St. Andrew Lutheran Church
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Jesus Calls Us…Come and See! Come and Grow! Come and Serve!

Preschool Policy

Documentation of Learning

Student work is documented by photos and transcriptions of dialog. We respect children as imaginative, competent and inquisitive learners. Evidence of student work is displayed in panels in the hallways, student portfolios, weekly newsletters, school website and social media. Student first names may be used in hallway and classroom documentation. Our policy is not to identify students by either first or last name on materials available outside of the school. Please look at this website and our Facebook page to see examples of our posts.

Absences and Illness

The school cannot deduct for any absences caused by vacations, colds or other illness. For the health of all children please do not send your child to school if they exhibit the following symptoms: 
  • nausea, vomiting or diarrhea (keep home for full 24 hours after last episode)
  • earache, ear drainage, sore throat, persistent cough
  • heavy nasal discharge (yellow or green)
  • fever over 100o
  • headache and/or stomachache in combination with other symptoms
  • communicable skin rash
  • infection in one or both eyes (pink eye/conjunctivitis)
  • communicable diseases
  • head lice
Please call or e-mail the school if your child will be absent. Children should remain home 24 hours after a fever has subsided (temperature should remain normal for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications). In the event of head lice, please notify the school so that we may take the proper precautions in the classroom. This information will remain confidential. 

Accident and Emergency Procedure

An emergency injury or illness that occurs during school hours will be reported to you immediately. Please make sure we have all emergency forms and phone numbers. As part of our Emergency Plan, we ask for the phone number of an emergency contact who lives at least 100 miles away. 

Clothing

Play clothes that encourage self-help are the best. We do many messy activities. Remember coats and raingear for outdoor activity on cold or rainy days. We find that rain boots and one-piece rain suits, such as Oakiwear work very well to keep the children dry and comfortable. The curriculum extends outdoors for 45 minutes every day except in thunderstorms and extreme cold or wind. Athletic shoes with rubber soles or rain boots offer the best protection. (Sandals, shoes with hard soles, or plastic shoes are not recommended) Please mark clothing and belongings to avoid loss. We require a backpack large enough for your child’s coat, and a bicycle helmet for the playground, clearly marked with your child’s name.  Your child's backpack will go home every day.

Toileting

With the exception of the "2 & You classes, students should be toilet trained and independent of the teachers for assistance in personal hygiene. 

Communication

We are committed to communication with families with:
  • Weekly school newsletters
  • Weekly classroom newsletters
  • Notes at sign in
  • Whiteboards at sign out
  • Bulletin boards and Documentation Panels in hallways
  • Google Calendar on this website
Please feel free to contact your teachers or director with any joys or concerns about your child. 

     

"A boy on a bed, dreaming of Yo-yos"  Lachlan, age 4

Arrival

As our teachers will be busy preparing for the daily activities; children will not be allowed in the classrooms prior to class. 

Departure

Please be prompt in picking up your children after class. It can be distressing for children whose parents arrive late. Teachers have very limited time between classes for lunch and preparation for the next class. Except in emergency situations, a charge of $5 for every five minutes you are late may be imposed. If you are consistently more than 5 minutes late, your morning class child will be delivered to lunch bunch for a charge of $15 per day. Please help yourself to coffee and visit with other parents in the reception area during school hours. 

Sign In and Out

Please escort your child into the building and sign in. You will also need to sign out at the end of class. A written note will be required from you any day someone not listed on the Student Information Form will be picking up your child. We cannot release your child to an unauthorized person. Please hold your child's hand in the parking lot.

Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch is available between the morning and afternoon classes. You pack a lunch (with no peanut products) and teachers will escort morning students to the Grape Room after class. Afternoon students are dropped off in the Grape Room and teachers escort them to their classroom following lunch bunch. See the registration form for lunch bunch prices.

Guidance Policy

Guidance is an essential teaching part of the classroom and is not viewed as punishment. Guidance is used to help children learn self-control, to help develop their self-esteem and a regard for and acceptance of others in the classroom.
 
The following techniques, as outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children will be used:
  1. Guide children by setting clear, consistent, fair limits for classroom behavior.
  2. Value mistakes as learning opportunities.
  3. Redirect children to more acceptable behavior or activity.
  4. Listen when children talk about their feelings and frustrations.
  5. Guide children to resolve conflicts and model skills that help children to solve their own problems.
  6. Patiently remind children of the rules and their rationale.

Continued Enrollment

Our school will work to provide a safe environment for all children present. It is our policy to work with each child, within the structure of our guidance policy, to manage conflict by developing appropriate skills. If a child's behavior is disrupting the safety and/or educational environment, the parents/guardians will be contacted to assist in developing a plan to acquire the appropriate skills. In some cases, we may refer a child to outside organizations for screening and support. With the parents' consent, these agencies will help give techniques/strategies to support the child, or to find a placement for the child which will support development of the appropriate classroom skills.

Tuition and Payment Procedure

Tuition is calculated on a yearly figure and divided into ten equal payments for your convenience. This means that holidays, inservice days, and vacations (fall, winter and spring) do not change the monthly tuition rate.
 
Tuition is received using electronic funds transfer (ACH) with Vanco Services. There is no cost to you to participate in this program. A late charge of $10.00 per month applies to late payments.
 
If any circumstances prevent continued enrollment, notice must be given to the director by the fifteenth of the month prior to withdrawal or the next month’s tuition will be invoiced. Current tuition rates are listed on the registration form. There is a $15.00 discount for the monthly tuition on the enrollment of two children. 

Field Trips

Parents are responsible for transporting and supervising their children on field trips. Teachers must be available to all students in their class. Teachers will notify you of the place, date and time to meet. There will be no classroom time on the day of a field trip for the participating class. Siblings are welcome to join us for field trips. 

Food

We prefer that your children do not bring food, candy or gum to school. Please have your children eat meals before or after school away from the classroom. A good meal before school is essential for learning. 

Peanut Products

Because of the extreme danger of peanut allergies, we want you to be peanut-aware. Do not bring anything made with peanut products, or processed on the same equipment a s products containing peanuts to school. Please check labels. Many foods are processed using the same equipment as those containing peanuts, and this should be stated on the label. Peanut allergies are deadly, please take this seriously!
 
 

Birthdays

We enjoy celebrating birthdays with your child.  The birthday child is the center of attention for a Q & A session with classmates. Do not send goodie bags or food. Your birthday party at home is the perfect time for these. We request that cubbies only be used to distribute invitation to the entire class to avoid hurt feelings. 

Toys

We prefer that children do not bring toys from home except on specific sharing days.  

Projects

Your child will bring home treasured creations. Please remember these projects are important for the skills your child is using in imagining, experimenting, wondering, evaluating and modifying them. The process and resiliency are much more important than the end result!

Parent Participation

We have an open door policy for parents. Parent volunteers will be screened with a Washington State Patrol background check. Please stop in the office to receive a visitor’s badge. Please consult the Volunteer Handbook for guidelines for helping in the classroom. Throughout the year we will be having activities and events for the entire family. 

Visitors/Siblings

Parents and children interested in our program may visit the classrooms together to see first-hand the variety of opportunities we offer. Because our classrooms are set up for a particular age child, they may not be appropriate for younger siblings. When the classes or Lunch Bunch are not outside, younger children are welcome to use the playground area under your direct supervision. 

Snow Days

All morning classes will be canceled if the Evergreen School District announces a closure or late start due to inclement weather.  Check local media for Evergreen closures.  Afternoon class weather closures will be posted on the web page. 

Mandatory Reporting

Schools are considered mandated reporters in cases of suspected child abuse or neglect. Under Washington state law, mandated reporters who knowingly fail to make a report, or cause a report to be made, shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor (RCW 26.44.080) 

Harassment and Misconduct

It is the policy of St. Andrew Lutheran Church that harassment and misconduct will not be tolerated.  Any preschool family member who believes that he or she has experienced or witnessed harassment or misconduct should report it immediately to the preschool director or pastor.  A copy of the policy is available in the church office.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy As To Students

The St. Andrew Preschool & Kindergarten welcomes students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and other school-administered programs.

School Contacts

Office hours:
August M, T, W 9-noon
September - Mid-June
M,T,Th 8:30-3:15
W 8:30-12:30
Closed Fridays
 

More Info:

School Features

School Policies

School Calendar

 

Forms:

Registration Form



 

Forms for Current Parents:

Immunization Form

Immun. Exemption

Parent Handbook

Lunch Bunch