Our Lady of Grace Preschool
345 Second Hill Lane
Stratford, CT 06614
Preschool News for Dec. 3, 2017:
The four-year-old class has been learning about food groups and talking about nutrition. They also prepared and cooked their Thanksgiving Feast. They made mashed potatoes, stuffing, applesauce, green beans, corn muffins and pumpkin pie. They had the opportunity to eat a Thanksgiving feast with their friends. They were dressed in their pilgrim hats that they made after listening to all the things they were thankful for.
The three-year-old class was very busy learning songs and poems about turkeys and pilgrims. They were excited about going home with their turkey hat that they had fun making.
Our Preschool Program
1) The Preschool Program for 4 year old children is held on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays:
Regular Session: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Extended Session: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
2) Preschool Program for 3 year old children is on Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
A non-refundable registration fee of eighty-five dollars ($85.00) is due at the time of registration.
Tuition envelopes will be distributed to the parents at the beginning of each month and will indicate the amount due. Tuition payments will be due in full on the 10th day of each month.
The first payment at the beginning of the school year will be due on August 1st. The final payment at the end of the school year will be due on May 1st.
No written contracts will be signed for tuition. Only verbal agreements will be required.
Tuition payments can be made with cash, check, or money order. The payment should be placed in the tuition envelope provided and be given to a staff member on or before the due date. Checks, which are not accepted by the bank will be subject to a service charge equal to the amount charged by the bank. Tuition charges are not subject to adjustment for any reason.
Birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are days of celebration. Parents will be asked to help on these days in a variety of ways.
When registering a child for Our Lady of Grace Preschool, parents must submit a medical form signed by an examining physician. This medical form shall include a complete history of the child’s immunization, and must comply with all requirements set forth by regulations from the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health. This medical record must be on file at the school at all times.
A separate form must be completed with the following information:
1. Permission for the Stratford Emergency Service to transport the child to a hospital in case of an emergency.
2. The name of the hospital chosen by the parents.
3. The name, address, and telephone number of the child’s physician. This form must be on file at the school at all times.
A. Parents must sign a permission form so that their child can participate in walking field trips.
B. Parents must forward written permission when they designate some other person to pick up their child. This other person must provide proper identification when picking up the child.
Parents must be outside the classroom to receive their child at the announced time of dismissal.
Annual School Calendar
An annual school calendar will be given to parents in July. Our Lady of Grace Preschool will follow the Annual School Calendar of the Stratford School System except for the beginning of school in September and the end of classes in June.
The pupil/teacher ratio will never exceed ten to one. Two teachers will always be present to supervise the children.
A daily attendance log will be kept for each child and teacher in attendance at school.
When a child has not arrived within ten minutes after the opening of school, the child will be presumed absent.
Parents are required to notify the school when their child will be absent and indicate the reason for the absence.
Communications for parents will be posted on the bulletin board each day. The communications will inform the parents of daily activities and other important information for that day. Occasionally a preschool newsletter will be sent home. Parents should read all communications daily whether posted or sent home.
If parents have any questions or concerns they are welcome to call the school or arrange an appointment.
The staff will be available each day, before and after school, in order to maintain open lines of communications at all times.
Nutrition and Personal Needs
Parents are responsible for providing a snack each day for their child. The snacks should be nutritious, small and include a drink. In accordance with State of Connecticut regulations, we request that a cold pack be placed in the snack container each day, in order to maintain the freshness of the snack. Snack containers should be well marked with the child’s name.
Paper cups will be available for use by the children.
Parents should inform the school of any allergies a child may have.
Children should be dressed comfortably and appropriately for the weather each day. All outer clothing of the children must be marked clearly with the child’s name.
Goals and Objectives
Our Lady of Grace Preschool is committed to provide a pleasant, safe environment in which the children can develop emotionally, socially, intellectually, and physically. Therefore we are obliged to treat each child as an individual by discovering and meeting the needs of each child.
Emotionally– Children are given the opportunity to be with peers, learn to value themselves as individuals as well as members of a peer group.
Socially – Children are given the opportunity to share, to take turns, and to treat others with kindness.
Intellectually – Children are given the opportunity to experiment with a variety of materials that will help them in their learning process. Language, science and mathematical skills are presented in an interesting and encouraging way.
Physically – Children are given the opportunity to have fun, by participating in physical playtime in order to enhance their large and small muscle coordination.
Provisional Enrollment Policy
At the beginning of each school year, a Provisional Enrollment period of one month will be in effect for all children of Our Lady of Grace Preschool.
The Provisional Enrollment period offers the parents and staff the opportunity to feel mutually satisfied that the school program is beneficial for the child’s personal and educational well being.
Withdrawal and Disenrollment Policy
At any time, during or after the Provisional Enrollment period, if either the parents request withdrawal of a child from the school or the staff recommends disenrollment, a conference will be scheduled involving the staff and parents, in order to discuss the reasons for such consideration.
Consideration of a withdrawal or disenrollment must be in the best interest of the child and/or the common good of all the children attending the school. In the event that withdrawal or disenrollment is decided, the staff will offer recommendations to the parents regarding the type of assistance the child may need after withdrawal or after disenrollment occurs.