Parent's Handbook

Welcome to The Friendship Tree

We would like to welcome you and your child to The Friendship Tree Preschool. We hope that your time with us will be happy and will provide a positive introduction to school life. We are looking forward to working with you and your child.

Hours

The Chipmunks (3 year-olds) - Monday and Friday 9:00-12:00
The Owls (4 year-olds) - Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00-12:00

We will welcome your wee one into school at the scheduled time. Until then we ask that the parents wait with the students at the front door. Please be as punctual as possible as it can be quite upsetting to a child to arrive part way through an activity. If a child is late, please come into the hall and assist them in undressing.

It is important to say goodbye to your child in the entrance area before they enter the preschool area. If your child is afraid or upset, it is a good idea to acknowledge their feelings, but keep a positive attitude and refocus them on the fun of preschool. The teachers will welcome them into the school. Most children will calm down quickly and enjoy their morning. Prolonging your departure may reinforce their fears.

Admission Policy

For the 3 Year Old Program (The Chipmunks): 3 years of age by September 30th.
For the 4 Year Old Program (The Owls): 4 years of age by September 30th.
*All students must be toilet trained.

School Year

School is open from the beginning of September to the end of May.

The school will follow the same holiday schedule as the Lester B. Pearson School board, excluding PED days, when we remain open.

Withdrawal of Students

The registration fee is non-refundable. For withdrawals before preschool begins, we must be notified on or before August 1st, in order for full tuition fees to be refunded. For withdrawals after August 1st, September fees will not be refunded. For withdrawals during the school year, 30 days written notice or via email must be given by the first of the month. If notice is given after the 1st day of the month, the following month’s fees will not be refunded. No refunds will be offered after March, due to the difficulty of filling vacancies at that time of year.

NSF cheques

There will be a $20 charge for any NSF cheque.

Parking

There is a large parking lot to the left of the church. This is the space available to the school. Please do not park in the circular driveway directly in front of the church as this is a fire lane.

Health Policy

Please do not send your little one to school if they exhibit any of the following:

If your child is feeling ill at school we will contact you to come and pick him or her up. Your child should be free of fever for 24 hours before returning to school.

In case of emergency, parents (or the emergency contact person) will be contacted immediately.

Health Concerns

If your child has or develops any, please keep us informed.

If your child has a severe allergy and is prescribed an EpiPen, one needs to be available at school at all times. It is at the parent’s discretion as to whether or not the child wears the EpiPen or if it is kept in a designated location at school.

Snack

Snacks are limited to fruits and vegetables in order to further instill healthy eating habits. Please place them in a labeled child-friendly container. Ideally the students will be able to open them independently, so please practice this skill at home prior to the beginning of school. Water in a labeled reusable container is recommended. All items should be in a reusable bag. Students will place their snack bag in the snack bin before entering the classroom.

Clothing

Shoes and boots should be easily managed by your child. Slip-on shoes or shoes with Velcro fastenings are recommended. Laces are not permitted. Please send your child in comfortable clothing that they can easily move around in. Messy activities are an integral part of our educational program. Clothes that wash easily are recommended. We will do our best to protect their clothing, but they will at times come home wearing paint spills, etc. Keep in mind that we are working on independence, so clothing that fits and is easy to remove for toileting is important. Assume that we are going out to play and dress your child accordingly. Please label all outdoor items. Students often have similar items and can’t always tell them apart.

School Bag

Each child is asked to bring a school bag daily, containing:

Each item must be labeled. Please ensure that the bag is large enough to contain these items. Keep in mind that additional items might be placed in the bag (extra layers of clothing, etc.). Your child should be able to independently open and close their bag. Please practice this skill with them prior to the start of school.

Treasures From Home

We ask that toys remain at home. We encourage interesting items from nature (rocks, shells, flowers, seeds, etc.) that can be shared with classmates to enrich our science program.

Field Trips

From time to time, we will organize outings of interest for the students. Parent volunteers will be greatly appreciated and are required to make these outings a success.

Communication

We will have information for you about the day or upcoming events posted on the bulleting board. Please take the time to read it and use the information to support your child both at school and at home. Please keep us up to date on any changes in pertinent information (phone numbers, address, or other personal details). You will also receive regular communications from us via email, please check it on a regular basis.

Parents in the Preschool

Parents can help by:

Wish List

Many important skills are developed through children’s interactions with recyclable materials. We need a constant supply of all sorts of interesting items!

For example:

  • Cardboard
  • Buttons
  • Magazines
  • Wrapping paper
  • Silver/gold foil
 
  • Computer paper
  • Wool
  • Material scraps
  • Boxes- big and small
  • Feathers
 
  • String/Lace/Ribbons
  • Envelopes
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Old calendars

Fire/Emergency Evacuation Plans

  1. Fire alarm sounds.
  2. All activities stop and attention is given to a teacher.
  3. Children are directed to one of three exits (depending on danger and location).
  4. Lead teacher takes attendance records and emergency binder (containing contact information), if possible.
  5. The other teacher checks the room and follows children.
  6. All go outside together to the footpath on the east side of the church.
  7. Teachers do head count and checks attendance outside.
  8. All proceed to designated place of safety when re-entry is not advisable or possible.
  9. Parents will be contacted for pickup when necessary.