A Handbook for
Golden Rule Preschool
A Ministry of First Christian Church
Concordia, KS 66901 (785)243-4760-preschool (785)243-3449-church
614 Cedar Street
“In everything, do to others what you would want them to do to you.” Matthew 7:12 (NIrV) “Train up a child in the way he should go. When he is old, he will not turn away from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NIrV)
Golden Rule Preschool
A Ministry of First Christian Church 614 Cedar Street 243-3449-church 243-4760-preschool Lisa Knapp, Program Director 243-6020 John States, Church Pastor Sharon Applebee, Church Secretary Pricilla Lindsey, Church Secretary
Golden Rule Preschool is a ministry of the First Christian Church to the families in and around our community of Concordia, Kansas designed to create an environment of love and trust where children can grow emotionally, intellectually, socially, physically and spiritually. The preschool was founded to provide a Christian environment for preschool age children to learn about themselves, interact with others, and discover the world around them. The early years of a child’s life are the most important to his/her development. A child develops a concept of him/herself, God, and others during these early years. These concepts create a pattern of feelings and behaving which underlies all his/her experiences. Our goal is to provide a healthy, loving, and safe environment to help foster positive concepts towards self, God, and others. We will provide a place where all individuals are accepted and valued as a unique creation of God. It is a place that provides the opportunity to question, explore, succeed, and celebrate in God’s world. The learning environment is planned to allow freedom to be creative through play, art, music, and directed learning. However, limits will be set to help the child learn about safety and develop a respect for property and the rights of others. It is the desire of the Preschool to be an extension of the home. The Preschool is designed to reinforce the values and character building begun in the home. For this reason, a strong working relationship between the home and the Preschool is encouraged.
All teaching will be based on Christian principles. Our curriculum includes seven areas of instruction to provide growth and development. 1. Self-esteem and positive self-image to help each child develop an awareness of his/herself as a person of worth 2. Social interaction skills to help each child develop an awareness of others as persons of worth and the ability to function as a cooperative member of a group 3. Self-expression and communication skills to help each child develop inner control and positive ways of interacting with others 4. Creative expression to help each child develop his/her personal inner creativity and a sense of curiosity 5. Large and small muscle skills to help each child develop large and small motor control, awareness of his/her body, habits of personal hygiene, awareness of proper nutrition, and safety habits 6. Intellectual growth to help each child develop problem solving skills, a readiness for reading and math skills, and art and musical skills 7. Spiritual growth to help each child develop an awareness as a unique creation of God, an appreciation of the beauty of God’s creation, an appreciation of music, art and literature, an appreciation of the Bible as God’s Word, knowledge of the bible as God’s Word, an ability and desire to pray, and a realization of the love and person of Jesus We have established a good line of communication with the public school Kindergarten teachers and have received a list of desired skills for Kindergarten readiness to ensure that our 4 year old class is prepared to continue their academic career successfully.
Ownership Golden Rule Preschool is owned and operated by First Christian Church. It has undergone licensing guidelines to obtain a license from the State of Kansas for a preschool for children ages three through five. Board and Officers Golden Rule Preschool is governed by a preschool board comprised of the program director, the church pastor, the church youth pastor and representatives from First Christian Church. The board will meet as needed. Reports will be given by the Program Director to the governing board at First Christian Church as needed. Admission Requirements and Enrollment Children who are three years old before September 1st of the coming school year will be allowed to enroll in the Three year old class. Children who are four years old before September 1st of the coming school year will be allowed to enroll in the Four year old class. Children must be toilet trained. Pull-ups will not be accepted. We understand that occasional accidents may happen. For recurring problems, parents will be called. Immunizations must be up to date in accordance with the State Department of Health. A current physical examination (within six months prior to entry of school) is also required before admittance to preschool. A registration fee of $25.00 is due upon enrollment. This fee reserves a spot for your child and pays for school supplies and craft supplies that are used throughout the year. The fee, a Health Assessment form, Emergency release care form and a Personal Information form must be on file before the child enters preschool in accordance to Kansas state licensing guidelines. Absenteeism and Sickness Please contact the school if your child is going to be absent from class. If your child has been in contact with a contagious disease, you must let the school know immediately so incubation dates may be verified and the health
needs of all children protected. Parents must keep sick children at home. Children with rashes or other skin irritations, sore eyes or ears, or discharge from the eyes or ears should be kept at home. If your child has been sick for several days, s/he may not return to school until s/he has been without a temperature for 24 hours. If a child becomes sick at school, s/he will be isolated from the other children and kept comfortable until parents come to pick him/her up. A child sent home with a fever may not return to school the following day to allow the opportunity for recovery. Children with Lice or other mite infestation must be checked by the health department and given a clear check before returning to school. Tuition, Fees, and Withdrawals Tuition is due monthly on the first school day of the month. Please be on time with monthly tuition payment. The 3-4 year old class (T/Th) is $50.00 per month and 4-5 year old class (M/W/F or T/W/Th) is $75.00 per month. Please let us know if circumstances arise so that individual arrangements can be made. There will be a $30.00 service charge on all checks that are returned from the bank. Payments may be made with cash check, or money order in the exact amount due. One month written notice must be given if your child is to be withdrawn from school. Registration fees are not refundable. Refunds due to extended illnesses will be considered by the board. Hours of Operation, Arrival and Pickup School hours are from 8:30-11:00 a.m. and 12:30-3:00 p.m. Children may arrive at 8:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. and will have time to get settled and acclimated in the classroom. Please do not arrive early as staff is busy preparing for the day. Parents must walk children into the building and sign the child in. Parents must also come into the building to pick the child up and sign him/her out. Dismissal is at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Students are to be picked up at that time. Please be prompt. Children can get apprehensive or upset if they are left waiting for very long. It is also courteous to the teaching staff to make sure you are on time for dismissal. We acknowledge
that emergency situations happen and will try to accommodate when such circumstances take place. The Preschool will follow USD 333 school calendar with like holidays and vacation. The only person(s) allowed to pick up a child will be ones indicated on the child’s registration records. If for any reason the parent or guardian wants someone who is not listed on the registration form to pick up their child, they must send a note signed by the parent or guardian stating so. Parties and Holiday Celebrations There will be parties to celebrate most major holidays. Sign up sheets for parents who wish to help with refreshments or supplies will be available at the beginning of the school year. Birthdays To a young child the day s/he becomes 4 or 5 years old is a very important day. We look forward to helping each child celebrate that special day. Children having summer birthdays may celebrate their “half” birthday or choose another day in the school calendar to celebrate their birthday. Parents may provide a snack for that day. We do not encourage candy favors. Please check with the teacher on any allergy concerns of classmates and any kind of favors the child may wish to share with the class. Favors are not a necessary part of the celebration. Mystery Bag Children enjoy sharing with their classmates, and we believe it is an important part of social interaction and builds communication skills. A Mystery Bag will rotate through the classroom. Students will be allowed to bring an item that follows the monthly theme, color, or shape. They are allowed to bring anything of their choice with the exception of toy guns and weapons. This is the only time toys are allowed to be brought to school. Books and items directly related to curriculum are welcome any day.
Clothing Children need to wear play clothes as they will be involved in activities that may cause them to get dirty and soiled. We want children to be free to experiment without fear of getting dirty. All children need to keep a change of clothing in their book bags in case of an accident (water spill, paint mishap, bathroom accident, etc.). Snack A nutritious snack will be provided by the Preschool. Snacks always include a fruit or vegetable along with items from the bread and cereal group. Food allergies should be made know to the teacher. Newsletters Parents will be informed of the latest developments and announcements relative to the Preschool through letters and notices. Please read all papers sent home with your child. A monthly newsletter and calendar will be sent out to inform parents of activities, themes and topics of study within the coming month. Inclement Weather School closing and cancellations will be announced on KNCK radio. We will follow the decisions of USD 333 on school closings due to bad weather. Cancellations Due to Church Functions Preschool may be cancelled due to functions at the church. This will not be very likely but will be possible during the school year. Conferences Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for the end of February or beginning of March. Conferences are an important time to access the progress and skills of the student. If at any time you desire to meet with the teacher to discuss concerns, please call to set up a conference. Communication between the home and school is very important.
Discipline Corporal punishment or humiliating or frightening techniques are never used, nor is punishment ever associated with food, rest, isolation for illness or toilet training. Disciplinary problems are prevented or lessened by not expecting more than the child is able to do, giving recognition for achievement, and timely, unobtrusive interference before a crisis develops. A safe place area is utilized to give a child the time necessary to get him/herself back under control. Parents will be notified of recurring behavior problems in order to find a solution to the recurring problem. It is our goal to correct inappropriate behavior in a positive manner. Supplies Your child needs to bring the following supplies on the first day of school. Paint Smock (may use an old, big shirt) Book bag (needs to come to school each day to carry papers home in) All other supplies such as crayons, markers, glue, scissors, paper, etc. will be covered by the $25.00 registration fee. Emergency Numbers Please keep your emergency contact numbers up to date. Notify the Preschool immediately if telephone numbers change or contacts change. It is very important that we have correct information in case of an emergency situation. Nondiscrimination Policy In accordance with K.S.A. 44-1009, we shall not exclude any child from care for reason of race, religion, color, sex, physical handicap, national origin, or ancestry.