Important Policies and Facts:
- Please be aware of your child’s class time schedule so that you drop off and pick up your child on time. If you are more than 10 minutes late picking up your child at dismissal time (10 minutes past the time class dismisses) there is a late pick up fee. You will be charged $5.00 for every 5 minutes you are late picking up your child. The first time you are late, you will receive a “late pick up warning.” After that time, you will be charged for late pick ups. The late fee is payable, to your child’s teacher in cash only, at the time you pick up your child.
- If you know you are going to be late, please phone one of your emergency designees, listed one your Student Emergency Contact sheet to pick up your child at dismissal time. It is a good idea to be sure you have filled out the Student Emergency Contact sheet completely, listing two local people who have your permission to pick up your child. People who live out of town are not of much help if you child needs to picked up in an emergency. We have adopted this policy in fairness to our staff members.
- If your child has to be kept from attending Play School for reasons of illness or other, you will be expected to pay the full tuition for that particular time. If a child is withdrawn permanently for any reason, the tuition fee for the month in which he/she is withdrawn is non-refundable.
- We are charged for checks that are returned by the bank. Although we regret to do so, we must pass these charges on to those whose checks are returned by the bank for insufficient funds. There will be a $50 charge for checks returned by the bank due to insufficient funds.
- Parents are expected to provide their own transportation. We will not allow any child to be dismissed to a person other than his/her parent, guardian or emergency designate, without prior written permission.
- We do understand that parking along Grove Street is a problem. However, plase do not double park on the street, as it is illegal and you run the risk of getting a ticket. It is also inconsiderate as you block the person in who has parked legally on the street. Do not park in or block the parsonage driveway (the gray house next to the church). PLEASE BE COURTEOUS AND DO NOT BLOCK OUR NEIGHBORS’ DRIVEWAYS.
- Please dress your child for play. We cannot stress this enough. Clothing that is easy for your child to handle on their own is best. Please do not send your child in clothing with shoulder straps, belts, or one-piece outfits. They are very difficult for your children to handle during bathroom visits. Your child will be painting and doing “messy” projects – play clothes are a MUST.
- Children enrolled in our 2 year old class may attend with diapers/training pants. Toilet training will be worked on.
- Please bring a back of extra shirt, pants or shorts, socks, and either underwear or diapers and wipes to hang on your child’s hook throughout the year in case of accidents.
- We go outside to play every day, unless it is raining or too cold. Please dress your child to suit the weather. We foster independence and we welcome MITTENS. Please do not send your preschooler with finger gloves. When choosing winter boots, please stay away from those that need to be tied. When the weather is cold, please send your child with snowsuit, boots, MITTENS and hat. We will go outside in the winter. The children love to play in the snow.
- Safe shoes for the playground are a must. Please do not send your child to school in crocs or flip flop type shoes or shoes with smooth bottoms. These shoes are not safe on the playground. The children are running and climbing on the equipment and cannot get good footing or traction in crocs, flip flops, or smooth bottom shoes. Sandals with back straps are okay. They provide the foot with security. Sneakers are always a good choice for the playground. We want to keep the children safe and boo boo free!
- Elastic band bracelets should be left at home. They are dangerous with preschoolers and can become a safety issue.
We follow the New Paltz School District calendar. We begin one week later than the New Paltz School District school year and end on the first full week in June.
- Snow closings will be announced on local radio stations. If New Paltz Central Schools are closed, Play School is closed. If New Paltz Schools are delayed for 2 hours, Play School opens at regular times and closes at regular time. If New Paltz Schools are delayed 3 hours, the following schedule will be followed:
- Classes that meet regularly: 9:15 – 11:45 would be at: 10:15 – 11:45
- Classes that meet regularly: 9:00 – 12:00 would be at: 10:00 – 12:00
“Show and Tell” and Toys:
- Toy guns, weapon-type toys, and mouth toys are not allowed at Play School. Do not send your child in with toys. We cannot be responsible for lost or damaged items.
- Your child will have turns for bringing in “Show and Tell” to share with the class. Each teacher will have set rules for show and tell objects. Please do not allow your child to bring in objects with small pieces – inevitably the small pieces come off and get lost. Please limit your child’s choice for Show and Tell to ONE item.
- Parents take turns providing snack for their child’s class. The teacher will give you a snack schedule at the beginning of the school year. At snack time, the children hold hands and sing, “God is great, God is good, Let us thank Him for our food. Amen.” Since 1968, when Play School first opened its doors, the children have shared this community effort, which is an important part of our program.
- When it is your turn to provide snack for you child’s class, we ask that you bring in a snack that you give your child at home. We ask that you provide a healthy snack, but we do realize that sometimes cookies and milk or chips etc. will be what our snack child chooses. This is okay. Moderation is key. Fruit and something non-perishable is a good combination for the classroom.
- When it is your child’s birthday, please send in cake/cupcakes, whatever the birthday child would like. We will have a small celebration at snack time. Your child’s teacher will provide you with a Snack Schedule at the beginning of the year. Please provide a snack, drink, cups, and napkins for each child in the class.
- If your child has any food allergies, please talk to your child’s teacher. we can work out any arrangements.
In the Classroom:
- There is an annual Parent/Teacher conference time, usually in March. If you have concerns, at any time, please make an appointment to speak with your child’s teacher.
- Throughout the year, there will be class parties to celebrate special days: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, and Easter. During the month of December, we will celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas (Santa will visit our classes and bring a small gift for each child), Kwanza and Ramadan. We are always looking for parents to share their holiday traditions with the class, please talk with your child’s teacher.
- Mailboxes and Hooks are the main form of communication, Scholastic Book orders, projects, monthly newsletters, news and upcoming events, fundraisers, and items belonging to your child.
Emergency Contact Information:
- Please be sure to fill our your “Student and Emergency Contact Information” sheet completely. The information contained in this sheet is very important. Be sure to read our policy on “Late Pick Up Fee” procedure, also contained in your information packet.
- No medications will be given by any staff member to any child. EPI pens are the exception to this rule.
- Please advise teacher of any changes in home, work, emergency or cell phone numbers. Communication between home and Play School is very important.
- Read through the Tuition Agreement included in this packet. Choose one payment plan, sign, date, and return ONE copy of the contract agreement. Make note of payment due dates connected with your Payment plan.
- Thank you for choosing New Paltz Play School. We are very proud of our 43 year old program. We strive to make it the best preschool program in the area. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.