How many children are enrolled in Wesley Preschool?
We typically enroll approximately 130 students at Wesley Preschool. We offer many class options with 2, 3, 4 and 5 day schedules.
How old is Wesley Preschool?
Wesley was first established as a kindergarten in the 1950’s. When Fairfax County began to offer Kindergarten as part of the public school system in the following decade, Wesley transitioned into a preschool for students ages 2 to 5. We now offer classes for ages 2.5 to 5 years of age.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, please contact the Director for the scholarship application.
What type of clothing should my child wear to school?
Since classes at preschool involve painting, lively activities and floor play, clothing should be durable, casual, and washable. Belts and difficult clothing should be avoided for ease of restroom use. Students should also have proper clothing for outdoor play each day. Rubber soled shoes with closed toes are best for the playground along with heavy coats, hats and gloves for winter outdoor play.
Is transportation provided?
No, transportation to and from school is the responsibility of the parent or caregiver.
How does drop off and pick up work?
Parents/caregivers walk their preschooler to the classroom/playground and pick them up from the classroom/playground each day. We have designated parking areas for parents/caregivers in our parking lot.
What special classes will my child attend?
Students attend music/movement class weekly and Chapel with the Pastor of Wesley monthly.
What are some extra programs Wesley offers?
Students may stay from 12pm-1pm for Lunch Bunch. Additional programs such as Yoga and Young Scholars is offered to certain age groups. Young Scholars have included such topics as math, science, art, book club, literacy and geography.
Does the preschool offer field trips?
In-House field trips (programs presented at school) are scheduled throughout the year. They may include storytellers, puppet shows, nature presentations, musicians and community helpers. Walking field trips may be taken by the older classes in an area within one mile of the preschool. All field trips are planned to supplement classroom activities and lesson plans.
Does Wesley provide a snack?
Wesley provides a nutritious nut free snack daily. Children with medication at school for food allergies are required to provide their own snack. Wesley is a nut free environment.
Does Wesley provide a lunch?
Wesley does not provide a lunch during the regular school day. Students participating in after school enrichment programs will bring their own nut free lunch from home.
What is your philosophy on discipline?
We embrace the tenets of Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline®. Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive classroom management program and social-emotional curriculum. It is based on current brain research, child development information, and developmentally appropriate practices. She has a useful website and has authored many books including Conscious Discipline, I Love You Rituals and Emotional Mayhem.
How is communication with the teacher handled?
Teachers send an electronic newsletter each week which details classroom activities, special programs, and upcoming events and reminders. A written assessment of a child’s progress is provided during the parent/teacher conference held at the mid-year mark. At any time during the school year, a parent may request a meeting with the teacher.
May parents/caregivers participate in classroom activities?
Absolutely! The teacher will be happy to explain the many opportunities for your assistance. You may help behind the scenes by preparing materials, collecting supplies, or collecting book orders. Parents/caregivers also serve in the classroom in many roles such as “mystery readers”, art assistants and party helpers. There is also a room parent role for each class.
Is there a Parent Committee and what is the role?
Wesley has an active parent committee which serves many roles. The parent committee (W.W.P.C) plan a Christmas Party, Spring Fling, and First Friday Picnics. They organize family dinners at local restaurants, Dining for Dollars events and Parent Night Out programs. The committee oversees Teacher Appreciation for Wesley Staff and Wesley Spirit Wear. There is also a Sunshine Committee which helps Wesley families in an emergency.