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Your school’s information. Welcome to Pre-K. You are your child’s first teacher!. You are vitally important to your child and you will be with him/her throughout his school years, and beyond I want to work with you to make this a successful experience for you and your child.

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you are your child s first teacher
You are your child’s first teacher!
  • You are vitally important to your child and you will be with him/her throughout his school years, and beyond
  • I want to work with you to make this a successful experience for you and your child
what you can do to ensure your child will be successful in pre k
What you can do to ensure your child will be successful in Pre K?
  • Make sure your child gets plenty of rest each night
    • Preschoolers sleep about 10 to 12 hours during each 24-hour period.
  • Establish a bedtime routine, so that your child knows what to expect
    • This is an excellent time to read together.
the most important indicator for reading success throughout school language
The Most Important Indicator for Reading Success throughout school…language.
  • READ, SING, and TALK with your child EVERY SINGLE DAY!
pre k hours and transportation
Pre-K Hours and Transportation
  • Transportation is not provided for Pre K students
  • All Pre K students must be signed in and out by an adult each day.
  • Program hours are (Insert your locations’ hours)
    • Excessive Tardies (arriving late) are discouraged.
    • Be mindful of our pick up time. Late pick-ups can cause undue worry and stress for your child.
  • (If an emergency arises, and you are delayed, please call the school so that we may reassure your child)

Remember: All children under the age of 9 years old, must be in a car seat.

pre k weather and closing information
Pre-K Weather and Closing Information
  • Pre K follows the Jefferson County school calendar (a copy has been provided)
  • If Jefferson County Schools are closed, Pre K is also closed
  • If Jefferson County Schools are dismissed early, Pre K students should be picked up 1 hour prior to the early dismissal time

BREAKFAST WILL NOT BE SERVED if school is on a delayed schedule

  • If Jefferson County Schools are delayed due to weather, Pre K will also be delayed

- 1 hour delay = Pre K begins at _____.

- 2 hour delay = Pre K begins at _____.

pre k dress code
Pre K Dress Code
  • Wear comfortable clothing that he/she can manage by him/herself
  • NO FLIP FLOPS PLEASE
  • Wear tennis shoes or sports sandals
  • Girls should wear shorts under dresses or skirts
  • A change of clothes will be kept in the classroom in case of accidents.
remember
Remember….
  • Label all coats, jackets, and lunch boxes with your child’s name
  • Also label any extra clothing you may send.
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Remember…..
  • Do NOT allow your child to bring toys from home
    • These could become lost, stolen, or broken
  • Backpack
    • WPS—No backpacks

(adjust as needed per school)

attendance policy
Attendance Policy

TN Volunteer Pre K is a voluntary program and attendance is not mandatory, but…if you choose to enroll, attendance is expected.

If your child has

    • 5 unexcused absences

-Notify State Department of Educ.

  • 7 unexcused absences

-You will be contacted by the Family Resource Center

  • 10 unexcused absences =
    • Possible Dismissal from Pre K Program
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Attendance Policy
  • Excused Absences include:
    • Doctor Visits
    • Dentist Visits
    • WIC appointments
    • Funerals
    • Court Appearances
  • Please provide a written excuse from these appointments so that the absences can be excused by the school office.
morning parking
Morning Parking
  • Please do not enter the school parking lot before 8:10 a.m. each day
    • At 8:10 a.m. drive into the front traffic circle
    • Stay in your car until I open the door at 8:15 a.m.
    • We will enter the building together so that we are in compliance with Tennessee State Laws regarding visitors on school premises
  • Please do not park in faculty parking spaces (each school adapt)
how families can be involved in pre k
How Families can be involved in Pre K
  • Parent Meetings (Monthly)
  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Field Trips

Examples of Parent Meetings

  • Introduction of the Imagination Library
  • PTO Open House
  • 2 Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 7 Parenting workshops
  • 1 Curriculum Review Meeting
  • Meet the Kindergarten Teachers
  • End of Year Celebration
  • Christmas Get Together
  • Registration Breakfast
daily pre k schedule
Daily Pre K Schedule

Ladies, insert your daily routine. Thanks!

what happens at pre k it s more than just play
What happens at Pre K…It’s MORE than just play!
  • Creative Curriculum
    • Developmentally Appropriate Practice for 4 year old children
    • Pre K classrooms are set up with Learning Centers where your child will have opportunities to:
      • Work with letters, numbers, and writing
      • Complete science experiments and explore nature
      • Use the computer
      • Work with math concepts, such as measurement, patterns, shapes, and sorting
      • Work on fine motor skills by using scissors, painting, & writing
      • Listen to books or music
      • Develop interpersonal skills
      • Develop conflict resolution and problem solving skills
      • We also follow a list of goals called the TN-ELDS. These can be found on the following website: http://www.tennessee.gov/education/ci/earlychildhood/index.shtml
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What happens at Pre K…It’s MORE than just play!
  • Story Time allows children to:
    • Develop receptive language skills (listening)
    • Develop expressive language skills (expressing thoughts or ideas about the story)
    • Develop critical thinking skills as they learn to relate the story to their own life or to another story
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What happens at Pre K…It’s MORE than just play!
  • Small Group time allows children to
    • Receive instruction in literacy, math, science and social studies, as well as art, music, and drama
    • Instruction is delivered to a small group of children so that children can be better focused and the teacher can become more aware of where each child is in his/her learning
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What happens at Pre K…It’s MORE than just play!
  • Outdoor Play
    • Allows children to develop gross motor skills like:
      • Hopping
      • Galloping
      • Skipping
      • Jumping
      • Climbing
      • Running
    • Helps develop healthy habits (exercise)
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What happens at Pre K…It’s MORE than just play!
  • Whole Group or Large Group Time allows children to
    • Develop receptive (listening) language and expressive language skills
    • Discuss theme topics
    • Discuss what is happening in their world
      • Such as weather, upcoming events or holidays
      • Learn to have empathy for others through class meetings
    • Learn through music and movement
    • Learn to wait for their turn
must have before august 5 2014
MUST HAVE before August 5, 2014

Immunization and Physical Examination

    • This is REQUIRED. State law does not permit children to attend school without this form.
    • Birth Certificate
    • Custody Documents (if this pertains to your child)
    • Proof of residency- (ex: electric, water, home phone bill)
  • White Pine School Fax 865-674-8383 (Enter your school’s info.)
fall registration
Fall Registration
  • August 5, 2014
    • Free/Reduced Meals
      • If you receive a letter during the summer, please bring it to Fall Registration
      • Complete the Free/Reduced Meal form on August 5, 2014
        • If you have a SNAP or EBT case number, please bring it on August 5, 2014
    • Verify all Phone Numbers, including emergency contact information and work phone numbers
    • All phone numbers must be working numbers
    • Verify current address
during the summer
During the Summer…
  • You will receive a letter explaining:
    • Home Visit
    • Staggered Enrollment