2022-2023 Parent/Student Handbook and Pre-K Handbook

  

MT. PLEASANT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK

 

MISSION STATEMENT

     As a witness of God’s love in the world, Mt. Pleasant Christian School, in partnership with parents, is dedicated to the teaching of God-given truth, the nurturing of faith, and the development of individual learning potential.

 

STATEMENT OF FAITH

     God, the creator of the universe, exists in three persons- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Jesus Christ died, shedding his blood for our sins, and was raised again from the dead.  Our sin separates us from God, but all can become His children through repentance and acceptance of Jesus as our personal Savior and Lord.  The Holy Spirit lives in the believer and enables him to walk in submission to the will of God.  The Bible is God’s truth and reveals the only way to know reality and fulfillment in life.

 

PHILOSOPHY AND PURPOSE

            The educational philosophy of Mt. Pleasant Christian School is three-fold:

            *  Christian education starts at home.  Our goal is to work with parents to lead children to a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and to disciple them in   their Christian walk.

            *  All truth is God-given and needs to be taught from God’s perspective.  He is Creator, Savior, and Lord.  We seek to relate God and His Word to all areas of study and daily life. 

*  The school administration, staff, and students should seek to further God’s kingdom and to be a witness of God’s love in the community.

NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY

             Mt. Pleasant Christian School admits qualified students of any age, race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at the school.  MPCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of school policies or programs.

CURRICULUM

            Our goal is to create an environment which will nurture the students’ spiritual, academic, and social growth.  This includes daily worship experiences, instruction in the Bible, and regular chapel times.  Our curriculum uses standard textbooks taught in the light of Biblical truth.  Our teachers are academically qualified and, even more importantly, dedicated to Christian service.

            Outdoor play and guidance toward healthy relationships with classmates are a part of the educational experience.  Field trips, guest speakers, special projects, and presentation of public programs also provide learning experiences and educational enrichment.  Each classroom has computers in them which are connected to the internet.  These are used for Accelerated Reader testing, research and enrichment activities.

 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

*  Intramural Sports:  Coed teams from grades 4-8 compete after school in soccer, basketball, flag football or softball.  Students may sign up for one or all of the sports offered.

* Competitive Sports:  Sports teams play other schools within the region.  Currently, we have basketball, cheerleading, and soccer teams, but are looking to expand.

*   Musical Instrument Instruction:  Music lessons are available weekly for those families interested.  There will be an informational assembly early in the school year for the students. This program is contracted by parents with a company outside of our school.

*   Praise and Worship Team:  Students in grades 4-8 may join the team to lead in music during weekly chapels and to minister in churches when invited.  Members are expected to demonstrate a consistent lifestyle and character that honors God.

*  Sign Club-  The Sign Club meets once a week to learn to sign with worship songs in Chapel.

*  Run Club-  The run club meets in preparation for a local event determined each year.

* Cooking Club- Younger students experiment with cooking in the kitchen.

 

*Theater Club- The theater club puts on a production once a year, at the end of first semester.

 

 

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

You can be a partner in your child’s education by participating in the following ways:

*   Maintain a positive attitude toward school attendance.

*   Communicate regularly with the teacher and principal.

*   Assist with homework and look over completed tests and papers brought home by your child.

*   Volunteer to help in the classroom, lunchroom, or library.  Each teacher will have specific suggestions.

*   Assist with fund-raising events.

*   Attend school functions.

*   Pray regularly for the students and staff.

 

THE SCHOOL DAY

           8:15                   Students begin entering

             8:30                  First Bell

            8:35                  Tardy Bell

            11:00                   K-2 Lunch

            11:30                 3-5 Lunch

            12:00               1/2 day pre-k dismissal

             12:00 -12:30    Pre-K Lunch

            12:05 - 12:30   3-8 Lunch

            3:00                  Dismissal for Pre-K -5th

            3:10                  Middle School Dismissal

 

Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures

Morning Drop-off Routines

If you drop off your child before 8:15, they will be signed into before care and you will be charged $3.25 for each hour or portion of an hour.  The front doors will be opened at 8:15. You may either park in a parking spot or wait in the drop-off line. If you choose to park, please walk your child to the door. If you choose the drop-off line, please have your child ready to exit the car quickly when you arrive at the porch.  The driver may not exit the car.  If the driver has to exit the car or your child is not ready to exit immediately, please move to a parking space. There is only one lane of traffic. Do not pass in the drop-off line. The circle and the middle drive through the front lot are ONE WAY only. Please be patient as our student population has grown and we want to keep everyone safe. Drop-off is between 8:15 and 8:30. The tardy bell will ring at 8:35 and everyone should be in their seats ready for school by 8:35. Students not in their rooms ready for the day by 8:35 will be considered tardy and this will be reflected on their report card.  Please share all of this information with anyone who may drop off your child.

Afternoon Pick-up Routines

To pick up your child at dismissal, please park in an appropriate spot.  The front row parking is reserved for those with a parking pass from the office or a handicapped license plate.  Parking passes are available in the office for those who leave a younger child in the car or those with a physical condition that makes walking inadvisable. Please let your child’s teacher know you have your child and then, please keep your child with you. They should not roam freely around the school grounds.  All students not picked up by 3:15 will be signed into aftercare.

 

 

BEFORE AND AFTER-SCHOOL CARE

           Before school care is available beginning at 6:30 in the morning.  The cost will be $4.75 if the student arrives before 7:00 and $3.25 if the student arrives before 8:00. After school care is available until 6:00P.M. on full days of school.   The cost is $3.25 per hour or portion of that a student is in after-care.  There is no aftercare on half day dismissal days.

 

TARDIES

            If a student is not in their classroom by 8:35 they are tardy.  The tardy will be considered unexcused unless a note is provided due to an appointment or other appropriate reason.

 

ABSENCES

            If a student must miss school, he or she must bring a note which includes the date of the absence, the reason for the absence, and the parent’s signature. If a child arrives before 10:00 they are considered tardy.  If they arrive after 10 they will have a half day absence.  If they leave before 1:30, they will have a half day absence.  If they leave after 1:30, they will receive credit for a full day.

            Absences may be excused for sickness, medical appointments, deaths, family obligations where the child’s absence is necessary, or for any reason approved by the principal.  If a returning student does not bring an excuse note, the absence will not be excused until a note from the parent is received.  A note is needed even if the reason has been given by telephone or in person.

            If 15 or more days are missed in one semester or 30 or more in one school year, the teacher and parent must make a plan for the work to be made up (not only homework, but class time learning as well.)   Otherwise, it may be necessary to retain the student.

            Students may be excused for trips in which their parents want them to be involved if the teacher is notified ahead of time.  This advance notification should be equal to the length of the absence.  Please give the teacher written notification. 

            Work missed should be made up as soon as possible, at least within twice the amount of time that was missed.  Work or tests assigned prior to the absence which falls due on the date of the absence or the following day should be turned in or taken on the day the student returns to school.  An exception to this can be made if there is a note from the parent stating that no studying could be done during the illness.  A test could then be delayed at the discretion of the teacher.

           Any student who has a fever (above 100), vomits, or has diarrhea must stay out of school.  Please don't send your child back until they have been symptom free for 24 hours without medication.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

            Students are required to wear athletic style tennis shoes for P.E.  Shoes should be securely tied and stay on during activities.  Girls wearing skirts or dresses should wear shorts underneath.  Clothes worn on P.E. days should be comfortable and modest enough to be able to participate in a variety of activities.  Belts are recommended for pants that have belt loops so that they will stay comfortably up.  Students not following these requirements will not be allowed to participate.

            Grades 5-8 will receive a letter grade for P.E. based on skill, improvement, participation, sportsmanship, physical fitness, and written rules tests.  The Presidential Fitness Test will be given in the fall and spring. The grade will be negatively affected if the student cannot participate because the shoe or clothing requirements have not been followed.

If a student needs to be excused from P.E. for health reasons, he or she must provide a signed note from the parent with the date and the reason.  A doctor’s note is needed for an extended excuse.  Work will be given to be done during the P.E. time, which will be graded.  

 

DISCIPLINE (PK-5)

            The teachers’ goal is to prevent behavior problems by making rules and expectations clear and by keeping students actively involved and interested.

            When a student has willfully violated school rules or defied the authority of the teacher, the student will be sent to the office.  Any student sent to the office may be placed in time out for a specific period of time.  Parents will be notified if the offense is a serious offense or if the student’s behavior does not improve.  For more serious offenses or chronic misbehavior, in-school or out of school suspension may be necessary.

            A student with severe or chronic behavior problems will be put on probation giving him/her the opportunity to correct the problem.  If improvement is not seen, the student will be dismissed or asked to leave the school.  A meeting with the parents and school staff, including the principal, will be held to state the reasons for the probation and the goals and length of the probation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MPCS Middle School Code of Conduct and Discipline Policies

 

 

Every student at Mount Pleasant Christian School is expected to maintain self-discipline successfully so the school can provide a safe and secure learning environment. Disciplinary procedures are used to correct misbehavior, and instill self-discipline and accountability. To be effective, discipline is dependent on school and home communication and cooperation.  The types of offenses that will not be tolerated and could result in a referral are as follows but not limited to:

    • Inappropriate behavior/language
    • Profanity, cursing
    • Disrespect  
    • Disobedience
    • Defiant behavior

Referrals will accumulate on a yearly basis and consequences for each referral will be as follows:

1 – 2 Referrals  - Referral slip sent home to be signed by the parent, copy given to the office to be filed.  Conference requested if the administration, teacher,  or parent feels the need.  

3 Referrals – ISS / Students will be sent to a designated area to complete daily schoolwork for the full day.

4 Referrals – OSS/1 day

5 Referrals -  OSS/ 3 day

Please note that any field trips, intramurals or, any other school-related activities will be forfeited by the student when carrying out a suspension.

 

After 3 referrals are given, a behavioral conference will be required for both parents to attend along with teachers and principal to formulate a plan to help the student get back on a more positive track.

 

If a student is asked to leave a class due to behavioral disrespect/misconduct a parent may be asked to come pick the student up immediately.

 

BULLYING POLICY

Mt. Pleasant Christian School does not tolerate bullying in any of its forms. We define bullying as:

·         Any intentional  written, verbal or physical act, when the act:

1. Physically or emotionally harms a student or damages the student’s property
2. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education.
3. Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment.
4. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

Harassment, intimidation, or bullying is conduct that disrupts both a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate its students in a safe environment.

If it is determined that a student is engaged in “bullying behavior”, discipline and counseling must occur.  If the behavior is extreme, the student may be removed from class or suspended from school for a given amount of time without following the normal steps in the discipline plan.

Please note: Sometimes students, especially when they are very young, have not developed the interpersonal skills necessary to express their needs and feelings. Therefore, sometimes students will be mean to each other or physically hurt each other occasionally. We do not consider this occasional misbehavior “bullying”.  In these instances, the teachers and staff will attempt to work with these students to help them express themselves with words and good choices when faced with an undesirable situation.

CELL PHONE POLICY

Students are not permitted to use their cell phones at any time during the school day, including before and after care unless they are given individual permission.  Cell phone use will be allowed for picture taking purposes only during field trips.  This includes the travel time in the vehicles to and from the field trips as well.  The pictures cannot be shared until the student has left the school for the day.

Academics – Any student not retaining a 2.0 grade average or is failing 2 or more classes will not be able to participate in any school related or school sponsored extra-curricular activities to include intramurals, travel sports, theater productions and mission trips.

 

DRESS CODE

             

MPCS Kindergarten-Fifth Dress Code

2022-2023

 

Mt. Pleasant Christian School reserves the right to make decisions on what is appropriate to wear and what isn't during the school year. Students and parents will be given full notice of any changes.

Students are to dress in a manner that is appropriate for a Christian school. Cleanliness, neatness, and modesty are the standards. Dress should not be a distraction to the learning atmosphere of the classroom. Appropriate student dress is the responsibility of the parents. When in doubt, choose not to send students in questionable articles of clothing.

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”   

1 Peter 3: 3-4

Pants

  • Leggings are not a substitute for pants so they must be worn with a shirt/dress that covers the bottom.
  • Pants should cover the leg but not be so long the student walks or can trip on the hem.
  • Skirts or shorts should come to the knee. (Fingertip length shorts are acceptable in Pre-K and Kindergarten.)
  • Skirts should have shorts worn underneath.
  • Jeans that fit appropriately and do not have holes or fringes are acceptable. Pants must be high enough and shirts long enough that no back is exposed when sitting down.

Shirts

  • Inappropriate pictures or messages may not be worn.
  • No tank tops, short tops, low-cut tops, or sleeveless tops.
  • The midriff should not be visible if arms are raised above the head.
  • Shoulders should be covered.
  • Undergarments should not be showing at any time.

Hair

  • Hair should be clean, neat, and it should not obstruct the face.
  • Hair coloring should be a natural color, to include hair extension pieces.
  • No irregular shaving allowed.

Shoes

  • Athletic shoes are to be worn for PE. Shoes should be secure enough that they do not come off in normal PE activities. Students without appropriate shoes will not be allowed to participate in PE and this will affect their PE grade.

Accessories

  • Hats or hoods may not be worn indoors.

Unacceptable school wear

  • Compression pants under shorts, unless outer shorts come to the knee
  • Pajamas unless it is a Spirit Day
  • Sundresses
  • Tight fitting pants
  • Flip-flops
  • Sandals without a heel strap
  • Sleeveless tops or dresses

After School and Extra-curricular activities

  • Casual style shorts or athletic shorts are allowed but may not exceed 4 inches above the knee cap.

Dress Code Violation

  • A student with a dress code violation should be spoken to by the teacher or front office. If the offense is repeated, the teacher should send home a dress code violation note to be signed. If the clothing is too short or tight, we will do our best to find appropriate knee length clothes for the student to wear.

 

 

 

MPCS Middle School Dress Code

2022-2023

 

Mt. Pleasant Christian School reserves the right to make decisions on what is appropriate to wear and what isn't during the school year. Students and parents will be given full notice of any changes.

Students are to dress in a manner that is appropriate for a Christian school. Cleanliness, neatness, and modesty are the standards. Dress should not be a distraction to the learning atmosphere of the classroom. Appropriate student dress is the responsibility of the parents. When in doubt, choose not to send students in questionable articles of clothing.

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”   

1 Peter 3: 3-4

 

Pants

  • Properly fitting jeans, khakis, and athletic pants (not sweat pants made of sweatshirt material with a tied waist and elastic at the ankle) will be allowed; tight-fitting pants, leggings, and tights may only be worn if the accompanying top goes to the knee. 
  • Pants should be wrinkle free, well fitting, clean, fringe and hole free.
  • Pants should cover the leg but not be so long the student walks or can trip on the hem.
  • Skirts, dresses, or shorts must come to the knee. If skirts or dresses are worn, shorts should be worn underneath.

Shirts

  • Inappropriate pictures or messages may not be worn.
  • No tank tops, short tops, low-cut tops, or sleeveless tops.
  • The midriff should not be visible if arms are raised above the head.
  • Shoulders should be covered and undergarments should not be showing at any time.
  • If the shirt is at all sheer, a tank top or t-shirt should be worn underneath.

Hair

  • Hair should be clean, neat, and should not obstruct the face.
  • Hair coloring should be a natural color, including hair extension pieces.
  • No irregular shaving allowed.

Shoes

  • Athletic shoes are to be worn for PE. Shoes should be secure enough that they do not come off in normal PE activities. Students without appropriate shoes will not be allowed to participate in PE and this will affect their PE grade.
  • Crocs may be worn but must have a heel strap that is worn at all times and a change of shoes must be available for PE.

Accessories

  • Hats or hoods may not be worn indoors.

Unacceptable school wear

  • Compression pants under shorts, unless outer shorts come to the knee
  • Pajamas unless it is a Spirit Day
  • Sundresses
  • Tight fitting pants
  • Flip-flops
  • Sandals without a heel strap
  • Sleeveless tops or dresses
  • Sweatpants

After School and Extra-curricular activities

  • Casual style shorts or athletic shorts are allowed but may not exceed 4 inches above the knee cap.

Dress Code Violation

  • In the event of a dress code violation a student will be given a written warning to be signed by a parent or guardian. On the third dress code violation in a nine weeks a referral will be written.
  • After each nine weeks the dress code violations reset and are back to zero.

 

Parents and visitors are asked to follow the student dress code when in the school building or at school events such as intramural games.  This supports the students in respecting school standards.

 

BASIC RULES OF CONDUCT

·        Teachers and fellow students are to be treated with respect.

·        Name-calling, racially oriented jokes, and disparaging racial comments are not allowed.

·        No crude language or gestures.

·        Walk and talk quietly when inside the building.  When lining up after recess, get quiet before entering the building.  Avoid yelling or loud talking beside the windows and doorways.

·        Tripping, hitting, or kicking another student are not allowed.

·        Respect and care for school property is expected.  If a student intentionally destroys school property or damages school property through careless behavior or disobedience to school rules, that student will be expected to help repair or replace the property.

·        Healthful foods are recommended.  No trading, giving, or selling of food is allowed.  Chewing gum is not allowed. If you send microwave lunch meals, choose those with a very short preparation time.  Make sure that your child can open and prepare the food himself.

·        Students may not have weapons or simulated weapons at school. 

 

BOOK POLICY

            If a textbook, workbook, or library book is damaged or lost, replacement at student cost is required. 

 

REPORT CARDS AND CONFERENCES

            Report cards are sent home one week after the last day of each 9-week period.

                        Grade scale:

                                    A+  100           A  95-99          A-  94

                                    B+   93            B  87-92          B-  86

                                    C+  84-85       C  79-83          C-  77-78

                                    D+   76            D  71-75          D-  70

                                    F     below 70

                        O- Outstanding S- Satisfactory  I- Improvement Needed   U- Unsatisfactory

            Teachers will schedule at least one conference with parents during the year.  A parent may request a conference with the teacher or principal at any time.

            Honor Roll is available for 3rd grade and above.  To be on the Principal's List a student must receive no grade below A or S.  To be on the Honor Roll, a student must receive no grade below B or S and not have more B's than A's.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS

            K-5: In order to progress to the next grade level, the student must do passing work and be recommended by the teacher.  If subjects are failed, and the teacher and principal think the student can go on to the next grade, the school will consult with the parents about any makeup work to be done.

            Grades 6, 7, &8:  A student who fails a subject may go on to the next grade if that course is made up in a summer school program.  A student who fails three or more subjects must repeat the entire grade.

 

MEDICATION

            All medications (prescription or non-prescription) to be administered at school must be brought to the office with a parental permission note.

            All prescription medications to be administered at school must be brought to the office by the parent.  The medication must be in the original container and be accompanied by a Request for Medication Administration form.

 

FINANCIAL POLICY

            The fee for books and supplies is a non-refundable fee.  This is to be paid by July 15th.  Tuition is to be paid by August 15 in full (for a 5% discount) or in 10  equal monthly payments, August to May.  

            If you choose to make payments, the first payment is due by August 15.  Subsequent payments are due by the 15th of each month.  A $10 late fee will be added if payments are more than 10 days overdue.  A 2% monthly service charge will also be added to any balance which is more that 30 days overdue.  If a contract is 90 days in arrears, the student may not be permitted to attend classes.

            Monthly statements will not be mailed.  You will receive a notice only if your payment is late.  If a student is withdrawn from school during any given semester, full payment for that semester is still due.  Report cards or records will not be released until all payments, including fees, fines, or late charges, are complete.

            Post-dated checks do not constitute timely payments. Records or items associated with post-dated checks will be held until the check is valid.

            Students will not be permitted to begin a school term until all fees for the preceding year have been paid in full.

 

PARTIES AND HOLIDAYS

            A parent may bring in refreshments for a child’s birthday if planned ahead of time with the teacher.  End of year parties and other social outings must be planned for after school hours.

            Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter parties are traditional at MPCS.  These are planned by the teachers with the help of room mothers.  Halloween is not celebrated.  The origins of holiday customs can be studied, but symbols such as Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny should not be the focus of holiday celebrations or decorations.  The holiday parties provide an opportunity to emphasize God’s goodness and love and his gift to us of His Son, Jesus. 

            At Christmas, students may exchange names for gift giving.  The students will be given a price limit for the gifts.  The gifts should be kept simple.  We also have a Christmas project to provide a chance for the students to give to others.

            For parties outside of school, invitations may not be handed out at school unless the entire class is being invited.  Please be sensitive to the feelings of all students in the class.  Transportation arrangements must be made ahead of time, not at school.

 

VOLUNTEERS

            Volunteers are important and valued at MPCS.  Volunteers always work under the direction of the classroom teacher.  The teacher is always responsible for the volunteer’s schedule, the lesson plans and the grading.  It is important for the teacher and volunteer to meet before the volunteer works in the classroom, to talk about what is to be taught.  Continued communication is important.

            We ask that volunteers adhere to the student dress code as a minimum standard.  This sets a good example for our students.

 

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

            Any person having a school related concern should always talk first with the person directly involved or responsible. (Matthew 18:15-17)  Talking about a problem or person to others can be hurtful, spreads misunderstandings, and does not solve the problem.

            If the problem cannot be resolved between the parties involved, it should be referred to the principal, or if the principal is involved, to the chairman of the Board of Directors.  Problems which cannot be resolved by working with the principal should also be referred to the Board Chairman.

 

 

 

 

Welcome to MPCS PreK!

School phone number - 757-482-9557

PreK office email - bparadis@mtpleasantchristian.org

 

Pre-K Hours:
8:30am-12pm - Half day
8:30am-3pm - Full day
6:30am-8:15am - Before School Care
3:15pm-6pm - After School Care

*Class begins at 8:30am, however, students may be dropped off as early as 8:15am as a courtesy to parents who would otherwise be late to work or an appointment.  Please keep in mind that any child that comes into the building prior to 8:15 am, will be charged for before care.

 

PreK Teachers

PreK 2 - Miss Robin (teacher), Miss Camille (morning assistant) and

 Miss Sam (afternoon assistant)

PreK 3 - Mrs. Kristi (teacher)

PreK 3 - Mrs. Aida (teacher) Ms. Joy (assistant Mon-Thurs) Miss Sam (assistant -Friday), Miss Nylah (afternoon assistant)

PreK 4 - Mrs. Nikki (teacher) and Ms. Sandy (assistant)

PreK 4  - Mrs. Nicole (teacher) and Mrs. Lourdes (assistant)

PreK 5 - Mrs. Maria (teacher) Mrs. Ashlee (afternoon assistant)

PE, STEAM, Library - Mrs. Ashlee

 

Folders:
Folders will be sent home daily. Please check them each evening for your child’s schoolwork or notes from the teacher or the school office. Folders are checked each morning, so if you have a note for the teacher, please put it in there.

 

 

Discipline:
Preschool is the time for your child to learn school rules, the type of behavior that is expected in a classroom setting, and how to be a good friend. Students will be working on listening to the teacher, following directions, and being kind to one another.   We have four rules in PreK that we remind the students to abide by:

  1. Keep yourself safe.

  2. Keep each other safe.

  3. Take care of our school.

  4. Be kind.

Biting Policy

 

For the child that was bitten - First aid and comfort will be given, and a bite report will be sent home to notify the parents.  Names of the children involved will not be disclosed.

For the child that bites - The child will be removed from the situation and reminded that, “it is not okay to bite and that biting hurts.”  The child may be put in a time out, equivalent to one minute for each year of age.  The parents will be notified through a BIte Report and through other forms of communication, if necessary.   If the biting occurs more than twice, a conference will be scheduled with the parents, the teacher and the director to make a plan to help the child to stop biting.  If, after the plan has been put into place, the biting continues to be a habit, the child will need to be picked up from school, and will not be able to return back until the biting stops.

 

Water Bottles

Please send in a spill proof water bottle everyday,  labeled with your child’s name.  The children will have water with their snacks, (juice boxes are allowed for lunch, but not for snack), and we will take the water bottles outside for recess.   

 

Snack and Lunch:
Students will have a morning snack each day. Snacks should be dry, healthy foods that do not require a spoon. If your child is enrolled in our full day program, our lunch time is at 12:00.  We have a microwave, so you may send in food that requires being heated up for lunch.  Please remember to send spoons, forks, napkins, etc if your child will require them for their lunch.  We also offer the students the opportunity to order lunch on Fridays.  You will receive an order form in your child’s folder on Mondays, and if you would like to order lunch for Friday, please fill out the form and return it with the payment on Tuesday.  We order from Papa Johns, Taco Bell, Tropical Smoothie,  Hot Rodders. etc.

 

Rest time:
Our daily rest time is between 12:30pm-2:15pm. Please send in a small nap mat, one small blanket and one small pillow (travel size or the size of a small throw pillow). We have limited storage space, so no oversized mats, blankets or pillows will be allowed.  Your child may keep one stuffed animal with their nap mat items, or bring one in daily.  However, please do not allow them to bring more than one. All nap mat items should be put in an extra large ziploc bag, labeled with your child’s name. Every Friday, the nap items will be sent home to be washed. 

 

Toys from home:
All toys with the exception of a stuffed animal for nap time, should be left at home. Sometimes children have something special that they want to show their friends, so each teacher will have designated show and tell times for that. 

 

Arrival and Dismissal:

Arrival and dismissal will be at the double glass doors.  For arrival, a teacher will greet you and walk your child down to his/her class.  For dismissal, a teacher will greet you at the door and bring your child to you.  

 

Children will only be allowed to leave with those listed on their registration form.  If someone is picking up your child that is not listed on their form, you will need to send in a note, listing the date of pick up and the full name of the person who will be picking up.  We will ID anyone that we do not know, so please make anyone that will be picking up aware that they will need to bring a picture ID with them.

 

Birthdays and Parties

We love celebrating birthdays!  You are more than welcome to send in a special treat for the class for your child’s birthday.  Please check with your child’s teacher for any class allergies.

 

Parent Volunteers

Each class will need a Room Mom to help coordinate parties and other events, and be a point of contact with the PTO.  The room mom is also encouraged to attend PTO meetings throughout the year.  If you would be interested in being a Room mom, please talk to your child’s teacher.  Parents may also volunteer in other roles, such as: doing a craft or reading to the class, helping at school events, or driving students on field trips.  

 

Enrichment Activities

.  All PreK students will have storytime in the library and a PE Class once per week.  Please be sure that your child wears tennis shoes on PE days.  Your child’s teacher will let you know which days your child will have PE and Library.

PreK 4 students will also have a STEAM class once per week.  

MPCS Chapel is on Thursday mornings.  

 

Field Trips (PreK 4/ PreK 5 students only)

We will have 2-3  field trips in the Winter/Spring for the PreK 4 / PreK 5 students.  Parents are invited to attend, and we also rely on parents to help transport students on the trips.  If you are willing to transport children on a field trip, you will be required to fill out a volunteer form, as well as show your driver’s license and provide proof of insurance.

 

Remind

Please be sure to sign up for “Remind” with your child’s teacher, as well as with the Office.  There is a handout from the school office, as well as from your child’s teacher with directions on how to be added to the Remind groups.  Please keep in mind that your child’s teacher may not be able to respond to you immediately.  If you have something of an urgent nature during the school day, please call the office instead of using Remind.

 

Dress Code/ Change of Clothes

PreK does not follow the same dress code as the Elementary/Middle school students.  We do ask that girls wear shorts under their dresses/skirts, shoes should be appropriate for running, jumping and climbing, and shirts with weapons, witches, skulls, etc are not permitted.  Please send a full change of clothes to school with your child to be kept in the classroom in case of an accident (Shirt, shorts or pants, underwear, socks and shoes).  Please put the clothes in a ziploc bag, labeled with your child’s name.
 

Special Events

MPCS Fall Festival - Sept. 16th - 18th 

Pre K Pumpkin Patch  - October 14th 

Christmas Program - (PreK 4/ PreK 5 students) - December 2nd

PreK Field Day - May 5th 

End of the Year Program (PreK 4 and PreK5) - May 18th

End of the Year Program/ Picnic (PreK 2 and PreK 3) - May 26th 

Grandparent’s Day - April 6th 

MPCS Auction and End of the Year Celebration - June 3rd

 

School closings

Sept. 5 - Labor Day - School closed

November 11 - Veterans Day - School closed for students/Conference Day

November 23 - 11:45 dismissal (no aftercare) * if inclement weather days are not used, there will be no school

November 24 - 25 - Thanksgiving Break

December 19 - January 2 - Christmas Break

January 16 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - School closed

January 20 - 11:45 dismissal (no aftercare) - Teacher workday

February 20 - Presidents Day - School closed 

March 24 - 11:45 dismissal (no aftercare) - Teacher workday

April 7 - 11:00 dismissal, Easter break begins

April 10 - 14 - Easter break

May 29 - Memorial Day - School closed

 

We look forward to a wonderful school year of learning, growing and sharing God’s love!