|Can I tour the Preschool before enrolling? We encourage all families to come and visit our preschool prior to enrolling in a class, as this will give you a chance to experience the “heart” of our school. We offer preschool tours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., unless the school is closed for holiday (see school calendar). When arriving for a tour, come to the school office a few minutes early, so we can begin on time. Children are welcome! If either of our tour times do not work for you, please call the School Office at 949-951-8683, Ext. 106, and we can schedule a separate time that works for you.|
|How old does my child need to be to start preschool? New for the 2015/2016 School Year: We are pleased to announce enrollment available for children as young as 2 years, 6 months (turning 3-years-old by March 1, 2016). Children younger than 3-years-old do not have to be fully potty-trained, but actively working on it at home, and must wear "Pull-Ups" to school (no diapers). Children older than 3 years, entering school, must be potty-trained.
Our Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program is for children who miss the cut-off date to begin Kindergarten or are needing a “gift of time” before they enter elementary school. To qualify, children must turn 5 years old by January 31 (February birthdays considered on Director's approval).
|What is your school’s Mission Statement? Grace Christian Schools’ mission for our preschool is to partner with families, introduce God’s plan for their child, and inspire a love for learning. A developmental approach is used to teach the whole child (spiritual, physical, emotional, social, and cognitive) in preparation for Kindergarten and life.|
|What are your preschool hours? AM Class Sessions – 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Lunch Bunch – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; PM Class Sessions – 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Above & Beyond Extended Care – 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.|
|Do you have uniforms or a written dress code? Preschool children should wear play clothes! Keep in mind that your child will be climbing, painting, digging, sitting in sand, playing with water, and helping himself/herself with toilet needs. We emphasize having a good experience rather than keeping special clothes spotless. Clothing with many buttons, buckles, belts, and straps are hard for little hands to maneuver. Overalls are difficult when it comes to “potty time.” Children can manage elastic-waist shorts or pants with ease. You help your child toward independence in dressing by selecting clothing he/she can manage easily on his/her own. Jewelry is NOT appropriate. Please keep an extra change of clothing, in a zip-lock bag, in the bottom of your child’s school bag, in case of an emergency. If it becomes necessary for your child to change clothing, privacy is provided, and we do all we can to save the child from embarrassment. For safety sake, boots, sandals, “flip-flops,” and/or “CROCS” are not permitted! Tennis shoes or rubber-soled, close-toed shoes are required! Be sure to mark all removable clothing with your child’s name.|
|Do you have a lunch program? GCS offers a “Lunch Bunch” program available to both morning and afternoon students. “Lunch Bunch” is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and only to preschool students who have pre-reserved a spot. We have Lunch Bunch most school days during the school year. The daily charge is $6.00 per student (No discount given for multiple siblings).We wash hands, pray, eat lunch, and play with our friends. Parents are asked to supply a nutritious, NUT-FREE lunch each day.|
|Are you affiliated with a specific church or denomination? Grace Christian Schools is a ministry of Grace Community Church of Saddleback Valley.|
|Will my child/family feel welcome? Absolutely! We have special events, at the beginning of the school year, to welcome new families into Grace Christian Schools. We offer a “New Family Orientation” for parents only and a “Meet the Teacher” event for the whole family. These events will help you to learn more about GCS and our developmental approach, provide parents insight to the daily schedule, give preschoolers the opportunity to see their classroom, meet their teacher and classmates, all before the first day of school! Shortly after school starts, we invite our parents to a “Get Acquainted Meeting” with the child’s teacher. This time is set aside for you to hear information pertaining to your child’s class based on their developmental age and your teacher’s unique style of implementing classroom procedures. This is a special time where class parents and teacher begin forming those friendships. We also have a wonderful Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) and invite you to get involved! The mission of the PTF is to support GCS by arranging events that build community for GCS families; organizing enrichment activities for students; providing volunteer and financial support for teachers; publicizing school and classroom events, and raising money to support these activities. Involvement in the PTF is not only a great way to get involved in your child’s school, but it's also a great opportunity to meet other parents and build relationships. If you spend any time at all at GCS, you will be sure to hear “Once a Grace family ALWAYS a Grace family!”|