Children learn and develop at different rates. We observe and track children’s progress through the school year and will distribute to parents two progress reports. Our progress report is released in January and the second report is released at the end of the school year. Parent/Teacher conferences will be set up in advance to discuss the results.
If your child is going to be absent, please notify the Academy in the morning. We will report contagious diseases and conditions so that you can look for symptoms of the illness at home. No refund for any reason including absences for illness, holidays, vacations, school closing due to inclement weather, or early withdrawals will be given.
Children need to be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. Signs and symptoms of COVID-19, which may be similar to other common viral respiratory infections, please see the COVID-19 Guidelines tab under General Information.
In accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and New Jersey state government, visitors will not be permitted to enter the Academy building during the 2020-2021 academic year.
DRESS FOR SUCCESS
Children gain confidence doing things by themselves and dressing and undressing is an integral part of the process. We want your child to feel secure and confident and as independent as possible within his/her capabilities. We all know that the young child often plays until he/she urgently must run to the bathroom. The difference between success and a bathroom accident is often beyond the control of the child. Wearing loose fitting clothes with an elastic waistband is very helpful. These children wearing a diaper/pull-up should not wear undershirts with snaps.
We will play outside in all types of weather. Please be sure to dress your child appropriately.
Sturdy shoes with rubber soles or sneakers are needed for outdoor and indoor play. Sandals, open shoes and dress shoes with slippery soles are not permitted. Each child will have a cubby with his or her name on it. All outerwear should be labeled with your child’s name.
On the child’s first day of school, please bring an extra change of clothing (including underwear) for your child labeled with his or her name in a zip lock bag. These will be kept at school for emergency use. Please remember to replenish the clothing as it is used.
TOILET TRAINING POLICY
A staff member always supervises children while using the bathroom. Children who are not toilet trained are changed as needed. Teachers will not potty train, but will encourage the child if he or she has started this process at home. A child will not be forced to sit on the potty if he or she does not want to. Young children who have started the process at home, may have an accident at school, therefore, it is important to have a change of clothes on hand.
You are responsible for providing your child with a nutritious lunch that does not require any preparations.
We recognize the significant event in the growth of each child and how important celebrations are to children. Therefore, we ask that if you desire to do something special for your child’s birthday, you may provide a sealed. individually packaged snack for the event. Please be sure to speak to your child’s teacher before any snacks are brought to class. Additionally, please consider food and nut allergies.