Information for Parents
Pixie Playland has a Fundraising committee. Fundraising events through the year include a Sports Day, raffles, cake sales and the end of year Concert. If you are interested in joining this committee or want to know more please let us know. Each class has two Class Reps who act as liasons between the teacher and the class. Please let us know if you are interested in being a class rep. In older years Class Reps are elected but in the Cuddly Kittens, Playful Pandas and the Busy Butterflies we ask for volunteers. Please let us know if you are interested in being a class rep. Thank you!
IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
Pixie Playland is open all year round except for public holidays and on bridging school holidays (according to the Department of Education) which fall between a public holiday and a weekend. The school will close for a period of four weeks during December.
Breakfast is served between 07:30 and 08:00. Please make sure your children are here before 08:00 if you want breakfast as the kitchen staff are unable to accommodate breakfast after this time.
We open at 07:00 in the morning and close at 5:30 sharp in the evening. Children are not to be dropped off before 07:00 nor collected after 17:30. An overtime levy of R100 will be charged irrespective of how late you collect your child after 17:30. This is an extremely long day and we ask you to respect the needs of the children and the staff. The office will be closed at 4:30 and as we only have two staff members caring for your children from 5:00, we are unable to take any phone calls. No exceptions can be made to this rule and we ask you to make alternative arrangements for the collection of your child if you anticipate that you will not be able to collect him or her on time.
Please ensure that your children are dropped off by 08:30 a.m. as the morning ring begins at this time and late arrivals cause disruptions. Please do not disturb the sleeping classes or the office between 1:00 and 2:00 pm.
The Busy Butterflies teacher –Shireen, administers the Before School Programme between 07:00 and 08:00 in their classroom for all children of any age (except the nursery) who arrive at this time. During this time the children who want to eat breakfast do so in the kitchen, in small groups. At 08:00 the children are dismissed to go to their class teachers. Please do not hand cash to Shireen. Please make use of the post box provided on the office door and make sure it is in a clearly marked, sealed, envelope. This is cleared several times a day.
An exception to the Before School Programme occurs at the beginning of the year and during holidays. At the beginning of the year the Busy Butterflies class gathers in their classroom while the rest of the school gathers in the Forest Friends classroom with Assistant Jesica. This allows the new Busy Butterflies to acclimatize to their new situation in a calmer environment. During the holidays, all children collect in the Forest Friends class rather than in the Busy Butterflies class.
POINTS OF CONTACT IN THE AFTERNOON
Val and Carly share the co-ordinating of the afternoon Pixie programme and supervise the afternoon staff from 1:00 pm until 4:30 pm. Carly, the Aftercare Teacher, supervises the remaining children and the afternoon staff after 4:30. Please direct any queries at pick-up time to Val until 4:30 and Carly after 4:30 or to the assistant who was with your child. Class teachers leave at 1:00 or 2:00 and the assistants remain for the afternoon. The office is closed for business from 4:30 and re-opens at 7:30 am.
Each assistant remains with their assigned classes. On occasions when staff are ill or on leave it is possible that a different assistant will have been with your child but this is the exception, rather than the rule. No children are allowed off the property without your specific permission. Please make use of the blackboard outside the office. Children are accounted for in the mornings when their teachers take the register.
Newsletters are sent home regularly. The preferred method is email – please ensure that the office has a current email address for you. We will email reminders about outings, events, things to bring to school etc. For any concerns or queries relating to your child’s school day the first person to speak to is your child’s class teacher. Class teachers are available for meetings by appointment, or she can phone you in the afternoons if you leave a message for her to do so. We can’t address any problems we don’t know about – please take the time to bring any concerns directly to your class teacher or to Val.
FOOD AT PIXIE
Sweets, cake, chips, biscuits and bubble gum are not conducive to a healthy diet – please do not allow them to be brought to school unless for a special occasion. The school provides sandwiches in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon, as well as hot lunch. Therefore, if you would like to supply a packed snack, cut-up fruit, yogurt and juice/water should be sufficient. Snacks without nutritional value (high in sugar or fat) make children tired/over active. Sustaining snacks help them through to lunch time.
We have a birthday book system – we ask you to donate to the class library, an age-appropriate book of your choosing on your child’s birthday. If you would prefer, you may send a cash donation and the teacher will purchase an age-appropriate book on your behalf. Bargain Books, Rural child and Readers Warehouse have a very inexpensive range of books.
No toys are to be brought to school unless on specified days. No jewellery, especially necklaces and no high heels.
Any waste material, especially paper and cardboard, is more than welcome. Please drop it off in your child’s classroom on Thursdays.
Please send your child to school in comfortable ‘play clothes’ as they will probably get dirty.
All clothing, shoes, bottles – EVERYTHING – clearly marked please.
When it is your child’s birthday, feel free to bring in some treats for the class – this is entirely optional. It is also the policy at Pixie that each child may invite whomever they want to birthday parties – it is not necessary to invite the whole class if you don’t want to.
Each Friday is Baker Day. Please sign up on the list in the class to bring in some treats (at least 24 servings) on behalf of your child – you may bring whatever you like; you don’t have to bake it yourself! Biscuits, popcorn, muffins or cupcakes are all suitable examples.
Pixie is located in a residential area and we need to be considerate of our neighbours (and each other!). Please only park on the Pixie side of the road, do not open your car doors directly onto the street (your children should not be exiting on to the street), park in a way that the maximum number of people can park as near to the school as possible, try to be quick and above all - be polite! Large vehicles, like SUV’s, should park in the street including those who plan to spend sometime in the school grounds, please. Do not park directly in front of the gate. Please always close both gates securely on entering and exiting the school property for your own child’s safety. Make sure those who are responsible for dropping and collecting your child are informed of these rules
EXTRAMURAL ACTIVITIES: Playball and Manners for minors (not for the Nursery) are available one morning per week as an optional extra. For the Clever Caterpillars and Forest Friends class the following private extra-murals are also available – ballet, speech & drama and swimming.
IN CASE OF ILLNESS
If your child is ill please keep him or her at home. We ask that you keep your child at home for the first two days of being on antibiotics (at least), and in cases of – diarrhoea, temperature, green runny nose, ringworm, chest or ear infection, ‘pink eye’, nits/lice and any other illness that is contagious or would require one-on-one care which we cannot provide in a school setting. If any of these situations arise while your child is at school we will call you to collect your child.
We will only administer medication that MUST be administered at midday ie. Chronic medication like those for asthma. Please don’t leave Panado/Calpol/Ponstel/Rinex etc. at school. If your child needs cough medicine or decongestants to cope with a day at school, this is an indication that he or she should be at home. We keep Panado in the office to administer should your child fall ill at school and you have signed a consent form which will be filed in the office, you will then be called to collect your child as we cannot provide one-on-one care for a sick child.
If your child falls ill at school or sustains an injury that requires urgent medical attention, we will make every effort to contact you or the person you have designated as a contact in case of an emergency. If, however, we are unable to reach you, we will transport your child to the nearest medical facility, which transport and medical attention shall be for your account.
RESPECT AND DIGNITY POLICY
A core value at Pixie Playland is tolerance of multiple cultures, creeds and backgrounds. While a diversity of faiths is respected, prayers are said before meals, sometimes bible stories are read in class and each year we do a Nativity Play. Please inform us if you are unable to participate in any of these activities and we will do our best to accommodate your wishes.