We will provide a safe and healthy environment for all children. Pre-K will emphasize developing essential skills through hands on activities that provide variety and meaningful experiences by being positive and supportive.
Developing Hearts, Minds and Lives for the Future
Pre-K welcomes you and your child. We hope the information in this parent handbook will be helpful in having a successful year.
Four-year-old children living in the Grundy County area are eligible to enter Pre-K. Children need to be four on or before August 15th,2017. Registration forms must be submitted with a copy of a certified birth certificate, social security card, a physical exam and an immunization record (from health department or physician’s office, must include Hib, Hep B, Hep A, and PCV vaccine). Each student will also need to complete an income verification form. Each student is required to have a complete up-to-date address (both a mailing address and a physical address), home phone number, parent’s work number and/or emergency phone number of a relative or friend, medical alert information and name(s) of authorized person(s) to pick up child.
Enrollment Priority Requirements
1st Priority - Pursuant to state law 49-6-101: students identified as economically disadvantaged. This identification is based on income levels set each year by the Department of Health and Human Services and used during the application process to determine income eligibility for enrollment.
2nd Priority - Students with disabilities, students identified as English Language Learners (ELL), in state custody, or those identified as educationally at-risk for failure due to circumstances of abuse or neglect.
3rd Priority - If space for enrollment remains after identifying children who meet Tier 1 or 2, the LEA may enroll any child that meets the age requirement and the requirements set forth by the Community Pre-K Advisory Council (C-PAC). These students are considered unserved or underserved and may be enrolled by the process established by the C-PAC.
Child’s Adjustment to a New Routine
Children need time to get use to change and need constant positive reinforcement to help them adjust. Some children go through “separation” symptoms. Children should be given three weeks to settle into a routine comfortably. “Separation” symptoms may also occur after breaks (Fall Break, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, and illnesses)
Student Calendar of Events
2017 - 2018
Orientation Grades K-9th (8:00-11:00) August 4, 2017
First Full Day of School August 7, 2017
Professional Development (No students) September 1, 2017
Labor Day – No School September 7, 2017
1st Six Weeks Report Card (ELEM) September 25, 2017
Early Dismissal for students @ 2:00 October 12, 2017
Parent-Teacher Conference: (County-wide) 2:00-8:00 October 12, 2017
Fall Break – No SchoolOctober 13–20, 2017
Professional Development (No students) November 1, 2017
2nd Six Weeks Report Card (ELEM) November 13, 2017
Thanksgiving Holidays November 22-24, 2017
Early Student Dismissal 8:00 – 10:00 (NO BUSES) December 15, 2017
Christmas Vacation December 18, 2017 – January 2, 2018
Students Return to School January 4, 2018
Martin Luther King Day – No SchoolJanuary 15, 2018
3rd Six Weeks Report Cards January 17, 2018
Professional Development (No students) February 16, 2018
Presidents’ Day – No SchoolFebruary 19, 2018
4th Six Weeks Report Card (ELEM) February 28, 2018
Spring Break – No School March 19 – March 23, 2018
Professional Development (No students) March 29, 2018
Good Friday (No school) March 30, 2018
5th Six Weeks Report Card (ELEM) April 19, 2018
State Testing TBA
Admin Day 1/2- (8:00-11:30) No students May 24, 2018
Last Day (8:00-10:00) May 25, 2018
Make-up Days: January 15, February 19, March 30, May 29, and May 30
The School Calendar is set by the administration each year. Changes will be announced as soon as possible.
Preparation for School
Helping children become self-sufficient in putting on and taking off coats and putting away their belongings in their cubby are ways in which parents can help prepare young children for school. The more a child can do for him/herself, the more his/her self-esteem is enhanced. Please make an effort to help your child become independent in taking care of these matters in the mornings.
Breakfast, Lunch and Snack
All meals will be provided by the lunch room. All students will be eating a cafeteria meal in the lunchroom accompanied by their teachers. A nutritious breakfast and lunch are served daily from the lunchroom. A nutritious snack will be given to each child after rest time.
Snacks for Pre-K will be provided.
Children will be served breakfast and lunch everyday.
Visitor Breakfast - $2.50
Visitor Lunch - $4.50
School Hours Arrival and Dismissal
Pre-K will follow the school calendar of the Grundy County Schools as well as closings for snow or sleet during the winter. Listen to the local media or television stations for closings, call the school hotline, or sign up for computer call notifications.
During the2017-2018 school year, the Pre-K hours of operation will be from:
Arrival Time: 7:55 – 8:00 am
Dismissal Time: 2:15 – 2:30 pm
Sign In / Sign Out
Parents should walk children to their class each morning. Children must be signed in and out each day by an adult that is authorized to pick up the child (parents will need to let the pre-k know who is authorized at the beginning of the school year). The sign in and out procedure is mandated by Tennessee Law and we must have the time and initials documented by an adult. In the afternoon, parents must come into the classroom to initial and document the time when you pick your child up from school. Parents/caregivers will be instructed where to park by the Pre-K staff.
Parents are asked to park in designated areas. Please do not park in bus lanes and/or staff parking lots.
Parents who have arranged car pools should indicate names of children in the carpool at registration or on the day's arrangements have been made. If a child is to go home with someone else, the parent should notify the teacher.
Each Pre-K has a telephone in the classroom. Please reserve calling only in the case of an emergency. Frequent interruptions will affect important instructional time with your child. If the teacher does not answer, call the main school number to leave a message and a telephone number with the secretary so the teacher can call you back as soon as possible.
Parent / Teacher Conferences
If a parent has questions about his/her child or the child’s classes during the year, he/she is urged to call the teacher to discuss the matter. Parents are welcome to visit the school. Arrangements can be made with the individual teacher. There is one scheduled parent-teacher conference offered in the year when parents meet privately with teachers to discuss their child’s progress. The date is October 12th. The conference is scheduled from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. on the designated date.
Teachers are required to hold at least a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Educational Assistants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and completed at least two years of higher education or have passed the PRAXIS Paraprofessional Assessment. The teachers and assistants are required to have a background check.
All staff members are trained and certified in First Aid and CPR.
Teachers and educational assistants are required to participate in 24 hours of professional development per year.
The curriculum that will be used is called Frog Street Press and other state approved curriculum as needed. We will be studying a thematic unit weekly during the year. Pre-K strives to provide a well-planned environment rich in learning opportunities that promotes growth, and helps prepare students for Kindergarten. Our curriculum is built around the theory that children are active learners. Pre-K also teaches personal safety. The curriculum used is called Talking about Touching. This curriculum gives children a foundation of fundamental skills for dealing with dangerous situations and supports families and teachers in discussing sensitive but critical issues with children. The curriculum begins with common safety rules for cars, traffic, fire and guns, then moves on to the “always ask first rule” and lessons about abusive situations and touching safety. Parents have the opportunity to view this teaching material.
Assessment will be given to all students at the beginning and end of the Pre-K school year. These assessment is used to identify your child’s development level.
Regular attendance is expected. Pre-K is a five day a week, six and a half hour program. Unless your child is ill, please make every effort to have your child attend school. Children need schedules and routines. If your child misses three consecutive days, you will be called, unless we know why your child is absent. A child who has more than five unexcused days per month, or 10 unexcused days in a year, may be terminated from the program for failure to follow the attendance policy. We must serve another child if your child can not attend on a regular basis because of the great demand of the four-year-old program. Your child will be dropped from the program and put on the bottom of the waiting list.
Illness – Communicable Disease
Daily attendance is very important, BUT NOT IF THE CHILD IS ILL. The best guideline is “Would I want my healthy child to sit next to a child like this all day?” Your child will be sent home if he/she has a temperature of 100 degrees. Please keep your child home if he/she has any of the following:
1.If your child has had a fever, diarrhea, or has been vomiting within the last 24 hours, please keep them at home. Children should be fever free without medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
2.If your child has symptoms of an illness (such as earache, bad cough, or wheezing) that would prevent him/her from participating comfortably in activities.
3.If your child has head lice. Parents will be notified if your child has head lice. Prior to readmission, satisfactory evidence must be submitted to school personnel that the student has been treated for pediculosis (head lice). This evidence may include but not be limited to: (1) proof of treatment with a pediculicide product (head lice shampoo), or (2) satisfactory examination by a school health official. A student shall be expected to have met all requirements for treatment and return to school no later than two (2) days following exclusion for head lice.
Only properly labeled prescription medicines will be administered at school. A Medication Permission form must be filled out by the parent for any medication to be given out at the center. The child’s parent must give the medication to a Pre-K staff member. The medication will be kept locked at the facility. If the medication dose changes, a new medication permission form will have to be filled out.
Children’s attitudes are affected by the clothes they wear. Children do better with clothes they can handle independently. Children are going to get dirty, so special clothes should be saved for less active occasions. Please let your child wear washable clothes because learning at Pre-K can be active and messy and we want your child to be able to fully participate.
Sturdy athletic shoes are required. You may desire to send velcro tennis shoes. Shoes should be closed with non-marking soles. Shoes that have slick soles, i.e. dress shoes, boots, sandals, and dressy shoes are inappropriate for Pre-K. Please do not send children to school with sandals, slides (i.e. Crocs) or open style shoes.Please send a jacket on chilly or windy days, since we go outside to play everyday we can.
You will also need to send a change of clothing to be left at Pre-K in case of accidents. Every piece of clothing will need to be labeled with the child’s name in an obvious place. These clothes will be placed in a zipper bag and placed in the child’s cubby.
Discipline at School
We strive to prevent problems before they occur by redirecting children before a problem develops. Limits are set and clearly defined. Children are encouraged to seek an alternative behavior and talk about their feelings. If “time out” is used, it will be for one minute for every year of age the child is.
WE DO NOT SPANK THE CHILDREN.
Pre-K children will be required to participate in fire, tornado and lockdown drills. These drills will make children aware of what to do in case of a real emergency.
Pre-K will take field trips that will enrich and reinforce what they have learned. Parents will be notified in advance of the field trips. Parents must sign a permission slip before the child will be allowed to attend a field trip. Parents are encouraged and welcomed on all field trips. No field trips will be taken before October 1.
Our four-year-old program is a state-approved program and rest time is required for an hour until Christmas break. After Christmas break the child's nap time will continue decreasing until spring break. After spring break there will be no nap time. An individual mat or cot and sheet will be provided for each child. They will be expected to remain quiet on their mat or cot during this time, and not disturb the other children; they will not be forced to sleep. One sleep item may be brought from home. This item must be small enough to fit inside the child’s backpack. The sleep item, such as a stuffed animal, is for use only at rest time. Parents are also asked to wash the sheet on their child’s mat/cot weekly.
All participants in the four-year-old program must be able to completely take care of their bathroom needs.
We have a wonderful assortment of toys for your child to use while at school and we ask that children not bring toys from home.
Pictures will be taken at Pre-K. “Snapshots” of your child will be taken while they are at school and may be placed in the local paper. Before school starts parents are asked to sign a permission form. Parents have the opportunity to decline pictures being taken, including publicity pictures by indicating this on the general permission form.
Parents may provide cupcakes or another simple treat for their child’s birthday. The teacher should be informed a day or two in advance in case of any food allergies or medical issues in the class.
If party invitations are given out at school, there must be one for all children in the class.
Policy Regarding Children with Special Needs and Handicapping Conditions
The Pre-K program reserves the right to request withdrawal of a child, if after a certain period, it is determined that the child’s physical, emotional, mental and/or social development cannot be met within the facilities or that the child jeopardizes the ability of other children to benefit from the program.
GRUNDY COUNTY SCHOOLS PRE-K
Please complete the following information with your child’s teacher: