PROCEDURES & POLICIES

Policies

Drop off and Pick up:
Drop-off and Pick-up is at 9:30 and 3:00pm. Please back your vehicle into the designated areas.

Heath:
Only send healthy students with no signs of illness. Please assess your child’s wellness prior to arrival.

What to bring:
Please bring the following items each day; a backpack, lunch, snack, water bottle, change of shoes/boots, additional clothes such as: pants/gloves/hat/socks. Wear layers!
Totem will provide ALL materials needed for our activities.

Tuition:
Tuition is due prior to the first class of each month or first camp. Tuition is based on sessions. Some months vary on the number classes-payments do not vary. Once a session begins you are responsible for payments for the entire session. Unless notification is received, your child will automatically be enrolled for all three sessions. There is a tuition discount when payment is made by session fee. You may submit payments by check payable to; Totem, cash or PayPal through our website: totempreschool.co I am able to provide invoices for childcare flex fund reimbursement.

Preferred communication:

Preferred communication through email or text; totemoutdoorschool@gmail.com 206-890-3849

Please communicate if your kiddos will be late, picked up early or absent. Our plans/preparation include all our students. I will not be available to answer calls during class times as I will be focusing all my attention on the class.  Feel free to leave a text message, I will respond after class unless it is an emergency.

2022-23 Dates to Remember:

  • September 8th-December 16th Fall Session.  No school November 24-25th
  • January 26th-February 24th Winter Session
  • March 2nd-June 16th Spring Session. No School May 25-26th

Fees:

  • Fall and Spring session: $275/month. $500/month for 2 siblings
  • Fall Session: $1000
  • Winter Session: $325 (5 weeks)
  • Spring Session: $1000

Totem Outdoor School “The Plan”

Totem’s programs are ACTIVE.  Plan on a tired/dirty child at pick up J

We are outside most of the day, regardless of weather.

Our learning style is through actively using our 5 senses and Inquisitive Science-thinking, asking-researching/answering questions.

We will spend our day in the old growth forest, the wetland and greenhouse/garden.

Our programs cover; forestry, botany, ecology, biology, horticulture, geology, zoology and meteorology

Example of a class/camp:

  • Group up for planning, questions and review/follow up
  • 5-Sense Game
  • Forest/snack
  • Wetlands
  • Lunch/Mystery bag
  • Garden
  • Outside game
  • Classroom
  • Closing
  Group #1 5/6 YO Group #2 7+ YO
9:30-10:00 Longhouse Longhouse
10-10:30 Games/Classroom Old Growth
10:30-11:00 Old Growth Old Growth
11:00-11:30 Old Growth Snack/Games
11:30-12:00 Lunch/Longhouse Wetlands
12:00-12:30 Wetlands Wetlands
12:30-1:00 Wetlands Lunch/Games
1:00-1:30 Snack/Games Greenhouse
1:30-2:00 Greenhouse Greenhouse
2:00-2:30 Greenhouse Garden
2:30-3:00 Garden/Closing Garden/Closing

TESTIMONIALS

Highly recommend – great preschool!
Mackie N.

My son absolutely LOVED his Totem time and misses the staff a lot now that he is in Kindergarten.

Becky G.

I highly recommend Totem Preschool. The teachers are fantastic and so is the program. There is a lot of focus on socio-emotional development.

Miss Bobbi is bundle of positive energy and clearly loves the kids. She’s very knowledgeable and is a great resource.

Heidi W.

“I couldn’t be happier with our 3 years at Totem. My son made the transition to Kindergarten seamlessly, though he definitely misses his old teachers and school! Miss Bobbi is as good as they come. My son is a busy body, and the programming was such that he could get out those 4-year-old wiggles while building the skills to excel at the next level. We look forward to sending our daughter to Totem next year, and joke regularly that we’d send them to Totem through High School if it were an option.”

Keenan S.

“My daughter has been attending this school for the 2016-2017 school year. It also includes free gymnastics and the tuition is beyond reasonable. Many families have children in the gymnastics next door and find this place to be a wonderful place to attend. Miss Bobbi is patient with my somewhat hyper child and I personally have had noting but great experiences here. Not sure why the crummy reviews from others but the complaints seem petty. And I know petty, I’m a school teacher myself, lol.

If you want a quality school with teachers with years of experience and a fun friendly preschool approach, totem preschool is the place :)”

Kathy R.

“We have our son at the school for the past year and it’s been fantastic. Miss Bobbi is incredible with her energy. It’s a great facility – having the kids run around in the gym each time is awesome. Thanks”

David B.

“Awesome and knowledgeable staff. Huge recommendation!”

Marina Žarić

“Both of my kids attend Totem and we are so happy. Great teachers and fun activities. I’m so glad we found Totem.”

Courtney Kroymann

“Our son loves Totem preschool and went 2 days a week the first year, then 3 days a week the 2nd. The teachers are all great and he has grown so much physically (strength and agility), socially and academically. He told me he didn’t want to go to kindergarten, He wants to stay at Totem forever! Recommend Totem to anyone looking for a great preschool!”

Katie Dujenski

“This school is a wonderful school. The teachers are amazing and really care about the kids. My son has been attending since he was 2 1/2 years old. Sadly this is his last year, but excited that in about a year his sister will definitely be attending this school. I highly recommend Totem Preschool to anyone!!”

Elyssa Bush