My name is a Mrs. Blanco and I am your child’s teacher for the school year 2019-2020. I want to extend to you and your child my warmest welcome into the new school year 2019-2020. I come to Maria Regina Catholic School with thirteen years of experience as an Early Childhood Educator and with twenty-thre eyears of experience working in an educational setting. I am very excited about working with your child this year!
My philosophy for learning is that each child is unique, and each child learns in a different way. One of my jobs as a teacher is to help your child discover his or her individuality and work alongside with them to maximize it. I believe in hands-on experiences, learning creatively, and learning though play. It is my goal to create a community of learners who are committed to working hard and having fun. I want students to leave my classroom feeling confident that they can apply what they’ve learned in school to real-life situations. I want my students to feel challenged and to have an enhanced passion for learning.
I’m looking forward to an open communication between home and school. I believe communication between home and school is the key to building a strong foundation for a successful learning experience. Please feel free to contact me at any time. I can be reached through the main office at your child’s school. If you would like to talk in person, I am always available to schedule appointments before and after school.
TK Program Philosophy Maria Regina School TK Program will provide a safe, engaging and structural environment for young children. Children will have the opportunity to engage in activities which will benefit them emotionally, physically, socially cognitively, but most importantly spiritually. The Program will address the social, emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritually needs of all children through age appropriate developmental experiences. We will strive to provide a safe, clean, nurturing and fun environment for children, their families and staff. Our Program will support and strengthen families and community. Opportunities will be provided for parent involvement in and out of the classroom. Our program will ensure that children will develop skills to prepare them for Kindergarten as well as activities that encourage creativity and build self-esteem. Through appropriate materials that will give the child a feeling of success. By providing material that help the child progress and challenge the child’s developmental level, encourage creativity and self-expression. By encouraging independency through the development of their self-help skills. By providing social interaction through different group activities and lessons. By providing teacher direct and child direct lessons and plan units. Students will be exposed to our School Wide Learning Expectations (SLE’s) Program Operation Morning Drop Off All children are expected to be in school grounds by 7:45. If your child will not attend school, please call and inform school personnel. Knowing when your child will not be attending help teachers and staff to run the day activities and lessons accordingly. Parent Conference Children will be evaluated three times a year and conferences will be made available twice. If you would like a conference at another time, please contact the teachers for special arrangements if teacher is able to. Parent Visits You are encouraged to visit your child’s classroom, at any time. Prior appointment or notice is needed, however, we do encourage your visit to be short and during appropriate times, such as: During lessons, recess or lunch, special celebrations, projects. Please try to avoid visiting the classroom during nap time or during testing and assessments. Sign Out Policy Whenever you pick up your child early from school, you must go in to the school’s office and sign out your child with an office staff member. Please check for any new information or notices in the yellow parent envelop, or with the child’s teacher. Please check our calendar, website, and newsletter for special events or schedule changes. Authorization to Pick Up a Child: Only person that you authorized in writing may pick up your child. Authorization by telephone is not allowed. This is your child’s protection and safety. Please help us by providing proper information of every person who will be responsible for picking up your child on a daily basis. Only individual 18 years or older are authorize to pick up or sign your child out. Child Sick or Absent Children will play outdoors daily if the weather allows it. Parents are responsible for sending children to school with the appropriate footwear and adequate clothing depending on weather and temperature. A child who is too sick to go outside is too sick to be in social situation with other children and should stay home. If a child is ill, he/she will be isolated from other children. The parent will be contacted to come and pick up the child within ½ hour. If your child is sent home with a fever, they may not return to school within 24 hours. Frequently when children come back to school to soon, they relapse. Keeping your child at home when sick helps to reduce the risk of getting staff and other children sick. Medication Any medication which needs to be administered should: Be brought directly to the office in its original container with proper directions and labels. Have written instructions as per quantity, time administer and any other directions (Prescription only) Nebulizer/inhalers care requires additional instructions and paper work. Please provide specific instructions to teachers and staff. Major Injuries/ Emergencies If your child is injured, the teachers and staff will take whatever steps necessary to obtain emergency medical care. The steps may include, but are not limited to the following: Attempt to contact the parent or guardian at work or at home. Attempt to contact a second emergency number listed on emergency card. If we cannot contact you or any person listed on the emergency card we will call 911, call an ambulance and arranged any emergency transportation if it’s necessary. Our principal, teacher or staff member will accompany the child until parents arrive. Clothing A change of clothes is mandatory per child (one shirt, pants or shorts, underwear, socks and shoes) this change of clothes will be used if a child has an accident or gets extremely dirty during an activity or outdoor playing. Please label all belongings such as lunch boxes, jackets, sweaters, backpacks, sleeping bags. Young children usually misplace belongings, if an item is properly label teachers and staff will be able to find it and return it to the owner when is found. Be sure you do not send your child with cowboy boots, sandals, and neon tennis shoes. Sturdy closed toes and closed heels rubber sole shoes are required. Socks must be worn, please be mindful of the weather conditions and dress your child accordingly. Valuables, Gum, Toys Please do not allow children to bring these items to school. They are frequently a cause of conflict and jealousy among young children. Also items from home are easily broken or lost at school. Maria Regina School is not responsible for lost or broken items. Children will be allowing to bring special items on Show and Tell Day (check your calendar for these dates). Birthdays Birthdays are very important for everyone. Children enjoy sharing them with friends. Please notify the office along with your child’s teacher in advance if you would like to celebrate this special day at school. We would be more than happy to work together to ensure a fun, safe and memorable birthday for your child. Snack/Lunch Parents must provide a sack of snacks and lunch daily in a lunch box for their children. Sample List of snacks and lunch Fresh sliced fruit such as apples, pears, peaches, oranges, pineapple, etc... Raw vegetables such as: carrots, celery, green beans, cucumbers, etc... Dried fruits and nuts (Please let the teacher know of any food allergies and make sure to list on the emergency card for our records.) Sandwiches fillings such as cheese, old cuts, hard boiled eggs, tuna fish, peanut butter and jelly, etc. Try to avoid snacks full of sugar and empty calories, such as cookies, canned fruits and puddings, soda, etc. We are not permitted to heat up any food for your child. If you can’t pack a daily lunch, you can pre- order a hot lunch from our catering hot lunch program. Make sure to fill out your order form in a daily or by weekly basis. Please send your payment with your order to the office. Program Components At Maria Regina School our main priority are our children. We offer a well-rounded program to encourage independence, exploration, self-esteem, spiritually growth and developmental growth in your child. The program consists of Science and Technology, Social Studies, Mathematics, Language Development, Multi-Cultural Awareness, Environmental Awareness, Music and Movement, Art and Drama, Religion, and physical Education.