Student Handbook

Our Mission

To lay a foundation for life long learning based on Biblical principles in a nurturing, safe and innovative environment.

New Life Nursery School Board of Directors
President
Secretary
Treasurer
Member
Member
Member
Member
Member
Member
Member
Teacher Rep.
Rita Ramos
Lisa Dillard
Sara Diehl
Marc Davis
Amy Lewis
Peggy McManus
Alice Lee
Jatasha Ford
Katharine Johnson
Vincent Lin
Kate Irwin
School Calendar 2016-2017
September 6
September 20
November 8
November 24 and 25
December 22-Janury 3
January 5
January 16
February 20
April 13-April 17
April 8
May 26
May 30-June 9
First Day of School
Back to School Night
Election Day—No School
Thanksgiving Holiday—No School
Christmas Recess—No School
School Resumes
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—No School
President’s Day—No School
Easter Break—No School
School Resumes
Last Day of School
Optional Summer Session

Please check our online calendar for activities.  Dates may change.

Enrollment and Tuition 2016-2017 School Year

Children two through six are eligible for enrollment.  Applications are accepted in the order in which they are received.

Morning Session Pre-School Classes

2 Day Program- $145.00 month $1305.00/year
3 Day Program- $195.00 month $1755.00/year
4 Day Program- $240.00 month $2160.00/year

We give a 2% discount for tuition for the year paid-in-full by September 1.

We give a 10% discount for younger siblings.

Tuition payment is due on the first of the month, with the exception of the first month’s tuition, due August 15.  Payment can be given directly to the director or put in an envelope in your child’s folder, or mailed to the school.  We allow a five (5) day grace period on the payment of tuition, as not all children are in class on the first day of the month.  After the 5th of the month, you will receive a late notice, and be required to pay a $10.00 late fee in addition to any tuition due. Please note that tuition is a total amount divided into 9 equal payments and is not dependent on the number of days of school in the month.

Extended Day

We offer Lunch Bunch on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons from 12 to 2:30 as long as we have at least four children signed up for the day.

Extended Day allows extra time at school for parents who work, have doctors appointments, shopping for the holidays, etc.  The afternoon sessions includes eating lunch together, free play, quiet activities, crafts lunch (no peanuts or peanut products please!).

Enrichment is our Tuesday/Thursday afternoon program for pre-k classes. It is a time to focus on reading/pre-reading skills, writing/pre-writing skills plus math, science, the arts and exploration.  Lunch Bunch or Enrichment costs $15/day.

Early Drop Off runs from 9 to 9:30 as supervised play time in the Lambs room. Cost is $3 per morning.

Sessions missed due to illness are not refundable, but you may reschedule.

Extended Day Sign Up Form

Withdrawal

If you wish to withdraw your child from the school, written notice must be given to the Director four weeks before billing is terminated.  A child who has withdrawn from the school, and then wishes to return will be placed on a waiting list.

Daily Schedule

Our schedule is flexible in order to meet the children’s changing needs.  Typically the daily schedule will include the following:

  1. Indoor Free Play and Projects
    During this time, children have freedom to play and experiment with a variety of activities.  On a daily basis we have available dress-up, building sets, puzzles, and simple art materials.  We also allow our themes to inspire additional props and games for a variety of learning experiences.  We have a daily project, which is designed to help children understand, process and develop skills as they produce their own unique creations.  Some projects will come home the day they are made or once dry, and some will be kept for temporary display.
  2. Circle Time
    This is a teacher directed segment, which is based on our current unit.  This segment can include a book discussion, Bible story, drama, singing or movement, finger plays and games.  We encourage the children to love God, others, themselves, and the rest of creation.  Our curriculum is organized around the following monthly themes:
    September Getting to Know You
    October Our Community
    November Being Thankful
    December Christmas
    January Friends Around the World
    February Art and Music
    March Nursery Rhymes/Fairy Tales
    April Creation
    May Planting and Growing
  3. Snack
    In addition to providing the children with something to eat, snack is time for children to explore their growing social skills with each other and their teachers.
  4. Outdoor Free Play
    Our outdoor environment is structured to set the stage for play.  Sand, play structures and bicycles are just some of the choices available to spark the children’s imagination to be astronauts, construction workers or chefs.
    On inclement weather days when we have to stay indoors, we go to our large indoor play room with equipment such as scooter boards, tunnels, balance beams, balls, etc.  With the older classes we might split the class into smaller groups and do large motor games and relays.
Special Events

We provide many special programs for all classes on site.  These might include visits from a Fire Truck or Policeman, Whale Watching, Puppet Show, etc.  Your monthly calendar will list all of these special events in advance.

Snack/Activity Fee

New Life Nursery School collects a snack and activity fee for the year to cover the snacks and field trip expenses.  The fees are as follows:

2-day program – $55.00
3-day program – $70.00
4-day program – $85.00

Our school is a peanut free environment, and only healthy snacks and 100% juice will be served.  Snacks will be served every day, at mid-morning.

Parent Involvement Opportunities

We maintain an open-door policy.  Visits are welcome anytime.  We invite your whole family to be involved within our school.  However, to comply with NLNS policy and state law, volunteer must have background checks. Please fill out your criminal background and child abuse checks (links included). Here are some suggestions of areas where you might like to be involved:

Sharing Interests and Talents
If you have a hobby, pet, talent or profession you would be willing to share with the children; or if you have a special interest in helping with art projects, music, foreign language, story-telling, drama, etc., please contact your child’s teacher or the Director so that a time can be arranged.

Helping With Special Occasions
Your teacher(s) will post special sign-up for holiday party treats or help needed (such as chaperones for field trips).  We do appreciate involvement during these times.

Birthdays
Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like to bring in a treat on his/her birthday.

Organizational Help
We have several fundraisers throughout the year, and we would appreciate any parental involvement, from running and organizing a fundraiser to volunteering to participate on a smaller level.

Playground and Classroom Improvement
There are often improvements we would like to make on the playground and in the classroom.  If you have ideas, and can help in this area please let us know.  We also need help with our garden, weeding and occasionally planting..

Photography
Copies of your photos from special events are always appreciated.

Please remember that help can come from anyone in your family! We would love to have involvement from moms, dads, older brothers and sisters and grandparents too!

Kindergarten-readiness Evaluations

At any time during the school year the teachers and/or director are available for questions about your child or the class in general.  We compile a mid-year evaluation for 4’s class(es) in preparation for kindergarten enrollment. Our 3’s class(es) have evaluations in the spring. If working parents are unable to attend during the day, we will work with you to find a different time.

Anytime during the school year that you have any questions or concerns about your child please let your teacher or the director know so we can observe even more carefully.  We are always happy to work with parents to better facilitate the child’s learning and growth.  Likewise, if you have any questions about your child’s development, we will talk directly with you.

Teacher Specialty and Training

We have varied and talented faculties who have specialties in children’s literature, art education, parenting skills, early childhood education, elementary education, environmental science, drama, dance and music.
All NLNS employees of NLNS have criminal, FBI and child abuse background checks.  All Teachers and Aides are First Aid and CPR Certified.

Communications with Parents

Each child will have their own, labeled “cubby” as a place for art projects to go to be brought home and any newsletters or announcements for the parents.  We put out a monthly school calendar, as well as a monthly newsletter.   There are bulletin boards outside of each classroom, as well as a table in foyer for more information.  Important upcoming events will be posted our calendar at newlifenurseryschool.com

Clothing

Nursery School can be a messy business and we ask that you dress your child for play and potential paint splats (though we do use smocks for painting projects).  Teachers will assume their dress is suitable for indoor and outdoor play.
Outdoor play periods are planned daily as weather permits.  During the winter we do try to go out whenever possible so please always provide coats, mittens, and hats, labeled with your child’s name,  a sharpie pen works well for this.  A good place to store mittens and hat each day is right in the coat sleeve.
Please send in a well-labeled bag with a set of spare clothes to be kept in your child’s cubby in case of an accident.  These clothes may need to be exchanged for a new set as the weather changes.
Children who are not toilet trained are to send along a supply of diapers/pull-ups and wipes.  The school does not supply these.

Health and Safety

The school has emergency numbers and first aid kits on the premises.  We will notify you immediately if your child becomes ill or has had an accident.  Please do not send your child in if he/she might be contagious.  Paper tissues are provided at the school. If we are alerted to a child having been at school with a contagious disease, you will be notified.  Any child who exhibits signs of illness will be sent home immediately.  If your child had a fever, green discharge from nose, ear ache/infection, diarrhea or untreated pink eye in the past 24 hours do not send him or her to school until these symptoms have been treated by a doctor, or have cleared up for over 24 hours.  Please be very vigilant about illness, as it is very difficult for a child to come to school and then be sent home.  It is also difficult on parents who have little ones who become sick easily.  Please be respectful of the other children, the teachers and other parents by keeping your sick child home until fully well.  If you have any questions about this policy, please speak to the Director.

Lice

Head lice are a common occurrence for children. If NLNS staff find hatched lice moving on a child’s scalp, we will notify the parents to pick up the child before lice can move from one head to another via clothing or contact. The child may come back as soon as the lice, but not necessarily all nits, are gone.  Here is some information on treating head lice.

Inclement Weather

If Abington Schools District is closed or has a late opening, New Life Nursery School will be closed.   Abington’s closing number is 301.  Parents can listen to KYW (1060) or check their website (www.kyw1060.com).  You can also check Abington School District’s website for school closing information www.abington.k12.pa.us.

Arrival and Dismissal

When dropping off your child you are welcome to pull up in front of the school entrance.  When pulling up, please pull forward as far as possible to allow for cars to pull up behind you.  Please do not leave your car in the drive through lane.  If you would like to walk your child to their classroom, please park your car in the lot.
When picking up your child at the end of the day park in the lot and walk to the steps and wait for your child to be dismissed to you. Please do not pull up to the doors for pick-up.
On the Entrance Form we provide a place for names of anyone other than parents who will be picking up your child.  You must fill out a Change of Dismissal form found on our web site, or notify the teach via e-mail before 9:30 if someone other than the usual parent or guardian, or friend known to the staff will be picking up your child. If a change comes up during the morning, you may also call the school.
We understand that it is sometimes difficult to be here right at 12:00 noon.  If there are problems arriving on time, you can call the school.  After 12:10, there will be a $5.00 charge for every 10 minutes a parent is late.  Consider using the “Extended Care” if you know you will be late.  There will also be a $5.00 charge for every 10 minutes after 2:40pm a parent is late for Extended Day pick up.

Discipline

In September of every year, we learn the Bible verse “A friend love at all times” and talk about what it is to be a friend: that we use kind words, do not hit or push, we take turns and ask to share toys. When conflicts or behavior counter to classroom rules happen, teachers remind the child of classroom expectations with clear positive statement; we redirect to another activity or take a moment one-on-one to jog in place or do jumping jacks. For students who struggle to behave in the moment of an activity, we use a brief supervised separation or time out from the group.

Biting

Teachers make every effort to prevent biting in the classroom. However, young children sometimes bite.
If a child bites one time, he will be told, “no, biting hurts” and redirected to another activity. Attention will be given to the bitten child.
If a child bites three times in one day, the same discipline method will be followed each time, and the parent will be required to pick the child up from school. The child may return the next day.
If a child repeatedly bites again in the same week, the child may not be able to return the next day. Any child that bites multiple times over several days may be disenrolled.

Notice of Nondiscrimination Policy

New Life Nursery School admits students of all race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights and privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.