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Handbook 2012

  1. 1. W.E.L.C./Refuge Academy Parent Handbook 2012-2013 5099 S. 1050 W. Riverdale UT 84405 801-389-6942Dear Parents, Thank you for choosing Wasatch Early Learning Center/Refuge Academy foryour child’s Preschool and Kindergarten. Our desire is to provide a quality learningenvironment for your child. Your child is very important to us and we strive to makeour school a happy, positive, learning experience where your child can discover andgrow. You are very important to the success of this program. Please feel free to visit atany time. If you have talents or ideas you would like to share, we welcome your input. This handbook is designed to acquaint you with the policies and proceduresestablished by Wasatch Early Learning Center. Please read and refer to this bookoften. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 801-389-6942.Sincerely,Ann SimpsonDirector
  2. 2. NONDISCRIMINATORY  POLICY  AS  TO  STUDENTS  Wasatch  Early  Learning  Center  (5099  S.  1050  W.,  Riverdale)  admits  students  of  any  religion,  race,  color,  national  and  ethnic  origin  to  all  the  rights,  privileges,  programs,  and  activities  available  to  students  at  Wasatch  Early  Learning  Center.    The  school  does  not  discriminate  on  the  basis  of  religion,  race,  color,  national  and  ethnic  origin  in  administration  of  its  programs  or  of  its  educational,  admissions,  or  tuition  policies.  Mission Statement The mission of Wasatch Early Learning Center is to provide a quality earlylearning environment that fosters the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and spiritualneeds of the young child. Philosophy We believe each child is a unique creation of God. Our goal and desire is to nurture your child in a positive, friendly atmosphere that promotes development of their intellect, confidence and self worth. Children learn and develop in different ways; through play, instruction, experience, and observation. Our goal is to draw on these various learning opportunities using, a well planned curriculum, hands on activities, and teacher-peer interaction. Building a relationship with you, as parents, is central to the success of this program. Our partnership is crucial to the early education of your child. Personnel Requirements All teachers must be either, certified or enrolled in a certification program through an accredited college or university in Early Childhood Education. All personnel must have a Tuberculosis skin test and be free from any other infectious diseases. All personnel must pass a criminal background investigation. Wasatch Early Learning Center requires all employees to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  3. 3. Use of Building and Safety Procedures Your children’s safety is very important to all of us at Wasatch Early LearningCenter. In order to insure your children’s safety while they are here we have adopted thefollowing procedures: All staff will have background checks prior to employment. Check-in and check-out of all children and visitors. All visitors and staff members will wear visible I.D. tag. Classroom areas and children’s restrooms are off-limits to all non-WELC staff. Areas will be clearly marked and partitioned (as necessary). Doors will be locked in classroom areas during school hours. Excluding drop off and pick up times. No child will be left unattended at any time.Sign In/Out Procedures1. Sign In/Out sheets are organized by class, withchildren’s names in alphabetical order.2. Beside their child’s name, parents and designates must write the time, signatureand any special instructions for that school session (e.g. parent will pick up child atnoon).3. No one may sign in/out your child unless they are on the registration form and priorwritten consent hasbeen given. Registration and Curriculum Fees A registration / curriculum fee of $100.00 will be charged upon initial enrollment of each child in Early Learners through Kindergarten. This fee is nonrefundable and covers the cost of procuring curriculum, arts and other supplies needed during the period of enrollment. A registration/curriculum fee of $25.00 will be charged upon initial enrollment of each child for the Bible Explorers Program. This fee is nonrefundable and covers the cost of procuring curriculum, arts, and other supplies needed during the period of enrollment. Monthly Tuition Rates Preschool 3-year olds $80.00 per month   Preschool 4-year olds $125.00 per month Kindergarten (Full Day) $325.00 per month Kindergarten (Half Day) $225.00 per month Part Time Care 3 class $75.00 Per month Part Time Care 4 class $110.00 Per month
  4. 4. Part Time Day Care $5.00 Per HourBible Explorers Program $25.00 per month for a total of 250 for the year.Extended Care $5.00 per hourRegistration RequirementsRegistration FormUpdated Shot Records (for Kindergarteners) Emergency Release FormEmergency Contact FormPayment ContractPolicy ManualKindergarten Registration Kindergartners must have a current Kindergarten physical and updated shots. Ifyou have not completed this requirement, please contact the Director.Needed items in the beginning of the year and throughout the School Year. 2 Juice’s— of any frozen juice concentrates. 2 Snack’s—crackers, cookies, fruit snacks, chips, cereal, (applesauce or fruit cups) … 1 package of markers—Crayola Classic markers 10 count. 2 package’s paper cups—6 ounce 1 package napkins 2 boxes of Kleenex 1 small box of plastic spoons (Kindergarten Only)Potty Policy At Wasatch Early Learning Center, we believe that children usually potty train intheir own time. At three years old they should have started training, but this does notmean they have mastered the task. We do not feel children should be threatened orcoerced aboutpotty training in order to be eligible for preschool. So,if your child is not completely potty trained, we require, for sanitary purposes, that theywear protective pull-ups at school. Teachers will remind children to use restroomsregularly, but they are not required to potty train your child. Always bring extra clothesand pull- ups in their backpacks. If your child is not able to take care of their own potty needs (wiping, etc.), pleaselet your teacher know.
  5. 5. Personal Belongings All children are required to bring a backpack with an extra change of clothing, such as: lightweight pants, shirt and socks in a one-gallon Ziploc. The Ziploc will be used to place soiled or wet clothing in. Clothing Children should wear comfortable clothing that will allow them to be involved in activities planned each day. These clothes need to be easily removable for pottying. Girls dresses need to have shorts underneath. Shoes must be easy for children to remove (Slip-Ons or Velcro; No high top boots).Payment Policy Tuition payment for the following month is due, by the 25th of the current month.We only accept check, money orders, or cash. A fee of $25.00 will be assessed for latepayments and returned checks. Late payments plus monthly tuition must be received bythe 25th the month. Monthly tuition is not discounted for holiday breaks, teacher workdays, inclement weather school closure due to flu or other infectious agents, if yourchild is ill,or broken heaters. If you withdraw your child, you must give the center director two weeks notice toreceive any prorated tuition reimbursement.Your Child’s Adjustment It is normal for your child to have some fears and misgivings about being awayfrom you. Children need time to adjust to a new situation. Prepare your child for thechanges as far in advance as possible. Discuss with your child any concerns and talkabout some of the new people your child will meet and the things he or she will do inschool. A cheerful good-bye kiss, a smile, and reassuring words is all that you need todo when dropping them off for school. Usually the child settles down shortly after theparent(s) leave. If your child continues to cry we will call you. Activities are offered toprovide transition for your child at this time. Please do not sneak out when your child isnot looking. Feel free to call any time throughout the day if you have any questions orconcerns.Developmental / Curriculum Our program is based on the ABEKA curriculum, which is phonics andnumber based. For more on ABEKA go to http://www.abeka.com/Age appropriate activities are planned and implementedto further each child’s developmental growth. Throughout the year, every child’sdevelopmental skills are assessed in the areas of: cognitive, language, physical andsocial.
  6. 6. Curriculum OutlineEarly Phonics Physical EducationEarly Math Crafts Bible Cooking Music & Dance Field Trips Developmental Play Computers Seasonal Music Programs ScienceBible Curriculum At Wasatch Early Learning Center, children are taught about God through anondenominational Bible curriculum utilizing age appropriate Bible stories, Bibleverses, and songs. Children learn about God’s love, forgiveness and His mercy.Through this colorful and detailed curriculum, they discover that God has a plan fortheir lives and that He desires to develop a loving, personal relationship with them. As Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for thekingdom of heaven belong to such as these.”Matthew 19:16Late Pick-Up Policy Unless arrangements are made in advance, children must be picked up no later than 15minutes after class ends; (morning 11:20, afternoon 3:20, Kindergarten 3:10,. A $15.00 late feewill be charged for each 15 minute interval parent is late, and it will be place on your bill.Please make arrangements to have your child picked up on time. Parents must personally walk children into the school at the beginning of class ( makesure the teacher knows your child is present). Please hold on to your child’s hand at all times inthe parking lot until they are safely in the school or buckled into your vehicle. Please do not leave sibling’s in a running vehicle whenpicking up your child.
  7. 7. Exclusion Policy A child will be excluded from school if one or more of the following conditions exist: 1. A child has a fever greater than 99 degrees. 2. Diarrhea, which is defined as an increased number of stools compared to the child’s normal pattern and with increased stool water. 3. Vomiting illness with two or more episodes in the previous 24 hours. 4. Rash with fever. 5. Infected eyes with discharge, until 24 hours after treatment by a physician. 6. Infestation (scabies, head lice, pinworms) until after first treatment with a medicated product. 7. Impetigo, until 24 hours after antibiotic treatment is started. 8. Strep throat, until 24 hours after antibiotic treatment is started. 9. Ringworm Infection, until after medication is started. 10. Chicken-Pox, until one week after the onset of rash or until all lesions have dried and crusted. (Please contact school if child has contracted a contagious illness) Illness If a child shows signs of illness during school the parent or other emergency contact will be notified immediately and the child will be isolated from the class to prevent the possible spread of illness to other children. Infection Control All children are taught to wash their hands before eating and after toileting. This helps reduce factors that cause infection and disease.Medication Policy Wasatch Early Learning Center will not administer medication or medicated ointmentsunless it is a life sustaining medicine and parents have provide permission and training.Sunscreen will not be applied without ahandwritten medication permission slip from parents. All prescriptions must be in originalbottle.School Hours Morning classes begin at 8:30 AM, with a 15 minute gathering time for preschoolbefore going into their classrooms. Please do not bring children early. Morning classes end at11:20 AM.
  8. 8. Afternoon classes begin at 12:30 PM. With a 15 minute gathering time, forpreschool. Please do not bring children early. Afternoon classes end at 3:20 PM. Kindergarten classes begin at 8:30 AM and end at3:10 PM. Except on Wednesdays, class begins at 8:30 and ends at 11:30. Guidance Policy At Wasatch Early Learning Center, discipline consists of positive guidance techniques, redirection, and thinking time (time-out). in extreme situation your child may be sent home for the day or expelled from school. The use of physical punishment is never permitted. Supervision Children enrolled at Wasatch Early Learning Center will be properly supervised at all times, to ensure safety and security. Pets Animals are an important element of childrens’ learning. Animals can instill in children a feeling of respect for nature. It is fun and entertaining for children to bring pets to show to their friends. Parents may bring pets at the beginning of class or at the end, but no pets can remain during the entire class time. Yet, if there are any students with allergies to animals we will not allow them to visit. These pets must be well groomed, children friendly, and current on all vaccinations. Dogs must be registered & licensed with the county where they live. Parents must notify the teacher if they are brining a pet to school. ToysChildren may not bring toys, blankets, bottles or binkies, etc. to school. On Show AndTell Days (Kindergarten and 4-year-olds) they may bring certain items as designated bytheir teacher  Snacks and Juice All snacks are provided by parents and must be purchased in a store. Birthdayand holiday snacks may be brought by parents, but must be purchased in a store. Juices are provided by parents. No punch or sodas, please.Kindergarten Lunch Children need to bring lunches from home. Lunches must not need heating orrefrigeration. Use insulated lunch pack or freezer blocks to keep lunches cool. A softlunch pack could be kept in backpacks. This will help with our limited storage space.Parties and Celebrations
  9. 9. Holiday celebrations are an important part of children’s lives. At Wasatch EarlyLearning Center, we celebrate holidays that focus on the love that God brought tomankind. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines, and Easter are holidays used to remindchildren of that love. If you are interested in helping as a room parent with parties andother activities pleasetalk to your teacher for more information.Art Art at Wasatch Early Learning Center consists of onehanging craft, one bulletin board craft, one take home and one free art project. Allbulletin board crafts and some art may be held for year books. Safety Information Emergency drills are held quarterly to acquaint your child with evacuation procedures. This may make quite an impression on your child the first time a drill is held. Your child will soon become accustomed to it and know what to expect and what to do. Complete emergency escape plan guidelines are available for your review upon request. Field Trips and Outings Field trips are an excellent tool used to enhance and support the curriculum we offer at Wasatch Early Learning Center. Due to liability concerns, all field trips must have at least one adult accompanying the child. Since the school has no available bus or van, parents are expected to drive or make arrangements for child’s transportation. This is a great opportunity for parents and children to get to know each other better. If parents are not able to attend, a grandparent, aunt or uncle can be the child’s designated chaperone. Teachers will give sufficient advanced notification of field trips schedules. Inclement Weather Public school closures are announced on early morning news broadcasts. In case of severe storms, Wasatch Early Learning Center will be closed at the same time the local public schools are closed. Coats and Jackets Children need to bring appropriate outer clothing to be comfortable out of doors. This may include snow boot, gloves and a hat, kept in backpacks. Outdoor play is a part of our curriculum, except in extreme weather conditions. Children who are unable to participate in outdoor play because of illness, should not be at school.      
  10. 10. Extended  Care  Policies  &  Procedures:  Arrival & Pick Up ProcedureParent or authorized person should sign your child/children in and out each day. If yourchild is a student of Good Foundation Academy your child will be released to us by yourchild’s teacher.We will only release your child to the persons designated on your registration form.Please notify staff in writing of a necessary change. Staff will ask for ID, (photo driver’slicense) if needed. If your child has practice and will need to leave Extended Care, he orshe cannot be released without written permission from the parent.Hours: Monday – FridayBefore School (6:30a.m. – 8 a.m.) After School (School ends. - 6:00p.m.)Extended Care is not available on vacation or teacher in-service days.If school is cancelled, the Extended Care Program will be cancelled.FeesPrices are as follows for hourly Extended Care. All charges are to the nearest quarterhour. 3:25=1.25. To ensure that the children are picked up on time, there will be a $15late fee for every 15 minutes you are late.Your monthly invoice will be sent home with your child on the 15th of each month. Allfees must be paid within two week, unless prior arrangements have been made. Anyinvoice that is 30 days past due will be assessed a $25 late fee. Please make your checkpayable to Wasatch Early Learning Center (WELC). In the memo area of your check,please indicate your child’s name. Your account must be kept current. SnacksAre provided for after school care at no additional charge. Medications & AllergiesPlease advise us if your child has allergies, especially if they have food allergies. In caseof food allergies, we will monitor what your child eats. You are encouraged to sendalternate snacks if your child’s allergy is serious.