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This page contains useful information for both new and returning families, as well as links to a number of documents and forms that are required by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and Lucy School. Please contact us if you have any questions or require assistance in completing these forms; we'll be happy to help you navigate this process! In order to ensure adequate processing time and compliance with MSDE, all forms are due by August 1st.  If you have any difficulty meeting this deadline please contact the school as soon as possible. The completed documents should be mailed to:

Lucy School
PO Box 1111
Middletown, MD  21769

 

Required Forms

If your child is enrolling at Lucy School for the first time please read, sign, and return the following forms to the school:

  1. Permission to Photograph and Use Images and Artwork (click here to download)
  2. Permission to Participate (click here to download)
  3. Emergency Form (list at least one non-parental emergency contact). (click here to download)
  4. Health Inventory (including immunization record) completed and signed by your physician (click here to download)

 

If your child is returning to Lucy School, please return the following forms to the school:

  1. Lucy School must have received a current Emergency Form (click here to download).  You may either fill out a new one or initial the previous year's form at the bottom.
  2. A recent (signed by your physician within the last twelve months) Immunization Record.  Your pediatrician should be able to provide an immunization record.  If your pediatrician's office does not use their own software to track immunizations they may sign and fill out this Immunization form (click here to download).

 

Communications with the School

Families should expect to receive a weekly email from their child's teacher (usually sent on Sunday evening) detailing plans for the following week. In addition to communications sent directly from your child's teacher, the school office sends out emails both to individual parents (usually from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and to the entire school (usually sent from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).  You can help minimize the possibility that our emails will be directed to your Spam or Junk folder by adding these emails to your address book. 

 

If you are not receiving (or stop receiving) weekly lesson plan emails from your child's teacher and (at a minimum) the monthly school newsletters sent from the office please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so that we can troubleshoot any issues and make sure that you are receiving important information about school news and activities.

 

It is important that we have current parent contact information. Please make sure that your child's emergency contact form contains home, work, and cell numbers for both parents and at least one individual we can contact in the event we cannot reach a parent in case of illness or emergency. If you change jobs, cell numbers, email address, or move to a new street address please make sure that the office and your child's teacher has this information. 

 

Drop-off and Pick-Up Procedures

Preschool drop-off at the barn is 8:50 to 9:10 am and pick-up is 2:50 to 3:10 pm Monday - Thursday and 1:50 to 2:10 pm on Fridays.

 

Kindergarten drop-off will be at the farmhouse from 8:40-8:50 am and pick-up is at the Green Building from 3:10-3:20 Monday-Thursday and 1:55-2:10 pm on Fridays.

 

Drop-off for 1st-5th Graders is at the Primary Building from 8:40 to 8:50 am and pick-up is from 3:10 to 3:20 pm Monday-Thursday and 1:55 to 2:10 pm on Fridays.

 

Please use the following drop-off/pick-up routine: Drive around the barn and pull up behind the last stopped vehicle in front of your building. We will meet your car and help your child out of (or into) the car. Children must exit (or enter) through the door by the curb – they should not step on the road and walk around the car. Please stay in your car! We will attempt to unload/load multiple cars at a time so, at drop-off, please have your child ready to exit when you pull up. If you are late dropping off your child, and miss meeting the teacher at your car, please walk your child into their building.  Once this procedure is completed, follow the car in front of you to the exit. Do not drive around cars in font of you unless you are directed to do so by a member of the school staff.

 

Pre-K Only: When you reach the building, unlock your child's door and lower the front window and initial the sign-in/out sheet; school staff will help your child out of/into the car. This will expedite the process and increase safety.

 

To give us sufficient time to prepare your child for pick up, please place your child’s name (boldly written on a sheet of sturdy paper or cardboard) in the left corner of your windshield. If you are in a carpool, the names of all the children you will be picking up that day should be included. Anyone picking up your child must have your written permission. Please keep us updated in writing of all persons permitted to pick-up your child. If on any day there is a pick-up change, send in a signed note with your permission for the new person to pick up your child.

 

First Week!

Parents are always welcome to visit the school. However, in order to best facilitate the transition to school, please do not to come into the building during the first two weeks of school. After this transition time, if you are planning to visit, follow the drop-off routine, then park your car and come join us for “singing meeting.” If you want to visit at other times, or are volunteering, just park and enter through the lobby door.


Please note:  The first few days of school we have a transitional schedule.  Please refer to the School Calendar which notes what times school ends on these days for our different programs.

 

The first day of school please bring:

Clothing Well Marked! Your child will need an extra set of clothing including underwear and socks (name clearly marked on each item) in a zip lock bag (with your child’s first and last name clearly marked on the front). Please have your child wear sneakers to school. Sneakers are best for jumping, climbing, dancing, running, and hiking. By mid-September please send in a set of rubber boots for your child (K-4th students bring in first day if possible). Children take their shoes off at Lucy School and sometimes socks as well. Please have your child’s name or initials on the backs of each shoe and on the bottom of each sock! This will help us identify them and return them to you.

 

Preschool and Kindergarten students: No Backpacks, please! Our curriculum is designed to foster self-help skills and a tote bag rather than a zippered backpack enables your child to independently handle their personal and school items.  A canvas tote bag, with your child’s name clearly marked, is recommended. We will be using pocket folders to send papers home, so any tote bag that can hold a small lunch container and a 9x12 folder is fine! 

 

Important Dates to Remember!

Back to School Family Potluck Picnic:  Friday, August 23rd, 5-6:30 pm (new preschool families meet at 4:30 pm). Come meet your child's teacher and classmates. Bring a favorite dish to share, a blanket or lawn chairs, and your re-usable picnic ware.

Tuesday, August 27th:  Before and Aftercare Begin

Back to School Night for Parents: Thursday, September 12th, 6:30-8:00 pm.  Come see your child's classroom and learn about how to become more involved in the Lucy School community.

 

Meals and Snacks:

Preschool Parents: Preschool children are provided healthy morning snacks. Please pack a nutritious sandwich or “main course” item for your child each day in a reusable sandwich container (with your child’s name on the bottom and lid). When you are preparing lunch remember that we cannot refrigerate or heat up the food that you send. Fresh vegetables and fruits will be served at the table with milk and water.

 

Primary Parents: please pack a nutritious lunch for your child including vegetables and/or fruits your child favors. We cannot refrigerate or heat up the food that you send in so please keep this in mind when you are preparing lunch. We will provide milk and water.


Please do not send in sugary foods/desserts with your child’s lunch.

 

Carpool Planning

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (specifying addresses of interest) in order to receive contact information for families on this map (updated August 16, 2013).  The 2013-2014 carpool map will be posted and updated continuously throughout the year!


Supply List by Program/Grade

Click here to see the 2013-2014 supply lists!

 

All classes, please consider using a tote bag for daily use rather than a backpack. Our storage spaces (cubbies and hooks) are sized to comfortably hold a tote bag because our curriculum is designed to foster self-help skills. Your child to can independently handle their personal and school items stored in canvas tote bag (labeled with your child's name and large enough to hold a 9x12 inch folder) rather than a more complicated zippered backpack.

 
Inclement Weather Policy Print E-mail

Summary: 

On the first day of a school closing in Frederick County, we are also closed.

On the first day of a Frederick County two-hour delayed opening, we are delayed one hour (and our before-school program is canceled for that day). 

Should county schools be Delayed or Closed for a second, consecutive day we will make a decision based upon local conditions.

Note: An early dismissal is also considered the first day of a weather-related closing, and Lucy School may open on schedule the following morning regardless of Frederick County status. Road conditions may vary; base your attendance decision on the safety of road conditions between your home and Lucy School.

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Lucy School Presents An Upcoming Training Opportunity:

Integrating the Arts into the Early Childhood Curriculum: 
A Powerful Medium for Young Children (August 11-15, 2014)

 

Integrating the Arts into the Early Childhood Curriculum

Spend five delicious summer days in the cool tranquility of a 17 acre farm in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and the stimulation of a state-of-the-art arts-based school and teacher training center.

 

Download the Registration Form.

 

During this week-long participatory retreat,
Sarah Pleydell and Victoria Brown, two master teacher/artists will help you:

  • Attain academic goals and standards through arts-based teaching strategies
  • Which promote social and emotional development and motivate learning
  • Awaken the artistic educator in yourself

 

Teachers will discover how to:

  • Integrate the arts as a dynamic learning medium for children that accommodates curricular demands while nurturing the need for play and active learning
  • Integrate sign language and other multisensory experiences
  • Adapt arts activities to accommodate and integrate children with special needs
  • Use the arts as an holistic approach to maximize learning throughout the curriculum

 

Why the Arts?

For all children, at all ability levels, the arts play a central role in cognitive, motor, language, and social-emotional development. The arts motivate and engage children in learning, stimulate memory and facilitate understanding, enhance symbolic communication, promote relationships, and provide an avenue of building competence. Young Children and the Arts: Making Creative Connections

 

Children emerge as communicators, problem solvers and humanitarians through holistic experiences. The arts provide a unique multi-dimensional medium for early learning. Drama, movement, dance, music and visual arts communicate to young children in their own language - the language of make-believe. Their curiosity is stirred, questions arise, ideas are shared, and language is expanded and practiced. What's more, when children participate in creative arts activities infused with literacy, their interest in and awareness of reading and reading-related activities increases.

 

Finally, young children learn through the arts because they are participatory and fun!

 

Program. Through multisensory hands-on arts experiences in drama, creative movement, music, and visual arts, participants will experience the rich linguistic and cognitive potential of using the arts as a learning medium. We will work largely with children's literature, exploring how the arts may be used to deepen student's understanding of plot, character and theme. Along the way we will pause to analyze key strategies and techniques for transferring and broadening this work in the teachers' own classrooms.

 

Classes will take place in Lucy School's large gathering room in a magnificently renovated barn overlooking scenic Willow Tree Pond.

Classes will meet 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM on Monday- Friday, August 11 - 15, 2014.

 

Instructors, Victoria Brown, Ph.D. and Sarah Pleydell, M.F.A. have over fifty years hands-on teaching experience integrating the arts into the early childhood curriculum. They are co-authors of the award-winning book The Dramatic Difference: Drama in the Preschool and Kindergarten Classroom (2000), Heinemann Press. For more than twenty years they have presented keynote addresses and conducted master workshops at conferences nationwide for the National Head Start Bureau, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and Wolf Trap's Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. Sarah is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Maryland and Victoria is founder and director of Lucy School: An Arts Based School (pre-school through fifth grade) and Teacher Training Center in Middletown, MD.

 

Have you noticed how much satisfaction children get through engaging a parent in their play? And how an astute parent can use occasions of heightened imagination subtly to drop in extra information, extend the range of vocabulary, or pose a problem? Victoria Brown and Sarah Pleydell have developed a pedagogic style that harnesses this special child/parent teaching moment by establishing that the teacher is a necessary part of the class' dramatic invention.
Gavin Bolton, Professor at Victoria University in British Colombia.

 

 

Lucy School. Serving children from birth to age nine and adults who care for young children, Lucy School's mission is to develop, teach and promote creative arts methodology and practices --- drama, creative movement, dance, puppetry, music and visual arts --- that will stimulate and enhance the intellectual, emotional, physical, social, aesthetic and creative development of young children. Lucy School offers workshops & training seminars for teachers, administrators, child-care practitioners, artists and parents.

 

Credit. Teachers completing this intensive course may receive up to three (3) Maryland Department of Education (MSDE) Continuing Education Credits (CPE). Teachers taking the course for MSDE/CPE credit are required to participate fully in all class sessions and to complete a written assignment.

Lodging. For out of town participants, a limited amount of lodging is available at the Lucy School Farmhouse, a 19th century farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

Registration Information. Registration forms will be accepted by mail or fax on a first come, first served basis. Registration will be confirmed by email or phone within one week of receipt. Full payment (by check or money order) should be included with the registration form.

 

Tuition (includes lunches and book): $ 540 (registration prior to June 1, 2014). Tuition increases to $575 for registrations received after this date.
Lodging (5 nights)¦ Single: $200.  Shared, per person: $150

Cancellation with a full refund (minus a $20.00 application fee) may be requested prior to July 15. The Lucy School retains the right to cancel this workshop if there is not a sufficient number registered. Applicants will receive a full refund in this case.

 

 

 
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2013-2014 Calendar

Lucy School follows a typical school year aligned with Frederick County’s school calendar (180 school days).  Please click here to view the 2013-2014 school calendar.

 

Preschool hours are from 9am-3pm Monday through Thursday and 9am-2pm on Fridays.
Primary (K-5) hours are 8:45am-3:15pm Monday through Thursday and 8:45am-2pm on Fridays.

 

Children may also enroll in the school's Before School Program (available 7-9 am) and/or After School Program (available 3-6 pm M-Th, 2-6 pm Fridays).

 

 


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