Dear Meadow Crest Families,
We are excited about our new school year with students, which begins in-person on September 8th for all preschool programs (ECEAP, Head Start and Inclusive Preschool). Our staff is beginning to come back to work to start preparing for the upcoming year. We hope you are also excited about your child attending school with us.
Prior to school starting, we will be meeting with individual families between September 1st and September 7th. Your child’s teacher will be contacting you soon to schedule an appointment for your very important Family Engagement Meeting. You and your child will get to come in and see the classroom, get to know each other, and learn more about our school. We hope that you will find this to be a valuable time that will help you feel comfortable about having your child here.
All parents/guardians and students will need to wear a mask when coming into our building. Please reschedule your meeting if you or your child are not feeling well the day of your appointment. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your scheduled meeting time and bring your ID (driver’s license or passport). All visitors will need to be processed with our Raptor system before entering the building. The first visit will take a little longer, but once you are in our system, each return visit will be a quick check-in.
As we are trying to limit the number of people in the building, we encourage you to let your child ride the bus (if they are eligible) starting the first day. If your child is not a bus rider, the teacher will share drop-off and pick-up information with you during your Family Engagement Meeting. Please remember that our drop-off and pick-up areas are highly congested and will be even more so the first few weeks of school due to construction in the area, so please be patient and allow plenty of time.
At Meadow Crest, student and staff health and safety is a top priority. We are following CDC and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction guidance. Everyone (staff and students) needs to wear a mask while inside the building and on the bus. If you have not yet started practicing with your child, please start now so that they are comfortable wearing a mask for a longer period of time. We will be practicing physical distancing (3 feet in the classroom and 6 feet elsewhere) and following cleaning protocols. All preschool programs will be in-person this school year.
Students will be provided meals while they are at Meadow Crest. Inclusive Preschool has a snack in the morning or afternoon. Part Day Head Start and ECEAP will have breakfast and lunch in morning classes and lunch and snack in the afternoon classes. Full day Head Start and ECEAP will have breakfast, lunch, and snack. We will be asking families to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch survey during Family Engagement Days. The form for Meadow Crest is different than the form being used K-12. This information is used to provide funding for a variety of programs, so we truly appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete the form.
The only school supply they need is a backpack that is big enough for a folder to fit in, as well a change of clothes.
You will have a chance to have most of your other questions answered at your Family Engagement Meeting with your child’s teacher. You will be given a Family Handbook to refer to throughout the year.
Lastly, if your address or your plans for the year have changed, please let us know as soon as possible. For Head Start and ECEAP, please call 425.204.2500 to inform us of changes. Call 425.204.2200 to update us for Inclusive Preschool students.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Renton School District Community Relations
Dear Meadow Crest Families:
Meadow Crest Early Learning Center is dedicated to serving Renton’s preschool- aged children in a culturally-rich community committed to helping each student achieve pre-academic and personal excellence. Our teaching staff is highly qualified and we are continually learning and growing professionally in order to serve the needs of each student.
At Meadow Crest we provide educational services for children with developmental delays and/or disabilities in Inclusive Preschool classrooms, Head Start preschool classrooms and ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) preschool classrooms. Our enrollment grows throughout the year and we serve approximately 620 preschool children per school year.
Inclusive Preschool classrooms provide learning experiences for all ability levels. Classroom teams focus on social/emotional development, communication, problem solving, pre-academic concepts and physical development. Educational therapy and consultative services are provided by Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists. Each classroom also has 5 community students who pay tuition and serve as peer models for language and play.
Head Start (Federally Funded) and ECEAP (State Funded) programs are for three and four-year-old children and are free to eligible families who meet income guidelines. They provide learning activities, social development, nutritious meals and snacks, health screenings, family support services and family involvement and leadership opportunities.
We have a school-wide positive behavioral support plan. Students are taught the Guidelines for Success and recognized for their positive choices which will lead to overall success at school. The Guidelines for Success are:
- Be Safe
- Be Friendly
- Be a Worker
We believe that each student has the capacity to grow and learn the skills that will help them become successful adults. Our desire is to support them by building a solid foundation for academic and social learning and to build a partnership with our families and community in achieving this goal.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have concerns, questions or feedback about our programs here at Meadow Crest.