THINGS TO KNOW
Early Childhood Screening
Early Childhood Screening is an early look at how your child is growing and developing. Between the ages of 3½ to 4 years, screening can detect possible health or learning concerns so children can get help before they start school.
Minnesota law requires every child to participate in an Early Childhood Screening prior to entry into public school. The screening includes a height, weight, vision and hearing check, as well as a developmental screening.
Appointments are required! To schedule an appointment, call 763-502-5111 or go online at: https://fridley.ce.eleyo.com. For more information about screening, please call Valerie Anderson at 763-502-5143.
Tiger Club (Tiny Tigers)
Do you need AM, PM or full-day childcare? Combining Fridley Preschool with Tiger Club Childcare is a great option for working families in need of daycare accommodation. Tiger Club, housed in the FCC, offers high-quality childcare for children from infancy to grade 6.
Tiny Tigers is the preschool portion of Tiger Club. Parents are able to flexibly schedule their daycare needs before and after the preschool program. With fun-filled activities and additional learning opportunities, Tiger Club can further prepare your child for his or her elementary school experience.
Tiger Club Benefits:
- Open 6:30 AM to 5:30 PM
- Non-school day and summer childcare also available
- Needs based scholarships available
- For more information, please call Stephen Keeler at 763-502-5106.
Consistent attendance is an important factor in your child’s development. However, if your child will be absent, please call your child’s teacher directly to report an absence.
The Attendance Policy is:
If your child is sick, please call your child’s teacher and leave a message with your child’s name and the reason for absence/tardiness. For the security of your child, it’s imperative that we know when they are not in school they are home with you. If your child is injured or becomes ill at school, the staff will contact you. It is important to keep phone numbers current by contacting the FCC Main Office.
A child should stay home from school when:
* He/She has a temperature of 100 degrees or more, is vomiting, or has diarrhea, for a period of 24 hours after the last episode.
* If your child has a rash that may be disease related, check with your family physician before sending your child to school.
Give your child a healthy start by assuring they have:
* Necessary immunizations
* Periodic health exams
* Plenty of sleep each night (10-12 hours are recommended for this age group)
* A good healthy diet that includes breakfast
* Neat, clean, comfortable clothes appropriate for the day’s activities
The following shots are required by Minnesota’s School Immunization Law before your child can attend preschool:
- 1 – Hepatitis A
- 3 – Hepatitis B
- 4 – Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTP)
- 3 – Polio
- 1 – Meases/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)
- 4 – Pneumococcal
- 1 – Varicella (Chickenpox)
Transportation is free and provided for all 4-year-old district resident children. Open enrolled students and 3-year-old students are not eligible for preschool transportation. For students transported by bus, a staff member will meet each bus and escort students into the building upon arrival and escort them to the bus at dismissal.
Due to safety, an adult must be present at the bus stop for pick up and drop off. If an adult is not present at drop off, the bus company will attempt to contact the parent/guardian first. However, if there is no communication, your student will be returned to the Fridley Community Center where the parent/guardian will be responsible to arrange pick up.
If your 4-year-old preschool student will be attending an alternate daycare other than Tiger Club, you will need to submit a form online (Click here). If the district does not receive a form, transportation will set up a bus stop to and from your residence if eligible.
Also, if there is an address change throughout the school year, please keep the Transportation Department and the school office updated. Before changing daycare, make sure the daycare is located in the district boundaries. If not, there will be no transportation from the daycare.
How do I get my bus stop information?
You should receive a postcard in the mail approximately two weeks before school starts. Bring the postcard to fall Orientation Day to verify with the teacher which bus the student will ride at the end of the day.
If you have any questions, call the Transportation Department at 763-502-5026 or email Cindy.McKay@Fridley.k12.mn.us
You will be sent a letter with class placement information by mid-August.
Orientation Day is typically held on the Tuesday following Labor Day. Busing will not be provided this day. Parents/Guardians will be contacted by the classroom teacher with details regarding Orientation Day in late August.
Our preschoolers go outdoors for movement, exploration, and a variety of reasons as often as the weather allows. Please dress your child appropriately for the weather and avoid open-toed shoes. In the winter, hats, boots, mittens, coats, and snow pants are required.
A small snack will be served each day. Please contact your child’s teacher with questions and if your child is allergic to any foods.