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PRESCHOOL

A day at preschool includes learning new skills, art, music, stories and physical activities. Children are encouraged to be creative and imaginative endeavors, but the most important area of experience is their awareness of God’s love and order; where attitudes, discipline and emotions develop in a christ-centered atmosphere.

Preschool children are at the stage when everything is fun. As a preschool staff, our job is to provide a climate of understanding; where they can develop positive self-concepts, while loving to learn and experience new things. A typical day at the preschool begins with free play during the hours of arrival.

A time of music and praise to God takes place before the children’s morning classes. In the classroom, children learn bible stories and truth with flannel graph, drama and props. Bible crafts and memory verses, paint, paste, play-dough, crayons, scissors, colors, shapes and sizes are all a part of the preschool experience.

There is a prayer, snack, rest and outdoor activities. There is the never-ending learning to share with a friend, and for those going on to Kindergarten, beginning writing, pre-reading skills and number concepts are taught.

View or download the Arcadia Christian School Handbook (.pdf)

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Our Preschool Director is Genie Valarao 626/574-0805

General

Mission Statement

The mission of Arcadia Christian Preschool is to provide a loving and secure environment where children can develop socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually, and spiritually in a Bible-based program run by dedicated, professional staff.

For tuition rates for Arcadia Christian Preschool, please see the ACS Preschool Tuition page.

Admissions

Arcadia Christian Preschool is operated on a non-discriminatory basis, and no child shall be excluded from admission on the basis of race, color, or national origin. We do reserve the right to screen applicants on the basis of religious preference.  At least one parent of each student must be a professing Christian and actively involved in a local church. The admission process begins in January of each school year.

Application Procedure

Statement of Faith Requirement

Our desire is to provide your child with the best Christian education possible. We believe children should be nurtured, encouraged to grow in Christian character, and well-equipped academically, including readiness for Kindergarten.

As the home, church, and school work together, this process can be enhanced and enriched.  In order for this enrichment to occur, a partnership needs to be formed with families who agree with the Arcadia Christian School Statement of Faith and who desire a distinctly-Christian education for their children.

“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

 

Preschool Applicant Age Requirements

 

Children enrolling in Arcadia Christian Preschool for any given academic school year will have birth dates prior to September 1st of that year:

Student must be three-years-old by August 31st.

Student must be four-years-old by August 31st.

Kindergarten Applicant Age Requirement

Student must be five-years-old by August 31st.

Transitional Kindergartent Age Requirements

Students must be five years old between September 1st–December 31st.

Application Process

Call 626.574.8229 to schedule a visit and tour of our preschool’s facilities.

Create an account and complete an online application for consideration.
Note:  For those preschoolers currently attending a different school, a teacher recommendation is required prior to acceptance.

Once a completed application has been received, it is reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
Note: The preschool is licensed for 78 children per day.  Once these spots have been filled, all other applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

Final decision for acceptance rests with the Admissions Committee.  All decisions will be consistent with our non-discrimination policy.

Registration

Once an applicant is accepted, parents will be notified, and instructions to complete the online enrollment/registration will be sent.

Withdrawal of Acceptance

Students may be denied entrance after acceptance for any of the following reasons:

Critical information falsified or withheld as it pertains to past academic or behavioral performance

Unmet financial obligations

Lack of support from both parents, such as in a divorce situation

Other violations of school policy.

Curriculum

Language Arts furnish the most important skills taught in Early Childhood Education.

1. Speech and language use.

2. Listening skills

3. Reading readiness

4. Writing ability

These skills are taught in the context of Science, Social Studies, Math, and Physical Education.

View or download the curriculum we teach:

Bible Curriculum [.pdf]

Preschool 2 Curriculum [.pdf]

Preschool 3 Curriculum [.pdf]

Preschool 4 Curriculum [.pdf]

Speech

Activities for developing oral language include:

1 Finger plays

2. Dramatization

3. Flannel board

4. Puppetry

5. Pictures

6. Records and Tapes

Listening

Activities that develop listening skills include:

1. An atmosphere that is stimulating for doing and talking.

2.Accurate, clear, and precise directions, explanations and examples.

3.Modelling pronunciation and enunciation.

4. Naming items they use or observe.

5. Being a patient, courteous and attentive listener.

6. Introducing new words and their meanings.

Activities for listening skills are the same as for oral language.

Alphabet

1. Recognition, naming and forming the letters of the alphabet are all necessary skills to be attained before a child can write or read successfully.

2. Reading is primarily a thinking process, activated by visual symbols.

Reading

Development of reading readiness skills includes:

1. Vision development

2. Gross difference discrimination – Differences that are immediately obvious in like items.

3. Recognition of similarities – Objects, people, and events that appear alike in size, shape, color, location, and function.

4. Picture recognition and interpretation: This extends the child’s ability to associate meaning with visual stimuli.

5. Sequencing of ideas: Putting events or the action part of a story in order.  The order of occurrence in a personal experience can then be related.

6. Reading is built on previous experiences and language skills the child already has and uses.

7. Story time: Experiences with literature during early childhood are first steps in formulating later attitudes and interest in learning to read.

Writing

Researchers agree that manuscript writing is the best form for beginning writing.  Two basic strokes form capital and lower case letters and numbers: a straight line and a circle.

1. Teaching manuscript to young children includes:

2. Large muscles in the arm and small muscles in the hand must  be developed through manipulative activities: use of pencils, crayons, or brushes in many expressive ways.

3. The use of bold accurate letter forms.

4. Activities that develop eye-hand coordination: puzzles, lacing, stringing, stacking, zippering, snapping, and pounding.

Activities for muscle development and eye-hand coordination used to develop the vocabulary necessary for manuscript writing.

Number concepts and math activities include:

 

1. Birth dates, time, and quantity are all beginning math concepts.

2. Number conservation and numerical symbols are recognized and experienced.

3. The child’s awareness of age as well as practicing with blocks and sizes of various sizes.

4. Just as in alphabet teaching, number symbols are named and formed with imagery using numerous manipulative and games.

View or download the curriculum we teach:

Preschool 2 Curriculum [.pdf]

Preschool 3 Curriculum [.pdf]

Preschool 4 Curriculum [.pdf]

Policies and Guidelines

 

We strive to model Christian behavior in our actions and attitudes.  We guide the children toward positive behavior with praise, love, and hugs.  It is our desire that our students become more self-disciplined and develop respect for one another.  Students will be taught that God made each one of us special and unique.  Positive character traits will also be taught.

Arcadia Christian Preschool Rules

Love God

Take good care of your friends

Take good care of yourself

Take good care of the school

Discipline Policy

The first step in our discipline process is to talk to the child about why his/her behavior is unacceptable and to redirect the child.

If the behavior continues after the warning, the child may be asked to move to another area in the room.

If the behavior still continues, the child will sit out during center or recess time for 3-5 minutes (depending on the child’s age). If necessary, the child will need to hold a teacher’s hand during part of recess.

In cases of exceptionally-inappropriate behavior, such as notable disrespect or physical harm of another child, the child will be sent to the director, and parents will be notified.

Biting is an example of unacceptable behavior. For the safety of the other children, if a child continues to bite, more than three times, he/she may be asked to leave the school.  Severe discipline problems will require a meeting with school administrators and parents.

Dress Code Guidelines 

The following dress code guidelines for Arcadia Christian Preschool students  should not be interpreted as a “Christian” dress standard.  A spiritual value should not be attached to clothing and appearance.

Dress Code Guiding Principles:

 
  • Practical

  • Neat

  • Modest

  • Acceptable Clothing:

Girls:

 
  • Collared or non-collared shirts or blouses with short or long sleeves.

  • Dresses, skirts, shorts, and jeans are okay.

  • Girls should wear shorts under their dresses or skirts.

Boys:

 

  • Collared or non-collared shirts, short or long sleeves, with shorts or pants. No superhero costumes.

  • Jeans or shorts may be worn.

Coats/Sweaters/Sweatshirts:

 
  • Any style is acceptable.

  • Logos are okay for coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, but must be school-appropriate.

Shoes:

 
  • Practical, comfortable, walking/athletic shoes.  Velcro is recommended.

  • No “heelies” or shoes with skate wheels.

  • All shoes must be closed-toed and must have back straps.  No flip flops.

  • Water shoes may be required for water play days.

Accessories:

 
  • Girls may wear earrings, but not hoops or dangling earrings (safety issue).

  • Hair clips are okay, but realize that they are small and can easily be lost.

  • Bracelets, necklaces, and rings are best kept at home.

  • Hats are okay, but please be sure to write your child’s name on the inside.

All clothing must be:

 
  • Must be comfortable and okay to get messy.

  • Pants/shorts should not fit too tight – potty accidents are less likely to happen.

  • Belts can be difficult for little fingers to manage.

Illness Policy

 

General Rule

 

Your child should be free from obvious symptoms such as a cough and running nose before sending him/her to school.

Fevers

While 98.6 degrees is normal, 97.6 to 99 degrees is considered within the normal range.

If your child has had a fever, California law requires that they must have a normal temperature for 24 hours before returning to school.

For example,  if a child has a fever at 4:00 p.m. one day, he/she is not ready to return to school the next day regardless of his temperature the following morning.

Disease Incubation Period:

When Your Child May Return to School

 
  • Chicken Pox: 13 – 17 days –  All lesions must be dried before returning to school.

  • Common Cold: 1 – 3 days – Upon recovery, generally, when  temperature remains normal for 24 hours after discontinuing medication.

  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): May return 24 hours after eye drops begin. Re-admittance  to school must be accompanied by a note from the doctor.

  • German Measles: 14 – 21 days – When child has recovered.

  • Impetigo: 4 – 10 days – May remain in school if sores are treated and kept covered.

  • Influenza: 1 – 3 days – Generally, when  temperature remains normal for 24 hours after discontinuing medication. However, unlike the common cold, this requires longer convalescence to prevent recurrence.

  • Lice: 7 – 14 days – Control procedure at discretion of the Health Officer. Permitted in school next day if  treatment done.

  • Measles: 9 – 11 days – Must remain home seven days after appearance of rash.

  • Mononucleosis: Re-admittance  to school must be accompanied by a note from the doctor.

  • Mumps: 12 – 26 days – When swelling is gone.

  • Ringworm: 10 – 14 days – May attend school if under treatment (verified by doctor’s written statement) and infected area is covered.

  • Scabies: 4 – 6 weeks – Must be excluded from school until primary infestation adequately treated. However, re-admittance to school must be accompanied by a note from the doctor.

  • Scarlet Fever: 1 – 3 days – Must remain home seven days from onset. Re-admittance  to school must be accompanied by a note from the doctor.

  • Whooping Cough: 7 – 10 days – On recovery and at least 21 days after appearance of typical paroxysmal cough.  Re-admittance  to school must be accompanied by a note from the doctor.

Immunization Policy

The State of California requires new students to show written verification of all immunizations received. Personally completing and signing a blue immunization card is no longer a valid form of proof of immunizations. A physician-signed record of immunizations for your child must be brought to the office. If we do not receive your child’s immunization records before the beginning of the school year, he/she will not be allowed to attend class.  Please submit the following completed forms  to the main office by August 31st.

Authorization for Treatment

Immunization Record

Physician’s Health Form – Required for First (1st) Grade Students only

Copy of Birth Certificate – Required for Kindergarten Students only

Immunization Requirements:

 

Please make sure your child’s immunizations are up-to-date. Below are the immunization requirements for all students.

Current Mantoux TB test with written verification for Kindergarten students and new students entering Los Angeles County

Polio – Four (4) doses or three (3) doses if one was given after the child’s 4th birthday

DPT – Five (5) doses or Four (4) doses if one was given after the child’s 4th birthday

MMR – Two (2) doses on or after the child’s 1st birthday

Hepatitis B – Three (3) doses or Two-dose (2) regime

Varicella (Chickenpox) – One (1) dose or immunity gained from having already had the illness\

Kindergarten:

 
Mantoux TB verified in writing
 

Seventh (7th) Grade Students:

 

MMR – Two (2) doses on or after student’s 1st birthday

Hepatitis B – Three (3) doses

Tdap booster if booster has not been received for the last five (5) years

If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at 626.574.8229.

Resources

First Day of School: What to Bring

Please bring the following items on your child’s first day of preschool:

1. A change of clothes in a one-gallon size Ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name.  Your child’s change of clothing will be kept in your his/her cubby and should include (please label each article of clothing also):

  •  Underwear

  •   Socks

  •   Top/Shirt

4. Bottoms (appropriate for the weather: shorts for summer or pants for winter)

5. Lunch if your child is staying past noon or purchase hot lunch tickets (see below for prices)

6. Child-size sleeping bag if your child is staying past noon or bring a crib size sheet and blanket

7. Three (3) boxes of facial tissue (e.g.; Kleenex)

8. Three (3) boxes of 5-oz Dixie cups

Lunch Info

If your child is not being picked up at noon, you will need to send a lunch with your child.  Please make sure your child’s name is on his/her lunch box.  You can pack a drink in your child’s lunch box or you may purchase milk.

Milk tickets: 20 milks for $10.00

Hot Lunch Info

 

If you would like to sign your child up for hot lunch, the prices are below.  Each month the hot lunch menu will be available at the office.  Hot lunch for preschool begins after Labor Day.

Lunch tickets: 10 lunches for $40.00 or 20 lunches for $80.00

No candy, soda, or peanut butter sandwiches please

 

Candy and Soda

As mandated by Title XX, we have to serve “safe and quality foods”.  Choking hazards and allergic reactions are the main reasons candy will not be allowed.  Please do not send candy or soda in your child’s lunch box.

Nuts, Peanuts, and Peanut Butter

 

Unfortunately, some of our preschoolers have serious nut allergies.  Please do not send your child with any nuts or peanut butter sandwiches.  We thank you ahead of time for your understanding, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Naptime

Naptime

 

Your child will need a child-size sleeping bag if he/she is staying past noon.  Or, your child may bring a crib size sheet and blanket.  Your child may bring one soft doll or stuffed animal to sleep with if he/she would like. Please be sure to label all items with your child’s name.

 

Hygiene

 

At the end of the week, all nap items should be brought home to be washed.  Bring nap items back the following week when your child starts school.