WHAT YOUR CHILD WILL NEED AT SCHOOL
1. Students should wear clothes that are rugged, comfortable and appropriate for school. It is inevitable that clothes will become soiled, so please save good clothes for holidays and special events. A complete extra set of clothing, which will be kept at school to be used throughout the school year, is required for all children. Please change clothes seasonally.
2. If your child stays for lunch, please include a plastic cup in the lunch box for milk. We will heat up lunches only through the three year old classes, not the fours or the Kindergarten.
3. If your child is staying through nap time, please send in a sheet (crib size), blanket and sleep toy (if necessary). Please provide a bag for transporting these items.
4. Please be sure to label everything that your child brings to school! This includes all clothing: jackets, hats, extra clothing, lunch boxes, toys and books. Anything labeled can be returned. Lost and found is located in the dresser in G-90, located between Rooms 6 & 7. Each year we accumulate a considerable amount of toys and clothing which are donated to a charity at the end of the school year. If your child chooses to bring a toy to school, please be sure it is labeled. Check with your child’s teacher as to when toys in the classroom are appropriate. Some teachers only want them on Show-n-Tell days. NO toy guns or weapons of any kind.
5. Disposable diapers and wipes must be provided by the parents of the children not yet toilet-trained.
Students should wear clothes that are rugged, comfortable and appropriate for school. It is inevitable that clothes will become soiled, so please save good clothes for holidays and special events. Shoes should be appropriate for safe playground activities.
Regular attendance at school is essential for all classes. The school opens at 7:30 am and closes at 6:00 pm. Instructional time is from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 9:00 am - 3:00 pm for the Kindergarten. Please arrange to have your child arrive and be picked-up on time.
Closing time is 6:00 p.m. Many of our afternoon staff members are students and take classes in the evenings, so please be prompt. There will be a late fee charge of $5.00 for the first 5 minutes past 6:00 pm, and $2.00 for each minute after that. Example: If you arrive at 6:15 pm to pick-up your child your fee for this would be $25.00. Please verify time with the teacher if you pick up your child after 6:00 pm.
If your child is registered to attend until 12:00 pm (just the morning program), please make sure that you can pick-up at that time. If you arrive after the 12:00 pm pick-up time you may be charged an extra “stay for lunch” fee.
If you have made arrangements for your child to stay through lunch until 1 pm again we ask that you make sure you pick your child up by 1:00 pm. If you pick up after this time you may be charged the afternoon rate.
BRINGING YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL THE FIRST FEW TIMES
Many young children and parents experience some anxiety when they leave one another. Although some children are ready to go from the start, a few tears are not uncommon. If this is your child’s first year at school, please do not make the separation more difficult by lingering at school. Do not be alarmed if your child does not want to come to school one day. Once they begin a routine this will subside. Some children may be sad for a time during the first few days. We will gently take them aside to calm them down.
Birthdays can be celebrated at school (usually during morning snack time). Parents can provide a special snack for their child’s birthday celebration. Please speak to your child’s teacher for suggestions. If cupcakes are brought, they must be store purchased or prepared at Greenwood. (Home-baked items are not allowed according to NAEYC guidelines.) Also, if you are planning a party at home and are inviting only a few classmates, please do not bring the invitations to school. Even our youngest students hate to feel left out.
SNACKS: Snacks are served mid-morning and at approximately 3:30 p.m. every day. A nutritious snack with juice in the morning and milk in the afternoon is provided. If your child has food allergies please make suitable arrangements with your child’s teacher.
LUNCH: All students who stay for lunch should bring their lunch in a clearly labeled lunch box/bag. NAEYC requirement – All foods and beverages brought from home are to be labeled with the child’s name and the date. Please include a plastic cup to reduce environmental waste. Milk and water are provided. Do not send in gum or candy. Medications should never be put in the child’s lunch box/bag, not even cough drops or throat lozenges. We will heat up your child’s lunch through the three year old classes. Please do not send in TV dinners or soups that need more than 30-60 seconds to heat up or prepare.
INFANT NUTRITION: Formula and baby food for infants must be provided by the parents. Nursing mothers may come to the school to feed their infants. When the child is able to make the change from formula to food, the school will provide juice and whole milk; parents would still be responsible for bringing other food items.
Please note the following information regarding the feeding of your infant:
• Parents should send in food from home, to be consumed the same day. Staff may supplement meals with formula and infant food that comes to the facility in factory-sealed containers (e.g., ready-to-feed powder or concentrate formulas and baby food jars) prepared according to the manufacturer's instructions. Bottle feedings do not contain solid foods unless the child's health care provider supplies written instructions and a medical reason for this practice. Staff discard after one hour any formula or human milk that is served but not completely consumed or is not refrigerated. If staff warm formula or human milk, the milk is warmed in water at no more than 120° _Fahrenheit for no more than five minutes. No milk (including human milk) and no other infant foods are warmed in a microwave oven.
• Teaching staff do not offer solid foods and fruit juices to infants younger than 15 months of age, unless that practice is recommended by the child's health care provider and approved by families. Sweetened beverages are avoided. If juice (only 100% fruit juice is recommended) is served, the amount is limited to no more than four ounces per child daily.
• Infants younger than 12 months are not fed cow’s milk.