St. Jude Preschool

Our program is designed to meet the developmental needs of three and four year olds. We provide experiences that enrich and enhance your child’s cognitive, language, social, emotional and physical development. Within the Preschool’s daily schedule, children have the opportunity to create, explore their environment, interact with classmates and teachers, and learn concepts through first hand experiences. Children develop a positive self-concept and confidence through a balance of self and teacher-directed activities. We want each child to reach his or her fullest potential in a relaxed, supportive, and nurturing environment.

Mission Statement

Guided by God, St. Jude School strives to provide academic excellence in an environment that embraces the Catholic  values of spirituality and service. 

Admission Policies

· A child must be three or four years old by August 15th and toilet trained.

· A child must be developmentally appropriate for preschool.

Program Description and Purpose

Our program is designed to meet the developmental needs of three and four year olds. We provide experiences that enrich and enhance your child’s cognitive, language, social,  emotional and physical development. Within the Preschool’s daily schedule, children have the opportunity to create,        explore their environment, interact with classmates and  teachers, and learn concepts through first hand experiences. Children develop a positive self-concept and confidence through a balance of self and teacher-directed activities. We want each child to reach his or her fullest potential in a relaxed, supportive, and nurturing environment.

Philosophy

St. Jude Preschool is dedicated to developing spirit, mind, and body through programs that stress Catholic values, develop leadership in youth, promote healthy lifestyles, and assist in community development.

Hours of Operation

Children may be dropped off as early at 7:30 am. The academic program begins at 8:30 am. The half-day program ends at 11:45 am; the full-day program ends at 2:45 pm on Monday,  Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesday, the Preschool   dismisses early with elementary school. Preschool pick up on Wednesday is at 1:45 pm. We offer an after-school program, available at an additional charge that is open until 6:00 pm.

Goals and Objectives

The goals of the St. Jude Preschool are to provide an environment that will educate the whole child. We will focus on the following objectives:

· To develop a love for God through instruction of the Catholic faith

· To increase vocabulary by hearing new words in games,  stories and unit study

· To be able to speak before a group and relate an experience

· To learn to listen and follow instructions; to practice good health habits and to be courteous

· To gain bodily strength, skills and coordination through movement activities and outdoor play

· To develop an appreciation for music through singing, finger plays, listening to and making up songs and the use of rhythm instruments

· To develop an appreciation for creative activities through the use of clay, crayons, finger paints, temperas, paste,  scissors and paper

· To become aware of  surroundings—to gain information through study and experiences

· To gain the proper concept of numbers by counting games, children, days, months, years, sticks, toys, blocks, etc.

· To desire to learn to read, to enjoy good books, to listen to stories, to handle books correctly

· To discover that school is an interesting and exciting place where children can express themselves and learn to enjoy group experiences.

Behavior Modification

On occasion when a child is experiencing difficulties, teachers use the following steps to help children make better choices:

· Open-ended questions to help the child discover the rule

· Redirecting the child with an open ended choice

· Redirecting the child with a limited choice

· Excluding the child from the group with an  age-appropriate time out

If the child continues to have difficulties, the teacher or  principal will speak with the parents to work on a plan to make the situation better. Parents may be asked to find a more appropriate setting for their child if the above steps are unsuccessful.

FEES AND Payment

Tuition payments are due on the 1st of each month, August through May and considered late after the 10th. Tuition rates are as follows:

                                              Half-Day Full Day

3 Days                                $225          $300

5 Days                                 $375          $500

 

We must be notified one month in advance of a child leaving the program to be able to discontinue tuition payments. Please speak to the Principal personally if you have to be late on a payment. Late notices will be sent after the 10th. Please understand that the Preschool is a self-funded program.      Tuition payments and SCRIP are the only income we  have to run the program. We appreciate your promptness.

Records

Before your child can attend Preschool, we must have the following information on file:

· Information form with authorization of transportation

· Emergency contact list

· Medication Authorization and Permission to Treat Form

· Updated TN Immunization Form

You may bring this information with your child on the first day of Preschool. If your child has attended the Preschool the previous year, you need not get a new medical record as long as everything is up to date.

“Potty Training”

All students entering the preschool program must be 100%   toilet trained. We understand that “accidents” do happen, and we will contact the parents if the child has an “accident.”  However, an accident should rarely occur.

If the student is not trained upon entering the preschool, you will be asked to keep the child at home until he/she is trained. Your student’s placement will be held for a reasonable period of time. We do apologize for any inconvenience.

Rest/Nap Time

Children staying full days are required to have a rest/nap time. Please send a blanket or travel nap mat for your child. (Foam mats are provided.) You may also send a stuffed animal for your child to sleep with.

Illness

If a child is ill during the day, the parent/guardian will be contacted immediately by phone. Sick children cannot be cared for at the preschool.

 The following is a list that includes signs of illness that would require that we contact a parent:

· Fever

· Skin rash

· Diarrhea or vomiting

· Evidence of lice

· Headache in combination with stiff neck

· Difficult or rapid breathing

· Severe coughing

It is our policy that children who have been ill with fever or vomiting should be free of either, without the use of medication, for 24 hours BEFORE RETURNING TO SCHOOL. St. Jude Preschool reserves the right to require a written statement from a doctor before the child can be readmitted to the program. Please follow this rule for the health and well being of all the children.

Notification of Communicable Diseases

Parents are to notify the school immediately of any of the    following illnesses: chickenpox, mumps, impetigo, measles, mononucleosis, head lice, meningitis, poison ivy, and    whooping cough. All information will be kept confidential   except as needed to protect other students. A note explaining treatments must be provided to the Preschool upon the       students’ return to school.

Medication

Prescription medication administered to a child must have prior written parent authorization. Prescription medication will only be administered on the written order of the child’s   physician and must be in the original container with the child’s name, the name of the drug and directions for its       administration and storage on the label. St. Jude Preschool will keep a written record of the administration of any medication that includes the time and date of each administration, the dosage, the name of the staff member administering the medication and the name of the child. St. Jude Preschool will store all medications under proper conditions for sanitation, preservation, security and safety.  All unused medication will be returned to the parent. For liquid medications, please put the medicine and a measuring spoon in a sealed plastic bag.

Food Service

For those students attending the full day program, parents may send a packed lunch from home or take advantage of our Hot Lunch service.

PLEASE NOTE: send a lunch from home for your child for the first week of Preschool. During this week, we will be helping the children become familiar with the cafeteria but won’t be utilizing their services. After that first week, hot lunches will be served in the cafeteria (except on half days) at a cost of $3.50.

Money that is sent in for the cafeteria will be put on your child’s “account”. Each time your child buys a lunch or milk,  the amount of the purchase will be deducted from the account. Checks need to be made payable to St. Jude School Cafeteria. There will be a $10.00 fee for any returned check.

A positive balance should be maintained in the student’s account at all times. Balances can be viewed on RenWeb. If an account falls below $3.00, a notice will be sent home.  If an    account should fall more than $25.00 in arrears, the account will be de-activated. The student will be offered an equivalent meal without entrée and charged accordingly. There will be a $10.00 reactivation fee to restart the account. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Nancy Byrne at 877-6022.

Any amount over $10.00 may be deposited in your child’s  account at any time; simply send checks or cash in a sealed    envelope (with your child’s name) to your child’s teacher.

The following are simply guidelines:

Lunch

  5 Lunches    $17.50

10 Lunches   $35.00

20 Lunches   $70.00

 

Milk

  5 Milks         $ 3.75

10 Milks         $ 7.50

20 Milks        $15.00

We follow the United States Department of Agriculture requirement that students allergic to any food that is served in the cafeteria must have a written statement from a physician that will be kept with the child’s permanent record. It is our policy that soft drinks (canned or bottled), as well as fast food, are not allowed in the cafeteria. Guest lunches are $4.00. If you would like to eat lunch with your child, please order lunch in the morning.

Contacting the PRESCHOOL

If you need to contact us during the school day, please call the school office at 877-6022 and the secretary will connect you.

Clothing

Please dress your child for play. We paint, glue, color, build, climb—and our playground can be very dusty. Durable clothing in which children can move freely and study shoes or sneakers are best. Open-toed shoes are not allowed.

Extra clothing

Please send a change of clothes, including underwear, socks and shoes in a gallon Ziploc bag. Remember to change out the clothes during the cold weather and clearly label everything.

Personal Belongings

We have found the best way to collect a child’s papers, etc., is to have a backpack with his/her name, phone number, and address on it. Each child has a hook where they will hang coats, hats, and backpacks. Please label all clothing to help us help your child. We encourage the children to put on their own coats, mittens, hats, etc.

Show and Tell

Both the three and four year old classrooms have Show and Tell.  Your teacher will let you know the day(s) it is scheduled. Your child may bring one item to talk about or he/she may choose to tell something special. Please label anything your child brings for Show and Tell so it will not be lost. If you have a new puppy, kitten, etc., that your child would like to bring, please see the teacher at least the day before Show and Tell to arrange the best time to do this. We ask that children only bring toys from home on Show and Tell days.

Snow Days

In the event of inclement weather, we follow St. Jude Elementary School closing. The Elementary school makes its own decision whether to close or delay. They do not follow the Hamilton County schedule. This policy includes late openings or early dismissals. School closings and/or delays will be available on the local media or by checking RenWeb. 

Birthdays

Every child loves to celebrate his/her birthday and your child is welcome to have a party at school on or near their birthday. If your child has a summer birthday, you may pick a day in May or September and arrange it with the teacher. Please notify the teachers in advance so that they can adjust the schedule if needed to allow time for the birthday celebration.

Communication

Please read the weekly Menu, emailed from the school. Your teachers will  keep you informed of activities going on in each classroom and notify you of any upcoming in-house field trips, holiday, programs, etc. We will also use the Parent Bulletin Board for calendar reminders, current pictures and other items of interest. Please check the entrance door weekly for any reminders and new information.

 

             2017—2018 Preschool Faculty

 

3 year olds

Darlene Rawn

Linda O’Brien

 

4 year olds

Martha Carpenter

Sue Gaudin

Theresa Leutz