FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
Academics Preschool - Frequently Asked Questions
Q:
What is the enrollment age?
A:
Applicants to the Southfield Preschool program should be 2, 3, 4, or 5 years old, respectively by September 1st for the PS-2 Exploration, PS-3 Discovery, PS-4 Readiness and Kindergarten classes.
Q:
What are the times for the program?
A:
School starts at 8 AM for everyone on our campus.  Preschool classes dismiss at noon.  However, there is an Extended Day Program available for families in the afternoon portion of the day.  Kindergarten is a full day program and dismisses at 3:00 PM each day.
Q:
What after school care is available?
A:

The Preschool Extended Day Program is available Monday through Friday from 12:00 to 5:30 PM, with 3-day and 5-day options. Pick-up options are at 3:00, 4:30, and 5:30 PM. Parents register and reserve a place for the whole year or for the semester. In doing so, a parent must commit financially to those days. There is flexibility with this program in which changes in care may occur with a 2 week notice.  Reservations as a drop-in may be made at least one day in advance as long as space is available. This may be done by contacting the Preschool Director.

Extended Day sessions begin the first day of school. However, if the family schedule does not require that the child stay, it is sometimes helpful to give the child a week or two to adjust to their morning routine before leaving them for the afternoon.

Q:
Can preschool students order lunch?
A:

Kindergarten students and preschool students who will be staying for any portion of the Extended Day program have the option of bringing a lunch from home or participating in the school cafeteria lunch program.

Southfield School provides a cafeteria-style lunch program for our students. Lunches are ordered a month in advance on the school website. The lunch program is directed and operated by Southfield parents. The lunches are reasonably priced and there is a varied menu from which to choose. Each lunch cycle starts on the first day of each month and ends at the end of each month.

Lunches from home should consist of healthy foods that the child can easily handle independently. Children are encouraged to save desserts for last. Candy and sodas are not permitted. Preschool students eat lunch in their classrooms (kindergarten students eat lunch in the cafeteria). In the spirit of environmental responsibility reusable rather than disposable lunch containers are encouraged.

Q:
How can parents participate?
A:

Southfield endorses the theory that the home and the school share responsibility for educating each student. Additionally, all parents of students enrolled in Southfield School are members of the Parents Association. The Parents Association exists to assist the administration and faculty with many activities throughout the school year. The many committees are made up of parents volunteering their time, talent and knowledge to Southfield School. The rewards of involvement are many and our children greatly benefit from a strong and unified parent body.

Another way to volunteer in the classroom is to serve as a room parent. The room parent will be called on to coordinate parent volunteers when teachers need assistance with parties, field trips and special events.