Frequently Asked Questions about GUMS:
How can I guarantee a spot in the school?
In order for your child's spot to be saved, we will need the registration form and deposit.
The deposit is last month's tuition and the activity fee
Once my child has a spot, what's next?
You will receive an enrollment packet. This includes all the required forms from Office of Child Care. Be sure to tell us if your child has asthma or any allergies, as there are extra forms for the safety of your child!
COVID-19 Pandemic Plans:
Will GUMS be able to open in September 2020?
As of now, yes! We will comply with all regulations put in place by MSDE/Office of Child Care. We will also follow their guidelines in the event that we must close.
What is GUMS doing to promote a safe and healthy atmosphere?
GUMS will comply with all expectations put in place by MSDE/OCC/CDC. We will be very strict with child illnesses. Families are expected to keep their child home whenever the child is sick. Morning wellness checks will be made for all staff and children according to MSDE/OCC/CDC guidelines. Children with any COVID-19 symptoms or who reside with someone with any COVID-19 symptom must not attend school that day. Our teachers will disinfect regularly and thoroughly. Any adult on the property will be expected to wear a mask at all times. Children are not required to wear masks, but may choose to.
If GUMS has to close, do we still pay tuition?
If school must close due to COVID-19 Pandemic or due to inclement weather for a chunk of time (1 week+), the preschool and families will abide by the following expectations: School missed- 0-2 weeks closed: Families will pay 100% tuition. Teachers will connect weekly with families. >2-8 weeks closed: Families will pay 50% tuition. Teachers will connect weekly with families. Teachers will also mail out one mailing per week of closing. School will be extended by one week at the end of the school year .>8 weeks: Families will pay 0% tuition and teachers will not continue necessary work. The board will make a decision on school extension.
Parent participation and Co-op Inspired Parent Group:
(PLEASE NOTE: This is on hold for the 2020-2021 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
What do you mean by Co-op inspired Parent Group?
Our Co-op Parent Group is designed to keep parents connected to our community, all for a more affordable program, and to aid our school in hospitality, fundraising, and general support. It is not a "true" co-op where families are responsible for running the school or teaching in the classroom. However, we do have an open door policy, and parents are always welcome in the classroom!
I'm a busy parent and just don't have time for the co-op piece, is that ok?
The Co-op Group is completely optional! It is a choice. It seems like about half of the families do the Co-op and the other half do not. There are other ways parents can participate in the school as well- donate food items for special events, be a "secret reader", and attend field trips.
When do we find out our Co-op Roles?
You will find out your Co-op Role in late summer. If you haven't heard by the third week in August, please email Mrs. Dotterer.
I can no longer fulfill my roles on the Co-op, what do I do?
Please let us know! We will either find another role for you to do. You may choose to step away from the Co-op altogether and pay the full tuition price. Open communication is key!
Church related questions:
What do you teach my child about religion?
Christian values are intertwined throughout the school day in our practices and in what we teach:
Everyone of us is God's Masterpiece
Saying sorry and forgiving others is part of being a friend in our classroom
God wants us to love others in our community
Age-appropriate and meaningful Christian lessons are taught through songs, crafts, routines, and read alouds, which include:
Daily prayer with our children
During Christmas time, our children learn that Jesus is the best gift of all.
We teach our children at Easter that Jesus loves us.
Children attend Chapel every other week where they explore themes of God's love for us, gratitude, forgiveness, and unity.
Do most of the children go to church at GUMC?
While we do have a handful of children who attend GUMC, the majority of our families are from the surrounding neighborhoods and towns.
You're a church preschool, but my family is _________?
We are a preschool that accepts all children from families of all shapes and sizes! Every child will be loved and nurtured in our program and every family will be welcomed as an important part of our community. We also are open to and appreciate feedback from our families in ways we can better serve all of our children.
I'm looking for a church, can you tell me more about GUMC?
Yes! Glyndon United Methodist Church is a traditional church and a caring spiritual community in which we challenge and support one another to reach more people with the message of God's love and acceptance through Jesus Christ.
Our Sunday Worship is at 10:00am. Childcare and Sunday School available.
Do you follow BCPS Calendar?
Please see here for our full schedule. We follow our own schedule that is modified from BCPS
What is your inclement weather policy
When BCPS is closed due to weather, GUMS is closed too
When BCPS closes early due to weather, GUMS remains open
When BCPS has any type of delayed opening due to weather:
2s and 3s classes are closed
4s classes open 2 hours late and have a half day program
We do not follow the Hereford zone
What day does the school year begin?
Our first day of school begins the day after Labor Day.
During this week, every child will go to school at least once for at least half the day.
This is a staggered entrance. The second week of school is the first normally scheduled week.
What's a staggered entrance?
The staggered entrance is used in many kindergartens. It allows for children to ease into the routine and learn teachers and routines with less students in the classroom. It allows teachers to get to know each child right away, so that children feel safe.
Staffing, Licensing, and ratios:
Are you licensed?
We are! We are a letter of compliance, Religious facility. We are inspected annually. We are proud of and happy to announce that for two years running we have been 100% in compliance.
How many children do you accept in each class
We accept up to 10 children in both of our Twos classes. We accept up to 15 children in all of our Threes and Fours classes. Every class has 2 teachers
When will I find out my teachers' names?
A letter from your teachers will come out in early August.
Do you use a curriculum?
We use an in-school program to guide our lessons and themes. A copy of our Program Overview can be found here. We pride ourselves in our ability to balance and teach age appropriate lessons geared towards the development of the whole child.