We are ready in case of a natural disaster to care for your children for 72+ hours. We have emergency supplies and all staff have current First Aid, CPR and Blood borne Pathogen Training. We are within walking distance of two fire stations and review emergency procedure annually. You can read more about emergency plans in the Parent Handbook and Health and Safety Handbook.
Closures due to power outages and weather will be updated when problems occur. In case of storms we highly recommend frequently reviewing our sites Message Board on the Home Page. We will also post weather updates to our Facebook page, send an email to parents. AND we leave a message on the schools voice mail.
We offer a consistent schedule each day with flexibility to follow a groups interest.
- 7:00am – Open
- 7:45am – Breakfast, Wash Hands
- 8:30am – Outdoor Play, Split Groups
- 9:10am – Circle Time
- 9:30am – Free Choice, Special Projects, Clean Up
- 10:30am – Snack, Wash Hands
- 11:10am – Outdoor Play
- 12:00pm – Lunch, Wash Hands
- 12:30pm – Nap, or Outside Play
- 1:00pm – Rest, or Outside Play
- 1:30pm – Rest or Calm activities inside
- 2:30pm – Snack
- 2:45pm – Story
- 3:00pm – Free Choice
- 3:45pm – Outside Play
- 4:30pm – Story
- 4:50pm – Snack
- 5:05pm – Free Choice
- 6:00pm – Closed
In the afternoon classrooms combine with other groups as children and teachers leave for the day and our head count drops. We have a 2-3 year group in the Rainbow Gang classroom and a 3 to 4 year old group on Big Play yard in the Stargazer or Sunshiner classroom.
The Dewdrops stay in their own class until the last hour of the day then they may combine with rest of the school. The remaining groups combine based on sleep requirements. We have a group that lays down for a rest/nap and a group that stays up and takes enrichment classes or continues to play.
At 1:00 PM all Rainbow Gang (2s) and half the Stargazers (3s) combine for a nap time in the Rainbow Gang classroom. Parents and teachers work together to determine if children still need a nap.
The remaining Stargazers (3s) and Sunshiners (4s) combine on the Big Play yard. Some of the children take enrichment classes in the barn (Sunshiner Classroom) and others play outside or do projects in main building (Stargazer Classroom). They then return to their own classrooms for a rest and quiet time before combining after afternoon snack on the play yard.
Any school-age children that join us after school combine with the older group.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Is it a drop off program where I wouldn’t be in the room at all with my daughter? Or do you allow for a transition where by I’d slowly begin to sneak away?
- We encourage parent involvement and some parents volunteer one day a week in the classroom. It is not a requirement.
- We like parents to join in and get their children settled into an activity before they leave.
- We ask parents to always say good-bye before leaving to build trust with their child.
- Before you would leave your child for a day alone at school we ask a parent to stay with them for a transition from 9:30 to 11:30 to provide a safe harbor and guidance through the routine.
- The first visit after touring the school you can drop off paperwork and visit for 2 hours and during that visit leave the room for 5 to 15 minutes.
- Their reaction when you leave the classroom for a short time is a good indication how long parents will need to spend transitioning their children. The bonding with teachers increases when they are left at school for their first days.
- The more days and more hours the children attend the faster they bond with the other children and teachers. They learn the routine and join the activities and the transition is complete.
2. Which days of the week is it?
- We are a program that is open 5 days a week.
- Children attend for 2, 3 or 5 days based on the schedule you want and the days with openings.
3. My daughter will be 2 in July so would she fall into the 2 or 3 years old class?
- We place children in the classroom based on their age on August 31st, which is WA school districts cut off date.
- She will be 2 years old when she starts so she would start in the two year old program.
- The following year we transition in the middle of June and September to the next class for the next school year.
- Some children will start to turn three years old in September through August so it will be a 2-3 year old class.
- Same age span you will find in the local elementary schools.
- This creates stability and consistency in our groups, they move from class to class together and off to Kindergarten all at the same time. It also helps to build a sense of community when the group is together year after year.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED RESOURCES:
1) Letter from Shyne School Director, Katrina Brooke
2) Public Health
For information on your child’s health, communicable disease or Immunization:
Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) Changes
- We encourage all users to generate the CIS from the IIS and print it to access your child’s CIS through MyIR. Parents can also email or call our office to get a copy of their child’s CIS at WAIISRecords@doh.wa.gov or 1-866-397-0337.
3) National Association for the Education of Young Children
Promoting excellence in early childhood education. Whether you are looking for a quality child care program, preschool, or school for your child, or you are interested in activities you can do at home to encourage your childs development, NAEYC can help!
4) Northshore School District
For Only and Plus students we follow Northshore School District breaks.
5) Lake WA School District
6) Kindering Center
Helping Infants and Toddlers with special needs:
7) Child Find
For the Northshore School District
- Or call: 425-408-5570
For the Lake WA School District
8) The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
(CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.
9) The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children
(TACSEI) takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates FREE products and resources to help decision-makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day. Most of these free products are available right here on our website for you to immediately view, download and use.
10) Encopresis Treatment Center
What is the Encopresis Treatment Center?We are a treatment center dedicated to helping children (usually age 3 and up) who have difficulty with encopresis, severe constipation, or stool withholding behavior, and any child with toilet training problems, including loss of urine control (enuresis). We often see children who are toilet training refusers, or who prefer their pull-ups for stooling and will wait all day to poop until they can put on a pull-up, the “pull up poopers”.
Younger children (age 18 months to 3 years) are also seen for severe constipation. Even young children can exhibit stool withholding primarily due to fear of pain with stooling.
11) Jewish Family Service
MORE Resources below parent comments…
Taken from Annual Parent Survey
“It seems like the teachers and kids definitely form a bond – it’s nice to see that is possible with so many kids within one class.” and “Our experience has been great – great staff, nurturing environment with plenty of activities and learning opportunities.” -2013-14 Respondent #11
“I want to commend Katrina and the Dewdrops teachers for working with us to ease our son with his transition to school. We knew it would be tough and appreciated the feedback and ideas suggested to make it a successful transition!” – 2013-14 Respondent #19
How likely are you to recommend this school to other families? 100% Extremely Likely 2013-14
“It’s hard to choose a “best part”. Our daughter enjoyed the entire year, but warm weather on the playground & in the woods were on the top of the list.” I felt comfortable with the supervision, teaching and parent child interactions such as… “…providing the extra attention to a child who might be having a tough time in the classroom on a particular day, resolving differences between the youngsters, bringing such a great variety of subjects and activities to the hungry minds…” I loved taking part in ……… “Field trips, volunteering, lunch, playground chaos, art activities, ladybug releases, and talking with all the enthusiastic youngsters and friendly staff.. ” 2012-13 Respondent #32
The best part of this year was…. “mother’s day tea” 2012-13 Respondent #31
The best part of this year was…. “Teacher Katy!” I loved taking part in ……… “Reading a story to the class, sharing a song, playing in the woods, brining baked treats and attending a field trip.” 2012-13 Respondent #29
The best part of this year was…. “Knowing my child was in excellent, consistent hands while transitions in my home were taking place.” I loved taking part in ……… “Field Trips! Volunteering when I could. Teacher Appreciation Week” 2012-13 Respondent #24
The best part of this year was…. “All classroom parties were great, as well as end of the year picnic” I loved taking part in ……… Sharing our family’s holiday traditions” 2012-13 Respondent #18
The best part of this year was…. “The hard work and planning on the teachers part really pays off and shows. My kids always have great days.” 2012-13 Respondent #16
The best part of this year was….” T. wanted to come to Shyne, he loved it there.” I felt comfortable with the supervision, teaching and parent child interactions such as…” T. was always treated with love, patience and kindness.” I loved taking part in ……… “the Father’s Day picnic is brilliant ” 2012-13 Respondent #10
How likely are you to recommend this school to other families? 93.65% Extremely Likely 2012-13
More Early Childhood Health and Wellness Resources
Conscious Discipline for Parents
In a sea of self-help and parenting books, Conscious Discipline provides a proven and comprehensive approach that will improve both your life and the lives of your children. It empowers you with the self-awareness, brain information, developmental knowledge and useable skills necessary to create safe, connected, problem-solving homes.
Children with Special Health Needs
Rescue Medication and Seizure Emergency Planning in Education Settings
Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness
Bringing Tribal Foods and Traditions into Cafeterias, Classrooms, And Gardens
Hispanic Children’s Participation in Early Care and Education
Health Literacy/Family Education
The Family Dinner Project promotes food, fun and conversation about things that matter at home.
Managing Health Services
Expulsion and Suspension Policy Statement Information Memorandum
Mental Health and Wellness
Facilitating Change: Conversations That Help
Policy Statement On Expulsion and Suspension Policies In Early Childhood Settings
New and Expectant Families
Nutrition and marketing of baby and toddler food and drinks
Pregnant Women & Influenza
Nutrition and Physical Activity
Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Find retail food stores offering incentives for fruits and vegetables near you.
Food Buying Guide Calculator for Child Nutrition Programs
Recipes for Healthy Kids: Cookbook for Child Care Centers
Oral Health and Wellness
Case Management in Head Start October issue of Brush Up on Oral Health
Physical Health and Wellness
Vision Screening: A Fact Sheet for Early Care and Education Programs NOW AVAILABLE IN SPANISH
Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8 archived webinar
Safety and Injury Prevention
Prevent Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning
Media and Young Minds