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Preschool FAQs

What are the ages and times of preschool classes?

  • PK2 is Tues. & Thur. mornings from 8:30 -11:20 for 3 & 4 year old children (must be 3 by 10/01/19)
  • PK3 is Mon., Wed., & Fri. mornings from 8:30-11:20 for 4 & 5 year old children (must be 4 by 10/01/19)
  • PK4 is Mon., Tues, Wed., & Thur. afternoons from 12:20-3:10 for 4 & 5 year old children (must be 4 by 10/01/19)


Please note the name of your child’s class is PK2, PK3, or PK4 depending on the number of days your child attends preschool. (It is not the age)

How many students are in each class?

  • PK2 has 15 students and 2 teachers.
  • PK3 has 16 students and 2 teachers.
  • PK4 has 17 students and 2 teachers.

What is the tuition cost? Is there a registration fee? (School Year 2019-2020)

Preschool Payment Policies

  • Monthly Tuition:
    • PK2 $225 (monthly)
    • PK3 $275 (monthly)
    • PK4 $325 (monthly)
  • A non-refundable registration fee of $100.00 plus one tuition payment will be charged upon enrollment.
  • Contract is effective August 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020.
  • There are ten (10) preschool tuition payments for the school year. The first payment is due upon enrollment. The remaining nine (9) payments are due the first day of the month, September, 2019 through May, 2020 (a total of 10 payments).
  • A $25.00 late fee will be charged for payments received after the 10th of the month.
  • All checks returned for any reason will be assessed a returned check fee for the maximum amount allowed by law. The check writer is also responsible for all other check recovery costs including attorney’s fees, courts, and taxes.
  • Preschool students must be picked up on time. After five minutes past pickup time, a $5.00 late fee will be charged and a $1.00 per minute late fee for each additional minute.
  • Two weeks written notice is required for withdrawal.
  • Payments more than two weeks late will result in termination.
  • If you are paying by credit card there will be a link on the homepage in August. If you have questions, please contact Kim Hagen Rapp, Business Office Assistant, at khagenrapp@flagstaffacademy.org or 303-651-7900 X 206.

Is there a dress code for preschool?

  • Yes, however it is different from Flagstaff Academy’s K-8 grades. Some parents with older siblings have chosen to honor the K-8 dress code (no logos except Flagstaff).
  • Preschoolers must wear tennis shoes or shoes with rubber soles (no sandals or croc-style shoes),
  • Easy clothes for using the bathroom (sweatpants are acceptable, but no belts, no suspenders, no bib-top overalls, no difficult snaps & buttons).
  • Girls are to wear shorts under dresses. (no spaghetti straps on dresses)

What is a typical day in preschool?

  • Arrival  Parents drop off, sign in child, child puts items away, washes hands, circle time
  • Welcome & Circle Time  Attendance, Show & Tell, Yoga, Brief introduction to weekly    concepts
  • Socialization & Centers (Play Choices)  All play areas are open: art, fine motor, blocks, puzzles, music, dramatic play, writing, math, science, library, and individual needs are met.
  • Clean up, Wash Hands, Snack
  • Outside Play  Children need to be prepared for outside play unless it is below 20 degrees or precipitating.
  • Story Time
  • Small Group Activities (2 or 3)  These small group activities includes cognitive, motor skills, pre-literacy, science, social studies, and arts or crafts
  • Music and/or Movement
  • Prepare for Dismissal


*Mondays - PK3 and PK4 have 30 minutes of music with Arianna Snow.

*Wednesday - PK3 and PK4 have 30 minutes of Spanish with Kena Guttridge.

2nd Thursday of the month - PK4 has 45 minutes of nutrition class with Jodie Popma.

2nd Friday of the month - PK3 has 45 minutes of nutrition class with Jodie Popma.

Are snacks included?

  • No, due to allergies, dietary restrictions and preferences, children bring their own snacks and a filled water bottle daily. NO NUTS! Children should bring a nutritious snack which includes at least two food groups: Fruit/vegetable, grain/bread, dairy, and/or meat/meat alternatives.  All foods should be a child size portion of finger foods, ready to eat (fruit peeled) and prepared in bite sized pieces in a resealable container (No glass or Ziploc bags - Small plastic containers and velcro snack bags work great.) Plastic spoons are provided for yogurt and fruit cups.
  • Please emphasize to your child we do not share snacks in preschool. Please do not send in juice because of the high sugar content. Sending in just water and a couple of snacks, so your child can choose, is best. Adding a small ice pack to an insulated lunch bag helps keep items cool.
  • Using food as a reward and denial of snack as a consequence are both prohibited.

What are some healthy snack suggestions?

Fresh fruit, raw vegetables, cheese (sticks, slices, cubes), yogurt or Gogurt, edamame, hummus, applesauce, crackers, seaweed, half a sandwich, pretzels, and healthy nut free snack bars. Click here for more ideas.

How often do the children play outside and in what kind of weather conditions?

Children need to be prepared to be physically active outside daily for 30 minutes. In summer & spring please apply sunscreen to your child prior to preschool. Sun hats & sunglasses are optional. In fall and winter, dress your child appropriately for outside play, including jackets, hats, mittens,(Please no gloves as they are difficult for preschoolers to put on.) boots and (optional) snow pants. Prepare your child to go outside unless it is below 20 degrees or it is precipitating.

Are parents allowed to volunteer in the classroom?

Yes, parents and grandparents are welcome to volunteer in the classroom or do volunteer work at home. To volunteer in the classroom please go to the preschool website (parent information Page), scroll down to the monthly calendar to see what days are available. Remember to volunteer on a day your child attends and  scroll am or pm. You can volunteer the entire class time from 8:30 -11:20 or 12:20 -3:10. If you would like to volunteer only part of the time, please specify the exact time. Volunteers need to email pquinn@flagstaffacademy.org to set up the dates. Please be sure Patty confirms the dates. There are additional volunteer opportunities on the website and in the Dragon Weekly. The volunteer schedule will be on the website in September.

What is the best way for parents to communicate with the teachers?

Email is the preferred method. pquinn@flagstaffacademy.org, rmorrison@flagstaffacademy.org, mcampbell@flagstaffacademy.org or preschool@flagstaffacademy.org. Phone calls do not go through to the classroom during preschool hours. If it is an emergency, call the front desk and ask to be put through to the preschool classroom X242 or Patty’s office X229.There is not enough time for lengthy verbal discussions before and after class. If you would like to discuss your child, please email staff and we will set up a meeting or a phone call.

What methods does the school communicate with parents?

  • The preschool weekly newsletter, Dragon Puff (electronic)- Please note every Friday you will receive an email with a link to the Dragon Puff. Please read this newsletter as it shares the week’s lesson plan and any other important information.
  • The all school weekly newsletter, Flagstaff Weekly (electronic) - Each Friday you will receive a copy of the Dragon Weekly. Please read this newsletter as it covers all school (K-8) events you may want to participate in. There are also many all-school volunteer opportunities.
  • A Pocket Folder (written notices) - At the end of the week (Thursday or Friday - pending your child’s schedule) you will receive a pocket folder with written notices for the week. Please take out these papers and send the empty pocket folder back to school with your child on the next attendance day. (Hint - Take out papers immediately and put folder back into backpack).

When do we receive the school supply lists?

These lists will also be available on the preschool website at the end of June. You will be notified by email when to bring the supplies to the classroom. All supplies should be in the classroom prior to the Meet New Classmates dates. Please do not label each item with your child’s name as most items are shared within the preschool. Please label the bag or box with the child’s name and session. (John Smith - PK3)

Do you have a multicultural program?

Yes, we have many different cultures and languages. Usually there are some children with limited or no English upon entrance into preschool and several different languages spoken in the homes. We welcome all families to share their holidays and cultures. We welcome any parent, who has an interesting profession, talent, or a culture, that would be of interest to the preschool ages, to volunteer and share their expertise with their child’s class.

What if I am late dropping off my child to preschool?

It is necessary to enter the front door (west side) and sign in at the front desk. Parents must print a name badge before entering the school corridor. Proceed by walking your child to the preschool classroom and signing your child in on the clipboard on the table outside the classroom.

What if my child is absent?

Please email teacher preschool@flagstaffacademy.org and fill out the Attendance Reporting Form.

What if my child has special needs or an IEP?

Flagstaff Academy Preschool does not discriminate against any child. Flagstaff Academy will work with each family to find the best placement for each child.       

Whom do I contact if I have concerns about my child’s development?

Call Child Find at 303-772-6649 to schedule a screening.

At what age are children eligible to receive services in Special Education?

The District is required to provide Special Education to eligible children when a child reaches their 3rd birthday. Ages 0-3 years need to contact Imagine (303-665-7789).

If a child qualifies for Special Education and a preschool program is recommended, is the child guaranteed a placement in the charter school of choice?

No, the District must provide a Free Appropriate Public Education that meets the individualized needs of the child and sometimes this means attending an appropriate preschool other than Flagstaff. The District has a limited number of preschool programs identified for special education. In this case, another program would be recommended.     

Who determines eligibility for special support services?

Eligibility is determined by Child Find at District Student Services. To schedule a screening appointment call 303-772-6649

What if my child was enrolled in Flagstaff Preschool and then received and IEP, would my child have to leave Flagstaff during the school year?

This depends upon the special education services that are needed to support the child in reaching his learning goals. No special education supports are offered in the Flagstaff Preschool Program.

Does my child need extra clothes?

Yes, please bring in an extra set of clothes in a labeled ziploc bag when you bring in supplies. Extra clothes should stay at preschool. (an extra complete set of clothes, top, bottom, underwear, and socks) in case of bathroom accident or a spill.  It is the parents’ responsibility to remember to change out clothes according to the season and child’s growth.

What do I need to label?

All Personal Belongings - LABEL every item your child brings to school (i.e. backpack, water bottle, all clothing articles, show and tell items).

What daily items should my child bring?

Each day your child must bring a filled water bottle, at least two healthy (nut free) snacks from two different food groups, backpack, and appropriate clothing for Colorado weather.

Do I need to apply sunscreen?

Yes, Colorado state licensing requires all children to have sunscreen on when they are outside during preschool. Each day, parents are required to sign if their child has sunscreen on. The first week of school all parents will sign a permission form to apply sunscreen prior to arrival, provide their own personal sunscreen or have staff apply (Up & Up SPF50 brand). To allow more playground time it is best to apply sunscreen to your child prior to arriving at preschool. Please apply to all exposed skin. Protective sun clothing is recommended. Sun hats and sunglasses are optional, please label.

Who are Room Parents?

The preschool classes need room parents for this school year. Room parents are responsible for setting up parties for Halloween and Valentine’s Day. They will also be in charge of organizing a fundraiser for the Gala. It is best if parents work in twos. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about this position.

What is Show and Tell?

All children will have the opportunity to have show and tell several times throughout the school year.

  • For show and tell a child should choose an item from home that he/she would like to share with the class. It is important to prepare the child prior to show and tell. It should be an item of choice, however, no weapons or violent action figures. Please remind your child that there are both boys and girls in class, so try to choose an item appealable to everyone.
  • The child presenting must tell the name of the item and three facts about it. Then they are asked to answer three questions from their classmates.
  • If your child has limited English or is reluctant to speak in front of the class please write down the item name and three facts, allowing the teachers to help. This is a choice activity, however it is important to empower your child to speak in front of peers.

What are Scholastic Book Orders?

In preschool you will receive flyers on Scholastic book orders each month. In the first order you will receive a letter with ordering instructions. Please consider ordering these books as they are great inexpensive treats for your child and gifts for friends and family. Each time you order, the Flagstaff Preschool earns points for free books.

Do the children celebrate birthdays?

All children will have the choice to receive a birthday crown and have the class sing to him/her. No food is allowed due to allergies and dietary restrictions. It is optional if you want to celebrate your child’s birthday at school with non-edible treats for fellow classmates. (ie. stickers, bouncy balls, play dough, cars, bracelets, anything from the Dollar Store). Please notify staff ahead of time so we can prepare and tell you the # of children in the class.

Healthy celebrations and sampling healthy snacks

Any food that is served in connection with a specific holiday or special activity should be healthy and preapproved by the director. All foods must be prepared in a kitchen inspected by the health department. All parents will be notified with a list of ingredients prior to the celebration. In the PK3 and PK4 classes, the children learn about beginning sounds of the alphabet and taste a different healthy snack each week to coincide with the letter of the week. They will have an opportunity to taste a different food for each letter A-Z.

Preparing Your Child for Preschool

  • Practice separating from your child (friend’s house, swim class, gymnastics, soccer, babysitter, nanny, church, etc.) Reassure your child he/she will be safe and you will return.
  • Teach your child to use his/her words. (It is important to be able to ask for help, express one’s needs and verbalize one’s feelings) ELL children are exceptions.
  • Teach your child to respond to full name and recognize his/her first name in writing.
  • Teach your child to be independent using the bathroom. (Include wiping, flushing, dressing and hand washing)
  • Work on putting on and taking off jackets, shoes, boots, hats and mittens. (Gloves are too difficult for preschoolers)
  • Work on zipping/unzipping and packing/unpacking backpacks.
  • Send water bottle that your child can open and close independently.
  • Work on staying seated at table while eating and using good table manners.
  • Work on opening and closing snack bags independently. (Velcro bags work great.)
  • Practice reading stories without your child sitting on your lap or lying in bed.
  • Establish routines at morning time, mealtime, and bedtime.
  • Read everyday to your child.
  • Listen to nursery rhymes and children’s songs.
  • Work on sharing with others and waiting one’s turn.
  • Work on keeping one’s hands and feet to oneself.
  • Remind your child that the preschool teachers are also parents and want to help preschoolers be safe, be respectful, learn, and have fun.