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Sunday Mornings
11:00 am
Adult Bible Class
10:00 am

Pastor:
Rev. Kraig Gilkey

Preschool
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Phone: 509-837-6771

Location:
11th & Harrison
Sunnyside, WA 98944
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Contact:
Phone: 509-837-5662
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Affiliation:
Lutheran Church -
Missouri Synod

Calvary Lutheran School:
Information for Parents

MISSION STATEMENT

Our Lord Jesus Christ says in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizingSanta photo them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things what so ever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always even unto the ends of the World.” In keeping with the command of Christ, Calvary Lutheran Church has established a Christian School.

The mission of Calvary Lutheran School is to offer a Christian environment in which young children can grow and learn. It is our desire to help them develop physically, emotionally, socially and mentally as well as to strengthen their spiritual lives. We believe that the church life and mission includes assisting parents in the development of their children. The school is one branch of the congregation in furthering this belief.

 

OBJECTIVES

1. To teach God’s Word related to the child’s experiences and level of development.
2. To encourage development of the whole child in way which enable children to be more mature persons so that basics of Christian love, both for the child and from the child, can be reinforced in practice.
3. To increase community awareness of Christian ideals and principles.
4. To encourage a child in self-confidence, concern for others, cooperation in work and play, and the spirit of caring.
5. To increase the child’s skills in listening, self-discipline, conversation, creative self-expression, independent work and play.
6. To help parents learn skills which promote the growth and development of their children.  (top)

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Calvary Lutheran School admits students of any race, color, and national and ethnic origin, all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It’s education policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs and other school-administered programs do not discriminate on the basis of race or color.St. Patrick children

1. Your child should have his/her third birthday on or before Aug. 31 for the three year old class.

2. Your child should have his/her fourth birthday on or before Aug. 31 for the four year old class.

3. Your child should be completely potty trained prior to enrollment.

Exceptions to this policy will be determined by the teacher after observation of the child in the classroom setting. (top)

TUITION AND FEES

Tuition rates will be determined annually by the Board of Education. The tuition is due the first week of the month. A late charge of $5.00 will be assessed for any tuition paid after the 10th. If there is a problem meeting a tuition payment, please talk to the director and make arrangements for payments.

If a check is returned to us for “non-sufficient funds” we will notify you in writing that a check has been dishonored and ask you for immediate payment plus a $15.00 charge and any bank charges. If after 10 days the mater has not been satisfied, your check will be referred to the Yakima County Check Enforcement program for collection. If it is a continuing problem, payment will only be accepted in cash.

No refunds can be made for vacation, illness, etc. If for any reason you decide to withdraw your child during the year, please notify the school in writing. If you withdraw your child without notification you will be depriving a child on our waiting list from attending school and you will be charged regular tuition until a written noticed is on file with the school.

The registration fee is collected once a year and is non-refundable. (top)

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Calvary Lutheran Church views its school program as an integral and important element of its ministry. Under the supervision of the Board of Christian Education, Calvary Lutheran obligated itself to support this ministry by:

1. Providing and maintaining facilities for the school program.
2. Providing the ministry of its pastor to the children and parents enrolled in its program.
3. Urging its members to offer their prayers, services, time, talents, and financial support to the school
program.
4. Rendering financial aid.  (top)

SCHEDULE & SCHOOL HOURS

Three Year Old Class  (Afternoon classes only)Santa Photo
Tuesday & Thursday
Sept. to Dec.: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Jan. to May: 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Four Year Pre-Kindergarten  (Morning classes only)

Three day program:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Five day program:
Monday through Friday
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.  (top)

RELIGION AND WORSHIP

Of great importance in our Lutheran School is the time we devote daily to learning about Jesus. We try to install the simple Bible truths, bringing the children to know and love Jesus, and accept Him as their personal Savior assured of His constant love and forgiveness.

Study areas cover Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection, favorite Bible stories and their application to our own lives; how God made us and our families; how God made the world and in it gives us everything we need; how God empowers us; His children, to be like Jesus and show love for Him and for others.

Weekly, the children will attend a brief chapel service in the sanctuary led by the pastor. We cordially invite you to attend these chapel services. A mission offering is taken during chapel. All mission monies are donated at the end of the year to a missions project or to charity.   (top)

GENERAL CURRICULUM

The primary aim of our school will be to develop a positive self-concept in each child. We feel the best way to do this is to have and accept each child unconditionally, and teach them that Christ loves them even more and accepts them just as they are.

The whole child (physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual) will be related to as the child is taught through his experiences, senses and feeling. Most of this is done through play. To a young child, “work” is play, and it will be the heart of our curriculum. Children play to learn.

Please send your child to school ready to play in clothes meant to get dirty. We don’t want children afraid to paint because they might get dirty. Play is your child’s job. Paint smocks are provided but are not guaranteed to keep all paint from your child. It’s how they learn.pray_logo

The Christian curriculum will teach basic Bible truths, make application of these truths to the child’s life, and treat secular subjects and problems in light of God’s Word. Specifically, we will center on God’s love for us, our love for God, viewing prayer as “talking with God”, using the names of God and Jesus interchangeable and separately, experiencing love, forgiveness, protection, acceptance, and trust as a child of God.

The school is on a trimester system with progress reports sent home in November and report cards sent home in January and May. Parent conferences will be held in January. This will be a time for questions concerns. If you have any questions before conference time, please be sure to talk with your child’s teacher.

PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM

Our preschool program promotes social-emotional growth, as well as academic growth. We emphasize the whole child.

The academic program consists of color recognition, shapes, counting, simple number concepts, forms and beginning math and reading skills.

Visual and auditory recognition of the alphabet is also apart of the program. The children learn through a variety of hands-on activities, such as cooking, literature and crafts that center on the letter of the week. The children practice their writing skills in forming their upper and lower case letters and further develop their fine motor skills in age appropriate play and work activities.

The curriculum develops toward basic reading readiness skills. It is designed to encourage left to right eye movement, visual discrimination and recognition of similarities and differences. We introduce this by reading aloud and listening to books and it’s an important part of the program. It will help enhance the child’s attention span and their literary appreciation and thinking skills.

Motor skills, coordination and creative expression to music are stressed in our daily physical activity time. Children will experience dancing, obstacle courses and a variety of imaginative movements.

In addition, simple science experiments will be conducted with proper vocabulary. We will study properties of water, objects that sink or float, season, magnets, and electricity to name a few.

In social studies, we cover our immediate and extended families, our communities, transportation and occupations.

Each day’s activities will usually include free play, conversation periods, Bible study time, rhythm dancing, singing, exercise, stories and art. (top)

“CHILDREN FIRST” - SAFETY POLICY

Calvary Lutheran Church and School has adopted a policy for the protection and safety of our children. Among other things, we have installed windows in doors of the classrooms for easy viewing from the hallways. Also, an extensive screening process was done on all staff members.

We wish to emphasize our OPEN DOOR POLICY. Parents are welcome to pop into our classes at any time. In the same vein, in order to protect our precious children to the best of our ability, and to provide the safest possible environment for them, we require all volunteers to complete a criminal abuse form which will be kept in the strictest of confidence, and be assured, that the only areas we are interested in are those which may affect the safety and well being of the children.

Finally, to remain current with the new Anton’s Law, when going on field trips all children under 8 years old and weighing less than 80 lbs. need to bring a car seat or booster seat to school. If a child does not have his/her seat he/she may not go on the field trip. An adult staff member will stay with the child at the school (top)

BEHAVIOR POLICY

General Rule: Consequences…If we don’t follow rules:
Treat others the way you want to be treated. Child must demonstrate appropriate behavior.
Take care of all property. Child will not be allowed to use for the rest of the day. Do what the teachers ask and show respect. Child may not participate with the rest of the group.
Always do your best. Child may have to re-do a project.
Clean up after yourself. Child will go back and clean up before next activity.

Specific Rule: Consequences…If we don’t follow rules:
Walk inside Child will go back and walk.
Use your quiet inside voice Child will restate comment in an inside voice.
Keep your hands to yourself. Child will demonstrate appropriate behavior.
*exceptions to the rule are to show love to or to help a friend.
Always share. Child will demonstrate sharing.
Listen while others are talking. Child will lose his turn to talk this time.
Use good bathroom manners. Child will clean-up the mess. (top)

PROBLEMS WILL BE DEALT WITH IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER:

1. First time - reminder and the appropriate consequences.

2. Second time - time out to remember the rules; ask child to state the rule.

3. Third time - notify parents to come pick-up child.

4. If behavior continues, a conference will be scheduled to determine when and if the child will return to
class.
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