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    805 Columbia Ridge Dr.
    Vancouver, WA 98664
    (360) 696-9926
    (360) 750-8957  – FAX

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    8715 St. Helens Ave.
    Vancouver, WA 98664

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Parent Handbook On-Line

We hope that our Parent Handbook [on-line] is useful to you as a parent. It contains the same information that is in the printed copy available at the school.

  *** Handbook REVISED: August 2017 ***  
Sept. 2021: Some activities are temporarily on hold due to the pandemic


Preschool fees are based on the number of days your child attends school and then the pro-rated over a nine month period.


  • Registration fees are a non-refundable.
       • Two-tsy Pops (2 year olds) $75.00
       • Preschool & Pre-K $100.00 for the first child and $50.00 for each additional child.
  • Pre-K special events fee: to cover the cost of field trips.
       • Gumball & Lollipops $10.00
       • Jellybeans $12.00.
  • Tuition is due the by the seventh of each month, unless otherwise stated.  Payments received after the 7th will incur a $5.00 late fee.
  • Dismissals are at 11:30 for the AM classes and 3:00 for the PM classes.
    There is a $10.00 charge per child for each 15 minutes you are late for pick up.
  • $10.00 NSF charge for each check returned.
  • If tuition becomes delinquent after two months, you will have ten days from notification to meet your financial commitment.  Failure to do so will result in the removal of your child from school.
  • Prorated monthly tuition payments will be charged regardless of your child missing school due to illness, family vacations, etc.  Registration is viewed as a contract or pact between parents and the school.


The Washington State Health Department requires that all preschool children be immunized before starting school.


For the health and well-begin of your child and of others, keep your child home for the following reasons:

  1. Fatigue (for any reason), lethargic behavior.
  2. A fever (a child should remain at home for 24 hours after the fever is gone and/or prescribed antibiotics administered for 24 hours before a child returns to school).
  3. Sore throat.
  4. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (child should remain home for 24 hours after the last episode).
  5. Red, "crusty", itchy eyes (conjunctivitis or pink eye is very contagious). The child must be kept at home for 48 hours while being treated with antibiotics and should only return to school if there is no discharge from the eyes.
  6. A runny nose if there is colored nasal mucous.

The parent or a person on the emergency contact list must always be available by phone during school hours.  It is the parent's responsibility to have someone available who can come to the school for emergencies or for a sick child.

Please call if your child has a communicable illness or infestation, such as chicken pox, conjunctivitis, pin worms, fifth's disease, mites or head lice so we can exercise additional control methods and notify other parents. Your child's identify is protected.

Please notify the school if your child will be absent.


The first day of school is a condensed version of a standard day.  Morning classes will run 10:00 to 11:30.  Afternoon classes will run 12:30 to 2:00.  In addition to the condensed start time, we have chosen to follow the Evergreen School District and incorporate the "Smart Start" program.  This involves having half of the students in each class attend school one day and the second half attends the following day.  This allows for a more one-on-one student teacher ratio where the instructor can guide and introduce daily activities in a smaller more interactive environment.  This has also proven to greatly reduce the level of anxiety often felt during those first days of separation.


The law requires that all children travel in a child safety seat.  A car seat must be in your vehicle or left at the school for someone, other than yourself, who will be transporting your child.  Circle of Friends staff members will not place a child in a car without a safety seat.


Parents are welcome and encouraged to participate in the classroom.  We ask that arrangements be made in advance with the teacher, so plans can be made to utilize parent availability.  It is also important to limit the number of parents in the classroom on a given day. Parents are invited into the classrooms starting October 1.  This will allow the children time to adjust, settle into a new routine and develop a level of trust and comfort with the teacher. Please make other arrangements for siblings while you are volunteering at school.


It is not unusual for a child to become teary when separating from a parent in an unfamiliar  situation.  Remember, this is a new environment with new faces. A child is bound to feel a little uncomfortable.  Adults often have similar experiences when put in a like situation. Be encouraging. Your smile, eyes and body language communicate a lot. If a child senses any type of apprehension on your part, this enhances their own feeling of uncertainty.  Separation is often harder on the parents than the child. 


We follow the Evergreen & Camas School District calendars.  All holidays will be observed in accordance with this school year calendar unless otherwise stated.


If bad weather forces the Evergreen School District to close schools, our preschool will be closed.  If the Evergreen schools are delayed for two hours, the morning session will be delayed by one hour.  Please keep in mind that it is your choice to have your child attend school on these days.  The conditions of rural roads can be very hazardous.  The safety of both you and your child far surpass the risk that may be involved in transporting for one day of preschool.  We will make up days after your child’s session misses 2 days of school due to weather.

Please register on to receive school closure or late start notices automatically.


Please bring your child and/or carpool children use the restroom before entering the classroom upon arrival. For dismissal only, you will drive up to the main preschool entrance doors and your child will be placed in your car.  Each family is given 2 car name tags for the dismissal process. These cards are to be placed in the front window or any clearly visible location of your car.  If your child is going home with another child, please inform your child’s teacher with a written note.


It is important and necessary for you to pick up your child/and or carpool on time. A child whose ride is late experiences great anxiety and worries. It is difficult for the child/children and for the teacher who often needs to prepare for the next class.  We understand that emergencies happen.  If an emergency occurs, take time to give us a call.  There is a $10.00 fee per child for each 15 minutes you are late, which is payable when you pick up your child.


Please label  all sweaters, jackets, coats, school bags, backpacks,etc. with the child’s name.  Often a child will have a garment identical to someone else's in the classroom. Dress your child in comfortable, practical clothing for painting or playing outdoors.  Send your child each day dressed for outside play.  Tennis shoes are preferable.  Dress-up shoes have slick soles and sandals, Crocs and flip-flops are dangerous and inappropriate for active play.  Children's clothing should be uncomplicated so that they can easily use the restroom independantly.


Pullups® will not be allowed past the last school day in September.  All children must be in big boy underwear or big girl panties beginning the first of October.

If a child has a potty accident, we will provide them dry clothing.  For legal reasons, if a child has a bowel accident, the parent or emergency contact will be immediately notified to come to the school and take care of the situation.


Birthdays are special to children.  Every child’s birthday is celebrated during our school year.  Summer birthdays are called “unbirthdays”.  You are asked to provide a birthday snack on this special day.  Please do not bring party invitations to school to be passed out by the teacher or put into cubbies unless you have one for every child in the room.  You are encouraged to bring items other than cupcakes for birthday snack.


Each day the children have a fun time together around the table as they snack.  Snack time teaches patience, manners, independence, language development and nutrition.  Parents are welcome to bring snacks throughout the year.  Please involve your child when choosing the snack.

Due to nut allergies we ask that you read the labels carefully on any item you might be considering.  Any product containing nuts or manufactured in a facility that handles nut products cannot be brought into this facility. 

Some suggestions are as follows:
Cheese Fun Fruits Pretzels
Graham crackers Pre-popped Popcorn Cheez-its
Saltines Ice Cream Cups Ritz
Raisins Fresh Fruit Snack crackers
Mini bagels Carrot Sticks Wheat thins
Rice cakes Fruit Roll-ups Soft pretzels
Milk or Juice Fruit cups  


Teachers will designate a share day for each child.  Your child will keep this share day throughout the school year.  Because our program emphasizes peace, no aggressive toys  are allowed (guns, swords, weapons, etc).  We encourage share to be in relationship with our theme, family life or educational.  Toys are down played as share items.  Please label all items with your child's name before sending it to school.


Our discipline is age appropriate.  It often takes the form of a gentle reminder or redirection. Choices are offered encouraging children to make appropriate decisions and to take responsibility for their actions.  Time-outs or “taking a break” are used for limited time periods. We encourage a joint effort between the family and school if the above form of discipline is not working.


Circle of Friends Preschool 4 & 5 year-old classes take field trips throughout the school year.  There is a special events fee charged to cover the cost of these trips.  Drivers for field trips are required to provide a copy of their license and proof of insurance as well as our liability form.


We encourage parents with special talents such as fire fighters, police officers, doctors, dentists, etc. to come and visit our classrooms during the year. The younger children feel much more secure not leaving the classroom setting.


In the fall, there will be an "Open House". Families visit the classrooms, meet the teachers and other families.

Last updated: 20-Sept-2021