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OLGC Catholic Pre-Kindergarten 1151 William Street Plymouth, Michigan 48170 734-453-3053 school.olgcparish.net Welcome to Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Pre-Kindergarten! We appreciate that you have taken the opportunity to join with the OLGC School community in the beginning stage of your child’s Catholic educational journey. Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) Pre-Kindergarten is fully licensed by the State of Michigan Department of Human Services. Our classroom and play areas meet the state licensing standards, while also meeting the educational needs of all four-year-old students enrolled in our full-day program. We are happy and eager to familiarize you with our Pre-Kindergarten curriculum, which will provide our young students with the opportunity to be prepared and successful as they go through elementary school. OLGC Pre-Kindergarten is a faith-based program focusing on the Image of God Pre-K religious program to deepen the growing needs of each child in a developmentally appropriate way. Our approach, with the assistance of this spiritual program, is to educate all students according to their spiritual, intellectual, physical, social and emotional needs by providing a balanced curriculum that encompasses a combination of teacher-directed and child-directed involvement through our daily experiences together. OLGC Pre-Kindergarten does not discriminate against students in admission or participation in any school program or activities on the basis of race, ethnic origin, sex, or handicap which is unrelated to the student’s ability to utilize and benefit from the educational opportunities, programs, and facilities offered by our school.
OLGC believes… • Pre-Kindergarten should be a learning environment where ALL children feel safe and are free to explore through resources and opportunities presented to them in a positive manner. Students will be introduced to readiness skills in fun and interesting ways. • Each child can practice problem-solving skills, readiness skills, responsibility, socialization, independence, courtesy and compassion for each other. • Parents are an essential connection in a child’s success, and we encourage communication to create a strong partnership between school and home. • By engaging in many open-ended activities, young students will be challenged to use methods of observation, discussion, and individual thought process to guide them in their learning. • Children will become lifelong learners when learning about their world through positive, nurturing and loving interactions in ALL learning situations. The OLGC Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum is intended to expose students to our fundamental Catholic teachings, language, math, motor skills, art, music, and technology by focusing on these key areas. • SPIRITUAL: To assist children in becoming aware of God and how He has created each of them in a truly special and unique way. • SOCIAL: To help children feel comfortable in school, create trust in their new environment, make new friends and to feel that they are part of a group. It is a time to have children learn to interact with peers and adults appropriately in the classroom setting. • INTELLECTUAL: To provide a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for Pre-Kindergarten children with a focus on Catholic teachings, literacy, math, science and technology. • EMOTIONAL: To help children feel a sense of pride and self-confidence, develop more independence and self-control and to encourage students to ask questions, solve problems, and use words to describe their thoughts, observations, and feelings in different situations. • PHYSICAL: To assist children in increasing both large and small motor skills and feel confident about what they can do.
The OLGC Pre-Kindergarten daily schedule includes active and quiet time in the following ways: • Circle and Group Time: Each day our students will participate in prayers, Pledge of Allegiance, calendar, songs and creative movement, show and tell, rhythmic reading, storytelling and group skills. • Learning Center Time: A variety of activities will be continually presented to enhance the learning experience. Some activities include drawing and coloring, dramatic play, library corner, puzzles, blocks, board games, books, clay modeling, sensory table and painting. • Prayer and Faith Time: Incorporating the Image of God program into the daily routine, will help children learn about different Bible stories, songs, praying together and learning about Jesus. This program is designed to involve students with lessons to develop a greater understanding of their faith as they worship. • Project Time: Different projects to enhance the curriculum and skills being taught will be introduced each week depending on the particular theme. Students will work on learning the alphabet, learning numbers, and becoming more familiar with colors and shapes. • Motor Skills: Time will be set aside for physical play using large motor skills each day. Physical education class is part of the weekly schedule. • Snack Time: Time is set aside each day for students to learn about washing hands, saying prayers before meals, and sitting down to have snack in a large group setting. • Rest Period: Time is set aside each day for students to have a rest/nap period before continuing on with the remainder of the day.
PRE-KINDERGARTEN GOALS • Begin to instill our Christian values with the support of the Image of God faith series and other religious materials to support the Catholic faith • Acquire academic skills based on the State standards • Encourage cooperation, choice making and consideration of others • Develop problem-solving skills • Nurture a sense of independence and responsibility • Encourage and promote self-help skills • Promote skills of observation, listening and questioning • Inspire socialization, creativity, discovery, imagination, and exploration PRE-KINDERGARTEN SCHEDULE Pre-Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year we will offer the following program: FULL DAY with after school care availability (Latchkey is available until 6:00pm). Snacks will not be provided for Pre-Kindergarten students. Please bring a healthy snack each day. _______________________________________________________________ Class size is limited to a maximum of 16 students during our full-day session. Students will be admitted based on completion of registration guidelines and space availability. OLGC Catholic School has the primary obligation to those children who are siblings of students currently enrolled in other grades and to parishioners of OLGC: after that, students will be admitted on a space availability, first-come, first-served basis. If the program is full, families will be informed by the school office that they have been placed on a waiting list. If this occurs a family has the following options: • Withdraw their registration, at which time their family name will be removed from the waitlist and their registration will be returned. • Remain on the waitlist; registration payment will be held until there is a possible opening or it may be returned upon request.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL All Pre-Kindergarten students must be escorted to and from the classroom by an adult. Parents need to allow enough time to sign–in and sign-out in the daily attendance log at the check in area. Parents will need to initial next to their child’s name in the attendance log. Children are expected to hang up their own backpacks and coats upon arrival to the classroom. A designated tagged area for Pre-Kindergarten parking will be made available to all currently enrolled families. Students will be dismissed promptly at the end of the session. The classroom teacher/aide will call the student’s name and the parent will need to initial in the attendance log next to their child’s name. These procedures are part of the requirement for State of Michigan licensing. If someone other than the individuals listed on the OLGC School Emergency Card is to pick up your child, the classroom teacher and the school office must be notified ahead of time. PLEASE remind anyone to bring his or her identification for verification. Students will only be dismissed to an authorized person and/or parent. Since our first priority at all times is the close supervision of our students, it is best not to attempt to have a conference with the classroom teacher during arrival and dismissal times. If there is a matter that needs immediate attention, please feel free to provide a note or schedule a conference that will be convenient for all parties involved. SAFETY GUIDELINES For the safety of all children, OLGC Catholic School adheres to the following basic guidelines: • Entrance to the Pre-Kindergarten areas will be kept locked throughout the school day. Parents will only be able to enter the school through the secured main entrance during the school hours. • No child will ever be left alone or unsupervised. • No child will be allowed to cause bodily harm to other children. • Staff members have immediate access to contact parents due to illness or an emergency. • Emergency procedures along with fire, emergency, and weather alert plans are posted by classroom exits.
• Safety drills (fire, tornado, & lockdown) are conducted, and a record of these is kept in the main school office. All exits are marked and smoke alarms are tested on a regular basis to ensure that they are in proper working order. • Incident reports will be completed and a copy will be given to parent(s) on the day an accident occurs. FIELD TRIPS Pre-Kindergarten classes will have planned outings during the school year. Each field trip is planned with an educational purpose. Parents will receive information with details well in advance of the scheduled outing. Parents who are interested in driving or chaperoning on any school related field trip must follow the guidelines for volunteering for special activities and field trips in accordance with the Archdiocese of Detroit stated below. VOLUNTEERING FOR SPECIAL ACTIVITIES & FIELD TRIPS Volunteering is a terrific way to partner with and be involved in your child’s educational Pre-Kindergarten experience. Parents are encouraged to participate in special activities and projects, field trips, preparation of classroom materials, or in other ways throughout the year. In accordance with the Archdiocese of Detroit regulations, all employees and volunteers are subject to a criminal background check and must complete the “Protecting God’s Children” Program. The OLGC School office can provide forms and more details regarding volunteer requirements. Listed below are some basic guidelines when volunteering in the Pre-Kindergarten at OLGC: • Get permission from the teacher for day and time to volunteer with the understanding of following the classroom rules for the day. • Wash hands and wear food gloves when assisting with snacks or serving food. • Follow the lead of teacher/aide in the classroom. • Interact with children by sitting at their level, observing their work/play, and becoming an active participant when appropriate. • Refrain from discussions regarding behavior/performance of children in the room with other individuals outside the classroom setting. • Refrain from engaging in discussing specific issues with the teacher/aides while volunteering. Continual supervision is imperative.
HEALTH GUIDELINES At OLGC Catholic School the health and well-being of our students is a top priority. In order to prevent the spread of germs and disease, parents are asked to adhere to the following policies: (See the OLGC Parent Handbook for additional information.) • We encourage parents to take their child to the bathroom PRIOR to entering the classroom each day. • If a child has any symptoms of a contagious disease, they should be kept home from school. These signs include: fever, vomiting, diarrhea, swollen glands, sore throat, cough and/or respiratory symptoms, eye/nasal discharge that is not clear, itching or any type of rash. • Students who have had a fever or stomach problem must be free of these symptoms for a full 24 hours before returning to school. • If a child has been taking prescribed antibiotics, he or she must have completed a 24-hour cycle of medication before returning to the classroom. • PLEASE report ALL communicable diseases (i.e., chickenpox, measles, mumps, roseola, scarlet fever, pink eye, strep throat, head lice, impetigo, etc.) to the school office and classroom teacher as soon as possible. If there is indication of a communicable disease, the student will be sent home immediately. A general confidence notice will be sent home to all parents with information on the specific case. A student with a communicable disease may not attend school until he/she is fully recovered. TOILETING Our State of Michigan license only permits students who are fully toilet trained. We assume all children are toilet trained when enrolled. We do understand that accidents occur and will assist when needed. However, if there is continual repeated evidence that a child is NOT FULLY POTTY TRAINED, OLGC Pre-Kindergarten administration reserves the right to withdraw the student (please refer to our Refund/Withdrawal Policy included within this document).
CLOTHING Uniforms are not required for Pre-Kindergarten students. Comfortable and washable clothing with elastic pants and easy snaps are recommended for children in the classroom. BELTS and TIGHTS are not permitted, as they are often times restrictive for students in the restroom. Since clothing can get dirty or damaged, a change of clothes including extra shirt, pants, socks, and underwear labeled in a LARGE GALLON-sized Ziploc bag should be kept in your child’s backpack AT ALL TIMES in case of accidents, paints spills, food spills, etc. SCHOOL CLOSINGS Each year parents receive a school calendar that reflects scheduled breaks and holidays. The Pre-Kindergarten will follow the OLGC Catholic School closing decisions. Watch local channels for school closing updates. Families will also receive a phone message from the school office if school has been closed for any reason. We follow the Plymouth/Canton Public School closing guidelines. Our school may close for circumstances other than weather as deemed necessary by the parish office or the Archdiocese of Detroit. FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL OLGC Pre-Kindergarten classes will begin after Labor Day. Prior to the beginning of school, parents will receive scheduling information regarding a parent/student “Meet and Greet” session in late August, school supply list, daily drop off and pick up instructions, and other important details parents will need to know prior to the start of class. CONFERENCES Regular parent/teacher conferences will be scheduled at least once a year or as needed to share information regarding a child’s experience and progress in our Pre- Kindergarten program. Parents wanting to discuss a child’s progress or any other
subject matter should not attempt to have discussions during class hours. The classroom teacher will provide a school email address for parents to use at any time to schedule an appointment or to ask questions. Emails will be answered at the teacher’s earliest convenience. IMAGE USE POLICY OLGC Catholic School and Pre-Kindergarten occasionally engage in various correspondences with our families, students, parish, faculty, and other members of the community regarding activities and educational happenings within our school community. We maintain our website on the internet, create publications for our OLGC Parish bulletin and school newsletter and publish articles in community newsletters as well as other technological productions as a form of up-to-date communication. Parents must sign the Archdiocese of Detroit Authorization to Use Student Images Policy section located in the 2017/2018 Registration Form or Handbook whether they “DO” or “DO NOT” give their authorization according to the following terms and provisions: • Parents authorize OLGC Catholic School to use, display, adapt, copy, modify and post any such images, now or in the future, as the school deems appropriate, in publications. • Parents understand and agree that there will be no compensation of any kind provided the parents or students to the school, or by any third party, for the images for this authorization and rights granted to the school by the parents. • Parents may cancel their authorization at any time by signing a non-release form and delivering it to the school at 1151 William Street, Plymouth, MI 48170. In addition, parents may, at any time, direct the school in writing at this same address to remove any particular image from its website. Within a reasonable time after such direction, the school will remove the images of the students from its website and delete them from further publications. • The school will not be liable to the parents and/or the students, regardless of the form of action or theory of recovery, for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special, punitive, or exemplary damages in connection with, or in any way related to, the authorization of the school’s use of the images of the students authorized on the registration form. • Parents understand that by signing the registration form they have made this authorization based solely on their judgment and not on any representations or promises from the school. The Image Use Policy referenced above constitutes the entire agreement with respect to the school’s use of the images. This policy may be amended or supplemented upon written communication from the school to the parents.
PRE-KINDERGARTEN ADMISSIONS & TUITION POLICIES 2017/2018 SCHOOL YEAR REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS • Be at least four years of age by SEPTEMBER 1st of the same year. • Be FULLY potty-trained (NO pull-ups). • Provide a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate at the time of registration. • Submit an Immunization & Health Form certified by a health care organization or a physician by the designated deadline and the Statement of Good Health Form. • Submit the signed Parent Notification of the Licensing Notebook Form from the State of Michigan. • Enrollment will be considered to be complete when all information, forms, and required payment(s) have been received by the designated deadlines. IMMUNIZATION All children must comply with the State of Michigan required immunization and health laws prior to admission. A Health Appraisal Form must be completed and certified by a health care organization or a physician on or before the first day of school. Should a parent or parents of a student choose not to have their child immunized, a waiver must be signed by the parents and kept on file in the OLGC school office. For current requirements, parents may visit the State of Michigan website at www.mich.gov. MEDICAL CONSIDERATIONS Medications: Due to State of Michigan, Archdiocese of Detroit, and OLGC policies, along with insurance regulations, we have the following regulations regarding medications: • Parents may administer any medicine to their own child (ren) at school. • School personnel may not administer any medication, prescription, or over-the- counter medicine, without signed physician forms and written directions from the parent(s) and the child’s doctor. ALL prescription medication must be in its original container(s). Physician forms are available in the school office. These
forms must contain the drug name, dose, time, method of administration, and duration (length of time for the medication to be dispensed) and must be on file in the school office. Inhalers and epi-pens at school: In accordance with Public Act 10 of 2000 (AOD Policy 5010), students may use metered dose asthma inhalers or epinephrine auto- injectors (epi-pens) or epinephrine inhalers provided written approval to use these devices from the licensed physician and parents is received by the OLGC School Principal, along with a written emergency care plan. The principal will notify the student’s classroom teacher. For all medical considerations, parents must complete a Comprehensive Health Information Form. The following required forms must be submitted to the school office at the time of registration. (Please contact the school office @ 734-453-3053 regarding the registration process and financial matters.) REQUIRED FORMS AT REGISTRATION • Pre-Kindergarten 2017-2018 Registration Form • Registration fee payment • Copy of birth certificate • Completed and signed State of Michigan Parent Notification of the Licensing Notebook form • Completed and signed Statement of Good Health form • Copy of Baptismal Certificate
Forms/Information to be submitted on the first Day of School or by communicated dates • Child Information Sheet * • Criminal Background Check Form (needed prior to volunteering in the classroom) • T-shirt form* • Immunization and Health Appraisal Form • Completed Comprehensive Health Information Form • Copy of custody papers, if applicable *Indicates forms handed out by classroom teacher After the OLGC School office has received all required paperwork and your registration has been accepted, a statement will be mailed to the home address and will reflect terms and dates based upon the payment option selected at the time of a family registration. TUITION RATES AND FINANCIAL POLICY At OLGC we understand the sacrifices made by each family to ensure a quality Catholic education for your children. The tuition rates are based upon what it takes to provide each student in our program with the best possible educational opportunity at an affordable cost. Because tuition alone does not completely cover the cost of educating our students each year, OLGC Parish contributes a significant amount to offset the school’s budget. PRE-KINDERGARTEN TUITION RATES Please refer to the tuition payment plan provided in the school registration packet.
REFUNDS AND WITHDRAWAL POLICY Since tuition and fees reflect purchases and hiring policies that have already been put into place, refunds will only be given in accordance with the following criteria: • Applications are due by February 10, 2017 for the 2017/2018 school year for NEW families to our school AND February 16, 2017 for CURRENT school families. • Siblings of currently enrolled students are given first priority. Children of parish members receive first consideration for admission. Children of other Catholic parishes are considered next. Non-Catholic children may be admitted when there is space available, but only if their parents agree to their children's participation in the integrated religious education program offered by the school. • To qualify for in parish tuition, a family must be registered at OLGC. They must participate in weekly attendance at mass (barring the obvious), and participate in parish activities and fundraising. The measurement for weekly attendance will be the use of offertory envelopes. • Tenure in the parish, as determined by parent date of registration in the parish, shall determine admission priority. • Applicants accepted for admission will be notified by April. • A new list for each grade level will be made every year based on parent date of registration in the parish with all applications received by February 16th of that year. • No refunds, credit, or reduction will be given due to absences, vacations, snow days, illness, holidays, etc. • No refunds will be given for any portion of a month’s tuition. If a child attends during any portion of a given month, payment for the full month is owed. • If a student leaves the school, only prepaid tuition (not fees) will be refunded based on unused months remaining. • If a family withdraws from school and has previously negotiated special financial terms, tuition owed will be calculated. • If a student is asked to leave for any reason(s) as described in the OLGC School Handbook, no refunds will be given for any fees. • The school office reserves the right to amend the refund policy for families who experience extenuating circumstances resulting in withdrawal (i.e., hardship, health, etc.).
Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Parish School PRE-KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION APPLICATION This application does not assure final enrollment, but provides information upon which a decision will be based. If you are offered a class position, and choose not to accept, your application will become inactive. You must reapply to be considered for future years. Student Legal Name _________________________________________________________________________________________ Last First Middle Address _______________________________________ City______________________________ State ______ Zip ___________ Telephone_____________________ Gender _____ Date of Birth _____________ Birthplace _______________________ FOR STATE REPORTS: (Please circle one) American Indian Caucasian Hispanic African-American Asian Multi-Racial Pacific Islander Does the applicant speak or understand a language other than American English? _____Yes _____ No If Yes, which? ______________________ Was the student baptized Catholic? ___Yes ___ No If Yes, Church of Baptism ______________________ City ______________________ Is the student potty/toilet trained? ____Yes ____No (The child must be potty/toilet trained prior to beginning pre school) PARENT INFORMATION: Father Step-Father Guardian Deceased Mother Step-Mother Guardian Deceased Catholic _____ Yes _____ No Catholic _____ Yes _____ No Name _________________________________________ Name ______________________________________________ Home address _______________________________ Home address ____________________________________ City/State/Zip _______________________________ City/State/Zip ____________________________________ Home Phone _____________ Cell ______________ Home Phone _______________ Cell __________________ Email address _______________________________ Email address _____________________________________ Employer ____________________________________ Employer __________________________________________ Job Title ________________ Phone _____________ Job Title ______________ Phone _____________________
School Student is now attending: ______________________________________________________________ in the City of ___________________________________________, State ______ Zip ____________________ Are you registered at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish? ______ Yes ______ No If No, the name of the parish you are registered, and the date you registered: Parish: ________________________________________________ Date Registered: ___________ Parents are: (Please circle one) Residing together Divorced Separated Deceased: ___Mother ___Father Student resides with: _____________________________________________________________________________________ Legal Custody: Father Mother Step-father Step-Mother Guardian ________________________________ Relationship Are there any special custody circumstances which the school should be made aware of? Please specify: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A copy of custody clause in divorce cases or guardianship must be on file in the school office. Both parents must be agreeable to the student attending OLGC Parish School. Indicate All Persons that Should Receive Mail: Father Mother Step-Father Step-Mother Guardian ____________________________________ Relationship Student Background Yes No Do you currently owe any outstanding balance at the applicant’s current school? Is the applicant ineligible to return to any previously attended school? Has the student ever had any disciplinary difficulty in school? If Yes, please explain: ADMISSION POLICY
Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) Parish School is committed to quality education within a Christian environment. Consistent with this commitment, the OLGC Parish School Advisory Committee has established an admissions policy which fosters family involvement in the parish. OLGC Parish School does not discriminate against students in admission or participation in any school program or activity on the basis of race, ethnic origin, sex, or handicap which is unrelated to the student's ability to utilize and benefit from the educational opportunities, programs and facilities offered by the school. Siblings of currently enrolled students are given first priority. Children of parish members receive first consideration for admission. Children of other Catholic parishes are considered next. Non- Catholic children may be admitted when there is space available, but only if their parents agree to their children's participation in the integrated religious education program offered by the school. All students are expected to participate in all instructional programs offered by the school. Parents are expected to support and cooperate with all educational and administrative policies of the school. Parents who do not abide by school policies or instructional programs and/or who are disruptive in their actions to such may be asked to withdraw their children from the school. At OLGC we strive to help our students be successful both spiritually and academically. In order to ensure OLGC is the proper environment, each new student will be admitted to our program on a probationary basis for one semester. If there is a consistent concern regarding poor behavior, poor attitude, or inattention to academics during this probationary time, the student may be asked to leave. Admission requirements: •For preschool the child must be 4 by September 1st. (State Law) •All children entering preschool must be potty/toilet trained. •To qualify for in parish tuition, a family must be registered at OLGC, they must participate in weekly attendance at Mass (barring the obvious), and participate in parish activities and fundraising. The measurement for weekly attendance will be the offertory envelopes. •Tenure in the parish, as determined by parent date of registration in the parish, shall determine admission priority. •To be eligible for the school year in August, the application must be received before the preceding February 10th. •Applicants accepted for admission will be notified by April, at which time a formal registration fee is required. •Acceptance to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School in preschool is granted only after receiving and evaluating all prior school and academically relevant records. This includes but is not limited to prior report cards; CA-60 files; medical and or psychological reports and evaluations; and accommodation or IEP service plans. Admission is also based on completion and review of our school’s grade level assessment test. Students who were not recommended for promotion in their previous school will not be accepted to the next grade at O.L.G.C. Students requiring special support services will be considered on an individual basis and must be able to perform in a regular classroom. Their status will be reviewed annually by the Principal. We reserve the right to deny admission to any child whose needs we do not have the resources and ability to meet, or whose parents are motivated by concerns not consistent with the goals of the school or the policies of the Archdiocese of Detroit. If this is determined, parents may be requested to place the child in a school elsewhere.
All students shall comply with State of Michigan required Immunization and Health laws prior to admission. Since it is the prime objective of OLGC to keep families together, children on the waiting list will be given top priority if it should occur that a sibling be accepted in a given year. It is important to emphasize that tuition alone does not cover the cost of educating your child/children for a school year. Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) Parish contributes a substantial subsidy to each student to help offset the cost of his/her education. Accordingly, families are expected to demonstrate active participation in the parish and provide financial support. To qualify for in-parish tuition, a family must be registered at OLGC Parish, must participate in weekly attendance at mass (barring the obvious), and participate in parish activities and fundraising. The measurement for weekly attendance will be the offertory envelopes. I certify that I am seeking enrollment for my child at OLGC Parish School and that he/she has not been expelled from his/her previous school or district. I understand that any false, misleading or omitted information will be considered grounds for removal and dismissal from school. I also agree to notify the school if any of the above information changes prior to attending OLGC Parish School. I have read and will comply with the current Admission Policies. _______________________________________ _______________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature Date _______________________________________ _______________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature Date For Office Use Only Date Received: Parish Reg. Date: Entered: Sibling:
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