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2019-2020

For Returning, New, and Prospective Parents…

 

2019-2020

We look forward to a new school year! Find helpful information about the upcoming year below.
We will add more information as it is available.


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“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

AFTER SCHOOL IS GETTING A MAKEOVER!

Join Farmer Kristin and Mr. Will in After School from 3:15 PM-6:00 PM

Each day of the week will feature free play, a nutritious snack, and time for homework or a fun-filled activity...

  • Monday: Books and Board Games
  • Tuesday: Seasonal Crafts
  • Wednesday: Cooking
  • Thursday: Art
  • Friday: Nature Afternoon
  • Payment for Aftercare will be billed monthly through TADS

    Costs: $20/day

    After School is Drop-In. There is no need to register for your child to attend. Children will be admitted to After School at 3:25pm. If a student has not been picked up by 3:30pm, the $20 fee applies.

    Late Fee: Students remaining in After School after 6:00pm, will be charged a $10.00 late fee. If a student remains after 6:15pm, an additional $10.00 late fee will be charged.

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    Important Dates and Information

    Saturday, August 17

    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM - Nursery Potluck for the whole family in the Nursery Playground.

    • 11:00 AM -12:30 PM - Kindergarten Potluck for the whole family in the Kindergarten Playground.

    A fun time for the whole family to meet “old” and new friends. Please bring a dish to share, plates cups and utensils for your family, and a blanket or chairs to sit upon. We may have some food allergies, so please label your food. We will gather on the respective Nursery and Kindergarten playgrounds. Feel free to find your child's cubby and wander through the classroom. This is a good time to bring all cubby clothes you have ready for the first day of school.


    Tuesday, August 20

    • First day of school for Grades 1 - 12.

    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 1st Grade Rose Ceremony in the Hinoki Ampitheater.
      All are welcome. If there is inclement weather, the ceremony will be in the Brown Wing and only for 1st and 12th grade parents and families.


    Thursday, August 22

    • First Day of School for Nursery & Kindergarten!


    Drop-off/Pick-up

    Please sign the sign-in/sign-out sheet when you drop off and pick up your child each school day located in our classroom or in the cubby room. Anyone regularly authorized to pick up your child must be listed on your emergency form. Authorization for others on an as needed basis must also be in writing. Please send a signed note or authorize permission on the sign-in/sign-out sheet. There is an authorization on the bottom of the sheet for you to sign if you need to authorize a different person that day.


    Attendance

    In these early foundation years it is important to establish good habits by supporting the rhythmic life of your child. Regular attendance and on-time arrival will offer your child a sense of security and help your child develop a relationship to time and place while developing strong will forces.


    Sick Days/Missed Days of School

    Please let the school know if your child will not be in school. If you know in advance that your child will be away or if your child wakes up sick, there are several ways to reach me.

    - In advance, you may tell me at drop-off or pick-up or by email or text.

    - If your child wakes up sick, leave a message on the Early Childhood Office phone 919-967-3362.

    For those children home sick with a fever, we ask that children be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school.


    Medication

    We use only soap and water, and ice to treat injuries. Any medications required during the school day must be brought to school in the original packaging and a school medical form filled out giving us authorization to administer the medicine.


    School Supplies

    Dress Code for Early Childhood

    Waldorf early childhood education provides a protective and nurturing environment where imagination and creativity flourish. Because clothing is part of the classroom environment, we propose dress guidelines to help create an atmosphere conducive to learning, focusing attention on the children and not their clothing. Solid colors, overall patterns, stripes, and soft natural images are acceptable. Please keep clothing with media inspired images, sports logos or writing, and flashing sneakers for the weekends. Please remove any temporary tattoos or nail polish before school. Jewelry is acceptable if not distracting.


    – Bring an extra change of clothes, including socks and underwear, to store in the white, drawstring bag in your child’s cubby. Throughout the year, please check it regularly to replace Items and change the clothes seasonally. Please label all clothing.

    – Slippers or indoor shoes that are well fitted to stay on your child’s foot during movement. Please no open backed slippers or crocs.

    – Rain jacket, rain pants, rain boots. We ask that these items stay at school so your child is prepared to go out in wet weather

    – A lunch, something substantial and no desserts, please. Include a water bottle in your lunch bag and necessary eating utensils. Bring an extra snack if your child is staying for aftercare. Please no desserts or chocolate It is very nice to include 2 cloth napkins for them to use. One will become a place mat and one is to wipe their mouths and hands.

    – For those staying after 12:30 PM, bring a fitted crib sheet (to cover easily the mat provided), a seasonal throw or small blanket, and a travel-size pillow. Please bring all labeled items in a labeled pillowcase or nap sack and take them home to launder as needed. Your child may bring a small (non-character) stuffed toy to use for rest. This toy stays at school for the school year and is not changed out. We will send items used for rest home every one to two weeks.

    Rain Gear Resources

    https://www.puddlegear.com/

    https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/508032?nav=In-982&page=kids-rain-gear

    https://www.rei.com/c/kids-rain-pants?r=c&origin=web&pagesize=60&ir=category%3Akids-rain-pants&page


    Indoor Shoe Resources

    https://www.fitkicks.com/collections/fitkicks-for-kids

    https://softstarshoes.com


    Early Childhood School Life

    One of the fundamental elements of Waldorf education is rhythm. Through rhythm a sense of confidence is developed in the children so that they can move through the day feeling more secure and at ease.

    Our morning begins at 8:30AM and ends at 12:30PM. Aftercare begins immediately following lunch and ends at 3:00PM. We also offer Extended Care until 5:30pm. We encourage you to be on time for the start of the day and prompt at pick-up. Our suggested time for drop-off is 8:00– 8:20. The building opens at 8AM. Children picked up late from Aftercare will be billed $10, more than 15 minutes late, an additional $10 will be billed.

    8:00-8:30 AM Outside Arrival. Please have your child go to the bathroom before joining us outside. We have found the following rhythm to be helpful for the morning transition. Parents say hello to the teacher outside, have their goodbye ritual with their child, then the parent sends the child to greet their teacher and then the child is ready to play. Parents leave.

    8:30 AM - Teachers bring the children inside, wash hands and put on inside shoes

    8:45 AM - 12:30 PM The children will experience a full morning of helping tasks, Morning Verse, inside play, Circle Time, snack, outdoor play, Story Time, and lunch in a rhythm flow each teacher creates for her class.

    Afternoon Schedule, for those enrolled in Aftercare until 3pm or Extended Care until 5:30pm.

    12:30 – 1:00PM - Transition to Aftercare

    1:00 - 2:00PM - Story, Rest

    2:00 - 2:30PM - Clean-up, Snack (from home)

    2:30 - 3:00PM - Outdoor Play

    3:00 PM - Pick-up for children enrolled in Aftercare

    3:00 – 3:50PM – Outdoor Play continues for those enrolled in Extended Care

    3:50 – 4:00PM – Transition to Indoors

    4:00P PM– Snack (provided)

    4:15 PM – Indoor Play

    5:30 PM– Extended care ends, Pick up by 5:30.


    Snack

    Please let us know if your child has allergies or any dietary restrictions.

    Monday - Brown rice with lentils and carrot sticks.

    Tuesday - Vegetable Soup with lentils or beans. Every Tuesday, please send a vegetable with your child for our soup to prepare at school.

    Wednesday - Millet Pizza

    Thursday - Oat Porridge and raisins and/or sunflower seeds.

    Friday – Bread with sunflower seed butter and carrot sticks.


    Activities and Schedule of the week

    Our teachers foster an environment for the young child to develop social skills, participate in group learning, and celebrate the rhythms of the day, week, and year. A home-like classroom invites participation in practical and artistic activities. The child learns by doing and through imitation. By working alongside the teacher, they help to prepare our snack and care for our room.

    Daily chores and activities may include folding laundry, washing dishes, wiping the table and chairs, sweeping, setting and clearing the table, bread making, baking, feeding the birds, watering plants, preparing for celebrations and festivals, handwork, drawing, modeling with beeswax, nature walks, painting and more.

    Monday – Beeswax or coloring

    Tuesday – Soup Day

    Wednesday –Painting

    Thursday – Bread making

    Friday - Nature walk

    Please note the Activity schedule may change and we will have Eurythmy one day per week.


    Communication

    There are many ways to receive information.

    - Email via Parent Square, EWS Main office, or class teacher

    - Class Parent

    - Need to Gnome – an online weekly bulletin sent through Parent Square

    - PO (Parent Organization) Meetings

    - Parent Evenings. (@4/yr.) We talk about our class and topics pertaining to Waldorf Education, child development, and parenting. We understand the difficulty in keeping to your evening rhythm but strongly encourage one parent to attend. Meetings are 6:30 – 8:30PM.

    - Parent/Teacher Conferences. (2/yr.) A sign-up sheet will be posted on Parent Square. Conferences are in October and February.

    Communication is vital to the health of our class and our school. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher about anything you wish to discuss from concerns about your child to questions about our school. If your teacher can’t take your call, leave a message and tell her when a good time would be for her to return your call. Your teacher will provide her number to you in her class communication emails.


    Birthdays

    Birthdays are special in the Early Childhood and we want you to be part of our school celebration! We will schedule a day that is convenient for you to attend on or as close as possible to your child's birthday. Summer birthdays will be celebrated on or close to the child’s half birthday.


    Festivals

    Festivals are seasonal, joyous celebrations woven into the rhythm of the year. They are an important part of the Early Childhood curriculum and a matter of tradition in the life of our school community.

    Our festivals are celebrated in ways that meet the child at their own stage of development. Some festivals are celebrated within the school day for the children only, and some are larger, including parents, family and friends, and celebrated after school hours, in the evening or on the weekend.

    Festivals are a coming together of community and meaningful experiences in the life of your child. Participation by all students is strongly encouraged. Advance notice of the festival will be sent by email. Festival dates are posted on the online calendar on the school website. Please check the school website regularly.


    Home Visits

    This is a time for your Early Childhood teacher to visit with you and your child at home. Visits are about 45min. to 1 hour in length and once per school year. Students usually love this time with their teacher to share their special play places, pets, etc. These visits help to build trust and strengthen the bond between student and teacher. Teachers will post a schedule for sign-up after the beginning of school.


    School Pictures

    A class photo and individual student photos will be scheduled in early Fall. All children are photographed; purchases are optional.

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