Parent Info Centre

Important info for parents

The Co-operative Nursery School of Almonte offers a caring environment for young children to learn through a combination of free and structured play. It lets your child interact and cooperate with other children individually and in groups.

Your child’s experience is further enriched by your involvement, providing continuity between home and school. And by participating regularly, you can interact with your child and his or her classmates, and watch your child grow. Your participation is as important as your child’s, and is key to a successful year for everyone.

Core Nursery School Program

Welcome to Nursery School. We hope you are ready for a fun-filled school year. For those new to our school, please — just relax and enjoy the experience of a co-operative with your child.

The staff will help you through your first days. We ask morning parents to please leave the classroom by 9:15. This allows the children to settle in for the morning. If you are feeling anxious, feel free to stay in the room next to the school. The staff will let you know how your child is doing.

If you are nervous about your first helper parent day — please, don’t be. Once again, we are there to help guide you and walk you through it. The list of duties is posted above the counter in the art room. It may look long but most of the jobs can be done quickly.

Below is a brief run down of the daily schedule. Times are approximate:

9-9:15 Free play

9:15-9:30 Circle One

9:30-10 Free play

10:05-10:15 Clean Up

10:15-10:30 Bathroom Break

10:30-11:00 Snack

11:00-11:20 Circle Two

11:20-11:45 Get ready for Parents

Fridays are Fabulous

Children must already be enrolled in the two-day program to be eligible for enrolment in the Friday Program. It is a continuation of the weekly themes and not a duplication. Free play is still an important aspect of the morning. The children are learning to share, communicate and cooperate with one another during this time. The small teacher/student ratio can allow us to do more entailed art, experiments, or maybe even some drama.

We use the upstairs hall for gross motor play. After warming up, this is great time to use the balls, parachute, or play games. The children really enjoy this time.

The class curriculum changes based on the interests and needs of students. Teachers are flexible and adapt the program to meet the needs of each students.

Friday students also have the opportunity to share a first snack provided by the parent helper and a second snack which they will bring to school themselves together.

What are Parent Helper Days?

Participating as Helping Parent provides you the opportunity to see your child in the school setting. All families are required to participate — each family is assigned a duty day through the roster — the parent helper is responsible for providing a healthy snack (no nut policy) and general clean-up of the school area. Should you be unable to provide snack or clean up on the appointed day, it is your responsibility to switch with another parent. If you are unable to fulfill your duties due to an emergency, call your Parent-Teacher Representative.

The helping parent is not required to stay during the program hours; however, should you wish to volunteer your time during program hours it is mandatory that the helper has submitted a Criminal Reference Check and Immunization Record.

Parent Helper Cleaning Duties

  • Wipe and disinfect the tables and chairs.
  • Clean up on, under and around tables especially where snack has been eaten (moving all chairs to ensure under the table is clean)
  • Wash / Disinfect plates and cups (follow procedure for disinfecting)
  • Clean paint pot lids. Wash the paint pots if empty or the colors are muddy.
  • Clean any glue paddles, or art supplies that were used during the day
  • Sweep floors and vacuum carpets in all three rooms. ( move and clean behind and under all items on wheels)
  • Empty the 3 small garbage cans into the larger garbage can in the storage room across hall.
  • Check all play areas for neatness, dress up clothes hanging nicely, puzzles are complete and stacked neatly, etc.
  • Wipe down and disinfect all frequently touched items (door knobs, play kitchen, chairs, tables, light switches, etc), use the same solution as used to disinfect the tables.
  • Mop / wash floors, most efficient to complete this task after the children have gone home.

The first time a helping parent volunteers at the school each year they are required to review and sign the Behavioural Management Policies and Procedures and the Anaphylaxis Policy posted in the art room.  More information is available in our Parent Handbook.

2017-18 Parent Handbook

What do I bring for snack?

It’s the number one question asked by new parents. Here are some useful tips.

A healthy snack provides children with the energy and nutrients they need to grow and learn and play at school. Without adequate energy from food, they may feel sluggish and find it difficult to concentrate in class. Providing healthy snacks also helps children form healthy eating habits that can last throughout their lives. We find that children are more apt to trying something new in a group setting. It is fun to involve your child in the selection and preparation of the snack, but please do try to avoid junk food and make healthy adaptations to recipes, if baking.

For a healthy snack, aim to include two or three of the four food groups in Canada’s Food Guide:

  1. Vegetable and Fruit — apple, banana, orange, grapes, watermelon, berries, kiwi, pear, peach, grape tomatoes, cucumber, baby carrots, celery sticks, green & red peppers, raisins, dried cranberries
  2. Grain Products — whole grain bagels, mini whole-wheat pita breads, mini muffins, multi-grain pretzels, Fig Newtons, crackers, rice cakes
  3. Milk and Alternatives — milk, chocolate milk, cheese, yogurt
  4. Meat and Alternatives — mini quiches, kielbasa sausage, pepperoni, hummus

In the core program, you are feeding 20 or so children — two groups of 10; you are feeding 16 children in the  Friday program. So you need about two bites of everything for each kid  — 40 little pieces of cheese, or 20 handfuls of grapes (cut in half, please), or 40 mini-muffins. Add a few bites for the teachers too.

Bottles of juice or milk that can be poured into cups are easier  and screw-on-tops make it easy to bring (any) leftovers home.

The school provides glasses and small plates for serving.

Oh, and remember, no nuts ! Please check with your parent reps or the teachers to confirm other allergy considerations.

President Taryn Houlahan 613-256-0286
Vice President Holly Agnew 613-256-0286
Treasurer Adriana Herbert 613-256-0286
Secretary Jessica Norris 613-256-0286
Registrar Tracy Ryan 613-256-0286
Fundraising & Promotions  Amanda Pulker-Mok 613-256-0286
Mom to Mom Sale Coordinator Scott Ryan 613-256-0286
Website Coordinator  Katie Mark 613-256-0286
Mon/Wed Parent Rep Rebecca Keffer 613-256-0286
Tues/Thurs/Fri Parent Rep Wendy Mitchelities 613-256-0286
Director/Teacher Christine LeClaire 613-256-0286
Teacher Mary Giles 613-256-0286
Teacher Karen Bolger 613-256-0286
Bookkeeper Janet Mavis 613-256-0286


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    PO Box 1325
    Almonte, ON K0A 1A0

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