3:00 please speak with the Director.
Parents can pay the same day their child is attending extended care, or you may opt to keep a monthly tab if you will be utilizing this service more often.
Parents would provide a “sack” lunch on days that their child will participate in extended care and anything else their child may need. Extended care activities will include lunch, outdoor play, music, art, and open-centers/free-choice play.
St. John’s Preschool follows all State of California health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all children enrolled at our school. Just a reminder, if your child is sick, please keep them at home. In some cases, a doctor’s note may be requested before your child can return to school i.e. suspicious skin rash.
The guidelines are listed in the handbook if you have any questions of what constitutes “sick”. Our parents do a wonderful job cooperating with us on this matter. The staff and myself thank you.
The preschool also follows a “no nut policy”. Please refer to the attached guidelines when planning for classroom parties.
On behalf of the school board and teachers, we are all looking forward to another fantastic school year! Thank you for entrusting your children to us.
Lisa E. Black
NO NUT POLICY
St. John’s Preschool follows a “No Nut Policy”. Please consider the following when planning special treats for parties, birthdays, etc.
Below are some items that either contain peanut/nut products or are processed on the same equipment that manufactures peanut/nut products and therefore may contain peanuts:
- All products containing any nuts, peanut butter, peanuts, peanut oil or peanut flour
- All Nestle chocolate products, including chocolate chips and all Nestle or Toll-House pre-mixed cookie dough
- Most chocolate candy
- Chocolate cake mixes and chocolate frosting
- Chex Mix (contains peanut flour)
- Granola bars (most contain peanut flour, peanuts or are processed on shared equipment)
- All chips or fried foods made with peanut oil
When buying foods for the preschool, please read the ingredient list and labels looking for nuts, peanuts, peanut butter, peanut flour, peanut oil or if it has been processed on shared equipment. There is usually a warning label that states that it is processed on equipment that processes nut/peanut products or that it may contain traces of nuts/peanuts.
We need to work together to make this a safe classroom for all of the children. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask your child’s teacher. Thank you for your cooperation!