Thank you for enrolling your child in one of Redeemer’s Pre-School programs! We look forward to getting to know your family and sharing in Christ’s love for us. The classrooms are set, the teachers are ready and anxiously awaiting the children’s first day. It is the mission of Redeemer Lutheran Church Early Childhood Program, in grateful response to God’s love for us in Christ Jesus, to provide a Christ centered education and a spiritual foundation for our student by word and deed within our school, child care center and church communities. As we seek a successful academic, social and spiritual school year, we pray for each and every child and their families as we grow and learn together. “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”. -Matthew 19:14
PARKING – In regard to parking lot concerns and your child’s safety, we would like to ask the following things of you;
Parents bringing their children to Pre-School should park out front in the Church parking lot.
- Please do not stand where the bus turn around is – we do have busses that use that area and need to leave this open for them.
- Younger siblings can not be left in the car as you run your child into the school building.
- Cars should not be left running during your time inside while picking up your child.
Parents bringing children to Child-care should use the left side parking lot entrance. Please be aware that we have child care children who are arriving or leaving each day by bus to and from different schools. Our parking lot allows room for the buses to maneuver around the lot to the front door of the Church. We’re asking for your help.
When picking up your child at 11:30 a.m. or bringing your child at 12:30 p.m., please park in the center of our parking lot leaving the bus lane to the rear open, and the bus lane to the front of the lot open. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated. When arriving or dismissing, all children should be with parents (hands held if need be) walking through the Church Narthex and out into the parking lot. We have had a couple of instances recently with children getting to close to moving cars and/or the bus due to running ahead of mom/dad or babysitter. All children must be supervised! Thank you for your understanding and assistance in keeping everyone safe!
HEALTHY LUNCHES FOR THE CHILD CARE CHILDREN – When packing your child’s lunch it is very important to remember the Food Pyramid. Please keep in mind that we do not have enough refrigeration space for your child’s lunch. Some suggested ideas that work well are: insulated lunch boxes, thermos’ and ice packs to keep things cold.
Of the five food groups you are required to cover three of the five when packing your child’s lunch – we provide milk. If you do not cover three out of five, a notice will be sent letting you know what we supplemented your child’s lunch with. There will be a fee per item if supplementing becomes a daily or weekly occurrence.
Snacks are to be provided by parents of pre-schoolers. Please remember to prepare a healthy morning or afternoon snack for all children in your child’s class, taking into consideration any allergies to food items. We provide white milk only with snacks each day.
BIBLES FOR BABIES – Chapel offerings will be collected to purchase “Beginner Bibles” for new babies born to families in our school. Siblings can share Jesus with their new brother or sister. Teachers will keep track of the new arrivals in their classrooms. God loves a cheerful giver – 2 Corinthians 9:7. Please share your change for Chapel and explain the gift of sharing with your child.
Your monetary chapel offering each month helps provide life-changing benefits such as educational opportunities, help with homework, encouragement, a loving and safe place to play, better health and supplemental food if necessary.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves…defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9
NEWSLETTER / HANDBOOK – Each month you will receive a School and Child care combined newsletter. Each individual teacher will hand out their own ‘classroom newsletters’ that pertain to more specific information regarding your child’s individual class session.
Each parent will receive a ‘Parent Handbook‘ that covers all policies, procedures, and practices for Redeemer Lutheran Church, School and Child Care. Please read this handbook thoroughly as some of our licensing rules change. This handbook has been put together for all parents and is very informative for all programs that we offer at Redeemer. In the back page of the handbook there is a form for parents to sign stating that they have reviewed the handbook. Your child’s teacher can collect these statements within the first week or two of school.
REPORTING TO SCHOOL – We request that if your child is absent that you call in and let us know of illnesses, vacation days etc. If you are enrolled in the Child Care program, you will be charged for your scheduled days regardless of attendance.
When calling in for reasons of sickness, please let us know if your child is contagious with any kind of communicable diseases such as chicken pox, strep throat, etc., so that we can take precautionary measures. Please refer to the ‘Parent Handbook’ in the back, for the Communicable Disease section. Disease posters are located in the school hallways to refer to.
TUITION PAYMENTS / CHILD CARE FEES – All fees or payments are due the first of every month for Pre-School. See the “Parent Handbook” for late charges after the 10th of every month. Parents are not billed for Pre-School, but are billed for child care one week after the service is rendered. Billing invoices are placed in your child’s locker for the child care service.
For parents with children enrolled in the Child Care Program, please make sure you have returned your payment option sheet to the office choosing either weekly, bi-weekly or monthly payments.
A tuition box is located outside the Administrator’s Office if you are making a payment after 3:00 p.m. Otherwise, you may hand your payment to the School Administrator or School Secretary, or you can pay by mail also.
Be sure to place your child’s name in the memo section of your check and also the program to which you are paying.
ENHANCING LITERACY – Help your child become a reader, set 15 minutes aside every night to read to your child. Read with them in a way that actively involves them. Be sure they see you read. Help your child develop study skills at home.
- Speak with your child on recognizing the alphabet.
- Read ABC books – as you read, encourage the child to name the letters.
- Encourage the child to recognize the letter in his/her name.
- Encourage him/her to attempt to copy his/her name.
PRAYER – During our classroom sessions each morning with the children at devotion (religion) time, our staff is trained to pray for any prayer concerns you might have. Please write down or discuss a prayer concern with our child and we would be happy to pray for your needs. “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. -Philippians 4:13
A WORD TO PARENTS – Building a bridge of trust is crucial from the first day of school until the last. This can be accomplished by active communication between parents and teacher. If you have any questions or concers, please feel free to discuss them with your child’s teacher. No problem is too small or trivial if it is bothering you or your child. Many unnecessary misunderstandings can be eliminated with a little communication. We are looking forward to a very pleasant and rewarding year. Please remember, we consider ourselves a partner with you! Each of us is holding the hand of your child. My door is also open if you have questions or concerns. I am in the office from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Mrs. Becky Daubenmire, School Administrator 740-653-9727