Info For Parents
Arrival and Dismissal
It is very helpful if your child COMES TO SCHOOL ON TIME . . . however, no earlier than 8:55 a.m. It is important that you accompany your child into the classroom in the morning. Exterior doors will be locked at 9:15 a.m. each day and unlocked again at 11:20 a.m. Your child needs to be signed in and signed out each day of preschool (i.e. at drop off and pick up).
PLEASE BE PROMPT IN PICKING UP YOUR CHILD AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY. Classes are dismissed at 11:30 a.m. and your promptness in picking up your child is important, not only because of the anxiety your child might experience but also so that other commitments of the preschool staff can be kept. A late fee of $1.00 will be charged every 5 minutes late, beginning at 11:35 AM .
The children are to be picked up in the preschool hallway at dismissal time. When you pick up your child, please park in a designated parking area. Parking at the end of the sidewalk is an inconvenience to other waiting parents and may be a hazard for the safety of others.
If your child is picked up by someone other than a parent and the staff is not familiar with this person, a written description of the person is needed. Please include your permission for your child to be transported by this person and deliver this note to your child’s teacher upon their arrival at preschool. If the staff is not familiar with the person picking up your child and they are not on the registration form or we have not received a note indicating your permission, we will not release
your child until we have called a parent .
It is very important for your child’s safety that we CHECK ON ATTENDANCE. Please call the church office, 503/256-1835, between 8-9 a.m. if your child will be absent.
Throughout the year, if you have a concern or question regarding your child and/or preschool, please feel free to speak to your child’s teacher if it concerns something within the classroom environment. The director is also available for any questions or concerns regarding preschool. It is helpful if you need to speak to your child’s teacher regarding an issue other than pertaining to the day (e.g. who may be picking your child up), talk to the teacher at the end of the day or arrange to speak by phone after school hours. It is difficult for a teacher to talk at length during the time children are arriving for school. It is important that the teacher is available to greet the children as they arrive and to direct them to their morning activity.
A calendar will be sent home at the beginning of each month as well as a preschool newsletter from the Preschool Director. Please read and post so you may refer to them throughout each month.
BIRTHDAYS will be acknowledged at the school by the teachers in the classroom. If you wish, a small, store bought, snack or one party favor per child may be brought for the class to celebrate your child’s birthday. (We prefer that if you choose to do cupcakes, that you bring the mini size cupcakes). Please…no exchange of gifts or distribution of party invitations in the classrooms. A class roster will be provided, upon request, for mailing invitations. If on the registration form a parent did not give permission for their child’s address, phone number, etc. to be released, only the child’s name will appear on the class list. Please check with your child’s teacher to contact the parent(s) of these students.
Health and Safety Issues
It is required by the Health Department that preschoolers are up to date on their immunizations. The immunization form needs to be returned prior to your child attending class.
It is preferable for medicines to be dispensed at home, if possible. However, if you need to have a medicine dispensed at preschool, please see the Director. There are forms that need to be completed and the medicine will be kept locked in the Director’s office.
EMERGENCY PROCEDURE FORM
We also request an “EMERGENCY PROCEDURE FORM” to be filled out and on file for each student. Hopefully, there will not be a need to seek emergency medical care but we need this important information in the event of a medical emergency with your child.
Please read your parent handbook for complete details if your child in becomes seriously injured or ill.
FOR THE HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF ALL OUR STUDENTS, PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL IS HE/SHE HAS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:
- A cold with a runny nose or discharge that is not clear, a persistent cough, or eyes with discharge.
- A fever of 100 degrees F. or more within the last 24 hours. MUST BE FEVER FREE FOR 24 HOURS TO RETURN TO SCHOOL.
- A sore throat.
- A rash-please consult your doctor.
- An earache-please consult your doctor.
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach ache within the last 24 hours, OR has not kept food down. 24 HOURS MUST HAVE PASSED SINCE LAST EPISODE TO RETURN TO SCHOOL.
- Is fatigued, listless or not alert.
- Open or oozing sores, unless covered by bandages.
- Any contagious illnesses including skin infections such as impetigo, pink eye or scabies. The child may return twenty four hours after starting antibiotic treatment.
- Head is itchy and there are nits (small insects attached to hair). This may be lice, which is communicable to others. Often the nits can be found by lifting the hair and examining the nape of the neck. The hair must be treated and all nits must be removed from hair before the child can return to school.
Please inform the Preschool Director if your child has lice, so other preschool families may be informed to watch for these pesky bugs. The preschool does not release the name of the child who had lice to other families. Please see your child’s doctor, your pharmacist, or the Preschool Director for further information regarding the treatment of lice.
Our staff is mandated to report any suspected child abuse and neglect; this is anything that might endanger the health, well-being, and welfare of children.
The best clothes for a preschooler to wear to school are comfortable ones that encourage self-help and full participation in our activity program where they do tumbling, running, etc.
It is required that a child be TOILET TRAINED to attend Gethsemane Preschool. We therefore ask that no diapers or “pull ups” be used on children while they are in attendance at preschool. We do request that each child bring one change of clothing that can be left at preschool through the year in the event they would need to change their clothing during the preschool day. Please put these clothes in a plastic bag, labeled with your child’s name. IF THESE CLOTHES ARE USED, PLEASE SEND THEM BACK LAUNDERED (OR REPLACEMENT CLOTHING) THE NEXT SCHOOL DAY. If a child has an accident where they would require significant assistance in cleaning themselves, the staff will immediately contact a parent/guardian (or the person who transports the child) if they are in close proximity to the preschool.
Discipline and Behavior Policy
At Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool, we expect age appropriate behaviors. Staff members guide the behavior of children by setting up clear expectations and boundaries, positive interactions, reinforcement and logical or natural consequences. Occasionally, if an undesired behavior persists, it may be necessary to remove a child from an activity of the main group of children for a short time. No child will ever be isolated out of the sight of a staff member. Parents will be contacted if there appears to be a consistent problem that needs to be worked through together. At no time is a child subjected to corporal punishment, verbal abuse or humiliation.