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Preschool FAQs

AM Preschool (Must be 3 years old by October 1, 2022)
Monday thru Thursday, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
 
PM Preschool (Must be 4 years old by October 1, 2022)
Monday thru Thursday, 12:20 - 3:20 p.m.
 
Full-Day Preschool (Must be 4 years old by October 1, 2022)
Monday thru Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
AM Preschool (3 year olds): 20 students + 2 staff

PM Preschool (4 year olds): 20 students + 2 staff

Preschool Payment Policies

Preschool Registration: $100 non-refundable* fee charged upon registration
 
AM Preschool
$400/month or $4,000/annually (based on 10 months)
 
PM Preschool
$400/month or $4,000/annually (based on 10 months)
 
Full Day Preschool
 
  • Contracts are effective August 1, 2022, through May 31, 2023.
  • There are ten (10) preschool tuition payments for the school year. Payments are due the first day of the month, August 2022, through May 2023 (a total of 10 payments).
  • A $25.00 late fee will be charged for payments received after the 10th of the month, and the credit card on file will automatically be charged the full balance plus late fee.
    • If for any reason payments cannot be processed 10 days beyond the payment due date, the student may not return to class/care until the account is brought current or a payment plan established.
  • Preschool students must be picked up on time. A $1 per minute late fee will be charged for each minute after the published closing time.
  • Ten business days written notice is required for withdrawal (holidays, weekends, and non-school days do not count toward the 10 business days).
Yes, CCAP is accepted at Flagstaff Academy. All CCAP families must pay the $100 fee upon registering for preschool and Dragons' Den Full Day Preschool. CCAP Parent Fees are invoiced at the beginning of each month and are due on the 10th of the month.
 
A $25.00 late fee will be charged for payments received after the 10th of the month, and the credit card on file will automatically be charged the full balance plus late fee. If for any reason payments cannot be processed 10 days beyond the payment due date, the student may not return to class/care until the account is brought current or a payment plan established.
  • 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)
  • Arrival (AM Preschool drop off: 8:20-8:30 a.m.  |  PM Preschool drop off: 12:10-12:20 p.m.)
  • Welcome & circle time 
  • Socialization & centers; play choices include: art, fine motor/manipulatives, blocks/toy vehicles, imagination station, puzzles, music, dramatic play, writing, math, science, library, and listening center
  • Snack time
  • Outside play
  • 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
  • Dismissal to parents 
  • No, due to allergies, dietary restrictions, and preferences, students bring their own snacks and a filled water bottle daily. NO NUTS!
    • Students should bring a nutritious snack that includes at least two food groups: fruit/vegetable, grain/bread, dairy, and/or meat/meat alternatives.  
    • All food 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). 
  • Please emphasize to your child that we do not share snacks in preschool
  • Please do not send juice due to the high sugar content

Children will be physically active outside daily for 30 minutes. 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. Students will go outside unless it is below 20 degrees or it is precipitating.

We love volunteers in our preschool classroom! If parents are not able to volunteer in the classroom but would still like to help out, ask the preschool instructor if there is work that can be done from home.

Email is the preferred method - [email protected]. If there is an emergency, call the front desk for assistance.

There is not enough time for lengthy verbal discussions before and after class. If you would like to discuss your child, please email the staff and we will set up a meeting or a phone call.

  • Weekly Preschool Newsletter
  • Dragon Weekly: All-school weekly e-newsletter distributed on Fridays

School supply lists are available on the preschool website before the end of June. Parents are notified by email when to bring the supplies to the classroom. All supplies should be in the classroom prior to the Meet New Classmates date. Please do not label each item with your child’s name as most items are shared within the preschool. 

Yes, we have many different cultures and languages. We welcome all families to share their holidays and cultures with the class.

Please enter via the west side entrance and sign in at the front desk. Parents must print a name badge before entering the school corridor. Parents must walk their student to the preschool classroom.

Please email [email protected] and fill out the Attendance Reporting Form.

Flagstaff Academy Preschool does not discriminate against any child. Flagstaff Academy will work with each family to find the best placement for each child.       
Eligibility is determined by Child Find at District Student Services. To schedule a screening appointment call 303-772-6649.
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).
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.     

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

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.

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

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.

Yes, Colorado state licensing requires all children to have sunscreen on when they are outside during preschool. Please apply sunscreen to your child prior to arriving at preschool. Protective sun clothing is recommended. Sun hats and sunglasses are optional, please label.

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 the preschool and Dragons' Den directors if you are interested in learning more about this position.

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. 
  • 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.

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.

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 (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 number of children in the class.

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. 

  • 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 handwashing)
  • 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 a water bottle that your child can open and close independently.
  • Work on staying seated at the 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 every day to your child.
  • Listen to nursery rhymes and children’s songs.
  • Work on taking turns with others.
  • Work on keeping one’s hands and feet to oneself.
  • Remind your child that the staff want to help preschoolers be safe, respectful, learn, and have fun.