Meadows Preschool

Meadows Preschool

Thank you for your interest in Meadows Preschool! Meadows Preschool is small but mighty. We have six classes with low teacher-child ratios – intentionally. Why? This allows us to get to know and understand our families. Our teachers will come along side you and support you as you parent as well as provide fun-tastic opportunities for your little one as they grow and develop.

At Meadows Preschool you will find professional, nurturing teachers, creative learning adventures, two well equipped playgrounds, a full-size gym, Chapel for the three older preschool classes, music, library day, and a lot of laughter. All in a safe Christian environment!

At Meadows Preschool we understand the importance of a play-based curriculum. So, we strive to put as many of the five senses into each activity of the day. We “roll up our sleeves” and really get into exploring.

Give me a call and we can schedule a tour of the campus. I look forward to meeting you and your child, sharing more information and answering questions.

Grace,
Pastor Cyndi
713.255.7025

Cheers to:

  • Everyone that enjoyed dinner at Skeeters for Spirit Night. We are raising funds to replace our playground fence. The next event will be a Fiesta Night, at Los Tios, in January.

Events and Dates:

  • November 8: Picture Day – children enrolled on Thursdays will be photographed during the morning and children not enrolled on Thursdays can drop by between 8:45 and 11:00 to be photographed.
  • November 11: Blood Drive at WMBC, 8:00-noon, sponsor code: 0177, to benefit our graduate, Jackson Caserma, courageously battling leukemia.
  • November 27: Giving Thanks with a Song, 11:00 in the Worship Center. Join us as the Honey Bears, Bumble Bees and Leap Frogs celebrate with song.

Closures:

  • November 9: Meadows Preschool open regular hours – HISD early dismissal
  • November: 19-23 Thanksgiving Holiday. 

Health and Safety:

  • To help keep the Certificates of Health current we will begin, this year to ask for a Certificate of Health and updated immunization record to be turned in with each yearly birthday well check visit to your child’s pediatrician.

Times of Operation : 8:00 Early Birds, 9:00-2:00 Preschool, 2:00-4:00 Kids Club Monday–Friday, August 2018 through May 2018. Meadows Preschool will close for H.I.S.D. holidays along with other days for training and religious holidays.

Information Sharing : A Newsletter will go out the last week of each month for the following month, weekly emails will be sent by class, a yearly calendar will be distributed at Open House or from the Preschool Office by April 2018, and you can always check the Parent Support Center for recalls, forms, and seasonal information.

Money Matters:

Tuition is due the first full week of each month. Tuition is paid in nine equal payments beginning the first week of August. Tuition paid after the first 10 days will have a late pay fee of 15.00 added.

Late Pick-up fees: $1.00 per minute after 2:04 or 4:04, will be charged for each child picked-up after their class ends. This fee is due at pick-up or the following day.

Financial Obligation: Upon registration, children are enrolled for, and tuition is due & expected for, the complete session of August 2018 – May 2019. The August payment is a non-refundable payment for May.

Health and Safety : All children must have a current immunization record on file.

Daily Health Checks will be performed each morning upon arrival.

Children may be released: only to the adults listed on the enrollment card, including name and TDL #. Adults listed without a TDL # may not pick-up preschoolers.

When a child is ill: They may not be in attendance at preschool. Parents are asked to call the Administrator and report when a child will be absent and state the symptoms.

Exclusion due to illness: Children need to be free of a fever for 24 hours, and free of diarrhea and/or vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school. Children with thick, excessive mucus from the nose, undiagnosed rashes, wheezing, wet or barking cough, head lice, or other infectious symptoms – with or without fever - must not attend.

Medications: cannot be dispensed by any staff of Meadows Preschool.

All children must be up to date on immunizations: at all times. Provide a copy of the immunization record that can be kept in the office. Provide updated immunization records, as children receive update immunizations. TB tests are not required by the Tx. Dept of Health.

Teaching staff at Meadows Preschool are not required to receive vaccine preventable disease immunizations. Ex. Flu shots

Allergies: children with allergies that require an Epi pen will need to have a physician’s emergency plan on file. Form provided & signed by the pediatrician.

Bumble Bees and Leap Frogs are diaper and pull-up free. These children will be expected to be fully toilet independent. A parent will be called to change BM’s.

Hearing and Vision testing needs to be performed at your child’s pediatrician’s office, when a child turns four years old, and a copy will be required by the preschool.

Breast Feeding Moms will be provided a comfortable place with a rocker to feed babies. Moms may breastfeed or provide breast milk for babies in care.

Safe Sleep will be practiced. Babies will be place on their backs and nothing will be added to the crib. Please bring Sleep sacks or footie p.j.’s. Pacifiers with anything attached are not permitted.

Sunscreen should be applied on your child, each morning, before they attend Meadows Preschool. Help us prevent skin cancer.

To foster healthy relationships: parents are expected to walk their child to class and parents sign them in each morning and then out at the end of the day.

The security code will be made available to parents, for use by adults only.

For the safety of your preschooler Meadows Preschool does not provide transportation, a swimming pool, nor have animals housed at the school. We perform background checks and FBI fingerprinting on all staff. All teaching staff receive a minimum of 24 hrs. continuing education, for each year of employment.

Abuse and Neglect Meadows Preschool teachers will be trained annually in the prevention of and how to respond to abuse and neglect. Information will be available on the Parent Support Center for awareness and warning signs of abuse and neglect and prevention techniques. A posting will be available on the big bulletin board with contact information for reporting and gaining assistance for both teachers to use and to help a parent that may need to report or obtain assistance. If you suspect abuse or neglect: speak with the Administrator or call the Child Abuse Hotline.

A copy of the Minimum Standards for Child-Care Centers: and the most recent Licensing inspection report are kept in the Meadows Preschool office for parental review. The local licensing office can be contacted at (713)–940–5283.

Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-252-5400 or www.txabusehotline.org

Tx. Dept. of Family and Protective Services website www.dfps.state.tx.us

General Information:

Lunch: bring a lunch of healthy foods, the children can feed themselves, and include a thermos of water. A snack will also be needed for some age groups. These should be marked with the child’s name. NO GLASS CONTAINERS ARE ALLOWED IN PRESCHOOL.

Discipline and guidance: redirection, direct conversation, and when appropriate, time out with the time appropriate for that child. Corporal punishment is not allowed. Children that continually cause a safety hazard for others due to their behavior will be withdrawn from the preschool, after a conference with the parent.

Gang Free Zones: in accordance with House Bill 2086; an area of 1000 feet around Meadows Preschool is a gang free zone allowing for greater prosecution of gang activity.

Playground:Persons without a background check on file, may not use the playground during preschool hours.

Enrollment and Information Sharing:

Enrollment in Meadows Preschool: open to preschoolers that are 6 months by August through Pre K. A child is enrolled when a completed enrollment card, health certificate w/ immunization record, and the enrollment fee are received.

Parents have access to the preschool: for observation and to participate in program activities. We ask parents to go to the Administrator’s office for a guest badge.

Parents that wish to review and discuss policies: procedures or concerns of Meadows Preschool with the director, may call the preschool office during office hours.

Contact with Teaching Staff: to speak at length with your child’s teachers, please make an appointment to speak with them during napping times. During drop-off and pick-up times the teachers are actively involved with the children. Teachers may not give cell phone numbers to parents, or receive texts during school hours.

Class emails will go out weekly to help keep you informed.

Newsletters will go out the last week of each month, by email.

The large bulletin board as well as the Parent Support Center – outside Pastor Cyndi’s office will also be a source of information.

* Parents will be asked to sign a child-care enrollment agreement, found on the enrollment card, to show that this Operational Policies document was received. Take some time to read this document and then save it to use for referral.

When calling Meadows Preschool, always use Pastor Cyndi’s office number: 713.255.7025. If there isn’t an answer, leave a message.

What to Bring
1. A lunch and drink, each marked with the name - bring foods the child can self-feed.
2. A small snack, marked with name & K C, for Kids Club (2:00-4:00).
3. A vinyl rest mat & small blanket to be left at the school, labeled with name.
4. A change of clothing; to be kept at the school, labeled with name.
5. Children in diapers or pull ups need to bring a box of wipes.
6. Children in diapers need to bring paper diapers.
7. Backpack large enough to transport art projects, papers, lunch box, etc.

All diaper bags, back packs, lunch containers, etc. not clearly labeled; will be labeled at preschool by the teachers. Labeling is mandatory.

What not to Bring
1. Medications of any kind.
2. TOYS–stay at home. Please do not leave it to the teacher to put the toys away for you.
3. Sick preschoolers.

Children need to be free of a fever for 24 hours, and free of diarrhea and/or vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school. Children with green mucus from the nose, diarrhea, lethargy, vomiting, rashes, wet or barking cough, or other infectious symptoms must not attend – with or without a fever.

Birthday Policies

* First, speak with your child’s teacher, and arrange a date, so, we can make sure the special sign in sheet is in the binder, requesting permission from the parents for children to eat the birthday treats.

* Parents may bring: store bought fruit cups, applesauce, two bite cupcakes, cheese sticks & pretzels, small muffins, ice cream cups, etc.

* All food items must be in the original packaging – to meet health regulations.

HOW ARE YOU FEELING TODAY?
Meadows Preschool Daily Health Check

Meadows Preschool Teachers will do a daily health check on each child each morning.  It consists of asking parents or guardians of any unusual behaviors, rashes or changes in eating/sleeping patterns and a quick visual inspection. We will be attentive throughout the day for anything out of the ordinary that might signal a child is ill.

Children may not enter or remain in preschool if they have any of the following:

FEVER (exclusion for 24 hours)
VOMITING (exclusion for 24 hours)
EXCESSIVE COUGH (exclusion until symptoms are improved)
EXCESSIVE RUNNY NOSE or GREEN MUCUS (exclusion until symptoms are improved)
WHEEZING
ALLERGIES THAT NEED MEDICATION DURING PRESCHOOL HOURS
CONJUCTIVITIS (PINK EYE) (exclusion until treated and symptoms are gone)
HEAD LICE (exclusion until treated)
UNDIAGNOSED SKIN RASHES (exclusion until diagnosed and treated)
ANYTHING THE TEACHER/PROVIDER IS CONCERNED ABOUT


This policy will help keep our children and teachers healthy at preschool and fulfill our goal to always exceed the expectations of the federal guidelines from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Thank you for partnering with us to provide the best experiences for your child.

Arriving on time to preschool is a sign of respect, will prevent class disruptions and help us have healthier, happier children.

HAND WASHING POLICY:

Redbirds, Rabbits & Honey Bears will need to stop by the restroom to wash hands with soap & water BEFORE going to class.

Bumble Bees and Leap Frogs will wash hands in class.

Enrollment Procedures:

To reserve a space in Meadows Preschool:
  1. Enrollment form (ALL blanks completed- TDL #’s & phone #’s)
  2. Enrollment fee non-refundable (make checks to: WMBC)

To complete the enrollment: due by June 27 :
  1. A Certificate of Health – signed by your child’s pediatrician.
  2. An up to date immunization record – bring a copy that can be kept in the office.

Payment Policies:

Enrollment is a financial commitment for the end of Aug. 2018–May 2019.
  1. The total cost of the preschool session has been divided into nine equal tuition payments to be paid monthly August 2018-April 2019. Families enrolling after August will pay tuition through May 2019.
  2. The first payment is due on or before August 7, 2018. If this tuition payment made in August 2018 will be a non-refundable payment to cover May 2019.
  3. Tuition will be due the 1st week of August 2018 - April or May 2019.
  4. Tuition paid after the 1st full week of each month, will have a late fee of 15. added.
  5. Tuition must be paid in the month that it is due. Failure to pay tuition in the month that it is due could result in the child being dropped from preschool.
  6. A written request with a four-week notice is required to properly withdraw a child. Families are responsible for tuition for the four weeks following the written notice.
  7. After July 2, 2017, there will be a drop fee of $25.00, for each day dropped.
  8. After July 16, 2017, a full month’s tuition payment will be due for dropped days.
  9. Checks can be made payable to W. M. B. C.
  10. Children absent for two weeks, without notification given to the director, can result in the child being dropped from the preschool.

Note: Bumble Bees & Leap Frogs are toilet independent classes.

Holidays:

  1. Our start date will be one week following the start of H.I.S.D.
  2. Meadows Preschool will be closed on H.I.S.D. holidays and in-service days, the Friday before and Monday after Easter, as well as the first Th and Fri of February. A yearly calendar will be available at Open House.
  3. Join us for a Get Acquainted Day, before Meadows Ps begins.
For more information contact Cyndi Wehmeyer at 713.255.7025 / cwehmeyer@wmbc.org
(please PRINT neatly) this form is valid for one year following the signing date

child’s name ______________________________________       male / female
date of birth _____/_____/_____      Religious Affiliation: _______________________
Special information: ______________________________________________________
Allergies requiring emergency treatment: _____________________________________
An Allergy Emergency Plan, from your Pediatrician, must accompany the EPI Pen.
The following information must be provided for all students. Updates on your child’s immunization record must be kept current.

Pediatrician’s information

(to be completed by doctor/ staff) This is to certify that ______________________________ was seen in this office on __________ and was found in good health and free from any communicable diseases and is free to participate in preschool activities.

For children 4 years and older: A vision and hearing screening was also performed at the time of the visit. The results are as follows:

Vision: Right _______/_______ Left _______/_______

Hearing: 40dbHL  Right _____  _____  _____  _____      40dbHL Left _____  _____  _____  _____
                       500    1000   2000   4000                   500    1000   2000   4000

Pediatrician’s signature ______________________date________


  1. A current immunization record must accompany this form.
    Please bring a copy that can be kept in the preschool office before the first day of attendance.
  2. Fax to: Cyndi Wehmeyer, 713-723-0640
The Importance of Play

It’s a well-known fact that American kids are playing a lot less these days. From 1981 to 1997, children’s playtime decreased by 25%, the report says. A national survey of 8,950 preschool children and parents found that only 51% of children went outside to walk or play once per day with either parent. And because of increased academic pressure, 30% of US kindergarten children no longer have recess.

Plenty of people argue this trend bodes poorly both for childhood and for kids’ future employment. At Davos, the uber-elite gathering of global power brokers, AI experts and global CEOs argued that free play encourages kids to develop agency, collaboration and creativity—just the skills that workers will need to maintain an edge over the robots. And psychologists not associated with the report, including Peter Gray from Boston College, have said the consequences of a lack of play could be dire, including rising rates of mental health problems in teens. That’s why the Academy says it’s time to collectively reboot our thinking about play, understanding it not as a trivial, expendable pastime but as an essential activity that science shows is core to children’s healthy development.

The many benefits of play

The AAP identifies four kinds of play, noting that they change as children grow up. Object play starts with an infant putting everything in her mouth, and later using objects as toys (“Look mama, I am on the telephone!” says a child holding a banana). Then there’s physical or locomotor or rough-and-tumble play, which starts with pat-a-cake and moves to pillow fights and negotiating free play at recess. “Rough-and-tumble play, which is akin to the play seen in animals, enables children to take risks in a relatively safe environment, which fosters the acquisition of skills needed for communication, negotiation, and emotional balance and encourages the development of emotional intelligence,” the authors write.

Outdoor play allows kids to integrate a bunch of senses: throwing balls or playing tag lets them learn to use the body and mind in tandem. Perhaps that’s why research shows that countries that offer more recess to young children see greater academic success among the children as they get older. There’s also social or pretend play (which can happen alone or with others), when kids experiment with taking on roles—teaching a classroom full of stuffed animals, or playing house.

The AAP cites a laundry list of evidence underpinning the benefits of play. Randomized trials of physical play in 7- to 9-year-olds showed that play enhanced attentional inhibition, cognitive flexibility, and brain functioning that suggested better executive control. Pretend play helps kids build self-regulation because children have to collaborate on just how the imaginary world they are living in will work, thus “improving their ability to reason about hypothetical events.” Play is also particularly important for kids exposed to toxic levels of stress. “The mutual joy and shared communication and attunement (harmonious serve and return interactions) that parents and children can experience during play regulate the body’s stress response,” the report says.

Getting play back on track

While the report’s authors worry that parents’ laser-focus on achievement has eaten away at play time, they attribute the problem to social pressures rather than poor intentions. “Parental guilt has led to competition over who can schedule more ‘enrichment opportunities’ for their children,” they write. “As a result, there is little time left in the day for children’s free play, for parental reading to children, or for family meal times.”

To change this, the AAP recommends that preschools encourage more playful learning, both to foster stronger caregiver–infant relationships and to promote executive functioning skills. It also suggests that doctors not only encourage parents to protect children’s unstructured playtime, but have parents let their children take the lead—for example, if a child is doing a puzzle, it’s okay to suggest a piece of a puzzle that might fit, but not do the puzzle yourself. Of course, “scheduling” free play is easier said than done. For a lot of parents, it’s logistically challenging, requiring caregivers or environments that support affordable free play that also keeps kids safe, fed, and close to school or home. That’s a lot harder than booking kids into a coding club. But our pediatricians want us to give it a try.

Read more from our series on Rewiring Childhood. This reporting is part of a series supported by a grant from the Bernard van Leer Foundation. The author’s views are not necessarily those of the Bernard van Leer Foundation.

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