Dress Code

Preschool children participate in an active play environment so we ask that you send your child in comfortable and appropriately sized clothing without complicated fastenings. As, children need to learn how to remove their clothing if needed, fostering confidence and independence.

 

We recommend you dress your child in pants with elastic waists (no buttons or snaps), roomy shirts, and knee-length dresses (so the hem does not drag, get stepped on, or fall in the toilet). Please do not send your child in onesies or overalls as this hinders their independence with potty learning. We also ask that you send your child with appropriate shoes, something that can facilitate the child with the removal on their own, for example, Velcro, zipper, or slip-on shoes.

Please bring two spare changes of clothing (pants, socks, underwear, -diapers & supplies if not potty trained). Your teacher will notify you when replacement items are needed. Using a permanent marker, please label all clothes and belongings brought to school.

The following items are discouraged


Make-up, jewelry, and shoes with built-in illuminations (they contain mercury which accumulates in the food chain and is an endocrine disruption). Preschoolers take a nap in the afternoon. Make sure you send a crib sheet and a blanket. Parents are required to take all blankets and pillows home every Friday to have them cleaned and returned on Monday. Parents must also provide an earthquake kit.

Food

As you can presume, we emphasize healthy snacks and lunches for the children. We offer snacks that consist of fruits, grains, vegetables, and dairy every morning and afternoon, which are free of cost. We ask that packed lunches also consist of fruits, grains, vegetables, proteins, and NO NUTS, as this is a nut-free school. We recommend that you use re-sealable containers rather than disposable packets as it is a more environmentally responsible choice; which facilitates us to send home leftovers that will help you learn more about your child's food preferences.

We are a NUT-FREE school!

Please be aware of this when packing your child's lunch. If we find any nuts or nut-based food, we will send it back in the interest of the children who have severe nut allergies, who on occasion have needed emergency care. Ideally, we like to avoid such a situation.

 

Recommended lunch nutrition:
Protein: meat, fish, chicken, boiled egg, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, almond butter, etc.
Vegetables: carrot, tomato, celery, cucumber, jicama, peas, corn, etc.
Fruits: banana, apple, orange, grapes, melons, peaches, plums, etc.
Grains: mini bagel, refined grain biscuit, bread, crackers, English muffin, cooked oatmeal.

Holiday and Birthday Celebrations

Birthday parties are only celebrated only on Fridays during morning snacks from 9:30 to 10 am. Parents are not permitted in the classrooms at any time.We strive to promote a policy of ‘healthy food’ for the children and urge parents to minimize food with high sugar and fat content. Please encourage healthy food habits from a young age.

Acceptable Food: nonfrosted mini muffins, fruit, 100% juice with no High Fructose corn syrup, non food goody bags. NO DOUGHNUTS, OR FROSTED CAKES are to be sent. They will be returned.

Health and Medication

The child's health form must be completed BEFORE they begin school. State law requires your child’s medication to be in the original prescription container with written instructions and a signed release permitting staff to dispense the medication. The medication must be delivered to the classroom teacher by the adult, not the child.

Do not send your child to school on days when any of the following symptoms are present: fever, rash, cough, diarrhea, vomiting, discharge of mucous from nose or eyes.

Signs of illness may be non-specific. The child may look and act differently. There may be unusual paleness, irritability, unusual tiredness, or lack of interest.


Medical Administration

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Symptoms of Sick Day, No School

TEMPERATURE: 100.6 rectally. A child should be without fever for 24 hours before returning to school. CONJUNCTIVITIS is an eye infection commonly referred to as “pink eye“. The eye is generally red with a burning sensation and there is thick yellow drainage secreted. The eye may get stuck after sleeping. Rashes that you cannot identify or that have not been diagnosed by a physician. BRONCHITIS: can begin with hoarseness cough and a slight elevation in temperature. The cough may be dry and painless but generally becomes painful. IMPETIGO: A skin condition that shows up as red pimples. These eventually become small fluid-filled spots surrounded by a reddened area. When the blister breaks, the surface is raw and tender. DIARRHEA: Watery or greenish bowel movements that look different and are much more frequent than usual. The school usually uses a criterion of two diarrhea BM’s before calling the parents for pick up. MEASLES: Incubation period of 10 - 14 days. First symptoms: fever, runny nose, cough, rash. Period of communicability: from cough, runny nose - nine days; after the rash appears - five days. GERMAN MEASLES: Incubation period 14 - 21 days with same symptoms as measles. Period of communicability: four days after the start of the rash. CHICKEN POX: Incubation period 13 - 17 days. First symptoms - slight fever and rash. Period of communicability: not more than one day before nor six days after the appearance of a rash. MUMPS: Incubation period: 12 - 26 days. Symptoms: fever, swelling, and tenderness in salivary glands. Period of communicability: seven days before symptoms until nine days after the appearance of symptoms. POISON OAK: Itchy rash, effortlessly transmittable from one individual to another. Beware of unknown plants that might result in harmful rash-like consequences. HEAD LICE: Microscopic crawling creatures that latch onto hair, and can also navigate their way onto material goods such as clothing, bedsheets, and various other pieces of merchandise. Treatment is needed to prevent spreading infestations. No nits, no lice. COMMON COLD: May cause nasal and bowel discharge, along with high temperatures resulting in frequent vomit, diarrhea, and fever. If faced with these symptoms, please follow the responsible gesture and stay in the comfort of your home.