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Title: 2009-2010 School Year

  • 2009-2010 School Year
  • 70 Pearl Street, North Weymouth
  • 781-335-0191 FAX 781-340-2533
  • www.weymouth.ma.us/schools/johnson

Agenda/Topics to Be Covered
  • Mission Statement/Goals
  • Whos Who
  • Our Curriculum
  • Classroom Policies
  • Parent Partnerships
  • Special Projects

Mission Statement
  • The Johnson Early Childhood Center provides a
    challenging, supportive, safe environment to
    afford each student an opportunity to develop
    towards responsibility and independence as a
    life-long learner.
  • Recognizing that the parent is every childs
    first teacher, the staff endeavor to promote a
    healthy home to school connection.
  • All classrooms offer developmentally appropriate
    integrated language and motor development
  • The Johnson Early Childhood Center is part of the
    Weymouth Public Schools, and as such, aligns the
    curriculum to the Massachusetts Preschool
  • Our program strives to maintain its accreditation
    by NAEYC-The National Association for the
    Education of Young Children, current through
    August 2014.

Civil Rights
  • The Weymouth Public Schools does not discriminate
    in the educational programs or activities which
    they operate. No child shall be excluded from,
    or discriminated against in obtaining the
    advantages, privileges and courses of study on
    account or race, color, sex, religion, national
    origin, disability or sexual orientation. All
    members of the school community are expected to
    show understanding of and respect for differences
    among people.

  • The Johnson Early Childhood Center enrolls
    students who are residents of Weymouth (or are
    dependents of Weymouth employees.) Proof of such
    residency is required.
  • Students must be three years of age by August 31
    of the calendar year.
  • They must produce an original of their birth
    certificate, provide proof of immunization and
    physical examination

NAEYC Accreditation August 31,2009
  • Congratulations! Your program has achieved
    accreditation by the National Association for the
    Education of Young Children. The administration,
    teaching staff, and families of Johnson Early
    Childhood Center are all to be congratulated for
    being one of the first programs in the country to
    earn the mark of quality represented by the
    reinvented NAEYC Accreditation system. On behalf
    of NAEYC, and specifically the NAEYC Academy for
    Early Childhood Program Accreditation, I commend
    your programs outstanding efforts in pursuing
    NAEYC Accreditation. Stephanie Olmore
  • Director, Program Assessment Compliance
  • NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program

Whos Who
  • Victoria Silberstein, Principal
  • Sandra ONeill, secretary
  • Patricia Linden, clerical paraprofessional
  • Ellen McCarthy, Nurse
  • Stephen Snyder, head custodian
  • Ed Summers, evening custodian

CLASSROOM STAFF FULL DAY teacher/para teams
  • 5 Day Tracy Tumbleson / K. Gorham
  • 5 Day Nicole Bradley / D. Travers
  • 4 Day Diane Walker / S. Heapes
  • 3 Day Susan Saferian / C. Barry
  • 3 Day Meghan Fennessy / K. Walsh
  • CEP A Liz Alger / Mackay, McHugh, Fox
  • CEP B Jill Berry /Edge, Coyle
  • FULL DAY K Helen Murphy / N. Leary

CLASSROOM STAFF HALF DAY teacher/para teams
  • Maura Perez / J. Cederholm
  • Jym-Ann Curtis / D. Davey
  • Jennifer Butts / C. Lachance
  • Linda Keenan / K. Lander
  • Laura Marino / K. Reardon
  • Maggie Murphy/ N. Garrity
  • Kathy Yuskevicz / L. Lamont, M. Ellis

Therapeutic Support Staff
  • Speech and Language
  • Patricia Galligan, SLP
  • Kristen Trull, SLP
  • Coleen Colburn, SLA
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pat Galvin-OTR
  • Joyce Sullivan-OTR
  • Physical Therapy
  • Kim Doyle-PTR
  • Marianne Menasale-PTR
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Patricia Leahy

Preschool Evaluation Team Staff
  • Peggy Gibbons
  • Developmental Specialist
  • Christopher Kone, Team Chair
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Mary Kelly
  • Secretary

What do we do all day at school?
  • Contrary to student reports,
  • We did not do nuttin!

Preschool Curriculum Frameworks
  • Academics
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Health and Safety
  • Art, Music and Movement
  • Skills Development
  • Social Skills
  • Attending Skills
  • Communication (Speaking and Listening) Skills
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills

What do I need for school?
  • Backpack with name written INSIDE.
  • Nutritious snack/lunch in reusable containers.
  • Complete change of clothes in clear zip-lock
    bag-labeled with name to leave in locker.
  • Communication folder, provided by JECC.
  • Full day students only blanket and pillow
  • Wear comfortable play clothes-daily outdoor play,
    gym play and potentially messy art activities,
    and closed toe shoes for safety.

  • Opening
  • Circlecalendar, weather, news, counting,
    sequencing, story and theme for the day
  • Teacher Directed Activities-Curriculum Based
  • Free Play Options
  • Choice Time-Centers
  • Snack
  • Gross motor, fine motor, language skill
  • Music
  • Creative Arts
  • Daily wrap up/reflection and Dismissal Routine.

  • Child feels safe and secure, and is a valued
    member of the classroom community.
  • The educational content is rich with links to
    all the curricular areas, broadens knowledge base
    and is challenging.
  • The content matter directly relates to child
    experience, stimulates creative thinking and is

School Policies
  • Rules and Routines

Our School Rules
  • Be Cool,
  • Follow the Rules
  • Be Safe!
  • Listen!
  • Use Words!
  • Have Fun.
  • Be Friendly.

SAFETY RULES! Students are reminded to engage in
behavior which Keeps themselves safe from harm,
both physically and emotionally. Keeps others
safe from harm. Keeps objects safe from damage.
Behavior Management Plan
  • Inappropriate behaviors will be handled by staff
    with increasing levels of intervention. (This is
    left to the discretion of the staff, depending
    upon the nature and severity of the behavior.)
  • Intervention Hierarchy
  • Initially, students are redirected to more
    appropriate activities.
  • If the behavior persists, they may be removed
    from the activity, and given opportunity to
    reflect or think. This is done in the
    classroom, in sight of the teacher and other
  • If the behavior escalates, or is dangerous, the
    child will be removed from the classroom, and the
    child-life counselor and/or principal notified.
  • The parent will be notified when a student
    displays dangerous or out-of-control behavior.
    This may be through a note home, a phone call, or
    a request to attend a parent conference.

Student Assessment Plan
  • Prior to attending program
  • Developmental Questionnaire (Parents)
  • Battelle Developmental Screening
    (standardized five domains)
  • While Attending
  • Skills Checklist Quarterly
  • Get Ready to Read for all four year olds.
  • Results reported at Parent Conferences (November
    and April) and in written Report Cards (January
    and June)
  • CHILD FIND Any students with suspected
    disability will be referred through the family
    for assessment by the Preschool Evaluation Team.
    Parents may request an evaluation through any
  • Students who demonstrate lack of expected
    progress will be referred to the School
    Intervention Team by staff for monitoring.
  • All test results reported to parents and copies
    maintained confidentially in cumulative folder.

School Committee Policies
  • Student Discipline
  • The power of the School Committee or of any
    teacher to maintain discipline on school
    property shall not include the right to inflict
    corporal punishment on any student. Section JKA
    M.G.L. 7137G
  • Food shall never be used as a disciplinary tool,
    or withheld as punishment.
  • No child will be punished for toilet accidents.
  • No child shall be subject to verbal or physical
    abuse or neglect.

School Policies Safety Security
  • Child Safetyuse of IDs, CORI checks for all
    adult volunteers. All persons must report to the
    main office to enter the school.
  • All our school staff obey the Mandated Reporter
    laws as regards to child safety and must report
    all concerns to DCF.
  • Call the school to report your childs absence
    each day.
  • Transportation use of booster seats belts
    THE LAW!!!
  • Parking Lot Safety be watchful of our little
    pedestrians. Obey ALL stop signs and traffic
  • Late arrivals and pick-ups
  • Wey-Care before and after school daycare
  • Confidentiality
  • Emergency Training and Evacuation Plans

Drop 0ff and Pick Up
  • Enter the driveway closest to Evans Street, drive
    around the back of the building, obeying the stop
    signs. Park in the side lot. Bring your child
    into The Corral, find the spot where your class
    gathers. DO NOT let your child out of the car
    alone, or open your car doors unless you are in a
    parking spot. Exit out the driveway past the
  • NEVER leave your car running!
  • Please wait for your childs class to exit the
    building, and line up in the your class area.
    Children are dismissed one at a time, by the
    teacher, directly to the parent, or designated
  • Please fill out the form provided to list anyone
    your child may be dismissed to. Any changes in
    dismissal patterns must be made in writing and be
    signed by the parent.

What if I am late?
  • Late arrivals must wait on the bench in the front
    office until opening circle is completed, so as
    not to disturb educational time.
  • Late pick-ups will be brought to the Wey-Care
    After School Care Program for safety. Parents
    will be charged 5.oo for each 10 minutes of time
    the child is in the program. The parent must
    present themselves to the principal to release
    their child.

Before and After School Care
  • Wey-Care Program operates in our school gym every
    morning from 7-815 and every afternoon from
  • Hours and days are flexible.
  • Separate registration and tuition for this
    program. Be sure to fill out forms at Open House
    and return to the office before the first day of

Sick Child Policy
  • In the event of an illness or injury at school,
    the child will be taken by staff to the nurse.
    Parents will be notified directly by school
  • Children who have had a fever (100.3 degrees or
    higher) within the past 24 hours should NOT come
    to school.
  • Children who have experienced episodes of
    vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours
    should NOT come to school.
  • Children who have had communicable diseases, ie
    chicken pox, head lice, strep throat,
    conjunctivitis MUST have a doctors note before
    returning to school.
  • The nurse or principal reserves the right to send
    home any child that is exhibiting signs of

NOTE All JECC staff are CPR/First Aid
Food and Nutrition
  • Parents are responsible for providing snacks and
    drinks for half-day students and snack and lunch
    for full-day students. Please pack food and
    drink in reusable containers.
  • Nutrition is important. What a child eats
    effects how they act. Hydration is important.
  • Balance foodprovide protein, fresh fruits and
  • Only store packaged and sealed foods may be
  • Limit sugar and empty calories.
  • Children under the age of 16 should never have
  • Health Department rules Any food to be shared
    must be purchased in a sealed container ie
    cupcakes for birthday parties cannot be homemade.
  • You will be notified if your childs class has
    restrictions, for example peanut free.

Initiatives for 09-10
  • Install Adaptive Playground Space.
  • Implement Reduce/Reuse/Recycle Campaign.
  • Revise Science, Social Studies and Arts
  • Maintain NAEYC Accreditation.
  • Continue Second Step Curriculum.
  • Promote Literacy Development.
  • Strengthen Parental Involvement, Community
  • Quality Improvement involving parent and staff

The Parent Partnership
  • How can you do your part?

  • Tuition rates
  • 18.00 per half day
  • 36.00 per full day
  • Sliding fee scale availableboth parents must be
    employed more than 20 hours per week, and earning
    below the state median income.
  • Tuition payments are made in 10 equal monthly
    payments, based upon the total number of school
    days in the year for your childs program, and
    are due the 1st of every month, except for
    September (due on the 8th). LATE FEE 15 after
    15 days.
  • Payments may be deposited in the tuition drop box
    in the office, sent in your childs backpack in
    an envelope clearly marked Tuition, or mailed
    to the school.
  • You will receive your tuition contract at
    Classroom Orientation.

Classroom Visitations
  • Parents are always welcome to visit our school.
    However, visits to your childs classroom MUST be
    arranged in advance of the date with your childs
    teacher and with approval of the principal. The
    purpose of the visit must be clearly stated by
    the parent. In most cases, the parent or their
    designee will be accompanied by school district
  • In these cases, the parent does not need to have
    a CORI check on file with the district office.
  • Please provide the office with any custody,
    visitation or restraining orders.

Volunteer Opportunities
  • Parent CouncilIntroduce President
  • School Based Management Council
  • Room Parentsee your teacher at Orientation
  • Classroom Readers
  • Field Trip Chaperones
  • Special Event Assistants-Playground Installation
  • Fun-raisers
  • School Improvement-Gardening, etc.

Special Projects for Parents
  • Book FairDuring fall and spring conferences
  • Field Trip Chaperones
  • Parent Education and Support
  • Support Fund Raisers
  • Holiday Celebrations
  • Bake Sales on Conference Dates
  • School-wide Theme Days-October, January, March
    and June

School Wide Activities
  • Fall Ball in October
  • Loose Change for Veterans in November
  • Winter Carnival in January
  • Dr. Seuss Birthday in March
  • Field Day in June
  • All are part of the regular school day, and are
    supported by Parent Council money and volunteers.

Family Fun Evening Events
  • Make a Book NightMath and Literacy
  • Preschool Night at the Planetarium (Science
  • Celebration of Family Culture

Parent Conferences
  • Conference schedule
  • November 23, 24,25 and April 15 and 16
  • Twice yearly developmental checklist issued
    at the
  • end of January and June.
  • IEP meetings for students with disabilities at
    least once during the school year.
  • Phone Call to the Office-message will be left for
    teacher for return later in the school day.
  • COMMUNICATION with school
  • In the event of school cancellations or
    early dismissal, you will receive a phone call
    from a district representative.
  • Alert-Now! phone system
  • Home-to-school folders-check them
  • Parent Information Board
  • Principal and Teachers-by e-mail or phone
  • ALL Staff e-mail

Building Life-long Learners
  • Read to your child daily.
  • Limit exposure to television, videos,
    computers--especially adult shows, news, and
  • Instill independence in dressing, eating and
    cleaning up.
  • Limit intake of caffeine and sugar.
  • Regular sleeping patterns-at least nine hours of
    uninterrupted sleep.
  • Instill respect for authority.
  • Eat breakfast /drink lots of fluids.

Importance of Routines
  • Instills feelings of safety for child
  • Promotes the childs independence
  • Increases compliance due to predictability
  • Improves Student Performance
  • Decreases Disciplinary Issues
  • Builds Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • Eating
  • Sleeping
  • Independent Chores

21st Century Skills
  • Ability to express oneself by both speaking and
    writing clearly.
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a group.
  • Ability to problem solve.
  • Ability to persevere at a task.
  • Ability to carry out responsibilities and be a
    citizen of the world.
  • Ability to use resources to gain information.

Younger Siblings and Parents
  • Weymouth Family Network is housed in the rear of
    the building, and offers Parent-Child programs
    for families with children from birth to five
    years of age.
  • Programs include story hours, play groups and
    special community events.
  • For more information, call 781-340-6098.

Fundraising at Johnson
  • Incentives Big G box tops collection,
    Hannafords Supermarket School Support
    Program,Our Kids Win! on-line shopping rebates,
    shopper loyalty card rebates at Shaws, Stop N
    Shop, Ink Cartridge recycling.
  • Fall Cleaning textile recycling rebate.
  • School Pictures taken twice a year by
    Lifetouch. (Nov. and May)
  • Parent Council also runs a Book Fair twice a year
    during parent conference days.
  • What the Heck, Write a Check! option. If each
    family donated 25 in the next two weeks, we
    would have 7500. If families of non-tuition
    paying students contributed 100, we would have
    8000, and could complete our playground
    fundraising projection before installation!

Thank you for coming!
  • We look forward to working with you and your
    children as they learn and grow during this
    school year!

Thought for the year
  • Let us more and more insist on raising children
    with funds of love, of kindness, of
    understanding, of peace.
  • Mother Teresa
  • 1910-1997
  • Missionary to India
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