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Friday, January 6, 2017

Preschool Registration Season Is Upon Us

As the calendar turns to yet another new year, local preschool teachers have their eye both on finishing the current year but also the next school year.  It takes a lot of planning and preparation for a successful school year and this community is fortunate to have so many excellent early childhood education options.  However, one thing the teachers cannot do without is the children!  With that in mind, preschool registration season is upon us.  See below for the variety of options here in town:

Wise Owl Preschool 

Evening Open House - Tuesday, January 24th - 6:30-7:30PM
Morning Open House - Wednesday, January 25th - 9:00-10:00AM (for families that would like to see classes in session)
Registration for Current Students and Families - Thursday, January 26th - 8:00AM  Wise Owl Office
Open Registration for New Students - Thursday, February 2nd - 8:00AM Entrance to First Presbyterian Church

Class Options

2 Year Old Program - Play-2-Day (Must be 2 years old by August 1, 2017)
Monday and Wednesday Class - 9:15-11:15AM - Cost $120.00/month
Tuesday and Thursday Class -    9:15-11:15AM - Cost $120.00/month
Friday Class                              9:15-11:15AM - Cost $70.00/month

3 Year Old Program (Must be 3 years old by August 1, 2017)
Tuesday and Thursday -  9:00-11:30   - Cost $140.00/month
Tuesday and Thursday - 10:00-12:30  - Cost $140.00/month

4 Year Old Program (Must be 4 years old by August 1, 2017)
Monday-Wednesday-Friday  8:30-11:30 - Cost $200.00/month
Monday-Wednesday-Friday  9:30-12:30 - Cost $200.00/month

There is a non-refundable Registration Fee of $85.00 to register for the above classes.

Parent Testimony (Kevin Duke- husband of FTM contributor): “As an alum of Wise Owl myself and now having seen two of my three children go through three years in the school and one matriculate into Johnson Elementary, I can say with certainty that Wise Owl has their graduates prepared for Kindergarten, armed both with basic Kindergarten knowledge and also an understanding of how to learn in a classroom setting; this experience is invaluable.”

Bluebird  Preschool

Open Registration will take place January 27, 2017 from 8:30-9:30AM. This is an in-person registration. Phone registrations will not be accepted until our in-person registration is over.
The school will hold an Open House for anyone interested in learning more about the program on January 22, 2017 from 6:30-7:30PM. All of the classrooms will be open to tour and staff will be available to answer any questions.

2-Year Old Classes (Child must be two by August 1, 2017)
Teacher/Child Ratio is 3/12
Monday/Wednesday 9:30-11:30a.m.
Tuesday/ Thursday 9:30-11:30a.m.

3-Year Old Classes (Child must be three by August 1, 2017)
Teacher/Child Ratio is 2/16
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:30-11:00a.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:30a.m.-1p.m.

4-Year Old Classes* (Child must be four by August 1, 2017)
Teacher/Child Ratio is 2/16
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:30-11:00a.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:30a.m.-1p.m.

Pre-K Classes* (Child must be five by March 31, 2018)
Teacher/Child Ratio is 2/16
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00-11:30a.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11:00a.m.-1:30p.m.
*Both the 4-year old and Pre-K classes are kindergarten readiness programs.
NOTE: During overlap time between classes each class is engaged in different activities and the classes are not together as a large group. Additional staff will be present during this time.

Parent Testimony (Mark Collier-FTM Editor):

“We have absolutely loved Bluebird. As first-time parents, it was important to us to feel like our teachers were an extension of us at home and they have met all of our expectations. It seems weird because as a two-year old, they only spend four hours a week in school, but I have seen such a transformation so far.”
Benny Collier starting has day at Bluebird

St. Thomas Preschool 

Listed below is pertinent information regarding Saint Thomas Pre-School. A pre-school handbook will be given to parents upon registration. For additional information please call Ms. Deborah Flamm, principal at 572-4641 ext. 222 or Mrs. Kim Weyer, teacher at 572-4641 ext. 244.  2017 Class schedule has not been released yet.
Parent Testimonies (Amie Stevie):
“We now have had two kids go through the program with our daughter coming right behind them. We have had nothing but a positive experience with them. The teachers have been running this program for many years and we absolutely love them.”
(Emily Anderson):
“St. Thomas preschool was the perfect fit for my son. He is now 8 years old but still has fond memories of his time with Ms. Kim. She is one of the most patient, kind women I've ever encountered. Her passion for quality early childhood education is what drew us to this school.”

Kiddie College

Extremely structured educational facility geared for children 6 weeks thru 10 years of age. Over those years they have perfected their educational programs designed by education and daycare professionals. These programs will guide one’s child through early childhood development, preschool, and school aged maturity. They have organized classroom settings with a daily schedule to develop young minds and social skills. Weekly themes are incorporated into the daily lesson plans that are designed to have the child well prepared for Kindergarten
This is a year-round facility.
Parent Testimony (Collier):
“Kiddie College was a perfect step for us when Benny was first born. Lindsey (Collier) and I both work, so we needed someone to hold our hands at first. Their classes are small and their teachers and staff take a vested interest in keeping the classes happy. I’ve sent my friends needing daycare there and everyone I’ve sent has been there long-term, which I think speaks to the quality of care they offer.”

Kindergarten Registration:
Registration Starts February 16th and will be at the elementary school your child will attend. Children entering kindergarten must now turn 5 on or before August 1. More information will be on closer to date.

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