Students at Oak Tree Academy are encouraged to be involved in a wide variety of constructive activities. Teachers are empathetic and understanding in dealing with each child as the children learn to play and work with one another, knowing that young children need to master and control their own feelings and understand and live within our complex social system. We concentrate on setting good examples, modeling proper use of language, and demonstrating appropriate interactions with others.

We feel it is important for children to know that it is normal to have both negative and positive feelings. We will help them find constructive resolutions to their conflicts.

If intervention and redirection of a child requires consistent one on one monitoring, a meeting will be required with the parents to discuss strategies to manage the child’s behavior. If inappropriate behavior persists, a meeting will be held with the parents to discuss subsequent outcomes including professional behavioral evaluation or even dismissal.

At no time will deliberate, physical acts of aggression against any child or adult be tolerated.

Arrivals and Dismissals

Regular school hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Children should not be brought to the room prior to 9:25 a.m. as teachers are preparing for the day and will not be free to supervise before this time. Children may be picked up between 12:50 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. by authorized adults. Prompt pickup is appreciated so that the teachers can finish their duties and pick up their own children at school. Late fees of $1.00 per minute will be charged after 1:05 p.m. Please use the front entrance for arrivals and dismissals unless your child is registered to use the Drive-Thru pick up.

What to Wear

Please dress your child in comfortable play clothes that will allow him/her to participate in all types of activities. A child who is afraid to get his or her clothes soiled cannot fully enjoy and learn from many of the planned activities. Tennis shoes and sandals with back straps are preferable for comfort and safety. Flip flops, cowboys boots, or shoes that could be potentially dangerous while outdoors should not be worn to school.

What TO bring to School

All children need a large, sturdy tote bag or backpack for their belongings. If your child is not potty trained, please provide plenty of disposable diapers. Please include disposable wipes in your child’s tote bag.

All children will need a change of clothes, including socks and underwear. Sufficient training pants and extra outer clothing will be needed if your child is being toilet trained. Please include baggies to put soiled and/or wet clothing in.
Toys should be left at home except special “security blankets”, stuffed toys, or pillows. Be sure to include a pacifier if your child needs one.

Please give the teacher any special instructions in writing regarding your child’s routine habits and disposition that may be unique for your child. Please include words he/she uses for toileting. This information is essential!

Each child should bring a nutritious lunch and drink for the noon meal. All food should be finger foods if possible and ready to eat. Please remember to include a fork or a spoon, if needed. Toddlers need spill-proof drinking cups with well-fitting lids. Please send one in the lunch box daily so that the beverage at snack time may be served in it. Please do not send carbonated drinks. Food may be reheated in the microwave, but please do not send food that must be cooked from a frozen state. Label ALL items with your child’s name that are sent to school.

What NOT to bring to School

Except for toys that may be needed in the opening days of school to ease your child’s transition from home to school, we ask that you encourage him or her to leave the toys at home. Our rooms are stocked with plenty of toys and learning materials. Items that are brought for show and tell or books, videos, cd’s, and items that relate to curriculum themes are welcome. Please be sure these are clearly labeled with your child’s name.

Play guns, knives, war toys or other toys of destruction or exploding equipment are inappropriate in our program. Do not allow your child to bring them to school, under any circumstances! If brought, they will be kept in the Director’s office until the end of the day.