The Early Childhood Program at Trinity Catholic Academy is one that is appropriate for the age, development level, and special needs of each child. Teaching style is based on knowledge of content and the development and learning styles of young children. This environment helps to foster language, physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development.
Goals of the Early Childhood Program at TCA include
- To create an environment that allows the child the freedom to play, explore, and discover the wonder of God’s world, as well as His love.
- To involve children in experiences that assist them in learning about Jesus, prayer, and treating others with respect.
- To create a curriculum that builds upon what children already know.
- To teach using units and themes of interest in Math, Science, Social Studies, Technology, Religion, Engineering and Language Arts.
- To create an active climate that engages children in co-operative, hands-on learning.
- To create well balanced, teacher directed, child initiated activities.
Our program’s goal is to provide a warm, loving, rich and safe environment that is designed to consider the total development of each child and to meet his/her individual needs and interests. Because the teacher recognizes that children learn best when they have a good self-image and are accepted as they are by both adults and other children, they will be given diverse choices that can lead to independence, self-confidence, self-control, and a sense of responsibility. Through play and hands on experience, the children will be given the opportunity to acquaint themselves with all aspects of the environment. An effort will be made to open the children’s eyes to little, yet important things around them. Because we are Trinity Catholic Academy, emphasis will be placed on Christian values and learning in a Christ-like atmosphere through example and instruction.
Through a variety of structured and supervised free choice activities related to specific units, the curriculum will stress fine and gross motor development, health, safety, art, and music. Great emphasis will be placed on literature with the reading of stories playing an integral part in the curriculum. The program will attempt to provide a balance of activities that are structured/unstructured, informative/creative, active/quiet, observing/participating, alone/together, and small/gross motor. Every effort will be made to bring out the best in each child with emphasis on the whole child, thus creating a very positive experience and healthy self-image.
Pre-School Program Information
Students must be 4 by August 31 to attend Trinity Catholic Academy’s full day pre-school program.
PROGRAM DAYS/TIMES 4-year-old all day program held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8:15-2:30.
4-year old all day program held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:15-2:30.
Students may be dropped off no earlier than 8:00 AM. A teacher will be on duty near the playground for outside morning prayer and at the main doors on Pine Street during inclement weather for indoor morning prayer. Please feel free to join us for morning prayer. Cars may park along Pine Street, however, not in front of the school.
Pick-up for students without siblings in the school is at 2:30 PM at the pre-school door on Pine Street. Parents may park on Pine Street. Pick-up for students with siblings will be in the pick-up line for 2:40 dismissal. The teacher and the associate will help the children with their coats. After school program students will be brought to the gym by the teacher or associate. The After School Program is available until 5:30 for students. Parents will need to park their cars (You may use the school lot.) and come to the door to pick up your children.
There are coat hooks within your child’s reach just outside the classroom door. This is where children will keep outside clothing.
In the classroom there will be a cubby for each child. Each child will have his or her name and a picture of themselves on their cubby. This is where their backpacks and lunches will be kept.
Every morning we will meet in a circle. This can be an important time for your child as it allows them to ease into the room. We will visit for a few minutes, talk about the calendar, weather, seasons, and sing songs. At the end of this time, we will explain to the children our day’s schedule and guide them in the various learning centers of the day.
The school will provide the snack. Birthdays are celebrated during snack time. A special snack from home may be shared with classmates at this time. Happy Birthday will be sung.
All students will need to bring a lunch from home or purchase hot lunch through our monthly lunch program.
We will start the year with a short circle time (about 10 minutes) and stretch it to longer periods as the children become comfortable with sitting. At this time, we will play group games, dramatic play, learning songs and rhyming games. This is the time when we will talk about special holidays and learn about songs, customs, food, etc. related to a given holiday. We will use this time for story telling as well.
If we have a field trip, you will be notified in plenty of time before the event. Field trip permission forms are required before any child can accompany the group. Students will be transported on a bus to field trips.
Children will not have a specified bathroom time (unless requested). A teacher will be available should a child need assistance. Each child will wash his/her hands after using the bathroom. Students entering the pre-school program MUST be fully toilet trained prior to the beginning of school and should be able to perform all bathroom duties independently.
At this age your child will be moving from parallel play to cooperative play. Some children do not understand about sharing. They understand the word but not the meaning. When a child is asked to share something, he/she may feel threatened. Some children handle this aggressively and others passively. Both need intervention from the teacher by showing them positive results. At no time will a child be singled out or embarrassed. We will do lots of talking, reading, and role-playing to help children find appropriate ways of dealing with frustration. (After 2 verbal warnings we ask the child to sit in the listening chair for time-out.) After having to use the listening chair 3 times in one day, we may ask you to keep your child home for a day in order to help with discipline.
We can be reached at school (508-765-5991 ext. 104). Please do not hesitate to call. If there are changes with regard to addresses or phone numbers, the changes must be reported to the school office so records can be kept up to date. Notices about coming events will be placed in each child’s backpack as they occur. Please be sure to check your child’s bag on a daily basis.
Orientation days will be announced on the school calendar mailed to your homes in August. The pre-school program follows the regular school calendar for holidays, vacations, and observance of religious days. A complete school calendar will be available in August. We will follow Southbridge Public Schools with regard to cancellations due to weather. If there is a 1-hour delay, school will begin at 9:15. If there is a 2-hour delay school will begin at 10:15.
On the first day of school you are asked to send in socks and underwear in a plastic bag. Please label the bag with your child’s name and include a picture of your child and a picture of your child’s family with his/her name.
Mrs. Hilli and Mrs. Lomme
Address and Phone Numbers: Please fill out the three emergency cards and return to school immediately. If you do not want your number given out for parties or play dates please inform the school or mark the card.
Appropriate dress: Please be sure your child is dressed in the school’s uniform. Remember that your child will be sitting on the classroom floor, painting and doing gluing projects. Please remember that paints and glue are washable and should be
cared for as soon as possible. Wash in hot water cycle
Backpacks: We ask that all children have a backpack so that notices, invitations and other special projects get home safely. Remember to label your child’s backpack.
Change of clothing: Please provide socks and underwear, to be kept in the cubbies at school. We are sensitive to children who have accidents and one of the teachers will assist the child to get them cleaned up and back into the class. Please remember that if your child has a growth spurt you may want to check his “cubby” during the year. We have extra pants to wear.
Forms: Please fill out and return the personal history form immediately along with medical forms and emergency cards. Remember your child cannot inform us if we do not have the proper information on hand. Please keep your child’s information current.
Guests: If you know of anyone with an interesting profession who would like to visit our pre-school friends and talk about what they do, please inform the teachers.
Illness: If your child is ill, please do not send him/her to school. Contact the office and leave a message that includes your child’s name and class. Remember, children should be free of fever for 24 hours before returning to school. Students also need medical permission to return to school after contracting contagious diseases. (EX: Pink-eye, strep, etc.)
Invitations: Invitations can only be handed out at school if you are planning to have the whole class attend the party. We understand there are times when not everyone can be invited and those invitations should be mailed to the child’s home. Names and addresses of students are found in the school’s directory.
Lunch: Students need to bring a lunch from home or purchase hot lunch through our monthly lunch program. Water is always available. We do not microwave or refrigerate for students.
Notes: Any note about holidays or special events will be posted on our outside door after they are distributed to the children.
Pick Up and Drop Off Times: Students may be dropped off at 8:15 and picked up at 2:30. Students must be picked up no later than 2:45! After school program will be available for Monday, Wednesday, Friday students.
Pre-school students are to be brought to the Pre-K door by parents at 8:25 or may join the rest of the school at 8:15 for morning prayer. Children have “Free Play” time for the first 30 minutes of class, so if you occasionally are worried about running late do not panic. If you are to be more than 5 or 10 minutes late, please take the time to call the office (765-5991). When bringing your child to school please walk him/her to the door. We ask that you give them a kiss and hug at the door, tell your child you are leaving and then please leave. Remaining after the initial good-bye, especially if your child is feeling anxious, only makes our job more difficult. If you need to contact me, please leave a message with Mrs. Letourneau in the main office and I will return your call as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.
Pictures: Please bring a snapshot of your child, if you have one, for our bulletin board. We often use these pictures in projects, so please do not send one that cannot be replaced.
Show & Tell: Please send your child with only one show and tell item. (Ex: Favorite book, stuffed animal or toy) Please do not send your child to school with toys unless it is his/her scheduled day for show and tell. Be sure to get the schedule from one of the teachers.
Snacks: Snacks are provided by the school. Please do not send your child with an individual snack. If you would like to send a snack for the class, please feel free to do so. We do celebrate birthdays and holidays.
Tuition: Tuition is collected through FACTS Management Company. Payments are due the 15th of the month.
Volunteers: There will be occasions when we will need “Room Moms and Dads”. Please leave your name and availability with the teachers. All volunteers must be CORI checked and have attended the Safe Environment class held in the fall.