Kindergarten

The Kindergarten program at Holy Cross is chartered and inspected by the Ohio Department of Education. Our teacher is licensed and certified. Our entire program, including our Kindergtarten just underwent a thorough evaluation by state licensing representatives in the Step Up to Quality Program. On December 1, 2014 we were notified that we had qualified for a 5 Star rating, the highest rating available. As of this date, we are the only school in Stark County to have received this rating. We offer educational experiences that prepare children to enter the first grade in any school system. Our program meets, and in most cases, exceeds the standards of the State of Ohio. State approved textbooks are used in all the curricular areas. The curriculum is reviewed and updated on a regular basis.
 

Kindergarten Screenings


Speech, Language, Hearing, Vision, and Psychological Screenings are conducted at the beginning of the school year. We contract with a professional company to provide these screenings. The purpose is to find out if there might be a problem standing in the way of a child’s learning progress. Early detection is the key to a child’s future school success. These screenings are paid for by the State of Ohio. There is no charge to parents for kindergarten screenings.
 

Daily Schedule
 

Holy Cross offers both half-day and full-day Kindgegarten. For both optiions, Kindergarten begins at 8:30. The Ohio Academic Content Standards are met in the morning session which ends at 11:30. Children enrolled in the half-day program will leave at that time. This is one-half hour more then other half-day public school Kindergarten programs. The full-day program continues with a hot lunch being served at 11:30. It is prepared by Meals on Wheels who uses our facility in their fully inspected kitchen. The meals are nutritionally balanced and contain a protein, fruit, vegetable, bread and milk. The full-day program continues with a story time after lunch followed by Enrichment Activities that extend what the teacher taught during the morning session, Educational Activities beyond the scope of the Kindergarten Academic Standards, or remedial work as needed. The full-day program ends at 3:00.

Unless you are taking advantage of the child care we offer, drop off time is 8:25-8:30. Children who are not enrolled for the full-day program must be picked up promptly at 11:30 to allow the remaining children and teacher to go to lunch.  There will be an additional charge for kindergarten children dropped off before 8:25 or picked up after 11:30. Children enrolled in the full-day program must be picked up promptly at 3:00 unless their parents have arranged for care after Kindergarten. There will be a minimal childcare fee applied starting at 3:30.

Holy Cross opens at 6:30 in the morning for childcare.  We provide before and after care as needed for children enrolled in the kindergarten instructional program at Holy Cross Kindergarten. No transportation is provided by our center. We close promptly at 6:00 PM. All children must be picked up by that time.                                 

Bible Time/Chapel


The teacher leads the children in a Bible Time on Mondays, Wednesday, and Thursdays during which they teach simple Bible stories and sing songs based on lessons from the Old and New  Testaments. At the kindergarten level, religious instruction is non-denominational as children this age are not ready to comprehend the deeper, more abstract ideas of theology.    On Tuesdays and Fridays the children, three-years-old and older go to the sanctuary for Chapel which is led by a member of the pastoral, church, or school staff. Chapel time is 11:00 AM. Parents are welcome to attend.
 

Class Sizes


We maintain a maximum staff/child ratio of 1 to 16 for Kindergarten.
 

Enrollment Age
 

To enter our program, children must meet the cut-off age/date for kindergarten for the public school system in which they reside.  A copy of the birth certificate is required by the State of Ohio as proof of age.
 

Enrollment Procedure


A child is considered to be enrolled at Holy Cross only after the Registration form has been received, the Registration fee has been paid and the administrator confirms the availability of space.

There is an annual registration fee of $50.00.  The registration fee for siblings is $30.00.   Checks are to be made payable to “Holy Cross Preschool” or “Holy Cross Kindergarten”.  Registration fees are not refundable.  All forms may be downloaded from our web site.

In addition to our registration form, the following forms are required by the state of Ohio:

1. Medical Statement:  A medical statement signed by a physician or certified nurse practitioner is required to be submitted within 30 days of the child’s first day. Children are not permitted to attend once the 30 days have passed if we do not have this form in our possession.

2. Child Enrollment and Health Information Form: This must be filled out entirely and must be in our office the first day your child attends. If any allergies or medical problems are identified on the form, a separate Medical/Physical Care Plan may be required. We reserve the right not to admit children to our center if permission to transport has been denied.  This form is good for one calendar year only.

3. Media Release, Email Listing, and Second Roster (optional) Form: The Media Release permits us to take and display photographs of your child. The Second Parent Roster is made available at the request of our families. In it we include the child’s name, address, and phone number along with the parent’s names. Parents find the Second Roster to be a valuable tool when scheduling play dates and birthday parties.  On the back is a Parent Participation Form for parents who want to get involved in our program.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedure


Please park in the parking lot that faces Ivy and enter through the doors that face Ivy.  There is a key pad entry system. Parents will be told the code prior to the first day of school. Children must be escorted to the door of the classroom by a parent or guardian.  Encourage the children to do as much as they can by themselves in removing coats, hats, etc. and hanging them up outside the classroom before entering the classroom.

Kindergarten children should arrive between 8:25 and 8:30. After kindergarten is over, parents must pick up their children at the classroom door no later then 11:30 for the half-day program and 3:00 for the full-day program.  No child will be released to anyone   that has   not   been   designated   as a pick-up person on the registration form.  Names may be added to or deleted from that list at any time.  The person picking-up will be asked to show identification if the staff is unfamiliar with that person.

If there is a restraining order on one of the parents keeping him/her from picking a child up, a copy of the court ordered documentation must be on file in our office.  Without it, we cannot deny a parent access to their child.
 

Absenteeism


Please call the school to report if your child is absent.  We need to know the reason children will not be here.  We call parents we have not heard from to verify absence. A note is required when a child returns to school stating the reason the child was not in attendance. This is a requirement of the Ohio Department of Education.
 

Food Program


A balanced nutritional lunch which meets one-third of a child’s recommended daily dietary allowance will be provided daily for children registered in our child care program.  The cost of lunch is included in the childcare tuition.  
 

School Year Calendar and Severe Weather Days


Each year we publish a school year calendar that is printed and distributed to parents prior to the beginning of the school year.  It is our normal practice for the Kindergarten school year to follow the Plain Local School calendar.   The preschool school year runs from September to May.

When Plain Local Schools calls school off for severe weather, our Kindergarten does not meet.

Realizing that parents must go to work, Holy Cross will be open for childcare only on those days.

Childcare is provided year round.   Holy Cross is closed and does not offer preschool, kindergarten, or childcare on the following holidays:

            Labor Day

            Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday

            Christmas Eve

            Christmas Day and the day after Christmas

            New Years Eve

            New Years Day

            Good Friday

            Memorial Day

            Fourth of July

We reserve the right to close and not offer childcare the week of Christmas depending on where the holiday falls during the week.  Parents are notified of our intentions on the school year calendar that goes home at the beginning of each school year.

Kindergarten staff members may attend spring and Fall Lutheran Teacher’s Conferences if we feel the topics of those conferences will help us better meet the goals and objectives of Holy Cross Preschool and Kindergarten. Dates are included on the school year calendar.  Childcare is provided on those days, but there is no preschool.  Kindergarten days missed because of Holy Cross teacher conferences are made up. Please pay close attention to the school year calendar.
 

Financial:  Kindergarten


Financial information will be given when a visit to our school is scheduled.   Tuition for the year was divided into nine equal payments and is to be paid each month regardless of the number of school days there are that month.  There will be a small additional fee for Kindergarten children for the few days in August, when school starts and June, before school ends.

1. Tuition fees for kindergarten are due on the first day of each calendar month in advance.   The first month’s tuition is due on the first day of school.

2. Payment is to be by check or money order made payable to “Holy Cross Kindergarten.”

3. We will follow the lead of Plain Local Schools in making up days closed due to weather conditions.

4. Money will not be refunded for daily absences or vacations.