For the most part, the opening and closing days of school, as well as vacations, will coincide with those of the Reading Public Schools. This also pertains to school closings due to inclement weather. If there is a change in this plan, parents will be notified in advance. A complete calendar is printed in the parent manual which is given to parents on the first day of school.
Tuesday/Thursday morning (2.9-5 years)- 8:30-11:30am
Monday/Wed/Friday morning Pre-Kindergarten (4-5 years)- 8:30-11:30am with optional Lunch Bunch on Wednesdays 11:30-1pm.
Age / Admittance
Children are accepted at our school at the ages of 2 years 9 months (3 by Nov. 30th of entering school year) -5 years. Sandra Lane Nursery School will not discriminate against a child or his/her family on the basis of race, religion, cultural heritage, political belief, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. Children do not have to be toilet trained.
Tuition is based on a 38 week school year and is divided into ten equal payments. The first tuition payment is due on August 1st and is non-refundable for withdrawals after that date. This payment will be applied to the last tuition payment due for the school year. The remaining tuition payments are due the first class day of each month, Sept. through May. Registration is a school year commitment and tuition is charged on that basis.
Monthly Tuition Payments for 2018/2019- 3 hour class
2 day session – $230/10 months
3 day session – $305/10 months
Optional Lunch Bunch on Wednesday- $15/day
The teachers are here to facilitate the child’s success in developing creativity, building a healthy self-concept, and acquiring self-direction. Our teachers are certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and are caring, loving individuals who enjoy a special rapport with young children. All staff are certified in First Aid and CPR.
Communication between home and school
Open communication between home and school is vital in order to make our program work. We encourage parents to take part in our activities. Our doors are open to you. We welcome parents ideas concerning our policies and program. Parent teacher conferences are scheduled at least twice during the school year. Information and policies, in our parent manual, will be distributed on the first day of school. A monthly newsletter is issued, giving dates and information concerning ongoing activities. Arrival and departure time allow for an informal exchange of communication, as we request that parents escort their children to and from the classroom.
In an effort to facilitate the child’s success in acquiring self-control, to promote a feeling of positive self-esteem, to aid in learning to socialize with others, as well as to maintain an environment conducive to safe and happy play, the staff will follow the discipline guidelines outlined in the behavior management plan which is available to parents in the parent manual. We have only necessary rules and aim to help the children find healthy, acceptable outlets for noisy, active, messy play. The teachers assess the underlying causes of behavior and guide the children toward understanding and controlling their own feelings and responses. Teachers will model, guide, redirect toward acceptable behavior, explain, and patiently remind the children of the rules and their rationale. When resolving conflicts, teachers will help the children to “use words” and to verbalize needs and feelings.
School year highlights
During the school year we have a number of planned activities. The children enjoy a neighborhood walk in the Fall and the Spring. We enjoy collecting and admiring the natural wonders we find in the Fall and observing the growth and activity of the world around us in the Spring. In the Fall, parents are invited in to play with and meet the children during our free play open house. Also in the Fall, we bring to life the First Thanksgiving Feast by celebrating friendship and giving. The Native Americans gather together with the Pilgrims and feast on good nutritious foods made by or provided by the children. Activities include stories and Native American music and dancing. Another favorite activity happens in the Spring when families gather at Hunt Memorial Park for our annual Sandra Lane Nursery School Family Picnic. Other various fun adventures and activities are planned separately by class both with and without parent participation.