Transition into Preschool
Good Shepherd Preschool is in session 163 days from September to Memorial Day. Good Shepherd shares many of the holidays and in-service days of the Montgomery County Public Schools, but not all. An annual calendar is distributed during the first month of school.
September Class Gatherings
In late summer, Good Shepherd sponsors class “Gatherings” at the Good Shepherd playground. These gatherings provide informal opportunities for children, parents, and teachers to meet one another and to begin forming the relationships which will carry over into the school year.
Classroom Visits, Mini-Days, and Easing into School
The day before school begins, families and children are invited to Good Shepherd to visit their classrooms and become familiar with the environment. Students will receive their GSLP tote bag, learn where their coat hooks and cubbies are, and explore interest areas around the room.
Children’s first day alone in the classroom is a mini-day when students attend in small groups for only 1 hour. Parents meet during this hour with a preschool administrator to receive important paperwork and learn about school policies. As an added benefit, if a child has trouble adjusting this first day, parents are close at hand to offer comfort.
For the first few sessions, all Early Pre-Kindergarten classes have an abbreviated class schedule. This transition period eases the youngest students into school gradually. Pre-Kindergarten students begin their normal class schedule on the next day of school after mini-days.