LOWER SCHOOL SUMMARY OF BASIC INFORMATION
1. SCHOOL HOURS Please help your children arrive at school promptly at 7:55 a.m.
Nursery………………………..8:00 a.m. ‑ 11:45 a.m. daily
Pre‑Kindergarten……………...8:00 a.m. ‑ 12:00 noon daily
Kindergarten ‑ Grade 2………..8:00 a.m. ‑ 3:00 p.m. daily
Grades 3‑5…………………….8:00 a.m. ‑ 3:00 p.m. daily
2. LUNCH BUNCH - please note times below
NURSERY: 11:45 - 3:00
PRE-KINDERGARTEN: 12:00 - 3:00
Children in the Nursery and Pre‑Kindergarten are eligible to stay for Lunch Bunch. There is an additional charge for this program.
3. WOW PROGRAM OFFERINGS 3:00 ‑ 5:30 P.M.
Please see website for details.
4. LIBRARY AFTER SCHOOL
4th and 5th Grade students are welcome to go to the library and do their homework Monday through Thursday at no charge provided they are picked up by 4:00 p.m. After 4:00 p.m. these students
will be sent to WOW and there will be a fee.
Our goal for dismissal is for each child to leave school safely at the designated time. In order to achieve this goal, we need your help! All Lower School students will be dismissed from the gazebo gate on Meeting Street. Cars should only approach the Gazebo by turning right off Brook Street (traveling north). Please be patient with us as we attempt to have dismissal run smoothly and safely.
Please do not allow your child to bring more money to school than is absolutely necessary. Money for school activities should arrive in a sealed envelope with both the teacher's and child's name printed on the outside.
By limiting the amount of money around the School, several potential problems can be avoided. We need and appreciate your cooperation.
Invitations to birthday parties should be mailed or distributed OUTSIDE of school. Pick-up for birthday parties should not be done during dismissal time at the gazebo.
8. TO REACH A TEACHER
All teachers have Wheeler email and they will respond to you within 24 hours Monday through Friday. If you send an email during a vacation or weekend, you can expect to hear from the teacher during the school week. You can also call Pat Glendinning, in the Lower School Office, to leave a phone message for your child’s teacher.
Lunch Bunch and Kindergarten: bring lunch and eat in their classrooms every day.
Grade One through Grade Five: eat in the Union daily. Either bring lunch or buy lunch.
Each class has a morning snack, either in class for grades N-2 or at morning recess for grades 3‑5. Children in grades 1 and 2 bring their own small, nutritious snacks. In Nursery through Kindergarten, snacks are provided or children can bring their own.
If your child will be home sick, please call Pat Glendinning at 528-2138 before 8:30 a.m. At that time, if you want the daily homework, please tell Pat so she can notify the teachers during the day. At 3:00 p.m., homework can be picked up in the Lower School Office unless you specify a child who will carry it home to you.
Wheeler has a policy stating that parents should not remove their children from school to take additional vacations. We are aware, however, that on occasion a family has a wonderful opportunity to share an enriching experience that would necessitate removing the child from school. If you choose to have your child miss school under these circumstances, it will be your responsibility to have your child make‑up the missed work after he/she returns. Please do not ask teachers to prepare work prior to non-school vacations.
12. REPORT CARDS
Report cards are issued 2 times per year (December and June) in Grades 1‑5 only. School policy states that all outstanding debts must be paid before a report card is issued.
13. PARENT‑TEACHER CONFERENCES
This year there will be three parent‑teacher conferences scheduled. The dates are:
Friday, October 21, 2016
Friday, February 3, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
14. EARLY DISMISSAL DATES
All Lower School classes will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. on Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day. Teachers will spend this afternoon in professional development meetings.
15. PROFESSIONAL DAY FOR TEACHERS IN GRADES 1-5 - Monday, November 28th
No school for students in grades 1-5. Classes as usual from 8:00-3:00 for Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. No after-school programs.