To reach a member of the faculty, please call the office at (801) 581-7374 and leave a message. Your call will be returned promptly, usually after pre-school hours.
Arrival and Departure
Children need to arrive between 8:45 and 9:00 a.m. Teachers will be outside until 9:00a.m to greet children and walk them into the building. Instruction begins at 9:00 a.m. Preschool concludes at noon. Pick up time is between 12:00 and 12:15 p.m.
Teachers will allow children to be picked up by those persons authorized on the application and transportation forms. For the safety of your child, please send a written note to the preschool staff if alternate transportation arrangements are made. In the event that you will be late picking up your child, please call (801)581-7374 to notify the staff. Parents will be charged $5 for each 15 minutes or portion thereof before 8:45 a.m. or after 12:15 p.m.
Please call the office if your child will be absent from school at (801)581-7374 or (801)587-3628. The office will then get a note to your child’s teacher. In order to keep parents well informed, we will send monthly calendars and notes home with your child, answer questions by phone or speak personally with parents as they drop off the children. Please check backpacks each day for correspondence. A student directory will be provided in August and updated throughout the year. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled throughout the school year. To reach a member of the faculty, please call the office at (801)587-3628 and leave a message. Your call will be returned promptly usually after pre-school hours.
The Fine Arts Preschool Faculty wishes to ensure a positive, non-distracted learning environment for your preschooler and his/her fellow classmates. The Faculty cannot at any time accept responsibility for unregistered children. Therefore, parents and preschool children are asked not bring guests, siblings or others to preschool, on field trips, or to parent participation days, unless otherwise noted. Thank you.
“Observing my older child move on to elementary school, I have seen him excel academically following preschool years that were based on art and not academics. I credit his success to the arts background that taught him about natural rhythms, symmetry and order, that nurtured his creative thinking which has no limits, that gave him confidence in himself as someone who can succeed in a wide variety of settings”.
~ Polly Parkinson, November, 2002
At the beginning of the year, please send clearly labeled slippers and a paint shirt to preschool. These will be kept here throughout the year and returned in May. Children will remove their outside shoes upon arrival, and wear either slippers or bare feet, depending on the classes throughout the day. For art class, an oversized button down style shirt is best. The Preschool is conscientious about protecting your child’s clothing to the best of our abilities.
On the days your child is scheduled to dance, please send them to Preschool in suitable dance clothes. Girls can wear a leotard and footless tights or footless unitard. Boys can wear a tee shirt and shorts, sweats or a unitard. Dance clothing should be washed each week.
Each day please send clearly marked:
Backpack or tote bag for dancewear, artwork, notes, etc. Clothing appropriate for outside weather, including boots in winter. Although children will not routinely have an outside playtime, classes may take walks, so they need to be dressed appropriately.
The Fine Arts Preschool follows University of Utah inclement weather closures. In the event of a severe storm, campus closure information is broadcast on radio, KUER FM 90 and television, KUED Channel 7. Notification may be broadcast on other channels as well. Be assured that your child will be cared for in the event of any emergency. Detailed information on the University of Utah’s emergency procedures can be obtained upon request in the office.
Snacks, Treats, Toys, Show & Tell
The school will provide a healthy snack each day. If your child has special dietary requirements, please alert the staff of the Fine Arts Preschool. Do not allow children to bring candy, gum or other treats to preschool. Sharing Time (show & tell) is on Friday mornings. During Sharing Time, children have the opportunity to bring and share anything they wish. The exception to bringing items from home on another preschool day would be if you receive a written request from the teacher.
Supplies are included in the cost of tuition, except for special programs and events. For example, students may be asked to contribute food for a social, have an opportunity to bring costumes from home for the Royal Ball, or the Preschool may collect butter tubs or #10 cans for an art project. A note will be sent home if the preschool is asking for supplemental supplies.
All preschoolers will have a birthday celebration at some time during the school year. If the child’s birthday falls on a preschool day, the birthday celebration will be then. When a birthday falls on another day, we will celebrate an “un-birthday.” Birthday celebrations are held at 8.50 a.m. and parents are welcome to attend. Each child will receive a gift from the pre-school; if your child wished to give a gift to the preschool we suggest a book, quiet game, puppet, puzzle…or any other item from your imagination that could be used at preschool. Please no food treats.
Books for Sale
Periodically we will send home book order forms. Books can be ordered from these companies for you to share with your children. This is offered as an optional courtesy to our students and their families.
Miyo Strong Photography will take individual and class photos in the fall. All children are requested to be present for the class photos at 9:00 a.m. Purchase of these photos is optional. During parent days, parents are allowed to bring cameras and video cameras to preschool. FAP would appreciate donations of duplicate photos for our archives.
Your Child’s Health
Contagious disease, colds and the flu are problems for preschool children. Please keep your child home if he or she has had a fever within the last 24 hours, during the first few days of a common cold, or if you child has a chronic cough. If a child becomes ill at school, parents will be called immediately to come pickup their child.
“It would be a better world if every child could begin her/his education with a year at the Fine Arts Preschool. We have great respect for what you do here”.
~Michelle & Chris Davidson, May 1999