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Our Lady of Grace Extended Care Handbook 5051 Eden Ave. Edina, Minnesota 55436 Before/After School Program at Our Lady of Grace Our Lady of Grace Catholic School Extended Care Program Purpose Statement To provide Spiritual Guidance for God’s Children through Religious and Academic Education where: Excellence is expected Discipline is understood Family is valued Social Awareness is strengthened Director: Sharon Hierlmaier Assistants Dennis Cummings Caroline Currin Ellie Harristal Nancy Jackson Meg Groshens Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday from 7:15 to 8:15am and 3:15 to 6:00pm Dear Parents, The Extended Care program is open to Kindergarten through eighth grade students. Our mission involves a few things; first and foremost provide a safe and nurturing environment for your children before and after their school day ends. Second, I want to ensure that their time with us is enriching and fun. Third, I will be offering academic support with their homework. Finally, my assistants will have a fun-filled, action packed day planned that will include outdoor playtime, centers, games, crafts, computer time and much, more. Many of our children will be involved in after-school activities that we will be happy to coordinate; all I ask is that you let us know when your child joins an extra-curricular sport/activity in writing. We will be open on non-school days. Check the Weekender for monthly release day schedule I have an open door policy so please feel free to stop in and observe anytime what our program has to offer. If you ever have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call me at 612-240-3514 or email me at email@example.com God Bless, Mrs. Sharon Hierlmaier Director Extended Care Program Our Lady of Grace Extended Care Daily Schedule 7:15 – 8:15 Before School Care; reading, puzzles, coloring, games (Kickball) Located in Cassidy Hall 3:15 Children will be dismissed to the After Care Area Art Room/Music Room or Kindergarten Room (Old Teacher’s Lounge) 3:15-3:20 Check in and put coats and backpacks away 3:20-3:35 Snack will be served at the tables 3:35-4:35 Homework time for all grades will be offered in the art room Kindergarten sharing in kindergarten room and those with no homework will be in the Cassidy Hall/gym/outside for playtime 4:35-5:30 Free choice either in the gym/outside for activity time or the art room for crafts/free play 5:30-6:00 Clean up/D.E.A.R(Drop Everything And Read) in the Music Room for grades K-8th grade and group games Our Lady of Grace Extended Care 2012 – 2013 September 4, 2012 - June 7, 2013 Before Care hours: Monday - Friday 7: 15 - 8: 15 After Care hours: Monday - Friday 3:15 - 6:00 Summer 2012 June 11, 2012 - August 17, 2012 Release Days 2012 - 2013 (Look in the Weekender for Monthly sign up Information) October 18, 19, 29 November 19, 20, 21 December 26, 27, 28 January 21, 22 February 18, 19 March 8 April 1,2,3,4,5 Summer 2013 June 10 – August 16, 2013 DESCRIPTION Our Lady of Grace Extended Care is a program that provides care for any Our Lady of Grace School student. Children are offered a variety of supervised activities including art, board games, free time, reading, computer, movies and athletic games. Our program is planned with the children in mind . . . a program we hope is fun, exciting, and an overall learning experience. Our program is designed to offer every child opportunities for intellectual, physical and social development. Our paramount goal is to provide a warm, caring, Christian atmosphere for your children. Children need a safe, nurturing environment that assists them to grow. OUR LADY OF GRACE EXTENDED CARE PROGRAM GOALS * To provide a safe, secure, stable environment that encourages adventure, creativity, building special relationships, developing healthy self-‐concepts, respect of others, responsible behavior, and a positive attitude. * To provide stimulating programs geared to the child's age and development. Including a variety of experiences related to large motor skills, creative art, drama, music, small motor skills, language development (listening, speaking, writing) math, books, and recreational activities both passive and active. * To provide a caring staff that stresses group cooperation while supporting the needs of the individual child. * To provide a foundation for future learning, experiences with other children, and programs that complement the school curriculum. * To provide communication between Our Lady of Grace Extended Care staff, school personnel, and parents. OUR LADY OF GRACE EXTENDED CARE CURRICULUM Our Lady of Grace Extended Care program offers children a variety of activities that provide opportunities to explore, manipulate, experiment with things and interact with people. Activities include: art and craft, food preparation, fine arts, computer use, dramatic/imaginative play, puzzles and table games, science, math, active indoor and/or outdoor play, literature, music, sharing, quiet/homework time, group time, stories and rest time. BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE Our Lady of Grace Extended Care program provides care before and after school hours as well as school release days and summer programming. This program is designed to provide a relaxed, trusting and fun environment conducive to learning and growing. It provides a structured recreational atmosphere in which learning is experienced through a variety of activities. Children are encouraged to pursue their own interests, develop friendships, grow in confidence and independence, as well as, respect for themselves and others. FIELD TRIPS Field trips are an important part of our release day and summer program. They are outreach opportunities providing a variety of experiences and enrichment. A signed consent form will be on file for any field trips. Transportation for such trips will be provided in accordance with all city, state, and Our Lady of Grace School safety regulations. On field trips, children are transported on a chartered bus. PICKING UP YOUR CHILD AFTER CLOSING (6:00 P.M.) Our Lady of Grace Extended Care program closes at 6:00 p.m. Any parent picking up a child after 6:00 p.m. will be charged an additional $$3.00 every Five minutes (per child). No exceptions will be granted to this policy. A signed sheet will be given to you on those occasions for you to return with payment ABSENCES There are no credits for absences PAYMENT Payment is based on enrollment, not attendance. A regular monthly schedule must be provided at the time of enrollment. A written dated notice of any schedule changes must be submitted two weeks prior to the change. All payments must be kept current or service will not be rendered. DROP OUT OF THE PROGRAM Our Lady of Grace Extended Care requires a two-‐week written notice, when your child is leaving the program. Payment for the two weeks is required once we are notified, regardless if your child attends after that point. ENROLLMENT Children are not considered enrolled until the following items are completed. * Enrollment form describing child, family members, Home address and telephone number, emergency person and telephone. Information on file, especially phone numbers of home, work and back-‐up emergency persons MUST BE KEPT CURRENT. * Permission and release forms including medical, publicity, field trips and first aid care. * Non-‐refundable registration fee has been paid. * Registration Form. INCLEMENT WEATHER The decision to send children to school in severe weather is the responsibility of parents. Our Lady of Grace School will follow the decision of Edina Public Schools. A statement will be made on WCCO Radio at 6:30a.m. If Our Lady of Grace is not listed specifically, and Edina Pubic Schools are closed, Our Lady of Grace is also closed. Extended Care will be closed too. Early Release because of Weather: * Only those children who normally attend after school on that day will come. * We will contact parents upon notification of closure. * If we are unable to reach parents, we will contact those individuals listed as emergency contacts to come and pick up child(ren). * Staff members will remain until all children are picked up. * If Our Lady of Grace Extended Care program is closed for the entire day, due to a weather conditions, you will not be billed for that day. GUIDANCE POLICY It is the goal of Our Lady of Grace Extended Care program to guide children in becoming responsible, happy, cooperative participants in our program. In order to promote a safe and stimulating environment for the children, developmentally appropriate rules and expectations will be clearly communicated to parents and children. Included in these expectations will be respecting others and their property, following directions, and acting in a safe manner. The staff through positive, non-‐threatening teaching techniques will work toward increasing the children's respect for themselves by helping them become responsible for their own actions, as well as helping them grow in their respect for the rights and feelings of other people. When conflicts arise, it is our goal to work with each individual child, listen to what they have to say and help to resolve the conflict by using effective communication. Guidance procedures will include the redirecting of a child's attention to a more appropriate activity. If the behavior or situation continues, the child will be issued a verbal warning. The teacher and the child will discuss acceptable alternative behavior. If the behavior/conflict continues: A child may not be allowed to participate for a short period of time, in the activity or area where conflict exists. (Problem behavior will be relayed to parents through a behavior slip filled out by the teacher to be signed by parents.) A child may be separated from the group when other less instructive methods of guiding behavior have been ineffective and/or the behavior threatens the well being of other children. A child that is separated from the group will remain within an unenclosed part of the classroom where they can be continuously seen and heard by staff. Return to the group will be contingent on the child stopping or bringing under control the behavior that precipitated the separation. The child will immediately be returned to the group when the behavior causing the separation stops. If there is still an unresolved conflict, or a persistent problem situation, parents will be asked for ideas on solving the conflict. It is our policy at Our Lady of Grace Extended Care program that no child is subject to corporal or psychological abuse. Exclusion time shall be geared to the age of the child and shall not exceed ten minutes. If a child continues to show inappropriate behavior, parents will be contacted and must pick up the child, he/she will be asked to go home for the day. Also, a conference with parents will be required. Rules for OBPP At Our Lady of Grace Rule 1 We Will Not Bully Others Rule 2 We Will Try to Help Students Who are Bullied Rule 3 We Will Try to Include Students Who are Left Out Rule 4 If We Know That Somebody Is Being Bullied, We Will Tell an Adult at School And an Adult at Home EXPECTATIONS Clean up is part of the daily routine and is the responsibility of each participant. Consistency and cooperation are vital in successfully accomplishing this task. When picking-‐up your child, please urge them to clean-‐up, put things away and return toys, supplies and equipment before leaving. Please greet staff when you pick-‐up or drop-‐off your child, and always sign them in or out before leaving the premises. COMMUNICATION Newsletters Our Lady of Grace Extended Care Program will hand out newsletters highlighting upcoming programs and special events. A Parent Bulletin Board will be located above the sign out sheets. Check it weekly. A progress report be will be given to the classroom teacher to share with you at conference times (if requested) CLOTHING Situations do arise when a child needs a change of clothing. This includes children of all ages. To be prepared for these occasions, each child needs a complete change of clothing left at Our Lady of Grace Extended Care. Clothing should be put in a bag and labeled, Make sure to include underwear and socks PERSONAL BELONGINGS Children who bring toys and other items from home will be responsible for those items. OUR LADY OF GRACE EXTENDED CARE PROGRAM CANNOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOST OR DAMAGED ITEMS OR CLOTHING. TAKING HOME OR DELIVERING PETS TO SCHOOL If your child is taking home a pet from school, it is required that the child and their pet be transported directly from school. Please make these arrangements, as we cannot ensure the safety of the pet or the safety of the other children when pets are brought to Our Lady of Grace Extended Care. SICK CHILD If a child becomes ill during the time that they are in attendance at Our Lady of Grace Extended Care, the child's parent(s) will be notified immediately of symptoms or injuries. With non-‐emergency illness, the child will rest until a parent can come to pick them up. * With a temperature of or exceeding 100 degrees * Who displays symptoms of physical illness (Vomiting, diarrhea, etc.) * With a rash of unknown origin Parents should not send children to school if their are indications of illness. Emergency guidelines will be followed according to Our Lady of Grace School Handbook. Schedule & Fee for our program Registration Fee/Craft Fee bi-‐annually $ 25.00 per family (Nonrefundable) Before Care 7:30 -‐ 8:15 $ 7.75/ day per child After Care 3:00 -‐ 6:00 $ 15.50 day per child Before and After Care $ 18.50 / day per child Release Days 7:30 -‐ 6:00 $ 45.00 / day per child Any child dropped off prior to 7:30 will be sent to before school care and charged. Thank you for taking the time to read through the Our Lady of Grace Extended Care Handbook. It is required that all parents sign this to verify that they have read and understand all the guidelines for our program. __________________________________________________ Parent Signature Date Our Lady of Grace Extended Care Before/After School Program Registration Agreement 612-‐240-‐3514 Schedule: (Please check your schedule) you will be billed according to this schedule. If there are any changes please notify us in writing at least two weeks in advance. Before School Care: M T W TH F After School Care: M T W TH F Child’s Name:__________________________________________________________ Birth Date:_________ Grade entering in the Fall____________ Mother’s Name:__________________ Father’s Name:__________________ Address:__________________________________________ __________________________________________ Daytime contact number:_______________ Cell:______________________ Email address:___________________________________________________ My signature indicates that I have read the above statements and agree to comply with them. _______________________ ____________________________ Mother’s signature Father’s signature Any child dropped off prior to 7:30 will be sent to before school care and charged.
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