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Preschool Handbook

Tomorrow

I saw tomorrow marching by on little
children’s feet,
Within their forms and faces her
prophecy complete.
I saw tomorrow look at me from little
children’s eyes,
And thought how carefully we’d teach
if we were wise.

-Burger

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Believing the early years to be among the most important of an individual’s life, we offer the services of our school as a resource to our parents as they seek to provide care and guidance for their children. We believe that every person is a child of God. Because of this belief, it is our aim to help each child to accept themselves as a person of worth and to begin to discover some of the vast potential with which he/she has been endowed by his/her Creator. We further believe that spiritual awareness and healthy social adjustment are best acquired through relationships with others and we seek to provide such experiences for the children of our school.

We fully believe that the role of the parent is the most vital element in a child’s development. Therefore, we encourage you to participate in any of the activities of our school and to share ideas with us at any time.

Preschool is a place where children grow and learn according to their own needs and abilities under the guidance of skilled, devoted, and consecrated teachers. It is a school whose program and environment are primarily suited to the educational activities that promote learning.

The preschool provides a balanced program of work and play which includes: creative activities, group experiences, human understanding through literature, self-awareness, play, and language, music, and social growth.

GENERAL ACTIVITIES

  1. To provide a happy Christian environment in which the child may grow physically, socially, mentally, emotionally, creatively, and spiritually.
  2. To help the child develop a philosophy of life that is in harmony with Christian principles.
  3. To provide opportunities for church, school and home to work together in meeting the needs of the child.
  4. To help the child bridge the gap between home and school.
  5. To provide opportunities for self-expression, investigation, experimentation, an participation in the group activities.
  6. To provide satisfying experiences in learning, achieving, and building self-confidence.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES TO HELP YOUR CHILD

SPIRITUALLY

  1. To grow in their knowledge of God., His love and care; to find ways of expressing their love to God.
  2. To know that Jesus is God’s Son; to feel Jesus is their best friend; to know ways Jesus helped people; to want to be like Jesus.
  3. To think of the Bible as a special book which tells about God and Jesus; to realize the stories are true and written to show how to be kind, good, and happy; to know some stories and verses.
  4. To think of church as a special place to learn about God and Jesus.

SOCIALLY

  1. To grow in ability to work and play satisfactorily with others.
  2. To develop and attitude of kindness, cooperation, courtesy, and helpfulness toward others.
  3. To accept appropriate individual and social responsibility.

PHYSICALLY

  1. To develop both large and small muscle coordination and control.
  2. To sharpen perceptual skills.
  3. To establish desirable health habits.
  4. To know and follow simple rules of safety.

MENTALLY

  1. To do independent thinking and to accept the results of his/her actions.
  2. To broaden his/her range of interest.
  3. To develop language powers.
  4. To grow in abilities to concentrate.
  5. To be able to initiate and follow through a simple plan of work.
  6. To acquire a love of learning.

EMOTIONALLY

  1. To meet new situations with a responsible amount of stability.
  2. To learn acceptable ways of expressing emotions.
  3. To become aware of their feelings and of the results of behaving in different ways.

CREATIVELY

  1. To be creative and expressive through drama, poems, music, puppets and books, and various other mediums. Parents can be creative, too!
  2. To expose your child to various arts and / or craft programs.
  3. To experience various creative mediums with your child. We will be willing to build a frame of reference for future learning.

WAYS PARENTS CAN HELP

  1. Take your child to Sunday School each week. This experience with other preschoolers, away from the parents, will help them adjust to preschool more easily.
  2. Help the child to anticipate happy experiences in relation to preschool.
  3. Be interested in what the child brings home, or wants to tell you. Show an interest in his/her accomplishments.
  4. Feel free to confer with the teacher about anything concerning the child. Report any upsetting experiences that will help the teacher to better understand the child’s actions at school. Also, happy experiences reported are helpful.
  5. To discourage the breaking or destroying of school property.
  6. Keep the children at home on days when they show any signs of the following symptoms: a sore throat, runny nose, cough, rash, earache, headache or fever.
  7. Help your child to attend regularly except when he/she is ill.
  8. Encourage your child to do things for themselves, allowing them plenty time. Teach them to put on, take off, and hang up his/her wraps, and to put away their toys; to eat regularly and properly; to establish regular toilet and sleeping habits. See that they get plenty of sleep. (Also they need to be able to pull up their own underwear or short outer pants.)
  9. Dress your child comfortably in play cloths. Label gloves, sweaters, jackets, hats, boots, etc. with their names.
  10.  Talk to your child and LISTEN to him or her. Talk about the wonder of God’s world, talk about how things are alike and different, talk about family and friends, talk about things that are important to you and why, talk about how you love him or her, share your thoughts. Then be sure to spend an equal amount of time listening- really listening, wholeheartedly.
  11. We say once more: Please do all the suggestions in a spirit of love, fun, and joy. Don’t rush, enjoy each other and have a good time discovering knowledge. Please keep it happy, fun, and casual.
  12. Please pray for the preschool, the teachers, and the children.

MESSAGES

Teachers can not accept oral messages brought by the children. Please send a written note each time, or the parent may relay the message to the teacher.

HOURS

The preschool will open at approximately 7:30 am and close at 5:30 pm. The children’s academic hours are from 8:30 am until 12:00 pm. Parents of children left after 5:30 will be charges a late fee. Please pick up your child in a timely manner. Our staff has families and responsibilities to attend to each evening after work.

PHONE CALLS

Phone calls to the preschool are limited to calls that are absolutely necessary, especially during morning academic hours. Since the teachers are busy with the children, we encourage you to call after 1:00 pm if there is something you wish to discuss with your child’s teacher. The preschool number is 287-5544. If you have any questions about billing you can contact the office at 286-3900.

MONEY

Money should be brought to school only for field trips, lunch sales, etc. You will be notified about special days. Please pay tuition and other fees at the main office of the school at 299 Deter Street, Rutherfordton, N.C. 28139 either in person or by mail marked: Bookkeeper.

TOYS

Please do not allow your child to bring toys from home to school. The toys and books at preschool are used every day and some deterioration does occur from time to time. However, if a teacher sees a child deliberately destroy a toy, the parents will be notified and a replacement or payment to cover the cost of replacement will be required.

SHOW AND TELL

Each week the children have a time of sharing things of interest with the other children in the class. The children may want to share family pictures, animal pictures, vacation souvenirs, books, etc. Treasures such as magnets, shells, bugs, rocks, pets, or other science items are great! Do not allow your child to bring toys, guns, knives, or rock and roll tapes or CD’s.

BLANKETS

Please allow your child to bring a crib-sized blanket or cover for the afternoon rest time. Please do not use large blankets or sheets. We advise that you label blankets, coats, lunch boxes, and other belongings with your child’s name. If you send a pillow, it should be child size. Rest time is from approximately 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm.

CLOTHES

Although we do not have a formal dress code at the preschool, we ask that the children not wear “super hero” shirts. The children tend to role play their characters, and this can lead to violent or inappropriate play. Clothes that are worn by the children should be comfortable and easy to manage. Please do not allow your child to wear silly bands to school they are a distraction to the children.

SHOES

Sandals that do not buckle are not appropriate for preschool. We are busy with active games and play, so shoes that tie stay on their feet better. Please do not send your child to school in flip-flops or shoes with wheels on them. (Heelys)

EXTRA CLOTHES

Most of the younger children need extra clothes “just in case.” Please send a change of clothes in a zip-lock bag with their name written on it.

BIRTHDAYS

We want the children to feel good about their “special day.” If parents wish, they may send a birthday cake or cupcakes to share with the child’s class. If your child is having a birthday party outside the school, please mail invitations. Do not send invitations to school to be put into the children‘s cubbies. Please do not send invitations for children to attend a school party. Parents may feel obligated to send gifts.

FLOWERS OR BALLOON DELIVERY

Young children do not understand when one child gets a balloon delivered to school. Flowers or balloon deliveries will not be accepted at the preschool.

PARENT’S VISITATION

We always encourage parent observation of our classes, but we ask if you need a conference with a teacher that it be scheduled for the afternoon.

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

Children should not be dropped off at the school to come in alone. Please notify a staff member that your child is at school before you leave, and also let a staff member know when you are taking your child. If the group is on the playground, we can send your child to you if you wait on them at the end of the walkway. We can release your child only to an adult, and children must not leave our building without the adult. We can release the children only to the parents or grandparents who have been given permission by the parents. If someone different is to pick up your child, please send us a note with a description of that person. As for 3:00 dismissal, if you have children in another building on campus, please stay in line and get your oldest child first, then drive to preschool.

LUNCH

Children bringing lunches form home as ask to bring nutritious foods. Sandwiches, soups, vegetables, fruit, yogurt, nuts, and etc. are exciting to eat as well as nutritious. All children must have milk for lunch unless they have a note from their doctor indicating a milk allergy or other condition which prevents the drinking of milk. You may purchase milk from the school if you wish. Lunch boxes should be small, preferably the box type plastic ones. Our refrigerator space is limited and lunch boxes must stack on top of each other. See state regulations for lunch guidelines. Please do not send candy in your child’s lunch box.

SNACKS

Parents will be asked to provide snack on a regular basis. A list of names, dates, and the number of children in each class will be sent to you. A menu for the snacks will be provided on the week preceding your scheduled time.

SICK CHILDREN

We want to provide a healthy environment for your child; therefore we ask that sick children do not come to school. The child must be free of fever 24 hours before returning to school. We will call you to come if he/she has any temperature. Please come as quickly as possible so that any contagious sickness is not spread. Please do not send your child if they have been sick during the night.

NIT FREE

If your child has been treated for lice they must be nit free before returning to school. If a staff member checks a child that has been treated for lice and they still have nits present you will receive a call to come and pick your child up.

MEDICINE

If your child has medicine that has to be given during the day, you must sign a form giving us permission to administer the medication. Please let a teacher know. ALL medicine must be stored in a locked cabinet. Medicine that requires refrigeration will be locked in the refrigerator. Over the counter medicine cannot be given if age appropriate dosage is not listed on the bottle. Medicines that require a prescription must be in the original bottle with the name of the person it was dispensed to on the bottle. No medicine with an expired date can be given or left at the center.

REQUIRED FORMS

Application, signed discipline form, documentation of receipt of Summery of Child Care Law, children’s medical report-top portion filled out by the parents along with physical exam and immunization record, and emergency cards- please fill out 2 emergency cards, front and back.

SCHOOL SCHEDULE

We follow the same school schedule as Trinity Christian School.

VOUCHERS

Trinity Christian Preschool is willing to provide childcare for children who are eligible for publicly funded child care assistance. The parent is responsible for any amount not paid by subsidy.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please notify us. We love our work with the children, and want to provide wholesome experiences for each child in a safe and happy environment.

Dear Lord I do not ask
That thou shouldst give me some high work of thine,
Some noble calling, or some wondrous task.
Give me a little hand to hold in mine,
Give me a little child to point the way
Over the strange, sweet path that leads to Thee.
Give me a little voice to teach to pray.
Give me two shining eyes Thy face to see.
The only crown I ask, dear Lord, to wear
Is this: That I may teach a little child.
I do not ask that I may ever stand
Among the wise, the worthy, or the great;
I only ask that softly, hand and hand,
A child and I may enter at the gate.

-Anonymous