The staff invites all parents and families members to share their talents and spe- cial interests with us during the school year. Let us know when it would be convenient for you to come in to school to play an instrument, do a craft or cooking project, tell or read a story or just provide an extra pair of hands that we can always put to good use.
Our Parents’ Place Bulletin Board is the spot where school related information, articles on early childhood concerns and listings of local child related events will be posted. Please feel free to borrow the books and pamphlets on child development,
education and child care issues. You will find them in the 4s’ classroom & cubby room. We have a Fathers’ Visiting Day in the Fall usually on election day and a Mothers’ Visiting Day just before the Christmas-Hanukkah vacation. We hope that you will share the 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. hour with your child at school on these days.
Conferences are scheduled in the Fall and Spring. Your child will not have school on the morning of your conference. Although the staff is always happy to talk to you re- garding any concerns that you may have, we ask that you schedule an appointment so as not to take the teachers away from their classes. Please call us on the Nursery School line, 723-1262, before or after school hours.
Nursery School hours are from 9:00a.m. until 11:45a.m. for three year olds; and 11:50a.m. for four year olds.
Children should not be brought to school before 8:50am unless a teacher has been notified in advance. Although the cubby rooms are open to those who wish to use them from 8:30a.m., we remind you that you are responsible for your child during that 8:30 - 9:00a.m. period.
We remind you to consider that a child may find it difficult to walk in on a class already in progress. So, please try to bring your child to school on time.
If, for some reason, you do not want your child to go out to play on a given day, we ask that you pick up your child by 11:00am.
Upon arrival in the morning, please park in the area behind
the Church and take your child to the appropriate Nursery
The procedure for pickup is: All cars proceed around the
parking lot as indicated in the diagram. When the children
are playing outdoors, the first car should stop at the play-
ground steps. Parents should remain in the cars. Teachers
will load the cars. Cars are to be in “park” when the children
are being loaded. If you must get out of your car, we ask that
it be properly parked. It is not to be left in the “pick-up” line.
When the weather is inclement, the first car should come past the playground steps and stop at the Nursery School door.
Punctuality at pick up time is most important. We do realize that unforeseen circumstances occur, but we ask that the three year olds be picked up at 11:45 a.m. and the four year olds at 11:50 a.m. We try our best to have the children ready for you. We will be happy to help the children get into their car seats or seat belts. We must ask you to follow the car seat/seat belt law. It is for the protection of your child.
Please be careful in the parking lot. Children tend to dart out unexpectedly, so be aware of where they are at all times. Once we’ve turned them over to you, we must di- rect our attention to the children still in our care.
If your child is to go home with anyone whose name is not listed on the form we have on file, the school must have that information in writing on that particular day.
IN REGARD TO GREENVILLE COMMUNITY CHURCH
Greenville Church Nursery is a program and ministry of the Greenville Communi- ty Church. However it is a non sectarian, non religious school, began some years ago simply to meet the needs of the community.
The children bring together wonderfully diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. Thus it is that we celebrate the wide variety of backgrounds and heritages through the year without ever trying to instill or favor one.
We do say or sing a blessing before snack time and lunch. The children may choose to sing along or simply sit quietly during the blessing. The blessings we use are:
Oh, the Lord is good to me.
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me the things I need:
The sun, the rain and the apple seed; The Lord is good to me.
For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter from the night, For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything your goodness sends, thank you.
Thank you for the world so sweet. Thank you for the food we eat. Thank you for the birds that sing. Thank you, God, for everything.
These are very simple, basic, generic forms of gratitude for blessings, which are found in similar forms in many different faith traditions. We believe there is value for the children in this simple communal exercise; and whether they consciously realize it or not, value in finding
simple common ground within their diversity.
SCHOOL CLOSING AND DELAY
We will post an announcement on the homepage of our
website if school is canceled for the day. If there is a
change in our opening time, you will be notified by
phone. Otherwise, you may assume that school will
begin at the regular time, 9 a.m.
In the case of any inclement weather, you are the final
judge of whether you feel it is safe to transport your
child to school.
A certificate of good health must be presented to the Director on or before the opening day of school. If your child contracts a communicable disease during the school year, please notify the school immediately so that we may advise the other parents. If symptoms of illness develop, please keep your child at home. We also appreciate your calling us to report any absence.
Dental health forms are also to be completed and presented in September.
The staff cannot be responsible for dispensing medication of any kind.
Cough drops should not be sent to school.
Your child should wear comfortable, washable clothing and appropriate footwear (no sandals or moccasins) so that he/she may fully participate in all aspects of our pro- gram. We ask that you label all items of clothing. It is advisable that you send one com- plete change of clothing that will be kept in you child’s cubby.
We will be playing outdoors most days, weather permitting, and would appreciate your dressing your child warmly enough to be comfortable even if the weather is cold. Snow pants and boots are a necessity on snowy days and on days when there is snow on the ground. Mittens tend to get lost easily, so please clip them to coats. No umbrellas are to be sent to school.
So that we may help your child dress him/herself for outdoor play, please check to be sure that zippers and buttons are easy to handle.
Every child is to have a bag for his/her art work. It is to be brought to school each day. We ask that you send a “shopping bag” type canvas or plastic tote. Backpacks and bags with zippers and snaps are very difficult for the children to pack and unpack.
As Early Childhood professionals, we are required by law to report suspected child abuse or maltreatment to the New York State Central Register (SCR ) of Child Abuse and Maltreatment.
Although our snacks usually consist of 100% fruit juice, water or milk, crackers and raw fruits or vegetables, we welcome any contribution that would broaden the chil- dren’s taste for nutritious and different foods. Many kinds of food can serve as the basis for a variety of science activities. Vegetables, fruits, cheeses, and any ethnic snacks are especially desirable.
On Wednesdays, there is a voluntary snack program. You may sign up on the sheet on your child’s classroom door. The child who brings the snack is in charge of telling about it as he/she passes it around. We ask that you send that which your child enjoys while keeping in mind that we would prefer to avoid anything in the “sweets” family.
We are happy to celebrate your child’s birthday in school. Most parents send cupcakes but you may send whatever you and your child would enjoy. We ask that you keep this celebration simple - no balloons or party favors, please.
Enrollment is for the entire year, and payment may be made in two
ways: the entire amount is payable on May 1st, or quarterly install-
ments due May 1st, September 1st, December 1st, and March 1st.
TUITION FOR THE FIVE - DAY PROGRAM
Five - day week: $6,700 for the year plus $100 registration fee;
$700 deposit (non refundable) and quarterly installment payments
Checks should be made payable to: GCNS. Hand deliver or mail to:
270 Ardsley Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583.
The school is happy to provide scholarships. Scholarships are granted
in relation to financial need. Contributions to our scholarship fund
are tax deductible. We are most grateful for any support you are able
to give us in this way. Checks should be made payable to GCNS
NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL
Should a child be withdrawn during the school year, notice of withdrawal must be given 30 days in advance. In the case of extended absence for any reason, tuition must be paid if the child’s place is to be held. The school reserves the right to request the withdrawal of a pupil at any time for reasons consistent with the best interests of the school.
EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM
Greenville Community Church Nursery School is licensed under the New York State Office of Children and Family Services as a Day Care Center. This licensing al- lows us to operate more than 3 hours per day. Any child registered in the morning pro- gram is eligible to be enrolled in the 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. program. Depending on en- rollment, two or three teachers will be with the children who are in the extended day program. Three sessions (Fall, Winter and Spring) are scheduled. The number of ex- tended days per week is determined by the enrollment. We will offer five afternoons if we can meet expenses in so doing.
The Nursery School runs a six week (2 three-week sessions)
program for three and four year olds from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
five days each week. Registration will be open first to students
presently attending the Nursery School. Spaces will then be
made available to children registered for the coming September
who have had a full year of a nursery-type program. Any
remaining spaces will be made available to outsiders.
Addi- tional camp information is available upon request.