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All students will have the attitudes, skills and knowledge
to be productive and responsible citizens.

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Preschool Handbook  

This handbook provides summary information that students and parents need to know. Students have the responsibility to know, respect and abide by the rules, policies and regulations of the school district. A copy of the manual is kept in the principal's office and the library for your review.

Throughout this page, you may return to the top at any time by simply clicking on the "top" icon in the right margin of the page below.

Alphabetical Index
Classroom Environment
Glossary of Education Terms
Home Visits
Immunization Requirements
Meals and Nutrition
Other Services
School Policy
Transition
Transportation

Classroom Environment

What are we doing with your child each day?

Curriculum:
As a team, we approach the preschool curriculum with hands-on activities focusing on child-initiated choices while meeting individual skill levels of all children. Some of the areas we incorporate into our daily schedule are language development, social communication skills, nutrition, readiness skills for kindergarten, self-help skills and building a positive self image.

How do we handle all these children at once?

Classroom Management:
Successful classroom management begins with an organized, age-appropriate classroom setting. The adults in the classroom foster a positive learning environment through modeling and teaching problem-solving skills, offering choices and using natural consequences. Using positive statements, speaking with children at their level, listening to their needs and redirecting all help to make children feel important and valued. To ensure success for all children, an adult may provide verbal and/or physical assistance to complete a task.

Can you help out in class?

Volunteers:
We value your active participation in your child's preschool program. Information about your child's interests, strengths and needs are important to our team. We welcome community volunteers and extended family members and friends. Some volunteer options include:

  • field trips
  • classroom assistance
  • attending parent meetings (topics are chosen by parents and child care is provided)
  • sharing individual hobbies or interests with the program

Siblings are welcome to attend with parents when volunteering.

Glossary of Education Terms

SPEECH:  The sound pattern of language. Speech is made up of combinations of sounds that form words. Speech development is a gradual process beginning in infancy and continuing through the child's seventh or eighth year.

LANGUAGE:  A code made of a group of rules that include:

  • What words mean
  • How to make new words
  • How to combine new words together
  • What word combinations are best in what situations
RECEPTIVE LANGUAGE:  What we do when we listen. It is how we understand what we hear later when we read.

EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE:  What we do when we talk. It consists of words, phrases and gestures we use to communicate feelings, ideas and intentions to others.

GROSS MOTOR:  Any large movement activity that involves arms, legs, trunk balance and coordination, such as throwing, skipping, climbing, and hopping.

FINE MOTOR:  Any small-motor dexterity activity, generally with hands, such as stringing beads, using scissors and writing skills.

COGNITIVE:  Refers to mental development or thinking skills. These skills include both pre-academic facts or concepts (such as the ability to solve problems, engage in learning activities, ask questions, and describe ideas).

SELF HELP:  Behaviors that enable a child to become increasingly more independent in taking care of feeding, dressing, and personal toileting needs. These are also referred to as adaptive behavior skills.

SOCIAL SKILLS:  Abilities and characteristics that allow a child to engage in meaningful social interactions with adults, peers and the environment.

ANNUAL REVIEW:  Meeting that takes place at least once a year to discuss your child's progress and form new goals for a new IEP.

OT:  Occupational Therapy

PT:  Physical Therapy

SLP:  Speech/Language Pathologist

IEP:  Individual Education Plan

Immunization Requirements

The Post Falls School district requires that every child show proof of a birth certificate and immunization record before entering school.

In order to protect your children against a number of childhood diseases, Idaho law requires that all children admitted to public school be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, rubella, mumps and Hepatitis B. Here are the recommended schedules:

2 months oldDTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis
4 months oldDTP, polio
6 months oldDTP
15-18 months oldMMR (measles, mumps, rubella), DTP, polio (first booster)

Children born after November 22, 1992 are required to have the Hepatitis B vaccine. This is a series of three immunizations.

Nutrition

Each day the children are served a nutritious snack at the preschool. This not only provides a nutrition break, but also is a time to encourage communication. The children are encouraged and instructed to use their manners, share with their peers, and use language to communicate their needs. Once the snack is finished the children clean up, which promotes responsibility and independence.

Other Services

What are the related services available through our program?

  • Counseling
  • School Health Services - School Nurse
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychological Services
  • Speech/Language Therapy
  • Assistive Technology (Special Equipment)

The preschool team will be able to tell you more about each of these services. It is important that you and your family understand what the service will provide and how the service will help your child and family.

School Policy

Attendance:

Your child's consistent attendance at preschool is essential for his/her development progress and success. We understand that there may be occasional absences due to illness or unexpected occurrences.

Transition

Transition means the steps that will be taken to help your child and family move easily and successfully into and from different programs. When you and the other team members make a list of steps to follow, the transition to the new program will be much easier and successful.

Why are transition services important

Transition services help your child and family adjust to the changes that occur from his/her current program to the future program. With each change, the following points should occur:

  • A transition goal to help your child learn new skills for your child's future setting(s);
  • You and your child and family should meet the people who will be delivering services in the new setting before you change programs;
  • You should visit the new program or setting and see what the classroom and activities look like;
  • There should be very little time lost between receiving services from one program or setting to the next program;
  • All people who are on the "new" team should understand the types of services the child and family have received and how these services were provided;
  • Written information on these services should be passed on to the next program (reports, program plans, etc.). This information, however, cannot be sent without your permission;
  • You and the other team members should decide what services will be needed in the new setting; and
  • Everyone should feel comfortable and ready to make the transition from one program or setting to the next.

Transportation

Transportation for our program is provided by the Post Falls School District. The bus ride is one of the most exciting things about getting to come to preschool. To help make it a safe experience as well as a learning experience for your child, please observe the following rules:

  • A consistent pick up/drop off location needs to be arranged with the driver.
  • A parent or adult must meet the bus and bring the child to board the bus. You will be informed as to the approximate time the bus will be at your home on the return trip. Please be waiting.
  • If your child will not be riding the bus on a particular day, please notify the bus driver or bus garage at 773-4217.