Welcome to   Church Street Preschool



Church Street Preschool
Church Street,
Valatie, NY  12184



The school was organized in the spring of 1974.  Classes started that fall.  We are set up within the guidelines of the NYS Department of Education.  We also hold a NYS Charter which allows us to be a site for special services such as speech therapy and occupational therapy.  The need for such services must be determined by the Committee on Preschool Special Education.  The preschool is a not-for-profit organization which is non-sectarian and racially nondiscriminatory.  The staff includes a teacher and a teacher’s aide.  The program is administered under the direction of a Board of Directors.






We intend to provide a variety of group and individual experiences to help your child gain confidence and a feeling of security with others.  Supervised play experiences  and  activities  provide   the  children  with  a  chance   to  grow emotionally, socially, physically, and intellectually, while preparing them for the academic  tasks  that  will  be  presented  in  kindergarten and elementary  school.





Since all learning must begin from within the child, our Preschool will endeavor to achieve the following goals throughout the school year:


? Afford the child learning experiences through affection, belonging, understanding, doing, and being his or herself.


? Fulfill the child’s need and desire to achieve according to her or her own standards of excellence because, equipped with such attitudes, he or she will succeed in school and his or her future.


? Build a foundation of basic readiness, wherein the child can learn physically, emotionally, and socially, as well as intellectually.


? Develop in the child, through tasks, games, creativity and varied motor activities, an awareness of his or her body in space and its relationship to the world around him or her.


? Maintain an individual and personal approach, so that the child may be nourished with love, understanding, respect and mental stimulation.







9:00 - 9:15                   Arrival (car line)


9:15 - 9:30                   Group Circle Time


                                    Hello Songs


                                    Calendar and Weather

                                    Discussion of day’s activities



9:30 - 10:30                 Arts & Crafts, Free Play including:


                                    Art projects                             Gym equipment

                                    Cooking Projects                    Easel painting

                                    Block Building                        Dramatic Play

                                    Manipulatives/ Puzzles          Water or sand play

                                    Library book exchange


10:30 - 10:45               Clean-up / Story / Bathroom,

                                    Wash for snack


10:45 - 11:00               Snack / Clean-up



11:00 - 11:20               Large Motor Activities including:


                                    Outside Play


                                    Music and Dance


                                    Finger plays


11:20 - 11:30               Prepare for Dismissal (car line)



We have a helper chart.  The children take turns each day with designated jobs such as attendance, calendar, weather, flag holder, stretch leader, etc.


This schedule is merely a guide, since a preschool program must be flexible to meet individual needs and abilities. Naturally, no two days are exactly alike and no class is exactly like any other.



Quite often during the school year we may request your assistance in and out of the classroom.  We may require your help with special projects, parties, driving and chaperoning on field trips, baking and or donating items for special activities and events.  We will send home a newsletter periodically as well as have class mothers or fathers call to keep you informed and to request your help.



We always welcome parent participation and ideas in the classroom throughout the year.  Please feel free to share or participate in any way you can.


The following information is provided to make your experience in the classroom run a little more smoothly:


? Wear informal clothing.  You may find yourself on the floor playing with the children or hanging up freshly painted masterpieces.


? Remember to be positive when speaking to or dealing with the children.  For example, instead of saying “Don’t do that!” it might be better to say “Why don’t we do this instead?”.


? Don’t be surprised if your child does not want to share you when you come in to help, or if he or she is not his or her “best behavior”.  This is perfectly normal.  This is a special time for your child so please try to give him or her the extra attention he or she requests.


? If you feel attention may be a problem, you may want to consider making arrangements for siblings so you will have more time to spend with your student.


? Assisting the teachers may include such tasks as helping children put on painting smocks, washing hands after painting or before snack, assisting at the art table, monitoring free play, assisting with coats, assisting with arrival and dismissal, and handing out newsletters, projects, etc. at dismissal.  Please do not hesitate to ask for direction or help if you are unsure as to what to do or are having a problem with something.




Children take turns bringing in snacks, which is an important part of our school day.  A snack list will be sent home each month.  Please be sure to check when you are scheduled.  Your child will assist us at snack time when it is his or her scheduled day.  Because we want our children to learn about good nutrition, we ask that you respect our guidelines when sending in snacks by keeping sugar to a minimum.



Healthy snack ideas:


                -Jell-O with fruit                               -Ants on a log

            -Pudding                                            -Pretzels

            -Fresh fruit                                        -Vegetables and dip

            -Peanut butter & crackers                -Jell-O blocks made with juice

            -Cheese & crackers                            -Granola or cereal

            -Apples & cheese                               -Popcorn

            -Muffins or breads                            -Trail mix

            -Easy Pizza (English muffins)         -Healthy cookies

            -Celery w/ cream cheese                  -Applesauce   



Healthy beverage ideas:


                -Orange juice                                      -Milk

            -Apple juice                                         -Lemonade

            -any 100% fruit juice


            Please, no soda or kool-aid type drinks.




Cupcakes may be sent in for birthdays only, please.  The school will provide the napkins.


If you should forget to send in a snack on your scheduled day, we ask that you send in a replacement (something non-perishable) as soon as possible.  This will be saved in the event that another parent should forget.


                                                        SCHOOL BAGS

All children will need to carry a school bag or back pack large enough to accommodate projects, papers, shoes, etc.  It is extremely important that your child bring his or her school bag to every class so that important papers (i.e. newsletters, notes, etc.) will get home to you safely.




As a safety factor, your child must wear sneakers or rubber soled shoes at all times.  Please do not forget to put these in your child’s schoolbag when he wears boots to school.  Please have your child dress in clothing he can manage since we encourage independence.




 All children are expected to be fully toilet trained before starting school.  During the first few weeks of school, it may be a good idea to place an extra set of clothes including socks, in your child’s book bag, since most accidents happen at the beginning of the school year.  Please DO NOT expect the teachers to change “Pull-Ups” if your child should wear them to school. If your child should have a messy accident, you will be called to come in and clean him or her.  He/she is welcome to stay afterward, providing he/she is not ill.




Health Form:  Documentation of immunizations and your child’s general health status is required by NY State of all new students.  The completed health form, signed by your physician, must be returned to the preschool before the start of the first day of class.

Illness: Please do not send your child to school if he has had diarrhea, vomiting, or an elevated temperature > 100 degrees within the past 24 hours.  If your child is absent from school we would appreciate you calling to let us know.  We also ask that you notify us if your child has contracted a contagious illness, such as chickenpox, so that we may inform the other parents in your child’s class.

 Click here for CSP Health Form




We follow the Ichabod Crane Central (ICC) Schools schedule for all school closings, including holidays, recesses, conference days and snow days.  If ICC is closed, the preschool will be closed.  The preschool calendar will be given out at parent orientation in September.  Snack calendars will be sent home monthly.  Please see the section titled “SNOW DAYS” for details regarding weather-related preschool closings.



We follow Ichabod Crane Central Schools regarding snow days.


If ICC is closed for a snow day                      - - classes will be canceled.

If ICC is opening with a 1 hour delay              - - open at our regular time.

If ICC is opening with a 2 hour delay              - - classes will be held from

                                                                              10:00 - 11:30 am


Please listen to your radio stations in the event of inclement weather.





We use a “car line”’ for arrival and dismissal.  The teacher or assistant teacher will greet your child at your car and assist him up the stairs to the coatroom.  At dismissal, your child will be escorted down the stairs to your car.  We have found the car line to be beneficial for several reasons.  It is convenient, especially if you have younger children; it reduces congestion in our small coatroom; it allows us to get a prompt start to our day’s activities, and eases separation problems between parent and child.

If someone other than a parent is to pick up your child, written permission is necessary.  No child will be allowed to leave with someone other than a parent without written consent.


Children should not be dropped off early or picked up late from Preschool. If you drop your child off before 8:50am or pick them up after 11:40am you will be asked to sign a statement and your preschool account will be assessed a $20.00 fee. This will be due in cash before your child’s next class. It is not fair to our teachers to rob them of set up or clean up time. This adds time to their day for which they are not compensated. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.



Books may be borrowed from the school’s library.  Each student is responsible for it’s care.  Each book must be returned before another book may be borrowed.  If a book is lost or stolen, parents will be responsible for replacing it or paying for another.





Our  4   year  old  class  will  be  taking  a  number  of  field  trips throughout  the school year.    Due to the use of car seats, we generally wait until the second half of the year before venturing out with our 3 year old class.  Parents are expected to help transport the children on our field trips.  If insufficient volunteers are available, the trip may need to be canceled.  We also try to have special speakers come into the classroom.





If you find it necessary to withdraw your child from school, we ask that you notify the registrar in writing as far in advance as possible, with a minimum of two weeks notice.  There will be no refunds in tuition for withdrawals.




Problems relating to your child should be discussed with the teacher. Any  other  problems or  issues  pertaining  to  the  preschool  should  be referred to the  President  of  the Board.  Please don’t hesitate to talk to us if there is a problem.





Church Street Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, and age or handicap as defined by law, and are in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Click here for CSP Orientation Handbook

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