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Prairie Children


Indian Prairie School District 204

Parent Handbook


Prairie Children Preschool

Indian Prairie School District 204

Quick Reference Guide

Main Site: 780 Shoreline Drive

Aurora, IL 60504

Main Phone: (630) 375-3030

Absence Phone: (630) 375-3992

Fax: (630) 375-3029

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Student Hours: 8:15 – 10:45 (a.m. classes)

12:15 – 2:45 (p.m. classes)

Principal: Sally A. Osborne Student Services Coordinator: Betsy Schrubbe Program Coordinator: Cheri Carroll Diagnostic Coordinator: Jeannette Kosenesky Secretary: Dora Gallegos Secretary: Teri Francis Secretary: Carmen Gauger Building Nurse: Jennifer Jefferis Certified School Nurse: Karen Elmgren Visit our website: preschool.ipsd.org 780 Shoreline Drive Aurora, Illinois 60504 Voice: 630.375.3030  Fax: 630.375.3029 preschool.ipsd.org Dear Preschool Families, Welcome to Prairie Children Preschool! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to work with your child during the most critical years of growth and development. Research continues to show that good teaching and parent involvement, during the early years, has a tremendous impact on future learning and development. Through a strong partnership between a dedicated staff and involved parents, your child will experience academic success, while engaging in opportunities that promote social/emotional competence.

Our Preschool vision and mission are aligned to core values and best practices that are necessary to support the learning of all students; “Working with families to provide positive learning experiences so that all children will achieve foundational skills and knowledge for future success.” As parents and educators, we must work together to continually evaluate not only what we teach but how we teach in order to maintain the standard of excellence that we currently enjoy.

The information outlined within this “Parent Handbook” is designed to give you an overview of our educational program, along with guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all children. If you have questions, at any time throughout the school year, please feel free to contact our school office.

We, the staff members at Prairie Children Preschool, look forward to working with you to provide many enriching and memorable experiences for you and your child.

Sincerely, Sally A. Osborne Principal Prairie Children Preschool 780 Shore line Drive, Aurora, IL 60504 Phone : 630.375.3030 Fa x: 630.375.3029 Attendance Line: 630.375.3992

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Quick Reference Guide Mission Statement/Principal’s Letter Preschool Calendar Enrollment Requirements Residency

Certificate of Health Exam

The Preschool Program

English Language Learners (ELL) Supports

Daily Schedule


3 Year Old Target Skills

4 Year Old Target Skills

Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies

PATHS (Promoting Positive Thinking Strategies)

School Supplies

Visitors to the Preschool

Health Issues Illness


Vision and Hearing Screening

Communicable Diseases


Holidays and Birthdays Holidays


Arrival/Departure Guidelines

Emergency School Closings/Inclement Weather

Parent Involvement

Tuition Due Dates

Payment options

Tuition Policies/Procedures

Further Information Videotaping/Pictures

Integrated Pest Management

Addendum MealPay Plus Online Payment Program Prairie Children Preschool Information Enrollment Requirements

Before enrolling at Prairie Children Preschool, each child is required to present:

• District #204 Registration Forms

• Proof of Residence in Indian Prairie School District 204

• Copy of Birth Certificate

• Certificate of Child Health Examination

• Student Health Information Card

• Emergency Consent Form Children must be 3 years on or before September 1st of the current school year to be in enrolled in preschool. Children, who are 5 on or before September 1st of the current school year, will attend Kindergarten at their home elementary school.

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Your family must reside in Indian Prairie School District 204 in order for your child to attend the Preschool. You must prove residency with three documents every school year

your child attends preschool, one document from each group listed:

• Group A: Title evidence, mortgage statement, lease agreement, or tax bill;

• Group B: Utility Bill (such as an electric bill, gas bill, or home phone bill); a cell phone bill is not a utility bill and will not be accepted

• Group C: Illinois Driver’s License, Illinois State Identification Card, other acceptable photo identification, voter’s registration card, loan payment book, home insurance policy, bank account paperwork, medical card, permanent resident card.

It is your responsibility to notify the Preschool office of your move out of the district.

Administrative staff will then work with you to discuss a reasonable transition for your child regarding their exit from the program.

Certificate of Health Exam Illinois State law requires that each child must complete a physical examination and immunization against preventable communicable diseases, including but not limited to measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT), poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, chicken pox, and haemophilus influenza B. A record of the necessary immunizations must be presented. Failure to comply with turning in a physical exam by the last Monday in September for the current school year, will result in the student's exclusion from school until the required health forms are presented to the school.

The Preschool Program Prairie Children Preschool serves children, ages three and four. The Preschool classrooms are located on the first floor of the Crouse

Educational Center (CEC). Session times are as follows:

AM 8:15-10:45 PM 12:15-2:45 Classrooms are composed of up to 18 children, 5-6 children with disabilities and the remainder typically developing peers. One teacher and two teacher assistants are staffed in each classroom. Classroom teachers are required to have a four year teaching degree with an emphasis on early childhood education. Requirements also include certification by the Illinois State Board of Education in both general education and special education.

In addition, related service staff (speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists) provides services to children with disabilities, as needed. Mental health professionals, such as psychologists and social workers, are also part of your child’s classroom team to support the learning of all children.

English Language Learner (ELL) Supports Prairie Children Preschool values the linguistic and cultural diversity that families bring to our school. English Language Learners bring diverse cultural knowledge and experiences that contribute positively to the classroom and school environment. In keeping with our mission, the Preschool staff partner with families to support a rich language foundation in each child’s home language.

The Federal NCLB – Title III Act and the Illinois School Code require that each school district administer a Home Language Survey to every student entering school for the first time. Based upon the Home Language Survey, English Language Learner (ELL) supports are determined and made available for children within the Preschool.

Additional information on English Language Learner (ELL) programming is available on the District #204 website: www.ipsd.org.

Daily Schedule A daily schedule provides a basic consistent routine to meet a child’s individual needs. A good schedule offers balance between active and quiet time; large group, small group and individual activities; indoor and outdoor play and time for children to choose their own activities, as well as a time for teacher-directed activities.

The daily schedule is flexible, and at times, spontaneous, to meet individual and group

interests. The Prairie Children Preschool schedule includes:

• Arrival time/Fine motor activities

• Large group instruction

• Center/ Small group instruction

• Snack

• Music/Movement

• Literacy/Language

• Dismissal Curriculum/Assessment The Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards (IELDS) provide the framework for instruction within the program. Prairie Children Preschool adopted the Creative Curriculum, fifth edition, which is aligned to the Illinois Standards and outlines specific learning targets for preschool age children. The IELDS align to the Illinois Kindergarten Standards and the Common Core Standards for Kindergarten.

Concepts and skills related to language arts, math, science, social studies, physical development and health and social/emotional milestones are developed through instructional units. Children will acquire these skills through a balance of teacher-directed and child-initiated learning opportunities. Children are taught in small group, large group and individualized settings which promote independence, problem solving, cooperative learning, and self-confidence.

Teaching Strategies Gold Progress through the curriculum is monitored in order to ensure that all children are learning and acquiring skills/concepts being taught. A checklist from the Teaching Strategies Gold is used to gauge each child’s progress. Information from the checklists is reviewed by staff and used to guide instructional planning within the classroom.

A report card for each child is compiled in the Fall and the Spring, and shared with parents.

Individual Growth and Developmental Indicators Early literacy and language skills are monitored through the Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDIs). This general outcome measurement for preschoolers includes three tasks: alliteration (matching pictures that start with the same sound), picture naming (naming pictured objects), and rhyming (matching pictured objects that rhyme). Staff utilizes the information from the IGDI outcomes to design and deliver instructional activities. (See 3 and 4 year old target skills on the following pages.) 3 Year Old Target Skills Social-Emotional

• Treats arrival and departure as routine parts of the day (ex: understands hang up backpack, coat.../get ready to go, put on coat, backpack…)

• Identifies and labels own feelings

• Uses self-help skills with occasional reminders

• Uses materials in appropriate ways

• Follows classroom rules with reminders

• Works/plays cooperatively with one other child

• With prompts, shares or takes turns with others

• Accepts compromise when suggested by peer or teacher Physical Development and Health

• Moves with directions and beginning coordination (ex: jumping, running, hopping)

• Attempts to walk along a line, stepping off occasionally

• Climbs a short, wide ladder

• Manipulates objects with hand (ex: transfers objects, uses pincer grasp).

• Performs simple manipulations (ex: cutting on a line)

• Holds a marker or crayon with thumb and 2 fingers, makes simple strokes Mathematics and Science

• Sorts objects by one property such as size, shape color or use

• Notices similarities and differences

• Notices and recreates simple patterns with objects

• Shows comprehension of basic positional words or concepts

• Matches pairs of objects in one to one correspondence

• Imitates counting behavior using number names (may not always say one number per item or get the sequence right) Language Arts

• Plays with words, sounds and rhymes

• Uses simple 3-4 word sentences to express wants and needs

• Follows 1 step directions

• Answers simple questions with one or two words

• Knows that print carries a message

• Recognizes and identifies a few letters by name

• Imitates act of reading in play

• Imitates act of writing in play 4 Year Old Target Skills Social-Emotional

• Accepts changes in daily schedules and routines

• Is able to describe feelings and their causes

• Uses self-help skills and participates in chores without reminders

• Puts away used materials before starting another activity

• Understands and follows classroom rules without reminders

• Successfully enters a group and plays cooperatively

• Shares toys or allows turn in response to another child’s request

• Suggests a solution to solve a problem, seeks assistance when needed Physical Development and Health

• Moves with direction and increasing coordination

• Walks forward easily, and backward with effort, along a wide beam

• Climbs up and down stairs, ladders and around obstacles

• Manipulates smaller objects with increasing control. Performs simple manipulations with increasing control.

• Makes several basic strokes or figures, draws some recognizable objects. Copies and draws simple shapes, letters, and words, including name.

Math and Science

• Sorts a group of objects by one property and then by another

• Uses comparative words related to number, size, shape, color

• Extends patterns or creates simple patterns of own design

• Understands and uses positional words correctly

• Places objects in one-to-one correspondence with another set

• Counts correctly up to 5 or so using one number for each object (may not always keep track of what has or has not been counted)

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This thoughtful approach assists children in developing a sense of security and safety in the school environment as well as respect for self and others. Through positive

interactions in a caring atmosphere, these techniques/strategies will be utilized as follows:

state rules and guidelines, set limits, maintain consistency and model appropriate behavior.

How Can Parents Support ?

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