Handbook

St. Matthias Lutheran Church

Preschool

2017-2018 Handbook


 

 

“A Child’s Program to Play and Learn”

Revised 8-8-2017

 

 

 

Table of Contents

Welcome………………………………………………………………………………………………………..3

Educational Purpose, Mission, Special Needs, and Goals of the Curriculum………………………..3-4

Schedules, Curriculum and Class Descriptions…………………………………………………………..4-6

Arrival and Departure…………………………………………………………………………………………..7

Disaster Preparedness……………………………………………………………………………………......7

Class Size………………………………………………………………………………………………………..7

Dismissal Authorization………………………………………………………………………………………...7

Field Trips……………………………………………………………………………………………………….7

Discipline Polices……………………………………………………………………………………………8-9

Lost and Found……………………………………….…………………………………………………………9

Admission and Enrollment……………………………………………………………………………………10

Preparing for the 1st day………………………………………………………………………………………10

Tuition Policy…………………………………………………………………………………………………11

Fun Friday……………………………………………………………………………………………….……12

Termination of Service………………………………………………………………………………………...13

Vacations and Holidays Observed…………………………………………………………………………13

Inclement Weather Closings………………………………………………………………………………..13

Toilet Training…………………………………………………………………………………………………14

Volunteers………………………………………………………………………………………………………14

Health and Wellness Policies……………………………………………………………………………14-16

Communication…………………………………………………………………………………………….16-17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool. We are so happy to have you and look forward to working with all families. Our purpose is to provide the highest quality preschool education in a secure, nurturing, and stimulating environment. St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool will serve the spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of the preschool children and their families.

We meet these goals with our age-appropriate curriculum, our highly qualified staff, age appropriate equipment, the highest standards of cleanliness, and our ongoing communication with parents.

This Handbook has been designed to provide important information that parents need when selecting the early education program for their child.

All of the dedicated, caring staff at St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool wants to be certain that your child has the very best early childhood experience possible. We want to thank you for entrusting us with that privilege and responsibility.

Please take the time to read all the following information to help you better understand our program and philosophy. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the preschool director.

St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool leadership consists of a Preschool Board of Directors including the Preschool Director, and 5 church members.

 

 EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE

 

Children at St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool will be provided the opportunity to learn under the protection of God’s Love in a safe, caring environment with stimulating growth opportunities. 

 It is the mission of the St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool to provide a fully integrated preschool program to foster the child's social and emotional growth as well as their physical and mental development. Additionally, our sequential learning curriculum was developed to prepare the child for academics in kindergarten and elementary school.  

The goal of the preschool is to guide each child in the growth of their total personality. Areas related to physical, mental, emotional and social development are all given equal attention when preparing a curriculum to fit the needs of each child. A child's self-expression, creativity, and analytical thinking are worked out in play.

Through observations, the teacher may help a child succeed in areas where they do not excel. The teachers strive to aid each child in developing a positive image.

 

 

 

SPECIAL NEEDS

St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool does not have special education teachers on staff.  If your child has medically identified special needs, please contact the director for a confidential discussion regarding placement for your child.  

 

Curriculum

St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool has a curriculum that is a discovery-based learning experience that gives each individual child the opportunity to move through specially designed learning centers of his or her own level of interest and ability.   Your child will experience master lessons in their classroom that will cover phonics, science, social studies, and math. All presented in a fun hands on learning environment.  The preschool is proud to offer Zoo-phonics, a nationally awarding winning curriculum, as a part of our learning.

The curriculum focuses on learning basic concepts and skills through hands-on experiences and activities.

Goals of the Curriculum

  • To provide a positive sense of identity and emotional well-being
  • To gain a deeper understanding of God’s Love
  • To develop age-appropriate social, physical, language and literacy skills
  • To encourage thinking, reasoning, questioning and experimentation
  • To provide exposure to the arts and encourage creative expression
  • To demonstrate proper health, safety and nutritional practices
  • To respect gender, age and cultural diversity

 

Daily Schedule

We will strive to provide the best preschool experience for you and your child. We will provide a hands-on, center based learning environment while teaching the South Carolina Good Start, Grow Smart Early Education Standards. Thematic units will be the basis for developing centers, whole class instruction and enrichment activities for each child. We take pride in being one of the few preschools that provide our teachers a planning period each day in which they are developing ways to ensure your child has fun and learns,  While each teacher is planning your child will attend the following activity classes:

Monday – Story-time Theater/ PE

Tuesday-Bible or Character Training

Wednesday- Spanish

Thursday-P.E. /  Music Class

*Class Schedules will vary slightly based on individual classrooms .  Please refer to your child’s daily class schedule for more details. Below you will find information on all classes spread out throughout our week here at the preschool.  We believe in each moment here at our preschool should be fun and engaging.  It is our desire to reach our children in their early years while the brain is most rapidly developing. 

Description of all Classes offered at SMLC Preschool

Morning Work and Table Top Manipulatives:  Each day as our students come into preschool, they will be directed to their spot at the table where in K-3 and K-4 they will have a morning worksheet with their name, letter of the week, and number of the week to trace.  K-4 eventually will begin to write their last names.  In K-1 and K-2 there will be a table top manipulative or project for the children to come to the table and participate in. 

 Circle Time:  Circle Time is a fun interactive way to start the day.  The children will sing songs for the days and months.  The children will help place the day of the week onto the calendar, and the class helpers of the day will be assigned.  In K-1 and K-2 circle time includes letter, shape, and number time as well through fun interactive songs and motions. 

Story Time Theatre:  This class will include an interactive story that correlates with the theme of the week will be read with children participating in acting , sequencing, and recalling.

Character Training:  The children will have fun with interactive stories, songs and lessons that correlate with our verses and virtues.  The children will also learn how to show to love of God by being a good friend.  Our goal is to reach the children’s heart, not just modify their behavior. 

Spanish Class: The children will have fun learning Spanish through visuals, singing & dancing. 

P.E. : Your child will get sweaty and release lots of energy as well as revitalize their brains for learning.  Studies show that active children perform better academically.

 Math and Science Exploratorium:  Your little scientist or mathematician will love this class.  Anything from explosions to graphing activities and all in between will be conducted here.  This class is design for a daily activity in K3 and K4

 Music Class; Children who are consistently exposed to musical experiences gain neural connections that help with brain development and cognitive thinking. It has been proven that this exposure helps them do better in areas such as reading and math, helps them gain better control of their bodies, aids in focusing, promotes higher self-esteem and emphasizes teamwork.

 Zoo phonics: All children will participate in daily Zoo phonics curriculum.  Zoo phonics is incredibly effective! Created by award-winning teachers, Zoo-phonics is a unique program that involves your whole child, eyes, ears, mouth, mind and body with:

· Endearing animals (visual learning)

· Hand and body motions (kinesthetic learning)

· Sounds and songs (auditory learning)

· Letter shapes (visual learning)

Games and activities (kinesthetic learning)

 Math :  K-3 and K-4 will participate in the High Scope Math Curriculum as well as supplemental Zoo-phonics Math Learning Pod with a Math Curriculum Specialist.  The activities will be hands on and will be adjusted depending upon age level and standards. 

 Science and Social Studies :  All K-3 and K-4 children will participate in this learning pod.  The activities will always correlate with the thematic unit of the week.  All activities will be fun and interactive.

 Fine Motor Frenzy:

All K-1 and K-2 students will participate daily in activities that promote fine motor skills.  Water droppers, tweezer pick up, and much more will be offered.

 Bible Lesson Time:

Your child will participate in the A,B,C’s of the bible curriculum.  This curriculum promotes a different biblical story each week that correlates with our letter of the week.  This curriculum is strictly a bible story based curriculum and represents all Christian denominations.  Your child will also be exposed to a different virtue and verse each week.  Our K-3 and K-4 children will be memorizing a different bible verse each week.  All virtues, verses, and bible stories will be posted in our newsletters.


 

 EDUCATIONAL POLICIES AND DAILY PROCEDURES

 

Faith Based Focus

St. Matthias is a place in which all children will have an understanding of God’s Love; prayer will be a part of our daily routine.   We will include pertinent Bible Stories and Bible Verses as part of your child’s daily routine and academic curriculum.  The bible curriculum will include a monthly virtue and verse, along with the A,B,C’s of the bible curriculum that features a different bible story each week which will correlate with the letter of the week.  This curriculum will keep in accordance with the Lutheran understanding of Scripture and faith

 

 

 

 

 

Arrival/Departure

Our school operates Monday through Friday from the hours of 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Children should NOT be dropped off prior to 9:00 am, and no later than 9:15. Instruction and the classroom days begin promptly at 9:20 am.For arrival we will have car line and you will drop off your child and they will enter the middle set of glass doors & be be directed to their classroom. For Departure K1&K2 parents will park and will pick up from the middle set of glass doors. K3 & K4 will park and will pick up from last set of glass doors (Parish Hall). 

If you need to enter the school to drop off your child, you must park your vehicle in a parking space and walk your child in the building.

Afternoon pick-up is between 12:40 and 1:00 pm. All students should be picked up by their designated care giver NO LATER than 1:00. A late charge of $1.00 per minute will be charged for any student picked up later than this time. Any parent picking up after 1:00 p.m., will be required to park and enter the school to pick up their child with the director.  All late pick-ups will be required to sign a late release form acknowledging the stated late charges.  Repeated late pick-ups could result in termination.  It is important that anyone picking up your child has written permission and is listed on the enrollment form. Your child will not be released to anyone not listed on the enrollment form or given written permission to do so.

 

Disaster Preparedness

All schools have an emergency disaster plan in place. Staff members are First Aid and CPR certified and prepared to handle an emergency.

Class Size

Preschool class size will meet or be below student teacher ratios of all state appointed ratios. 

Dismissal Authorization

Please inform us with a note or phone call if someone other than those you have originally authorized will be picking up your child. The authorized person must be over 18 years of age and present a photo ID. Your child(ren)’s safety is our main concern. On your registration forms, you will find a place to put any and all person(s) who you deem able to pick up your child(ren) in your absence.

Field Trips

We will have two Field Trips during our school year in which the school will close.  In order to provide an optimum level of safety, we require that a parent attend the field trip and transport their child to the field trip location.  This makes for a more family friendly field trip, and ensures that all of our children are well supervised.  Please remember that if you choose not to attend the field trip the school will be closed.

 

Discipline Policies

At St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool, discipline shall be based on positive reinforcement of acceptable behavior.  Each child will be individually rewarded with a tangible token for expected behavior.  In addition to individual rewards, students will be encouraged to develop a “teamwork approach” by giving class rewards for working together to reach a desired goal. While positive reinforcement is the basis for our discipline plan, please understand that in the event when a child cannot be refocused to achieve the desired result, a “time out” may be used.   The extent of the discipline shall not exceed temporary and supervised isolation.  We will also ensure that students and children will be treated with respect and care at all times. 

Our K-3 and K-4 classes will have a visible positive reinforcement chart.  The children are verbally praised when found showing great traits of behavior. At the end of the week, if the child has consistently tried to show citizenship, they will be rewarded at the end of the week.  If a child is having a hard time following the classroom guidelines, appropriate actions will follow at the discretion of the teacher. The director may be involved as well. This allows the teachers to manage their class in the most positive way for the children. This allows the children to understand the "each day is a new day" philosophy, teaching ownership of both positive and negative behavior. Our goal is to show love and forgiveness at all times.

Our K-1 and K-2 classes will have daily communication sheets that will keep parents informed as to class participation and behavior. 

To make certain that every child is treated with respect and care; our teachers adhere by the following guidelines when disciplining a child.

  • No child shall be subjected to any form of corporal punishment, handled roughly, or confined in any way.  Children may be restrained if they are a direct threat to themselves or others.
  • Discipline shall never be delegated to another child.
  • Discipline shall never be exercised for a child not eating or for a lapse in potty training.

Biting

As with any behavior, how biting is dealt with depends upon the ages of the children involved, the reason for the biting (if it can be determined), frequency of the biting and many other specific circumstances. General guidelines for biting include:

  • Helping the bitten child feel better or providing appropriate first aid, if warranted.
  • Completing an incident report for the parent of the bitten child.
  • Discussing the situation with the biter's parent.

Depending on the ages and circumstances involved, additional actions might include:

  • Discussing a better solution with all children involved.
  • Separation of involved children.
  • Showing/giving the biter something appropriate to bite (teething ring).
  • Ensuring that the environment provides enough challenging activities.
  • Carefully observing the involved child to identify precipitating events and prevent recurrences.
  • Maintaining a log to track when the behavior occurs.
  • Conferences with parents to discuss the child's actions at home, parental discipline techniques, search for outside resources, etc.

Just as any other behavior issue regarding a child is confidential, the name of the child that has bitten is also confidential, in order to ensure the privacy of the child and family and prevent bias from others enrolled in the center. We will keep you informed as to what steps are being taken and if bites are from the same or a different child. Informative handouts are given to parents regarding biting.

Biting is often a common behavioral action of frustration in young children; however it is our responsibility to ensure the safety of our preschool children.  We will follow the Parental notification Policy below after 2 bites; this policy will also be followed for other behavioral Issues as well.

Parental Notification Policy for Behavioral Issues

Parents will be notified when our methods are not adequate to keep a child under control and will be expected to work with our staff to correct the situation in the best interest of the child and still maintain an orderly and loving class.  The following will occur when notifying the parents does not solve the problem:

  1. Conference between parents, teachers, and director
  2. Suspension from program for a reasonable amount of time, in which you are responsible for paying tuition.
  3. An individual behavior plan will be put in place to accommodate to child’s individual needs
  4. If all of the above has failed, the school will have no alternative but to dismiss the child from the program

Lost and Found

Please mark all items of personal property. We will make every attempt to locate and return lost items. This task is much easier if your child's name is on the items. We cannot be responsible for any personal items that your child may bring to school.

Toy Policy

Please do not send toys or other items from home unless requested by the teacher.  Please have the issue of toys being removed from the child before car line drop off.  The staff at the SMLC Preschool will take the approach of starting each day on a positive note, when we are forced to take toys away from children in the morning this sets a negative tone for the day about preschool for your child. 

No Weapon or Rough Play Policy

Our students will not be allowed to play guns, swords, or any weapon oriented game.  Our students will be reminded of this and redirected if needed.  We also have a “hands are for helping, not for hurting” slogan that encourages our children to not handle their friends in a rough manner.  Please help your child understand this policy.

ADMISSION AND ENROLLMENT

 

Registration and Enrollment

St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool opens enrollment for the upcoming school year in January to current students and siblings as well as church members.  In February, enrollment is open to the public.   All current students that enroll in January are guaranteed a spot, however after the exclusive January enrollment for in house students, enrollment becomes first come serve to those who submit form and payment. When registering your child, please provide a completed enrollment form and current immunization record.  An annual registration fee of $75.00 per family and material fee of $10 for enrolling K1 student, $20 for enrolling K2 student, $30 for enrolling K3 student, and $40 for enrolling K4 student is also taken at the time of enrollment and is non-refundable.   September 1st is the cut-off date used to decide which class a child is eligible for. 

Photo Release

At the beginning of each school year, parents will be asked to fill out a photo release form for your child.  The release is used to gain parent permission for the purposes of promoting services at St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool only.  Names of students or preschool information will not be used.

Preparing for the First Day of School

In an effort to prepare and welcome you to St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool, we have scheduled an open house for August 31,2017 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.  Our First Day of school will be Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

Separation from the Parent

The process of separation from the parent as the child enters and attends preschool is one of the most important accomplishments of the preschool child.

At each age level, a child will react differently. As children mature, they begin to identify themselves as independent personalities. In separating from you, the parent, your child is learning:

  • To develop an interest in the activities of the preschool
  • To feel comfortable with others at preschool
  • To understand that his/her parent will come back and pick him/her up
  • To understand that all parents leave their children and come back for them
  • To understand that parents often must concentrate on their own interests and duties which are separate and different from those of a child
  • To develop an acceptance and willingness to allow the parent an open-door policy

 

 

Tuition Policy

St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool tuition is calculated on an annual basis and then is divided in to nine equal payments and is paid monthly. Tuition is due and payable on the first of the month and must reach us by the 5th. A service charge of $25.00 will be added to your account for tuition that is late.

The first tuition check is due at orientation. This will be a full month’s check and will be the first installment payment of 9 total payments for the year.   

Dishonored checks may be assessed an additional fee of $35.00.  Enrollment may be terminated for accounts that are 15 days past due.

A fee of $1.00 per minute will be applied for children who are picked up after 1:00 p.m. See Arrival/Departure for additional information.

Should any extenuating circumstances arise that would prevent you from paying on a timely basis, please discuss this with the preschool director immediately. 

 

Days per week

Days offered

Age Groups offered

Monthly/Yearly Tuition

We offer 9 installment payments to make yearly tuition affordable.

5

Monday- Friday

*includes Fun Friday

K1-K4

$220 per month/ Annual tuition of $1,980

4

Monday-Thursday

K1-K4

$190 per month/Annual tuition of $1,710

3

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

K1-K2 only

$170 per month/ Annual tuition of $1,530

2

Tuesday/Thursday

Monday/Wednesday

K1-K2 only

$140 per month/Annual tuition of $1,260

1

Friday

K1-K4

$25 per Friday with no enrollment fee

 

 

 

Fun Friday

We offer “Fun Fridays” each week. The hours of operation are the same as our normal preschool hours, however, this is not a core preschool curriculum day. The children will participate in a variety of fun activities, but is in a more whole group setting and no new curriculum instruction is taught on this day, however quality educational activities will take place. There are 4 options in which you can utilize the Fun Friday Program.

Option

Cost

Payment Due

Description

1

$30 per month

On the or before the 5th month

This is a monthly agreement to utilize Fun Friday every Friday SMLC Preschool is open. This option is most commonly used when parents are seeking an additional week day of preschool, and are certain they will be consistent each month as an agreement is signed at the beginning of the school year as a form of commitment to the financial obligations of a consistent monthly payment.  Any withdrawals from the Fun Friday program must submit a written request of withdrawal 2 weeks prior.  Any family failing to do this will be charged with the monthly fee regardless of their child’s attendance in the program, as the child’s spot was being held.

2

$40 per month

On or before the Wednesday prior to the first Fun Friday of the month

This option grants the family the ability to reserve Fun Friday on a month to month basis without a yearly commitment agreement. 

3

$17 per Friday

The Wednesday prior to the Fun Friday in which attending.

This option grants the family to ability to pick and choose Fun Fridays as needed. 

4

$25 per Friday

day of attendance

This option grants the family a spot at Fun Friday based upon openings.  This is for the family that did not make the reservation the Wednesday prior and needed care last minute.  Families risk a chance of not having a spot with this option as drop ins are only taken if space is available.  SMLC director and teachers have the right to determine if space is available.

5

$25 per Friday

The Wednesday prior to the Fun Friday in which attending.

In this option Fun Friday may be used as a 1 day a week preschool option in which your child will only attend on Friday.  This is a great option for parents seeking just a mother’s morning out program.  This is also a great option for friends or family of our currents students to join us on a day of fun activities.

 

 

 

 

Termination of Service by St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool

St. Matthias Lutheran Preschool may terminate services under any of the following conditions:

  • The child’s account is 15 days past due.  On the 15th day of a past due account the child will be withdrawn by the preschool.  The spot will be given to any child on a waiting list.  If there are any available spots and the family wishes for the child to continue to attend SMLC Preschool, the family will need to re-enroll by paying the registration fee , all past due balances, and all current monthly dues in order to re-enroll.
  • St. Matthias Preschool cannot appropriately provide for the child.
  • Continual negligence by the parents of policies and procedures
  • Child becomes chronically unmanageable and cannot participate effectively in classroom activities, or interferes with the participation of other children, and teachers conclude that it is the best interest of the class
  • Your child has missed 2 continuous weeks of school in which the school has not been notified or able to get in touch with the family.

Termination of Service by Parents

Parents may withdraw a child from the program with advanced 2 week written notice to the director. The Date of withdrawal will be effective 2 weeks after the advanced written notice was received. St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool is always interested in knowing the reason a child leaves the program; parents may be contacted by the director for feedback.  No refunds will be made as all fees collected by the preschool are non-refundable.

Schedule Deviations

St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool generally follows the School District of Pickens County schedule, however our schedule may differ. Make sure to keep a copy of our preschool calendar. We have already scheduled several fun events and special days.  Also look for about upcoming holidays, school closings.

Inclement Weather Closings

 Please stay connected to your local news stations, Facebook, remind 101, & email  for all information regarding school closings, delays, or early dismissals.If Picken's county schools are closed then we are closed. If Picken's county schools are on a 2 hour delay then we open at 10:30 a.m.

 We will not make-up inclement weather days.

 

Toilet Training

St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool accepts children that are not yet potty trained in our K1/K2program. Children may not move up to a K3 class, regardless of age until he/she is completely potty trained. Our wonderful K2 staff and preschool director will be helpful in potty training and will assist in any way. We ask that parents send disposable training pants for our K2 class. Please be sure there is a change of clothes for your child in his/her classroom and send in appropriate replacements and extras.

Please feel free to speak with the preschool director about extenuating circumstances. We want to provide the best program for your child and some modifications may need to be made.

Volunteer Opportunities

At St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool, we depend heavily on parent volunteers. We believe that this strong correlation and working relationship between the teachers and parents is essential in maximizing your student’s education. Please consider how you can help our children and teachers by participating in fundraisers, class parties, or other special days.  You could benefit the school by becoming a part of the Parent Panel Organization, volunteering to read to your child’s class, or helping during small group learning.  The possibilities are endless.  If you have any ideas or suggestions in ways you would like to help, please let the preschool director know.

Please look for volunteer opportunities in upcoming communications.

 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS POLICIES

 

Nutrition

Please send a nutritious lunch with your child each day. We provide a morning snack four days a week. The fourth day (Thursday) of school each week is “Special Snack” day and each child from the class will rotate on bringing a snack that correlates with the letter of the week  Additional details to follow and a schedule will be provided at the start of each semester.

If your child has special medical concerns and/or allergies, please be sure that information is on file.

Illness

Colds, flu and other contagious diseases seem to occur frequently and spread easily among preschool and toddler children. To help protect your own child's health and to minimize the possibility of contagious spread at school, please keep your child at home if you observe any of the following symptoms:

  • Nasal discharge that is green or yellow
  • Complaints of ear pain
  • Productive cough
  • Severe sore throat
  • Eyes that are pink, burning or itching or producing discharge
    Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Fever

If these symptoms of possibly contagious conditions are observed in your child during the day, you will be called to pick up your child immediately.  As a preventive measure, if your child has more than 2 loose bowel movements in the day, you will be called to pick your child up.  The stomach virus seems to be the most contagious.

When your child has a fever, please keep him/her at home an additional 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal. This will help to ensure that the illness has actually passed and that your child will be well enough to resume school activities.

Medication

Non-prescription medications will not be administered by the staff at St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool. 

Health and Immunization Forms

A report of a current physical exam and current immunizations are required for entry in the preschool program.  We must have a copy of this form by the first day of class.

 Clothing

Please dress children in simple and comfortable clothing.  This will make restroom breaks and “playing” easier.  Rompers and overalls are often very frustrating to children learning to potty train. Also, please dress your child appropriately for the outdoors.  We will be playing outside each day that we are able. 

Changes of Clothing

Please also send a change of clothes labeled with your child’s name in a zip-lock bag at the beginning of school.  This change of clothes should include a seasonal friendly outfit.  Pants and a t-shirt are recommended.  Also include underwear and a pair of socks.

Accident or Injury

Safety is the top priority at St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool Program; however, in the event of an accident we have outlined several procedures and guidelines. 

Occasionally, a child will become injured due to a fall or bump.  When this occurs, parents receive a written accident report about the accident and the first aid treatment utilized.

In the event of a serious accident or emergency, 911 will be called and parents will be notified immediately.

For a non-emergency injury, basic first aid will be administered by preschool staff and the parents will be notified.  At this time, arrangements to stay at school or to make plans for the child to be picked up will be made. 

Minor injuries shall be washed, cleaned and covered with a bandage.  Parents will be notified during dismissal. 

Any and all injuries will be kept in a file and will also be recorded in the student’s school file. 

Family physician and medical information will also be kept on file for each child at the school in addition to a current emergency contact information sheet.

 

 

COMMUNICATION

 

We want there to be a direct line of communication between our dedicated parents and our school.

Preschool Bags

Each child will be given a preschool tote bag to use for the school year.  Please use this bag to keep the daily folder, lunch bag, and any other materials in.  Please do not send book bags or any other bag that is not a designated preschool bag.  We have found that the simple preschool bags are easy for the children to drop their belongings in, and also easy for the teacher to find correspondence by preventing the teacher from unzipping 10 different compartments to find necessary items.  In turn, this allows the teacher to spend more time teaching.  Any lost preschool bags can be replaced for $10.00.

Daily Folder

Each child will have a folder that will be sent home each day with pertinent information, notes, and/or student work. This is to be returned to school each day. All notes, tuition payments, or changes that need to be noted should be sent to school in this folder.  Tuition payments or any other payment should be sent in an envelope marked with the child’s name and payment type.  e.g. “Field Trip”  “Tuition Payment”


Website

You can access the website at www.stmatthiaspreschool.com. On the website you will find up-to-date information on our preschool program and your child’s class. An electronic copy of this preschool handbook is found there and there is also a tab that includes upcoming events. Registration and pertinent forms will also be available for download. Be sure to check this site often.

We also have a Facebook page. On this page, friends and family can be kept up to date with preschool events, happenings, and special information. We will also post pictures of St. Matthias events and activities. We hope this will be a great tool of communication between our preschool, families, and the community. Go to www.facebook.com and search St. Matthias Lutheran Preschool.

 

Contacting Us

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any member of our staff.  You may call, email or write a note to us at anytime.  We are here for you.   

 

 

We appreciate your help in advance and look forward to having a wonderful working relationship with you.

Welcome to the St. Matthias family…we’re so glad you’re here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PARENT HANDBOOK

St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool



This parent handbook outlines the policies and procedures of the St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool. An understanding of and adherence to the policies and procedures will ensure positive parent-school relations and that the children's needs are being adequately met. Therefore, the preschool requires that all parents and/or guardians of children enrolled at STML Preschool read, sign, and return to the Preschool Director the statement that follows.

1. I have read and studied the Preschool Parent Handbook.

2. I will read and study any additions to, or revisions of, the parent policies.

3. I will adhere to the parent policies explained in this handbook.

4. I understand that lack of adherence to these policies may result in termination of the child care arrangement.

I understand that the policies in this handbook and communicated to me in any fashion are subject to interpretation, review and change by the Preschool Board.

 

Failure to sign this form does not excuse anyone from the policies outline by the St. Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool.

Parent/Guardian Signature_______________________________ Date____________

Parent/Guardian Signature_______________________________ Date____________

Child’s Name (please print):______________________________ 

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