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Tift County PreK Center



506 West 12th Street

Tifton, Georgia   31794

(229) 387-2455

(229) 386-1051 Fax




STUDENT Handbook
Wanda Veazey, Director



Tift County School System




Play Today



You’re asking what’s the value

of having your children play.

Your daughter’s creating a “tower”;

she may be a builder someday.



You’re saying you don’t want your son                                                      

to play in that “sissy” way.

He’s learning to cuddle a doll;

he may be a father someday.



You question the Interest Centers;

They just look like useless play.

Your children are making choices.

They’ll be on their own some day.



You’re worried your children aren’t learning,

and later they’ll have to pay.

They’re learning a pattern for learning;

For they’ll be learners always.

                               -Lila P. Flagg







Rules and Policies




Please read the following pages carefully.  They will explain all of the rules and policies for Tift County PreK Center for Young Children.  Because your child is a student at the PreK Center, you are agreeing to uphold all of the following rules and policies.  If you have any questions, please let your child’s teacher know, or let the office staff know. We are here to make sure everyone has a great year.




Lunch and Breakfast



To encourage good nutrition, a well-balanced meal is offered daily for breakfast and lunch. Menus are distributed to students each month.  


This year all of Tift County Schools will be participating in a grant awarded to our school system called the Community Eligibility Option (CEO).  Under this grant, every student eats breakfast and lunch at no cost.


Visitors will continue to be as follows:


Adult and Non-Student Visitors Breakfast     $1.40

Adult and Non-Student Visitors Lunch $3.50




Attendance


All students are expected to come to school each day.  Attendance is kept for each student. Students who come in after 8:20 a.m. or check out before 2:30 p.m. are marked tardy.


Excessive unexcused absences can result in removal from the Pre-K Program.  Parents must send a doctor’s excuse to school when their child returns to school.


Parents should expect a phone call from the school after three unexcused absences or tardies.  A letter will go home to parents from the principal after six unexcused absences or tardies and a parent conference after eight unexcused absences.


Tardiness


Please bring your child to school on time each day.  Your child needs to arrive at school between 7:30 and 8:20 a.m.  On the rare occasion that your child is tardy, you will need to sign in at the office and walk your child to the classroom. Excessive tardies may result in removal from the program.


DO NOT DROP YOUR CHILD OFF BY HIMSELF/HERSELF AT SCHOOL!!  IF SCHOOL PERSONNEL ARE NOT PRESENT TO GREET YOUR CHILD, YOU MUST WALK YOUR CHILD TO THE OFFICE.



Check Out


Early pickup should be reserved for Dr. Appointments or complete necessity before 2:30 p.m.




Contact Phone Numbers


We must have current phone numbers (work, home and cell) for each child.  We must also have at least three emergency numbers in order to contact someone during the day, if needed.  It will be the parent’s responsibility to inform the teacher and office of any phone number changes.




Drop-Off and Pick-Up Times for Students


The school building does not open for students until 7:30.  We cannot take any students early.  School dismisses at 2:45.  All students must be picked up before 3:15 p.m.  We cannot make any exceptions for drop-off and pick-up times.  You will need to make arrangements to have your child dropped off and picked up on time each day.


Note:  An after-school program is offered at a minimal fee if you would like to enroll your child.  If you are interested in the KAC after-school program, contact the school.


Early Dismissal


If a student must leave from school early, he/she may be picked up by a parent, guardian, or designated adult only.  You must park on the side streets of the school in order not to block bus/van traffic in the front of the school. First, go to the school office and sign out the child. Your child will be called over the intercom.  If your child needs to be picked up by someone whose name is NOT on the list of designated adults, please inform the classroom and office in WRITING.  If it is an emergency, you must call the school and speak with the secretary to let her know the name of the person picking up your child.  We hope that you realize that these precautions are for your child’s safety.



Transportation


Car riders can be dropped off at the back door between 7:30 and 8:20.  Staff will be available to open the car door and escort your child into the back door of the school.  After 8:20, parents must bring their children to the office for an admit slip and walk them to the classroom.


Bus riders will ride the PreK bus from and back to the primary school to which the child is zoned. A staff member will supervise at the primary school and ride with students on the PreK bus to the front drive of the Pre-K building.  Please do not call the school and ask for your child to ride another bus.  Any permanent changes in busing must be done 2 days prior to the change.



Records


All of your child’s school records (birth certificate, immunization certificate, social security card, EEDN) must be complete within 30 days of beginning school.  Incomplete records will result in your child being withdrawn from the program.  We will inform you of any records that are incomplete or incorrect.  Please make every effort to get any requested records in immediately.


Illness


If your child becomes ill at school, we will contact you.  If we are unable to reach you, we will have to contact someone from your emergency phone list.  We cannot keep sick children at school. Do not send your child to school when he/she is sick, running a fever, has thrown up, or has diarrhea.  You must keep him/her at home until you are sure that he/she is well. Students should wait 24 hours after the last episode before returning to school.




Medication


Parents are encouraged to give medicine at home whenever possible.

Medicine cannot be administered by school personnel without a parent’s written permission. Students who need to take prescription medicine must have the appropriate form signed by the parent before medication is sent to the school, (forms are in the nurse’s clinic) and the medication must be in its original container.


NEVER PUT MEDICATION OF ANY KIND INTO YOUR CHILD’S BACKPACK OR BAG.  DO NOT ASK YOUR CHILD TO GIVE MEDICATION TO THE TEACHER. YOU MUST GO TO THE NURSES CLINIC AND SIGN A MEDICATION FORM.  ALL MEDICATION WILL BE KEPT IN THE CLINIC.


VERY IMPORTANT!!  If your child takes any medication at home, or is allergic to any medication, you must notify your child’s teacher and the office.  It is very important that we know this information in case of an emergency.



Contagious Diseases


If your child has a contagious disease (impetigo, ringworm, pink-eye, chicken-pox, etc…) consult your doctor as to when your child may return to school.  You will be contacted to pick up your child if symptoms appear while the child is at school.




Things to Send to School


Please send a change of clothing to school for your child.  This includes underwear and socks. Make sure you change out the clothing as the seasons change, or your child outgrows the clothing.  If your child must use his/her change of clothing, remember to send replacements.


Your child will also need a large towel or small blanket for rest time.


Label all clothing and items, especially coats, with your child’s name.





Things NOT to Send to School


No rolling book bags.


Do not send large sheets, blankets, pillows, or toys for your child at naptime. (A towel or baby-size blanket is OK.) Teachers have limited space in which to store things.


Do not send toys to school (even in book bags)!  We have a large supply of materials for the children to use at school.  Teachers will send notes home when they begin show and tell in the classroom.


Do not send paper, pencils, scissors, crayons, or glue to school.


Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided at school.  We do have a snack after nap time. If you would like to send a healthy snack to your child’s class, please send enough for 20 children in the classroom.


Healthy snack ideas: Fresh fruit (apples, bananas, grapes), yogurt or ice cream, applesauce, pudding, pretzels, microwave popcorn, trail mix, cereal bars, baked chips, low fat crackers, Fig Newton bars, Animal crackers, bottled water, juice boxes.





Appropriate Dress for School


Tift County PreK Center is an active and fun place to learn.  Children paint, glue, play in the sand and water, and play outdoors each day weather permitting.  Therefore, sturdy, comfortable clothes that you do not mind getting dirty are necessary. This allows the children to become actively involved in all activities without worrying about their clothes.  Save dress clothes for special occasions.


Make sure your child’s clothes are easy to pull up and down for restroom needs. Tennis shoes work best for all activities, but if your child does not have tennis shoes, any type of shoe works better than flip-flops.  That type of shoe is not safe for school.


Remember that we go outside each day, if the weather allows, so make sure that your child is wearing cool clothes on the warm days, and warm clothes on the cool days.  Please write your child’s name on all clothes that the child can take off at school (for example: sweaters, jackets, raincoats, etc…).


In compliance with Tift County School Policy, boys are not permitted to wear earrings.





Outside Play


Students will be taken out for play when the temperature is 50 degrees or above.  Consideration will be given to weather conditions, cloudy, wet or windy, which make it feel much colder.  On cold days, students will play in the sunshine, often on the blacktop. Again, we ask that children be adequately dressed for the season.  It is our opinion that it is healthy for children to breathe cool, clean air and soak up some sunshine.





Field Trips


PreK classes will take several field trips during the school year. Only Tift County PreK students and teachers may ride the bus. Parents are not allowed to bring other children, or relatives that are not serving as chaperones, on the bus or to the filed trip.


Changes in Information


(This is Very Important!!)

If you have any changes in your child’s information, such as change of address, new phone numbers (work and home), changes in guardianship, or changes in any other important information, it is mandatory that you inform the school immediately.


Discipline Plan


Being able to follow rules and understand consequences are vital parts of education.  Learning how to live and work together enhances a child’s positive self-image. Every effort is made to catch a child exhibiting good behavior.  Good behaviors are praised and encouraged. The children are always told how special they are and how much they are loved. We affirm that they are acceptable, but sometimes their behavior is not.


Our School Behavior Plan


In our classrooms, we focus heavily on rewarding our students, so we can see much more positive behavior.  But every now and then, we will see a student making some bad choices. Therefore, we have set up a school behavior plan in which the consequences in each classroom are consistent and can be supported by administration if necessary.


REWARDS for positive behavior/good choices

*These vary in each classroom but all teachers have this system in place in their classrooms.


CONSEQUENCES

1st  Offense-Redirection/Verbal & Nonverbal Cues (include these cues in all future steps)

2nd  Offense-Talk about good choices and possible future consequences

3rd Offense-5minutes thinking about good choices (if behavior is disruptive, supervised removal from classroom)

4th Offense-Loss of student play time (maximum of 10 minutes)

5th Offense-Communication (note/phone call/e-mail) with parent

6th Offense-Develop individualized student/teacher behavior contract to be approved by direction (need to have rewards for good choices stated on it as a reminder)

7th Offense-Office referral to direction.


Lunchroom-Red/green cups will be used to regulate noise level-red first 5 minutes means quiet, green next 20 minutes means talking low and red last 5 minutes means quiet again, both teachers will sit at each end of the table with cups.  



Bullying – The Board of Education believes that all students can learn better in a safe school environment.  Behavior that infringes on the safety of students will not be tolerated. Bullying, as the term is defined in Georgia Law, of a student by another student is strictly prohibited.  Such prohibition shall be included in the Student Code of Conduct for all schools within the system.


THE VALUE OF CENTERS

PLAY IS LEARNING


WHEN YOUR CHILD BUILDS WITH BLOCKS:

She learns to use her imagination to create something from her own

thinking.

She has the satisfaction of being able to make something.

She learns about sizes and shapes, weights and balances, height and depth, smoothness and roughness.

She is exercising her body.

She learns to play with others.


WHEN YOUR CHILD PAINTS:

He is more concerned with the process he is going through that with a

finished product.

This is how it should be for this stage in his development.

He learns about colors and how he can use them.

He learns to use his imagination and transfers his ideas to paper.

He gets emotional satisfaction from being able to express himself.

He learns how to use small muscle coordination to handle a brush.

He learns to make choices and decisions.


WHEN YOUR CHILD PLAYS ON THE OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT:

She learns how to use her body effectively.

She experiences joy in achieving a skill.

She has fun and relaxation found in bodily movement.

She learns the limitations of her body.

She learns safety and caution.

She learns to take turns and to share a piece of equipment.


WHEN YOUR CHILD PLAYS IN THE HOUSEKEEPING CORNER:

He learns what the roles of mothers and fathers and children are.

He understands what it feels like to play at being somebody other than himself.

He learns how to use his imagination.

He learns how to cooperate with other children.


WHEN YOUR CHILD MAKES A GIFT OUT OF PAPER AND PASTE:

She learns about doing things for others.

She learns how to use materials like scissors and paste/glue.

She learns how to use her imagination to make the kind of present she has in mind. Again, the process, not the finished product, is important to her.

She learns about shapes, sizes, colors, sand textures.


WHEN YOUR CHILD PLAYS IN THE SAND AND WATER:

He finds it soothing to bury his hands in the sand or pour water in and out of cups.

He is able to relax with these types of media and center his attention on a task.

He has an opportunity to play alone and not have to compete with other children as with some activities. This is especially important to a child who has trouble getting along with others. He has a great opportunity to learn about size and measurement, experimenting with measuring spoons, cups and different sized containers.

He learns which kinds of things float in water.

He is not concerned with a final product so he does not find it frustrating.


WHEN YOUR CHILD WORKS WITH PUZZLES:

She has an opportunity to work alone or together with other children.

She gains satisfaction in completing a puzzle and builds her self-confidence.

She has an opportunity to improve her hand-eye coordination.

She will use skills learned in doing puzzles later when she learns to read-putting letters to sounds, making words with letters, and making stories with words.



WHEN YOUR CHILD LISTENS TO STORIES OR LOOKS AT BOOKS:

He learns to listen.

He has an opportunity to increase his vocabulary by hearing new words read to him.

He learns about different concepts, people and places.

He learns to enjoy books and reading.

His mind is stimulated, visualizing the things he is hearing about.


WHEN YOUR CHILD COOKS:

She learns to follow directions.

She stimulates and uses all five senses.

She learns to recognize colors and shapes from different kinds of foods and kitchen utensils.

She has an opportunity to use different tools and equipment to improve small muscle coordination.


WHEN YOUR CHILD LISTENS TO MUSIC, SINGS AND DANCES:

He learns to appreciate music from different countries, cultures, and time periods.

He learns to express himself and his ideas.

He increases his vocabulary.

He gains satisfaction from participating in an activity that can be fun, physical and/or enriching.


WHEN YOUR CHILD USES MANIPULATIVE ACTIVITIES:

She explores new concepts, practices emerging skills, and reinforces skills already mastered.

She develops fine motor practice.

She learns about classifying, sorting, predicting, problem solving, and analyzing results.

She develops her knowledge of the world around her using real objects and concrete examples.

She learns how to learn.


WHEN YOUR CHILD USES TECHNOLOGY AND/OR COMPUTERS

He learns how machines work and how they can help him learn more

He practices hand-eye coordination using the mouse.

He is able to learn the processes necessary to use technology.

He learns how to express his ideas through technology and share his ideas with others.


WHEN YOUR CHILD PLAYS WITH PUPPETS:

She is able to verbalize her feelings using words.

She can begin to understand the feelings of others

She can role-play and perhaps find solutions to situations that may disturb her.

She stretches her imagination.

 

Hints for parents to help their child develop a love for reading:

 

 

Read to your child daily.

Let your child see you reading. Be a reading role mode

Discuss books and ask questions about books that you have read to your child.

Encourage your child to make up or retell stories in their own words.

Introduce books of interest to your child.  

On walks or while driving with your child, read various street signs, business signs, license plates, and addresses.

Give books as gifts.

Take trips to the library.

Provide opportunities to read/look at books in many different environments. Read in the car, at the park, waiting at the doctor, etc.


Ways parents can encourage their child to write

Provide many experiences (play dough, lacing, and tearing paper) for your child to improve their fine motor coordination.

Surround your child with a wide variety of writing materials (different pencils, pens, crayons, markers, note pads and paper).

Encourage your child to write every time you write. (Grocery list, to do list, etc.)

Have your child write his name as a ticket to go play outside.

Provide opportunities for your child to create letters and cards for family members.

Encourage your child to tell stories and you take dictation.

Be a writing role model. Explain what you are writing and why.




Be a Proud Parent!


Parents play a large part in their child’s success in school.  We want parents to be involved with their child’s education and experiences.  We encourage every parent to visit their child’s classroom and to become involved with the parent workshops, programs and special events that will be offered throughout the year.


A child needs words of encouragement each day.  Your child needs motivation and feedback. As a parent, let your child know that you are proud of all of accomplishments, no matter how large or small.  Try these different ways to say, “You are special to me. I am so proud of you!”


  • Wow!
  • That’s Great!
  • Good Answer!
  • Keep up the good work!
  • Terrific!
  • Good for you!
  • Congratulations!
  • Wonderful Work!
  • This kind of work pleases me!
  • You must be really proud of yourself!
  • Thank you for sharing your work with me!
  • Tell me how you did this!
  • Thanks for working so hard!




Tift County PreK Center

Mission Statement


To provide a safe, nurturing, child-centered learning environment which encompasses active learning, adult-child interaction, child-child interaction,  decision-making, and family-focused education.


In compliance with the requirements of the No Child Left Behind statute the Tift County School District informs parents that you may request information about the professional requirements of your student’s teacher(s).  The following information may be requested:

  1. whether the teacher has met the Georgia Professional Standards Commission requirements for certification for the grade level and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
  2. whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other provisional status through which Georgia qualifications or certification criteria have been waived;
  3. the college major and any graduate certification or degree held by the teacher;
  4. whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.

If you wish to request information concerning your child’s teacher’s qualification, please contact the director at 387-2455.