How often will I receive reports of my child’s progress?

Throughout the year, teachers continuously evaluate your child’s growth and development during circle time activities, small and whole group instruction, one-on-one work, and classroom activities. Formal assessments are completed once per quarter, a total of four times during the school year. A portfolio of student work in different areas compliments the assessments. With the portfolio, a parent is able to not only hear about the child’s growth, but also see the growth through the various forms of work. Parent/Teacher conferences take place in the fall and spring of the school year.

How is discipline handled in my child’s classroom?

We believe many negative behaviors can improve with positive reinforcement of appropriate behavior. As a result, our primary disciplinary tactics with our young children include redirection and discussion. We encourage the communication of feelings and expressing those feelings using words rather than through aggressive actions. For persistent behaviors, or behaviors that could cause harm to others, it may be necessary for a child to take a short period of time away from the group before re-entering the class activity.

What can I do to prepare my shy child for the separation?

At Christian Life Schools, we encourage parents to be excited with their child about this new milestone! Every child’s first experience will be different, so engage in positive conversations when discussing preschool long before the start date. Most children have visited the school and are excited to attend “big school.” However, some children may have a more difficult time. Our “Meet the Teacher” event takes place prior to the start of the school year and is designed for all preschool and elementary children to meet their teacher and visit the classroom. It is also a wonderful opportunity to familiarize your child with his/her new classmates.

Advice & Helpful Hints for the First Days:
  • Let your child know that on the first day you will be dropping them off at school.
  • If you appear confident so will your child. You may feel a little bit sad and anxious but avoid displaying this to your child.
  • When arriving at school, let your child walk holding your hand instead of being carried.
  • Let them carry their own lunchbox or backpack so that they feel like a big boy/girl.
  • Drop your child off with his/her teacher and don’t drag out the goodbye process, as this will only send a mixed message.
  • Give your child a big hug or kiss, and let them know when you will return.
  • Always come back when you say you will and never sneak out, even if you think your child will cry.
  • The teacher will comfort your child if he/she cries. As hard as it sounds, this is an important step in their bonding process. Feel free to call and check on your child or to pick-up early during the first few days.

Is there a dress code?

Christian Life Schools has a uniform dress code for all students.

The goals of the uniform are as follows:
  • Promote unity among students
  • Provide a standard of dress that is easy to maintain and accessible to all
  • Promote neat, comfortable attire in a cost-efficient manner

What about naps?

Nap times are an important opportunity for young children to rest and recharge. During each afternoon of our full day programs, preschool and kindergarten children will be provided time to nap. The various nap times are developmentally appropriate for the different age groups. Most children nap or rest quietly. As children wake from rest time, they can select from a variety of quiet activities such as books, drawing, or puzzles. Sometimes, naps can present some special challenges. Please keep the following in mind: Each one may require different amounts of sleep and different routines. Your child may have different sleep preferences. Sometimes, children may avoid napping because they prefer to socialize or play with toys.

Does my child need to be potty-trained?

Yes. At Christian Life Schools, we consider children toilet trained when they are able to do the following:
  • Child is able to consistently urinate and have a bowel movement on the toilet.
  • Child is able to follow up when the teacher encourages them to use the toilet.
  • Child allows the teacher to change them if they have an accident, or are able to change themselves.

We understand that occasional accidents will occur and allow for some adjustment time for the children to become familiar with our program and the teachers. We are supportive of families needing help in this matter, but we do not do toilet training at the school. All children, regardless of their age, are expected to be fully toilet trained upon their start date.

What happens if my child doesn't feel well?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide care for your child when they are ill. Because we know it can be difficult to determine whether or not your child is well enough to come to school, below we have listed the guidelines the school uses to determine if a child is ill. These guidelines will determine whether your child may attend school, or if they need to be kept home or picked up due to illness.

  1. Fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  2. Diarrhea once a day, with a fever
  3. Diarrhea two times in a day, without a fever
  4. Vomiting one time in a day, with a fever
  5. Vomiting two times ina day, without a fever
  6. Excessive coughing, difficulty breathing
  7. Excessive runny nose with unclear/colored mucus
  8. Unidentified rash
  9. Runny, red eyes with a discharge (pink eye)
  10. Listlessness or inability to participate normally in activities
Before returning to school, your child must be symptom-free for 24 hours.
Communicable Diseases

If your child has been diagnosed with a communicable disease, your are required to notify the school at once so we may post a notice to alert others at our school of the possibile exposure. Strep throat, ringworm, scabies, chicken pox, whooping cough and pink eye are examples of communicable diseases. Your child cannot return to school until they are totally free of all symptoms. A doctor’s note/release may be required at the program director’s discretion.