Spark Preschool Showlist
Summer Parent Letter
We mailed all parent letters on July 24, but in case yours got sidetracked on its way to your home, here is copy of what we sent:
July 24, 2015
Dear Spark parents,
It is with great excitement and much prayer that we are preparing for a new year of Spark Preschool – classes start September 8!
We are raring to go, with staff in place, classes full or filling, facilities prepared -- waiting for the best part, your precious children to arrive.
So … this is the all-important summer parent letter. Your student will receive a personal note from his/her teacher in August; this one has all the details for Mom and Dad.
Wednesday, Sept. 2 :
Orientation for parents, 7 p.m. This event is for parents or caregivers only, where we will share important information about Spark and go over vital details in the Spark parent handbook, introduce the staff, answer questions, etc. The parent handbook is posted on our website (www.sparkpreschool.com). We will have a few paper copies on hand but request you read it online (or print it out for your use.) This saves time and money and trees and is a great way to have it at your fingertips if you have a question. The state requires that parents read it and that we have a signature on file confirming that.
Only one parent need attend this mandatory orientation. We respectfully ask that no Spark students, or siblings of students (except for nursing babies) attend the parent orientation, so that we can get through the information efficiently and comprehensively out of respect for your time as busy parents.
Thursday, Sept. 3:
Meet the Teachers sessions. These will be one-hour sessions, scheduled in the morning or afternoon depending on your child’s specific class, for parents/caregivers and students. Your student will meet his/her teacher, play in the Arena and/or Central Park, and get a brief taste of how fun and interesting the preschool year will be. These are drop-in sessions; you and your child can drop in any time during his/her class time as indicated below.
The schedule for Meet the Teacher sessions on Sept. 3:
M/W 3s class 9:00-10:00 a.m. A.M. 4s classes 9:00-10:00 a.m. P.M. 3s classes12:30-1:30 p.m.
T/Th 3s class 10:00-11:00 a.m. A.M. 5s class 10:00-11:00 a.m. P.M. 4s classes12:30-1:30 p.m.
P.M. 5s classes 12:30-1:30 p.m
2’s students will come with a parent from 9:15-10:15 a.m. on their first day of class (F class on Sept. 11, M class on Sept. 14).
Required enrollment and medical forms can be found under the “Forms” tab on our website (www.sparkpreschool.com). We must have the enrollment form fully completed by the first day of preschool, and the medical form by Sept. 30. If you are a current family, you will be notified when your child’s medical form is expiring and a new one is required. Only families whose children have allergy or medical issues that require a rescue inhaler or Epi-pen need to complete the Care Plan and Medication forms.
All forms may be turned in at the Parent Orientation.
Tuition payments are due on the 15th of the month, beginning August 15. (New families who have already paid first-month’s tuition will begin payments Sept. 15). If you are a recently enrolled new family that has not already paid your first month’s tuition, it is due August 15.
2s class (1 day) -- $70/month
3s class (2 day) -- $120/month
3s and 4s class (3 day) -- $177/month
5s class (4 day) -- $235/month
For multiple students’ tuition, please deduct 10% from the youngest child’s tuition.
Methods of Payment:
1) Check mailed to the preschool office.
2) Paypal via the Spark Preschool website (www.sparkpreschool.com) Please note there is a fee added by Paypal for this service.
Our mailing address is 471 E. College Ave., Westerville, OH 43081. Please do not attempt to drop off a payment without calling ahead – we will not be in the office on a routine basis until the end of August and we don’t want you to waste a trip.
If you intend to pay the entire year’s tuition in a lump sum, you will receive a 5% discount. This lump sum must be received by Sept. 1. Please note you cannot pay this amount via Paypal.
Registration for Fall 2015
is currently open!
Spark is accepting registrations for Fall 2015. Please check the "Classes"page before registering as some days and times have waiting lists.
Tuition accounts must be in good standing for current family registrations to be accepted.
IMPORTANT NEW FAMILY REGISTRATION INFORMATION
To register, new families need to complete the online registration form located by clicking the "Register Online" button above and submit the registration fee via PayPal. Once your registration is received, you will get a confirmation mailing from Spark. To accept a space for your child, you will need to submit the first month's tuition within 30 days of receiving your letter. If we are unable to place your child in the class of your choice, we will notify you prior to sending out the confirmation letter.
Stars in the Star's class!!
Mrs. Combs' and Mrs. Iles' M/W/F 4s class are stars in more ways than one! They are featured in a new ABC6 weather commercial that will begin airing Nov. 7. The class had a lot of fun learning filming and lighting and learning lines, and they were patient and attentive the whole time (2+ hours) the 30-second commercial was filmed.
Spark's Weather Policy
As the cold weather comes upon us, here's an explanation of Spark's weather policy:
1) If Westerville City Schools (WCS) announce in the morning they are cancelling classes for the day, for snow- or other weather-related reasons, Spark will be closed for the day too.
2) If WCS have a 2-hour delay in the morning, Spark morning classes will be cancelled. Afternoon classes will still be held, unless further cancellations are announced.
3) If WCS announce they are cancelling afternoon kindergarten classes due to the weather, Spark afternoon classes will be cancelled.
Any time the conditions seem iffy before you head out to Spark, please check local news channels, the Spark website, Facebook, our phone line or text your child's teacher. Spark will not be named specifically on news media, but whatever WCS is doing, so are we.
Spark Text Alerts
To sign up to receive text alerts from Spark Preschool (for weather closures, emergencies, etc.) simply text the word spark to 77948. (If you signed up last year, you will need to do it again this year.) You will receive a response message that will confirm you've signed up.
Picnic In The Park
Spark Preschool’s “lunch at school” program is BACK!!!!
Beginning October 8, your student may bring a packed lunch* to school on specified days (alternating Wednesdays and Thursdays) and stay after morning class, or come early for afternoon class, for an 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. lunch program. Designed to give your child an extra opportunity to develop self-help skills, increase social learning and build relationships with new friends, Picnic in the Park (PIP) is a reservations-only, lunch-plus program, $7 per lunch session.
Here is how it works:
If your morning preschooler is staying after for PIP, his teacher will take him to Central Park with his packed lunch, and check him in there with the Spark staff supervising the program. You will need to pick him up in Central Park at 12:30 p.m.
If your afternoon preschooler is coming early for PIP, you will drop her off with her lunch at Central Park at 11:45 a.m., and she will be escorted by staff to her class at 12:30 p.m. after lunch.
What you should pack:
Nuts and foods containing nuts are not permitted at Spark, so students cannot bring any peanut butter or any food containing nuts or peanut butter (ie, certain granola bars, some trail mixes, etc.). Smaller portions work best; some suggestions are sandwiches (turkey, cheese, jelly, cream cheese on a bagel, etc.); cheese and crackers, cold cuts, cheese slices or string cheese, yogurt, whole grain pita bread and dip, sliced fruits and vegetables, apple sauce. The goal is independence for your student, in terms of opening and eating lunch, clean-up afterwards, etc. Drinks are not necessary; water will be provided. Please label lunch box/bag, etc., with your child’s name.
How to sign up:
Reserve and pay for your student's PIP spot on the website, under the Picnic In The Park tab. Space is limited to 24 children per lunch.
If you any questions, please ask Linda or Amy!