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Welcome to Ellerslie Road Preschool

 We are really excited about this year at Pre-School. We have an enthusiastic teaching team that is looking forward to the coming school year. Our teaching staff this year includes Laura McConaghy, Becky McKenzie, Vicki Oko, Lisa Ladd and Stephaunia Halle. We will introduce you to our teaching assistants in September.

A few things to mention....

Parent Orientation

We will be having a “new family” parent orientation on Wednesday September 6th, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. This will be an opportunity for you to learn more about our program (what is "learning through play", our child guidance policy, meet the teachers, see the classrooms etc.) Please note that childcare is not provided; we ask that you make arrangements for your children that evening. Thank you!

Fees and late policy

Our late policy (for pick-up) is $25.00 (if you are 10 - 30 minutes late after class finishes), and an additional $25.00 for every 30 minutes following. Your child will be unable to attend preschool until all late fees are paid.

Ellerslie Road Preschool will now be taking payment for preschool via PayPal recurring payments. You will receive an email from our registrar, Matt Hornbrook, with instructions to sign up using your credit card, debit card or Paypal account. Once you have signed up, you will be debited each month, for the next eight months.

Ellerslie Road Preschool is happy to implement this feature as it will allow parents to collect points via their credit or debit cards and cheques will no longer need to be written or collected at the beginning of the year.

NSF Charges will apply.

If you would like to pay your fees for the entire year, we will credit you the transaction fees. The amount will be $1400.00 (3x/week), and $945.00 (2x/week) paid by cheque prior to September 22, 2017. Thank you to those families that have already submitted this cheque.

How to reach us, and security

Please let us know if your child will be absent, if you are going on vacation etc. The preferred method of communication is to email us at erps@ellerslieroadpreschool.ca. Please also let us know if any of your information has changed. (phone numbers, emergency contact, allergies etc.) It is essential that we can reach a parent or alternate caregiver at all times.

Your child’s safety is of primary concern to us. It is important for your child’s teacher to know who will be picking up your child each day. If alternative arrangements are made (other than yourself or your spouse), please make sure that your child’s teacher is aware. We will have a consent form for you to include all authorized people who will drop off/pick up your child. This will be available at the parent orientation evening, and the first week of classes. The outside church doors (East and South) will be unlocked 10 minutes before class begins, and we will lock them 10 minutes after class begins. (ie 8:50 am and 9:10 am; and 12:35 pm and 12:55 pm). The doors will again be unlocked 10 minutes before class finishes. Please use this entrance at all times unless you need to access the building during class, at which time you may enter the building through the front door.

 

We are privileged to be able to use this facility, and we ask that children (and siblings) do not run in the hallways, or foyer. There are many others working in the building, and we want to be respectful of that. We recognize that young children have lots of energy and so we ask that they run outside before/after class. We will do lots of gross motor activities in the gym and outside, as part of our program.

What to bring

Your child should bring a small backpack, with an extra set of clothing and non-scuff running shoes. Please ensure that everything is clearly labelled with your child's name. We are unable to keep the backpack at school, so it will go home with your child each day. Your child should wear washable

 

clothing to school, (we make lots of mess ), that is easy for them to manage if they are in the washroom. If your daughter is wearing a dress, please have her wear leggings or tights. We encourage children to develop independence at preschool, and part of this is dressing themselves. You can help us by teaching your child how to put on their coat and outside shoes/boots. As we approach winter, teaching them how to put on their snow pants, jacket, boots, mitts, hat etc. will greatly assist us in our outside preparations.

Toileting

Children must be toilet trained in order to attend preschool. We recognize that occasional accidents can occur, and so parents might be called to assist in changing their child. We ask that you take your child to the washroom immediately before class. We will have a group bathroom break mid-way through the class. It takes a lot of time (for children and staff) away from the program, when we are always in the washroom. Your assistance in this area is greatly appreciated!

Birthday’s

We recognize that birthday’s are an important part of a child’s year, and so we will celebrate each child’s birthday at preschool. Summer birthday’s will usually be celebrated in the spring. Each child will receive a “birthday crown” and they can choose a small toy from the birthday box. If parents choose, you may bring a special snack for the class. As per AHS regulations, all snacks provided must be prepared in a commercial kitchen. Birthday snacks could include: fruits/veggies (in a sealed container from the store), boxed cookies, Tim-bits, boxed crackers, fruit snacks, popsicles. Please do not send cupcakes or cakes.     It usually create a huge mess, and we are unable to use the area until everything is cleaned up. If your child has food allergies/ sensitivities, please provide us with some special snacks (for your child only), in a zip-lock bag, that they can choose throughout the year. Please note that we are a nut-free centre.

Photos

Throughout the year, we will take photo’s of the children for our Christmas Concert, and for their year end scrapbooks. Staff will remove these photo’s from their cameras/phones at the end of the school year. To ensure the privacy of all families, we ask that parents not take pictures of their children during class, or during outside activities, because other children might be in the photo.

We will have a photographer take individual and class photo’s in the fall, which parents may purchase if they choose.

Parent Handbook

Please take time to familiarize yourself with our parent handbook, which is on our web-site. It has further information re: policies for our preschool, and details about our program.

We want to work closely with you to ensure a positive and enriched preschool experience for your child. Should you have any questions or concerns about the program or your child, please let us know. You can e-mail us at erps@ellerslieroadpreschool.ca. You may also leave a voicemail at

780-988-5515, if you wish to speak with me.   I’m looking forward to meeting all of you, and to having a wonderful year!

Bonni MacKenzie

Director – Ellerslie Road Preschool Inc.