GREENWOOD SCHOOL PRESCHOOL PARENT HANDBOOK

Mission Statement

Greenwood School is grounded in the wisdom of Waldorf educational philosophy and embraces best contemporary educational practice.  We offer a rich experiential and academic curriculum from early childhood through eighth grade.  Our program cultivates imagination, love of nature, and the spirit of inquiry. The Greenwood School community of families, faculty, and staff share a deep commitment to creating a healthy foundation for every student’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual growth. Our graduates distinguish themselves in and beyond high school as independent, creative thinkers who act with integrity and make a positive contribution to our world.


Core Values

Greenwood School is committed to:

      Academic excellence and love of learning achieved through developmentally appropriate curriculum and teaching methods.

      Engagement with diverse spiritual and cultural traditions.

      Respect and compassion for others.

      Reverence for nature and stewardship of the earth.

      Community service within and beyond Greenwood School.

      Media and technology exposure appropriate to support emotional, social, and intellectual development.

 

The Greenwood Promise 

Greenwood School prepares students for secondary school and for life by:

      Providing a broad-based, integrated curriculum including math, sciences, humanities, foreign language, and the arts.

      Offering experiential learning opportunities that support and enhance the academic program, engage children with nature, and build social skills.

      Cultivating students’ initiative, collaboration, self-confidence and ethical behavior.

      Assessing students’ progress and working with parents to develop each child’s capacities.

      Assuring a safe, nurturing environment.

      Fostering a community of parents, teachers, staff, students and alumni who enrich one another’s lives.

 

Greenwood Preschool

Greenwood Preschool is part of Greenwood School’s Early Childhood program. The preschool is located at 17 Buena Vista Avenue in Mill Valley.  Greenwood Preschool’s program operates from Monday-Friday, 8:20 am-12:20 pm, with the option of an extended day in the Aftercare program until 6:00 pm.

This handbook is designed as a guide.  There may be updates, additions, or changes that occur throughout the year, but every attempt will be made to provide clear and timely communication.

 

Philosophy

Greenwood Preschool is structured to support children based on developmental phases.  At this phase of development the young child learns primarily through encounter, imitation, discovery, and play. In our preschool program children are provided with a secure, caring, and structured home-like environment to begin their school years. Teachers and the classroom community create a safe and meaningful environment where children hear stories, see puppet shows, sing, bake bread, make soup, learn to make beautiful and useful things, explore nature, build houses and structures out of natural materials, and celebrate seasonal festivals.  What the children see, touch, hear, and experience is transformed through their inherent power of imitation into individual and small group creative play.

We endorse an anti-bias environment that helps children develop respect for differences as well as similarities. The Greenwood Preschool Curriculum is designed to engage children in an active process of the exploration of self, others and our relationships to one another. Through stories, music, festivals, events and adult modeling, children experience and are taught respect for divergent thinking, varying cultures, lifestyles and differences among each other.

The journey through the preschool year is a full one and the circle of care provided by teachers and families support the children. There are many ways in which we can work together in support of the children, including: sharing a common vision of the needs of young children; attending to practical details; and working together in the school environment. The children are held by our commitment as adults to upholding the cultural guidelines of the school. This includes dress code, behavior, and following the systems that support the rhythm of the day. It is important that the children are not responsible for upholding these commitments. For example, the children should not have to ask the teachers if something is appropriate. That should be left to the parents. The children should not be in a position to feel shamed or judgmental of others.

A good night’s sleep (12 hours) and a good breakfast will make all the difference in your child’s experience.

Preschool Program

On any given day, the Preschool serves up to 18 children of mixed ages. The age range is from 2 years 9 months to 4 years 6 months by September 1st of the school year. Children must be toilet trained.  A child’s experience in the preschool teaches them to how to participate in school with healthy social skills.  Their development along with the early childhood teacher’s recommendations determines their readiness for kindergarten.  Typically, kindergarten age is 4 years 9 months by September 1st.

Parents may choose:

      Five-day option (Monday – Friday)

      Three-day option (Monday – Wednesday)

      Two-day option (Thursday and Friday)

All programs are based on availability.

Trained Waldorf teachers who meet the qualifications of Community Care Licensing for Preschool staff the Preschool. The staff includes the Director/Lead Teacher, the Preschool Teacher assisting the Lead Teacher, and the Aftercare Teacher.

The structure of the Preschool is based on providing consistency through creating a rhythm that follows the child’s natural rhythm. This establishes security, a framework in which the children can move between the polarities of activity and focus, or rest. Each day has a rhythm, each week has a rhythm and the year has a rhythm.

The daily rhythm is based on the child’s need to have opportunities to “breathe out” and to focus or “breathe in.” As the children arrive they hang up coats and put on inside shoes in the cubby area. Parents are asked not to come beyond the cubby area unless prearranged. This provides a transition for the children into a new environment and facilitates separation from parents. The children are welcomed into the classroom by their teachers for what we call creative play.  The children are free to engage in a variety of activities which include helping the teachers with snack preparation, crafting, building, imaginative play, coloring, and various housekeeping tasks such as dusting, polishing, sweeping and any number of other activities that emerge.

During this time the children have the opportunity to facilitate their development through play, taking on different roles, interacting socially, and imitating meaningful work of the adults around them. 

As teachers, our primary function is to serve as role models for the children to imitate.

We attempt to engage in whatever task we do with purpose and care. Our goal is to interfere as little as possible with the children’s play and, when necessary, model appropriate behavior, especially during conflicts.

When the time of “out breathing” is complete, the play begins to deteriorate.  This can manifest in conflict, the beginning of chaos or children not quite knowing what to do.  We attempt to catch this moment before it turns and transform the energy into clean up.  The transition is signaled by the “clean up” song:

 Cling, ding, ding.  The faery bell does ring.

            Now it’s time to clean our room, for we will have snack soon.

            Cling, ding, ding.

The appropriate timing and consistency make the cleanup process as joyful as the play.  Images from play are carried into the cleanup tasks, i.e., carpenters put the building material away, and mommies and daddies tuck babies into bed.  Care for the toys and materials is developed through the way in which the adults treat the environment.  A sense of order and beauty is cultivated and acknowledged.  Cleanup ends with a look into every nook and cranny to see that all is in its place and beautiful.

With the physical space in order it is time for “breathing in.”  We form a circle as we greet the day and one another. A candle is lit and we say a verse and song accompanied by the same gestures every day. Circle activities foster the child’s physical and social development. Games, poems, gestures and songs are chosen to facilitate the child’s fine and gross motor skills, speech development and the ability to focus. The material reflects the seasonal or yearly rhythm. 

Circle ends with a moment of quiet and is followed by snack time.  Children learn to have table manners and to wash their dishes when done.

Outside time follows which again leaves the children free to play or engage in work such as watering the plants or washing the doll clothes.

The morning ends with story time.  The children come to the circle and the story begins and ends with a song.  The same story may be told for 2-3 weeks and can be acted out in a puppet show or a play in which the children are the characters. Elements of the story often reappear in the children’s creative playtime.

The morning session comes to an end as children transition to home or the aftercare program.  We say a closing verse and sing good-bye to one another.

The weekly rhythm is anchored in the snack that is prepared and served on a particular day of the week.  Monday may always be rice day and painting day so the children know what to expect as the week moves along. 

The seasonal rhythm is held in the circle material, and highlighted by festivals.  This provides an opportunity for awareness of the cycles of nature and our participation as human beings through preparation and celebration. Stories and projects are part of the preparation for events that mark the festivals.

Aftercare Program

The Aftercare program is an extension of the Preschool and is under the supervision of the director and held by the Aftercare Teacher.  It is designed with the same guidelines as the Preschool and structured to meet the needs of the children in the afternoon.

The children are held with the same integrity as in the morning program. When the transition has taken place for the children going home, the children who stay are invited to the table for lunch.  Lunch begins with a blessing and placemats and napkins on the table; as at snack time, manners are part of the meal.

The parents of those children who stay for the program are asked to provide a healthy lunch from home. Please do not send candy and please limit sweets, including fruit rolls and sweetened yogurt. We ask that you use reusable containers that are easily opened and resealed.

When the meal is finished, the children rest on a sleeping mat with a blanket and hear a story.  Some children will fall asleep and others will be expected to rest quietly.

Resting and napping are highly individual and nap needs vary from child to child. Children in the Aftercare program are generally expected to rest. If your child naps, we ask that you communicate all nap time routines to your child’s teacher to ensure that your child has a peaceful nap period. We will work with you and your child within our general policy to fine-tune a rest/nap schedule that works for your family.

The school will provide a sleeping mat and blanket and a restful environment. Parents may provide a comfort item if your child needs it.  A comfort item may be a special blanket, small stuffed animal or doll.  All bedding is laundered weekly. Children who do not nap are asked to take a rest time on their mat for approximately 15-20 minutes with a teacher available to them.

Following the rest time, children will be engaged in quiet table activities, story time with a teacher or outdoor play. At 2:50 the children to be picked up will be prepared to go home, and will walk to the train station with an aftercare teacher.

For the children who stay later in the day activities will be structured according to the needs of the group.

Aftercare serves up to 12 children daily until the first pick up time at 3:00;  it serves up to 6 children until 6:00. Pre-enrollment is required. Parents may sign up for the days they wish and choose an option from the pick up times offered, depending on availability.

Pre-enrollment fees for Aftercare are based on a minimum of 4 children. If we don’t have 4 children enrolled, especially after 3:00pm, a surcharge will be added to the rate.  We will notify you as quickly as possible if enrollment is less than 4 children. Payments can be made monthly, in advance. We are unable to offer make-ups for days missed.

Approach to Discipline

The practice of positive discipline is central to the philosophy of Greenwood School in order to maintain an atmosphere of harmony and mutual respect among all children and teachers. Within this approach, clear limits and boundaries are established to ensure that children know that any physical, verbal, or emotional aggression toward each other or their teachers is not permitted. A harmonious and nurturing environment is established where all children can feel secure.

The environment of the Preschool is created to minimize the need for discipline. The expectations regarding behavior and participation are clear and consistent. The structure of the day addresses the children’s need to move between being expansive and creative, yet not chaotic, and the need to be quiet, contained and focused.

Teachers are trained in positive discipline, which enables them to guide behavior in a gentle non-threatening, yet effective manner that enhances children’s self esteem.  Corporal punishment is antithetical to this approach and is never employed.

Positive discipline is aimed at encouraging and developing the child’s self discipline through the sensitive use of such techniques as:

      Gently redirecting behavior through the use of creative images, characters and stories.

      Using warmth, and humor if appropriate, to defuse tension and dispel anxiety or self-consciousness that could otherwise be expressed in negative behavior.

      Enlisting the child’s cooperation as teacher’s helper.

      Regrouping or redirecting children to change the group or interpersonal dynamics.

In situations where these techniques are not immediately effective in altering destructive, hurtful, or disrespectful behavior a child may need to be removed from the situation. Children may be removed and guided to a quiet place or activity in close proximity to the teacher and supported in re-establishing a relationship to the group.

In cases where a child is extremely disruptive, destructive, hurtful or dangerous to him or herself, or to other children or staff, the teacher may take that child to another area of the classroom, or if necessary out of the classroom entirely (for example into the school office) while still under direct supervision of a teacher. If dangerous behavior continues, the teachers and director will work with the parents to create a plan to address the behavior. It is a priority that families and Greenwood teachers work together regarding plans for the child’s behavior. If the child’s behavior continues in a dangerous way and the child does not respond to teachers and parents, or if the child continuously requires one-on-one supervision, the family will be asked to leave the Greenwood Preschool program.

Clear communication among teachers and with the parents is employed and provides the greatest support for the success of the children.

Daily Schedule

8:20                Preschool Opens - Children arrive and transition into the class

8:30                Creative play

                             Snack preparation

                             Artistic Activities

9:40                Cleanup time

9:50                Circle Time

10:10              Quiet time

10:20              Bathroom

10:30              Snack

11:05              Outside play

12:05              Story circle

12:15              Good bye transition

12:20              Pick-up transition in train station

Extended Day Aftercare

12:20             Aftercare begins

12:30              Lunch (provided by parents)

1:00                Bathroom

1:10                Story / quiet rest / nap

1:45                Playtime (inside or outside weather permitting)

2:30                Clean up / bathroom                    

3:00                Pick-up in train station

3:00                Continued care as needed to 6:00 (including an additional snack)  

Activities based on the children in care

6:00                Pick-up in the classroom

Weekly Activities

Monday          Coloring/Painting

Tuesday         Bread Making

Wednesday    Soup Making /Beeswax Modeling           

Thursday       Seasonal Crafts 

Friday             Muffin Making/Cleaning Day

The schedule is subject to change based on the needs of the children and the seasons.

Communication

Greenwood is a community that values and supports ongoing and direct communication. We ask that questions concerning issues in the preschool be addressed to the preschool director as clearly and promptly as possible. The best way to communicate is to leave a note, voice mail message, or a brief email and you will receive a response as soon as possible. Email is fine for logistical arrangements; however, person to person or telephone communication is best for anything else.  Always feel free to discuss questions or concerns. We value direct communication!

Conferences for all families will be scheduled in the fall and spring. We are available throughout the year for conferences or conversations as needed.

Parent letters will be sent regularly.  You will receive a written copy and an email.  A copy will also be posted on the bulletin board outside the classroom.

Parent Evenings and events will be scheduled and communicated via the school calendar and email.

If there is an immediate need for the school to communicate with parents, an email will be sent and parents who have been designated to help with communication will call every family.

The bulletin board outside the classroom will have information posted so please look at it regularly.

Greenwood School All School information is sent regularly via email on Tuesdays. Archie Douglas, our Head of School, sends his Thursday Letter weekly as well.

Sign-in / Sign-out

Parents are required by Community Care Licensing regulations to bring their child(ren) into the classroom or to the bus every morning. A full legal signature is required at the beginning and the end of each day with the time of arrival and departure. This is crucial, in case of emergency, as staff use sign-in sheets to check attendance.

Children will be released only to authorized persons whose names are on the emergency sheet. A parent may revise these names at any time, in writing. If the authorized person picking up child is unknown to staff, he/she will be asked to show identification before child is released.

Arrival Time

School begins at 8:20 and we ask that all the children arrive by 8:45. Parents who bring their children to school will enter into the cubby area and assist with changing shoes and transitioning to school.  In order to facilitate the transition, it is important that parents refrain from coming into the room beyond the cubby area unless prearranged. If your child needs a teacher’s help, please let us know and we will assist.  Also, to allow the teachers to be fully present, greeting and attending to the children, we ask that this not be a time for conversation with the teachers and that parents and siblings please have their visits with one another outside.  On the bulletin board, a folder with paper for notes can be found to share a message with the teachers.

Pick-Up Time

The Preschool program ends at 12:20.  The children will be taken to the train station as close to that time as possible.  In case of heavy rain, the children can be picked up in the hall outside the Preschool room. After singing our good-bye song, the children will be brought out to the hall to meet you for pick up.

Goodbye now, goodbye now, good-bye now we say,

Tomorrow, tomorrow we’ll work and we’ll play.

You must sign out with your full legal signature and the time.  Once your child has been signed out, you will be responsible for your child. We ask that you respect the boundaries and behaviors established in school. 

Children who are not picked up by 12:35 will be taken into Aftercare and they will be charged at the drop-in rate for a block of childcare. If you are going to be late, please call and be specific with your situation, and if possible, have another parent take responsibility to take your child. We hope to have brief touch-ins during this time but please be aware that there are often meetings and other responsibilities to which the teachers must attend. 

Transition Support

At Greenwood, we support the transition of children into preschool through warmly welcoming each child into our program.  As the children arrive each day, we greet them as they enter the classroom.  Parents and caregivers can support your child’s transition from home to school by allowing enough time each morning to be with your child as they put on their inside shoes and hang up their coats.  This provides a few moments for your child to settle in to school, as they adjust to a new setting.  The daily rhythm supports the child in becoming familiar with the school day.  As they learn the consistent rhythm of the class, they are comfortable and secure in the predictability of how each day is formed.

Young children are tuned in to their parents and caregivers emotions.  If parents have confidence in the transition into school, a child feels their trust.  This encourages a child to feel comfortable, as they become familiar with school life.  Know that any expression of discomfort or uncertainty will pass, as your child gains familiarity with school rhythm.

Over the summer, a child’s transition into school can be supported by talking about school with the activities and friends to come.  When you walk past or drive by the school, point it out to your child as their school.  Over the summer, scheduling park gatherings with other preschool and kindergarten families also helps a child to familiarize with new friends and families.

On some occasions, it may be necessary to adjust the length of a child’s school week.  The transition from home to school is quite significant for the young child, and it is important that we find the right increment of days in order for a child to have a successful, wonderful experience at school.  The teachers work with parents to successfully welcome and transition each child into school.  Attending the Visiting Day allows the children to become familiar with the classroom in the company of parents and teachers.   Please make every effort to attend with your child.  We value your insights, so please let us know if your child may need extra support in transitioning into preschool.  Attending Parent Evenings assists in keeping families informed and connected to preschool life.

Things Your Child Needs

All parents are asked to make an apron, extra clothes bag, placemats and napkins, and a looped towel for their children. Patterns will be provided and there is plenty of support for the project! Your child will be delighted to pick out his or her own calico fabric and know that someone dear to them has made the items.  Each child will have his or her own place to keep extra clothes and shoes.  Placemats, napkins, and towels will be washed weekly.  Extra clothes bags and indoor shoes will be sent home periodically to be checked and washed.

Items Needed

- Apron, clothes bag filled with a change of clothes, 2 place mats and 2 napkins.

- Indoor shoes (sturdy shoes such as keds with non-skid soles that your child can put on and take off easily themselves).

- An entire change of clothes in the clothes bag (layers for seasonal changes)

∙ Two pairs of socks

∙ Two pairs of underwear

∙ Shirt

∙ Pants

      Whenever wet clothes come home from school, please refill clothes bag!

- Towel with loop (same fabric as the aprons etc.)

- Rain gear, boots, jacket, hood or hat, no umbrellas please. Label with name.

- Water shoes. Label with name.

Clothing

Please dress your child in practical play clothing and shoes that your child can put on and take off easily.  Good sturdy shoes are important for the children's play.  High top shoes can be difficult and light up shoes can be a distraction.  We ask that the children do not wear clothing with images.  Please, no jewelry, watches, tattoos, nail polish or unnecessary hair accessories.

The weather can be changeable, so please layer.  Wearing a long sleeve on cool mornings with a short sleeve t-shirt underneath is helpful layering in the warmer months. Wool or fleece vests are good items for the clothes bags and hats provide needed protection in winter and summer. 

It is a good idea to put your child’s name in all their clothing, as we always seem to have an overflowing lost and found!

Please leave all toys, stuffed animals, dolls, and jewelry at home. If your child stays for Aftercare a comfort toy may be left at school.

Laundry and Flowers

Every family is asked to help with the laundry and flowers. Laundry is taken home on Friday, and flowers are brought on Monday.  The flowers can be from your yard or from a local florist to brighten and beautify the classroom.  If you do not have time to fold the laundry, we can fold it in class Monday morning.  A sign-up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board outside the classroom.  If you need to switch, please make arrangements with another parent.  This important task is much appreciated!

Food

Food preparation is a very important part of the preschool day.  If your child has special dietary needs, please let the teachers know in writing, and provide alternative snacks and treats in advance.

Children staying for Aftercare are asked to bring a lunch that is healthy and substantial.  Please no candy and please limit sweets. We ask that you use reusable containers that your child can manage.

We ask that all food prepared for class events, potlucks, etc. be labeled to inform those with food allergies, and if possible, organic.

The Preschool will provide filtered water inside the classroom and outside at all times.

Following is the snack and day it is provided (there may be variations):

Morning Snack

Monday                 Brown rice with Carrots and Broccoli

Tuesday                 Fresh Baked Bread and Fruit

Wednesday           Bean and Vegetable soup

Thursday               Oatmeal and Almonds

Friday                    Millet muffins and Fruit       

Aftercare Lunch

Parents are asked to provide a lunch for children staying in the Aftercare program.

Afternoon Snack (Sample menu may vary) (for children remaining past 3:00 pick up)

Monday                 Granola with almond milk

Tuesday                 Graham crackers with yogurt and fruit

Wednesday           Gluten-free cheese pizza

Thursday               Pinto Beans with corn tortillas

Friday                    Rye crackers and cheese

Absences

Please email the office (admin@greenwoodschool.org) and copy your child’s teacher (caterina@greenwoodschool.org) if your child will be absent.  We need to know why so we may be attentive to any special needs he or she may have upon return.  If you are planning a trip, please let the teachers to know in advance.

If your child has an appointment during the school day use your judgment to decide if or when he or she should come to class but please let the teacher know in advance. 

Illnesses

Please email the office (admin@greenwoodschool.org) and copy your child’s teacher (caterina@greenwoodschool.org) if your child is sick. If your child is sick with an infectious illness or has a contagious condition please let the office know right away.  All families in the class will be informed. You may call the office at (415) 388-0495.

Keeping children healthy requires a partnership among parents, teachers, the children themselves and your medical provider.  Several illnesses require exclusion of the sick children to ensure protection of other children and staff.  Because infections spread easily among children, the teachers will be alert for symptoms of infections or conditions that require exclusion of a child from school.  In such cases, we will ask you to return home with your child even if you are just arriving at school.

Any one of these reasons is sufficient to exclude a child due to illness:

1.     The illness prevents the child from participating comfortably in routine activities.

2.     The illness requires more care than our teachers are able to provide without compromising the health and safety of the other children.

3.     The illness is any of the specifically diagnosed conditions listed below.

Symptoms that require exclusion of a child:

1.     Fever alone or accompanied by behavior change or other signs of illness such as sore throat, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, earache, etc. 

2.     Symptoms and signs of possible severe illness. These may include unusual shaking, tiredness, uncontrolled coughing or wheezing, continuous crying or anger, or difficulty breathing.

3.     Diarrhea—runny, watery or bloody stools.

4.     Vomiting—more than once in 24 hours.

5.     Body rash with fever.

6.     Sore throat with fever and/or swollen glands.

7.     Eye discharge— mucus or pus draining from eye, or pink eye (lids or cornea). 

8.     Head lice or nits (eggs).

9.     Severe coughing—child red in the face or making a high pitched whooping sound after coughing, or unable to stop coughing.

10. Yellow skin or eyes.

       11. Yellow or green mucus draining from nose.

       12. Child is irritable or continuously crying.

Your child may return to school when he or she is 24 hours free from diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. In cases of possible contagious infections, children may return to school 24 hours after first dose of antibiotic or with physician’s note.

Medicines from Home

As required by California State Law and as regulated by Community Care Licensing and the County Office of Education, medicine can be administered to children at school only if:

1)   It is a prescription medicine

2)   It is in its original bottle with the Doctor’s signature and dosage labeled

3)   You have filled out a required school medication form along with your full signature for each date that the medicine is administered along with specific instructions for administration.

By law, we can administer topical ointment such as Neosporin or antibacterial soap and water, but nothing else. In the event of an emergency, doctors will take any life saving measures as designated by your medical consent form. We freely use Band Aids and ice.

Greenwood staff will provide care in the case of minor injury that happens at school. Examples of minor injuries include scraped knees, bumps and bruises. Parents are always notified of significant injuries through written accident reports and a phone call following the injury. In the event of a medical or dental emergency at school we immediately call 911, a staff member trained in first-aid and CPR will remain with the child while another staff member will contact the parents.

Prescription Medication

Greenwood Preschool does not administer any over-the-counter medications. If a child has a prescription medication, parents must provide a signed copy of the written prescription including specific directions (quantities and amounts) for administering the medication to the child (see above). While not being used, prescriptions will be kept in a locked cabinet in the office for the safety of all.

Lice and Pinworms

Both lice and pinworms spread quickly and easily among children and we do our best to avoid outbreaks.  If they are found we will remove the child from the class and call the parents. Before returning to class, a child who has had lice will be checked to see that no nits are present. We ask that you do regular head checks at home.

Traffic, Car Seats, Building Safety

California State Law requires that once children reach 20 pounds, they ride in the back seat and be strapped to front-facing car seats with a 5-point harness until they reach the maximum height/weight limit for the seat (once they outgrow the car seat, they must be in a booster seat if under 4’9”). All children are safest, properly restrained, in the back seat until age 13. We will be unable to release your child to you if we have knowledge that there is no car seat, or if your child is to be seated in the front passenger seat of your vehicle.

Once you have signed out your child, the responsibility for his or her well being is then yours. This applies whether you are inside or outdoors. Please maintain safety at all times. Do not let your child run ahead of you. Make sure only you open the front door, and that only your child exits with you.  Do not let other children slip out of the door as you leave. We maintain an open environment as required by law and therefore must trust the routines we build to ensure the safety of your children.

Field Trips

The preschool children may go to local parks or the Redwood Glen from time to time.   Parents will be notified in advance, and permission forms are required for each child. Teachers always take emergency information and emergency medical supplies any time they walk out of doors with children.

If driving is required for a field trip, all drivers will be required to provide written proof of insurance and an up-to-date California State Driver’s License.  California State Law requires this. Car seat and traffic safety requirements must be met at all times.

Emergency Procedures

Emergency procedures are built into our program.  Earthquake and fire drills will take place at least 2 times during the school year. Records of these are kept in the school office. Emergency disaster plans and emergency phone numbers are located in the classroom and in the school office. Our policy is to dial 911 in the event of any extreme emergency.

Child Abuse Report

It is mandatory for all staff to report any suspected child abuse. If staff suspects a child has been abused in or out of the center, they are required by law to report this to Child Protective Services and to Community Care Licensing. The person suspecting the abuse is responsible for making that call and will report it to the director immediately.

Forms

Our school is licensed by the State of California. As required by the California State Law and regulated by Community Care Licensing, a file on every child is kept on the premises of Greenwood Preschool. Parents have access to that file upon request. Each school file contains:

      Identification and Emergency Information Form

      Parent’s Preadmission Health History Form

      Child Developmental History

      Medical Consent / Allergy Alert Form

      Notification of Parent’s Rights / Acknowledgement of Parent’s Rights

      Acknowledgement of Personal Rights

      Physician’s Report and Immunization History Form

      Parent Handbook Receipt

      Enrollment Agreement

Festivals and Rituals

At Greenwood School we recognize a spiritual component in the human being and nature. This is acknowledged through the rituals and festivals celebrated throughout the year.  Many cultures on the earth celebrate festivals, most with roots in the distant past connected to the seasons or rhythms of nature.  Festivals or rituals can lift us out of the day-to-day aspects of life and reestablish a connection with nature. In the preschool we will celebrate festivals in our setting with some opportunities to join the larger school community

Rituals in the Classroom

Every day in the preschool the children are given opportunities to reconnect with the spiritual aspect of the human being and nature.  When we form a circle, light a candle and greet the earth, the sun and our friends we are acknowledging our connectedness to our surroundings.  When we say a blessing it is an acknowledgement of our relationship to the mystery, which gives us life through food.

                        Morning has come, Night is away

                        Rise with the sun, and welcome the day.

                        Hearts open wide, light streams deep inside.

                        Stars, moon and sun shine on everyone.

                        On Earth we now stand, giving all our hands.

                        Good morning dear friends, good morning dear friends.

  Earth who gives to us this food

                        Sun who makes it ripe and good

                        Sun above and earth below

                        Our loving thanks to you we show.

  Blessings on our meal and peace on the earth.

Birthdays

Each child’s birth is celebrated in the Preschool with a special ritual.  The individuality of each child is acknowledged through his or her journey to earth and unfolding biography.  We celebrate birthdays as close to the actual day as possible.  Parents are invited to participate in the celebration.  The ceremony includes a story highlighting events or qualities in your child’s individual development.  You will receive more information as your child’s birthday approaches.  Summer birthdays will be celebrated either in the fall or spring. 

To minimize social difficulties, arrangements for non-school parties should be handled sensitively and outside of school.  Personal gift giving should be done outside of school.

            We wish a happy birthday, a joyous and celebrated birthday to our dear friend,

            May you have a happy life, may you have a joyful life.

Events

Preschool Visiting Day

Before the first day of school children will be invited to visit the classroom, to find their cubbies and put away aprons, towels, placemats, napkins and inside shoes.  Parents are asked to wait outside while the children have a story.  This is followed by a potluck picnic.

Back to School Night

The beginning of the school year is opened with a new family orientation and an all school Back to School Night. Everyone should attend this opportunity to experience the enthusiasm and inspiration of the Greenwood School.

Winter Faire

Early December brings the Winter Faire.  The Winter Faire is a joyous occasion that serves as a community event and as an outreach event.  The school is magically transformed into a kingdom with a crystal cave, a bear’s den, a wonderful bazaar and café and many more places of adventure.  There are many ways to volunteer and many volunteers are needed.  It is the best way to get to know others in the school community.

Greenwood Auction

The auction is when the Greenwood parent community goes into full gear.  Preparation begins early and the momentum builds!  It is a wonderful event; a party to beat all parties and it raises a lot of money for the school.  You will be asked to help and it is fun.  Start soliciting donations NOW!

Potlucks

From time to time families gather together to share a potluck meal.  We ask that potluck dishes be organic, if possible, and serve eight.  Each family is responsible to bring plates utensils, a drink and a blanket for the family to sit on.

Fundraising Activities

Traditionally tuition covers about 80-90% of a private school’s running cost.  The rest is made up by fundraising and through annual giving.  If we all work toward building a healthy financial foundation for the school in whatever way we can we can manifest our dreams for the children.

The Annual Fund

Every family will be asked to contribute to the annual giving fund.  Our goal is 100% participation from the school community, families, faculty and staff.  Whatever amount you can give is appreciated and valued.  We can do it!

Mill Valley Market

The Mill Valley Market donates to Greenwood with every purchase made there.  Just mention Greenwood before your purchase is totaled and we receive money.

Auction

Everyone will be asked to help find donations.  It is our most profitable event and so fun.

Other opportunities will arise.  The school does not want to overwhelm you with requests, but to find the way in which you can participate.

Thank you for choosing the Greenwood School.  We look forward to our journey together.