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We had an amazing summer camp, and we are looking forward to an equally amazing school year!
Wondering about our Health and Safety Precautions related to COVID-19? There is lots of information right at your fingertips! Have questions? Just ask! We are committed to keeping children and staff safe and healthy this year!
Here's what you need to know about the new school year:
First Day of School at First Discoveries
The first day of school for our Preschool, VPK/PreK and Kindergarten/Primary classes is on Tuesday, September 8th. Classes begin at 8:00, 8:15 or 8:30, depending on the schedule you selected for your child (extended day drop off begins at 7:30 and early arrival is available at 7:00 by appointment only). The school supply list and the school year calendar are both listed above. See below for Open House and for Stay and Play visits.
Afterschool for Local Elementary Schools:
After a week of distance learning, Hillsborough County Public Schools are going back to school in person on Monday, August 31st. We will be picking up from Brooker Elementary School; dismissal time is 1:55 pm (12:55 pm on early release days).
If you are signed up for afterschool care at First Discoveries, please confirm if you have any changes to your schedule as we are finalizing our bus rosters. Remember to let the elementary school know that First Discoveries will be picking up your child. We recommend having us pick up your child on the first day of school to prevent confusions at the school the first week.
In the event of school closures this year, we will be offering distance learning support for children enrolled in our afterschool program.
Please remember that you need to send a Brightwheel message by noon each day if we are not picking up your child at the elementary school.
Stay and Play Visits:
If your child is preregistered for the Preschool Class for the upcoming school year, you are encouraged to schedule a Stay and Play visit before the first day of school. The visit is usually about 60 to 90 minutes, allowing your child to become comfortable in their new classroom with their new teacher.
We are scheduling Stay and Play visits for new preschool students on Friday, September 4th from 9:45 am to 11:45 pm. Please email if you would like to attend. You are welcome to drop your child off (as long as we have a completed enrollment packet on file so we have emergency contact information). Due to current health and safety procedures, if you would like to stay with your child, you may visit with your child on the playground from 9:45 to 10:30. Parents may not enter the building at this time.
Our Virtual Open House for PreK/VPK and Kindergarten/Primary will be
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020
Kindergarten-Primary: 5:00 PM to 5:45 PM
PreK/VPK Open House: 6:15 to 7:00 PM
If you have children enrolled in more than one program, you will only need to attend one Open House Session. We will share important information about the upcoming school year, including health and safety procedures and curriculum information, so please plan to attend.
School Supplies and School Shirts
We recommend that families bring their school supplies by the school prior to the first day of school if possible. See the school supply list above.
Don't forget to purchase a t-shirt for the new school year if you don't already have one! We wear our school shirts on Wednesdays for our Spirit Days. If we are able to take any field trips later this school year, every child will need to wear a school shirt on the field trip.
Semi-Annual Supply/Registration Fee:
Please remember that the semi-annual supply/registration fee of $100 is due on August 1st and on January 1st. Half of the fee is used for insurance costs for the school, and the remaining funds are used to replace/purchase consumable supplies for the school, including art supplies (paint, construction paper, etc.), puzzles, and other materials. A child enrolled in the Kindergarten / Primary class will also have a $300 book fee due in August (may be covered by scholarships) for books and curriculum materials.
School Dress Code:
We encourage families to adhere to a simple dress code: Children should come to school in comfortable clothes that allow them to participate in messy, busy explorations. Please wear tennis shoes rather than crocs or sandals. Girls must always wear shorts under their dresses/skirts. We will wear our school shirts on Wednesdays and all field trips. School shirts are available for $10 each (order shirt online). School shirts ordered online will be sent home the first week of school.
Parking for Families
To prevent families from being blocked in the driveway, we ask families to follow our parking policy. Our teachers park in the grassy lot at the back of the property, leaving 5 parking spaces available for parents at the front of the building. If there are no parking spaces available, you are welcome to park in front of the dumpster or on the grass on our property. Please do not park in our neighbors' yard.
Also, to prevent air pollution please turn off your engine rather than idling your engine!
For safety reasons, children may never be left unattended in vehicles.
Parent Communication App
If you haven't done so yet, be sure to download the Brightwheel app and login with the email you supplied to the school. You will need your phone to scan a QR code at drop-off and pick-up each day; be sure that you know your access code. The app will also allow you to receive messages from the school and from your child's teacher. All families are required to have access to Brightwheel either on your mobile device (phone or tablet) or on the website.
Be sure to watch for the first day of school pictures on Brightwheel!
Children must arrive at school no later than 8:45 am so that they can participate in all of our morning routines. Children may only arrive after 8:45 am if they had a doctor's appointment that morning (note from the doctor's office is required) and if they notified the school in advance.
Your child's dismissal time is at 12:30, 3:00 or by 5:00, depending on the schedule that you choose. Early dismissal is at 12:30 on Monday for K/Primary and the Inclusion Preschool programs. Please arrive on time for dismissal. Staff members have specific responsibilities after those scheduled times. If you need to pick-up later than normal, please notify us in advance. There are fees for extended day programs and for late pick-ups.
See You Soon!
We are looking forward to an amazing school year!
If you have any questions or concerns, please let Ms. Jennifer or Ms. Cindy know!