Parent Handbook

Welcome to Spring Lake Park Schools early childhood! Whether you’ve been a part of our Early Childhood programs before, or this is your first time in a Spring Lake Park Schools program, our entire staff is excited to welcome you and make this a great year.

Our goal in preschool is to promote learning through a child-centered hands-on environment to ensure your child will enter school with the skills and behaviors necessary to be successful in future learning.

Reaching this goal requires a collaborative effort on the part of the students, teachers, administration, parents and community. We encourage you to review this handbook to find information about our policies and procedures. 

If you have any questions regarding your child's education or information within this handbook, please feel free to contact us at 763-600-5000.

Kristin Goessel-Seery, Early Childhood Programs Coordinator

Early Childhood Handbook

Locations and Addresses

Preschool Classes:

Centerview Elementary School (10365 Davenport Street NE, Blaine, MN 55449)

District Services Center (1415 81st Ave NE, Spring Lake Park, MN 55432)

Northpoint Elementary School (2350 124th Court NE, Blaine, MN 55449)

Park Terrace Elementary School (8301 Terrace Road, Fridley, MN 55432)

Woodcrest Elementary School (880 Osborne Road NE, Fridley, MN 55432)

ECFE Classes:

Centerview Elementary School (10365 Davenport Street NE, Blaine, MN 55449)

District Services Center (1415 81st Ave NE, Spring Lake Park, MN 55432)

Preschool Hours

Morning Preschool classes are 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Afternoon Preschool classes are 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Contact Information

Early Childhood Office phone: 763-600-5900

Early Childhood Office fax: 763-600-5913

Early Childhood Attendance phone (24 hour): 763-600-5909

Preschool Program Information

Age Categories and Staff/Child Ratios

Children are supervised at all times while in the Preschool Program. Preschool accommodates 20 preschool children in a classroom. The staff to child ratio is 1:10.

Program Philosophy

The main focus of Spring Lake Park Preschool is to promote learning through a child-centered hands-on environment.

  • A positive self-image is a basic ingredient to educational success and can be developed during the preschool years in a warm, nurturing environment.

  • The Preschool Program offers experiences that enhance the child's self-concept both in group and individual situations.

  • Our program seeks to meet the individual needs of each child in the areas of emotional, social, intellectual, language, and physical development.

  • A challenging and stimulating program, as well as the security of a routine, will build upon the continuing growth of the preschooler.

  • Each child and parent has the basic right of respect from the staff. Ideas and feelings are respected; individual differences are respected; race and religion are respected.

Program Goals

  • Motivation for Learning: To facilitate the joy of learning which reflects the developmental needs of each child through active involvement with his/her preschool environment.
  • Physical Development: To provide each child opportunities in individual and group interactions that develop fine and gross motor skills.

  • Emotional Development: To provide a supportive environment for each child to feel good about him/herself, and to develop positive ways to express his/her emotions.

  • Social Development: To provide a wide range of opportunities for each child to develop positive social relationships between him/herself and their peers.

  • Cognitive Development: To create opportunities in the child's environment where he/she can practice and master basic learning concepts.

  • Creative Development: To provide an environment that encourages self-expression in a variety of creative activities.

  • Language Development: To provide each child a variety of opportunities that enhance the development of language.

  • Parent Involvement: To develop a cooperative parent-teacher relationship and to provide opportunities for parents to be involved in their child's preschool experience.

Parent/Teacher Communication & Conferences

Regular communication between parents and teachers helps to make your child’s learning a partnership! Parents are welcomed to contact the teaching staff at any time during the school year. In addition, we offer several opportunities during the year for a more formal time to talk:

  • Orientation in September is a time to get to know your classroom and staff.

  • Family Connect in October is a time for you and your teacher to share information about your child’s strengths and interests and other information that is important to your child’s success in school. Several options to connect including in person and phone or email will be offered.

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences mid-year, we will discuss your child’s intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development.

More information will be sent home during the school year.

Preschool Billing Information

  • Monthly Tuition Payments: Tuition is divided into nine (9) equal payments. Your first payment is made at registration and the remaining payments are due on 1st of the month, September – April. Invoices are sent via email. Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, or checks payable to “Community Education” are acceptable. Auto-Pay is available with a credit card and checking account. You may mail or drop off your monthly payments to the Community Education Office (1415 81st Avenue NE, Spring Lake Park, MN 55432) or the Early Childhood Office (10365 Davenport Street NE, Blaine, MN 55449). Please include the child’s name with the payment to ensure your account is properly credited. If you have signed up for automatic payments, your credit card/checking account will be charged upon registration and then the 1st day of each month September through April. You may sign-up for automatic payments at any time throughout the year, please log on to your Eleyo account to make changes.
  • Past Due Accounts: Accounts that are not paid in full on the first of the month are considered past due. Any account not paid in full by the 10th of the month will be considered delinquent and will be subject to late fees. If your account is delinquent, you will be given notice that you may be suspended from the preschool program. If suspended from the program, you will still remain responsible for the tuition and fees incurred to the date of the suspension as well as any possible future fees incurred in the collection of your account.
  • Withdrawal: Withdrawal from the program or other contractual changes requires written notification to the Early Childhood Office or the Community Education office 2 weeks in advance. Phone notification or lack of attendance is not acceptable notice and tuition will continue to be assessed per the contract rate until written notice is received. You will be held responsible for all fees through the two-week notice date.
  • Sliding Fee for Discounted Tuition: Applicants must provide verification of income to apply for sliding fee tuition. You must turn in one of the following forms:
    • Most recent IRS Federal Income Tax Form (page that has number of people in household and household annual income) or an official form documenting current enrollment in SNAP, MFIP, ACCAP, or foster care (we will make a copy for our records).
    • If an older sibling qualifies for free or reduced priced meals, families may bring in the application approval instead of the above documents.
  • Additional Fees: Should we receive a check for tuition or fees that has been returned to us by our bank, we must charge a $25.00 handling fee. Two occurrences of returned checks will make it necessary to receive all future preschool payments in cash.
  • A Late Pick-up Fee of $5.00 per 5-minute increment beyond the end of class will be charged per child. If you cannot pick up your child by the end of class time, please call the child’s classroom. Staff will remain with your child and will attempt to reach the parent and the emergency numbers. If no one can be reached, the child will be taken to the school office.
  • Extended Absence or Delayed Start: To reserve a Preschool slot during an extended absence or delayed start, payment must be made in full for the time requested before the event. If you choose not to pay the tuition, the Preschool spot will be given to the next person on the waiting list and the absentee child's name will be placed at the end of the waiting list for return to Preschool.

Take Home Projects

Teachers will periodically send home information about projects parents will do at home with their child. Take home projects are a great way for parents to be involved in their child’s learning and show them how important school is in your family.

Birthday Celebrations

We believe that birthdays are special days for young children. As a school district, we are implementing new procedures to recognize birthdays while promoting a healthy school environment.

We are asking parents to not bring food or other treats to their child’s classroom to celebrate a birthday. Instead of bringing a treat, students may choose to bring a non-food item to share with the class, or as an alternative, a book or rainy day game may be donated to the class.

Classroom teachers provide a variety of age-appropriate events for students on their birthdays. These special events may include: cards from the teacher and/or classmates, wearing a special birthday crown or hat, having special classroom privileges, and singing a “Happy Birthday” song. Check with your child’s teacher to see what would be acceptable. As always, advance notice of your plans is appreciated.

Inclusive Policy

Spring Lake Park Schools Preschool will not exclude any child based on race, religion, or disability. The Spring Lake Park Schools Early Childhood Special Education department integrates children into the preschool classrooms. Staff for both programs has made this cooperative effort a positive learning experience for everyone involved.

Snacks

A snack and water are provided during each preschool class. Healthy snacks are provided by preschool families, please no sugary snacks like cookies or cupcakes. You will be notified when it is your turn to bring a snack for the program.

More information about snacks will be provided during preschool orientation. No Birthday treats are allowed to be brought by families in SLP Schools (see the Birthday Celebration section above for more info).

School Closings

• An alert notification will be sent to you by phone, text, and e-mail based upon information/preferences provided

• An easy-to-find Alert Message will be posted on the top of each page on district and school websites: SpringLakeParkSchools.org

• Recorded messages will be on district and school office phones

• WCCO Radio, WCCO-Channel 4, KARE-11, KMSP Fox 9, and KSTP-5 will be among the local media contacted

Clothing

Many of our activities are active and messy. We encourage your child to wear casual, comfortable clothing. Sometimes “accidents” occur for various reasons. An extra set of clothes kept in your child's backpack is suggested, especially jeans and socks. Occasionally children may be sent home in “school clothing” due to an “accident.” We request you wash these items and return them to Preschool.

Most days, the children go outside to play on a playground, so we suggest sending your child to school in tennis shoes or shoes with straps so the children can run without shoes falling off. Also, in the winter, please send your child to school with winter appropriate clothing (snow pants, boots, winter coat, gloves, scarf, hat, etc).

Please label your child's items that we can keep track of each student's clothes.

Immunization Records

Each child enrolled in preschool must have on file a documented record of current immunizations, a medical exemption, or a notarized statement of parental objection to immunization. This record is due when you register your child for class. Immunization information must be updated annually. You can turn them in:

  • Drop off at District Service Center (1415 81st Ave NE, Spring Lake Park)
  • Drop off at Centerview Early Childhood Office (10365 Davenport Street NE, Blaine - enter in door #2)
  • Send via email to earlychildhood@district16.org
  • Send via fax to the Early Childhood fax number at 763-600-5913

 

Reporting Your Child Absent

Sick Child

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