The main objectives of the Preschool Division are to:
3 – 4 years old
4 – 5 years old
5 – 6 years old
Children participate in extra-curricular activities such as plays, Flag Day, field trips, Saint Joseph Feast Day, Lent and Easter events, the month of Saint Mary, charitable and humanitarian campaigns, morning assemblies. At the end of each school year, students harvest the product of their work by displaying it during “Vintage”. The aim of these activities is to help the child become a caring, committed and active member in the community.
In order to be promoted, the Preschool children must meet the following criteria:
KG.1 children are promoted based on the above requirements.
KG.2 children must obtain a minimum passing grade of (C) in each of the main subjects (English, French, Arabic, and Mathematics). The children who do not meet those requirements in two or more subjects are advised to change school.
KG.3 children must obtain a minimum passing grade of (C) in each of the main subjects (Arabic, English, French, and Mathematics).
KG.3 children who fail one or more of the four main subjects will sit for an evaluation test.
Based on that test, the child may be promoted, advised to repeat his/her grade or change school.
Report Cards and Worksheets
Children are always expected to do their homework. In case a homework assignment is not completed, the following measures will be taken:
1st time: Children are given another chance to complete the assigned work and the parents are notified.
2nd time: Children are expected to complete the additional work, along with the original assignment, and the parents will be notified again.
3rd time: A principal-parent conference will be scheduled.
All KG.2 and KG.3 children must submit their Summer Work for evaluation.
All children are bound to conform to the SJS honor code and guiding values.
Doors open at 7:25 am and close at 8:00 am.
Starting at 7:25 am, only parents or guardians of Preschool children who have an SJS car sticker (which can be obtained from the Public Relations Office) can enter the Preschool main gate in order to drop off their children in the KG.1 parking area.
KG.1 and KG.2 children are asked to attend the morning assembly at 7:50 am.
For children arriving after 8:00 am, parents are requested to accompany them to the Preschool Administration.
School buses leave at 2:30 pm.
Doors open between 2:30 pm and 2:55 pm for parents to pick up their children.
Children are not handed to any person other than the known custodian unless the same custodian instructs the Administration otherwise in writing. Under no circumstances are children handed to another student in the school.
Uniform and Attire
Children should wear the school uniform and dark leather shoes. The school’s badge should be kept on the child’s uniform for the entire academic year. All children’s belongings must be clearly marked (full name/class/section).
Parents are requested to bring a complete change of clothes in a small shoe box labeled with their child’s name. They are asked to return clean clothes in a bag the next day if their child uses the spare clothes supply.
Scarves and ties are not allowed.
Girls with long hair should have it neatly tied. Boys’ hair should be cut short.
Jewelry and nail polish are not permitted.
Parents are requested to pack two snacks in their children’s lunchbox.
Parents may put in their child’s lunch box a choice of:
The school provides juice and milk.
The following items are strictly forbidden: Lollypops, chewing-gum, chocolate bars, chocolate sandwiches, sweets, manakish, chips, peanuts, fruits with pits, and similar items.
Sometimes special items are cooked at school for educational illustration purposes, and parents may be asked to send supplies for this activity.
Food allergies and intolerances should be reported to the Preschool Administration immediately.
Medicine and illness
Parents, assisted by the family physician, are asked to complete the medical report provided at the beginning of the year. This report will be kept confidential.
Parents are asked to promptly contact the Preschool Administration in case their child does not come to school.
Children should not handle medication. All medications must be turned in to the nurse’s office by parents or the bus supervisor.
When the child is ill, parents are requested not to bring him/her to school in order to preserve the well being of all children because Illnesses spread quickly in early childcare settings. The school recommends that a child be kept under home supervision at the onset of any of the following symptoms:
Whenever a child is feverish (38° or above), he/she will be isolated and parents will be called to pick him/her up immediately from school.
A child must be fever free without medication for 24 hours before returning to the classroom.
The school may require the submission of a doctor’s written permission to assure that the child is not contagious.
If lice are detected, parents are asked to keep the child at home until the treatment is effectively finished.
Parent Teacher Assembly
A general assembly for the parents of Nursery Children is held at the beginning of each academic year and upon the request of the Administration.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences are held twice a year after the distribution of the first and second report cards. A parent or teacher may request an individual conference if needed. If parents require an appointment, they should request it from the Preschool Administration two days ahead of time. Teachers meet with parents during assigned hours.
Preschool children go on some off-campus field trips. The Preschool Administration will inform the parents in advance about the details. All children must return a signed permission slip in order to participate.
Toys and Money
All children’s toys and pencil cases should not be brought to school.
Children should not bring money to school unless a written permission is issued by the Administration.