Preschool Handbook

Preschool Girl In Class

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Holy Family Preschool Philosophy

Holy Family Preschool is committed to the spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical development of each child.  At Holy Family Preschool, we seek to glorify God by providing a climate of nurturing love where a child engages in a program designed to help him/her reach their God-given potential.  It is our aim to present the Christian message in its entirety, linking it with the experience of community, worship, and social concern.  At Holy Family we aim to build a community of justice, truth, peace, and love.

Recognizing the components necessary to the optimal growth for child development, Holy Family Preschool provides:

  • An age appropriate religious program which utilizes pictures, songs, stories, and art activities.
  • Personal experience in a variety of activities in a social setting of mutual sharing and concern with Christian values integrated daily into the learning process.
  • The building of trust among children, parents, and educators through parent involvement and education, in a Christian climate of trust, openness, joy, and cooperation.
  • A proper balance in the curriculum, to enable your child to grow into a responsible, caring, self-directed, and decision-making individual who will take an active role in our society

 

Admission Policy and Procedure

A.  Non-Discrimination:
Holy Family Preschool is operated on a non-discriminatory basis and no one shall be excluded from enrollment because of race, sex, ethnic origin, or religion.

 

B.  Acceptance of School Philosophy and Policy:
Holy Family Preschool serves families in the community who subscribe to the school’s philosophy and agree to abide by the policies and regulation of the school.

 

C.  Priorities:
Children whose siblings are registered in Holy Family School.
Children whose families are registered in the Holy Family Parish.

 

D.  Financial:
Fees must be paid at time of registration and are non-refundable.  Tuition is due on the first of each month.  Tuition is late if not paid by the 10th of the month.  A late fee of $15.00 will be charged.  One month of delinquent tuition may result in withdrawal of your child from Preschool.  Checks returned due to insufficient funds will be assessed a penalty of $25.00.

 

Procedure

A.  Age of Admission:
Enrollment is open to all preschool age children of the community.  Children must be at least three years of age, potty-trained, and not older than five years old.

 

B.  New Students:
All records, including birth certificate and immunization card, must be presented at the time of registration.

 

C.  Hours of Operation:
Holy Family Preschool will be open from 7:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday.  It is strongly recommended that children stay at the center for no more than a maximum of 10 hours per day.

 

D.  Program Activities:

Preschool (3-4 years of age) –
The Preschool program is developmentally based for beginning learning of shapes, letters, numbers, color recognition, and social/educational development. Creative art, music, and locomotor activities are included.

 

Pre-Kindergarten (4-5 years of age) –
The Pre-Kindergarten program is a developmentally and academically based curriculum with an emphasis on writing and pre-reading skills needed to prepare children for Kindergarten.  Creative art, music, and locomotor activities are included.

 

E.  Arrival and Dismissal
All children coming to preschool need to be brought into the classroom by a responsible adult, preferably a parent, who should not leave until the child has been received and accepted by the teacher.
A child may not leave the preschool or the school premises until he/she has been released to someone authorized on the Emergency Information form.
It is essential that all the children be signed in and out on the appropriate form provided.
Legal signatures must be used when signing forms.
Please inform the director if your child will be absent for any reason.
A note needs to be given to the preschool staff upon your child returning to school with explanation of absence.  The note needs to be signed and dated.
Also, inform the director immediately of any changes in emergency information concerning your child.

 

F.  Holidays
The preschool holidays include all legal holidays, one week at Thanksgiving, two weeks at Christmas, one week at Easter, one Monday after the school festival and one day for the annual golf tournament.  There are three early dismissal days.  Please check preschool’s yearly calendar for specific dates.

 

G.  Illnesses:
Children who are ill will not be allowed to stay at school.  Children will be sent home for any of the following:
Pink eye (conjunctivitis), head lice, chicken pox, etc.
Vomiting or diarrhea
Unusual skin rash of any type
Runny nose with green discharge
Continual coughing
Fever of 99 degrees or higher

 

H.  Medicine:
Medication forms must be filled out and given to the Director before any medication can be administered.  Forms will be posted with time and dates by staff and must be signed by the Director. Medications must come to school in original container and must be from USA pharmacies.

Tylenol or other over-the-counter medications cannot be issued by the preschool.

 

I.  Birthdays:
Birthday celebrations may be shared in class.  Please discuss plans with the Director at least one week prior to scheduled party.

 

J.  Special Programs:
Holy Family Preschool may participate in field trips throughout the school year with additional fees for these events.  On field trip days, if you do not wish your child to participate, you will need to find alternate child care as all staff members will be with students during field trip days.

PERK Club:  all children registered at Holy Family School may participate in this physical education program with no additional cost.  Although a signed permission slip by a parent or guardian must be on file before children can participate.

 

K.  Dress Code:
At preschool, we encourage a considerable amount of hands-on experiences with many types of “messy” materials, i.e. glue, paint, sand, water, etc.  We suggest that children wear clothing that can be soiled.  Clothing must be adaptable to changing weather conditions.  Every child must have extra clothing in their cubby.  Shoes must be closed-toed with non slip soles; sandals, clogs, and heeled shoes Are Not Allowed.

L.  Personal Property:
The preschool is not responsible for damage to personal property or lost articles.  Please CLEARLY LABEL all articles of clothing and personal property.  Please do not send any toys from home to school with your child, with the exception of a nap time buddy or on specific sharing days.

 

M.  Communication
A parent bulletin board will be provided for all general communication of school events and procedures.  Newsletters will be distributed throughout the year.  Personal behavior notes will be given privately to parents.

Children preparing for Kindergarten will receive academic assessments two times a year.  These assessments do not replace the Kindergarten entrance assessment given in the Spring.

Please inform your child’s teacher about anything occurring within his/her world that might affect his/her attitude or behavior at school (i.e. lack of sleep, busy weekend, guest in home, family illnesses, etc.)  This kind of daily communication is very important in meeting your child’s needs to the fullest degree.

 

N.  Discipline Policy:
Holy Family Preschool believes in encouraging each child to learn to change any behavioral patterns that will keep themselves and others from harm.  Timeout discipline is strictly used for quiet time to help them regain composure if they become emotionally or physically out of control.  We offer opportunities for the children to make better behavioral choices.

Behavioral problems that cause physical harm or danger to staff, students, or self will require notification of the parents so that the child can be picked up immediately.

Biting will automatically cause a student to be sent home usually for the remainder of the day and they may return on the following school day.

Exclusion from school will be made at the discretion of the Director and Principal.  The decision is based on the following:

  • Holy Family Preschool is not meeting the behavioral and/or developmental needs of the child.
  • Delinquent tuition.
  • Repeated occurrences of physical harm to a staff member.

After reading and understanding the Holy Family Preschool Handbook, please sign the Preschool Admission Agreement Form.