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Preschool

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Early Childhood Development Center

Our center offers state of the art facilities for preschool and kindergarten students. The Center provides a bright, cheery environment to stimulate young minds. The center provides an area dedicated to the needs of younger children, while still enabling students to take advantage of all the resources of the school. 
 
Entering preschool is a big step for children and their parents! At Saint George Preschool, we recognize how important it is for children to feel good about themselves and about their earliest school experiences. To encourage this positive attitude, Saint George Preschool has a philosophy of positive reinforcement. Our teachers praise and reward not only the finished product, but the effort as well. We see each child as an individual, with unique gifts to develop and share with others. We also believe that preschool is a time to have fun and learn to socialize with other children.

 

 

Philosophy

The philosophy of Saint George preschool is one of positive reinforcement. It is important for the children to feel good about themselves and about the earliest of school experiences; therefore, the staff praises and rewards the child’s efforts. Readiness and motor skills are adapted as necessary tasks to meet the needs of the individual child. Children receive extra assistance when needed. Their work represents what they can create themselves, not what the staff can do for them.
 
Saint George preschool offers daily instruction in reading and math readiness, gross and fine motor developmental skills, music, art and religion. The children also have regular free play to allow for growth in friendships and social skills.
 
Each preschool group consists of approximately 20 children. A certified teacher and an adult aide facilitate their learning. In this way, responsible adults supervise children at all times for their own feelings of security and for their safety.

 

 

Curriculum

Saint George preschool offers daily instruction in reading and math readiness, gross and fine motor development skills, music, art, and religion. The children also have scheduled free play time to allow them to develop friendships and social skills. Readiness and motor skills are adapted for the individual, and teachers provide extra assistance in the areas that are challenging for the child.
Students also participate in a variety of fun and educational activities, including the use of the gym and playground.

 

 

Sessions

Three year old students must be three years of age by September 1.

Tuesday and Thursday: (3 year old program) 8:30a.m. – 11a.m.
 
Four year old students must be four years of age by September 1.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: (4 year old program) 8:30a.m. – 11a.m.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: (4 year old program) 12:30p.m. - 3p.m.

 

 

Early Dismissal

The second Wednesday of each month is early dismissal day. The preschool sessions will run as follows: Morning session hours will be the same 8:30-11a.m. The afternoon session will have the preschoolers arriving one hour early at 11:30a.m. and dismissing at 1:30p.m. The Alternative Care program will be open from 7a.m.-5:30p.m.

 

 

Arrival and Pick Up Procedure

Please use the main entrance on Georgian Way. For safety reasons ALL entrances will be locked after the children arrive in the morning. Please wait with your child by the preschool room until the teacher comes to greet them and leave when your child enters the classroom. This will help to prevent separation anxiety.

 

 

Registration & Tuition

At the time of registration a $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required. This deposit will ensure your child’s placement for the fall. We will need your child’s birth certificate, baptismal certificate, immunization records, and social security number.
 
Tuition payments are due by the 5th of each month and should be placed in the Preschool Payment Tower located in the Preschool hallway.
 
You are welcome to pay in advance at any time if this is more convenient for you! Checks should be made payable to Saint George School. Please indicate your child’s name and the program on the memo line. It will be necessary to write a separate check if your preschooler uses the Alternative Care program. There will be a $10.00 late fee for tuition that has not been paid by the 15th of the month.

 

 

Medications and Allergies

Please advise us if your child has allergies, especially if they have food allergies. In case of food allergies, we will monitor what your child eats. You are encouraged to send alternate snacks if your child’s allergy is serious. The school nurse will administer medication. Parents must fill out a medication form. The medication must be in the original container.

 

 

Absenteeism

If your child is sick, or will not be in attendance at school, please call the school Absentee line at 864-4821, press 1 and leave your information.

 

 

Preschool Orientation

You and your preschool child are invited to our Preschool Orientation, held in August, one week prior to the start of the school year. At this time the parents, children, and teachers spend time together and answer questions for the new school year. You will receive a letter in August regarding the date and time.

 

Sometimes the first day of school is harder on Mom and Dad than it is on the children. When the big day arrives, give your child a lot of encouragement, a warm hug and kiss, and leave as promptly as possible. It your child senses you feel good about school; he/she will feel good about it too! If children sense you are uncertain or reluctant to leave, they will be uncertain too. If there are tears, try not to worry. We are accustomed to this, and will provide comfort to your child and help him/her settle in. Please be assured we will contact you if we have a concern.