Teacher: Mrs. Aslan
- 8:15-9:00-Morning Centers
- 9:00-9:30-Morning Circle Time
- 9:30-9:45- Bathroom break
- 9:45-10:00-Morning snack
- 10-00-10:30-Outside-gross motor
- 10:30-10:45- Bathroom breaks
- 10:45-11:30-Learning Centers(Math, Science, Language art, Social Science, Computers)
- 11:30-11:45- Reading
- 11:45-12:30-Bathroom break/Lunch
- 12:30-2:20- Nap
- 2:20-2:40-Afternoon snack
- 2:40-3:00-Afternoon Circle,reading.
- 3:00-3:30-Outside/Gross motor
*Please note that schedule may be modified periodically depending on the needs of the children.
Children are expected to be on time for school each morning. Please refer to the student handbook for more information. Our learning day starts promptly at 8:15am. Children are marked tardy after 8:15am, and parents must get a Tardy Slip from Office before entering the classroom. When students come in late, it is very distracting for the other students who are trying to listen and participate in learning time. Morning drop-off time starts at 8:00am. If you need to drop-off your child before 8:00am, please enroll your child in our Before-Care program, running from 7:00-8:00am.
At the end of the school day, please be sure to pick up your child from 3:30 to 3:45pm. Children not picked up by 3:45pm will be sent to a late pick up room to wait for their parents. Parents will be charged $1.00 for every minute they are late after 3:45pm. If you know you will be late on a regular basis, please enroll your child in our Aftercare program (which runs from 3:45 to 6:00pm).
Each day, as you enter the school in the morning, please use Sign-in sheet located on the inside next to the classroom door, to sign your child “in” noting the time and your initials. At the end of each day, please sign-out your child, also noting the time and your initials. This is a licensing requirement. All students in Preschool must be properly signed in/out each day, and they must be escorted to /from the classroom by their parent, guardian or approved pick-up/drop-off person.
Uniform and Personal Appearance:
Please refer to the student handbook. This year we have new uniforms available online through a link on the Pinnacle Academy webpage! Children in preschool are allowed to wear the Pinnacle PE Uniform daily if they wish. However, students may also choose to wear the regular school uniform-navy pants (or jumper for girls), and white/burgundy polo (with the pinnacle academy logo).
(More information is available on www.pinnacleacademyva.com)
This year, the Preschool classroom supplies will be purchased in bulk, allowing us to get a wider variety of necessary age-appropriate materials for our learning and classroom needs at a lower bulk price. Pinnacle Academy is charging a Pre-School Supply Fee of $75.00 per student. In addition to the Supply Fee above, children will also need to bring in their own headphones for Computer Class.
Other Daily Necessities:
For snack-times, children will need 2 healthy snacks each day and a bottle of water (refillable bottles are encouraged). For lunch, children should bring in a healthy lunch with a drink, in a lunch box. Lunches can also be purchased in advance through the school or the PTO (on Pizza Fridays).
Please do not send in cookies, cakes, candy, or other “junk” foods for snacks or lunch. Snacks and lunches need to be labeled EACH DAY with the correct date and your child’s name and placed in a separate lunch box (This is a licensing requirement).
Children will need to have a full change of clothes in their cubbies (in case of accidents or spills). The change of clothes should include underwear, socks, pants/shorts, shirt, and shoes. Please bring it in a zippered gallon-size plastic bag with your child’s name on the bag and on each piece of clothing. We use cots for rest time. Your child will need a fitted sheet (crib-size or toddler-bed size), and a blanket. If you wish you may send in a small pillow only, (not a bed-sized pillow) and small stuffed toy for your child to use only at rest time. Again please leave all other toys at home… All rest time items must be able to fit in the small lower compartment of each child’s cubby unit. (We do not store bedding on the cots; we keep it in the lower cubby compartment when it’s not in use.)
School and Classroom Rules:
Our specific Class Rules are: Listen to your teachers and friends; keep your hands and feet to yourself; use an inside voice; walk inside; clean up after yourself; and share and take turns. We will also focus on self-help skills.
Children will learn how to take care of their personal needs. For instance, putting on and taking off shoes, cleaning up after each meal, putting their belongings away, etc. Self-help skills foster independence, confidence, and self-reliance. Please leave personal toys, books, and games at home; they are a distraction to learning.
Overview of Curriculum Content for Pre-School:
We will follow Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning:
Comprehensive Standards for Three Year-Olds, and add elements to ensure children’s confidence in all developmental domains and enforce number recognition. During the month of September, we will let the children gain comfort in their new environment. We will be helping them become accustomed to the classroom rules, routines, and expectations. Once the children feel comfortable in their new environment, we will begin the learning process.
Usually by October the children are comfortable and ready. We will still introduce and go over learning lessons in September, but in a more informal casual manner, as not to overwhelm the children. Our learning will consist of a strong theoretical framework for delivering high-quality educational experiences to young children, emphasizing developmentally appropriate teaching practices and expected learning outcomes for young children. Our focus is that all children become confident in all developmental domains- fine & gross motor, cognitive, socio-emotional, math & science, and language & literacy. In addition to these domains, our children will explore diversity related topics in order to foster a community of multiculturalism.
We will focus on proper pencil grip (fine motor skill), letter recognition, basic phonics, two to three letter sight words, understanding of pictures and events in a book- such as imitating an action seen in a picture or talking about the events in a story, letter and word matching games, story time and comprehension, rhyming, and interactive & letter games.
A preschool classroom’s physical and teaching environments should capitalize on children’s natural, spontaneous interactions with math in the world around them by featuring a wide variety of ongoing mathematical opportunities. Therefore, we will not only focus on teacher directed activities, but engage in opportunities that incorporate math in all areas of the classroom. We may count and sort letters, or classify manipulatives by size and shape, or something as simple as count how many grapes you have in your lunch, for example. We will emphasize special relations and measurements, compare, contrast and order, a shape identification, arrange and count different kinds of objects to demonstrate understanding of the consistency of quantities, and use one to one correspondence to solve problems by matching sets.
We will introduce Science activities and explorations at an age appropriate level and use it to explore nature and the environment around us. We will cover many topics, including: sink/float, push/pull, living/non-living, color mixing, magnets, the five senses, our bodies, textures, growth (plants, animals, insects, people), using a balance scale, seasons, weather, classifying objects, and other phenomena.
We will explore families, diversity, similarities/differences, friendships and social skills, community helpers, neighborhoods, cultural celebrations, and family/school routines. Diversity, multicultural development, and comprehension of cultures will be an ongoing theme in the classroom.
Art and creative expression:
We will focus on theme-related art activities and projects. There will be plenty of opportunities for open-ended activities, however, most will consist of painting, gluing, collages, mosaics, and play dough.
Preschool report cards will be distributed on the same schedule as the rest of the school, but our report cards are not on SIS. Our report cards are done manually, and children do not receive “letter” grades per subject. Our report cards are developmental, and will inform you of your child’s progress in all of the Preschool subject areas (per the Virginia Foundation for Blocks for Early Learning).
Thank you and we look forward to challenging the minds of your little ones,