Griffin Spalding County School System Pre-K
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Thank you for your interest in our Pre-K program! We are glad you are here!
Welcome to the Griffin-Spalding County Pre-Kindergarten program! We look forward to working together with your family to prepare your children for kindergarten. The GSCS Pre-K program has 21 classes located in the system’s 11 elementary schools. Each class has a lead teacher and an assistant teacher all of whom are trained to work with the special needs of 4 year olds and their families.

Our Overall Objectives are: Health – No child should exit the Pre-K program with an undetected condition that could hinder his/her ability to learn. Child Development – Families will have knowledge of their child’s development and become involvement in their child’s educational experience. Kindergarten Readiness – Children exiting the Pre-K program will be prepared for success in kindergarten.

The Pre-K program is an optional program in Georgia. Therefore, by choosing to place your child in Pre-K, you are agreeing to support the program through: Ensuring your child attends school daily Ensuring your child arrives on time and does not leave early Supporting your child’s teacher in your child’s behavior management. Reading and signing your child’s agenda each night. Attending the twice yearly parent conferences as well as other conferences which may be needed throughout the year. Communicating with the Pre-K teachers about any questions or concerns you may have. Becoming an active participant in your child’s education through home and school involvement.

The GSCS Pre-K is a part of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Bright from the Start Pre-K program. Information about Bright from the Start may be accessed through the website...
 

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Book Recommendations for Pre-K Students from our Pre-K Teachers
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A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson
Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreeae
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?
by Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carle
Are You My Mother?  by P D Eastman
Alligator Baby by Robert Munsch
The Scarecrow's Hat by Ken Brown
The Wide Mouth Frog by Keith Faulkner
I Am Not a Chair by Ross Burach

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When will I know if my child is in the Pre-K class or on the Waiting List?

Lottery drawings will be held the week of April 18th.  The Pre-K Coordinator and a designee from the school will be present when names are drawn.  Parent notification will be sent from each school no earlier that Friday, April 22, 2022.  If notification has not been received by May 6, 2022, you should call the school.

What happens if I do not register during the Pre-K Registration period in March?

Pre-K Registration is open throughtout the school year.  However, if you do not register during the registration period, your child's name will not be included in the lottery drawing.  Once registration is complete, your child's name will be added to the Waiting List at his/her zoned school.

My child was placed on the Waiting List. How will I be notified of a vacant slot?

In the event that a slot becomes available, you will be notified using the information provided during registration.  You will be notified based on the order your child's name appears on the Waiting List.  In the event that you do not respond within 24 hours, the slot will be offered to the next student on the Waiting List.

I have twins or triplets. What if one child's name is drawn?

If one child of a multiple birth has his/her name drawn, the other children are automatically added.  If there is not room in the class, the other child/children will be placed on the top of the waiting list and given priority if a slot becomes available.

Can my child be registered in a school outside of the home/zoned school?

No.  A child may only be registered in the home/zoned school.  Children registering for Pre-K are not eligible for transfer requests.

What happens if I move to another school zone in Spalding County during the school year?

You are not required to withdraw your Pre-K student. Your child may remain in his/her Pre-K class; however, you must provide transportation to and from school. In addition, excessive early dismissals, late pick-up, absenteeism, or tardiness will not be permitted.   If a spot is available in your new school zone a transfer may be possible.

Why does attendance matter?

If your child is not at school your child cannot learn. Pre-K is a voluntary program that prepares your child for kindergarten. Upon enrollment, you agree to have your child at school on time, every day.  If your child does not come to school regularly, the Pre-K slot will be given to another student. GSCS does monitor and report attendance of Pre-K students. 

STAFF
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Dr. Chris Bearden
Pre-K and Title III Coordinator
chris.bearden@gscs.org
(770)229-3710
ext. 10395
 
Laurie Griffith
Pre-K and Title III Clerk
laurie.griffith@gscs.org
(7709)229-3710
ext. 10399