GCCNS Handbook

Guidance and Discipline

Our goal is to provide a safe and friendly environment where children learn appropriate social and emotional behaviors and self-discipline. Familiar routines and consistency in expectations allow children a certain “comfort zone” and the opportunity to express themselves in a socially appropriate way. We use a positive approach when speaking to children, for example we would say, “Let’s walk in the hall,” rather than “Don’t run.” In guiding children towards developing inner controls, the expected behavior is stated, rather than reinforcing the negative behavior.

We have a few simple rules at preschool. In many ways, they are universal and life-long goals.

  1. We try our very best each day to be kind and courteous to one another. We “use our words” when we are upset or angry to let other people know how we feel.
  2. We take good care of our toys and equipment at school.
  3. At group time, we try to be good listeners when our teacher is talking to us or when a child is talking.

The teacher is always nearby to lend guidance and support when needed. The adults serve as role models for the children and in this way, assist in the learning process. Gentle reminders of the rules that are consistently used help children to internalize these appropriate behaviors.

If a child is having a difficult time with another child or with toys/equipment, a teacher will talk to that child briefly about the unacceptable behavior. We encourage children to participate in the problem-solving process, frequently discussing alternative ways to handle difficulties. If a problem continues, a teacher may suggest something like this: “I see that you are having a hard time playing with the blocks today. Let’s go over to the sensory table and see what’s in there.” Often, by diverting a child’s attention, a difficult situation can be remedied.

Harming other children or adults, verbally or physically is not tolerated at GCCNS. If inappropriate behavior occurs such as physical harm to others or damage to property, a teacher will take a child aside and sit with them until he/she calms down. If the inappropriate behavior is recurring, a conference will take place between the teachers, the director and the parents to discuss further implementation of school rules.

Glenview Community Church Nursery School reserves the right to request that a parent withdraw their child from the school if the child exhibits behavior that significantly interferes with his/her learning and those of others or puts himself/herself or others at risk of being hurt or injured.

School Closing Notification

GCCNS follows Glenview Public Schools’ (District 34’s) weather closings. If public schools are closed due to inclement weather, the preschool will close as well. School closing information will be posted on our website: GCCNS.com. You may also listen to WGN (720 AM), WMWA (89 FM), WIND (560 AM), WMAQ (670 AM), WLS (890 AM), WBBM (780 AM) for school closings. You can visit: www.emergencyclosings.com. However, note that GCCNS is not listed on this website, but all Dist. 34 schools are. If tornado warnings are issued, pupils will remain in the building and special procedures will be activated. Anytime that GCCNS must close due to a situation that occurs out of the control of GCCNS (i.e.: weather, gas leak, etc.), classes will not be made up or reimbursed.

When My Child is Sick…

For the protection of your child’s health and others in the group, please keep your child at home if he or she:

  • Has a fever or has had one in the previous 24 hours.
  • Has a cold that is less than 4 days old.
  • Has a heavy nasal discharge.
  • Has a constant cough.
  • Has nausea, vomiting, or refuses breakfast.
  • Has a symptom of a possible communicable disease.
  • Please report contagious diseases to the staff.
  • A child who is not well enough to participate in outdoor play should remain at home until fully recovered.
  • A child diagnosed with a strep infection or infectious disease must be on antibiotics for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
  • In some cases, a medical release form from your physician may be requested before a child may return to school.

If your child will be absent for any reason, please call the school office and leave a message or email the Director and the child’s teachers with the following information:

  • Child’s full name
  • Name of teachers
  • Reason for absence

In the event your child becomes ill at school, you or the child’s caregiver will be asked to pick the child up from school immediately. To prevent the spread of an illness, the child will be taken to the Director’s office to await pickup (NAEYC: 5.A.04).

Drop-Off and Traffic Safety Rules

Please take a moment to read through the following guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety in the parking lot. We thank you for your cooperation.  If you have someone other than yourself driving your child to or from school (such as grandparents or babysitters), be sure to share the traffic and safety rules with them ahead of time. Extra copies are available in the school office.

Traffic Flow

  • There are two entrances into the GCCNS parking lot that should be used for school drop off.
  • Cars turning SOUTH into parking lot from Prairie Street should enter the West lane only.
  • Cars entering the lot from Glenview Road should proceed NORTH into the East lane only.
  • Exits to Prairie Street should be made from the East lane only.
  • No cars are permitted to enter the parking lot from Elm Street at any time.

Parking

  • Please park in designated spaces only. Please do not park in the Minister’s or handicapped spaces, even if only for a moment.
  • Always turn your engine off while parked in the lot.
  • Do not leave unattended children in cars.
  • Please do not back into spaces as this creates a dangerous situation for those walking to the playground.
  • Although parking on Elm Street is allowed, be sure not to park in the church circular drive or block any entrance to the drive.

Walk Routes

  • When in the parking lot hold your child’s hand at all times.
  • After getting out of the car please walk along the front of the parked cars close to the cement bumpers to reach the crosswalks.
  • Use the crosswalks to cross traffic routes.

Carpoolers

  • Allow a little extra time for drop off and pick up if carpooling.
  • Small carpools allow better control of children when walking in the parking lot.

Winter Drop-Off Procedure

Practice Dry Run

In the fall, there will be a practice run of our winter drop-off procedure regardless of the weather. This will help acquaint you and your child with the routine and will help ensure smooth execution during the winter months.

Winter Drop-Off Procedure – Watch for the Red Flag

Starting after the dry run, when it is too cold, too snowy or too rainy, GCCNS will adopt the bad weather drop off procedure. This will enable you to safely drop your child off at the nursery school door. Your child will be helped out of the car by a member of the nursery school staff and then guided to their appropriate classroom. A RED FLAG will be hanging from a tree (see map page 19) to indicate that the drop off procedure is in use. The program is available for drop-off only between 9:00-9:10am and 12:30- 12:40pm. It is critical that you follow the directions below in order to ensure the safety of the program.

Traffic Flow – Important for Safety

Cars should enter the school grounds from Glenview Road or use the west entrance from Prairie Street. Even though there will not be any string-off flags up by the playgrounds, the driveway at Elm Street is to be used as an exit only. Cars with children for drop-off should queue to form a single line and pull up to the nursery school entrance where two members of staff will be ready to open car doors and help the children out. As soon as the children have cleared the car, pull away and exit onto Elm Street. If your child will not get out of the car, please exit to Elm Street, re-enter the grounds from Glenview Road and park in the lot. Do not park between the playground and the building on the south side.

Special Notes

  • Remember, winter weather means extra precautions when picking your child up at school. The stairs, the sidewalk and the parking lot can be slippery.
  • Always turn off your engine while parked in the lot, regardless of the weather.
  • Do not leave unattended children in cars.
  • If you are parking and walking your child to the school door, take extra care when crossing in front of the cars waiting in the drop off line.
  • After class pick up your child inside their classroom.

Food and Nutrition

GCCNS is a NUT-AVOIDANCE school. Snacks will be provided one day a week by parents in each class. A schedule will be given to all families at the beginning of the school year and will include a list of approved foods. We encourage healthy/nutritious foods such as fruit, vegetables, cheese, raisins, pretzels, whole grain crackers and rice cakes. Graham crackers and water will be provided by the school on the other days. Licensing standards require that all snacks be store bought. Please note that all slicing, peeling and cutting of fruits and vegetables must be done at school. Staff do not offer children younger than four years these foods: hot dogs, whole or sliced into rounds; whole grapes; nuts popcorn; raw peas and hard pretzels; spoonfuls of peanut butter; or chunks of raw carrots or meat larger than can be swallowed whole. (NAEYC: 5.B.14). We thank you for your cooperation. Visit our Snack Policy for more information.

Birthdays

Birthdays may be celebrated at school. Please consult your teacher to arrange a birthday celebration and snack. Please consider the feelings of others when planning celebrations at home. Please keep invitations and gifts away from school. Books have often been given as gifts to the school to honor a child’s birthday. A bookplate with your child’s name will be placed inside the front cover. If you have any questions regarding gifts to the school, please ask your child’s teacher or the Director.  See our Snack Policy for acceptable birthday snacks to be shared in classroom.

Outdoor Play

Children will play outdoors at the beginning and the end of most days. Because weather conditions are so variable, time outdoors will be at the discretion of the staff. DRESS YOUR CHILD FOR OUTDOOR PLAY! Layers for cold weather and sun-protective clothing in hot weather is recommended. When appropriate, parents should apply sunscreen and insect repellent to their children before their children arrive at school (NAEYC: 5.A.07). Learning to enjoy a variety of weather experiences promotes good health and enjoyable activities.

Clothing

Clothing should be comfortable, washable, and weather appropriate. Outer clothing, boots, and mittens need to be large enough for self-help and should be LABELED. A labeled Ziploc bag for each child containing extra pants, shirt, socks, and underwear is required at school. Children wearing boots need rubber soled shoes (no slippers, please) to be kept at school.

Toys From Home

We ask that you do not allow your child to bring any toys from home to school. At times, a “transition object” will be needed and is appropriate during your child’s school adjustment period. However, if your child has a book, record, picture, collection or nature discovery that would enrich our class activities, we would appreciate these being shared. Children may also share discoveries such as pictures, interesting seeds, shells, flowers, or other specimens.

Visiting

An opportunity will be provided for you to spend some time observing in your child’s class prior to your conference. Other opportunities to assist in classroom activities may arise. We encourage you to participate whenever possible. Family members, including grandparents, are most welcome to visit your child’s class, provided arrangements are made with your child’s teacher in advance.

Teacher Resource Room

The Teacher Resource Room is Room 104 or also referred to as “Administrative Office”. This room is a gathering place for teachers as well as an office for administrative functions. This is where the storage of teaching resources, the teacher’s mailboxes, teaching toys and supplies are kept. We ask that parents and children refrain from going into this room. If something is needed, please ask the Administrative Assistant and she can assist. Thank you for your support and respect.