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Pro-Parents, 652 Bush River Road, Suite 203, Columbia, SC 29210 Phone: (803) 772-5688 Toll Free: 1-800-759-4776 Fax: (803) 772-5341 Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (Low Country Office) 1569 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Charleston, SC29407 Toll Free: 1-800-743-2553 Fax: (843) 571-0880 TTY: 1-866-232-4525 South Carolina Department of Education, Office of Special Education Services Assistance Line Toll Free: 1-866-628-0910 South Carolina Legal Services, 803 Carner Ave. Charleston, SC 29405 Intake office toll free: 1-888-346-5592 Toll Free:888-720-2320 Phone: (843) 720-7044 Fax: (843) 760-1090 ABC's of PIC Absences: If your child is absent, please send a note to school when he/she returns. Please include your child’s name, teacher’s name, date of absence, and the reason for absence

Behavior: We use an individualized system to deal with behavior. We will cover the classroom rules daily and may create an individual behavior chart if needed for your child. Behavior will also be addressed daily in the Take Home Folder, so that you can see how well your child did with following classroom rules that day.

Celebrations: We will have many different celebrations in the classroom throughout the year. If you have issues with any particular holiday please let us know so that we can plan accordingly. Also, we do allow birthday celebrations during snack time (which usually takes place around 9:00 or 1:00). If you wish to celebrate your child’s birthday at school, please let us know 2-3 days in advance and we will be more than happy to accommodate you!

Dress Code: Belle hall does have a dress code but it is not required for preschool students. We ask that children wear comfortable shoes for running around and have at least on extra change of extra clothes in their backpack at all times.

Eating: Because we are a half day program, your child will not be served lunch at school. However, we have a daily snack time. If your child has any food allergies please make note of that. You may pack a daily snack for your child or you can have a bin/box/package of goodies to stay in the room. You may also leave a water bottle/cup for your child.

For Your Information: I have placed a copy of our daily schedule in this packet. This is subject to change but it is a good reference of where we will be throughout the day should you need to come by the school or pick up your child early.

Go Home Folders: We will communicate daily through our take home folders. We will place important information from the school in these as well as student work. We will also communicate how that student did that day as far as eating/potty/etc. Please be sure to check them everyday and return them to school in your child’s backpack. If you need to notify me about a pickup change or anything else, please not this in their binder. There is a parent/teacher comment section on the the daily communication sheet. Please understand that we may not have a specific comment every day as it tends to get very busy around here. However, we will make sure that you have any important information.

Illness: Please do not send your child to school if he/she has a temperature. If your child becomes ill at school, you will be called to come and pick them up. We need at least two working phone numbers at all times in order to contact you in case of illness or emergency. If your child vomits or has a fever, they will have to remain home for a full 24 hrs before returning to school.

Jump Right In!: All parents are encouraged to join the school’s PTA. PTA is a great way to become more involved in your child’s education experience.

Keep Us Posted: If things pop up throughout the year at home or elsewhere that you think may have an effect on your child’s performance at school, please contact me. Confidentiality will be respected in all circumstances and if we are well informed we are much more useful in helping your child through these transitions.

Money: Any money that you send to school needs to be sent in an envelope or plastic bag. It is to be labeled with the child’s name and the amount.

Newsletter: A letter will be sent home every two weeks contain information about our thematic unit.

Potty Training: Many of our children are at the age where they are working on potty training. We would like to work with you and help you through this process. On the student inventory, please provided a detailed description of the potty routine you use at home. One of the most important things we can do is try and be consistent with our approach between home and school. if your child wears diapers/pull ups, please note we prefer you send in enough diapers for two weeks. We also ask that each student provides a box of wipes. As we run out of these items we will send reminders home to please restock. For students who are potty training, we typically try to work out a schedule in which we are asking them to go to the bathroom at least every 15-30 min.For students in diapers/pull ups we typically change midday around nine. If your child uses some type of digestive aide (ie: Miralax) please be mindful of the time that it is given whenever possible. We are not equipped with a place to bathe children in the classroom.

Questions:. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I can be found at school 7-3. I can also be reached by email and phone.

843-849-2841 ext26733

Please note when using the extension during school hours it will go directly

to voicemail. If you need to contact me during school hours please call the front office

and they will transfer the call.

READ!!!: I can't stress enough the importance of reading daily during the early childhood years. Reading to your child at home and letting them see you read is a great way to encourage their academic development and get them ready for kindergarten!

Snacks: If your child has any food allergies please make note of that. You may pack a daily snack for your child or you can have a bin/box/package of goodies to stay in the room. You may also leave a water bottle/cup for your child. On Fridays we cook/bake snack with our speech therapist Marrion. Von K. During snack time we work on verbal, social, and adaptive skills such as requesting, making choices, name identification, and OT skills. In order to help students become more independent we ask that you send any loose snack (ie: goldfish) in a small ziplock bag so that we can work on opening packaging independently.

Toys: Toys from home are not allowed. We are not responsible for toys that are brought from home. Your child may use a transition item at the beginning of the year but it will quickly be faded out.

Units: WE use two curriculum's in the PIC class - Read It Once Again and DLM EC Express. Are thematic units revolved around a story and you will be advised of these every two weeks. We will use these stories to integrate all subject areas and work on each child’s individual IEP goals.

Visitors: Classroom visits are always welcomed, but please remember to sign in at the front office. You will need a driver's license to scan into the Raptor system.

Wish list: I have a page listed on the Donors Choose Website as well as a wish list on our Scholastic Book Order classroom page. If you ever want to donate just ask me for the link!

X-cellent Assistant: Ms. Angel will be working alongside me in the classroom.