"Where learning and fun go hand in hand"
We believe that parents are the experts on their own children. We seek a strong parent-teacher connection in order to provide the most developmentally appropriate and enriching environment for each child in our program. Parents can take advantage of the many services offered to them as part of the TOPS program.
Parent and Family Education Workshops
Parents are strongly encouraged to attend parent and family education workshops on topics ranging from children and reading, to enhancing children's social skills, to positive parenting. Topics are determined by a parent survey distributed at the beginning of each school year.
We plan two to three fun family events per year. All TOPS families are welcome to attend. From our Holiday Happening to our Healthy Kids Night, we try to give families plenty of opportunities to meet, play and learn together. We also encourage parents to attend Madison School events, such as the DEAR Week Pajama Party, and all-district PTO Parent Educati0n Nights.
Parents are a welcome addition to our classrooms. We encourage all parents to volunteer once a month, for 15 to 45 minutes. Volunteers are also needed for field trips.
Every family involved in TOPS is welcome to participate in the Lending Library. Every week you and your child can check out something new from the Lending Library. Try all our materials for a well-rounded literacy enhancing experience. Materials include children's books, Leap Pads and Leap Pad books, computer games, puzzles and toys, activity bags, theme boxes, books on CD, board games, music CDs, and much more.
Parent Information Board
Located on the wall between Mrs. Walsh and Mrs. Barth's classrooms, the Parent Information Board is updated regularly and posts important information, such as the monthly TOPS calendar, field trip fliers, parent workshop fliers, parenting tips, community happenings, and classroom newsletters.
The Parent Handbook tells you everything you need to know about TOPS Preschool policies and procedures. Click here for the 2012-2013 Parent Handbook:
Each student at TOPS Pre-K receives a nutritious snack on a daily basis. Snacks can include fruits and vegatables, wheat crackers, yogurt, and cheese. We do not serve meat or products with geletin in them. Studetns generally drink milk or water with their snack. Click below for a current snack schedule:
"TOPS Preschool has become a geat stepping stone in getting my boys ready for kindergarten. Mrs.Barth reads the morning message along with the children, which is something they do every day in kindergarten. They are beginning to read without even knowing it. With the implementation of the Jolly Phonics program last year, my son already knows the sounds each letter makes to prepare him for reading."
"Mrs. Walsh is wonderful--kind, warm, and engaging--just the kind of teacher you'd want for a first school experience."
"The activities are amazing and the kids learn so much. Everything is organized in a very professional manner. The teachers are very helpful. Overall, the school is great."
"This is a preschool with real teachers, a library,a playground, and a modern facility. Our boy is thriving in this environment."
"The TOPS preschool program and teachers provide a great environment for learning. Each day our son comes home and tells us about something new he has learned, or shares with us the activities he worked on that day. He is so proud of his work. Our son loves going to school!"
"TOPS Preschool is a great foundation for my child's education. The teachers are wonderful and give each child special attention to meet his or her individual needs. My son enjoys going to school and loves his teachers."
"The school aims to prepare children for kindergarten and it really does an excellent job! My son was ready in so many ways--by understanding a school routine, by learning to sit quietly and listen, by learning how to cooperate with other children, and with an amazing amount of academic learning. The school is well prepared to do so because they can use the resources of Madison School."
"I am delighted with the TOPS Preschool program. The kids are learning so much--they are so well behaved, listening, and trying to write, spell, and read. I see so much growth."
"My daughter always talks about how nicely the teachers talk to the students and how they are a big inspiration in her life."
"My son is very fortunate to have teachers like Mrs. Barth and Mrs. Mathes teaching his class."
"We are impressed with our overall TOPS experience and we appreciate the emphasis on parent involvement and celebrating diversity."
"After looking into numerous preschools, I feel confident we made the right choice in selecting TOPS."
"After only three months I can see a difference in my son. He is listening, following directions and communicating better. The best part is that the kids are enjoying themselves so much that they do not even realize they are learning."
"TOPS has experienced teachers who are really good at what they do."
"TOPS Preschool is a great place for kids to learn and enjoy all the wonderful activities the teachers are offering."
"I really like the teachers' professionalism and friendliness towards the children and parents. I think it is great that they are so involved and care so much about our children."
"My son always enjoys going to school and has many things to share with us when he comes home. TOPS Preschool has made my son enjoy learning and making new friends."
"Before my daughter started school she was afraid to go, but now she absolutely loves it, and that's thanks to Mrs. Walsh. She has made my daughter feel very comfortable."
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