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A Day At The School
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School activities | A variety of things to do...

A Typical Day

6:30-9:00 Arrival , Free Play
9:00-9:30 Circle Time
9:30-9:45 Snack
9:45-10:15 Art
10:15-10:45 Directed Play
10:45-11:15 Playground
11:15-11:35 Video/Music/Rythym
11:35-11:45 Preparation for Lunch
11:45-12:30 Lunch
12:30-3:00 Nap
3:00-3:30 Puzzles/Stories
3:30-3:45 Snack
3:45-4:30 Playground
4:30-6:00 Free Play/Pick-up
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Calendar of Events

Special summer days

  • Dots & Spots day

  • Wet & Wild Wednesdays

  • S'mores day

  • July 4th picnic day, at school

  • August picnic day, whole family, at Bay Pines Park

  • Very Berry Day

  • Watermelon Day

  • Ice Cream Day

  • Jammin' Jello Day

  • Wild West Day

  • Wiggly Wormy Day

  • Mad Hatter Tea Party Day
Special Days
  • Valentines

  • St.Patricks Day

  • Easter Egg Hunt

  • School birthday (9/30/91)

  • Visit from firemen/trucks

  • Halloween

  • Thanksgiving Family Feast

  • Grandparent Luncheon

  • Holiday Program in Dec.

  • "Take a Saturday Off" for parents---kids can come on a Sat. while parents do Christmas shopping

  • Pajama Party and Christmas Magic Show (includes Santa)
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Personal Belongings

Each child will bring to school a full change of clothing in case of accidents, spills, etc. Soiled clothes will be put into plastic bags to be taken home at day's end. All clothes should be labeled with the child's name.

For children who are not toilet-trained yet, parents must supply diapers, pullups, etc. When a new supply is needed, parents will be notified.

All children must bring a light-weight blanket for naptime. The school will provide the cot sheet and will launder them; the blanket is the responsibility of the parent to take home each Friday to be washed and returned Monday.

Small stuffed animals or dolls are permitted for naptime also; no other toys, action figures, toy weapons of any kind, etc. are allowed as they cause trouble between classmates who want to borrow them, etc. Other items not permitted at school are gum, balloons, money and anything of value.

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Because children take an active role in center activities, we recommend they wear comfortable clothing suitable for the day's weather and for play. We also recommend tennis shoes or other shoes with rubber soles and enclosed toes since they are better for active running and climbing. Sandals, thongs, and jelly-type shoes are often the cause of mishaps.

In cooler weather, please send your child to school with a sweater or jacket as we do not have enough extras for each child. Again, these should have the child's name inside.

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Meals and Snacks

At this time, the Center does not offer a hot lunch program except for Papa John's Pizza on Fridays. The cost of the pizza meal is $2.50, and includes as much pizza as the child can eat, carrots or pickles, dessert, and milk. Pizza lunch money can be added into regular tuition payments or can be paid separately.

Orders for pizza are placed on the Thursday before, so parents must sign up ahead of time on the bulletin board sheet prior to that day.

Children's lunchboxes must have names on them. We do not have space for refrigeration of lunchboxes, so parents usually put some kind of 'freezy' inside. We do not allow any candy at lunch, so please refrain from sending it to school. If there is candy in a lunchable, etc., it will be put back into the box to be taken home.

No glass bottles or dishes should be sent in the lunchbox. Also, please do not send cans of soda, as they are often 'exploded' upon opening. Milk, fruit juice, kool-ade, water, etc. are fine.

Some children bring breakfast to eat at school, as long as it's before 8:30AM. This is fine, but please do not send any glass bowls or other glass items at this time either.

We serve snacks twice a day and always with either 100% fruit juice or 2% milk. Snacks will be low in sugar, salt, and fat. The snack schedule is always posted on the refrigerator for you to review. Snack substitutions will only be made due to allergies, religious reasons, or for vegetarians. Please make sure the Center is aware of these exceptions, if applicable.

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Birthdays are special times for children and we would like to share in the celebration if you wish to have your child's party with the class. Some parents go all out with food and drinks, favors and decorations; others send treats because their child will be having other parties at home ,etc. Whatever you want to do will be fine; we ask that you coordinate it with the Teacher ahead of time.

Some parents like to instead buy a gift for the classroom because it lasts longer. This idea is always appreciated; check with the Director or Teacher for items needed.

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A Typical Day

Calendar of Events

Personal Belongings


Meals and Snacks



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