A complete gear list for all seasons
What to bring every day:
- Two snacks (morning and afternoon) clearly labeled with your child’s name. These reusable snack bags are pretty popular at school. Please make sure your child can open whatever you send.
- A labeled lunch box with ice packs. We ask that you include protein, fruits and vegetables, some crackers or small snacks. Please label all containers. Four to five small items to choose from in each lunch box each day are ideal. Due to allergies, no peanuts, tree nuts or nut products are allowed at school. Please note: we do not heat or refrigerate lunches.
- A filled and labeled reusable water bottle.
- Utensils and napkins: we encourage the use of resusable utensils.
What to bring at the start of each week:
Each week, your child will need a short thin yoga mat along with a fleece blanket, a small pillow and one small stuffed animal. The thin yoga mats allow for easy manageability for children. Please enclose it in a zippered plastic or vinyl bag labeled with your child’s name. Ikea bags are available from the office for $5.
Please park in the upper lot (first parking lot on your right as you approach the school).
Parking in front of the school's entrance at the end of the driveway is not permitted.
How to start the day:
Please arrive no later than 9 am. Later arrivals disrupt the day and may make it difficult for your child to transition smoothly into class. If you are running late, please let us know with a phone call or message on Parent Square.
EEC (our school's licensor) requires children to wash their hands before entering the classroom. Please take care of this important task by stopping in the bathroom before bringing your child into the classroom. Please encourage your child to use the bathroom at this time also.
If your child will be absent...
Please call the school or send us a message through Parent Square by 9 am if your child will not be in school. If we have not received notification from you by 9 am we will contact you to confirm your plans for your child.
If you are running late for pick up...
PIlease call to let us know and give us your best estimate for arrival. We ask that you make contingency plans in case you find yourself unable to pick up your child by 5:30 pm. Some Coop parents provide each other with back-up and/or turn to local family members who could come to the school on short notice.
Repeated late pick ups will incur fees according to out tuition policy. Chronic lateness will require a meeting with the Executive Director and could result in termination if not addressed.
If you anticipate that your child will cry at drop off...
At the beginning of the school year, we expect some children to have a hard time letting go (sometimes parents do too!). We recommend that you take a few minutes to help your child settle into an activity then offer a quick hug and reassurance that that you will be back soon. If your child is still upset, a teacher will be ready to intervene and offer comfort and distraction until the child is ready to join the fun. You will be encouraged to leave even though we know leaving a child in tears is never easy. Have faith that our teachers are very experienced and use a variety of techniques to help children transition into the classroom. You can always call us during the day to see how your child is managing and don't forget to check out the daily blog - chances are you will see your child smiling and engaged.
And just a reminder, quick drop offs with consistent routines are always best. It helps the child understand what to expect and limits opportunities for stalling, clinging or protesting. Consistency is the key. After helping your child settle in, a simple "Daddy is going to give you a hug and a kiss and then wave to you from the window" will get you on your way and allow your child to start their day.