Registration Package

Welcome to the Elmira Community Nursery School 

We are thrilled to welcome you to our community and an exciting school year ahead! 

As part of the Elmira Community Nursery School your family has the unique opportunity to be a part of your child’s first school experience! You can join us in class as a classroom parent, connect with other families in the community through events and committees and even help make important decisions that guide our school by joining our Board of Directors. The Elmira Community Nursery School has been operating in Elmira for over 40 years.

Quality Programing 

Our Nursery School follows the HighScope Curriculum which is grounded in early years research. Children learn about their world through play. Through purposeful programming that inspires play, children gain important foundations in a number of skills such as: social-emotional, pre-reading, and pre-writing skills. Children also learn from one another by observing and interacting which fosters social relationships with their peers while encouraging appropriate developmental goals such as sharing, turn taking, and problem solving. 

Our program also aligns with the Ontario Kindergarten Program which gives children an early foundation and introduction to the expectations and routines they will follow in their future education. Igniting children’s imagination and creativity is the core principle of the Elmira Community Nursery School. Our Nursery School provides an engaging and warm environment where children feel safe to learn and grow. 

 

Our Programs

Morning Programs Available (September 2021 to June 2022)

Program Day & Time Age Monthly Tuition

Classroom Families

Monthly Tuition

Non-Classroom Families

Toddler  Wednesday & Friday

9:15am-11:45am

18 months to 

2.5 years

$160 $290
Preschool  Tuesday & Thursday

9am-12pm

2.5 years to 

4 years

$125 $190

Reduced Tuition for Classroom Families as they offset the cost of additional staff. Fee reduction of 5% for Board Members.

What does it mean to Belong to a Cooperative Nursery School?

Elmira Community Nursery School is a cooperative not-for-profit organization that relies and depends on the participation and sharing of responsibilities by ALL MEMBERS. As a parent, you are a member of the school. 

As a family, you are encouraged to support the school. Your family has the option to participate in the classroom or outside of the classroom. While we would love to have all parents involved directly in the classroom, we recognize this is not always possible. Not to worry as there are many other ways for you to support our school. There are several options to consider from being on the Executive Board of Directors, stepping up your fundraising game, securing a sponsorship, or providing support based on other expertise. You may have a talent to share with the children or the Board to help run the school.

Your decision to become involved with such a program will require time and dedication. Please make sure that you understand your role as a cooperative nursery school parent. If in doubt, please ask.

A few descriptions that clarify what it means to belong to a Cooperative:

Cooperative
  • You participate in class or pay more for a classroom assistant(s)
  • You participate on a Committee or sit on the Executive Board of Directors
  • Parents/Guardians (Members) run the school
Classroom Parents
  • Assist the Educator in the classroom 1-2 times per month during their child’s scheduled class time; this includes set up/clean-up of classroom (e.g. paints, snacks, etc.), active participation & engaging with children
  • Reduced tuition for classroom families as they offset the cost of additional staff
  • Required to be Standard First Aid/CPR Certified, have a Vulnerable Sector Check & Online Anaphylaxis Training
Non-Classroom Parents
  • Participate in Committees or sits on the Executive Board of Directors
  • Pays a fee increase for classroom assistant(s)
All Parents
  • Participate in Committees or sit on the Executive Board of Directors
  • Fundraise
  • Look for Sponsorships
  • Attend and transport their own child to and from field trips
  • Support the Nursery School with expertise
  • All parents are asked to participate in three fundraising events and three parties/events
Executive Board of Directors
  • We are a not-for-profit organization and the Executive Board of Directors is required to run the school and help with daily and long-term planning
  • The Executive Board of Director Positions are voting members and are required to attend all meetings
Committee Members
  • If you do not sit on the Executive Board of Directors you participate in Committees 
  • The Committees help facilitate activities, events and behind the scene fundraising tasks
  • In September, you will receive and email and sign up for events that work for your schedule
  • All parents are asked to participate in three fundraising events and three parties/events
  • Committee & Participation Deposit: If you do not participate in your assigned Committee one of your deposit cheques will be cashed. (More detail under Additional Fees)
Event Committees Parents/Guardians run a number of events each year for children and their families. Here are a few examples of events that we run in a typical year:

  • September/October: Fall Event to meet other families
  • November/December: Santa Claus Parade
  • January/February: Winter Party
  • April: Elmira Maple Syrup Festival
  • June: Graduation

The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival donates money to our school. Parents/Guardians support the Festival by volunteering for a time slot to sell tickets to the sugarbush on the day of the Festival.

Fundraising Committees We hold approximately six fundraisers each year. As part of a Fundraising Committee you would assist in facilitating a fundraiser by organizing and supervising. Here are some examples of our past fundraisers:

  • October: Class Photos
  • November: Poinsettias 
  • December: Santa Photos
  • Feb/March: Little Caesar’s Pizza
  • May: Bake Sale

Tuition & Fees 

Families may choose to pay by cheque or e-transfer in the following ways.

Payment Type Payment Options
Cheque
  • All cheques should be made payable to Elmira Community Nursery School 
  • Cheque Option 1 – One Lump Sum: One lump sum cheque dated for August 25, 2021 

OR

  • Cheque Option 2 – Two Lump Sums: Two lump sum cheques, the first dated for August 25, 2021 and the 2nd dated for January 25, 2022 
  • Cheque Option 3 Monthly: 10 post-dated cheques for the 25th day of each month (inclusive). For example, cheques would be dated August 25, September 25, October 25 through to May 25, 2022
  • Note: Deposits are due with the initial tuition payment on August 25, 2021

E-Transfer

  • Submit E-transfers to ecnstreasurer@gmail.com
  • Please indicate your child’s name in the notes. 
  • E-transfer Option 1 – One Lump Sum: One lump sum e-transfer dated August 25, 2021 

OR

  • E-transfer Option 2 – Two Lump Sums: Two lump sum e-transfers, the first dated for August 25, 2021, and the second dated for January 25, 2022 
  • E-transfer Option 3 – Monthly: Schedule 1 e-transfers that includes two payments (First & Last: September & June) and 9 e-transfers on the 25th day of the previous month (for all remaining months) For example, e-transfers would be scheduled August 25, September 25, October 25 through to May 25, 2022
  • Note: Deposits are due with the initial tuition payment on August 25, 2021

Additional Fees

Registration Fee: 

  • A $50 non-refundable registration fee* is due at the time of registration. 
  • A minimum number of students must be met to run classes. 

 

Committee & Participation Deposit Cheques/E-Transfer: 

  • Two deposits of $70 due with initial tuition payment on August 25, 2021
  • As part of a Cooperative School parents or family members need to participate. If you do not participate in your assigned committee/fundraiser; or do not show up when scheduled to participate in the classroom (and alternative arrangements have not been made), one of your deposit cheques will be cashed. If you are present for committees/fundraisers and classroom participation days, your cheques will be shredded unless you request otherwise.

 

Fundraising Deposit: 

  • A deposit of $100 due with the initial tuition payment on August 25, 2021

 

NSF or Late Tuition: 

  • NSF cheques and late tuition are subject to a $20 fee
  • If for any reason there is a concern about payments please contact the ECNS Treasurer at ecnstreasurer@gmail.com 

 

Sponsorship Package

Elmira Community Nursery School is continually looking for local businesses and community members to sponsor our school. Sponsorship helps our ECNS community thrive through maintaining high quality programming and keeping tuition rates affordable. We have three different levels of yearly sponsorship starting at $100. We also accept direct donations such as monetary, supply, gift cards, products, coupons, vouchers, services, classes/instructions. We appreciate the assistance of families in sharing this package with our community. Please request your copy today!

 

Before School Starts 

Orientation/Policies & Procedures and Parent Handbook 

  • All families are required to read our Policies & Procedures Manual as well as our Parent Handbook. You can access these documents on our website under “Login”. The password is 2609. Please note that the updated Fall 2021 files are not there yet!
  • There is a mandatory orientation that takes place before school starts. During the orientation, all parents/guardians will discuss the policies & procedures, licensing requirements, fire drills and any special medical needs of students in the classroom. 
  • There will also be time to meet our educator Ms. Amy, see the classroom, discuss your child and get information for the upcoming school year. 

Holidays for the School Year of September 2021-June 2022

  • Winter Break – December 24 to January 7
  • Spring Break – March 14-18
  • Good Friday – April 15

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