Handbook

UPDATED 3/11/15

 

PRESCHOOL PHILOSOPHY

Social, emotional and cognitive growth is promoted through play. Parents are the child’s first and most important teachers, and staff will involve them in all aspects of their child’s education.  The focus on the classroom is to facilitate each child’s development in a stimulating, but ordered environment where they make choices and act on them.  Our preschool targets both the typical and non-typical learners.  This inclusive model provides for the development of friendship and social interaction and an opportunity to understand and accept human differences.

Our preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Please view their web site at: http://www.naeyc.org

 

Web Site: Please look for other PreK information on our web site:

http://www.scotlandelementaryct.com

Objectives

  • Utilize play activity for its value as an appropriate means of learning
  • Reinforce and utilize the child’s prior knowledge to learn new skills and concepts
  • Provide a setting characterized by warmth, personal respect, positive support, responsiveness and cooperation
  • Develop language and communication skills through experimental activities
  • Assess children’s strengths, needs, and progress continuously through observation and data collection
  • Create an environment where teachers work collaboratively with each other to meet the individual needs of childrenCurriculum
  • The classroom curriculum is developed to reflect the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards, the Connecticut Preschool Assessment Framework, and our own Scotland Elementary School goals, in the areas of: Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies (to include “character education”). We also use the Scott Foresman Reading Street PreK curriculum and the Handwriting Without Tears program. Content is designed to achieve long-range goals for children in all areas: social, emotional, cognitive and physical and to prepare children to function as cooperative members of the school community.
  • Addresses a broad range of content that is relevant, engaging and meaningful to children
  • Content reflects and is generated by the needs and interests of the individual children within the group. Curriculum incorporates a variety of learning experiences, materials, equipment and instructional strategies to accommodate the broad range of children’s individual differences.
  • Builds upon children’s unique experiences, learning styles and strengths to foster the acquisition of new skills and concepts
  • Engages children actively in the learning process and gives them opportunities to make meaningful choices
  • Emphasizes the value of social interaction to learning in all areas and provides opportunities to learn from peers
  • Is supportive of children’s physiological needs for activity, sensory stimulation, fresh air, rest, hygiene and nourishment
  • Is flexible so teachers will adapt to individual children or groups
  • Preschool Assessments and Information about Your Child
  • Assessments are an important part of preschool.
  • Beginning at our preschool screening, even before a child is enrolled in school, we receive information verbally from the parents, from the DIAL 3 Parent Questionnaire (Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning), and from the FirstSTEp Screening Test for Preschoolers.
  • At the beginning of the school year, all preK children are screened using the Brigance Early Childhood Screen II. We also get information about each child from a classroom questionnaire that is filled out by the parents prior to the child’s entrance into preschool. We call parents before the school year begins to find out further information about each child. At that time parents are able to ask questions about the program as well. Sometimes parents will have concerns that are addressed. (i.e., a parent will have a child who is very shy and would like to visit our classroom several times before school officially begins to help the child with transitioning!).
  • Once school begins, the children are assessed on a regular basis. We use a variety of assessment tools, such as: checklists, conversations with the children, observations, anecdotal notes, photographs, samples of children’s work, and information from classroom aides and other preschool staff (i.e. gym teacher). We also gain insightful information from parents. Each child has a portfolio with his/her assessments that are kept in a locked file drawer in the preschool classroom for confidentiality.
  • The purpose for assessing children is to get to know each child individually. We use the assessments to purposefully plan the curriculum – that is, plan the teaching strategies, materials, and methods that we use in the classroom. Intentional teaching is an on-going process.
  • Twice a year we have formal parent-teacher conferences (more conferences as needed by parents and/or teacher). At conferences, the parents share with us their observations and comments about their child, and we share with the parents what the child has mastered, areas that are challenging to the child, and other child-related information. Report cards are sent home three times during the school year.Classroom Areas 
  • Science Center: The materials in this center include plants, scales, magnifying glasses, rulers, a large functional thermometer, magnets, science books, a variety of objects found in nature (i.e. pine cones, bird’s nests, seashells, live insects) and numerous other materials that change throughout the school year.
  • Parent Resources: Includes a variety of books, pamphlets and brochures on the topics of parenting, child development, and educational activities that are beneficial to children. Books on parenting may be signed out for two weeks at a time.
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Reading Center:  Equipped with a comfortable reading area and a very large selection of books, children who like looking through books and/or need a place to be peaceful will often seek out this corner. We also have magazines and many word sets on metal rings for the children to read (e.g. the children’s names, days of the week, sight words, and months of the year).

 

Reading Loft:  A variety of books are provided. We also have a flannel board and flannel sets for children to tell and retell stories that have been read to them. Children also use the flannel sets to create their own stories. We have a variety of these sets that are rotated throughout the year. A CD player is often available for children to listen to books and follow along with the corresponding books.

 

House Center, Puppet Theater, Barn, and Dollhouse:  Provides opportunities for make-believe and role-play.  Pretending to be people in situations they have experienced helps give children a sense of the adult world.  It gives them opportunities to work together, express their feelings and ideas and use language to communicate their roles and respond to other’s needs and requests.  The House Center is fully stocked with play items such as a stove, sink, cupboard, refrigerator and other kitchen equipment,

dress-up clothes (including multicultural clothing), multicultural dolls, recipe books, multicultural dishes, doctor’s play equipment (with a functional stethoscope), functional doll-sized wheelchair, and hats. Our puppet theater changes periodically (i.e. to a grocery store).

 

Instruments (including multicultural instruments from around the world): We have a wonderful collection of instruments such as a xylophone, triangle, and many multicultural instruments as well, such as a Japanese Den Den, Mexican Guiro, Chinese Gong, Ghanaian Woven Rattles, Chilean Rainsticks, Asian Frog Rasp, and Peruvian Gourd Maracas. Most of the instruments are placed in a large Bolga basket woven by indigenous people in Northern Ghana called Bolgatanga.

 

Art Center:  Exploring and using art materials allows preschool children to express original ideas, improve their coordination, develop small muscle skills, learn to recognize colors, shape designs and textures.  Some materials included in this area: a variety of paint, collage materials, scissors, all types of paper and writing instruments, fabrics, yarn, clay, small items/materials such as buttons and glitter, glue, play dough with corresponding materials, an easel, stencils and recycled material that is contributed by children, parents and staff.

 

Writing Center: Allows children to investigate early forms of writing, book making, and drawing. Materials include a variety of paper, envelopes, pre-made blank books, dry/erase boards, chalkboards/chalk, pencils, crayons, markers, rulers, a variety of stickers, alphabet charts, and metal rings with the names of our preK students (for the children to copy when writing each other letters!).

 

Math Center:  Exploring activities through manipulatives lay the groundwork for abstract concepts such as comparing, classifying, ordering, and sorting.  Some materials/activities included in this learning center:  unifix cubes, pattern blocks with activity cards, colored cubes, stringing beads, puzzles, geoboards, ordering boards, and a variety of other sorting materials and manipulatives.

 

Texture Center:  Provides opportunities to explore the principals of math and science first-hand.  By sifting sand and scooping water, children improve their physical dexterity.  They develop social skills by joining others in making objects, such as a sandcastle.  As they test various items in a tub of water, they learn scientifically which objects float or sink.  Materials in this table periodically change; for example, when involved in a unit on birds, the table is filled with birdseed.  Some objects included in this area:  measuring cups/spoons, containers of varying sizes, letter, shape and number molds, sifters, water pumps, basters, small vehicles, and sink and float objects.

 

Block Center: Some items included in this area that are rotated: large wooden blocks, train sets, Bristle Blocks, plastic gears, tiles that are magnetic, Legos (including multicultural Lego people), small vehicles, signs, buildings, construction hats, and construction books.

 

Computers:  We have computers in the classroom with educational software that is rotated.  Also, children enjoy the computer lab at least once a week. During our time in the computer lab, the children use the Advanced Jump-Start Preschool program. In January, they transition to Success Maker – a program that develops their reading readiness skills and math skills. Each child is able to progress at his/her own individual pace.

 

 

General Information

Services: The following on-site services are provided to children who are identified with special needs (as stated by their individual P.P.T.): O.T. services (occupational therapy), P.T. services (physical therapy), and Speech and Language services. We also have a school psychologist. The Scotland Preschool Program utilizes the resources of EASTCONN when needed for the coordination of services and to eliminate duplication.

 

Snacks:  A time for snack is set aside each day.  You will be given a list of these snacks. The school, through a Readiness Grant provides a daily nutritious snack (low in sugar) for the children such string cheese, peanut butter crackers, or applesauce. Students have a choice of 1% low fat white milk or 100% orange juice. If you choose to have your child bring his/her own snack, we encourage you to give him/her a healthy snack. Scotland Elementary School participates in the National School Lunch Program.

 

Periodically a parent will bring in a snack to share with the classroom for a special occasion (i.e. their child’s birthday). NAEYC Standard 5.B.02 states, “Staff take steps to ensure the safety of food brought from homes-food that comes from home for sharing among the children must be either whole fruits or commercially prepared packaged foods in factory-sealed containers.” Food from home that does not comply with this standard will not be accepted. We want to ensure families that the safety of their children is one of our top priorities. Scotland participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

 

Our refrigerator is available for food storage that requires refrigeration. All items must be clearly marked with child’s name.

 

A child with a disability who has special dietary needs will have a record kept by the nurse. A copy will be available to parents on request.

 

Staffing:  The preschool is staffed with a Connecticut certified Early Childhood/Special Education teacher who holds a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. The preschool is also staffed with instructional assistants.  Their primary goal is to provide your child with a nurturing, stimulating program within a safe environment.  Because of the unique nature of the program, the staff to student ratio is 1:8, which allows each child to receive individual attention. All preschool staff attends professional development workshops/seminars throughout the school year.

 

Enrollment:  The preschool program serves all children three and four years old. Children may be enrolled in the five-day a.m. part-time session or the five-day full day session. Children who reach age four on or before the first day of January of any school year are eligible for enrollment in the PreK 4 class. Children who reach age 3 on or before the first day of January of any school year are eligible for enrollment in the PreK 3 class.

 

Toileting: Although highly recommended, children entering the preschool program do not need to be fully toilet trained. It will be expected that we will actively toilet train during the school day in conjunction with families’ efforts at home. Therefore, families will need to provide a box of wipes, multiple pairs of underpants and several changes of clothes to achieve this goal. The teachers and paraprofessionals in the room will actively prompt use of the toilet and will use positive reinforcement for toilet use, such as time with a special toy. If a child needs a pull-up during nap time, the pull-up supply and wipes will be provided by the child’s family.

 

If a Planning and Placement Team (PPT) has identified your child as having special needs and determined that preschool is the appropriate program, placement is decided at a PPT meeting.  The decision will be based upon your child’s special needs. Services include speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy and counseling. All services are provided by Scotland Elementary School staff on-site.

 

Each student is encouraged to develop and achieve individual educational goals. SES will provide every student with equal educational opportunities regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, economic status, marital status or disability. No student will be excluded on such basis from participating in or having access to any course offerings, student athletics, counseling services, employment assistance, extracurricular activities or other school resources.

 

Schedule:  Our preschool program offers morning or all day sessions.  Each child must be accompanied into the preschool room by a parent/guardian or authorized adult. Be certain a staff member knows of your child’s arrival. The morning sessions are from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and the full day sessions are from 8:30 to 3:00. We have lunch from 11:45-12:15. The Readiness Grant has allowed us to offer early drop off and late pick-up. Students enrolled in the morning or all day sessions may be dropped off as early as 8:00. Students enrolled in the full day sessions may be picked-up as late as 3:30. The preschool follows the Scotland Public School calendar including vacations, early dismissals and in-service days.  School will begin promptly at 8:30.  If there is an unusual circumstance in which you must arrive late, be certain you let the nurse know so your child will not be marked absent.  To ensure that your child’s belongings stay together, be sure to label all clothing.

 

A time for nap: Please let us know if you would like to have your child take a nap which begins at 12:25. Each child has his/her own mat that we provide (names are clearly marked). The lights are turned off (some natural light still comes in through the windows) and the children rest quietly. Children are able to bring in a small blanket and a small stuffed animal if desired. Children are spaced at least 6 feet apart. In case of an unexpected situation, and you need to bring in or pick up your child who normally naps, please do so either before 12:15 or after 2:00 p.m. so the other children who are napping will not be disturbed.

 

Transportation: Bus transportation is provided for preschoolers. Buses will be available to bring students to school for the 8:30 start time. Transportation will also be provided at 3:00 p.m. Transportation is not available for a midday run for students in the half-day program. Students are expected to: remain in designated seats toward the front of the bus, listen to the driver, and talk quietly and politely. Bus drivers will not release your child off the bus until they see you or a designated adult. If no adult is present, your child will be returned to school to await pickup. Please be courteous to other parents by making every effort to have your child ready for the bus on time in the morning, and waiting on time to meet your child in the afternoon. Preschoolers are required to be buckled in. An adult must be present to enter the bus to fasten and unfasten the buckle.

 

Inclement Weather or other Emergency Closings: If Scotland Elementary School is closed, opened late or dismissed early because of inclement weather or other emergencies, the radio/television stations will be notified and announcements made by these stations. The superintendent initiates school closings and late openings. Also, if we have inclement weather with a 90-minute delay, preschool children may arrive at 9:30, but no earlier.

 

Please see the SES student handbook for current channel & station listings.

 

Scheduled Early Release Days: Please check your Scotland Elementary School calendar for scheduled early release days. Students may be dropped off as early as 8:00, but there is no extension offered in the afternoon. Children who normally stay all day will be dismissed at 1:00.

 

Parking & Entrance:  Parents bringing their child to school may park in the designated “preschool parking” in front of the preschool classrooms.

 

Backpack – Be sure your child’s backpack is large enough to accommodate items such as a 9 ½” x 12” take-home/communication folder, winter clothing such as hat and mittens, take-home papers, small projects, and a lunchbox, (if needed).

 

Departure:  The preschool session ends promptly at 11:30 and 3:00.  The children will then be escorted to the side doors near the preschool room where the parents will sign them out. Students staying after 3:00 (but before 3:30) will wait in the preschool classroom. Parents should park their vehicle in the regular parking lot to the right of the school, enter the building through the main entrance, and go to the office to sign in and get a name badge sticker.

‘Emergency Information’ Card:  Parents/Guardians will usually drop off/pick up their child.  In the case of an emergency or unpredictable circumstance, one of the three individuals designated on this form will be allowed to pick up your child.  The office staff or preschool staff MUST receive a phone call or note which includes the name of the person to whom you are allowing us to release your child.  If the staff is unfamiliar with the designated person, they will require the person to show their driver’s license.  Individuals authorized to drop off/pick up your child MUST be at least 18 years old and will be responsible for your child once they sign the child out.

 

Pre-admission Paperwork:  Prior to admission, the following forms must be completed:  the Health

Assessment Record, a Scotland Preschool Registration Form, an optional ethnicity survey, a computer use form, an internet use form, and a “Tuition Agreement” Form.

 

Updating Information:  Forms must be updated each August.  Please inform the staff if there are any changes during the course of the school year.  Please notify staff if a family event has occurred that may affect your child’s behavior.

 

Dress:  Your child will be involved in many hands-on activities.  Please dress your child in comfortable play clothes and rubber soled shoes or sneakers.  Proper attire will help ensure the safety and comfort of the children.  Outdoor play is very important to children.  Please be sure to dress your child appropriately for the weather and season. If your child’s clothing becomes wet (spilt milk for example) he/she will change in our bathroom. Please send in an extra set of clothing at the beginning of the school year. This will be kept in your child’s cubby. If your child does not have any extra clothing, he/she will be brought to the nurse for clean clothing. (She only has a very limited supply of clothing. Please wash, dry and return the borrowed clothing to the nurse as soon as possible.)

 

On gym days children must wear sneakers. Your child should also wear loose clothing such as sweat pants and a t-shirt/sweatshirt.

 

Behavior/Discipline Philosophy:  The entire staff uses positive methods of discipline, which encourage self-control, decision -making, cooperation and positive self-esteem.  A child will never, under any circumstances, be physically punished, humiliated or threatened.  If a child misbehaves, a staff member will always take the child aside to speak to him/her about the incident.  A child may be asked to choose a different activity or a staff member may redirect him/her to another area.  Time-out is used as a last resort when all other strategies have been exhausted.  Time-out involves having a child sit in a chair away from the group to regain self-control.  A staff member will then talk to the child about the incident and offer a positive alternative behavior.

 

Communication and Involvement:  A primary goal of the Scotland Preschool Program is to maintain close communication between home and school.  A preschool picnic is scheduled for late August from 11:00 to 12:00 to introduce the preschool staff – a small lunch will be provided.  (Exact date TBD.) An Open House is scheduled in the fall to introduce parents/guardians to the program and facility.  The classroom teacher maintains contact with parents through weekly newsletters, memos, personal notes and phone/in-person conversations.  A take-home/communication folder is sent home daily with information regarding curriculum, school news, and valuable parenting tips.  This folder enables families to communicate regularly with the classroom teacher. Please put all communication in this folder, lunch/milk money, lunch form slips, tuition payments, etc.  (we check every folder, but we do not check the child’s backpack).

 

Parents and community members are encouraged to contact the school regarding serving on our Indoor Air Quality Team, Superintendent Committee/Superintendent Action Team, School Readiness Council, and safety committee to develop decision-making policies. This includes development of the wellness policy and school parent compact.

 

Open-Door Policy – Please feel free to visit the program to observe or interact with your child at any time. We have an “open-door” policy. We actively seek parent participation.  Parent volunteers are welcome in the classroom on a daily basis, as well as for special events.  The entire staff truly seeks to form a partnership with you to provide the highest quality education for your child.
Family Literacy: The Scotland School Preschool program encourages the development of literacy through interactive activities in families. Many opportunities are provided to assist families in engaging in literacy activities with their young children. The following is a list of sample activities: sharing books at home, family story share, & Family Literacy Nights, Governors Reading Challenge, and RIF (Reading is Fundamental) book distribution (twice a year.)

 

Library services are available at the Scotland Public Library. Families are encouraged to attend. Adult Education programs are available through EASTCONN, 860-455-0707. For assistance or questions contact the Scotland Elementary School office, 860-423-0064.

 

Forms: Prior to preschool entry, you and your physician MUST complete the Health Assessment Record on form ED191. The school nurse prior to attendance will review it.  Two Emergency Cards MUST be filled out and updated each August (one for the office, the other for the nurse’s office).

 

Status:  The school nurse and staff must be alerted about any child who has a medical condition which may require immediate attention or the administration of emergency medication.  Conditions would include food or insect sting allergies.

 

Services:  A school nurse is available to provide services to children enrolled in the preschool.  He/she is responsible for completing annual hearing, vision and dental screenings and contacting parents if a child becomes ill at school.  The school nurse serves as a consultant to the staff regarding medical concerns. The school nurse and school counselor will assist families to obtain medical insurance, a medical home practice, on-going well child care, immunizations, and health, dental and nutritional screenings as needed. Please speak with the school nurse or counselor if you would like assistance.

 

Any child with a suspected contagious illness will require early dismissal. Signs of contagious illness include a fever of 100 degrees or greater, more than one episode of diarrhea or loose stool, reddened tonsils, runny nose with greenish/yellowish mucus, congestion with barking cough, nausea/vomiting, unknown rash and reddened eyes. Please see the Scotland Elementary School Student Handbook.

Illness:  If your child has any communicable illnesses (e.g. virus, cold with fever or excessive coughing, strep throat or chicken pox) she/he must remain home until she/he is no longer contagious.  Please notify us if any childhood diseases (e.g.. chicken pox) are going through your household, so that we and other parents can watch for symptoms in others.  Equally important, many of these common diseases are potentially dangerous to pregnant women (e.g. measles, fifth disease).  Kindly make us aware so that we can take the necessary precautions to protect our staff and volunteers.

 

Generally, a child with a fever of 100 or greater, diarrhea and/or vomiting will not be allowed to attend preschool for 24 hours, unless a physician note permits attendance. Upon returning to the program, your child needs to be free of signs and symptoms of contagious illness.

 

If your child will not be attending the preschool on a given day, due to an illness, medical appointment, or any other reason, please call the office (423-0064) who will then notify the preschool staff.

 

If your child becomes ill at school, the school nurse will notify you at home or work. If she/he cannot reach you, she/he will contact the individuals listed on the emergency card.

 

*                    Arrival in the morning – We greatly encourage self-help skills. Although it might be necessary for an adult to help your child for the first couple weeks of school, our goal is to have your child begin the day at school independently. When children arrive in the classroom, they should be able to independently:

  1. place jacket on coat hook and put backpack in cubby (each child has his/her own cubby)
  2. place “take-home” folder in its special spot
  3. place name tag on our wall chart attendance board
  4. wash their hands
  5. Each child will then go to the tables for a special activity until school officially begins at 8:30. Children enjoy being able to follow a routine and they get a sense of “accomplishment” when allowed to complete tasks independently. As adult will remain in the classroom during arrival time, which is between 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. so parents have the option to leave (Several parents asked if they needed to stay with their child until school begins at 8:30 a.m. – you do not.) It is our desire that each child feels welcome at preschool!

Circle Time – We begin Circle Time by conversing with each other while sitting on the alphabet rug. For example, the children might talk about a thunderstorm that had recently taken place – we can have some good discussion about this topic! We then proceed with the “Helper Chart.” To encourage responsibility, the children choose chores, for the day, such as to pass out the “take-home” folders. Morning announcements are heard over the intercom during the morning session and we recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Table Activities – Children participate in activities at our tables, some of which include: exploratory activities, puzzles, unifix cubes, geoboards, Alphabet Bingo, memory games, magnets, and studying live bugs. Children often work on individual goals at this time.

Group Activity – We work in whole groups and small groups. We engage in a variety of math, literacy, science, health, social studies, and creative movement activities. This usually takes place on our alphabet rug.

Homework – Homework is given once a week. This will help you become aware of some of the skills we are working on here in preschool. Please review the homework with your child so he/she understands the concepts and directions. You are your child’s most important teacher. Homework must be returned the following day after it is sent home. We have a classroom homework chart – a smiley face is drawn for each month that homework has been completed for your child!

Outside Recess – During recess we offer a variety of activities, some of which rotate. The children enjoy the playscape, the sandbox, blowing bubbles, playing ball, sidewalk chalk, parachute games, scooters, stilts, riding tricycles and other activities as well. Please be sure your child wears sneakers and appropriate clothing.

Centers – Children choose a Center and enjoy free play! During Centers, Mrs. Slyman works with children on an individual, one-on-one basis on goals the child has not yet mastered or on goals to challenge the child.

Music – The children go to the music room and enjoy activities with our music teacher!

Fire Drills – We have monthly fire drills. The alarm is quite loud – you should discuss this topic with your child to better prepare him/her. We also have discussions in class.

Photograph – Please send in one photograph (just one – no larger than 3″ x 5″ of your child) – it will be placed on our classroom “family and friends” bulletin board. The photograph may include family members and/or pets. Clearly print your child’s name on the back as it will be returned at the end of the school year.

Lunch Forms – Every Thursday you will receive a lunch form – please fill it out completely and return it in your child’s take-home folder, regardless of whether or not your child is getting hot lunch or is bringing lunch from home.

Take-Home Folder – Each child will receive a take-home folder. Please return it every day. Put all communication and money in this folder – we do not look in your child’s backpack!

Local Resources – The preschool program seeks local destinations for field trips whenever possible, as well as other Scotland resources for the development of the students. We participate in at least 4 field trips a year, including to the Scotland Library right down the road!

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*                    Program Evaluation

The Scotland Preschool Program needs your feedback to improve and evaluate our program. The staff is committed to continually improving and modifying the program to better meet the needs of our students and their families. Also, toward the end of the school year a survey will be given to obtain feedback regarding our program. Results of the survey are shared with families and the School Readiness Council annually.

 

The preschool staff believes that parent input is a valuable part of our program assessment. Parents are encouraged to address concerns or share ideas with the teacher at any time.

 

Parents should bring any problems or concerns to the attention of their child’s teacher. If the parents are unable to resolve the issue with the classroom teacher, they should contact Cathy Pinsonneault, Scotland Elementary School Principal.

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*                    Transitioning your Child

The staff is committed to having each child experience a positive transition in and out of the program. If this is your child’s first formal preschool experience, and if it is your desire, the staff will communicate with you regularly to ensure a successful beginning.  If your child has been enrolled in another preschool, the staff is willing to work cooperatively with previous teachers to make the transition a smooth one.  When your child exits our program, the staff will assist you in preparing your child to attend kindergarten or another program.  Children who will attend kindergarten in the fall will be given several opportunities for a smoother transition into kindergarten. For example, we will visit the kindergarten classroom for a tour while the kindergarten teacher informs the children of what to expect in kindergarten! On another day the teacher will read the children a story in the kindergarten classroom. Once a month we have Fun Friday – the preK children go to the kindergarten classroom! It is our hope that your child will become familiar with our kindergarten teacher and the transition into kindergarten will be smooth! As part of the transition plan the school readiness staff and the kindergarten staff have the option of meeting throughout the year for collaboration and Professional Development Training. At the end of preschool all older students and records will be transferred to kindergarten.

 

*                    Professional Development Plan & Experiences

Scotland Preschool strives to maintain all recommended professional development requirements as outlined by NAEYC, School Readiness and the CT State Statute to ensure the highest program quality.

 

  • Each staff member has a written professional development plan that outlines professional goals toward increasing their knowledge and expertise in early childhood practice
  • Each staff member participates in early-literacy skill development training, and cultural and linguistic diversity training for early childhood classrooms within their first year of employment.
  • Each staff member engages in professional development experiences each year that increases their awareness, knowledge, and practice of recognition and response to children’s needs. (i.e., planning, observing, adaptive strategies, use of screening and assessment, special education strategies).
  • Each year all staff members attend at least two early childhood-related professional development experiences that will advance their practice.

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*                    Fees

Scotland Elementary Preschool tuition is determined using the current DDS School Readiness fee scale and guidelines. The current year fee scale can be found at http://www.sde.ct.gov./sde/LIB/sde/pdf/deps/readiness/SR/PO_13_01.pdf. The Scotland Board of Education, in consultation with the School Readiness Council, sets the maximum per day fee amount. The maximum for ½ day is $10 and full day is $20. After submitting the required income verification, a summary of your daily, monthly, and yearly tuition costs will be sent to you and reviewed by the school readiness coordinator. Parents will sign a tuition agreement and receive a copy of the calculation form. Family gross income levels are re-verified in January of each school year. If a family’s gross income changes at any time, they are requested to notify the school readiness coordinator within two weeks so tuition can be re-determined. You will receive two copies of a tuition agreement, please sign one and return to the school. The other is for your records.

The school readiness coordinator will assist families in applying for the Child Care Assistance Program (Care-4-Kids.) Scholarships or tuition assistance are also available for the school readiness program; the application and council process are distributed twice each school year.

The monthly fee is 1/10th of the total preschool school tuition year tuition. There will be no refunds for any portion of a month. Snow days will not be refunded because they will be added to the calendar in June. Parents are asked to give a two week advanced notice if they are withdrawing their child from the program. Nonpayment may result in a suspension or request for withdrawal from the preschool. There will be a $20.00 fee for any returned check.

 

Checks should be made payable to Scotland Elementary School. Payments may be hand delivered, sent in your child’s backpack/daily folder, or mailed to the following address:

Scotland Elementary School

68 Brook Road, PO Box 97

Scotland, CT   06264

 

*                    Supervision of Children

Teaching staff supervises preschool children primarily by sight. Supervision for short intervals by sound is permissible, as long as the teachers/staff check frequently on children who are out of sight. (For example, in the classroom bathroom.)

 

Confidentiality Statement

Student information as defined herein must be protected from unethical, illegal and inappropriate disclosure through universal adherence to the principals of confidentiality and privacy by all employees and volunteers of education agencies in the State of Connecticut. Confidential information, unless otherwise defined, is information the disclosure of which would, or would likely to, constitute an invasion of personal privacy. Accordingly, confidential information concerning a student or student’s family must be protected by all personnel in public school districts, approved private programs for special education and Birth to Three, Regional Education Service Centers (RESCs), Regional Family Service Coordination Centers (RFSCCs) and the Department of Education. Confidential student information must be protected regardless of how or where the information is obtained, that is, whether it is obtained through oral, printed or electronic means, on or beyond school or agency grounds, and regardless of what type of record, record-keeping, or method of record-storage is used. The requirements of confidentiality apply to all student information including, but not limited to, academic, family, social, economic, and health information, and to information, which is provided orally or electronically, and not solely information contained in “school records.”

 

Non-Discrimination Statement

Scotland Elementary School is committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons and does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity or expression or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws. Each student is encouraged to develop and achieve individual educational goals. SES will provide every student with equal educational opportunities. No student will be excluded on such basis from participating in or having access to any course offerings, student athletics, counseling services, employment assistance, extracurricular activities or other school resources. Inquiries regarding Scotland School’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to the building Title IX coordinator, Jennifer Ridolfo, Scotland Elementary School, 860-423-0064, the District Coordinator, Dr. Richard Packman, or the Office for Civil Rights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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