Our Savior Will Follow MISD for Fall Start-Up

Our Savior Preschool will follow MISD in determining the first day of school for students which is projected to be Thursday, August 13th. Regardless of the stage of COVID-19, the preschool will implement the strictest protocol as it seeks to mitigate the spread of the virus.

The Preschool has been open for Summer Camps this summer, using emergency protocol. Thus far, even the two-year- olds have shown amazing resilience, emotional stability and independence as some of them have joined us for the very first time this summer.

Parents have checked their children in from outside the building, wearing masks and using social distancing. Children have their temperature taken, have their hands sanitized and wear their backpacks into the building. Anything that cannot be accommodated in the backpack is placed in a plastic bag labeled with the child’s first and last name. The plastic bags are quickly transported by rolling carts to the classrooms. All staff wear masks throughout the day. The staff escorts each child to his class. After arriving in the class, the children have adjusted remarkably well to their new learning environment.

The children are now used to frequent handwashing, sanitizing and sitting farther apart than normal. After playing with the toys, the toys are immediately washed with soap and water, rinsed and sanitized. The toys are organized in sets of toys so there is always something clean to play with. Each child uses only his set of crayolas, his own scissors, his own personal art items. During circle time the children sit much further apart, but they can still hear the story and so far, all the children have adjusted well and seem very happy. Many times, we adults, underestimate the children’s ability to adjust to new situations and new friends. We as a staff were expecting more crying, but the children have been very happy!

We have found that after two or three days have passed, the children have learned the routine and joyfully enter the building. Since no child is allowed to enter who has a temperature over what is considered normal or who has any symptoms of illness, the delightful byproduct of all of this sanitation and hand-washing is that we have had no one who has had to visit the nurses’ office, other than one minor playground injury of a skinned knee.

However, the hardest thing for any parent is to trust the staff, whom they do not know, to take care of his/her child. As a young parent, it was my greatest joy to accompany my child into the building and see the other children and the child’s teacher.

We want you to be able to accompany your child inside the building in the fall because we know how important it is to you as parents, but not at the risk of the spread of the virus. We cannot anticipate what phase of the virus we will be in within six weeks. If we are still in the emergency phase of the virus, parents may need to stay outside of the building because of the risk of inevitable social interaction and the resultant respiratory droplets that are emitted in enclosed spaces. Even wearing masks does not fully contain these respiratory droplets.

If, within six weeks, when we begin school, community spread is beginning to decrease and scientific data substantiates that it is safe enough for parents to enter the building, then masks will be required for all adults entering the building. Before any person enters the building, he/she will have his temperature taken and a brief health screening, involving answering questions about travel, direct exposure and or any symptoms of COVID-19.

Parents or authorized individuals will check in their children by scanning a touchless QR on your own phone, so there is no need to touch any machine or pen. Only authorized individuals will be able to connect to the QR scan. Anyone entering the building will be required to wear a mask when delivering or picking up children. All adults entering the building will also be screened, as well as children. We will ask you to drop off or pick up your child wearing a mask and also practice social distancing, with a minimum of conversational exchange and exit at a designated exit point.

In addition to many other precautionary measures, we have expanded our security system to have security cameras at 18 strategic points in our facility. Because we know how important communication is to each parent and how important it is to know how and what your child is doing, especially since you cannot accompany your child into the classroom, each teacher will connect with you via a FACEBOOK class page, See-Saw, Zoom, or our new Procare App. This is not the protocol that we would want to have if mitigating the spread of COVID-19 did not have to be our first priority, but because the health and safety of each child is our number 1 priority, it is imperative that the appropriate protocol be in place for whatever phase has evolved by August 13th.

In addition to added security, sanitizing hands before anyone enters the building, using a sanitizing mat for soles of shoes, observing social distancing, all staff wearing masks, utilizing touchless check-in and check-out, we also have a special chemical vapor cleaning system which sanitizes everything daily and bathrooms are cleaned thoroughly 3 times a day.

We also have continual washing of hands, toys, hand rails, equipment, educational materials and containment of classes so that classes are not commingling with other so that each child has limited exposure to sources of infection.

As we approach the exciting time when school will begin, now scheduled for August 13th, we look forward to being a part of your children’s lives and guiding them in discovering new adventures in learning. Even though this time is very challenging, it is reassuring to know that the byproducts of times like these are independence, resilience, adaptability and resourcefulness It is our goal to prepare your children academically while modeling and teaching Christian values.

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Preschool Information Concerning the Coronavirus

Dear Parents,

We know that all of you are very concerned about the uncertainty and ramifications of the Coronavirus.  We share all of your concerns and our primary concern is for the safety, health and welfare of your children.  All decisions concerning the preschool will be made with this primary concern in mind.

Right now, we are all entering uncharted territory. As for as your decision to continue preschool, there is no need to make a decision now. Until we know exactly when the preschool will resume and other information concerning the Coronavirus, this action is premature.  We will let you know the next step forward as the Coronavirus scenario unfolds.  You do not have to do anything right now, as there is no school in session.  All calendar dates are affected by this Pandemic and therefore registration for summer camp will not begin on April 3rd, nor can we promise to adhere to any dates which are scheduled on our present calendar.  Information will be forthcoming as we are informed of present conditions regarding the coronavirus and CDC recommendations.

Here is some information on how accounts will be handled going forward:

The billing process will be adjusted as follows:

  • All accounts will be credited for ½ of the March tuition.
  • The Extended Care fees for March 2nd through March 6th will be billed to the accounts.
  • If the result of the above actions is a credit balance, a refund check will be issued and mailed to the address on file on Friday, March 20th.
  • Any accounts not already charged for the new adjusted balances will be charged on their payment date or, if not on Tuition Express, are asked to mail a payment check to Our Savior Preschool, 2708 Virginia Pkwy, McKinney, TX, 75071.
  • A current month’s statement will be included with each refund check or emailed to each uncharged/unpaid account.
  • If you wish to not receive a refund check and leave a credit balance on your account for future charges, please email randy.kieschnick@oslmckinney.org and let our Business Manager know of this request. Please email Randy before noon on Friday, March 20th.

We will let you know immediately when we decide what needs to be done in light of everyone’s health and safety.  Then parents can make an informed decision as to what to do next.  Since we follow MISD for all closings, MISD has extended closure until May 1st, at which time, this date will be reassessed in light of the continually unfolding data concerning the spread of the COVID-19 virus. May 1st is only a tentative date and must be re-evaluated and reassessed by the school district in light of community spread and the safety and well-being of all children attending public school and private preschools.   

We as a nation are facing a crisis of uncertainty and we pray for God’s guidance as this world emergency unfolds.  This is a time like 9-11, which will be etched forever in our memories.  Children are watching the adults in their lives as they go through hardship and trials and will later model this behavior in their own lives.  They will reflect on the memories that are made during this unprecedented time for the rest of their lives.  

We, as Christians, are comforted by the words, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind.”  (2nd Timothy1:7)  Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not unto your own understanding.  In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:10)   

Psalm 46: 1-3 gives much-needed reassurance, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”(Isaiah 54:10)

We pray for continued guidance, peace, faith and perseverance as we all face this unprecedented situation.

We pray that you will feel God’s faithful and comforting presence in a special way during this time of great uncertainty.   

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Registration 2020-2021

Registration will begin for our presently enrolled students and siblings on January 22nd and continue through January 31st. Presently enrolled students and their siblings are guaranteed a spot in the program if they enroll during this priority enrollment period.

After January 31st, registration will be opened to the community at large and Our Savior can no longer guarantee the presently enrolled a place in the program for the 2020-2021 school year. Open Enrollment will begin on Monday, February 3rd. To enroll in the program, a registration packet must be completed including all State-required documents. If you are interested in enrolling your child and your child is not presently enrolled, please call to arrange a tour. 972-562-9944 Ext. 2.

Tours of the school are given from 10:00 until 11:00 each morning. We require that you bring your child with you to the tour so that we can have a better idea of placement for the upcoming school year. Please keep in mind that you will need a completed registration packet on the day of Open Registration in order for us to begin the registration process. We look forward to meeting you and your child! Registration will continue as long as we have spaces available.

TOURS OF THE PRESCHOOL

Tours will begin from 10:00-11:00, January 9th. If you are planning on coming for a tour, please call the school at 972-562-9944, Ext. 2. Also, keep in mind that Our Savior follows the MISD School Calendar for all holidays, bad weather days and in-service closings. We are not a year-round program, but we do have six weeks of summer camp, which is offered in June and July. We look forward to meeting you and your child! We require that every parent who takes a tour brings the child whom they are planning to enroll so that we can have the pleasure of meeting both you and your child and so that we can determine the approximate placement for each child. We look forward to meeting each of you, showing you the program and answering any questions you may have!

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Registration Information for the 2020-2021 School Year

Thank you for your interest in Our Savior Preschool! If your child has been on the waiting list sometime during the 2019-2020 school year and  no places have become available by January 31st, you will need to come and register for the 2020-2021 school year at the school office, 2708 West Virginia Parkway on the first day of open-enrollment, which is Monday, February 3rd.  In order to have the best chance of securing a place for your child for the 2020-2021 school year, you may register in the school office from 7:00 am until 5:30 pm.  We will give priority registration to the presently enrolled January 22st through January 31st.

We would love to have your children enrolled for the next school year! All presently enrolled students and their siblings will have priority enrollment and will need to register for the 2020-2021 school year between the January 22nd and January 31st in order to secure their places for the 2020-2021 school year.

Registration packets may be picked up in the school office beginning Thursday, , January 16, 2020. In order for your child’s registration to be honored, all packets must be complete and include the most current immunizations records, required forms and the yearly registration fee on the day that you register.  January 31st is the last day that the presently enrolled and their siblings can be guaranteed a spot in the 2020-2021 school program.  PLEASE NOTE:  All children must be potty-trained by 3 years old  in order to place priority on educational/ instructional time, rather than custodial care.

On Monday, February 3rd, registration will be open to the community at large on a “first-come, first-serve basis” and places in the program cannot be guaranteed for those presently enrolled after the priority enrollment dates of  Wednesday, January 22nd  to Friday, January 31st.

2020–2021  Hours of Regular Preschool: 8:45 am until 2:15 pm
Classes offered: (18 months, by Sept.1st) 2 yrs., 3 yrs. 4 yrs.
Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten class
All classes are offered for 2, 3, 4, or 5 days. No half-day classes will be offered. However, if your child is enrolled in Pre-K or Transitional Kindergarten, we strongly recommend the child be enrolled for 3 or more days. Having already completed a four-year- old class (Pre-K) is a prerequisite to enroll in Transitional Kindergarten.

Our Savior strives to meet the schedules, needs and convenience of all of our parents.
Our school is 30 minutes longer than most other preschools and begins at 8:45 and ends at 2:15 to accommodate the schedule of our parents. Instead of 5 hours per day, Our Savior offers a five and a half-hour day for the same price that most schools charge for a five hour program. (Spanish, Music, Technology, Fitness, and Chapel are included in the price of the regular preschool day.)
We are one of the only faith-based schools that have extended hours to fit the parent’s needs. Our extended care fee, ($4.50 per hour) is one of the lowest fees offered by any school for before and aftercare. Our extended hours are 7:00 am until 8:45 and 2:15 to 5:30 pm. Using our extended care hours requires no pre-arrangement with the school and parents are only charged for the exact time or minutes that they use.
As an extra convenience, Our Savior, through third party vendors, offers afterschool enrichment classes: Math, Music and Motion, Soccer, Football.  Dance and Doctor Academy Class are offered as afterschool enrichment activities. These enrichment classes are paid for directly to the independent vendors.  As an added bonus, gymnastics is included in aftercare on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons at no cost to the parents, except for the regular low-cost  hourly aftercare fee.
Preschool Fees for the 2020-2021 School Year: 

Our Savior fees for the 2020–2021 school year are as follows:

Monday plus any other day =$205.00 per month Registration fee $205.00
Any other two days which do not include Monday = $225.00 Registration fee $225.00
3 days – $305.00 Registration fee – $305.00
4 days – $370.00 Registration fee – $355.00
5 days – 435.00 Registration fee – $385.00
25% off second child’s monthly tuition

Extended care fees (any hours before 8:45 or after 2:15) are $4.50 per hour and are calculated according to the exact minutes your child attends.  For example, if your child stays only 15 minutes past 2:15 pm, you will only be charged 15 minutes, rather than for the whole hour.

Computer fee for access at home and at school: $55.00 per year
*Computer fee charged only for enrollees who are 3 yrs. old by Sept. 1, 2020
We offer a computer learning program which will be accessible to children both at school and home. The program provides the ability to extend classroom learning, facilitate communication between parents and teachers and the availability to pinpoint and access the specific skills reinforcement that preschoolers need in order to master all skills needed for academic success. If two siblings are enrolled in the program, a computer fee for only one child will be charged.

• Prorated registration fees are calculated at mid-year.

School year: Our Savior follows the MISD school calendar (August 13th through May 21st, as determined by the 2020-2021 MISD school calendar)  Six weeks of camp offered with a week out after regular school dismisses and a week off during the 4th of July. We do not have camps in August.

Computer fee for program access at home and at school: $55.00 per year
*Computer fee charged only for enrollees who are 3 yrs. old by Sept. 1, 2020.
We offer a computer learning program, which is accessible to children both at school and home. The program provides the ability to extend classroom learning, facilitate communication between parents and teachers and the availability to pinpoint and access the specific skills reinforcement that preschoolers need in order to master all skills needed for academic success.

* Prorated registration fees are calculated at mid-year. (School year: Our Savior follows the MISD school calendar (Late August through 1st week of June, as determined by the MISD school calendar)
* Summer camp: Six weeks of camp will be offered with a week out after regular school dismisses and a week off during the 4th of July. We do not have camps in August. This year, summer camp will begin June 8th  with a week out for the 4th of July. ( This means no camps the week of June 29th). Registration for summer camp will begin the first week of May. Only children registered for the 2020-2021 school year and those who attended during 2019-2020 school year will be eligible to attend summer camps.  Children who have not attended during the previous school year must be 2.5 years of age by June 1st in order to attend summer camp. Children who attended Transitional or regular preschool  during the regular school year will still be eligible to attend Summer Camps.

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In case of Bad Weather

Our Savior Preschool follows the McKinney ISD school calendar for all holidays, student school cl0sings and bad weather days.  In case of icy weather, if McKinney ISD is closed for bad weather, Our Savior Preschool will also be closed. If McKinney ISD has a late opening because of bad weather, Our Savior Preschool will follow the elementary school late opening schedule.  Check the MISD website for up-to-date information.http://www.mckinneyisd.net/

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In case of Icy weather

Our Savior Preschool follows the MISD school calendar for all holidays, closings, bad weather days and late openings.  In case of icy weather conditions, please check the McKinney ISD website or listen to Channel 8 News to see if McKinney ISD is closing. If McKinney ISD closes for bad weather, Our Savior will also close.  If McKinney ISD announces a late opening, Our Savior will follow the same late opening announced for the MISD elementary schools.  Our Savior follows whatever McKinney ISD announces.

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Educational Methodology and Instructional Philosophy of Our Savior

Our Savior Preschool is dedicated to the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual development of each, individual child. The most impressionable and formative years in a child’s life are the ages of birth through five years.  This is why we at Our … Continue reading

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