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Little Comets PreSchool
All students are capable of learning when given a learning environment that is nurturing, educationally challenging and dedicated to promoting the social, emotional, and academic needs of the students. Our program encourages the family, school, and community to be a part of the learning process.
The Little Comets Preschool classes run Tuesday through Friday. Morning preschool is from 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and the afternoon preschool is from 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
This is my first year as Director of the Little Comets Preschool but I was the principal of Amherst Junior High School for seven amazing years! I am a graduate of Amherst and attended the Amherst Schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade. I feel very fortunate to be in a position where I can help Amherst continue to be a wonderful community and successful school district.
- Arrival and Dismissal Information
- Child Development
- Early Learning Assessment
- Eligibility for Special Education Services
- General Information
- Peer Model Information
- Preschool Pre-Registration /Application for 2017-2018
- Preschool Supply List
- Student and Parent Handbook
AM Classes: 8:30 a.m. - Students arrive. 11:15 a.m. - Students are dismissed.
PM Classes: 12:30 p.m. - Student arrive. 3:15 p.m. - Students are dismissed.
Due to the Fire lane and so that parents do not have to get out of their cars, we will do a CONTINUOUS LOOP Drop-Off Zone in front of the building. (The bus area has been moved down and out of the way).
No earlier than 8:20 a.m. or 12:20 p.m., cars should pull along the curved sidewalk. Two to three cars pull up to the front doors. Aides help kids out of the cars and into the building. As cars pull away, two to three more cars pull up, and the process continues. (Similar to Powers School Drop-Off procedure)
Note: If you wish to walk your child to the front door, please park your car in the Visitor spots or on the North side of the building. Do not stop and block the movement of cars to the continuous Drop-Off Zone.
DISMISSAL: You will still need to park and come to the front door to get your child, although there should be more spots along the walkway close to the front door since the bus area has been moved down. Children will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.
The Amherst Schools provide preschool special education services to children ages 3 through 5 who experience a developmental delay or disability. When a disability is suspected, referral can be made to the Amherst school district for a multifactored evaluation to be conducted by the preschool assessment team. This team usually consists of the school psychologist, preschool special education teacher, and speech therapist.
Little Comets Preschool serves children ages 3 through 5 years old. The preschool is located within Nord Middle School. The classrooms are designed to meet the needs of all children. Each teacher can serve up to 8 children with developmental delays along with 8 typically developing 4 and 5 year old children (peer models). Each classroom has a classroom aide to assist during all activities. Classes are held Tuesday through Friday, AM and PM, for a minimum of 2 ½ hours each day. Mondays are currently used for conferences, assessment, inservice, and team meetings. Little Comets Preschool generally follows the Amherst Schools board adopted calendar.
Students are taught through a developmentally appropriate and multi-sensory curriculum aligned with the State of Ohio’s pre-kindergarten content standards. A typical preschool day includes fine and gross motor activities, language arts, math, writing center activities, playtime, snack, circle time (calendar, weather, music, & stories) and small group activities for more individualized instruction.
The program is licensed and monitored by the Ohio Department of Education division of early childhood. Classroom teachers are required to have a valid teaching license in the state of Ohio. Teachers and related staff are required to participate in ongoing professional development on a yearly basis and have a medical exam every 3 years.
Peer Models are children without delays or disabilities who are age 4 or 5 who are integrated and participate along with the special needs students in the preschool program. Peer Models will be exposed to cognitive, language, physical, and self-help development while developing peer relationships which are important for the social and cognitive development of every child. While benefiting from the preschool experience, these children provide peer interaction and social motivation for the preschoolers with special needs. All children learn, not only from adults, but from watching and interacting with other children. Peer Models must be 4 years old by August 1 for the year of participation. Participation as a peer is tuition-based. Transportation to and from school must be provided by the parent or guardian of a peer model. Peer Models must be toilet trained.
Due to the extensive moving, consolidation of schools, HVAC work at Nord as well as multiple other summer projects, the Summer Recreation program will not be offered this summer.
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