- 1. How do you handle Separation Anxiety?More
If you expect that you or your child will have difficulty separating, the following may be of help:
- Most children do better if the parent leaves quickly. The longer a parent stays or lingers, the longer it takes for the child to settle in.
- It may be helpful to offer the teacher an idea of what your child is really interested in.
- If a child is having difficulty, the teacher will stay with the child to comfort him/her. Some children prefer to be left alone. If that is the case, the teacher will stay close by until your child settles down.
- It is always okay to call the school. We tend not to pick up the phone until we hear who it is to avoid wasted time with solicitors. If a child is having difficulty and the phone rings, a teacher will stand next to the phone and pick up immediately. If the child is really distressed, we will definitely call you.
- If your child begins to have separation anxiety later in the year, please speak to your child's teacher. Problem solving together can help. Also, if anything is happening at home, there will be signs of it at school so it is best to tell your child's teacher anything you think may impact your child's behavior in any way.
Please call if you need any more information. We want to make this a positive experience for children and parents alike
- 2. Do you go on Field Trips?More
We walk around the neighborhood in the Fall and Spring. This is a safe, educational field trip and parents are invited to join us. As this is a regular school day, we ask that only children enrolled in the class participate. If you wish for your child to wear insect repellent or sunscreen, please apply this at home.
All permission slips must be returned with a contact number given in case of an emergency. This applies even when the child's parent is participating. Teachers will carry these along with a first aid kit and cell phone.
- 3. How do you work with Children With Allergies?More
In response to a growing number of food allergies, we are taking every precaution to avoid both an accident and hurt feelings. Sandra Lane Nursery School is a nut/peanut free school. We will not serve anything that is made with peanuts, nuts, peanut oil or anything where it is not clear that nuts or nut oils are not present. No food or candy will be sent home. All food is provided by the school and by the parents of children with allergies. If you know of a child with allergies in your child's class, please be extra sensitive to this. Because some of our children are touch-sensitive, all children will wash their hands upon entering school. Sandra Lane will work with parents of children with allergies throughout their child's participation in our program to ensure that the child is safe and to ensure that the child has a positive, happy experience. Parents and teachers working together can make sharing both a fun and safe experience.
- 4. Do you provide Snacks?More
Light nutritious snacks are provided daily. Snacks consist of a variety of crackers such as cheez-its, goldfish, pretzels, etc. and a drink such as lemonade, Tang, or juice. Water is served at every snack. A student in your child's class may have severe food allergies requiring them to bring a snack from home. Every effort will be taken to have these snacks resemble the other children's in both quantity and type. If your child wishes to celebrate their birthday at school, we welcome some special non-edible treat to send home such as a small bottle of bubbles, pencil, etc. All food will be supplied by the school and/or parents of children with allergies.
- 5. How do you Manage Behavior?More
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 follows these discipline guidelines. Our teachers understand the developmental needs of children as individuals and support procedures for discipline and guidance that are consistent.
Corporal punishment shall not be used, including spanking. No child shall be subjected to cruel or severe punishment such as humiliation, verbal or physical abuse, neglect, or abusive treatment. No child shall be denied food as a form of punishment. No child shall be punished for soiling, wetting, or not using the toilet. Children will not be forced to remain in soiled clothing or forced to remain on the toilet as a means of discipline.
We have only necessary rules and aim to help the children find healthy, acceptable outlets for noisy, active, messy play. Teachers state limits and expectations clearly and simply. They seek to be reasonable, clear and just. Where appropriate and feasible, children shall participate in the establishment of rules, policies, and procedures.
Although responses should be individualized, there should be consistency overall. Since no one technique will work for every child in every situation, an attempt will be made to match one's response to the situation and the child.
The teacher will be an astute observer. She will decide whether the children can handle the situation on their own. She will not wait for things to get out of control before she intervenes, however. She will offer help before things escalate and will take clues from the children that they need help. Rather than shouting across the playground or classroom, the teacher will move to the child, on his/her level, make eye contact, and speak clearly and firmly.
Choices may be offered when appropriate. We try to allow the children to extricate themselves and to save face after an incident. We avoid identifying, labeling, or scapegoating children; we might interpret and explain their behavior to the other children in observable, understandable, value-free ways.
Teachers try to model correct behavior. Rather than demonstrate something they want stopped, they will explain why it is unacceptable and illustrate what the child should do. They will state things positively whenever possible and instruct the children on what to do, rather than emphasizing the misbehavior. Teachers avoid responding only to negative behavior. They reward and reinforce positive behavior, recognizing that children need to have acceptable behavior reinforced and clarified.
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, they will help the children to "use words" and to verbalize needs and feelings.
- 6. Do you hold Parent-Teacher Conferences?More
Assessment of a child's development is a continuous process. Progress reports regarding the participation of each child in our program will be written at least twice a year and placed in the child's file. At those times, teachers will meet with the parents to discuss their child's progress. A parent-teacher conference may be held at any other time as determined by the parent or teacher.
- 7. Does a photographer come to take the children's pictures?More
We have a photographer come every spring to take the children's portraits. For many years, we have had Studio C come to take the children's portraits in the spring. We choose to have this done late in the school year because it is hard for many of our younger children who are just beginning to settle into our routine. Waiting until spring produces many more happy smiles.