Unified School District No. 322
Onaga Elementary School
INTRODUCTION OF THIS HANDBOOK
The purpose of this handbook is to share with families information about services that USD 322 has to provide.
Please keep this handbook in a place where you can look at it during the school year. After reading this information, if you have any questions ask one of our staff members.
The information in this handbook may sometimes change due to changes in policies within our district.
Your Family is about to partake in a wonderful educational experience. The early years are important in developing skills for success. You are your child’s first and most important teacher!
USD 322 Preschool Philosophy
USD 322 believes in the importance of early childhood education and wants all young children to have access to a quality preschool program that will promote developmental growth and kindergarten readiness. The district preschool program will enhance the social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language development of all students. The district preschool program will be aligned with Kansas Early Learning Guidelines and Standards.
USD 322 Preschool Program
In conjunction with USD 322, there is also an Early Childhood Special Education Program (ECSE) which is different than the district preschool program. The ECSE program is for students who have special learning needs and have qualified for Individual Education Plans (IEPs). The two programs will work hand in hand providing the best educational experience for children.
All preschool students must turn three by August 31st of the current school year to be eligible for the district preschool program. A birth certificate, health assessment, and immunization documentation are also required at the time of enrollment. The child must also be toilet trained prior to enrollment, unless there is a developmental reason stated on a child’s IEP as to why this goal cannot be obtained.
Classroom slots are determined by student needs. Preference will be given to USD 322 students who are five years old but not kindergarten eligible and four years old. Out of district students will be admitted on a first come first serve basis and according to USD 322 policy. USD 322 administration has the final determination on admission into the Preschool Program.
Making sure your child attends school every day is one of the most important things you can do to help your child succeed in school. Families are asked to notify the school by 9:00 am if their child will not be attending on any given day by calling the office. This will help alert the teacher of illnesses, plan for the day’s activities and meal counts, and welcome the child upon return. All children and parents will enter through the Main entrance located near the middle of the school on the west side. PLEASE DO NOT USE THE EAST PLAYGROUND DOORS.
Onaga Elementary School will have district preschool classes aligned with the Early Childhood Special Education Program. Preschool classes will run from 8:00-3:30 to align with district transportation routes. Out of district students will attend the classes on a first come first serve basis to create balanced class numbers. The preschool class schedule will follow the USD 322 calendar. In the case of inclement weather/other emergencies, the preschool follows the USD 322 schedule as well.
Parents will be required to sign a tuition contract and pay $100 per month. The full tuition amount will be charged for each month regardless of the number of student absences and free or reduced lunch status. The monthly tuition will not be refunded for a student who leaves Onaga Elementary School in the middle of the month.
During each day, the children have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities planned by the classroom teacher. Daily activities could include mealtime/snacks, center playtime, large and small group instruction time, outdoor play, along with rest time. During the day’s schedule, activities vary between teacher choice and student choice.
During center playtime, children choose between a variety of activities, such as dramatic play, blocks, sensory, art, literacy, math, computers, toys, and games. Large group circle times are focused on literacy, math, music, and group learning. Small group time allows children to work on areas of developmental skills that are specific to their individualized needs.
The five domains of a child’s development are considered when teachers plan daily activities. These five domains are social, emotional, language, physical (gross and small motor), and cognitive development. Since these domains are interwoven, a child will be developing skills in several, if not all, domains while playing or working in one area.
Class Supply List
1 folder with brads
Change of clothing (including socks and underwear)
2 boxes of crackers or granola bars
1 large container of disinfectant wipes
1 large bottle of Elmer’s glue
1 pair of scissors (fiskar)
1 box of Kleenexes
1 Nap Mat
2 Large Glue Sticks
Regular size back pack
The program will provide a quiet nap time of at least 45 minutes. Individual mats, labeled with children’s names, will be available in the classroom. Children are asked to lie quietly and teachers offer back rubs and play music to help children relax. All children are given an opportunity to sleep. Parents must provide a nap mat for your child to lie on. If children do not sleep after 30 minutes, they may look at books or draw quietly on their rest mats. Children may bring a stuffed animal from home if they wish.
Afterwards, children are provided with a snack, art activity or continuation of morning project, and outdoor playground time.
USD 322 students will only be transported to and from preschool on our regular before and after school bus routes. Out of district students will be provided transportation according to USD 322 BOE(Board of Education) Policy. All children and parents will enter through the Main west front doors located near the middle of the school. PLEASE DO NOT USE THE EAST PLAYGROUND DOORS.
Children’s experiences and the attitudes they form today will help shape their eating habits in the future. The Preschool students will have the opportunity to eat breakfast and lunch at school. Students have the option to purchase a meal ticket and eat a hot lunch family style, or bring a sack lunch with them. Breakfast and Lunch meals are optional to purchase in addition to paying preschool tuition. Milk may be purchased for the afternoon snack.
Curriculum and Instruction
Students will learn a variety of concepts in the following content areas: Math, literacy, science, social studies, fine arts, sensory, and computers. Students will also participate in a class meeting to learn and practice important calendar and math concepts. Students will have a chance to work independently at their own pace as well as cooperatively with peers at hands-on centers that integrate all curriculum and developmental areas. The curriculum that we use at this point is Zoo phonics and Splash into Pre-K, which is a Houghton and Mifflin Curriculum to closely shadow the kindergarten curriculum.
Zoo phonics is based on the belief that children are in constant motion and love to make noise. They take what is natural for a child and channel it for learning. This program fully involves your child’s eyes, ears, mouth, and body as they learn phonemic awareness, the alphabet and how to read and write. How it works: Each letter of the alphabet is assigned an animal name and is shaped like the letter associated with that sound. For example, the letter b is shaped like a bear and is given the name, “Bubba Bear.” The children first learn the animal name, then the sound, and finally the letter associated with that animal.
Why does this method work? Young children are ready for learning. However, it is difficult to teach them through abstract methods and materials. The problem with learning how to read and spell is that the alphabet is too abstract. This curriculum helps make the alphabet concrete! Each animal letter is delightful and memorable.
Fire, Tornado and Other Emergencies
They will be held regularly according to state regulations. Teacher will inform their classes at the beginning of the year as to the proper procedure to use so that students will pass in a quick and orderly manner to the designated areas. Directions are located near the exit from the classroom.
Children should be dressed for active play. While on the playground children will be running, climbing, riding bicycles, and digging in the rocks. Outdoor play is a part of our daily activity and is only interrupted due to rain or when the wind chill is below twenty-one degrees. It is important during warm weather that cool, loose-fitting clothing be worn. During the winter months your child must attend school with a winter hat, gloves, mittens, and coat.
Sandals, flip-flops, or other slip-on shoes are not recommended. It is difficult to have fun and climb in “floppy” shoes.
Parents must provide a set of extra clothing to leave at the facility in the event of a toileting accident or spill. This set of clothing should include underwear, socks, pants or shorts, and a shirt. To minimize the spread of disease, the teachers will not rinse clothing soiled by toilet accidents. The soiled item will be placed and sealed in a plastic bag and returned to you at the end of the day. When your child has used his/her extra set of clothing, you will need to send a new set to school the following day.
It is our goal at the preschool level to help children learn to solve problems and develop appropriate behaviors in a loving, nurturing manner. We believe that all misbehavior is a learning opportunity and teachers in our classrooms work to guide children toward appropriate behaviors, rather than punishing them for misbehaving. We want every student to develop personal responsibility and self-discipline. In doing so, we believe that children should face the consequences that naturally follow their behaviors. For example, a child who purposefully dumps sand on the carpet from the sensory table would be responsible for cleaning up his/her mess before engaging in another activity. Because we value the individuality of each child in our classrooms, guidance approaches to discipline are handled in an individual manner. However, expectations are consistent so children can easily identify appropriate and inappropriate behaviors. Limits are stated in a positive manner and explanations are given as to why some behaviors are unacceptable.
Below is a list of techniques that could be used when guiding a child away from inappropriate behavior.
The teacher may ignore small, attention-getting behaviors that pose no harm to others.
The teacher may explain why a behavior is inappropriate and ask the student to stop.
The teacher may redirect the child to another activity.
The teacher may warn the child that the behavior he/she is exhibiting in unacceptable and describe the consequences that will follow if the behavior continues.
The teacher may guide the child in resolving conflict with peers by engaging in a conversation about the problem and helping the child identify appropriate solutions.
The teacher may escort the child out of the classroom in cases of extreme emotional upset.
In all situations, each child will be treated with respect, and never publicly humiliated in front of his/her peers. In cases of extreme misbehavior, a meeting with the parents will be held to discuss an individualized behavior plan.
Field Trips are considered an extension of the school’s curriculum and permission forms are signed at enrollment. Parents will be notified of specific field trips as they are planned. Parents who do not wish to have their child participate in a specific field trip should notify the school.
The staff believes that birthdays are a big part of a preschooler’s life and we want to help them celebrate at school with their peers. Children are welcome to bring a treat to school to share. Child friendly and healthy snacks are preferred. Parents are welcome to join the celebration at the school. If you are sending out invitations to your child’s home birthday party, you may bring them to school to be passed out provided every child is getting one.
Illness and Medications
Please keep your child home until they have been fever-free and have not vomited for 24 hours. If the child is ill and is prescribed medication, typically the child may return to school 24 hours after starting the prescription. A complete list of illnesses may be found at the end of this handbook.
Per USD 322 BOE policies, students needing over the counter medication must have a statement of permission from the parent/guardian. The medication must be in the original container when it is brought to school and will be kept in a locked container. If taking prescription, the doctor’s office must send a note stating the directions for giving medications. Staff members cannot furnish medications of any kind.
If a student is injured or becomes ill at school, he/she is to report to the teacher and may be sent to the office. If a student is running a temperature or vomiting, the student cannot stay at school to expose others. If the parent/guardian is not available, a contact will be made with one of the persons listed on the emergency information card completed at enrollment. It is imperative that the school has updated contacts. The school nurse is on duty from 8:30-10:30 most Tuesdays and Thursdays.
This handbook is meant to be an abbreviated version of USD #322 policies, rules and regulations. Should a discrepancy between board policy and any language in this handbook arise, district policy supersedes this handbook.
Illness Exclusion Guidelines for Students