Program Guide

Little Tiger Preschool

Thank you for your interest in Little Tiger Preschool, a preschool right here in Layton, UT, for your child.  We will provide a fun, engaging environment for your child to begin their educational journey.  Below you will find information about Little Tiger Preschool.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Suzanne Merrill, call or text 801.309.7624.  I look forward to helping your child grow into a confident and successful life-long learner.

Birthdays

Every child will receive special recognition for their birthday.  I will assign your child’s snack day on or as close to their birthday as possible so they can bring a special birthday treat that day.  If your child has a summer birthday we will celebrate his/her  un-birthday some other time during the school year. A birthday list is included in our packet.  The birthday poster should be filled out and presented to the class by the student along with their favorite show and tell item.

 

Book Orders

Each month I will send home book order forms from the Scholastic Book Club.  These are great books at a fantastic price, purchasing is optional. 

 

Calendar

Each month I will post a calendar online that outlines the lessons that we will be covering that month.  The calendar will cover the weekly theme, snacks, birthdays, fieldtrips, show and tell, and other important things that we will be doing during the month.  I encourage you to read over it carefully at the beginning of each month.  Please keep it and refer to it during the month.

 

Class Directory

I will have a class directory available for all the parents. (by request only) It will include each child’s name, parent names, and phone number.  I have found that these are a very nice resource for parents when it comes to playing outside of preschool or birthday parties.  If you do not want your phone number on this list, please let me know the first week of school.

 

Communication and Parent Involvement

Parents are always welcome at school and there are many times where I can use parent helpers in the classroom for art projects and holiday parties.  I will always be willing to assist in any way.

This year we will have parties to celebrate: Halloween, Thanksgiving pow – wow, Christmas, Valentines and a year - end party.

Please let me know if you are interested in helping out. If you ever have any questions or concerns please contact me anytime. 

 

 

Curriculum - Pre Kindergarten classes

This year in preschool your child will be learning many skills that he/she will need to enter kindergarten.  We will work on social skills and getting used to a structured school environment.  The children will learn about friendships, getting along with others, listening, and exploring.  The children will participate in a variety of activities, such as: story time, snack, music, movement, and more.  We will work on one letter a week, focusing on recognition and sound.  We will also review numbers, colors, shapes, seasons, holidays, families, and our community, among others.   But most of all, I hope your child will delight in the wonder and magic of being a child. I hold this final hope very dear; "to preserve and enhance the sanctity of childhood, to treat your child with dignity and respect, in a nurturing, loving and fun atmosphere designed to encourage the best in your precious child."

We will work on name writing.  When helping your child write their name use a capital for the first letter and the following letters in lower case.  Preschoolers love to use capital letters, so it is important that they learn the right way. 

We will also learn the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge of Allegiance is recited daily.  Letters and their sounds are reviewed daily, as well as number recognition and counting. We will concentrate on learning numbers 1-20 and counting to 100. Counting, writing, recognizing and adding and some subtraction will be a few of the tasks accomplished'. By the time they are finished with Preschool they will be reading three letter words, knowing some of their sight words, some of their word families, as well as reading small books. It is my goal; each of my students is prepared for their next milestone in life, that being Kindergarten.

 

Curriculum - 3 / 4 year old class

This year in preschool your child will be learning many skills that he/she will need to enter kindergarten.  We will work on social skills and getting used to a structured school environment.  The children will learn about friendships, getting along with others, listening, and exploring.  The children will participate in a variety of activities, such as: story time, snack, music, movement, and more.  We will work on one letter a week, focusing on recognition and sound.  We will also review numbers, colors, shapes, seasons, holidays, families, and our community, among others.   But most of all, I hope your child will delight in the wonder and magic of being a child. I hold this final hope very dear; "to preserve and enhance the sanctity of childhood, to treat your child with dignity and respect, in a nurturing, loving and fun atmosphere designed to encourage the best in your precious child."

We will work on name writing.  When helping your child write their name use a capital for the first letter and the following letters in lower case.  Preschoolers love to use capital letters, so it is important that they learn the right way. 

We will also learn the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge of Allegiance is recited daily.  Letters and their sounds are reviewed daily, as well as number recognition and counting. . We will concentrate on recognizing numbers 1-10 but counting to 20. It is my goal that each of my students is prepared for their next milestone in life and to have fun along the way.

 

Discipline

I focus heavily on positive reinforcement and consistency.  If a child’s actions get out of hand, I will contact the parents so that we can develop a plan that will modify the child’s behavior so that he/she can get the most out of the preschool experience.

When teaching, the classroom must be under control.  If there is no control, you have lost your students, and therefore, you goals to have them achieve is lost.  For this reason, I have established the following disciplinary action.  All students begin the week with their name under the green smiley face. When a student is talking and not listening, not keeping hands to self, using an outside voice inside, or not doing as I have asked, he/she will be given a verbal warning. If it happens again, his/her name will be moved from green to yellow. If it continues they will be moved to red.  If they end their school week with their name under the red frowny face, they will not be given the privilege of picking a treasure for the week. If however they are just having a bad day them may improve their actions and still receive a treasure.  I have found a reward system is a great incentive.

 

Drop off and Pick up Procedures

When dropping off or picking up your child please pull along the south side of Oakridge. If you pull in the circle drive please pull all the way so others can park behind you.   If there is more than one car, please form a line and take turns pulling up one at a time.  I will have the children wait with me until I see their ride.  At that time, I will let them go to the car.  Let me know if your child needs help getting in the car and buckling.  I would be happy to help them.  Please let me know if someone else will be picking up your child so that I can verify who it is. 

 

We cannot accommodate children more than 5 minutes before or after school.  Please contact us as soon as possible if an emergency arises that will prevent you from picking up your child on time.  The children will have cleaned up and will be ready to be brought to the front of the house at the end of class time. (Note:  This does not negate your late pick up fee if you are more  than 10 minute late.)  If your child is left after school for 10 minutes or more, you will be accessed a $10 late pick up fee.  You will need to pay this fee along with your next month’s tuition. 

 

    Morning Class: beginning at 9:00 -  Drop off is no earlier than 8:55  and pick-up is between 11:15 and 11:20

                                  Beginning at 9:30 - Drop off is no earlier than 9:25 and pick up is between 11:45 and 11:50

 

    Late Morning class: beginning at 11:30 - Drop off is no earlier than 11:25  and pick-up is between 1:45 and 1:50

                                           Beginning at 12:00 - Drop off  is no earlier than 11:55 and pick up is between 2:15 and 2:20

 

Field trips

We will be going on a few field trips throughout the year.  The dates and times will be posted on your monthly calendar and on the website.  Parent volunteers are much appreciated and very welcome.  If you are interested in driving, I will be sending out sign- up sheets a few days prior to the field trip.  All children must wear a seatbelt and car seat while in the car.  Field trips are so much fun for the kids and I believe they are a very beneficial part of the preschool experience

 

Holidays

I follow the Davis School District calendar.  Please check the monthly calendar for any days that we might not have preschool.  In addition to the holidays I also observe any teacher contract days that Davis School District observes.

 

Injury & Illness

Little Tiger Preschool LLC and Suzanne Merrill will not be responsible for injuries sustained as a result of participating in school or extra-curricular activities.  We strive to provide a safe and fun atmosphere, however, accidents may happen.  We will inform you . any injuries that we become aware of during a class. We do not offer make-up classes if your child misses a class, however, if your child is ill please keep him/her home.  It is not fair to students or our teachers to be around an ill child.  If your child is dropped off ill, we will notify  you immediately to come and get him/her.  (This includes coughs and runny noses.) As the winter months approach, so does the “season of sickness”.  For the sake of your child, and the other preschool children, I ask that you use good judgment in sending your child to school.  If they are contagious, please keep them home with you.  This would include any signs of sickness such as: fever, runny nose, rash, sore throat, cough, diarrhea, pink eye or vomiting.  If your child is exposed to a contagious disease such as chicken pox or mumps, the school should be notified of the date they were exposed.  I will then be able to protect the other children as much as possible.   If your child starts feeling ill while they are at school, I will phone you and ask you to come and pick them up.  If your child is unable to attend school for any extended period of time, please notify the school.  Tuition will not be decreased or refunded for absences.

Questions to ask if you should bring your child to school:  Is my child's nose runny? Have they thrown up in the last 24 hours? Have they had diarrhea in the last 24 hours? Do they have a fever? Do they have a rash? Are they coughing? Are my child's eyes red or oozing (this could be pink eye)?  If you answer yes to any of these questions, please keep them home.

 

Late Payment

Timely payments ensure a student's enrolled status. Tuition is due the 25th of the month prior to attendance. Payments received after the 1st of the month are considered late.  A fee in the amount of $20 will be added if not received by the 1st.  Late fees will be added to the following months invoice and due by the 1st of that month.

Lost Articles

                Please label your child’s shoes, bag, coat, etc.  We will not be held responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.  Any items not claimed at the end of each month will be taken to  good will.

Registration and Tuition

The registration fee is due at the time of registration. ($50 - 3 / 4 year old class or $55 - pre-kindergarten classes) This fee guarantees your child a place in the class.  It also covers basic materials for your child that will be used throughout the year.  This is nonrefundable.

Monthly tuition is due on the 25th of the month prior to attendance (i.e. Octobers tuition is due on September 25th. )  Any tuition paid after the 1st day of the month will receive a $20 late fee for preschool  This fee must accompany payments made after the 1st of the current month of attendance.  You may pay with check, cash or credit card, or venmo.

 

 CASH/CHECK: Please place your child’s tuition in the envelope provided with your child’s name on it and send it to preschool with your child. Please make checks payable to Suzanne Merrill or Little Tiger Preschool.

 

 CREDIT CARD: You must have a credit card on file. You may pay your tuition with a credit card.  There will be a 3.5% fee added to the tuition if a card is used. (about $3)  There will be a $20 late fee charged if payment is not made by the 1st of the month. Your credit card will be charged only if tuition is not received by the 5th of the month.  (All credit card fees will be applied.)

 

VENMO: If you choose to pay using venmo the name to use is  Suzanne-Merrill-1

Tuition is billed monthly, not day to day.  Therefore if your child misses due to vacation or illness, the tuition is still the set amount. If you choose to pull your child for any reason we require a 30 day written notice. Phone calls are not acceptable.  You are responsible for 30 days worth of tuition from the time we receive the notice.   

 

Full tuition will be charged regardless of the following: 

*Class is canceled due to extreme weather conditions.

*Class is not held due to a holiday or school vacation.

*Your child misses a class for any reason.

We follow the Davis County Traditional School Schedule for preschool.  If there is no school, there is not class.  There are a few exceptions including the first day of school, which is the Tuesday or Wednesday after Labor Day; and our last day of school, which is the week of May 20th.

There is no pro-rated tuition.  In the event of absences due to sickness, vacations, or standard Davis county school holidays, full payment is required to preserve a student's enrolled status.

 

School Entrance

The entrance to Little Tiger preschool is in the back of my home. Walk up the front porch, follow the walkway on the left side of the house to the back yard (not the driveway.)  Enter the gate and cross the patio, you will see the stairs going into the basement.  There is no need to knock.  Please just come in.

 

There has been a problem with parking in my neighbors driveway so please do not part or stop in front of or in thieir driveway.

 

Severe Weather Policy

There are times when school may be canceled or delayed due to inclement weather.  On doubtful mornings, please contact Suzanne.  If, during the day, weather factors dictate school closure earlier than the regular scheduled time, we will notify you.  We must have at least two emergency contact people and their phone numbers.

 

Show and Tell

                Show and Tell is time that I set aside for the children to share important, interesting, or exciting events in their lives.  This allotted time is valuable to the students and proves to be something they really look forward to.

                The ability to express him/herself in front of a group is an important skill your child needs throughout life.  Our Show and Tell time will help your child improve his/her speaking before a group and develop skills for being a good listener.

                On the monthly calendar I will indicate the date your child has show and tell.  Often I will have the children bring something that pertains to the letter or theme that we have discussed that week.  Your help in this area is greatly appreciated and will help your child feel comfortable in sharing his/her item. Please allow your child to bring only one item.

Parents and children are responsible for remembering to bring these things back home. Children should not bring anything to school on any other days unless special arrangements are made. They should never bring candy or gum.  Please check their pockets.

 

Snacks

About once a month your child will have the opportunity to take home the snack bag. This is either brown or black.  The children love to take part in choosing the snack for their classmates. When your child brings home the snack bag that means it is his/her turn to bring snack back in the bag.   Please try to bring a healthy snack when possible.  Prepackaged items, such as: pretzels, crackers, carrots, string cheese, etc.   along with a drink would be great. But the drink is not  a requirement.  We have water and cups at the school.  

It is also fun to coordinate snack to the curriculum.  If we are learning about squares, he/she could bring square crackers.  The kids love this and it really helps reinforce the concepts we are learning.  This is fun but not necessary.  You will know when it is our child's turn to bring snack by checking the monthly calendar which is on-line. 

 

Supplies

                 Each child needs to bring a backpack or bag with them to school each day.  Please put their name on it.  This backpack needs to fit a 9x12 sheet of paper.  We do projects at preschool and we want them to get home safely. I will provide a folder for your child that will come to school and back home each day, so please keep this folder in a safe place at home or keep it in their backpack.  Please remove the work so the folder is not too full and heavy.  This is a great way to start teaching your child responsibility.

 

 

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