Pre K 1 Student Handbook
Pre K 1 Ms.Devra/Ms.Brandi
Helping Your Child Succeed In School
Parents can help make the experience successful for your child. Consider the following recommendation to help your child have a good school year.
- Help your child have a stress free start each school day. Be sure your child gets rest and provide your child with a good breakfast at home or in school. A child cannot concentrate if he or she is tired or hungry.
- Listen to your child when the child talks about school. Praise each day for something your child has done. At home have a special place where they can display their work when your child brings it home from school.
- Encourage your child to think of school as exciting and important. Attitudes develop during the elementary years and will set the tone for your child entire year school experience.
- Keep the lines of communication open between you and your child's teacher. Inform the teacher of any family situations that could affect your child's behavior or performance.
- Do not compare your child's progress with that of brothers or sisters or other children. Each child's ability are different and each has different strength and weakness.
- Provide many books and pictures to your child. Read to your child and have the child read to you.
- Help your child's confidence in the school and teacher, show interest in the school by getting involved in school activities or events.
- See that your child attends school regularly and arrives on time.
ABOUT THE PRE-K PROGRAM
Attendance in the Pre-K program is closely monitored by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. Your child must attend each day, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 AM until 2:25 PM.
Excessive absences or tardiness can be cause for dismissal from the program. You may be asked to provide a written excuse for times when your child is absent or late to school.
CLASSROOM RULES AND PROCEDURES*
Attending school regularly is very important in order for your child to succeed.
Arrival and Dismissal
Students are to remain for the full school day. School time starts 7:30am to 2:25 pm. If your child arrives for breakfast please drop off early before for the school time start. Breakfast ends at 8:00 am.
Student are not allowed to go to the classroom unattended before 7:30 am, send your child to the assigned room. Teacher will pick up children by 7:30 am and escort the children to the classroom for their scheduled class time each day. Please if you are dropping off do not park on the drop off lane (right lane). When leaving after your drop off it is advise if you can make a right turn being that traffic is heavy in the morning so we can have the cars flowing out of the school parking a lot quicker.
(Schedule time may change, teacher will update if change in schedule for start time and end of day time)
***CHANGE DISMISSAL ROUTINE
To permanently change your child's dismissal routine please send a written request specifying the change. If you need to change your child's transportation home for a particular day, please send a note notifying me or the office. Relying on your child to tell me this information is not sufficient notification because children often become confused and can relay the message incorrectly. If you forget to send a note, or have a change of plans for the day, please call the office and leave a message for me about the change. Please understand that I cannot, and will not, release a child to anyone other than a parent or those you have authorized on your child's Emergency Information Sheet unless I have received clearance from the office staff. A student is not allowed to go home with another student.***just to emphasize the point: If a note or message from the office is not received, your child will be sent home according to his/her regular dismissal routine. I hold very strictly to this policy. It is for the safety of the students. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
Parents should provide the school a written note explaining the reason for the absence. The note should include date, of absence, and signature from parent or doctor with child's name. If child is absent for more than three days, the director will provide you with information about the absences.
Children arriving after 7:45 am is considered late,parent should sign student in, breakfast finishes at 8 am-- please if arriving after 8 am have your child eat breakfast before arriving. Parents are encouraged to make every effort to schedule doctor or dental appointments outside of school hours if possible. Parents should not check out student for the purpose of avoiding traffic. Student’s disciplinary action may be taken against the students not in attendance for the full day for reasons that are not excused.
Excused Absence/Tardies and early dismissal will be excused for following reasons:
- Student illness that could endanger other students health of others
- Serious illness or death in the family.
- A scheduled medical, dental, eye examination
- Special and recognized religious holidays observed by the students faith
- An order of a governmental agency, such as a court order
- An inability to attend school due to weather or other conditions that make it hard or impossible and are hazardous
- Attendance upon a trip or event, provide director/teacher with notification of the absence in advance
- Unusual or urgent circumstances requiring the student parents to be outside their county overnight, and have to accompany the parent. Call the school for notification of the circumstances.
- Take your child to Work Day. This event is excused, but will be counted as an absence.
- Parents serving armed forces who are called on duty or leave to overseas for the purpose of visiting their parent.
Illness / Medical Forms
Please refer to your, East Lake Academy School, such as CDC handbook for regulations regarding illness for GA State. Remember that your child must be free of fever, vomiting, or diarrhea for at least 24 hours before returning to school. If you need us to administer medication, please fill out the appropriate form from the office and make sure that one of our regular teaching staff has been informed.
Homework (not mandatory)
Homework should, provide time for students to practice what they have learned in class
Prepare for new information or elaborate on information that has been introduced.
It is practice necessary for learning and mastering knowledge of any type. Spend time with your child on homework.
Pre k assignments should be little parental assistance, and only 10 to 15 minutes to do.
Help your child be consistent, organized place for homework to be done.
Help your child establish either a schedule to complete homework or create a schedule to help your child.
The purpose of homework is for your child to practice and use what he/she has learned. If your child is consistently not able to do the homework by them self-let the teacher know.
Homework is designed to give your child practice skills and help prepare the child to transition to kindergarten where there will be more responsibility. Homework is to provide opportunities for the child to refine and extend their knowledge of content taught in my Pre K classroom throughout the school year.
I do not grade their homework, ,I do look over them, and check with a sticker or stamp, children love to see a job well done and the homework gives me a feedback in how your child is doing and what he/she needs help in before I can move the child on to the next learning task.
Your child will receive homework folder on the first day of school. The folder is to bring home, please bring folder back to school every day. This is to teach your child responsibility.
Birthdays Parties/Outside Food Policy
FOOD IN CLASSROOMS (for parties and treats)
BBM prohibits any distribution of food or treats outside the school lunch program, except foods that are individually, commercially wrapped.
Foods made at home may not be distributed within the school. If your child wants to bring a birthday treat, encourage them to bring in a healthy snack or even better; bring an item for the classroom such as a classroom book (signed and dated by your child) or other classroom supplies such as pencils, erasers, etc. The reason for this strict interpretation of school district policy is because of the growing number students who struggle with food allergies, diabetes, and childhood obesity. Individually packaged items that would be considered healthy snacks include: pretzels, baked crackers, and granola bars. Also we are having more children who are vegan, and had many problems with those children who didn't get a treat.
According to new procedures, any time that food is brought into school, it has to get approved. Please fill in a request form, teachers need to account for all allergies prior to distributing food in their classroom. Please plan ahead if you want to send food items (for the whole class) into the classroom. This policy is expressly concerned with foods involved in classroom parties or treats for students and is not meant to limit the preparation of foods directly related to the school curriculum and approved by BBM.
Attention! Attention! Please do not send cupcakes, doughnuts, or sheet cakes for your child’s birthday treats. Without filling a request form. Items that are not individually wrapped and do not meet the guidelines of our BBM policy. Cupcakes, cakes, doughnuts will be sent back home!
We are strongly encouraging families to send non-food items on birthdays. Instead of a food item, please consider sending something for the class to enjoy such as:
• A game for the classroom
• A classroom book (A nice touch would be having your child pick it out, sign it, and date it.)
• A classroom set of items for each child to keep such as pencils, pens, erasers, markers, etc.
The items listed above will still make your child feel special and they will last a lot longer than a food item.
Be sure you bring for all children.
Since parties take away from class time, there can be no surprise or planned parties. Parents must also be mindful that some students may have food allergies that could cause medical problems for students and liability for parents.
(*** Be careful of food containing peanuts)
We ask that you abide by the Center policy regarding food. Please keep us informed of any temporary restrictions – “no milk for the rest of the week” for example.
Book Bags, Sports Bags, and other Bags
Our school does not allow book bags of any kind. We do not allow rolling book bag because of tripping hazard. If students does bring a book bag, for safety reasons, book bag will be searched.
Cubbies, Folders=Depending on the classroom:
· Each child has a cubby labeled with his/her name. It has a coat hook for storing jackets and a shelf for extra clothes and separate cubbies for rest time for their “snuggly.” All items your child brings to school must fit into his/her cubby; no items may be placed on the floor or on top of the cubbies. Food in open containers cannot be kept in your child’s cubby.
· Adjacent to the door of our classroom is a file box containing a folder and mailbox for each child. These folders may contain center announcements, party invitations, or other important items. They also hold artwork or writings your child may have done during the day. PLEASE CHECK YOUR CHILD’S FOLDER DAILY.
Since we often get messy in our work and play, we suggest that children wear sturdy, washable play clothes to school. For safety on the playground, please have your child wear closed toe shoes that fasten securely on the foot – no slip-ons, for example. Please leave an extra set of clothes in your child’s cubby, labeled with his/her name.
We rest for approximately 1 hour each day; see our daily schedule for times. Lights are turned off, blinds drawn, soft music is played. Each child has his/her own cot with sheets and blankets that are washed weekly. Your child may feel more comfortable with a soft small pillow or other snuggly, please no big pillows, they will not fit in their cubbies they will be sent back home. These are kept in cubbies and children have an opportunity to get them before resting. Every Friday blankets will be sent home for cleaning and return them back to school with your child on Monday.
Assessments will be done in math, language and literacy, social development, emotional development creative development, health and physical development, social studies, and science.
We prefer that children not bring toys from homes. Teachers are not held responsible for toys if lost. Of course, books, tapes, or nature items that are appropriate for sharing are always welcome.
Morning Drop OFF
Every morning Ms.Devra picks up the children right from the classroom where children will waiting until 7:30 am. After 7:45 am parents have to escort your children to the classroom. After 8:00 am your child is considered late. Please be sure to have your child eat breakfast before arriving to school late.
At 2:20 pm your child will be lined up waiting for pick up. Please don't grab your children until we are lined up against the wall by the door. I like to see who is picking up the child for the child's safety. And also cars are always moving in the parking lot. Please show up on time. Teachers have planning/meetings/or preparations that we have to prepare for your children for the following day, and children get upset if parents do not show on time. If you cannot make it on time please call the school and let us know.
Our Pre-K class goes on several field trips throughout the year. Occasionally a trip may require the use of a bus (Center for Puppetry Arts, Piedmont Park, etc.) You will be asked to sign a permission form for field trips. We encourage parents to go with us. Let a teacher know if you would like to go on a particular trip.
Parents are encouraged to arrange a parent-teacher conference when the parent would like more information about their child’s performance at school. Parent-teacher conferences can be an effective way of helping students improve their schoolwork. To schedule a conference, parents should contact the teacher or an administrator. Teachers are not available for conferences during instructional time.
On my teacher's website there is a Remind app sign up, please sign up with your email or cell number to receive email or text about special announcement/reminders/event/conferences. It is important to help you keep up to date on what is happening throughout the year for your child. You will also receive sign up remind app and homeroom app notice to sign up for receiving messages in case my website goes glitch on me. I just want to make sure all parents do not miss out in the announcements through the year. It is the parent’s responsibility to know what is happening in your child's classroom. At times the announcements will be posted on the door or at the front lobby doors, windows, or the desk.
I cannot keep track of any announcement that parents do not receive. **It is the parent’s responsibility to keep up to date in what is happening in your child's classroom/conferences/deadlines, such as events or field trips. We do try our best to get it to you asap.
Lost and Found
Our school has a lost and found up front at the entrance of the building. Any lost items may be claimed at the lost and found area. Please label all the items coats, hats, sweaters, gloves scarfs and blankets with your child's name.
When a student must take medicine at the school, parents must bring all medication and related equipment to the director and complete the proper forms for authorization forms to administer the medication to the student. If form is not filled out the school is not allowed to administer the medication without the written permission and instruction from the parent. Please do not send any medication to school by the student. All medication is kept at the front office.
If a student is injured or becomes ill at school, every effort will be made to contact the parent and to take action at the parent’s direction. If a parent cannot be contacted, the director will take reasonable actions to preserve the health of the child.
Student conduct Rules:
Board of Education believes that all students learn better in a safe school environment.
Behavior that infringes on the safety of students, staff or volunteers will not be tolerated. Bullying, as the term is defined in Georgia law (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-751.4), is strictly prohibited. The Student Code of Conduct for all schools within the school system expressly prohibits bullying. If you or your student believes that a student is being bullied, please report it to a school staff member or administrator immediately.
We are eager for families to take part in our class. You can stop in to read a book to the group, eat lunch with your child, or just “hang out.” You might want to cook a favorite dish during small group time or send in a favorite CD to play during rest time. You can accompany us on field trips, offer to do some light sewing or carpentry, or keep us supplied with recycled paper for the writing center.
In the state of Georgia Jessie's Law
HB 0314 states a foster care student (served by DFCS) who attends court proceedings relating to the students foster care shall be credited as present by the school and shall not be counted as an absence, either excused or unexcused, for any day, portion of a day, or days missed from school.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities
that receive Federal financial assistance. Regulations for Section 504 require a school district to provide a “free
appropriate public education” (FAPE) to each qualified student with a disability who is in the school district’s
jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as well as the revisions in the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008 (Amendments Act) effective January 1, 2009. Parents who suspect their child may have a disability that is covered under Section 504 should contact the principal or the school level Section 504 contact person.
Georgia law requires that school employees report to the local Department of Family and Children Services
(DFCS) any suspected cases of child abuse or neglect. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in
prosecution of the employee. Once a report has been made, official representatives of DFCS have the right to
come to the school to interview the child. Parental permission need not be obtained by DFCS or the school to
conduct the interview of the child.
If employee has reasonable cause to believe that suspected child abuse has occurred involving a person who attends to any child as an employee or volunteer of the school, the employee must report their suspicion of abuse to the Division of Family and Children Services and their school director designee. Reports of suspected child abuse shall be made immediately, but not more than 24 hours from the time there is reasonable cause to believe that suspected child abuse has occurred. Reports may be made orally, by telephone or other oral communication, or a written report may be made by electronic submission or facsimile to the Department of Family and Children Services and to the school Director or the Principal’s designee.
Pursuant to Code Section 19-7-5 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A), GA County Schools
must notify individuals who volunteer in the school of their obligations as mandated reporters for suspected
If school receives a written report from a doctor/licensed healthcare provider which states that a student has a notifiable disease The school will report protocol and recommendations from the Health department. In order for the child to return to school, parents must provide a signed release document stating the student may return to school.
Parents are encouraged to visit the school for conferences and school activities. Students may not bring relatives
or friends to school as “spend-the-day” visitors. Advanced notice and approval by the director or his/her designee
is required for any visitor to observe in classrooms
As required by Georgia law, visitors to the school must report to the school office to sign in when they
arrive. For the safety of the children.