Director's Newsletter September 2019

I am Sharon Halle and I became the director in July. We are looking forward to a wonderful school year with you and your children. I have been a teacher's assistant and a teacher here at Northminster for the past 10 years. So excited to continue to maintain Northminster Preschool’s incredible reputation. Please stop in the office and check out the new fresh appearance. I am always available if you have any questions or concerns and if not, please stop by to say hello!

Welcome back everyone and welcome to our new families at Northminster Preschool. We are so happy to see our returning students and all our new students.  

For those of you who are returning, I want to remind you that the preschool hours are 7:30 a.m until 5:00 p.m. If you are dropping of early and are here before 7:30 a.m. please stay with your child until 7:30 a.m. This will allow for the teachers to have the playground set up and ready for children at 7:30a.m. Any pick up after 5:00 p.m. is $3.00/minute. Extended care is held in Room 4 (Red doors) for room’s 2-4 and Room 1 (green doors) for room’s A, B,1A and 1B.  Pick up after 4:00 p.m. will be in Room 1 this year (green door). Please use the gate by the office after 4:00 p.m. as we will lock all other gates at 4:00.

Just a reminder that our aftercare program is full. Children staying for lunch bunch and not on contract will need to be picked by 1:00p.m.

All fees are collected by Smart Tuition.  Tuition is due on the first of each month, with a grace period until the 5th.  Tuition not processed on the 5th by smart tuition will be subject to a late fee of $65.00.  You can always go online to your account and make a one-time payment with your credit card or your debit card if you forget to mail your check in on time.  Please make sure you allow enough time for it to be received via the mail and processed.

Because of the billing system, extended care will be in arrears 2 months.  This means you will have an outstanding balance for extended care at least a month after services have already been rendered.

The Department of Social Services does not allow adult use of the preschool restrooms on the playground, or to be in the bathroom on the playground when other children are present.  If you need to use a restroom for your personal use, please ask a staff member where the adult restroom is located. Thank you for helping us to comply with the State of California Licensing requirements!

If you are coming to drop your child off at early morning, between 7:30 and 9:00 a.m., please make sure you check-in/sign-in with the teacher working early morning.  Once your child is signed in, he/she must stay on the playground.  If you come to the preschool before 9:00 a.m. but are not going to leave your child in early morning, please make sure you and your child remain off the playground.  It is very hard to keep track of which children are in early morning and which children are with their parents, if you are on the playground at the same time. Thank you for your understanding of our desire to keep this transition period safe for all the children.  The classrooms open at 8:55 a.m. Please remain outside the classroom until this time.

When you pick up your child at 12:00 p.m. please do not allow your child to play on the playground.  Our lunch bunch children are required to sit at the picnic table to eat their lunch for at least 20 minutes before they play.  It is confusing for the children at lunch bunch to see children playing on the playground when they are not allowed to do so.

On Thursdays and Fridays, you have the option to sign-up for snack.  We provide snack but since we are limited in the variety we can provide to 100 students, we have found that parents enjoy bringing something different or “special” for a day.  We have been told the children enjoy shopping and picking something out for their classmates. This is a voluntary sign-up. You do not have to participate. There will be snack calendars posted by your child’s door every month if you chose to participate.  The snack needs to be from 2 food groups. If you do bring a snack, please check with your child’s teacher for food allergies in the classroom. They have a list of food allergies and can let you know if there is a specific allergy in the classroom. We do not prepare any snack with peanuts in them.  We do, however allow peanut butter to be brought from home if your child is staying for lunch bunch. Also, we are requesting you bring healthy snacks for the children whenever you sign up for a snack. Thank you for helping us promote healthy eating habits!

On Friday, September 20, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. we will be having our first parent group meeting in the Fireside Room (by the office, off the kitchen).  All parents are welcome to come and share their fundraising ideas. We also have positions we need filled for the parent group. Your enrolled children can attend lunch bunch for free if you attend the meeting.  Our parent group is a vital part of the preschool and we welcome all new parents to attend. Thank you for your support!

As a reminder, we are diligent on proper hand washing techniques and sending children home who are sick.  We need your help this flu season by also emphasizing hand washing at home and keeping your children home if they are sick. Your child must be fever free for 24 hours without the help of medication and have not vomited or had a loose stool for 24 hours before they will be permitted back into the preschool.  Please help keep your children healthy and the staff!

Northminster Preschool is a non-profit preschool.  We rely heavily on fundraising to help us fund large improvement projects for the preschool.  We will be having fundraisers throughout the year. If you don't want to participate, or buy anything,  but you would still like to help, you can always make a straight donation to the preschool. Participation is always optional.  All donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated!

Please make sure you drive slowly when you are in the preschool parking lot.  We have over 100 children and their parents transitioning from the parking lot to the preschool and back.  Please do not allow your child(ren) to run in the parking lot attended or unattended. Nothing is as important as the safety of the children and parents at preschool, so please drive safely.

Reminder, no child can be left in the car in the parking lot while you take your child into the preschool or pick your child up.  This is a violation of the California Vehicle Code. Please keep your children safe and with you!

Sharon Halle