We are so happy that you will be joining our school community. Here are some details to help you get familiar with Trinity School.

School Hours and Schedule Basics

School Hours: ECP is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.

School opens at 7:30 am and all families are welcome to drop off at that time.

Our Emergent Learning Program begins at 8:15 am and children will be encouraged to participate in various learning opportunities. The children are welcome to join these activities as they arrive into the classroom after 8:15am. We encourage all children to have arrived by the morning meeting time at 9:30am.

The Emergent Learning Program ends at 1:00pm following lunch and story time. If you wish to pick your child up sooner please inform the teachers.

Extended Care students may be picked up anytime between 1:00-6:00pm.

Daily Schedule

7:30-8:15
Free selection of indoor or outdoor activities which may include: blocks, manipulatives, puzzles, books, playdough and imaginative play.

 8:15-9:30
 Emergent Learning Program begins with planned indoor/outdoor provocations.
Activities may include block construction, dramatic play, art, science exploration.

9:30-10:00
Morning Meeting: Children gather together to sing songs, and discuss what will be available in different small group projects that day. Children begin to feel comfortable as a member of a community through group time experiences.

 10:00-11:00
Small Group Time: Children meet daily with a set group of their peers to engage in a variety of teacher-initiated experiences.

 Snack: Children are encouraged to serve their own food to develop self-help skills. Discussions on a variety of topics, including health and nutrition, make mealtimes an important part of the curriculum.

11:00-11:15
Independent Reading Time

11:15-12:00
Free selection of activities outdoors. Outside activities are as important for development of the whole child as inside activities. Therefore, activities may include: climbing, trike riding, sand/water play, block construction, dramatic play, art, science exploration, and gardening.

Noon-12:30
Lunch : A primary goal of our program is to encourage the children to develop healthy eating habits. We eat lunch together and engage in rich conversation at the table while also fostering independence and important self-help skills.

12:30-1:00
Book Time is a shared reading experience. Children and staff listen, talk, and read aloud together. There is a genuine conversation about the story. Listening and responding to books fosters language development, links reading to writing, and builds in children positive attitudes about books and print.

1:00
Dismissal
Extended Care begins. 

 1:00- 2:30
Transition Time/Nap Time: Children do need to rest their bodies even if they don’t sleep. Some children need longer naps than others.
Children who do not nap will participate in planned studio activities following 20 minutes of rest time.

 2:30- 3:30
Developmentally appropriate activities are offered indoors.

3:30-4:00
Snack is provided

4:00-5:00
Outdoor play

5:00- 6:00
Free selection of indoor activities
Storytime/Closing transition

 6:00pm
Closing Time

Communication

The Early Childhood Program publishes a daily blog. These blogs provide families insight into the classroom. You can preview their blogs here:  http://www.trinityecpblog.wordpress.com

For questions about program and classroom details – we encourage families to reach out to teachers directly.

Director of Early Childhood Program Sue Krishna: skrishna@trinity-mp.org

Lower Campus Phone Number: 650-322-2628

System-Wide Forms of Communication: 

  • From School to Families
    • The primary way the school keeps in contact is via Trinity Talk, a digital school newsletter sent each Tuesday and Friday when school is in session. This includes important all-school announcements, upcoming dates, and calls for volunteers. It is not something used to promote outside events or activities.
    • Class specific information or reminders will sometimes be sent to the class email groups. 
  • From Teachers to Families
    • Each classroom, as well as some specialists, maintain and frequently update their classroom blogs. Be sure to subscribe to them to stay up to date on classroom happenings and important events!
  • From Families to School
    • Questions regarding logistics, events, campus happenings, and calendars – Nicky Colaco, Office Manager, is a good place to start (office@trinity-mp.org, 650.854.0288 x198). 
    • Questions regarding billing, payments, and tuition assistance – Contact Anna Bykov, Accounting Manager, (abykov@trinity-mp.org, 650.854.0288 x105) or Mo-Lan Chan, CFO, (mchan@trinity-mp.org, 650.854.0288 x102)
    • Questions regarding After School Enrichment – Contact Kristine Petermeier (kpetermeier@trinity-mp.org)
    • Questions regarding things in the classroom – It’s best to start the conversation directly with your child’s teacher. Reach out to get the conversation rolling.
    • Got any friends that want to join the Trinity community? Put them in touch with Kirk Gossman, Director of Enrollment and Marketing (admission@trinity-mp.org, 650.854.0288 x107)

 

FAQs

What are the Program hours of operation and where is the Program located?
The Trinity School Early Childhood Program is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 am – 6 pm.  The ECP is located at 330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025.

Is the ECP open all year?
The Early Childhood Program follows the same school calendar as upper campus Trinity School.  An ECP summer camp is offered in July.

Is the schedule flexible?
School opens at 7:30 am and all families are welcome to drop off at that time.
The Emergent Learning Program begins at 8:15 am and children will be encouraged to participate in various learning opportunities. The children are welcome to join these activities as they arrive into the classroom after 8:15am. We encourage all children to be in the program by the morning meeting time at 9:30am.
The Emergent Learning Program ends at 1:00pm following lunch and story time. If you wish to pick your child up sooner please inform the teachers.
Extended Care students may be picked up anytime between 1:00-6:00pm.

Are meals offered?
Morning and afternoon snack is provided. Students bring their own lunches.

Does the program accommodate food allergies and diet restrictions?
Our program is conscientious of each child’s food allergies and diet restrictions.  We offer a safe eating environment for everyone and encourage our families to follow our nut conscious policy.

Are children required to be potty trained?

Yes. Please do contact the teachers if you need support through this process.

What is the program philosophy?
Building relationships are at the heart of everything we do- relationships amongst the children, families and the teachers. We believe that knowledge is best constructed through shared dialogue and experiences.
We design our aesthetically pleasing learning spaces to provoke inquiry, facilitate learning and encourage collaborative work. Our differentiated curriculum offers the opportunity to build on strengths and view children as leaders of their own learning.

Is technology used in the classrooms?
Technology is woven throughout the curriculum to engage students and to introduce new ways of exploring their world.

Are there scheduled conferences during the year?
Yes, we have two scheduled conferences during the year. We also encourage families to contact the lead teachers at any point in the school year if there are questions or concerns regarding their child.

How do teachers communicate with families?
Families are encouraged to check in with the teachers during drop off and pick up times. Teachers publish a daily blog that informs families of the projects happening in the classroom. The blog also includes pictures from the day.
The sign in tables outside the classrooms are also used to communicate information.

How can parents participate in the program?
There are many events, at both campuses, that invite parent participation. All parent events are noted on the school calendar.
In ECP, we invite families to join the teachers and the children for shared reading time from 12:30-1:00pm. We also encourage families to undertake small projects with the children (cooking, reading, sharing expertise, art) drive on field trips and volunteer for scheduled ECP events.                                                          

Is the Program accredited?
Yes. The Early Childhood Program is accredited by National Association of Education for the Young Child (NAEYC) and California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS ) and licensed by the Department of Social Services.

Do you participate in off-campus activities or field trips?
We plan scheduled visits to the Theater. Other field trips are organized as the need arises.

How many school closures occur during the school year?
Thanksgiving: 11/19-11/23
Holiday Break: 12/24-01/04
Winter Break: 02/18-02/22
Spring Break: 04/15-04/22

How do you address challenging behaviors in the classroom?
We facilitate conflict resolution strategies amongst the children. We encourage children to voice their feelings and arrive at a mutually acceptable resolution.
Redirection also helps children channel their energy towards a more purposeful engagement with their peers and their environment.

How are birthdays celebrated in the program?
We will celebrate all the birthdays for each month, on a designated day, in chapel. Following Chapel we will celebrate with a special treat in the classroom. Families are invited to join the classroom on or around their child’s birthday for a special read aloud of their child’s choice.

What is the sick policy in the program?
Please do let the teachers know via email or phone if your child is unable to be in school.
650-322-2628

If your child becomes seriously ill or is injured, you will be contacted. If you are not available, the School Office will contact the alternative emergency numbers listed on your emergency information or the child’s doctor.

Please do not send your child to school when he/she is feeling ill or running or has run a fever in the past 24 hours.
Children arriving with or developing the following symptoms will be sent home:
● Fever equal to or greater than 100 degrees F or 38.8 C
● A runny nose with green discharge 34
● A constant cough
● Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
● Lice
● Contagious sores
● Skin rash (note from doctor required if non-infectious)
● Headache or other pains
● Red eyes and/or discharge
Please come as soon as possible (30 minutes at most). All parents need a plan for the care of a sick child. If you are not available, the School will contact the alternative emergency numbers listed on your emergency information.
Your child may return to school 24 hours after he/she has been free of any symptoms of illness.

Uniforms
  • Outerwear includes the Trinity fleece, vest or sweatshirt. Blue jeans, sweats, and biker shorts do not comply with the School uniform. Trinity has a “Unicycle” program, offering gently used uniforms for a reasonable price. Please contact Nicky Colaco at 650-854-0288 x198 for more information or check availability at ECP.
  • Shoes must be closed and safe for active play-shoes should not feature overt logos or other features,  e. no lights, sounds, rollers, bubbles, etc.
    Sneakers preferred.

Basic Uniform:

  • Red or white polo-style short or long sleeve shirt, navy blue trousers or shorts,
    red, white, or navy blue socks and rubber-soled shoes.
  • In addition, students may also wear the drop-waist plaid jumper or the plaid skort.
    Students may only wear white, navy, or red tights with their jumpers and skorts.
  • There is no dress uniform for ECP. Children may wear the various options described
    above on any school day.

Shoes:

  • Rubber-soled, closed shoes are required. Shoes should be as plain as possible—no flashing lights, sparkles, rollers, sounds, bubbles, or loud colors.
  • Acceptable colors include black, brown, navy, white and red. Discrete company logos are acceptable.
  • Sandals, smooth-soled shoes, or boots are not allowed. Should rain boots be required for a special outing, parents will be notified in advance.
  • Sneakers or running shoes are an acceptable part of the uniform as long as they meet the color and style requirements.

Dennis Uniform – Redwood City

In addition, we maintain a large “unicycle”, gently used uniforms available for free. There will be several Unicycle sales throughout the year. These dates will be listed in the school calendar.

Summer Playdate

New students will be invited to campus for a special afternoon of games, snacks, and community building.

Details will be posted soon.

School Hours

7:30am – 6:00pm Monday to Friday

Communication
  • From School to Families
    • The primary way the school keeps in contact is via Trinity Talk, a digital school newsletter sent each Tuesday and Friday when school is in session. This includes important all-school announcements, upcoming dates, and calls for volunteers. It is not something used to promote outside events or activities.
    • Class specific information or reminders will sometimes be sent to the class email groups. 
  • From Teachers to Families
    • Each classroom, as well as some specialists, maintain and frequently update their classroom blogs. Be sure to subscribe to them to stay up to date on classroom happenings and important events!
  • From Families to School
    • Questions regarding logistics, events, campus happenings, and calendars – Nicky Colaco, Office Manager, is a good place to start (office@trinity-mp.org, 650.854.0288 x198). If she doesn’t have the answers, she will definitely put you in touch with someone who does.
    • Questions regarding billing, payments, and tuition assistance – Contact Anna Bykov, Accounting Manager, (abykov@trinity-mp.org, 650.854.0288 x105) or Mo-Lan Chan, CFO, (mchan@trinity-mp.org, 650.854.0288 x102).
    • Questions regarding After School Enrichment – Contact Kristine Petermeier (kpetermeier@trinity-mp.org). Kristine is also spends her days in the classroom teaching Art. She does not have a phone extension – email is best.
    • Questions regarding things in the classroom – It’s best to start the conversation directly with your child’s teacher. Reach out to get the conversation rolling.
    • Got any friends that want to join the Trinity community? Put them in touch with Kirk Gossman, Director of Enrollment and Marketing (admission@trinity-mp.org, 650.854.0288 x107).
Afterschool Programs

Under the direction of an Extended Care Provider, students play outside, have a snack, enjoy games and art as well as a designated time for homework.

Enrichment Classes

  • There are two sessions of Enrichment classes that happen on campus after school – fall, and winter/spring.
  • Classes must be signed up for in advance.
  • For more information and to preview what has been offered- follow this link
Calendar

 

  • Important dates are shared on the Events Calendar. You can sync the school calendar to your own personal calendar on the Trinity website. https://trinity-mp.org/calendar/

 

Uniforms
  • Daily Uniforms
    • Any combination of the following are acceptable for daily wear:
      • Tops: White polo style shirt (long or short sleeves), white turtleneck, white blouse.Bottoms: Navy trousers or shorts, plaid jumper, plaid skort
      • Outerwear: Trinity fleece, sweatshirt or cardigan, all with Trinity logo.
      • Socks, Tights or leggings in red, navy, black or white.
      • Shoes: Plain, rubber-soled shoes with discrete company logos in black, white, red, navy, gray, or brown. Shoes should be one solid color without glitter, lights, neon, wheels, or other adornments. Sandals, smooth-soled shoes or boots are not allowed. On rainy days, students may wear rain boots and rain jackets to and from school. They should bring a pair of regular shoes to change into and remove their rain jackets while school is in session.
  • Dress Uniform
    • Upper Campus children are required to wear the dress uniform on the first Thursday of each month for Eucharist (October through May). Students also wear the dress uniform for the evening music programs, for annual portraits, and graduation. Dress uniform is defined as a white polo or blouse, navy pants or plaid jumper (no skorts), and the v-neck school cardigan.
  • Free Dress
    • Free dress days generally fall on the last Friday of the month. Children should wear regular clothing that does not restrict movement or infringe on modesty and is appropriate for the classroom and playground. Unacceptable clothing includes skin-revealing attire such as tank, halter, or strapless tops, short skirts or shorts, midriff exposing clothing, clothing with overt messaging, costumes, capes, and anything that may be distracting to other students. Closed toed shoes are still required on Free Dress Days. Teachers will discuss appropriate free dress attire with students.

 

 

 

Hot Lunch Program

Register for hot lunch up to a month in advance at schoolfoodies.com.

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Upper Campus Resources Available

ECP Families are always welcome on the upper campus.

Library – Trinity School is blessed to have an incredible library that is available to all families. We also have an incredible librarian (Heather Maxwell hmaxwell@trinity-mp.org),  who will happily support any family in finding a plethora of age-appropriate books to entice and support any reader. Pop by the library to check out a stack of books!

Tour – If your family is interested in learning more about life after preschool, come take a personal tour with Kirk Gossman. You can meet teachers and see the spaces that we hope your child will call home for a long time. Kirk’s email: kgossman@trinity-mp.org.