Our Purpose and Philosophy
Nursery school is probably one of the first experiences your child will have with a community outside the home. We believe Holy Nativity Pre-School offers a warm, loving, child-centered atmosphere that will allow children to grow comfortably toward their potential. We furnish experiences that will develop a greater awareness of each child's individuality. Each child has a unique personal potential which needs developing. We hope to promote within each child a movement to happy and fulfilling relationships.
We are a school that grew out of the Holy Nativity Christian community and continue to acknowledge our spiritual roots and traditions. Important holidays such as Easter, Passover, and Christmas are discussed with the children on their level. We believe it is essential for our children to experience these activities.
One of the things that is encouraged at Holy Nativity is a sense of community. The children find God's love as they interact with each other, their teachers and aides. They learn to care for each other as they study and play within a communal setting.
3 and 4 year old Program This class is for children who are turning 3 by December 31st or turning 4 in the fall or after the first of the year. This class meets MWF but your child may attend 2 or 3 days a week. We offer this flexible schedule to help accommodate the need of each individual child.
Pre-K Program This class is for children who are 4 years of age or are tuning 5 after September 1st which is the cut off for Kindergarten at Council Rock. This class meets MWF and emphasizes kindergarten readiness
Jump Start Program- 9:00 to 11:30AM. This class is designed for children who are two years of age at the start of the program and children just turning 3 years of age. Children do not need to be potty trained. These programs are designed to introduce children to the school setting and concentrate on socialization activities. They also include activities to stimulate emotional, social, mental and physical development. The children can attend two or three days a week.
The Enrichment Program The program meets Monday-Wednesday from 12:30 to 3:00 PM. The children who attend this program have lunch from 11:30 to 12:30 and then attend their class. The price for lunch is included in with the enrichment tuition so you will not be billed extra for lunch. This program focuses on science, computers, math, cooking, Spanish, multicultural customs, gym and art. We also offer flexible classes where you can pick the days your child attends enrichment class. Your child can attend one or two classes a week.
Lunch Bunch Program We also offer an extended day program which allows the morning children to stay with a lunch from 11:30 until 1:00 or 11:30 until 2:00. The fee is $6.00 until 1:00 and $12.00 until 2:00. You are billed once a month for lunch. After eating, the children are supervised in various recreational and art activities.
3 and 4 year old Class
This class is for children who are turning 3 by December 31st or turning 4 in the fall or after the first of the year. This class meets every MWF but your child may attend 2 or 3 days a week. We offer this flexible schedule to help accommodate the need of each individual child. This class meets from 9:00 to 11:30. The children are exposed to free play, art, music, gym, circle time, snack and story time. This is most likely the first school setting experience for your child, a smooth transition from home to school is encouraged. The children will be learning to socialize with each other in a loving, happy and positive environment. The children are also learning how to share and be kind to one another by taking turns with toys and in playing games. Sitting for a story and listening is also encouraged at this age level. The children will also be working on their small motor skills by playing with play doe, manipulative toys and finger painting. Within their own time frame the children start tracing their name and cutting with scissors. The children are exposed to the Letter of the week and create a craft that begins with that letter. They also listen to the sounds of the letters and the feel of the letters. Each child develops at their own pace and through his own initiative and curiosity within a cooperative and nurturing environment. Every child is unique and will be developing their skills at different times and different ways. Children learn through their senses of hearing, sight, touch etc., we therefore expose the children to all methods of learning which helps them grow in their own time frame. We also provide a weekly Gym Class for a half hour which nurtures their beginning love of exercise. A developmentally appropriate Music Class is also provided once a week, this class develops an appreciation and love of music.
4 and 5 year old Class
This class is for children who are 4 years of age or who are turning 5 years of age after September 1st which is the cut off for Kindergarten at Council Rock. This program is also suited for children whose parents have decided another year of Pre-School would be in their best interest before kindergarten. These children can attend three, four or five days a week within our three day program or 5 day program. The children are exposed to free play, art, music, gym, circle time, snack and story time. The children are also encouraged to socialize within a loving, happy and positive setting. The 4 and 5 year old program encourages printing of their names on all art projects and tracing the letter of the week on their letter page as well as their number pages. After the first of the year tracing their full name is encouraged. The children practice cutting with scissors daily. The children work on counting, classifying, and identification of the sight and sounds of each letter of the alphabet as well as number recognition. All of these skills are kindergarten readiness skills which prepare them for kindergarten. Again, please note that every child is unique and develops at their own pace and we firmly believe in not pushing a child but encouraging in a loving manner when they are ready to move on to a new task. Any developmental issues are immediately addressed with the parents so we can work with a team approach so they can be resolved. We also provide a weekly Gym Class for a half hour which nurtures a beginning love of exercise. A developmentally appropriate Music Class is also a provided once a week. This class develops an appreciation and love of music with the children participating in songs and movement.
Additionally the children can participate in our Enrichment Program in the afternoon. The program meets Monday and Wednesday from 12:30 to 3:00 PM. The children who attend this program have lunch from 11:30 to 12:30 and then attend their class. The price for lunch is included in with the enrichment tuition so you will not be billed extra for lunch. This program focuses on science, computers, math, cooking, Spanish, multicultural customs, gym and art. The program is flexible and you can pick the days your child attends the enrichment classes. Your child can attend one or two classes a week.
Our Curriculum and Activities
Our curriculum includes readiness activities such as learning numbers, alphabet letters, shapes and colors. Music, story-telling, language development, group discussions, beginning science and nature study, field trips, arts and crafts, social skill, outdoor free play, and educational games are also integrated into the program. Our 3 and 5 day classes include activities to enhance kindergarten readiness. A Music Enrichment and gym program is offered once a week for all classes.
The daily schedule provides time for both quiet and active experiences. There is a great amount of flexibility in our schedule so we may address each child's interest level. Outdoor play is also part of our daily routine, weather permitting. Periodically, the Vicar invites the children into the Church to discuss the seasons of the church year.
We provide a daily snack to each child preceded by a prayer of thanks. Snacks usually consist of spring water, animal crackers or pretzels. Occasionally fresh fruit, vegetables, etc. are served. If your child is on any kind of RESTRICTED or SPECIAL DIET, please notify us before school begins so we may accommodate his/her needs.
Cooking is often included in our activities to add another learning experience. Furthermore, it's fun for the children to eat what they prepare. Birthday parties are also fun and you are welcome to talk with the teacher about this. We celebrate special holidays and ask parents to contribute party supplies.
We have an annual Art Show in the Spring. A few of the children’s art pieces are kept each month and displayed at our show.
Our trips are to Solly Brothers for pumpkin picking in the fall and The Churchville Nature Center in the Spring. We also have several visitors such as the fireman, dentist, librarian etc.
Registration and Tuition
The registration fee is $50.00. Registration fee must accompany completed registration forms. A separate registration form should be completed for each child, however only one registration fee per family is required. This registration fee is waived for Holy Nativity Church Members.
Annual tuition for the 2017-2018 school year is:
- Two Day - $1,750.00 - ($175.00 per month 9am to 11:30am)
- Two Day Extended - $2,300.00 ( $230.00 Month 9am to 1 pm)
- Three Day - $2,200.00 ($220.00 per month 9 am to 11:30am)
- Three Day Extended - $2,800.00 ( $280.00 Month 9 am to 1 pm
- Five Day - $3,000.00 ( $300.00 per month 9 am to 11:30 am)
- Five Day Extended - $3,500.00 ( $ 350.00 per month 9am to 1 pm)
- 1 Day PM Enrichment class - $1,.000.00 ($100.00 per month)
- 2 Day PM Enrichment class - $1,950.00 ($195.00 per month)
- Drop in Enrichment - $25.00 per day
- If your child stays for Lunch bunch the fee is $8.00 to 1PM and $12.00 to 2PM
For your convenience, annual tuition is divided into ten equal installment payments.
- Installment #1 is due by - August 1st
- Installment #2 is due by - September 1st
- Installment #3 is due by - October 1st
- Installment #4 is due by- November 1st
- Installment #5 is due by- December 1st
- Installment #6 is due by- January 1st
- Installment #7 is due by- February 1st
- Installment #8 is due by - March 1st
- Installment #9 is due by - April 1st
- Installment #10 is due by - May 1st
If tuition is not paid by the 15th of the month, a $25.00 penalty is added. In addition, if the check is returned to us, the bank charge is added. After 2 months of not paying your bill, your child will not be able to attend school until the situation is resolved.
Discounts for families with more than one child, the second child's tuition (the lesser tuition) will be discounted by 10%.
Health and Dress Code
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THE SCHOOL BE GIVEN COMPLETE AND UP-TO-DATE MEDICAL INFORMATION, ESPECIALLY REGARDING ALLERGIES.
Each year the children are offered an eye test by the Association for the Blind. Parents will be notified about any concerns. In order to keep our Pre-School a healthy environment, it is essential that any child showing any evidence of fever, runny nose (yellow mucus), or illness, be kept at home. The school should be notified of communicable diseases, and the child shall not be permitted in school for the duration of the illness. (e.g. Chicken Pox, Impetigo, Ringworm, Scabies, Tonsillitis, Trachoma, Head Lice). A doctor's release should accompany the child upon return to school. We also incorporate hand washing before snack to help eliminate germs for the health and safety of our children. The PreSchool staff is not permitted to administer medications to the children. However, in cases of emergency such as bee stings asthma attacks etc. exceptions will be made. A signed permission slip by the parents must accompany the medication.
Clothing and Dress Code
Please encourage your child to develop independence in getting dressed. We suggest name tags on outer-wear as children sometimes forget what they had on when they left home! Children should be dressed comfortably. If the girls wear dresses, they should also wear tights so they can do tumbling activities. Sneakers or soft-soled shoes should be worn to prevent accidents during running activities. Please send a spare set of clothes in case of an accident.
"Cubbies" are provided for the children's work and notes to parents. A place to hang outer garments is also provided.
Drop-off and Pick-up
Except in the case of inclement weather or icy conditions, children should enter and exit the building using the lower driveway door. This door is opened five minutes before class begins. We ask your cooperation in returning for your child five minutes prior to dismissal. This allows you time to collect projects and check for outerwear and it also provides reassurance to your child that he or she has not been "forgotten." Beginning five minutes after dismissal, you will be charged $5.00 for every five minutes that you are late in picking up your child.
NO CHILD WILL BE RELEASED TO ANYONE UNLESS AUTHORIZED IN PERSON OR IN WRITING BY THE PARENT.
Guidelines for those registered under Megan's Law To ensure the safety of the Pre-School students, siblings and other children, no persons registered under Megan’s Law will be permitted on school/church property.
Guidelines for Persistent Inappropriate Behavior
Persistent inappropriate behavior is any inappropriate behavior which continues after the progressive guidance steps have been used; any behavior which threatens the health or safety of other children or staff; or a continuous inability to conform to the rules and guidelines of our program. We will use the following progressive procedures:
- We will observe and record the child's inappropriate behavior.
- We will document what we have done to try to change the behavior.
- If inappropriate behavior continues, parents will be asked to participate in an immediate parent-teacher conference. A specific action plan will be developed at this conference to address the behavior. The action plan will outline all steps the staff will take to try to change the behavior, all steps the parents will take, and all steps toward disenrollment if the behavior persists.
- The Director may suggest outside resources to parents and we will work with any outside resource for further guidance in responding to the child's behavior.
- If the inappropriate behavior continues, parents will be asked to keep the child home for a day or two.
- If the inappropriate behavior persists after the child is kept home for several occasions, we will request that the child be dismissed.
Guidelines for Immediate Disenrollment
Certain behavior may cause a significant risk of harm to the health and safety of other children or staff. (For example, a physical assault which results in serious bodily injury, an attempted physical assault which if completed, would result in serious bodily injury, substantial damage to school or personal property, etc.).
We may disenroll any child whose behavior creates a significant risk of harm to the health and safety of other children or staff, without following the guidance steps outlined above. Weapons of any kind are forbidden.
If a weapon is brought to school, disciplinary action will be taken.
In the event of ice or snow, we use Council Rock's decision for school closings. The school number is 757. If there is a 2 hour delay our AM class will have a one hour delay- class starting at 10:00 and ending at 12:00. Lunch will be held from 12:00 until 12:30. Our PM class will follow their regular schedule from 12:30 until 3:00. Parents will be notified by e-mail the morning of the delay. We make every effort to compensate for days lost due to emergency closings.
Preschool Staff and Advisory Board
- Josephine Durkin, Teacher/Director
- Nicole Schaaf, Teacher
- Sara Cullison, Teacher
- Julie Baker, Music Teacher
- Chris Riley, Teacher Assistant
- Michele Szarko, Teacher Assistant
- Jackie Repper, Teacher Assistant
- Fran Carrigan, Teacher Assistant
- Sue Schaaf, Teacher Assistant
- Mary Beth Burt, Teacher Assistant
- Jessica Coates, Gym Teacher
- The Rev. Lisa Keppeler, Priest in Charge
- Jennifer Giacobetti, Treasurer
- Josephine Durkin, Chair
- Angela Brodrecht
- Colleen Doyne, Mother Liason
- Jen Mitschele, Mother Liaison
Holy Nativity Pre-School is very proud of the fact that our teachers are all state certified and are members of Bucks County Association for the Education of Young Children (BCAEYC). The teachers attend early childhood seminars yearly along with updating their CPR certification. Our staff also participates in outside community projects for the benefit of others. Our teachers have been with our Pre-School for a number of years which greatly adds to the stability of our program.
If you would like more information about Holy Nativity Preschool, or would like to receive a Registration Form in the mail, please provide your contact information and questions or request in an email to Josephine Durkin- firstname.lastname@example.org or call (215) 778-4803 . The Director will get back to you as soon as possible. Blessings and Peace in Christ.