We invite you to join us.
Zion Lutheran Church Services
Sunday Mornings at:
8:00 a.m. - Liturgical Service
10:45 a.m. - Contemporary Service
Zion offers a SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE CLUB FROM
9:30-10:30 a.m. for children age 2 - adults.
We would love to see you and your child on Sundays
as well as during the week.
ZION LUTHERAN PRESCHOOL
ZION LUTHERAN SCHOOL
Mr. Dave Kniepkamp, Principal
1810 McClintock Ave.
Belleville, IL 62221
234-0275 (FAX # 233-2972)
Mrs. Krista Call
1405 Red Fox Trail
O’Fallon, IL 62269
Mrs. Amanda Rule
1825 Spruce Hill Drive
Belleville, IL 62221-3604
ZION LUTHERAN PRESCHOOL HANDBOOK
PURPOSE: Zion Lutheran School, Belleville was founded in 1861. Our preschool was
started in 1971. The Zion Lutheran Church Board of Education is responsible for the
employment and supervision of the teaching staff as specified in the Church Constitution.
MISSION STATEMENT: Zion Lutheran School provides a Christ centered approach to education.
The education nurtures the child’s faith, equips him to use that faith on a daily basis,
and prepares the child to share that faith with others.
Our Vision: That every child knows Jesus as his/her personal Savior
In cooperation with the home, we aim to nurture children in their life and education
through the use of a developmentally appropriate (hands on) curriculum.
3 & 4 -Year-Old Curriculum - The DLM Early Childhood Express is a comprehensive,
research-based Pre-k curriculum that develops children’s minds and bodies through
carefully selected and sequenced learning experiences. DLM spans nine essential
disciplines; Language, Early literacy, Math Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts, Health
and Safety, Personal Development, Physical Development and Computer Technology.
3 & 4 -Year-Old Curriculum Doors to Discovery is a Pre-K program that builds a foundation
of oral language, phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, and concepts of print and a
love of books. Literacy enriched learning centers provide a child-center approach
throughout the curriculum. Family literacy activities foster between the school, home,
family and teacher. Through engaging storybooks, enchanting literacy-learning
environments, and authentic discoveries, preschoolers are given “keys” that will open the
door to lifelong literacy.
OUR GOALS ARE: To provide activities that will foster growth physically, intellectually,
emotionally, socially and spiritually.
PARTICIPATION: Jesus encourages all the little children to come to Him and we would like
to encourage you and your family to come and participate in the many programs and
activities at Zion Church and School. Please call the church office (233-2299) for
information about worship, Sunday School and adult education, family and youth programs
and counseling. Your child's teacher or the school office may also be able to answer any
questions you may have.
1. A registration fee of $100 is to be paid for each child at the time of
registration. This is non-refundable and not part of the tuition.
2. To enter the 3-year-old class, the child must be 3 years old on or before
September 1st of the year entering. For the 4-year-old class, he/she must be
4 years old on or before September 1st.
3. On or before the first day of school the following must be submitted to the
a. Copy of Birth Certificate
b. Physical Examination (including Immunization Record)
c. Completed Emergency Form (supplied by school)
3-Year-Old Program, Aug-May = $1,250 per year
3-Year-Old Extended Program, Aug–May = $2,280 per year.
4-Year-Old Mon., Wed., Fri. Morning Program, Aug–May = $1,561 per year.
4-Year-Old Mon, Wed., Fri. Extended Program, Aug-May = $2,905 per year.
Early Room – before school care is available check with the office for current fees for
before and after school care.
If a child enters school in the middle of the month, tuition will be pro-rated and
charged for the number of days which the child attended.
Monthly tuition payments are made through the school office using Direct Deposit at no
additional fee. See registration form for various payment plan options.
OVER DUE PAYMENTS By order of the Board of Education, a student may be eliminated from
the class if payments are delinquent a month or more. All fees may be dropped in the
office or mailed. Please make checks payable to Zion Lutheran School. If your child’s
last name is different than yours, please indicate the child’s name in the memo box.
REFUNDS: We cannot give deductions or refunds for days or weeks missed due to illness or
family vacations. Your tuition payments reserve your child's place at Zion Preschool.
WITHDRAWALS: If you plan to remove your child from the program, please notify the
teacher as soon as possible.
ARRIVALS, DEPARTURES AND ABSENCES:
The Teacher will open the classroom door at 8:15 a.m. Please do not drop the children
off any earlier as it may be the only prep time the teacher has that day. Please be
prompt at pick up time so that your child will not have to wait. For the child's
protection bring him/her to the room and pick up at the room. Notify the teacher of
carpools and send a note when anyone other than you or the carpool driver will bring or
take your child home.
SCHOOL CLOSINGS: You will receive a call via our School Reach program and via Fast
Direct and you can tune into KSDK Channel 5 (TV) for school closing due to excess ice or
snow. We follow the school calendar for Zion Lutheran School for holidays and other
scheduled school days off.
CONFERENCES: Please feel free to arrange a conference anytime you desire to talk with
the teacher. Teachers Conferences will be scheduled during the year. A sign-up sheet
enables you to choose a convenient time. We feel it is best never to discuss a child's
problems or fears while he/she is present.
NOTES & NEWSLETTERS: There is a bulletin board outside the classroom, please CHECK IT
DAILY! The school produces a bi-monthly newsletter called News-N-Notes. It goes home
every other Thursday or Friday depending on your child’s class. Articles may be
submitted to the school secretary for publication. The deadline is Monday by noon.
THANK YOU: Thank you for your cooperation. It is a privilege to be with your child as
we grow together in God's love. We pray that your child's first school experience will
be a positive one.
AS A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL WE STATE THAT: Zion Lutheran Preschool admits students of any
race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and
activities generally accorded or made available to students at Zion Lutheran School. It
does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethinic origin in
administration of its educational policies, admissions policies.
PARENT-HELPERS: YOU ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR SCHOOL. A helper sign-up sheet is on
the bulletin board. We must have a helper each day. It is your responsibility to find a
replacement if an emergency arrives. We welcome fathers and grandparents as helpers in
our preschool. We need you to be a helper 5-6 times a year. Please be an active helper
by reminding the children to put away a toy before another one is chosen. Sit on the
floor with the class during openings and story time, play games with us, and suggest to
those not listening that it's time to use their ears to listen.
When helping the children, if a child would ask you to draw something for them, please
don't! Give them many suggestions on how; ask them questions, to help them think.
Example: They are drawing a pig. Ask: Is the pig skinny or fat? Ask what shape tummy,
what shape head, what kind of ears, tail, etc. This will help the child think of what
they want to draw. Drawing the picture for them discourages them for they feel theirs
could not look as good as yours.
Spell every child's name starting with the proper capital and all the other letters in
lower case. Do not spell their name in all capitals. It is much easier to teach them
the proper way first rather than the wrong way and have to re-teach later.
We like to teach our pupils to solve problems, allowing them to think about and try
possible solutions. It helps them to grow and develop.
In order for discipline to be consistent please quietly point out any problems to the
teacher and he/she will handle them.
PARENT-HELPER COOPERATIVE PROGRAM:
If you are unable to sign-up to help in the Classroom please call another parent on the
list to substitute for you. If you cannot find a sub please call the office so the
teacher can be notified. It is vitally important to have an extra pair of hands in the
classroom each day.
For procedures and policies on medical conditions and medications, see the Zion Lutheran
School Handbook and Directory (usually available in early September).
ABSENT: Please notify the school via Fast Direct or the phone (234-0275) as soon as
possible if your child will be absent from school that day.
FIELD TRIPS: Parents will be asked on occasion to accompany the Preschool class on field
trips. The teachers will limit the number of adults that will accompany the class.
Younger siblings are not encouraged to attend the trips. A small fee may be collected
for some trips. See teacher for insurance waiver in order to drive for a field trip.
SKATE PARTIES: Zion Lutheran School sponsors a Skate Party 4-5 times a school year at
Fun Spot Skate Rink on West Blvd. They are closed to the public, only Zion students and
friends are invited. They have a separate skating area for young, new skaters; it is a
great place to teach your child to skate. Cost is $5.00 entrance fee, skate rental
varies. Watch News-n-Notes for dates.
CLOTHING: You can help your child enjoy preschool by seeing that he/she wears
comfortably fitting clothes which he/she can manage independently. Our activities often
include messy activities such as paint, water, and sand play; therefore, children should
wear completely washable play clothes. All outdoor articles of clothing and school bags
must be marked with the child's name. Send hats and mittens on cold days for outdoor
play. Shoes worn to school should be suitable for rough or outdoor play.
CHILDREN’S BAGS - please have your child take home and return his bag or backpack daily.
See teacher for specific size bag should be due to cubby space.
Our classroom has been set up as a planned learning environment with appropriate and
educationally sound activities; for this reason, we request that children DO NOT BRING
TOYS FROM HOME TO SCHOOL. Throughout the year each child will have several opportunities
to bring in special things from home for sharing with the class. The teacher will send
home a note when the time is here.
HEALTH AND SAFETY: Please keep your child at home if he/she has any of the following:
communicable diseases: measles, mumps, chicken pox, pink eye, impetigo, fever (a
temperature above normal for the child for the sake of the child and others), acute cold,
badly running nose, sore throat, sever cough, earache, swollen glands, red or discharging
eyes, nausea or vomiting, skin eruptions or rashes, chills, flushed appearance, headache,
or pediculosis(head lice-ukus).
*Children must be fever free, without medicine for 24 hours before returning to school.
NUTRITION: The snack fee is included with your registration fee and will ensure that the
snack is preschool friendly and safe for all preschoolers, especially those with
allergies. This will also enable us to provide a snack that goes along with our
curriculum when possible. During Discovery Time the children will wash their hands and
enjoy a snack.
For your child's birthday you may wish to bring frosted muffins, angel food cupcakes or
his favorite food. Birthdays, when celebrated at school, should be kept simple. An
adult may stay to help serve, take pictures, or tell a special story. You may wish to
send special plates or birthday napkins.
Please be especially careful to use your highest sanitation standards when preparing
snacks for school. Your hands, counters, and utensils must be as well washed (as the
foods you prepare)
If your child is allergic to certain foods, please notify the teacher in writing. This
information will be placed with your child's records.
Illinois Child Passenger Protection Act
2003 Updates Effective January 1, 2004
Public Act #83-8, The Child Passenger Protection Act has been in effect in Illinois since
July 1, 1983. The law, amended effective Jan. 1, 2004 requires anyone who transports
children in Illinois in non-commercial vehicles to do so in the following manner:
Children under the age of eight years must be secured in an appropriate child
restraint system, more commonly called a child safety seat. Child safety seats
include infant seats, convertible seats (rear facing for infants and forward-facing
for toddlers) and booster seats that are used with the vehicle lap and shoulder
Children weighing more than 40 pounds may be transported in the back seat of a
motor vehicle while wearing only a lap belt if the back seat is not equipped with a
lap and shoulder belt system for booster seat installation.
Children and young people eight and up to 16 years of age must be secured in a
properly adjusted safety belt in any position in the vehicle.
The parent or legal guardian of a child under the age of eight years is responsible
for providing a child safety seat to anyone who transports his or her child.
Every person under the age of 18 years who transports a child eight years of age or
older (up to 18 years) is responsible for securing that child in a properly
adjusted and fastened safety belt or child safety seat.
Those found in violation of the law the first time will be fined $50, which is waived
upon proof of possession of an approved safety seat. Subsequent violations are
punishable by a $100 fine.
Children with physical disabilities that prevent the use of standard safety seats are
exempt from the provisions of the law if the disability is duly certified by a physician.
All Classes will begin at 8:15 a.m.
Morning Sessions end at 11:30 a.m.
Extended Day Sessions end at 3:00 p.m.
SCHOOL CALENDAR 2011-2012 YEAR
(To Be Announced)