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Grace Lutheran Preschool

PURPOSE

Grace Lutheran Preschool is owned and operated by Grace Lutheran Church as a ministry to the community. Its purpose is to aid parents in early childhood education. The program is designed to promote learning through work and play under the guidance of a qualified teacher and helper. The school is neither a babysitting service nor a daycare center. It is a teaching preschool conducted in a Christian environment and under the direction of a Christian teacher.

ADMINISTRATION

The preschool is part of the educational ministry of Grace Lutheran Church, and is operated under the guidance and direction of its Board of Christian Education. Staffing for each session includes a full-time teacher and a full-time paid helper. The Pastor will serve as counselor, The preschool director is overseer of the program and is also in charge of registration and fees, Any inquiries concerning these topics can be forwarded to the preschool director.

ENROLLMENT

Enrollment is limited to children 31/2 to 5 years of age, or two years before kindergarten. Your child must be 31/2 years old by August 31 st, or close to it. When we receive the completed application form and the registration fee, your child will be enrolled. Washington State requires that all children must have up-to-date immunizations before being admitted to preschool. Enrollment is based entirely on a "first-come-first served" basis. A waiting list will be established to fill vacancies should they occur during the school year. Grace Lutheran Preschool has a nondiscriminatory policy and admits students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

SCHOOL YEAR AND CLASS TIMES

The preschool generally follows the Blaine Public School year, beginning in September, but running only through May. Spring and Christmas vacations will be the same as the Blaine public schools, as well as national holidays where applicable. The preschool classes meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We operate two sessions: the morning session begins at 9:00 A.M. and ends at 11:00 A.M. The afternoon session is from 12:30 P. M. to 2:30 P. M.  Beginning  Fall 2011 we have added a 2 day per week morning class for the younger children, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.  Please check the class time you prefer on the attached application form.

COSTS

There are two distinct costs for the program: a materials and registration fee, and the monthly tuition fee, Our fees are set up to cover operational expenses only. We are a non-profit organization. Delinquent payments will produce a hardship on our operation, so prompt payment is appreciated. Fees are payable by cash or check to Grace Lutheran Church.

MATERIALS AND REGISTRATION FEE: This fee is $45.00 for the 3 day program and $30 for the 2 day program.

TUITION FEE: The monthly tuition fee is $95.00 per child for the 3 day program and $65.00 for the day program.

PROGRAM

We want your child's first school experience to be a happy and successful one, where he/she can grow and develop at his/her own pace. Our classroom is set up in learning centers which are prepared by the teachers to create ongoing learning activities in preparation for kindergarten. Included in the learning centers are games, hands-on objects and activities, books, pictures, puppets, toys, art supplies, and more. Group activities include music, circle games, story time, and field trips. We teach Christian values through a loving Christian atmosphere and Bible stories. This should not conflict with other Christian denominational teachings. Your child will develop self-confidence, independence and a love for God. We encourage parent participation in our program by sharing with the children any interesting talents, skills, or hobbies you may have. We also need parents to help with driving and supervision for our field trips.

If you have any questions at this time, please feel free to call the Preschool Director, Gail Wildermuth, at (360)371-7365 or the church at (360)332-6589.



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