First School accepts children ages 2 1/2 through 6 who can completely manage the toilet themselves, are developmentally ready, and in the following order of priority for enrollment:
- Children of FUMCPA members
- Siblings of already enrolled children
- Children registered full-time/alumni
- Date of application
We do not discriminate because of race, color, religion, nationality or ethnicity. Children with special needs are accommodated whenever possible.
When conflicts occur, children are taught to tell each other their ideas for solving the problem until they agree on one. No hurting is allowed, neither by actions nor by words. Looking and listening to one another is stressed. Inappropriate behavior is clearly explained and positive behavior is reinforced.
A related consequence is clearly stated when necessary. The consequence generally involves changing the child’s activity and/or location. No corporal punishment is permitted.
Prescription medication is given only from the original container in accordance with the label directions as prescribed by the child’s physician. Medication must have current date and child’s name and be accompanied by signed and dated parental permission. Non-prescription medication (including but not exclusive to: aspirin, cough drops, vitamin/mineral supplements, antibiotic ointments) is given only in accordance with product label directions along with parent written authorization and instructions.
Please notify us if your child is going to be absent (especially if it is due to a contagious illness). Children not well enough to participate in First School activities should stay home, as should those with fever, diarrhea or virulent congestion. Children may return to school after 24 hours without symptoms.
Healthy snacks, milk and water are provided by First School. No candy, please. Children bring their own lunches. Please make lunches easy for the children to open so that they can gain a feeling of competence. Snacks include at least two basic food groups and are served mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
Please leave a change of clothing and a sweater, sweatshirt or jacket at First School. We welcome children having a choice in what they wear as long as it is appropriate for the weather, for active play and is easy for the child to manage. Children who stay for nap time often rest better and are most comfortable with their own bedding; therefore, please provide a small blanket for your child. Mats and sheets provided by First School.
After taking cover under tables until an earthquake subsides, or in case of fire at the sound of the alarm, a teacher will lead the children out the Byron Street door, through the yard and into the farthest corner of the parking lot. The Director, after checking bathrooms and telephoning 911 (if possible), will join the others with the attendance sheet to take roll. All will remain in the parking lot until the Director determines it is safe to return to the building.
The teachers are first aid and CPR certified and have first aid equipment. We have a three day food supply on site. Our windows are coated with 4 mil safety film. In an emergency situation, rather than tie up telephones or roads trying to reach First School, parents should listen to community reports on the radio.