Parent Participation: Parents’ support is very important to the success of Totem Preschool. Each parent is asked to provide snacks for our Christmas Reception and chaperone on one of our field trips. We celebrate each child’s birthday (or ½ birthday) and parents are encouraged to send birthday party favors for their child’s group. Dads are invited to join us for Dad’s Pumpkin Carving and Moms are invited to our Mother’s Day Show. If mom and dad are unable to attend the event, another adult is welcome to fill-in.
Observations: You are welcome to observe your child’s class at any time. However, the most effective observations are discrete. Please sit in one of the designated viewing areas to avoid disturbing the class process and to observe your child in his/her natural environment. Siblings are welcome to observe as well but must not disturb classes or participate on equipment.
The New Situation: Children learn to adjust when change occurs in a positive manner. Joining a group of children is an exciting change in a child’s life, but it may also be a bit scary. We have found that children adjust to the new situations when the “good byes” are quick and cheerful.
Parties and Special Days:
-Orientation (required) -Pumpkin Carving -Costume Party -Thanksgiving Celebration -Christmas Musical -Easter Egg Hunt -Mother’s Day Show -Community Guests
Lunches: Send a healthy large snack/lunch and drink (preferably water). Please send containers/items that foster independence. Totem provides the morning snack.
Emergency Bags: It is unlikely an earthquake or a major disaster would occur while your child was a school. However, we want to be prepared. During the orientation, you will receive a bag and list of item to provide for your child. These bags will remain at school through June. Please complete the list and return the bag to Totem by the second week of school. Emergency Bags may be purchased, but a photo, letter and emergency information sheet must be completed.
Conferences: We welcome your comments, questions and communication with our teachers. Email is the preferred method of communication. Kindergarten Readiness Evaluations are completed in January/February. If a “readiness” conference is warranted, one will be scheduled in January/February.
Enrichment/Field Trips: Parents’ participation is necessary for transportation and supervision during field trips. Each parent is encouraged to participate in at least one during the year. Vehicles must be equipped with a seatbelt for each car seat or booster seat. Each preschooler must provide their car seat for transportation. Parents may opt to drive their own child on field trips. However, we may not have entrance tickets for every parent. A yearly enrichment fee is assessed with your September tuition that is due August 1st. MWF and M-F: $50./year Theater, Aquarium or Zoo and multiple science visits. TTh: $30/year Theater and science guest
Closure: If the Lake Washington School District is completely closed due to power outage or weather, Totem Preschool will also be closed. Alternative schedules will NOT affect our class schedule.
Clothes: Dress your child assuming that he/she will be painting and active each class. Athletic shoes and socks should be worn each class. Please label any clothes that your child may remove. Totem provides each preschooler with a school bag. School bags should be brought to school each day.
Health: If your child is sick, please keep him/her home and email to notify us of the absence. A sick child will not have a positive experience at school. In addition, he/she will expose other children. If your child becomes ill at school, a parent will be notified to pick up the child.
Drop Off, Pick Up and Absenteeism: We will admit children into the school at their designated time to begin class. If you arrive early, we would appreciate you waiting in your car. Following class please be present to pick up your child or carpool. Tuition remains the same regardless absenteeism due to illness, vacation or for any other reason. Tuition cannot be reduced, refunded or made-up. A late fee of $1 per minute will be assessed for children picked up 10 minutes after their scheduled class ending.
Payment: Tuition remains the same each month throughout the year-yearly fee divided by 10 equal payments. Tuition is due the first class day of each month. September tuition is due August 1st, and will include an additional field trip fee for the year. If tuition/annual field trip fee is not received by August 1st, his/her space will be replaced by another child-no refunds will be given for registration fees. A 30-day written withdrawal notice is required when withdrawing from Totem Preschool. A $20.00 fee will be assessed for returned checks and checks received 10 days past due. Totem accepts PayPal-a payment tab is located on our website. A 3% fee will be added to payments.