Welcome to Pelican Play Preschool!
Pelican Play Preschool
September 6, 2016-May 26, 2017
12:30 – 2:30pm
Now Accepting Registrations
Our mission is to help children develop emotionally, socially, physically and cognitively while enjoying a safe and encouraging environment.
Pelican Play Preschool is designed to prepare children for elementary school while still allowing them to have fun and enjoy learning. Our teachers and assistants are well-trained and have numerous years of education and experience working with children. They are excited to share their knowledge and expertise with your children!
Head Teacher: Judy Leonard
Judy graduated from University of Michigan-Flint in 2007 with a degree in English Literature and a specialization in writing. She has worked with children for over 20 years, including teaching children to read. During college, Judy worked as a full time nanny, solidifying her love of children. She has volunteered in the Richland Schools for several years, gaining valuable classroom management skills. Miss Judy joined CBRC in 2015 as a summer camp counselor working with kids aged 4-13 years old. Following summer camp, she established the preschool program. She is thrilled to be a part of Pelican Play Preschool and your child’s education.
Teacher: Kayla French
Kayla graduated from Washington State University in 2015 with her degree in Elementary Education and an endorsement in middle level mathematics. She has previously been a lead preschool teacher in Wichita Kansas at Loving Arms Childcare center. There she taught in two different classrooms working with ages two through five years old. She has worked with infants through high school students during the past 9 years. Miss Kayla joined CBRC in the spring of 2015 working in the Tot Room and Nursery, while finishing her college degree. She is very excited to be involved in teaching your children at Pelican Play Preschool and helping to jump start their love of learning.
Teacher Assistant: Nancy Greer
Nancy trained at the Northwest Nannies Institute in a year long program to become certified to teach preschool. Nancy has a lot of day care and nanny experience under her belt, as well as 3 kids of her own ranging in age from 2 to 14. Nancy has over 20 years of experience with children, and is excited to be with us. She also works in the Kid’s Club department and is very well liked by kids and staff alike.
All children enrolling in the Pelican Play Preschool program need to be between 3 and 5 years old and fully potty trained. They must be able to independently use the restroom. All children will be escorted to the restrooms, but will need to have minimal help in the bathroom.
Drop off & Pick Up
Please be on time to drop your child off and pick them up. We will start promptly at 12:30 and end at 2:30. Children that are not picked up by 2:35 will be charged $5 each additional 15 minutes they are in our care. Our teachers need the time directly after school to prep for the following day.
A monthly calendar will be sent home with students before the beginning of the month with information about what we are learning, planned school closures and other information.
Cancellation Policy/Snow Days
Pelican Play Preschool follows the Richland School District calendar and policy for cancellations and school closures. If a cancellation is announced, preschool is also cancelled. If a 1 or 2 hour delay is announced, preschool will be offered as normal. We will make every effort to make updated information available on our website and Facebook page http://facebook.com/ColumbiaBasinRacquetClub
Uh-Oh Accidents at School
If your child has a “potty” accident during preschool, a staff member will call you to make arrangements for fresh clothes or for your child to be picked up. Accidents happen, and we understand. If it becomes a regular occurrence, your child may not be ready for preschool and we may ask them to withdraw until the following term.
We want your children to be healthy as much as possible, and to keep our staff healthy so they may effectively teach your children. Please use the following guidelines to determine if you should keep your child at home.
- If your child has had a fever within the last 24 hours
- If your child is listless and not feeling well
- If your child has a runny nose that is not clear
- If your child has a persistent cough
- If your child has vomited, or had diarrhea in the last 24 hours
- If your child has head lice
- If your child has any type of body rash
If any of the above pertain to your child, it would be best for everyone if he/she stayed home. If you have any questions or would like to discuss these guidelines with us, please call us before school begins.
Open Door Policy
Parents are welcome to observe the classroom at any time or to briefly join your child during preschool if arrangements are made ahead of time. Siblings are not allowed to attend any part of the preschool day.
We follow the idea of positive discipline. Throughout the day we will remind your child of our basic rules. We have high expectations for the children because we know they are capable and are eager to please. If it becomes necessary for a child to be placed in a time out, a thinking chair will be used. This encourages them to think about the choices they made/could have made and correct their behavior. If they jeopardize the safety of other children in the room, they will be removed from the situation. If we can’t resolve the issue, we will call you to come pick up your child.
Tuition is due at on the first day of class each month. A late fee of $25 will be applied if tuition is not paid by the 10th of the month. We do not discount tuition for closures, missed days, or short months as it evens out during the year.
One Time Registration Fee: $50
CBRC Members: $130/month
Non Members: $150/month
Non-Medical & Medical Emergencies
In case of a medical emergency involving your child that may be life threatening, we will first call 911, then call the parent. If we are unable to reach a parent, we will try the next in line on the emergency contact form.
In case of a non-emergency event, parents will be notified first. If you cannot be reached, we will try the next person on the emergency contact list.
In the event of an emergency such as fire or other problem involving evacuation of the club, your children will be escorted quickly but safely to the front parking lot of CBRC campus. They will be kept together, and closely monitored at all times. Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance to us, and we will do our best to keep them safe and comfortable.
Personal items other than back packs, coats and items on show and tell days are not allowed at school. We understand that many children have attachments to special items. We do not want them to become lost or ruined. Please keep toys and other items, except on show and tell days, at home.
Children should be dressed for in- and outdoor play. Messy items are a part of our preschool experience, and clothing should be selected accordingly. Although we make every effort to keep your children clean, messes do happen. We kindly ask that you keep those pretty dresses and special clothes home on school days. Whenever possible, please have your children wear closed toed shoes. We are quite active during our fitness and free time portion of the day and would like to protect their little feet.
While we do not have snacks every day at Pelican Play Preschool, we will occasionally have something relating to the curriculum for that day.
The children will be exposed to a wide range of holidays here at Pelican Play Preschool not only in the classroom, but throughout the club as well. If you choose to not celebrate these holidays or special occasions, please let us know in advance and efforts will be made to accommodate your child.
We recognize each child on their birthday with a birthday card and song. If your child would like to provide a snack or treat for the other preschoolers, please make arrangements ahead of time. Please do not include items with nuts or peanuts.
Pelican Pete is our classroom mascot. He will go home with a student each Wednesday and come back the next day. Your child will get to share with the class all of the amazing adventures he or she had with Pelican Pete.
Show and Tell
Show and Tell days will be marked on the calendar with the specific theme for each show and tell day, usually relating to the theme of the week and month. Each child will share their item with the class. Please review with your child how the item relates to the theme.
Our curriculum is based on Preschool Palace lesson plans. We do a lot to supplement upon the basic outline. Your children will learn basic handwriting skills, shapes, colors, numbers, and letters. Our goal is to prepare them for kindergarten while having fun. Everyone will enjoy crafts, work pages, sensory play, movement and even cooking!
The monthly calendar will help to keep you informed of what your child will be learning that month at school as well as notify you of special events and upcoming activities. The calendar for the following month will go home at the end of the current month.
We will read with your child every day at Pelican Play Preschool. We passionately support reading with children on a daily basis. We would like to encourage you to engage your child in conversation at home and even in the car about what they are learning that week in school.
While there is a pre-determined routine to our day, every day is far from “routine”. We strive for structure and predictable patterns, but there will be times when things change. As you enter Columbia Basin Racquet Club, please wait outside the preschool door until it is opened. This is a great time to meet other parents and children, read a book, or talk about what the day will be like. It’s a perfect opportunity to reassure your child that you will return to pick them up at the end of their school day.
Once the door is open, your child will hang their coat and back pack/bag on the designated coat hooks. Parents or the caregiver will need to sign in each child before leaving. If someone different will be picking up from preschool, please specify who it will be and make sure they are listed as an authorized pick up person on the registration form. Listed below is what you can expect your child to experience every day.
Welcome and Entry Task
As we wait for all of our friends to arrive, children will be given an entry task to complete that will always involve recognizing/writing his or her name. Each child will have their own cubby and a place to hang their coats and backpacks.
This is our first gathering together of the day. We will discuss the calendar, the weather, our shapes, colors, and letter of the week. We will also sing a fun song to get everyone excited for learning and participating in school
Children will practice writing their letters, numbers, and shapes. We will do worksheets, practice handwriting, enjoy arts and crafts as well as hands on activities.
Art and Science
An art project will be enjoyed that is in line with the weekly theme. Alternatively, new experiences will be introduced that may include cooking, creating, and experimenting. Themes will change from week to week and/or month to month.
As a group, we will read, sing and dance. Children will also be learning basic sign language skills during our reading time.
Free play and exercise activities are included every day.
End of the Day
At the end of the day, the kids will take their work from their cubbies and put it into their backpacks. Children will only be allowed to leave with an authorized pick up person that is listed on the registration form. If you have questions for the teachers, please wait until all the children have been picked up so that we can ensure each child has the attention they deserve at the close of the day.
Thank you for allowing us to spend time with your children! We are passionate about teaching and enjoy the opportunity to be with them!