Shining Lights Preschool
We are pretty quiet here for the next few weeks, but in August our teachers will return with fresh new classrooms and more great ideas to encourage your child to love learning. We hope you all enjoy time with your family this summer and we look forward to seeing you in August!
Back to school information
Welcome Back! We hope everyone had a wonderful time with friends and family over summer break. We are excited to be back in school!
I’m very excited to get to know each family this year!! Please feel free to contact me at school if you have any questions or if your child will be absent by calling 452-5609 X 3 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Day Success The first day of school is Tuesday September 4th. We want your child’s first day of preschool to be stress-free. The following tips are great ways to ensure a successful transition.
First day of preschool tips: Be confident. Children mirror feelings. If parents seem anxious or unsure, children can model the same behavior. Let your child know preschool will be a fun experience. Kisses and hugs, then please leave. Give your child a good bye hug and kiss, wish him a great day and then leave. The longer a parent stays in the classroom; the more reluctant children can be to start interacting in the classroom.
I can assure you the teachers and assistants are very nurturing! We will ease your child into the classroom and help them feel safe. If your child has significant difficulties once you leave, I will contact you.
- Be on time for dismissal.
- Please do not come to the classroom to pick up your child. For your child’s dismissal, please meet the teacher at the designated door, sign the attendance page, then your child will be dismissed to you. You may park in the circle drive.
The 3’s class dismiss out the southwest door nearest the playground. These doors are locked for security reasons. Parents have the option to either walk up or use the circle drive to pick up their child outside the southwest door. If you use the circle drive option, please be aware of the children crossing to the parking lot.
The 4’s class will dismiss out the main office doors used for arrival. Parents from the 4’s class may wait inside the lobby or use the circle drive to pick up their child outside the main office door. If you use the circle drive option, please be aware of the children crossing to the parking lot.
Teachers walk the classes to the dismissal areas. We need to make sure everyone is properly picked up and signed out by an authorized person. Please use the yellow cards with this letter to pick up your child the first few weeks of school.
Handbooks and Paperwork Please read through the preschool handbook. The handbook signature page (the last page) is required to have on file. In addition, all paperwork must be turned in before your child enters the classroom on the first day of school.
Tuition Tuition for the entire school year is dependent on which class your child attends. This information is provided at our open house. Tuition may be paid in one lump sum or 8 installments. If you chose to pay by installments, the first installment is due at open house. The second installment will be due October 2nd. There is not an installment due in May. Please make checks payable to Shining Lights Preschool. Payments are due the first Tuesday of the month. The tuition box will be placed in the hallway for your monthly payment convenience. If you’re gone the week of an installment, checks can be mailed to:
Shining Lights Preschool 311 Hershey Rd. Normal, IL 61761
Tuition payment schedule:
1st Installment August 27th (open house)
2nd Installment October 2nd
3rd Installment November 6th
4th Installment December 4th
5th Installment January 9th
6th Installment February 5th
7th Installment March 5th
8th Installment April 2nd
T-shirts If you would like to order a t-shirt, please let me know by Thursday September 6th. The price of a T-shirt is $8.00. Shirt orders will arrive prior to our first field trip to Rader’s Family Farm.
Snack Calendars/Birthday The monthly snack calendar will be posted on the school news bulletin board located outside the 3’s classroom. In addition, a monthly copy will be sent home with the classroom newsletter. If you would like to bring treats for your child’s birthday, we would be happy to schedule it on the snack calendar. Please let us know in advance what snack you will bring in order to plan accordingly for children with food allergies or other medical conditions. All treats must be store bought, pre-packaged and arrive unopened. If you bring a drink, it needs to be 100% juice.
Ice Cream Social The Ice Cream Social at the preschool is scheduled for Thursday, September 13th from 6:00-7:00pm. This is a great time to get to know other preschool families and enjoy some ice cream. We will meet by the playground. If it rains, we will meet inside the church.
Field Trip to Rader Farms The 3’s and 4’s first class field trip will be to Radar Family Farms on ? . A note with more details, directions, and a permission slip will be sent home soon. Watch for the papers in your child’s bag. Parents and siblings are welcome to attend.
Volunteers Volunteers are always appreciated! If you would like to volunteer at Shining Lights Preschool, please let me know.
Questions, Concerns, or to Report an Absence: Please call 452-5609 X 3, or my cell at 309-212-5404. You can also send an email to Dona at email@example.com