Messiah Lutheran Preschool Messiah Lutheran Preschool
13901 Clopper Rd. Germantown, MD 20874
(301) 972-5428
Jesus said, "Let the children come to me and do not hinder them for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Mark 10:14

Parent Information

The parents, friends and families of our students are tremendously supportive and vital to the education of the children at Messiah Lutheran Preschool. Below are links and reminders to help you find the information and resources that you need.


Messiah Lutheran Preschool now has an online payment system!

How to Make an Online Payment


Parent Handbook

The parent handbook contains all of Messiah Lutheran Preschool’s policies such as registration, inclement weather, emergency situations, discipline, tuition and health.

2022-2023 Parent Handbook


COVID-19 Vaccination

We ask that if your child receives the COVID-19 immunization, you notify MLPS and provide a copy for your child’s health records. This is the same requirement that MLPS has for all other immunizations so that any outbreaks of any communicable diseases can be effectively managed. At this time, MLPS is strongly encouraging families to speak with your pediatrician about the COVID-19 immunization.

On June 18, 2022, the CDC released a statement for COVID-19 vaccines for Young Children. Please reference this link for more information.

Montgomery County will begin vaccinating children ages 6 months to 5 years old on Wednesday, June 22 – by appointment only. Limited appointments will be posted on www.GoVaxMoCo.com at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21. We urge parents to check with their pediatrician for vaccine availability as the majority of vaccine received in Montgomery County is delivered to the private sector (physicians and pharmacies).
See also: https://montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccine/

COVID-19 FAQ (updated 8/19/2022)

Messiah Lutheran Preschool (MLPS) continues to follow the highly recommended guidelines for COVID–19 and immunizations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),the Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).MLPS will continue to report any positive COVID cases and follow the recommendation for individual exclusions and possible classroom closures. MLPS also continues to use multiple prevention strategies to protect people who are not fully vaccinated including following a strict Illness Policy, disinfecting, cleaning and wiping down frequently used surfaces AND wearing a secure mask while at the preschool.

We ask that if your child receives the COVID-19 immunization, you notify MLPS and provide a copy for your child’s health records. This is the same requirement that MLPS has for all other immunizations so that any outbreaks of any communicable diseases can be effectively managed. At this time, MLPS is strongly encouraging families to speak with your pediatrician about the COVID-19 immunization.

UPDATED FAQ’s (updated 8/19/2022):

What if my child is a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19?

Per the most recent CDC, MSDEand the Maryland Department of Health guidelines dated August 11, 2022:

•If a member of your child’s household tests positive for COVID, your child will need to quarantine for at least5 days and possibly up to 10 days, have no symptoms and be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Please consider testing your child for COVID-19 five to seven days after your child’s exposure.

•If a close contact of your child (not in your child’s household) tests positive for COVID, your child may continue to attend class as long as your child wears a well-fitting mask and has no symptoms. Please consider testing your child for COVID-19 five to seven days after your child’s exposure.

What if my child develops symptoms of COVID-19?

Please see your child’s pediatrician as soon as possible. Do NOT send your child to school. Please inform MLPS of your child’s situation. Please consider having your child tested for COVID-19. Please follow the MLPS illness policies described in the Parent Handbook.

What if my child tests positive for COVID-19?

Please see your child’s pediatrician as soon as possible. Do NOT send your child to school. Please inform MLPS of your child’s situation.

•If your child has no symptoms, your child may return to MLPS after 5 days as long as symptoms do not develop.

•If your child has symptoms, your child may return to MLPS after 10 days as long as symptoms are gone. As always, your child must be symptom-free and fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before returning to school.

What if someone at the school tests positive for COVID-19?

MLPS is required to report the positive test result to the MCHD. Based on information about that person’s interactions at the school, the MCHD will provide MLPS with guidance on how to proceed. MLPS will communicate that information to families via email as soon as possible. Families may be contacted by a COVID-19 contact tracer.


School Calendar

The Messiah Lutheran Preschool Calendar for 2022 – 2023 contains the plans for the school year. Please note that these plans and activities are subject to change.

2022- 2023 School Calendar


Messiah Lutheran Preschool Newsletters

The monthly newsletters are sent electronically along with class calendars and church newsletters. They contain seasonal reminders and upcoming events.


Parent Volunteers

Messiah Lutheran Preschool welcomes the help of our parents and families, both in and out of the classroom. Please let your teachers or the preschool office know if you have a particular skill or task in mind. We are required to have a Release of Information Form on file for each person who works or volunteers at school. This form must be notarized.

Release of Information Form


Medication Administration

Messiah Lutheran Preschool is required to have a written order from an authorized health care provider and written permission from a child’s parent or guardian in order to administer any prescription or non-prescription medication to a child (this includes all over the counter medication). Please use the Maryland State Department of Education Medication Authorization Form.

Medication Authorization


Parking and Traffic Flow

Your safety is important to Messiah Lutheran Preschool! Please

  • park in the parking lot when dropping off or picking your child.
  • do NOT park or stop at the curb as this creates a hazard for pedestrians using the crosswalk.
  • ask another parent or staff member if you need assistance.
  • let us know of any safety concerns that you have.
  • follow the flow of traffic as pictured in the first link below.
  • use proper safety seats for your children

Parking and Traffic Flow for MLPS

 
Scholastic Book Orders

SIGN UP at https://clubs.scholastic.com. On the parent page, register by clicking the “Don’t have a user name or password?” link. When prompted, enter the one-time Class Activation Code: H8FYT. This unique code ensures that your order is sent to the preschool.


Snack

A daily snack is provided to the children at MLPS. Several times a year, each class is asked to bring in items for our snack cupboard. When it is your class’s turn, please select two items from the list below to bring.

Snack Information and List 2022-23


Classroom Stories

Messiah Lutheran Preschool has used these stories in the classroom to help children know what to expect during the day and how to solve problems.  Please read them to your children as often as you like!

I Go to Preschool

What Do We Do in Circle?

I Can Use My Words

Tucker the Turtle Takes Time to Tuck and Think


Links to Articles of Interest



Emergency Preparedness

Messiah Lutheran Preschool has completed an Emergency Preparedness Plan (available in the office). MLPS has semiannual evacuation drills in addition to monthly fire drills. MLPS follows the Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) decisions for closings or delayed openings and early dismissals. Please sign up for emergency notifications from Montgomery County at Alert Montgomery at https://alert.montgomerycountymd.gov.

Posted on: September 30th, 2022 by Susan Wollman

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