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Preschool

About

Welcome!

As part of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Westminster Preschool has been welcoming students for 60 years and has established a reputation for excellence. Our staff is proud of that heritage and seeks to maintain those high standards. Our goal is to provide a successful first school experience for our students and to provide them with a foundation for a lifetime of learning.

Mission Statement

It is the intent of our staff to provide a foundation for a lifetime of learning for each of our students whom we recognize as a special creation of God, uniquely gifted and “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14) That foundation should support the whole child; socially, emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. This foundation includes 1: providing a successful first school experience thought the establishment of positive social behaviors and academic readiness skills: 2) building confidence and self-esteem; 3) and instilling a basic knowledge of the stories and life values of the Bible.

Programs & Learning Objectives

Toddler Time

For walkers under 2 years old

Learning objective – separation & socialization

Choice of Thursday or Friday

Beginners

For children 2 in September*

Learning objective: socialization and academic skills

Mon.-Wed.-Fri. or Tue.–Thurs.

Intermediates

For children 3 in September*

Learning objective: socialization and academic skills

Kindergarten Bound

For children 4 in September*

Learning objective – academic skills & socialization

Choice of Mon. – Fri., Mon. Wed., Fri., or Tues., Thurs.

Activities/Curriculum

The school’s activities revolve around weekly themes. These themes, taken from the Beginner’s Bible curriculum, include Bible-based character-building studies, open-ended art projects, and much more. All activities are presented in an age-appropriate manner. WPS also utilizes Creative Curriculum and WEE Learn.

Educational Philosophy

At WPS, our staff of early education professionals prepares a stimulating learning environment that provides developmentally appropriate challenges and opportunities for children to explore, discover and create. These experiences are based on what is known about learning, on the strengths, interests and needs of each individual child, and on the knowledge of what learning experiences are meaningful and relevant for students. The process is the key to learning for preschool children, not the product or papers produced. Active learning choices include: blocks and manipulatives; home living and dramatic play; music and art: books and prereading activities; science and math explorations; and physical education and computer time. We foster a love of learning about God and His world through our Biblically based curriculum and nurture the development of the whole child.

Hours

Class begins at 8:30 a.m. and dismisses at 11:30 a.m. Early arrival services are available in Room 204 for a daily fee of $3.00 from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Teachers cannot be responsible for your child prior to 8:30 as this is their preparation time. Early arrival fees and daily late pickup fees ($5.00 per 15 min. period) for students picked up after 11:45 a.m. will be billed through the mail. Exterior doors will be locked from approximately 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Family members visiting WPS during these hours should enter through the main doors downstairs.

Admissions Policy

Westminster Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, in administration or in its educational or admissions policies.

Children are admitted upon submission of a registration form and fee. After admission, parents are asked to submit a physical and a record of updated immunizations, a signed emergency medical consent form, a field trip consent form, a photo/video/audio consent form, and a signed agreement to abide by preschool policies as set forth in the handbook.

Children are admitted to classes according to the following criteria:

Toddler Time – under 2 years old and walking;

Beginner – 2 years old in September;

Intermediate – 3 years old in September;

Kindergarten Bound – 4 years old in September.

If an appropriate placement is not available for a student, they will be placed on a waiting list.

Fall 2016 Fees (Mountain Heart Payments Accepted!)

2 day Monthly tuition $85.00

Monthly snack fee $5.00

Optional bus $22.00

Annual activity supply fee $85.00

3 day Monthly tuition $100.00

Monthly snack fee $7.00

Optional bus $33.00

Annual activity supply fee $100.00

5 day Monthly tuition $150.00

Monthly snack fee $10.00

Optional bus $55.00

Annual activity supply fee $150.00

Toddler Time

Monthly tuition $60.00 (1 day)

Monthly tuition $120.00 (2 days)

Late pick-up - $5.00 per 15 minute period past 11:45 a.m.

Registration for all programs is $35.00 per child.

This is a non-refundable, annual fee.

*By Sept. 1 for WV residents; by Sept. 30 for VA residents.

Bus service is available within the town limits of the Bluefields.

Click here for Parent Handbook

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