Weekly Report Sheets to keep parents informed and communication open between teachers and families.
At PHCA, we:
- Learn about God, His creation, and His love for me!
- Learn and Master our ABC’s
- Learn and Master our numbers 1-20
- Learn and Master our shapes and colors
- Learn how to write and color
- Learn how to socialize
- Learn how to care for ourselves
- Learn and master using the Potty!
Our caring teachers pray over our students, prepare engaging and hands-on activities that foster learning, and most of all play with our students to show them proper ways to care for other people, to share, and to communicate!
At PHCA, we:
- Learn about God, His creation, and His love for me and for everyone!
- Master our ABC’s and their sounds
- Master our numbers 1-100
- Master our shapes and colors
- Perfect how write and color
- Practice how to socialize
- Practice how to care for ourselves
- Master using the Potty and eating on our own!
In K3, our teachers begin to build the foundations of letters, sounds, and begin teaching phonics. Students in this class begin to learn how the structured environment works and thrives through engaging lessons where teachers instill a love for learning.
At PHCA, we:
- Learn about God, His creation, and His love for me and His plan for my life!
- Use phonics to read words!
- Use numbers to solve math problems!
- Perfect writing our names and words!
- Learn responsibility
- Master how to care for ourselves
- Challenge ourselves to learn how to read!
- Prepare for Kindergarten!!
In K4, our teachers prepare our students to be well informed kindergarteners, who love to wonder how things work, and how to solve a problem. Our students leave with a strong foundation in phonics and math that allows them to be strong readers and strong mathematicians in Kindergarten!
At PHCA, we:
- Understand more about God, His creation, and His love for me!
- Develop good reading habits and a love for the written language!
- Explore the world around us as we learn to appreciate the sciences.
- Develop computation skills as we tackle addition, telling time, and money.
- Enjoy developing our talents with our specials classes in music, art, PE, theater, and technology!
As Kindergarteners, our students use the skills that they learned in our preschool program and develop the skills that they need to be successful for 1st grade on up. Small class sizes allow our teachers to identify what areas need more focus.
CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT PLAN
To ensure that each child has a pleasant, positive learning experience, a classroom management plan for Pre and Kindergarten has been developed. Every child deserves to learn in an environment that allows learning. This plan will help insure control in the learning environment.
- Be a good listener; do not interrupt others when they are talking.
- Follow directions the first time they are given.
- Walk in the classroom and quietly in the hallways.
- Share with classmates.
- Treat others with respect. No fighting, teasing, tattling or saying “bad” words.
- Use an “inside” voice while working in the classroom.
If these guidelines are not followed, the following consequences will take place.
- First time: Verbal Reminder/Warning
- Second time: Child meets with teacher to discuss their behavior.
- Third time: Child loses 5 minutes of playtime and is redirected to another activity (if appropriate.)
- Fourth time: Child loses 10 minutes of playtime and contact is made with parents by phone or note.
- Fifth time: A referral is written and the child is sent to the office to meet with the Administrator.
Each day is a new beginning. When the children are “caught being good.” There will be various individual or group rewards given.
Pre and Kindergarten students are to adhere to the same uniform policy as described on pages 23-24 of this handbook. Each student will receive one PE uniform to be worn on PE days only. ONLY black or white VELCRO shoes may be worn, no “light-ups”, “Heelies”, or laced shoes. Boots may be worn ONLY in inclement weather.
Please provide two full set of clothes (top, bottom, underclothes, socks) which will be kept in their classrooms in case of emergency, and replenish as needed.
Please – please, label all clothing with your child’s name, including all uniform and especially, sweaters, hats, mittens, coats and boots.
Any time that you send money or a check to school it should be in a marked envelope with your child’s first and last name, and placed in the Red Parent Teacher Communication Folder. A small Ziploc bag is also acceptable. Please do not combine payments into one check as they may need to be separated for our records.
In suitable weather, children will usually have an outdoor playtime. Please dress them appropriately for outdoor play. Recess is held outdoors, unless the temperature drops below 40 degrees or there is inclement weather.
Young children need a certain amount of “rest time/quiet time” to assure they are not overwhelmed by daily routines. Rest time is an essential part of our day and will follow our lunch/recess. During this time students will nap on cots or sit quietly at their desk while listening to soothing music. This is a time for the students to rest their minds as well as their bodies. Students are allowed to have a small pillow and blanket that we will send home every Friday to be washed and will need to be returned on the first day of the next week.
SNACKS AND PARTIES
Each class will have a morning and afternoon healthy snack time each day. Holidays, birthdays, and other special days are often celebrated in the classroom. Parents may be asked to assist in planning these special days, as well as providing snacks and attending the activity.
Electronic games, communication devices and similar items are not to be brought to school and all toys are to be left at home unless permission given by teacher for “Show and Tell Day”. Please refrain from sending items that will cause classroom disruption. Research has proven that toy weapons increase aggression and negative interactions. Therefore, no such toys are permitted.
At PHCA we strive to be one of the leading preschool programs in the area with a goal to provide a Christian environment that is also academically competitive. We structure our day to ensure that our students are learning in every activity that they do. Our curriculum is aligned to Maryland Preschool standards for K4 and is adapted for our K3 and K2 program, and is grounded in biblical teaching and offers a biblical worldview.
To ensure that all students are given the individualized attention when structuring their learning, we would like to see all of our new preschoolers prior to the start of school and evaluate their current educational level. Please click on the following link to begin scheduling an evaluation. (You must be ab enrolled student to schedule an evaluation)
The purpose of our evaluation is not to determine entrance to the program, but rather to ensure students are given the education they need at their individual levels.
What we will be observing is not limited to academic development, but also social maturity, self-control, communication, and self awareness. Our program demands specific things from each level of students, and we want to ensure that all of our students are placed appropriately to ensure a successful year.
Prior to Evaluation Day:
Review the sample observation sheet to familiarize yourselves with some of the questions we will be asking.
Familiarize your child to the process of sitting at the table to complete tasks, answering questions from a “stranger”, and communicate with them what the evaluation day will look like.
On Evaluation Day:
Please ensure your child is fed and alert. Please do not schedule your evaluation right after or before a scheduled nap.
Parents are welcome to observe the evaluation from a distance.
Upon arrival, parents and child will check into the office and receive a visitor’s badge. Then your child will be introduced to Mrs. Williams and their preschool teacher.
Parents may escort their child to the evaluation room then will be asked to exit. The evaluation room will most likely be a large open space with a student sized table, chair, and materials arranged in the middle.
Parents may then observe the evaluation from the seating reserved for parents. This observation area is designed to ensure the student is not distracted by the parent’s presence and to ensure that the evaluation is conducted without parent suggestion. In some cases the observation area may not allow visibility but parents will still be able to hear the evaluation being conducted, and are allowed to check in periodically.
The evaluation should take a minimum of 35 minutes to 50 minutes depending on student ability, interest, and attention.
There will be plenty of opportunity for students to move and be active, bathroom and water breaks whenever needed. We only ask that interruptions be limited.
After Evaluation Day:
Parents will receive the results of the evaluation within 5 days of the appointment. The results will consist of a more qualitative summary with an overall numerical score. This score in no way identifies your child’s ranking compared to other students, but rather communicates the areas of strength and areas in need of improvement.
If a child appears to be able to perfect the given evaluation, the next level evaluation will be given during the same evaluation.
The Principal and preschool teachers will then determine placement of students in classrooms.
By the 21st of August, all parents will receive their classroom assignments and teacher names.
All families are then invited to the Open House to meet with the teacher and discuss any further questions.