Important Parent Info: Halloween Celebrations

We will be celebrating Halloween on:
Monday, October 30th
&
Tuesday, October 31st

Please have your child wear his or her costume to school on these days. To help items from getting lost, and for everyone’s safety, we ask that all masks, weapons and accessories stay at home. We have a Halloween party planned for the children both mornings. After our parties, we will be changing children out of their costumes, so please bring a change of clothes for your child.

Upcoming Sharing Days

Mark your calendars:
Thursday, October 26th
&
Friday, October 27th

If your child attends both days, please choose one day for the child to share something special. Also, please be sure to label the item. Since we have limited storage space, we need to ask that your child’s sharing item not be too large. The following is a list of suggested sharing items:

  • Pictures of family, vacations, special celebrations, etc.
  • A favorite book
  • Something that begins with the “Letter of the Week”
  • Share something special about you (i.e. your favorite sport, activity, etc.)
  • A special piece of artwork
  • Something they collected/found in nature

Thank you!

Parent Reminder: Birthday Celebrations

We believe the celebration of a child’s birthday is one of the most special occasions in their young life. We welcome parents to bring in a special birthday treat* and share in the celebration, however we do have some reminders that make for easier and happier birthdays here at Little Oak:

  • We ask that you bring in one treat only for each student in your child’s class. We have found over the years it is difficult to have balloons, flowers, etc. in our classroom setting.
  • Please remember to bring treats that are peanut/nut/raw egg free, and avoid foods that are made in facilities that use peanut/nut products. It’s also a great idea to call ahead and see if there are any other allergies specific to your child’s classroom.
  • Please talk with your child’s teacher ahead of time if you will be bringing a treat to school and on what day. There are times when there can be multiple classroom birthdays and other times when we have pre-arranged a classroom activity/snack that could conflict. We can also arrange for the time of the day for the treat to be served (i.e. cookies and cupcakes will be served after lunch, and bagels and muffins will be served for our mid-morning snack).

*Treat Ideas:

  • nut-free cupcakes/cookies
  • bagels
  • muffins
  • popsicles
  • fruit
  • even a favorite snack!

Sometimes even the presentation of an ordinary snack item on a cute napkin can make the birthday treat special. Also, please take size into consideration: donut holes work better than large chocolate covered ones… less is always more… small and simply sweet vs. large and overly sweet please 🙂 

If you prefer to bring something other than food, children have enjoyed donating a book of their choice to the school’s library. Taping a picture of your child on the inside cover and writing your child’s name and date makes this a special birthday memory.

We look forward to sharing your special day,

Your friends at Little Oak

Parent Reminder: Pick-up Times

We want to remind all parents that all children be picked up a few minutes prior or NO LATER than their scheduled pick-up time (Gathering belongings/other siblings should also be factored into this time).

  • Pick-up times for the 2’s, 3’s & Pre-K are 12:30, 3:30 and 6:00
  • Pick up times for the Goldfish are 12:30 and 6:00
  • Pick up time for the Honeybee & Butterfly rooms is 5:00

Not only do our teachers and assistants take their lunches or finish their days and head to classes, commitments and even their own family obligations, they also need to allow time to clean and sanitize without children in the room. Because they need this extra time, we would greatly appreciate your help with punctuality. Also, children being picked up on time allows us to maintain our required ratios.  

Please note: A late fee of $1.00 per minute will apply for students who are picked-up more than five minutes past their pick up time.

Thank you for helping us with this, and please let us know if you have any questions!

Please Do Not Park in Staff Parking Lot

Staff Parking Lot Reserved for Staff ONLY

Unfortunately we do not have the capacity for parents and staff to park in our Clarinda Way parking lot. Thank you for not parking in the lot and for continuing to park along the Little Oak side of the street AND in the direction of traffic. We know that it can get busy during pick-up and drop-off times. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we greatly appreciate your understanding.

As always:

  • Be sure to drive SAFE & SLOW as we have children and their families coming and going.
  • Infants and small children should never be left unattended in the car, regardless of the length of your stay.
  • Drive the way you would like other parents to drive!

Little Oak is a part of a wonderful neighborhood and we have many students that we need to keep safe. Thank you for helping to keep Little Oak a wonderful place to be!

Health Awareness Notification

With the start of the new school year, we would like all of our families to know that Little Oak Preschool will continue to stringently implement our health and safety procedures for all teachers, staff and students. All teachers will continue to promote thorough hand washing and continue observing students for signs of illness. We are also diligent about keeping our classrooms clean and continue to have our nightly janitor clean and sanitize all classrooms, bathrooms and office.  

We do ask all parents who think that their child may be ill to keep them at home until symptoms have passed.  The CDC has posted on their website a list of ways to protect yourself and your family from illness. Please read below for these recommendations, and click here for additional information and resources.

What You Can Do to Stay Healthy

There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

From the Little Oak Preschool Parent Handbook:

Little Oak Illness Policy (when your child needs to be at home):

In order for us to maintain a healthy environment for your child, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines. We know children who are ill do not enjoy being at school and risk endangering the health of other children. We ask that you keep your child home from school when they have:

  • A fever of 100 degrees or above: Fever needs to have subsided for 24 hours before a child can return to school
  • Diarrhea or vomiting: Child may return to school after symptoms have ceased for 24 hours
  • Nasal discharge that is yellow/green
  • An undiagnosed eye discharge
  • An undiagnosed skin rash
  • Head lice and nits
  • Severe or persistent cough
  • Pain

Also, please know that we will ask that your child be picked up if he/she is not able to fully participate in our program. If your child is picked up from school for any of the above stated reasons, he/she cannot return to school the same day. Children who express discomfort, are not feeling well or fall asleep during school will be more comfortable at home.

Please stop by our office if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you.

Back-to-School Night

Please read important information below:

This is an open-house style evening for parents only.

We are looking forward to our Back-to-School Night scheduled for Wednesday, September 6th. To accommodate the large number of parents who will be attending, we have staggered the time schedule. Please do not arrive prior to your child’s classroom time, as the teachers need plenty of time to get things prepared and ready. Although there will not be a formal presentation, Back-to-School Night is a great opportunity for you to meet your child’s teachers and explore the classrooms and campus. Please mark your calendar with the time listed below for your child’s class. 

Schedule:

  • Goldfish, Red Birds, Blue Birds, Yellow Ducks and Green Frogs: 6:30-7:15
  • Polar Bears and Brown Bears: 7:15-8:00