I want to thank you for your patience over the last few weeks. We are in unprecedented times and things have been changing rapidly and continue to change. We are going to be responsible with our children, families and staff members’ lives by following the guidance given by the CDC, the State Health Department, medical professionals and our State and Country’s leaders.
As of today, the State is on a “shelter in place” order until April 16th and the White House has extended the date to April 30th. The “shelter in place” orders cover most of us. “Essential workers” are the exception.
Some childcare facilities may open to provide childcare for essential workers. I realize we have a limited number of families in the medical profession, grocery stores, and other essential businesses. Our ability to provide care even to children of essential workers is limited by the number of at risk teachers and workers who work here. Additionally, Saint Mark’s has suspended all programming and closed the building until at least April 16 to comply with public health and safety orders.
I am not promising anything but am looking into the possibility of providing limited childcare for essential worker families who have no other or limited options.
I have one simple question need to hear from you about today:
Do you fall into the essential worker category?If so in what capacity?
We do not fall into the essential worker category and are abiding by the shelter in place order.
We do fall into the essential worker category and have worked out arrangements for our children other than CDO.
We do fall into the essential worker category and it is important to have our children cared for by CDO
Your responses are critical in helping me understand the needs of our families. Please respond.
On another note, I still have some outstanding March invoices; you can mail your check or pay online at stmarksbethany.com. For those who have paid for March and keeping in mind the unprecedented circumstances, I will be offering a tuition credit of 1 week for March. Credit will be available when we reopen. However, for those who wish to donate their credit, please let me know. I will use the donated week’s tuition to pay teachers for additional disinfecting and cleaning, hours working on curriculum, and for needed supplies and resources for your children when we reopen. Please let me know if you have any questions.
We miss seeing you, we are praying for you and we Love you. Thank you for your continued prayers in the coming days and weeks. We’re doing our very best to be obedient to God with wisdom and discernment while supporting our leaders and families.
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Psalms 68:19
Early Childhood Ministries Director
St. Mark's UMC – Bethany
Ideation - Command - Belief - Connectedness - Includer
ST. MARK'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH CHILDREN'S DAY OUT
INFORMATION AND RULES
Welcome to St. Mark's CDO!
Please read the following information and rules thoroughly
and contact us if you are interested in enrolling your child.
Contact is Sharon Hunt
We believe that all children are a gift from God to be cherished.
We believe that a solid Christian foundation is the only way to ensure responsible, caring adults. We believe that the needs of all children go beyond physical and mental development to encompass emotional, social, moral, and spiritual development.
"Growing Christ like children...from the ground up"
1 Cor. 3:6
Fall and Spring School year: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Summer: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. To allow our teachers time to set up their rooms, children will not be accepted until 9:30. You are always welcome to pick up your child as early as you need to. A late fee of $5.00 per child after 5 minutes late must be paid directly to teacher.
PARKING AND ENTRANCE
Please use the west entrance for dropping off and picking up your children. This door will be locked at 10:00 a.m. and re-opened at 2:00 pm. If you arrive during the time it is locked, please ring the doorbell to the right of the door and a teacher will let you in.
Each session there will be a supply fee to cover the material costs for snacks, arts & crafts, cleaning, hygiene, and administrative supplies. The Fall session will start with a$ 40.00 per child fee. The Spring session will be determined upon the demand and supply at such time. The Summer session is a flat rate included in tuition price
Monthly tuition is to be paid on the morning of the first class period of each month for the entire month. Please be prompt with your payment as this covers our teacher payroll. A late fee of $10.00 will be assessed if the tuition is not received by the 15'" of the month. If necessa1y, tuition may be broken into two payments per month but both checks must be turned in on the morning of the first class period of the month. TUITION IS NON REFUNDABLE AND CREDITS FOR MISSED DAYS WILL NOT BE ISSUED. Make checks payable to St. Mark's CDO.
Tuition: All Classes $ 18.00 per day per child
It is very important to sign your child in before you leave. Each class has a sign-in sheet for you to leave an emergency number. We also have a place on the registration form for you to include persons authorized to pick up your child in an emergency. The sign in sheet information will be used first. When someone else will be picking up your child, be sure to give the teacher a description and name of that person. Inform this person that they must show ID before they are allowed to leave with your child. Also, when signing in and someone else is picking up, please put the person's name, not Grandma, etc.
Please notify your teacher before bringing treats for a birthday. Some of the other children may have medical conditions prohibiting them from certain foods. We will have special parties throughout the year and may ask parents to help with the treats.
SNOW DAY POLICY
Credits are not issued for snow days.
If Putnam City Schools are closed we will use this as a guideline, but NOT a determining factor. If you see Putnam City Schools closed then check the CHURCH listings. We will only post if we are CLOSED it will look like the following:
ST. MARK'S UMC-BETHANY
Day classes closed
We try to follow Putnam City Schools, however it is not exact. We provide a monthly calendar for days off and events occurring within each month.
FALL/WINTER SESSION: August 27, 2018 - December 20,' 2018
SPRING SESSION: January 08, 2019 - TBD
SUMMER SESSION: Tuesday and Thursdays - TBD
Our teachers discipline with love. Discipline shall be constructive & educational in nature as well as, appropriate to the child's age & circumstances. We use "time out" periods only as necessary.
Parents will be notified of continuing problems with discipline.
Our staff is truly concerned about your children. Please let us know if your child is sick or is going to be absent. Once enrolled your child is enrolled a spot is reserved for your child and credits are not given for absences.
Drop-in charge is $25.00 per day per child. To allow us to control our class size, you must call the Director in advance for space availability. The drop- in fee must be paid at the time of arrival. If your child is enrolled for one day a week and you wish to drop-in on the other day, you must pay the
$ 25.00 drop-in fee.
It is essential that your child wear play clothes and shoes suitable for wallcing, jumping, painting, etc. Two piece outfits are recommended. This eases restroom visits and helps during diaper changes.
Always bring a change of clothes. Accidents and spills happen in all age groups.
Please do not ask our teachers to accept a sick child. Children who show signs of temperature over 98.6, colored mucus, constant cough, earache, red or runny eyes, rash, sore throat, vomiting or diarrhea WILL NOT be accepted. Your child should be free of symptoms for 24 hours before returning to CDO.
Please notify the Director if our classes have been exposed to a contagious disease of any kind.
We cannot give medication of any kind. You are welcome to visit during the day to administer medication if necessary.
Please do not allow your children to bring toys from home.
Your child should bring a sack lunch. Please clearly label lunch boxes/bags with child's name. If sending juice or Kool Aid, please send only light colored flavors to avoid stains on our carpets or tables. Please do not send glass containers or carbonated drinks.
Send only food your child can safely handle by him/herself. Please do not send food that requires special preparation such as refrigeration, heating or mixing. Baby food and cereal for infants is OK.
Each class has a designated rest time. Children are encouraged to rest, to help nourish a strong & healthy developmental growth. Please bring a mat, sleeping bag, or pillow & blanket for each of your children. Also, bring anything special to them that they might require to rest, such as a special pillow or stuffed toy (to be used only at rest time.) Each room has the space to store these mats so you may leave them in the child's room.
Thank you for choosing CDO.
Early Childhood Ministries Director Contact- 789-9033
After reading all the above information if you are interested Sharon would love to visit with you. Please contact Sharon at (405)789-9033 and we will get you any other information and an enrollment form.