Early Start Class
– 2 Day Class (for 3 year olds ) meets Tuesday and Thursday
The 2 Day Class meets from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Children must be 3 years old by January 1st and potty trained. This is the first school experience for most of the children. The purpose of this program is to help the children learn about routines, follow directions, and interact with other children their own age. The first part of the year is devoted to helping the children get used to school routines. During the second half of the year, the teachers will assist the children with fine motors skills: mainly, learning to use scissors. Our goal is to help the children learn in a safe and nourishing environment that is also fun. Parent Conferences will take place in April.
The class schedule begins with free play as soon as the children enter their classroom. The children are able to socialize with one another and explore their environment during free play. Free Play lasts for about 45 minutes. The children have many activities to choose from including a play dough table, the train table, a craft table, the kitchen area, etc. After free play, the children come to the rug for circle time which includes a short story immediately followed by a fun easy craft. Craft time is followed by a bathroom break and snack time. The children will also enjoy music, show & tell, and outdoor playtime when the weather permits.
– 2 Day Class (for 3 ½ – 4 year olds) meets Tuesday and Thursday
– 3 Day Class (for 3 ½ – 4 year olds) meets Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
The 2 or 3 Day Class will meet from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Parents have an option of choosing a 2 or 3 Day Nursery Class. Students must be 4 years old by January 1st. The goal of the Nursery Classes is to work on all areas of development: social, cognitive, emotional, and physical through play, crafts, games, and movement. The curriculum focus is to prepare the children for the following year of Pre-K. Many of the skills taught in this class are an introduction to the skills needed for the following year. The children will be exposed to alphabet recognition skills, number skills, pencil skills and cutting skills. The children will also be encouraged to become independent with activities such as: washing their hands, packing up their backpacks, and putting on their own jackets. Parent Conferences will take place in March. It is truly amazing to witness the amount of growth that takes place during the school year at this age.
The class schedule begins with free play. Children are encouraged to interact with one another and explore different areas in the classroom. There are a variety of activities to choose from during free play: play dough, coloring, puzzles, train table, kitchen area, easel painting, etc. Free play is followed by circle time activities which include: the pledge of allegiance, calendar activities, & story time. After story time, the children go to their seats for craft time. Craft time is followed by a bathroom break & snack time. After snack, the children will enjoy music, show & tell, and outdoor playtime when the weather permits.
Pre-K Classes (4 & 5 year olds)
– 3 Day Class (for 4-5 year olds) meets Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
– 5 Day Class (for 4 -5 year olds) meets every day of the week
The 3 or 5 Day Pre-K Classes meet from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Parents have an option of choosing a 3 Day or 5 Day Pre-K class. There are 2 separate classrooms: one classroom offers the 3 day class and the other classroom offers the 5 Day class. Both programs are basically the same except for the number of days. The 5 Day program offers enrichment activities on Tuesday and Thursday.
Children must be 4 years of age by September 1st. In addition, all children must be going into kindergarten the following year in order to be eligible for this program. The main focus of the curriculum is to prepare the children for kindergarten. The children will develop alphabet recognition/ beginning sound skills, number recognition/counting skills, name writing skills, and language/listening skills. Children are encouraged to do things for themselves with minimal teacher assistance. Our teachers will keep you updated on your child’s progress in school. Parents are encouraged to ask questions and to speak to their child’s teacher regarding concerns about your child’s readiness. Parent conferences will take place in February. Our goal is to prepare each child as best as we can for their kindergarten year.
The class schedule begins with free play. Children are encouraged to interact with one another and explore different areas in the classroom. There are a variety of activities to choose from during free play: play dough, coloring, puzzles, kitchen area, easel painting, etc. Morning Activities consist of circle time activities which include: the pledge of allegiance, calendar activities, and story time. Each class will have craft time, a bathroom break & snack time. Additionally, the children will also enjoy music, show & tell, and outdoor playtime when the weather permits.
Extended Lunch Day (Optional Program Offered)
Extended Lunch Day is an optional program that is offered 5 Days a week from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Advanced sign up is required; same day sign up will have an additional cost. Early pick up at 1:00pm is also available.
Any child registered at our Nursery School is eligible to stay for Extended Lunch Day as long as they are completely potty trained (No Pull Ups). You may sign your child up for any day even if they do not attend school on a certain day. If you sign your child up for lunch day on a day that they do not normally attend classes, please do not arrive before 11:30 AM. Please wait until children from the morning classes are dismissed before you allow your child to enter the lunch day classroom.
Parents will receive a Lunch Day Calendar at the beginning of every month. We ask that you check off the dates that you would like your child to stay for lunch and submit the Calendar and your payment. Please do not include your lunch day payment with your tuition check. All Lunch Day checks should be separate from tuition. You may also pay in cash. Please make certain to pack a lunch for your child on the day he/she is staying for lunch. When you arrive at school, please have your child place their lunch box/bag in the Lunch Day bins outside the classrooms. Please remember to pack a drink and napkin for your child. Also, please make sure that your child’s lunch box/bag has his/her name on it.
After K Program (for Kindergarten children)
The After K Program is being offered 5 days a week from 12:00- 3:00 p.m. Parents will have the option of signing up for 5 days, 4 days, 3 days, 2 days or 1 day a week. Please Note: For planning purposes, the days you select will remain the same for the entire school year; days are not interchangeable.
This program is designed to provide enrichment both academically and socially for children enrolled in Kindergarten. The curriculum will focus on free play activities, physical activities and themed units. The focus of the After K program is to extend your child’s Kindergarten day with arts and crafts, science experiments, reading /writing activities, math activities and much more!
You will need to send a packed lunch for your child. Transportation for children from Rose Tree Elementary and Media Elementary can be provided by RTM. Children from Glenwood and Indian Lane are welcome but would need to have transportation provided for them due to the fact that RTM will not bus them.
- Early Start, Nursery & Pre-K Classes:
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
- Optional Lunch Day:
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (early pickup at 1:00 p.m.)
(Lunch Day may not be available on a few days during the school year; exceptions will be noted on the school schedule).
- After K Classes:
12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
- School Closures: Our school follows the Rose Tree Media School District (RTMSD) Calendar and will be closed on all official school holidays.
- When RTMSD is closed due to inclement weather, we will be closed.
- When RTMSD has a delayed opening, we will have a modified schedule (see Parent Handbook for exact dates and details)
- We use the same school closing number as RTMSD – 542.