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Class Handbook  

Dear Families,

We are very excited that the school year has finally arrived; and, we’re certain that you have questions about how things will work in your child’s classroom.  We addressed most of these things at orientation, but thought it best for you to have the pertinent information to which you can refer at home as well…. 

CONTACT
When you need to get in touch with me, please use the communication log (which will be in the folder)
or call and leave a message with the school (706) 629-4404.  You can also email me at swhittenburg@gcbe.org.  It is difficult to try and talk between 7:15 and 2:20 because we have duties that must be completed; therefore, we cannot give you the undivided attention you deserve.  We can meet after school at 2:30 or before 7:15 at your convenience.  

SCHOOL DAY
The school day will begin at 7:45 and end at 2:20.  Children may be dropped off in the morning from 7:10-7:45.  If you need to drop your child off earlier than 7:10, they need to go to the lunchroom for before school care.  If your child is late, please carry them into the office to get a tardy slip, and then bring them to the classroom.

SNACK

If you are able and so desire, we would be most grateful for any snacks you send (at the beginning of each month)…Please remember to send enough for 20! We will keep you informed of our supply in the newsletter.  

LUNCH MONEY
Please put lunch money in an envelope or baggie IN YOUR CHILD’S FOLDER with

Your child’s name and ID number.  

ID NUMBER
Students will be issued an ID number that will follow them through school.  It is a random number they will use to get their breakfast and lunch.  We will be learning the ID numbers through the year, and also ask that you put their ID number on ANY money sent to school.  The ID number will be on the inside flap of your child’s folder.

BIRTHDAYS

On your child’s birthday, you are welcome to bring in drinks or snack of his or her choice.  We only ask that you bring them in during snack time or during lunch whichever is most convenient for you; and, please let us know in advance.  

DISCIPLINE
If your child is displaying inappropriate behavior or not following class rules, there will be consequences.  We will be sending home a folder each day with your child’s completed work; and, this folder will have a communication log by which you will be informed of any problems, concerns, or praises.    

Our first priority is keeping all children safe.  Office personnel will be involved in cases of biting, hitting, kicking, or other violent behavior or incessant behavioral problems (which I know we will not have)!

Habitual violators of behavior problems can result in dismissal from Pre-K program.

ATTENDANCE

Please try to have your child at school every day and on time!  It is not possible for children to make up the activities in Pre-K, therefore, it is imperative that they be here if at all possible.   Excessive tardiness and absences can result in dismissal from Pre-K program.

SICKNESS
If your child has a fever, diarrhea, has thrown up, or has a contagious disease, please
do not send them to school. They will feel better at home, and there is less chance of other children and teachers catching the sickness.

LICE
If your child comes to school with nits, there will be a note sent home.  If a live louse is found, a parent will be called to pick up their child.  In both cases, the nurse will have to check the child’s head before they come back to the classroom.

TRANSPORTATION
If there are changes in your child’s afternoon transportation, please write us a note and put it in your child’s folder.

CAR RIDERS
Children who are car riders are to be picked up between 2:20 and 2:40 in the circle in front of the school entrance.  If you need to buckle your child up, please pull up out of the way to keep traffic flowing.  Parents are not allowed to park their cars and walk to pick children up.  If you have older children, they will need to sit with the Pre-K student.

INFORMATION
If the phone numbers or addresses on your child’s white card in the office should change during the year, PLEASE let us know.  Home and cell phone numbers need to be kept up to date.  This is very important so that we may reach you in case of emergencies.

FIELD TRIPS
We will be going on several field trips throughout the year.  We will let you know where and when as soon as possible so that you can mark your calendars.  Due to limited seating, parents are not permitted to attend some of our field trip (the preK pops).  There are some field trips on which parents are welcome to attend.  We will let you know ASAP the dates and times of all the outings.

EARLY RELEASE
There are several early release days listed on the school calendar.  School will dismiss at 12:00 on those days.   

CLOTHING
Please send your child in comfortable clothing that can be messed up.  We do use paint and other fun stuff, and we also go outside or play in the gym almost every day.  Flip flops are not allowed for safety reasons.  Also, send your child with a jacket if it is cold, so that we may go outside if the weather is pretty.

EXTRA CLOTHES
Please send a change of clothes for your child…a complete change of clothing is necessary…pants, short sleeve and long sleeve shirts, socks, and underwear to school.  Accidents do happen, and this makes it easier on everyone.  If your child does have an accident, and we borrow clothes from the family interventionist,
please wash and send those clothes back to us as soon as possible.

REST TIME
We will have an hour long rest time every day.  Please send 2 towels for your child to use.  All this should fit in their backpack.  Towels will be sent home every other Friday for washing.

MEDICATION
If your child needs to take medication during the day, please send a dated note with the medication letting us know what time the child needs to take the medication and how much they should be given.   If your child occasionally needs Tylenol, you will need to bring a small bottle to the school nurse.  The school nurse will administer the Tylenol to the child, but cannot supply enough for every child.

VOLUNTEERS
We would love to have parent and grandparent volunteers in the class.  Let us know when you are available!

VISITOR’S PASS
As a safety precaution, we are asking that any parent who enters the Pre-K building from 7:15 to 2:30 have on a visitors pass.  The visitors pass can be obtained in the office.  We want all our children to be safe!

RESOURCES AT TOLBERT
Principal-Mrs. Sket Angland

Assistant Principal-Mrs. Holly Sisson

Guidance Counselor-Ms. Melanie Johnson

Family interventionist – Mrs. Sherri Hill

These ladies can help with medical, housing, clothing, dental, and emotional problems.  Let me know if you need any school supplies for use at home.

DONATIONS
If everyone pitches in and helps out with snacks and supplies we would be most appreciative.  I will address the needed items in the weekly newsletter!  



If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please let us know.  Together we will make this the best school year ever for your child!  Lastly, We want to thank you for sharing your child with us!  We are going to have a great year!

Ms. Shannon and Mrs. Nation