Parent Manual

(updated January, 2024)

Our preschool programs operates under our Non-Profit Organization – Jack and Jill Parent Participation Preschool Society. Our paid teachers operate, administer and run our early childhood education programs, and our volunteer parents help by being a Director on the Executive Committee(Parents, Teachers, Community members) or are assigned other types of jobs at the Preschool.

Our teachers are Early Childhood Educators, licensed under the BC Governments ECE Registry and the Community Care and Assisted Living Act, Child Care Licensing Regulation, who have undergone Criminal Checks and have their Childhood First Aid. Our facility is regularly inspected by Vancouver Coastal Health and our local Fire Department.

Our preschool/early learning centre provides a place where the children/students can experience an enjoyable pre-school experience. This early school experience will be valuable once your child/ren enter the public school system. It is also a place where parents have the opportunity to: watch their children as members of a group/community; observe and converse with the teacher and other parents regarding parenting, or to to find new ways of managing their children.

We are also a supportive community of families where we all demonstrate kindness, empathy, acceptance and understanding. Most of all, a parents involvement in the school sends a powerful and loving message to our children showing them that they are important, we care about what they do and we can all work together as a community.

In our preschool program, our emphasis is not on formal learning such at the ABC’s or 123’s. The philosophy of our preschool is that children learn through play. We are based on the Reggio Emilia approach, which places the children, their natural development, their relationship with our teachers and and the school environment at the centre of learning. “Learning” must make sense from the child’s point of view. Therefore the activities are “child led” or “emergent”. Their play is guided by teachers and the program is planned with specific goals in mind, for growth milestones for the appropriate age, outdoor exploration and social development.

The daily program is flexible, with a balance between:

-active and quiet play 

-group and individual play 

-free and planned play 

-outdoor and indoor play 

– conversing and listening

-snack time and or/lunch time

Non-Profit Organization

Our Non-Profit Organization, is required by the Society Act of BC to have a Board of Directors (Executive), have members (families), and adhere to our own Constitution and Bylaws.

Our Teachers are hired by our Teacher hiring committee(Selected Directors), by way of the teacher contract protocols to run the schools Education Program, and manage the day to day operations/administration of the school.

The Executive run meetings, make the major decisions for the Preschool and manage the set yearly Fundraisers and Marketing (Social Media) efforts.

The Members(each family) are required to hold a job on the Parent Job list, or be part of the Executive. Some jobs require weekly attention, some jobs require a single day of commitment in a year. We thank everyone for their ability to help our school run a little smoother.

School Year Classes Times:

3 year old class(3hours): Monday & Wednesday – (as of September 2024)9:00am-12:00pm

4 year old class(4.5hours): Tuesday & Thursday – 9:00am -1:30pm

FEES

There are three kinds of fees payable to the school. 

The Registration/Administration Fee is payable at the time of registration and includes the each Child/Familys Insurance and individual student supplies. The Registration Fee is non-refundable. 

Tuition Fees are the monthly fees that are required to pay staff, building insurance, utilities, other supplies and general building upkeep. Tuition fees can be paid by two means:

One time payment of the full yearly tuition, (recommended for families whose children are have attended the previous years 3’s class)

-or 10 Monthly payments, which are payable in advance and are due on the 1st of each month. From September 1st to June 1st.

Payable by EFT(CAFT)(automatic bank to bank transfer) or e-transfer.

IF paying by e-transfer, First and Last months tuition fees must be paid within the first month a child attends their class.

First month tuition fees will include first and last months tuition fees in your Brightwheel tuition account.

As stated in the bylaws, the fees are for a full month regardless of the number of days attended. A month covers the period from the 1st of the month to the 1st of the following month (i.e. 1st of September to 1st of October). Tuition fees have incoroprated the possibility of school closures, due to snow days, power outages, and a limited number of “lack of staff” closures.

As per our Bylaws, when withdrawing from our program, one months notice must be given, or one months fees in lue of notice, is required.

Delinquent fees will result in a child losing their space in our program the next month. Warnings will be given. Fees for each month are due on the 1st of each month, just like rent or a mortgage payment.

Tuiton fees pay our teacher salaries, and our monthly bills. Delinquent fees result in us not being able to pay our teachers or pay our bills.

Fees can be emailed to: fees@jackandjillpreschool.ca

NEWSLETTER

The monthly Newsletter, will share up coming class events, that sometimes include parents, like the Class Christmas party, Mothers Day Tea, Annual General Meeting, 4’s Class Graduation Parade. It will also list Civic Holidays, dates for Winter and Spring Break, and In-house registration dates for the upcoming year. The monthly Newsletter will be release in Brightwheel.

CHILD CARE TAX RECEIPTS

Tax receipts will be provided to enrolled families on request. Notice will be given in our January Newsletter.

All out going families will be provided their Child Care Tax Receipt, upon request, at the end of their school year.(June). Notice will be given in our May Newsletter.

Line 21400 Child Care Expenses

Child care costs are not claimed as a non-refundable tax credit, but as a deduction from income on the personal tax return.  A non-refundable tax credit is always at the lowest tax rate (except in Quebec), but a reduction of income would save tax at the taxpayer’s marginal tax rate.

In the Canadian Tax Calculator, child care costs are entered in the deductions area.  The calculator does not check to ensure that the maximum allowable amount is not exceeded.  It will provide a warning if the child care costs are being claimed by a higher income spouse.

Who Claims the Deduction?

In most cases, child care expenses for an eligible child must be claimed by the parent with the lower net income for tax purposes.  If the parents are separated and share custody, sometimes each parent may claim a portion of the child care costs.  Where a medical doctor certifies in writing that the lower-income spouse is incapable of caring for the child due to a physical or mental infirmity, then the costs may be claimed by the higher income spouse.

Eligible Child

An eligible child is a child of you or your spouse or common-law partner, or a child who was dependent on you or your spouse or common-law partner, and whose net income in the year is less than or equal to the federal basic personal amount ($12,421 to $13,808 in 2021, $12,719 to 14,398 in 2022).  The child must have been under 16 years of age at the beginning of the year, unless the child was mentally or physically infirm.

SCHOOL CLOSURES

Our school is closed on Civic Holidays, and for Winter Break and Spring Break, which align with the SD46 Calendar. See our website calendar for those dates. We are NOT closed for the SD46 ProD days, as our Teachers do not participate in the SD46 Teacher Professional Development.

If weather conditions, such as snow, close the SD46 school’s, we will close our preschool for that day as well. We will inform families of the Snow Day by 8am the morning of class.

If our school needs to close for whatever other reason, our Head Teacher/Supervisor will email or call the day before or the morning of.

Please email her back to confirm you have seen the email, if not she will call you to confirm. Please check your phone for texts or emails, each morning before school, for it there is an emergancy close.

School Closures are accounted for in the Yearly Tuition fee, therefore fees will not change if there is a school closure.

SCHOOL CLOTHING

Children should be sent to school in sturdy clothes suitable for all types of play, both indoors and outdoors.

Indoor clothing should be comfortable and washable, though please note that some paints or materials may not ever fully wash out of clothing. *Some families set aside specific sets of clothes as “Preschool clothes” which can get painted/glued or dirty.

You may keep slippers for inside (and extra underwear or a change of clothes if your child requires it) at the school.

All removable items of clothing and shoes should be carefully marked with your child’s full name. See or Mabel’s Labels Fundraising Campaign. A number of families may have the same style of rainjacket, rain pants or boots. The Preschool is not liable for misplaced or lost pieces of clothing. Expensive or valuable pieces of clothing should be left at home.

Outdoor clothing must be weather/season appropriate.

In winter, make sure your child has a warm hat and some mitts or gloves. If it is rainy, have your child wear boots and a waterproof jacket or muddy buddy.

In spring/summer, a ball cap or sunhat, running shoes are the appropriate outdoor summer shoes for preschool. Sandals, Crocs, or flip-flops are NOT appropriate outdoor preschool footwear.

DROP OFF AND PICK UP

Please lock the Preschool gate upon entering and leaving so children can not go out to the parking lot without a parent.

Please note that the teachers are not obligated to release your child to anyone without being informed in advance. Ensure all pickup-adults are listed in Brightwheel. Teachers do also have paper copies of your Application form at the school for writing in names and phone numbers, of new additions.

Drive slowly and with awareness when coming in or out of the parking area as small children run out between the cars. Some days the Seniors centre is very busy with actives, and our parking lot is busy and full.

Please pick up your child on time –Also please be advised that the Town of Gibsons has a “no idling” bylaw which means that vehicles stopped for longer than 2 minutes must turn off their engines. Please respect this rule and shut off your engines – the playground is right beside the parking lot.

Late pick ups are not tolerated, 1st late pick up past 20 min, a warning will be given. 2nd late pickup past 15min, the family will be charged $25/ per 15min. 3rd late pickup or failure to pay second(2nd) late pickup fee, will result in a termination of service from their class/child care program. Tuition fees will not be refunded. See Late Pick Up Policy.

CARPOOLS

Arrangements for the children’s transportation to and from preschool remain the responsibility of each parent. You may form “carpools” but do inform the teacher of these arrangements and any daily deviations. All parents who drive young children (especially those driving in carpools and on children’s excursions) must increase their third party liability insurance to a minimum of one million dollars. All children must be in appropriate car seats as per B.C. law.

Toilet Trained or not Toilet Trained

Please ensure you child has gone to the bathroom at home, before they have left for school, or at school at drop off where a a parent helps them.

If your child is toilet trained, please ensure your child has extra underwear in their backpack or cubby, for any accidents.

If you child is having a regression(was previously toilet trained, but is now eliminating in underwear), please let teachers know, and we can help get your child back on track.

If your child is not toilet trained, this morning elimination is vital before the program starts, as it ensures your child starts his school day comfortably and in the right frame of mind to learn. Please supply your own child’s supply of extra diapers or pull-ups and a package of wipes every day.

ILLNESS

In the case of a severe cold or any other contagious disease, your child should be kept at home, until they feel well enough to return. Fever must not be present.

Cold and Flu season generally occurs in the Fall (Sept-Nov) and Spring(Mar-Apr).

For specific Policies and Procedures please see our Health and Wellness Policy, Cleaning and Sanitary Policy, on our School Policies page

In the case of a communicable disease (e.g. mumps, measles, Covid-19 etc.) please inform the teacher as soon as possible of your child is confirmed positive. If we have 3+ cases in our school, we are required to report to Vancouver Coastal Health that we have a communicable disease, present in our school community.

Following these guidelines are for determining when to keep your children at home, which have been determined by Vancouver Coastal Health.

Symptoms which require children to be excluded from child care facilities:

• Pain: any complaints of unexplained or undiagnosed pain.

• Acute cold with fever, runny nose and eyes, coughing and sore throat. The child may stop being contagious once temperature, well being and energy are normal, although coughing and runny nose may continue (depending on the suspect illness).

• If symptoms are caused by a known allergic reaction, the child is not contagious.

• Difficultly in breathing – wheezing or a persistent cough.

  • Fever (100 F / 38.3 C or more) accompanied by general symptoms such as listlessness may be an early sign of illness that requires a physician’s attention.

• Sore throat or trouble swallowing

• Infected skin or eyes or an undiagnosed rash.

  • Headache and stiff neck – SHOULD SEE PHYSICIAN

• Unexplained diarrhea or loose stools combined with nausea, vomiting or abdominal cramps. These symptoms may indicate a bacterial or viral (gastrointestinal) infection which is very easily passed from one child to another. 

The child should be kept home until all symptoms have stopped.

•Nausea and vomiting may be an early sign of illness that requires a physician’s attention

• Severe itching of body and scalp

• Children with known or suspected communicable diseases

It is required to keep (or take) a child home when the child:

   – is suffering from one of more of the above symptoms.

   – is not well enough to take part in the regular program of the facility.

The 4 childhood parasites and viruses that tend to circulate in Child Care families and Elementary Schools:

It is our school policy to inform parents if there is or has been a case of these in our preschool. We do not say which class or who has been infected.

1. Head Lice

Head Lice are a common human parasite that you and your family, will be introduced too, thru daycares, preschools or elementary school. Head Lice are in every country of the world and can affect all races and genders.

Having head lice does not mean you are not clean. It’s not your fault if you or your child has head lice.

Generally the first time you find out your child or self may have been in contact with someone with head lice, it will seem shocking and the thought, subconsciously make your head itch. This is a normal response.

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You can prepare yourself and family, by watching lice removal YouTube videos, and getting a lice comb. (amazon or local pharmacy). Learn where to look for signs of infestation on the scalp when the time comes.

Upon hearing that there has been a case in our preschool, all students who have long hair should wear hair up in a pontail or braids. Lice travels along a strand of hair by walking with unique claws at the end of their legs, and use the hair strand as bridge to move from one person to another, they do not fly or jump.

It is the responsibility of the parents of the infected child to care for their child to eliminate their head lice case.

Head lice are tiny insects that live on the scalp, where they lay eggs. Head lice do not spread disease.

What do head lice look like?

Lice have 3 stages – the egg (nit), the nymph and the adult.

  • Nits are whitish-grey, tan or yellow ovals, about the size of a grain of sand. They stick to the hair close to the scalp and can look like dandruff. Nits hatch into nymphs in 9 to 10 days. Nits are generally located behind ears, of at the nap of the neck.
  • Nymphs are baby lice. They look like adult lice but smaller.
  • Adult lice are hard to see since they are about the size of a sesame seed. Adult lice can live for up to 30 days on a person’s head, but they die within 2 days away from the scalp. 

2. Pinworms

Pinworm infection is the most common type of intestinal worm infection worldwide. Pinworms are thin and white, measuring about 1/4 to 1/2 inch (about 6 to 13 millimeters) in length.

While the infected person sleeps, female pinworms lay thousands of eggs in the folds of skin surrounding the anus. Most people infected with pinworms have no symptoms, but some people experience anal itching and restless sleep.

Pinworm infection occurs most often in school-age children, and the tiny (microscopic) eggs are easily spread from child to child. Treatment involves oral drugs that kill the pinworms and thorough washing of pajamas, bedding and underwear. For best results, the entire family should be treated.

3. Hand, Food and Mouth Disease

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a mild, contagious viral infection common in young children. Symptoms include sores in or around the mouth, with sometimes small liquid filled blisters on the hands and feet.

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is most commonly caused by a coxsackievirus.

There’s no specific treatment for hand-foot-and-mouth disease. One just has to let it take it’s course.

Frequent hand-washing and avoiding close contact with people who have hand-foot-and-mouth disease may help lower your child’s risk of infection.

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease may cause any or all of the following symptoms.

They include:

  • Fever.
  • Sore throat.
  • Feeling sick.
  • Blister-like lesions on the tongue, gums, inside of the cheeks, palms and soles of feet
  • Fussiness in infants and toddlers.
  • Loss of appetite.

The usual period from initial infection to the time symptoms appear (incubation period) is 3 to 6 days. Children may get a fever and develop a sore throat. They sometimes lose their appetites and don’t feel well.

One or two days after the fever begins, little red bumps, or painful sores may develop around or in the mouth or throat. A rash on the hands and feet follows and sometimes may appear on the buttocks.

The rash on the palms and sole of feet, turn into liquid filled blisters. If blisters are under the nail bed, nails may sluff off over a period of time, as the nail grows out.

A child is considered contagious for the first week they show symptoms. Please keep your child home for 7-10 days, or while your child has symptoms.

4. Molluscum

Molluscum contagiosum (MC), sometimes called water warts, is a viral infection of the skin that results in small raised pink lesions with a dimple in the center. They may become itchy or sore, and occur singularly or in groups. Any area of the skin may be affected, with abdomen, legs, arms, neck, genital area and face being the most common. Onset of the lesions is around seven weeks after infection. They usually go away within a year without scarring.

In a child care or school environment, if you child has Molluscum, on arms or legs, please ensure your child wears clothes to cover it, to reduce transmission. It is more common in children between the ages of one and ten years old.

See our HEALTH AND WELLNESS POLICY

PARENT EDUCATION

Our Parent Education program is what make our Preschool unique. The aim our Parent Education program is to keep families informed of new developments in matters relating to the development of their children and to expose parents to areas that they may be unfamiliar with, or to discuss matters parents may like to know more about.

Our Parent Education will be offered on our website, and in our monthly newsletter.

 PERSONNEL OFFICER

The Personnel Officer serves as a liaison between the teachers and the Membership(Executive included) (see Bylaws), and between the Preschool and community. If you have any concerns, please contact the Head Teacher regarding curriculum and operations of the school including Accounting. If no re-solution is reached, please ask to contact the Personnel Officer.

A Note about Bullying and Harassment towards students, family members and teachers:

Bullying and Harassment of any kind is not tolerated at our Preschool.

Due to the age of children in our care, social interactions are being learned. Children ages 3-5 are becoming aware of how their words and behaviour effect others. A childs behaviour in this social learning phase in a childs life is not considered “bullying”. Our teachers are skilled in educating and redirecting these “behaviour learning situations”. It might take many teaching moments, for a child to understand how their words and actions effect others in these complex social situations. A child is not born understanding how their words and actions effect others, we adults must teach them and show them, by example.

Bullying of teachers by parents is considered a occupational hazard as where legal measures will be taken appropriately.

Examples of behaviour or comments that might constitute bullying and harassment include: verbal aggression or insults, calling someone derogatory names, harmful hazing or initiation practices, vandalizing personal belongings, and spreading malicious rumours about a teacher or the preschool environment.

Please see our Bullying and Harassment Policy for future explaination.

Worksafe BC – Bullying and Harassment

HOW WE CONTACT YOU

Just inside the entrance to the school is your child’s cubby. The teachers and other parents also use this cubby to communicate with you.

Our Teachers will also communicate with you thru email, thru the preschool Gmail(Jenna), or thru a the administration email (Robin).

Curriculum, Child development, Family Relations:

Jenna – jackandjillpreschool886@gmail.com

Administration/Registration, Tuition fees , ACCB, Brightwheel:

Robin – admin@jackandjillpreschool.ca

Please remember to pick up your child’s artwork and any other information each day. In addition, there are two notice boards. One inside and outside the entrance of the school, where membership informing documents are posted, as well as other timely information.

PREPARING FOR THE FIRST DAY OF PRESCHOOL

If your child has not had the experience of being cared for by another person, there can sometimes be a transition period, where the caregiver and parent must work together, to enable the child to be comfortable in the child care environment with the caregiver.

 MAKING THE BREAK (aka leaving the main caregiver)

Beginning school often imposes a strain both on the child and the parent. It is important that the parent stay close by for the first day and for as many days as necessary to help ease the transition from home to school. Some children find the adjustment much harder than others, and each child must be given the time and support s/he needs to make the break. It is important that the child feels secure with this process, as his / her first school experience. A gradual intake of children (Gradual Start) and shorter school hours are generally arranged during the first week of school to allow the teachers to establish a relationship with each child and to give the child a chance to adjust to the school environment. A child will happily form a bond with a new care giver/teacher as the child sees their parents accepting of the new caregiver/teachers during drop off and pick up. Therefore, the positive relationship between the parent and teacher/caregiver is vital to this transition.

Parents should be able to leave their child for a full class, by the second month of school (end of October). If your child is still not ready by then, please discuss your options with the Head Teacher/Supervisor.

PREPARATION FOR PRESCHOOL (Parents and Children)

Say encouraging things when the child asks about school, without overselling the experience or using it as a threat (“You can’t go to big boy school if you pee in your pants”). Remember that each child is going to react in his or her own unique way to the new experience. There will be children in each class working thru their own experience of separating from their parent. We all must have compassion for our children and families, that are working thru this transition.

AFTER SCHOOL BEGINS

Be prepared for changes in your child’s behaviour.

New behaviours are common, such as: needing more rest; restless or disturbed sleep; temper tantrums; or regressing to habits or behaviours characteristic of a younger child.

It is very common for a child to take on new independence (new behaviour at home, pushing boundaries) after s/he feels comfortable at school.

Some children will not want to leave preschool at the end of class, this is also normal, and they are starting to learn how their desires can be negotiated and that their words have meaning. If you are experiencing this transition, give your self 10-15mins at pick up. Teachers can work with you and your child thru this leaving transition.

Working with your child thru these transition stages, how you negotiate and how you discuss what your child is going thru, will be a life long activity.

Some children will be incountering new people, who they like or who they do not like for the first time. This is the beginning of how their social interactions and social behaviours form, outside their family unit.

Our Teachers, are educated in how to help each child learn the skills to socialize with others. Learning Social skills and behaviours may take longer for some children. Teachers are there to work with every child/student and their parents, to enable the child to move thru this stage successfully.

HOW TO ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD

Remember to be loving and supportive on the first few days of school. It is normal for your child to: stand on the sidelines; hit or bite another child; refuse to give or take turns; cry or break down easily; or cling excessively to you when you try to leave. If you find the behaviour troubling, speak with the teacher, we are there to support you and can help work through these situations.

During a situation, try to appear calm and unconcerned, although you may not feel like this internally. Help your child feel secure and comfortable by returning for him/her on time. Avoid comparing or talking about your child to others, especially verbally within his/her hearing.

 EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

1. Our EMERGENCY PLAN

Regarding an Emergency event ie, Flood, Earthquake, or other natural disaster.

The chain of command at our school is as follows. The teacher is in charge during an emergency. If the teacher is not able to give direction, the assistant teacher will assume control. We follow our Emergency Preparedness Plan.

An emergency kit, containing tools, food, and medical supplies is stored at the back of the school in the shed. The kit is in a large yellow Rubbermaid tub. The kit contains all the items recommended by emergency planning authorities for a school our size. If your child has an ongoing health condition requiring medication, it is your responsibility to purchase this medication (enough for at least 72 hours), to fill out and sign an authorization form (available from the Assiatant Teacher/Operations), and put the form and medication into the emergency kit. You are also responsible for keeping the medicine current if it has an expiry date.

As soon as possible after the disaster, you will be expected to pick up your child at the Preschool, or if the situation is untenable, at the nearest emergency evacuation centre, the location of which will be announced on CKAY 91.7 FM. In the event that you cannot make it to the school, we will expect one of three alternate adults to pick up your child.

3. EARTHQUAKE PROCEDURES

This procedure is a general summary.

After an event:

– the supervisor will make the evacuation decision. If evacuating, the Supervisor will lead class to the meeting place on the grassy area at the far side of the Harmony Hall Parking lot.

No one will re-enter the building unless instructed by the supervisor.

Children are picked up, and are marked on the class list:

-First and last name of who picked up the child

-Where the adult was planning to take the child (i.e. home, Evacuation Centre)

-What time the child left

– do not phone the school – keep phone lines clear for emergencies.

– when safe to travel, go to the school to collect your child – your child will NOT be released otherwise.

– if you are unable to reach the school, contact your alternate guardian to collect your child.

 DISCIPLINE POLICY

It shall be the policy at the Jack and Jill Parent Participation Preschool to abide by the Child Care Licensing Regulation Act regarding discipline: section 51 Behavioural Guidance; and section 52 Harmful Actions Not Permitted. 

The legislation reads as follows:

Behavioural guidance

51(1) A licensee must:

(a) ensure that behavioural guidance is appropriate to the age and development of the child who is receiving the guidance, and

(b) provide to employees and parents a written statement of the licensee’s policy on behavioural guidance.

Harmful actions not permitted

52 (1) A licensee must ensure that a child, while under the care or supervision of the licensee, is not subjected to any of the following:

(a) shoving, hitting or shaking by an employee or another child, or confinement or physical restraint by another child;

(b) confinement or physical restraint by an employee, except as authorized in a child care’s plan if the care plan includes instructions respecting behavioural guidance;

(c) harsh, belittling or degrading treatment by an employee or another child, whether verbal, emotional or physical, that could humiliate the child or undermine the child’s self respect;

(d) spanking or any other form of corporal punishment;

(e) separation, without supervision by a responsible adult, from other children;

(f) as a form of punishment, deprivation of meals, snacks, rest or necessary use of a toilet.

(2) A licensee must ensure that a child is not, while under the care or supervision of the licensee, subjected to emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse or neglect as those terms are defined in Schedule H.

The philosophy at the Jack and Jill Preschool as the most appropriate way to offer discipline is as stated in the Province Of B.C.’s publication “Guiding Children’s Behaviour”.

 Overall classroom discipline is ultimately the teacher’s responsibility. Paid assistants are to be actively involved in maintaining a positive, constructive atmosphere. Where individual situations exceed an assistants comfort level or abilities, the supervisor will be asked to step in to assist or take over for that assistant.

Concerns regarding overall classroom management or discipline of an individual child should be discussed at the earliest convenience with the Head Teacher/Supervisor. It is not appropriate to do this during school hours. Your teacher will help you to arrange a mutually convenient private discussion time. If the situation cannot be satisfactorily resolved, the Personnel Officer should be consulted.

Annual GENERAL MEETING

All Parents are required to attend the Annual General Meeting in June. A great wrap up party, and the start to the summer.

 NUTRITION POLICY

We are a Nut-Free facility, please do not provide your child nut products in they snack or lunch.

3’s Class: Please bring a food to class each day, or gauge what would be appropriate for the class, by what is in the snack basket. The list below may be amended in any way necessary to provide for the safety of children with allergies. We like to eat the Rainbow!

Fresh Fruit – bananas, organs, apples, pineapple, berries

Vegetables:- Avocado, cucumber , sweet pepper , carrot (including baby carrots), celery, cherry tomatoes

Breads and Cereals:-Whole grain crackers, rice crakes

Cheese – block of cheese

 Other: Dried nori (seaweed), dried fruit

4’s Class: Parents are to provide their 4’s class child their own snack and lunch.

The 4’s Class snack and lunch time, is a time for community and to practice eating as a group, with-in a time limit, a vital skill needed to be ready for Kindergarten.

Special Occasions:

You may bring a special treat for sharing with all the children on your child’s Birthday or other special occasions, in addition to the regular snack. The rules are somewhat relaxed (i.e. birthday cupcakes or cookies may be allowed) AFTER consultation with the Supervisor. It is helpful to mention your intentions to the Supervisor before the special day. Again, be aware of any allergies that may exist in your child’s class.

Try a whipped cream or cream cheese frosting sweetened with a small amount of honey as an alternative to heavily sugared butter icings as a birthday treat.

If you have any questions or ideas for other snack items, feel free to speak with the Supervisor.

Parent Job List:

Every family is required to hold a job on the Parent Job list, or be parent of the Executive. Some jobs require weekly attention, some jobs require a single day of commitment in a year. We thank everyone for their ability to help our school run smoother.

Our Open Door Classroom:

With our Open Door Classroom, we will have our front door to our school open thru out the class session as much as possible, where students are able experience activity stations in both indoor and outdoor settings. Our 4’s Class will sometimes, go on nature walks during their class to collect art supplies or participate in outdoor learning.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our teachers at:

jackandjillpreschool886@gmail.com