History and Philosophy

The Campbell School was established in 2002.  Its mission is to provide a developmentally appropriate preschool and kindergarten program in an atmosphere of security, warmth, acceptance and encouragement.  The Campbell School is dedicated to maintaining a learning environment designed to enrich all students by meeting their unique educational and developmental needs.

The school is fully licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts the Department of Early Education and Care.  Located in the Temple Shalom on the corner of Blue Hill Avenue and Decker Street, the school has a daily capacity of seventy-eight children.  The children range in age from 2.9 years through 6 years old.

The Campbell School provides a prepared learning environment where each child is free to act and develop along the lines of his or her own inner direction.  Teachers guide and encourage the preschool child to develop skills, which lead toward communication and self-confidence.

A child’s imagination grows individually, and at its own pace, while also functioning as part of a group.  Therefore, various modes of creative expression through art, drama and music are an integral part of each school day.  Science experiences, which help the child to understand the world around him or her, are regularly presented.  Opportunities for children to grow socially, emotionally and intellectually are a regular, integrated part of each and every day.

The role of the teacher is to understand each child as fully as possible.  An effective and beneficial function of the preschool teacher is that of observer.  While observing, the teacher is always ready to encourage, guide and direct the child’s efforts to teach himself.  In this way, the young child truly learns according to his or her own individual needs and capabilities.

Overall, our curriculum is designed to develop the child’s readiness skills.  We wish to provide continuity and stability, which is essential for children at this age.  Our role is to recognize each child’s individual gifts, and to nurture, love, and support each one in a congenial environment.

The Campbell School came to be through a unique and wonderful collaboration of dedicated, caring, committed individuals who believe in the value of a developmentally sound educational program that embraces tolerance, acceptance, love, humor, kindness and diversity.  The children, parents, teachers and administration of the Campbell School are family.  As family, we strive daily to fulfill the promise each child brings to us and to the world.

We desire to maintain a sound parent and teacher relationship of mutual respect and trust.  Parent-teacher conferences may be requested at any time to discuss the child’s school experience and progress.

Statement of Non-descrimination

The Campbell School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or marital status.

Children’s Daily Schedule

Your child’s day is flexibly planned around the needs and interests of 2.9 to 6 year old children.  Through a planned program, with the teacher’s guidance, your child is helped to grow, to learn, and to socialize with his/her peers.


Preschool Schedule

7:45 – 8:45 Optional early arrival
8:45 – 9:30 Arrival at school. Free play
9:30 – 10:00 Circle time, theme of the day, finger
exercises, songs, music, story time
10:00 – 10:30 Outdoor play
10:30 – 10:40 Bathroom and hand washing
10:40 – 11:00 Snack time
11:00 – 11:30 Class project. Craft, painting, science
project, drama, music, or cooking.
11:30 – 11:45 Clean-up and closing circle
11:45 – 5:00 Optional lunch and extended day
K1 Schedule
7:45 – 8:45 Optional early arrival
8:45 – 9:15 Arrival, free play
9:15 – 9:30 Morning circle:  pledge, weather, calendar activities
9:30 – 9:45 Shared/interactive writing:  morning message, word work
9:45 – 10:00 Shared reading
10:00 – 10:20 Outdoor recess
10:20 – 10:30 Snack
10:30 – 11:50 Language arts centers
11:50 – 12:30 Math activities
12:30 – 12:50 Lunch
12:50 – 1:15 Rest
1:15 – 1:35 Free play
1:40 – 2:30 Theme related activity:  art, music, social studies, science
2:30 – 2:45 Afternoon circle
2:45 Dismissal
2:45 – 5:00 Optional extended day
Extended Day Schedule
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 1:15 Outdoor play
1:15 – 1:30 Bathroom
1:30 – 2:15 Rest
2:15 – 2:30 Snack
2:30 – 3:00 Project and circle time
3:00 – 3:30 Free play
3:30 – 4:30 Outdoor play
4:30 – 5:00 Closing circle

Children’S Records

Statement of Confidentiality

All of the information on your child’s registration forms, as well as any other information added to your child’s folder during the year is considered privileged and confidential and will only be accessible to the school’s staff. Personnel from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care are required to have access to files for licensing purposes and are required to maintain the confidentiality of individual records. If any outside agency should request information from your child’s folder, it will not be released without parental consent. A record of all such releases will be kept in your child’s file.

Photographs

Children love to have their pictures taken. Many photographs are taken during the school year and displayed on the walls. Your child’s photographs will be compiled in a book and given to you at the end of the year. Occasionally a picture is taken for the newspaper. If, for any reason, you object to your child’s name or picture being published, please let us know.

PARENT PARTICIPATION

We encourage close cooperation and open communication with parents. You are invited to visit your child’s classroom to observe at any time. You might also like to participate in a special project when a teacher needs extra help or share a special talent or occupation with the class.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are offered at least once a year. These conferences are a more formal sharing time for parents and teachers. They supplement the daily communication that goes on throughout the year. Written evaluations are sent home in January and June.

Arrivals And Departures

Morning Preschool and K1 begins at 8:45 a.m. Please do not arrive before the scheduled arrival time. Our teachers need time to set up the day’s activities and be ready to give your child undivided attention upon arrival. We appreciate your cooperation. An early arrival program is offered in the morning for those children who must be here early.

The Campbell School does not provide transportation to or from the program.

Arrivals

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian into the classroom. Please let the teacher know that your child has arrived.

Departures

When picking up your child please make sure the teacher knows he/she is leaving.

Children will not be released to anyone not known to us. If someone else will be picking up your child please let your teacher know. If the person is not on your child’s signed release form we will require a written note from you. Identification will be checked if there is any question.

Late Fee

The morning preschool day ends at 11:45 a.m. and the K1 day ends at 2:45 p.m. Extended day hours end at 4:30 p.m. We appreciate your being on time. Failure to arrive at the routine time to pick up your child may cause apprehension for the child and concern on the part of the staff. A fee of $15.00 for the first ten minutes and $1.00 per minute for each additional minute will be charged for late pick-ups. Considerations are made for emergency situations. Please call and let us know.

Inclement Weather Closing

In the event of snow, listen for no school announcements for the Milton Public Schools. If Milton cancels kindergarten, elementary grades, or all grades, we will not have school. If Milton has a delayed opening time we will not have school unless the Director feels it is safe to transport children.  Parents will be notified by telephone or email.

If, in the director’s opinion, it is unsafe to transport small children our school will be closed. Parents will be notified by telephone or email.

Emergency Situations

In the event of fire, natural disaster, prolonged loss of power, heat, or water, the school will be closed. Parents will be notified by telephone to pick up their children. If it is necessary for us to leave the building, the children will be relocated to Discovery School House, 101 Blue Hills Parkway, Milton.

HEALTH CARE POLICY

It is essential that parents keep the school up to date on telephone numbers, emergency numbers, addresses and other pertinent information.

PROCEDURES FOR EMERGENCIES AND ILLNESS

Immediately call the Police for an ambulance. Call designated staff person for assistance. Contact parent. If a parent cannot be reached an adult designated by the parent will be contacted. The teacher of the child will accompany him/her to the hospital and stay until a parent arrives and can cope with the situation. The child’s medical information will be taken to the hospital. If necessary, the child will be transported by parent’s car.

A first aid kit will be taken on all field trips. The kit contains the children’s emergency information and authorizations. The child will be transported to the nearest emergency facility following the above procedure. The Director will report to the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care if required.

PROCEDURES FOR USING AND MAINTAINING FIRST AID EQUIPMENT

A complete first aid kit is located in the Director’s Office. The Director is responsible for restocking and maintaining the first aid kit and to be aware of up to date information and supplies. First aid is administered by teachers that have up to date first aid and CPR training. Accident forms are completed immediately, filed, and logged. Parents must read and sign the report. First Aid kits go on all walks, outings, and field trips. The First Aid kit contains: adhesive tape, bandaids, compress, gauze pads, ace bandage, disposable vinyl gloves, instant cold pack, scissors, tweezers, plastic bags (used double).

CENTER EVACUATION

Fire drills are conducted every other month alternating the exits used. If all the children are in the same room, the lead teacher at that time will lead the children. The other teachers will follow and direct from staggered positions and at the end of the line. If the children are in their individual classrooms, the lead teacher leads the children out of the building with the co-teacher at the end of the line. The designated teachers will check all rooms including bathrooms, hallways, storage rooms and the office to make sure there are no children in the building. When using the main entrance children and teachers meet at the gate at the end of the walkway where the Director takes attendance of children and teachers. When using the back entrance, children and teachers meet at the end of the walkway in the parking lot. If the emergency were a real one, the Director would call 911 from a cell phone or a neighbor’s house.

Evacuation drills are conducted at different times of the day. The director documents date, time and effectiveness. An evaluation with staff is held and suggestions are made on how to improve or to be aware of any problems. Plans for special needs children will be made when needed. One teacher will be assigned to each special needs child.

INJURY PREVENTION PLAN

The safety and well being of the children is top priority in our school. It is the responsibility of every teacher to report and correct any unsafe condition or situation immediately. Teachers continuously monitor materials, equipment and environment for hazards, repairs and/or appropriateness. This includes but is not limited to: broken toys, splinters and cracks, small pieces, sharp pieces, projectile objects, storage of all materials and appropriateness of storage and sturdiness. All injuries to children and first aid provided must be correctly recorded on appropriate injury forms and signed by the parent within 24 hours of the incident. Forms are returned to the Director for recording in the central injury file and filed in the child’s file. The log is monitored by the Director for repeated injuries, times occurred, and materials involved. Adjustments to programs and/or materials will be made when warranted.

PLAN FOR MANAGING INFECTIOUS DISEASE

It is important that all necessary precautions are taken to maintain the health of all children in the program. Upon enrollment all children must have certain standard immunizations and a health form signed by a physician. Yearly physical examinations are required. In the event of illness the child will be made comfortable and quiet away from the other children. The parent will be called to come for the child. If a parent or designated person cannot be reached the child will do as he/she wishes (play or rest) until pick up time.

To prevent contagious disease from spreading, children should not be allowed to attend school if:

  • Child feels so poorly that s/he cannot participate in activities.
  • Child has a temperature of 101 degrees or higher.
  • Child is experiencing diarrhea or vomiting.
  • Child has a bacterial infection and has been on antibiotics for less than 24 hours.
  • Child has continuous nasal mucus discharge.
  • Child has an illness considered a public health risk.

The child may return to school when s/he no longer has a serious cold, but is left with a minor nasal drip. Children must be fever, vomit, and diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning.  In the case of a communicable disease, the child may return when the incubation period has expired and a physician’s note has been obtained.

If an infectious disease is in the school, parents will be notified by the newsletter, notices sent home with the children, and notices posted at the school.

PLAN FOR INFECTION CONTROL

Hand washing procedures will be posted above each sink and teachers are required to adhere to such procedures. Teachers and children wash hands with liquid soap and running water and dry with individual disposable towels at the following times.

  • Before eating or handling foods
  • After toileting
  • After touching body fluids or discharges
  • After cleaning

Disinfectant solution (1 tablespoon per quart of water) will be prepared daily, labeled, and stored out of reach of children. Equipment, items and surfaces that are washed with soap and water and are disinfected after each use include:

  • Tables used for eating
  • Toys mouthed by children
  • Mops
  • Toilets, sinks, and faucets
  • Water table
  • Play tables
  • Smooth surfaces
CARE OF MILDLY ILL CHILDREN

Children who become ill at school will be provided a quiet area and given adequate food, liquids, and quiet play activities by the director until the parent can arrange pick up. When the director is out of the center, mildly ill children will be provided a quiet area in the classroom where they can rest undisturbed until the parent can arrange pick up. The child will always be in the care of a familiar, qualified, and trained teacher.

PLAN FOR ADMINISTERING MEDICATION

By law, medicine left at the school will be administered only if:

  • The medicine has been prescribed by a physician, is in its original container, and is accompanied by precise dosage instructions.
  • The medicine must be accompanied by written permission and instructions for administration signed by the parent.
  • The child has a long term illness in which a specific medicine is necessary for the child to remain in the center.
  • The child has an acute temporary condition where a prescribed administration of a drug has not been completed, but the child is well enough to be in school, and the time for giving the drug cannot be changed to before or after school hours.
  • A physician has authorized dosage for non-prescription medicine.
  • The school allows for administering topical non-prescription creams or lotions with written parental consent
  • All medicines shall be stored out of reach of children and under proper conditions for sanitation, preservation, security and safety in the office of the director. All unused medication shall be disposed of, or returned to parents when no longer needed or have expired. A medication log will be kept by the director.
SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT

If a teacher has a concern that a child in the program is suffering either abuse or neglect from any cause, it is her responsibility to bring such concerns to the attention of the Director. The Director will discuss the situation only with those teachers who have direct contact with the child and will document all concerns. If there is suspicion of abuse the Director will immediately report the concern to the Department of Social Services by oral communication. Strictest confidentiality will be adhered to. All teachers are mandated reporters and must make the report themselves if there is a disagreement between the Director and the teacher on any neglect and abuse issue. (Chapter 119, Section 51A).

DEFINITIONS

ABUSE – The non-accidental commission of any act by a caretaker that causes or creates a substantial risk of harm or threat of harm to a child’s well being.

NEGLECT – The failure by a caregiver, whether deliberately or through negligence, to take actions necessary to provide a child with minimally adequate food, clothing, shelter, medical care, supervision or other essential care.

REASONABLE CAUSE – After examining all the facts in a particular situation either directly observed or obtained from a reliable source, the belief that a particular event probably took place or a particular condition probably exists.

Procedures For Handling Allegations Of Abuse/Neglect By A Teacher

The Board members of the school ensure that an allegedly abusive or neglectful teacher does not work directly with the children until the Department of Social Services investigation is completed and for such further time as the Office requires. The Director (or a teacher) will bring such allegations directly to the Director of the Board. The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care will be informed.

The Board of Directors and the school staff are very much aware of and attuned to public concern about the prevalence of child physical and sexual abuse and neglect. The director is in contact with the Center’s Health Care Consultant who approves our Health Care Policy, First Aid and CPR Training, and attends workshops to keep aware and up to date on procedures and warning signs.

FOOD POLICIES

Due to the prevalence of nut allergies in many children, The Campbell School is a nut free environment.

Breakfast

Breakfast is not provided by the school. If your child is enrolled in the Early Arrival Program you may send breakfast with them. A few suggestions are bagels, muffins, dry cereal, cereal fruit bars, fruit, and juice boxes.

Snacks

A snack is provided for all children. Snacks include such foods as juice, water, crackers, bagels, fruits, raisins, vegetables, cheese, etc.

Lunch

Kindergarten children and preschoolers staying for extended day will need to bring a complete lunch. We do not have adequate facilities to refrigerate every one’s lunch. Therefore, a thermos or ice pack should be used for perishable or hot/cold items. Soda, candy and gum are not allowed at any time.

Try not to give your child too much food or sandwiches that are too big. When children see such large amounts of food, they may feel overwhelmed. Some children do better with half a sandwich. Include a juice box or thermos of milk, a piece of fruit or raw vegetables, and you have a nutritious lunch.

A good lunch includes:

  • Protein – cheese, eggs, beans, meat and fish
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Bread – whole wheat, oatmeal, white
  • Beverage – water, milk or 100% juice

Clothing

When selecting school clothes, please remember that the children will be involved in all kinds of play, some of which will involve messy materials such as paint, glue and sand. Any clothes that require special care or that parents do not want to have soiled, should not be worn. Play clothes and sneakers are best for school.

Please dress your child for the weather since we try to go out every day. When the weather is cold the children need a warm coat as well as hats and mittens. Girls who wear dresses should have a pair of pants or leggings to keep their legs warm. Snow pants and boots should be sent in when there is snow on the ground. Please label all clothing with your child’s name.

Umbrellas are not allowed at school. They can be dangerous in a group of children.

Toys From Home

Please do not allow your child to bring toys from home to school. We wouldn’t want them to get lost or broken. Show and tell days may be scheduled a few times during the year when items from home are brought in. Notes will be sent home with the specifics.

BIRTHDAYS

An important part of your child’s year is celebrating his/her birthday. In order to ensure that foods are safe for all children including those with food allergies, we ask that parents not send anything in for their child’s birthday. The school will provide a special celebration for each child. We celebrate “half birthdays” for children born during the summer months.

STATEMENT OF DISCIPLINE

There shall be no corporal punishment of children. No child shall be subjected to cruel or severe punishment, humiliation, or verbal abuse, including, but not limited to the denial of food. No child shall be punished for soiling, wetting, or not using the toilet. No child will be force-fed. We discipline children to protect them from hurting themselves or others and to teach them acceptable behaviors. To teach a child to develop control of his/her own actions independently is the goal of discipline. Spanking or hitting does not help a child develop these inner controls. It is very important to us that we clearly explain the rules to children when they first begin coming to school. Children like to know what the limits are and like to know that such limits will be consistently enforced. We discipline children in the following manners:

  • We encourage children to express anger in appropriate words rather than hitting or disrupting the play of others.
  • We will talk with the child about his/her inappropriate behavior and give the child suggestions on how to deal with the situation more appropriately.
  • We may separate the child from the group for a very short period of time, until the child feels that he or she can rejoin the group.
  • We will show the children by our actions how we wish them to behave.

REFERRAL SERVICES PLAN

On occasion, the staff may determine that a child or family needs some services that the school cannot provide. In these cases, the director and/or the child’s teacher will meet with the child’s parents to discuss their concerns and to develop a plan for the child. A list of local referral services will be made available.

TERMINATION AND SUSPENSION POLICY

Termination may occur under the following conditions.

  • Non-payment of tuition.
  • Consistent lateness at pick-up time
  • Child’s needs or behavior require special attention that cannot be provided without taking away from the total program

When termination is necessary, parents will be given as much notice as possible. Teachers will work with the parent to prepare the child positively for departure. The child’s last day will be made special for him/her.

We do not suspend children from our program.

Testimonial

As a nervous four year old, I was afraid and hesitant to encounter new experiences. Pre-school was no different. As I clung to my mother’s leg refusing to let her leave me, a kind and patient teacher eased me into the classroom and away from my mother. Through elementary school, middle school, and high school, my mother constantly reminded me of the woman and pre-school that kept me in school. She told me over and over again that I would not have made it to school without her. On my last day of pre-school at The Campbell School, my mom made a promise. She promised that on the day of my high school graduation, I would bring Mrs. Zizza roses to thank her for her patience and effort and for overall keeping me in school. At eighteen years old, a high school graduate, eager to start college in the fall, I walked through the doors of the Campbell School and I gave Mrs. Zizza the roses she deserved. Although I do not have a perfect memory of my pre-school career, I know I would not have completed it had it not been for Mrs. Zizza, Mrs. Campbell, and the Campbell School. Juliann Cosetta Milton High School 2014 / Westfield State University 2018

“I smile everyday as the pack of kids (mine included) race to get in the door of The Campbell School!  Not sure you find that everywhere!”

“We loudly and enthusiastically recommend The Campbell School.”

“The teachers go above and beyond to ensure that the children understand the material, feel comfortable within the classroom and leave school feeling cared for each day.”

“I’m never worried when I drop off my child.  I enjoy the sense of family at the school.  Everyone is always so helpful and willing to listen.  We couldn’t have made a better choice.”

“I couldn’t have asked for a better, more stimulating environment.”

“Voted Best School in Milton by readers of The Milton Times, 2009, 2010, 2011.”

“A loving, happy place with a wonderful curriculum.”

“The experience that the teachers bring to the class at The Campbell School in fostering fundamental literacy skills is exceptional.”

“We continue to be grateful and impressed at the strength of the program and the dedication of the faculty in providing our children with such an incredible educational foundation.”

“For the community it creates, for the diverse students and education, for the smile on our sons faces every morning, we LOVE the Campbell School.”