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Preschool Program

Preschool Schedule
Three year olds - Tues / Thursday - 8:00 -11:00 
Four year old - Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Friday - 8:00 - 11:00 (one section)
Four year old - Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Friday - 12:00 - 3:00 (two sections)
To view the complete Preschool Calendar for the 2018-19 school year click GN Preschool Calendar 2018-19.

Sarah Seney, Fairview Elementary Principal and Preschool Program administrator

Andrea Zhorne, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

Jan Phifer, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

Lisha Marsh, VPP Preschool Teacher

The Grinnell Newburg Community School district houses three and four year old preschool at Fairview Elementary.  This preschool program is an integrated program, which means it serves students that are eligible for special education services in two out of the three classrooms.  
Students that attend the school district preschool are a part of the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program, meaning they meet the requirements set forth by the state. 
Creative Curriculum for preschool guides program planning and instruction.  There is a balance of student selected and teacher directed learning activities that supports development in the areas of social-emotional, physical, language, cognitive, math, social studies, science, and the arts.  
We assess our students using the GOLD online assessment system through Creative Curriculum.  This allows us to assess students through observations at school and home.  We also use the statewide assessment tool called IGDI’s that assess literacy skills of students.
Families have a home visit at the beginning of the year to connect with our preschool staff as well as the staff to get to know your child and gain insights from families on how to best make our environment successful for their child.  We provide conferences throughout the year as well.
Our program includes music, large motor, and library skills as part of the scheduled curriculum.  Students are able to check out books from the school library as well as meet weekly for music education.  
Preschool spots are limited for three and four year old and students are drawn to fill spots.  Registration takes place between April 1 - April 12 and registration forms can be picked up and dropped off at Fairview Elementary.  Once the drawing has occurred families will be notified if they have a secure spot.  
"Our goal is to provide a high quality preschool program that provides a rich learning environment where children feel safe to engage in planned learning experiences to develop their readiness skills. Our goal for you, as a family, is to have an active part in your child’s learning experience at Grinnell-Newburg Preschool.  We want you to feel welcome in the classroom and work with us in a meaningful partnership to help your child develop physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally."

                                                                            -Sarah Seney, Fairview Elementary Principal and Preschool Program Administrator

Preschool teacher instructing group of preschool students
Miss Lisha goes over the schedule for the day with her preschool students.
Preschool aid working with student
Preschool students have “jobs” in the classroom.  Miss Terri is helping a student who is in charge of turning on the classroom lamps.

Preschool teacher working at table with children.
Miss Andrea works with students on counting and giving objects.  Direct instruction happens in small groups with students as well as individually.