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Frequently Asked Questions

When is preschool?

The preschool day begins at 7:20am and ends at 2:20pm. Doors open at 6:50am. Bristow's preschool program meets four days a week, Monday through Thursday.  Preschool does not meet on Fridays!


Do I just come to the classroom?

All visitors, including parents, must sign in at the office and put on a visitor’s badge each time before leaving the office area.  Parents/visitors are only allowed past the cafeteria during school hours if you have an appointment with a teacher. If you come to our classroom without a badge, you will be asked to go back to the office to sign in. This is for the safety of your children!


What are these yellow vests?

The Warren County Schools have provided each preschool child with a yellow best to be worn every day of school as children come and go from school. Please make certain that your child wears his or hers each day. There will be a tag on your child’s vest that lets the bus monitor know where and to whom to release your child.

How much is lunch? Breakfast?

Although all students attending Bristow Elementary receive free breakfast and lunch, a "household eligibility" form still must be on file. Breakfast will be served from 7:00 to 7:30. Lunch will be served at 10:00. If your child brings his lunch and wants to buy milk, the cost is $.50.  A snack will also be offered daily.


What supplies does my child need?

There are no necessary supplies for preschool. Your child will need a small blanket or sheet for rest time that will need to fit into a backpack/bag that your child can carry. It is helpful if they have a backpack/bag LARGE enough to fit a library book and a folder inside. It is also helpful if they have a full change of clothes including underwear and socks, in their backpack. If your child wears diapers or pull-ups, please send an ample supply of those and wipes to keep in the classroom.


What should my child wear?

We hope that children are comfortable. We will be painting and involved in other activities that may be messy. Tennis shoes are also helpful (but I understand that some children insist on wearing their cowboy boots). For safety reasons, flip flops are prohibited for our preschool students. Our room can get cool when the air conditioning is on and warm when the heat is on; therefore, you may want to send a sweater or jacket with your child for the classroom even though it may be very warm outside. We will go outside EVERYDAY, weather permitting.


Will my child be safe?

Your child’s safety is our number one priority! Your child will be in the company of the preschool teacher and/or aides during their entire time at school. When we visit the library, gym, etc., we stay with the children. We have our own playground, separate from the big playground and it is completely fenced in. A bus monitor rides each bus the preschoolers are on and will not allow a child to get off the bus unless an authorized adult is there to meet them and hold their hand as they get off the bus. A staff member may ask an unfamiliar adult for identification before releasing a child to them. If there are custody issues we should be aware of, please bring a copy of any court order. We eat our meals in the classroom. We practice earthquake, fire and tornado drills regularly, as well as other emergency drills.


What are home visits?

Kentucky Preschool Regulations require that Preschool programs provide AT LEAST two (2) home visits per family per school year. I will be contacting the family of each preschooler to set up a home visit. This is an opportunity for me to find out more about your child and your dreams for your child. (It is NOT an inspection at all!) Children usually love for their teacher to come to their home and this helps build our teacher/student relationship. I do not want to interrupt your family’s routine, but am very much looking forward to visiting with you.


How will I know what my child is doing at school?

You will receive a copy of our bi-monthly newsletter that tells you all about upcoming events. You will also receive a copy of the school-wide newsletter that will tell you what is happening school wide. You will also receive a progress report three (3) times during the year regarding your child’s progress. I am available to answer your questions about your child. It is difficult for me to talk with you during the school day and it is difficult for me to write individual notes on each student without taking away from my time with children, but you will receive a folder that may have notes from time to time on the back. There is also a place for you to send short notes to me. PLEASE feel free to call me at school at 842-1960 if you have questions or concerns.