Parent Involvement:

We have several functions throughout the year including various holiday parties and celebrations that parents are invited to attend.

Your special talents, abilities, and hobbies are a great contribution to our classroom experience.  Please let us know if you are willing to come in and share your skills. 

Parents may visit the school at anytime to observe.  If the teachers are not free to talk with you, please understand that the children come first during class time; they will be happy to talk with you after class.            

Two parent conferences will be held during the school year, one in the fall and one in the spring.  A teacher or parent may set up additional conferences at any time during the school year as needed.

Any special needs and/or problems should be reported to the teachers before the child enters the school.  If problems arise during the year, parents may feel free to call the teacher to discuss the matter or to arrange a conference.  During the school year, feel free to notify us of any special events in your child's life to which we may help him/her adjust by means of stories, discussions, etc.  (Examples: births of a new baby, a special vacation, hospital stay, etc.)

Concerns:

Please feel free to talk to the Director any time you have any concerns about our program.   

 

POLICY ON GUIDING BEHAVIOR & CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

The goal of classroom management is to help the child become self disciplined. We view this as an integral part of educating young children.

Children are learning behavior skills, just as they are learning cognitive skills, etc. and we try to approach this area of development with sensitivity.

  • Positive guidance is critical, and at Chandler Jewish Preschool we try to make sure that every child receives positive guidance every day.
  • Redirection, guiding a child to a different activity and/or area, is a key tool in guiding young children. The younger the child, the more important redirection is.
  • Incorporating logical consequences, particularly as children get older, and especially with groups, helps a child internalize responsibility. “Let’s clean up so we can have time to hear the end of the story today”.
  • We have a win-win approach to conflict resolution that fosters respect, fairness, and self esteem. All staff members are trained in implementing this approach to help children through the normal challenge of developing social skills.
  • If after trying these methods a child is still having a problem with appropriate behaviors, a teacher will remove the child from the activity. This is done to help the child calm down and sometimes to discuss the situation in private.
  • Under no circumstances are abusive, neglectful, corporal, humiliating or frightening punishments ever implemented.

If there are behavioral issues that you see at home, we ask that you communicate with us so that we can work together for the benefit of your child.

Toileting

We do not require a child be toilet trained in order to participate in the program, and the timing for initiating toilet training is up to parents to determine. We will, however, be glad to assist you in the toilet training process.

Note: We request that only children who are completing toilet training wear pull ups, as to minimize changing time. Parents are responsible to make sure your child’s supply of diapers / wipes / pull –ups/ gloves is current.

Communication

Effective communication is extremely important. Please feel free to contact the school with any matter that requires clarification. Please discuss any questions or concerns with your child’s teacher and/or the director.


Here’s how we keep you informed about what’s happening at school:

  • School website, www.chabadcenter.com. There is a parent login and password for the preschool mini site that you will be provided with where you can see pictures of your child/ren.
  • Verbal communication.
  • Daily note home, via email.
  • A weekly newsletter, which will be emailed directly to you.
  • In each classroom, there is a box at your child’s cubby. Please check the box daily for art projects, general information and school reminders.
  • Twice a year parent teacher’s conferences. 

Come observe! Please call ahead as a courtesy to the teachers. This also helps us to maintain good security in our building.

At Chandler Jewish Preschool, the Rabbi is available at all times to serve all your Jewish needs.  Whether it is a question of mezuzahs, kashrut, or where to buy good Jewish books, the Rabbi can help.  Please feel free to call him as needed.

HEALTH & WELLBEING

No staff member or children shall come to school if they exhibit signs of communicable illnesses. Parents of children that have been exposed to a disease will be notified of exposure. The preschool will send home notes with the date and type of exposure.  If your child becomes ill at school, you or your alternate emergency person will be called to pick up your child immediately.  Parents will be notified if their child has been exposed to any communicable disease. Our policy is to never administer medicine, vitamins, or special medical diets to any child.  This should be administered by a parent only.

 

 If a child exhibits any of these symptoms, he or she will be sent home.

  • Diarrhea (more than once)
  • severe coughing
  • Difficult, rapid breathing
  • consistently clear, dripping nose
  • Ear ache
  • Yellowish skin or eyes
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Temperature of over 99 degrees F
  • Lice, scabies or other parasites
  • Stiff neck
  • Vomiting

IN CASE OF ILLNESS please do not send your child to school if he or she:

  • has had fever during the previous 24 hours
  • has heavy nasal discharge or constant cough
  • has symptoms of possible communicable disease
  • is not well enough to play outdoors

PLEASE NOTE: Your child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.

 ACCIDENTS

 We have, at all times, a staff member who is trained in first aid and CPR.

Staff will contact you when your child has any minor injuries that require more than tender loving care, so you can be aware of the incident.  An accident report will be filled out and filed for our records, with a copy sent home to the parents.

In the event of an emergency or accident, we will immediately administer first aid if necessary, and call 911 as a medical resource and follow their instructions.

The enrollment/emergency authorization forms and emergency cards must be completed before your child begins her/his first day. It is imperative that you include any medical forms or necessary information.

 In case of a major injury, the staff will notify:

  • parents
  • child’s doctor (if parents cannot be reached)
  • Your designated (on emergency card) alternate contact.

 LIABILITY INSURANCE

Chandler Jewish Preschool is fully covered by liability insurance as mandated by the Department of Health Services, Child Care Licensing.

IMMUNIZATION CARD

Parents must have the immunization card filled out and signed by your doctor. The card must be at school at all times if your child is to attend.

Please keep us notified on all immunization updates.

SAFETY & EMERGENCIES

Your child’s safety is of utmost importance and there will always be a staff member responsible for their safety, both indoors and outdoors.

Our safety policies are as follows:

  • No child will ever be left unsupervised at any time.
  • Children will be sent home only with parents, or the appointed person as stated on the registration form.  If there are any changes, a personal note or call from the parent will be expected.
  • Each room has accessible exit doors, should an emergency occur.
  • Each wing has a working fire-extinguisher at all times.
  • Should any accident or injury occur, we will complete an incident report. One copy will be kept on file and another given to the parent that day.
  • We will require written permission from parents prior to each and every field trip.
  • If your child will be absent from school due to illness or any other reason, please notify us. 
  • We have immediate access of a working telephone at all times.
  • We will have several fire drills, at varying times throughout the year.

 SPECIAL DAYS

BIRTHDAYS

Any party activities must be arranged in cooperation with the school at least two weeks in advance.  All refreshments brought for the celebration must be certified kosher (Chalav Yisrael / Pas Yisrael if applicable) with O-U, O-K and other accepted symbols.  The teacher will be happy to advise you in the planning and preparation of the party. Please follow the birthday party guidelines that will be given to you by the teacher when planning your party.

If you wish to distribute invitations at school for a party you are having at home:

1.  Everyone in the class should to be invited

2.  The party shouldn’t be on Shabbat or any other Jewish holiday.

3.      The party should be kosher .

One special way to celebrate a birthday is to donate a book, toys or supplies for your child’s classroom. If you would like some suggestions, please contact the Director.

Tot Shabbat

Each Friday we celebrate the coming of Shabbat with a Shabbat party.  Your child will participate in lighting Shabbat candles, making Kiddush, braiding Challah and enjoying special  Shabbat treats.  A Musical guest will be joining us monthly.