Weekday School

The First Baptist Weekday School was established more than 50 years ago and has been a stepping stone for many young children before they begin their first years of elementary school. We are a developmental school and serve children ages infant to 5 years/pre-K. The Preschool year begins in September and ends in May. The calendar is subject to change if the school is closed unexpectedly for any event, including winter weather. As a church-sponsored preschool, faith development is important. Parents are the child’s first and most significant spiritual guide. FBC Weekday School views its responsibility to interpret all the child’s experiences in terms of God. We offer prayers of thanksgiving before eating snack and lunch; we hear stories from the Bible; we focus on a Bible verse/Bible thought each week; and fours and fives worship in the Chapel on third Thursdays. We do not teach doctrine. FBC Weekday School classrooms use the WEE curriculum, a developmental curriculum with age-appropriate learning experiences. WEE Learn encourages children to ask, try, explore, choose, and reflect in order to develop independence and self-confidence. Depending on the age of your child, they will enjoy class field trips, special parent events, preschool family socials/dinners, and more. These are wonderful years of growing, learning and developing for small children and we hope you will share your child with us and join our FBC Weekday School family. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact: Ginny Carpenter, Director Email | 274.3286, x240 Brochure-WkdaySchool-2016-17

Welcome, Amy Kirkman, as the Weekday School’s new director!

Amy comes to First Baptist having worked with children of all ages for the past 17 years. She brings broad experience in early childhood education, staff management, curriculum development, and implementation of vision and creativity that are a great fit for our Weekday School.

“To be able to provide a nurturing and educationally rich experience for preschool children, while also showing them the fullness of God’s love and grace, is truly a gift.” -Amy

Read more about Amy, her background, her family and her recommendations here.

About Us

Mission:

Partnering with parents in the nurture of children through a morning program of developmentally-appropriate learning activities.

Faith Development:

Parents are the child’s first and most significant spiritual guide and the FBC Weekday Preschool’s role is to interpret a child’s experiences in terms of God. We offer a prayer at Thanksgiving before eating; we hear stories from the Bible; we focus on a Bible verse/thought each week; and, four and five year olds participate in monthly worship times in the First Baptist Chapel. First Baptist Preschool does not teach doctrine.

Curriculum:

The basis for classroom instruction is the Wee Learn curriculum. Written from the Christian perspective, this developmental curriculum offers age-appropriate learning experiences.

School Term / Calendar:

The school year is based on a 166 day calendar beginning the day after Labor Day and ending the Thursday before Memorial Day. There are two length-of-day options: 9am – 12 noon, and 9am – 1pm. Children register to attend school on specific days of the week for the entire term. There is no drop-in service.

Age Groups:

A child’s eligibility for a class is based on their age on August 31 prior to the opening of school. Infants must be six weeks old; Toddlers must be one year old and walking; Transitioners must be eighteen months old. Fives must have completed a preschool four year old program or be five years old by August 31.  For each age group we have a maximum class size and child teacher ratio.
Infants – 6 children | 3:1
Toddlers – 8 children |  4:1
Transitioners – 10 children |  5:1
Twos – 15 children |  5:1
Threes – 15 children | 8:1
Fours – 18 children | 9:1
Fives/Pre-K – 15 children | 8:1

General Information

Weekday School Classes & Registration

Weekday School Brochure for 2016-2017 (printable PDF format)

Infants, Toddler, and Transitioners:

These three classes are offered each weekday morning. Children may attend two to five mornings, depending on availability.
Daily capacity: infants-6; toddlers-8; transitioners-10.
# Days Attending 9 a.m.-noon OR 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 2-5 days

Twos, Threes, Fours, and Fives (by August 31):

These classes meet on specific days each week from 9 a.m.-noon OR 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
2 Year-Olds Mon/Wed OR Tues/Thur OR 3, 4, or 5 days
3 Year-Olds
Tues/Wed/Thur OR Mon-Fri
4 Year-Olds
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon-Thur OR Mon-Fri
5 Year-Olds
 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon-Fri

Holidays

  • Thanksgiving: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday of holiday week
  • Christmas: two weeks at end of calendar year to include Christmas and New Year’s days
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Spring Break/Easter: one week, either the week before or the week after Easter; including Good Friday

Inclement Weather

FBC Preschool follows Guilford County Schools decisions on closing for inclement weather. Please consult media announcements or the GCS website.

Arrival & Departure

The school day begins at 9 am. At 8:50 am, a welcome flag is displayed at the Guilford Avenue entrance to indicate that children may enter the building. There are two entrances to the Weekday Preschool: Mendenhall Street door: Parents of Infants, Toddlers, and Transition classes use the Mendenhall entrance Guilford Avenue/Red Door: The director or a teacher will be availalble to help children out of cars and into the building. Parents are also welcome to walk children into the building. Cars should NEVER be left parked under the porte-coche/covered entrance. A late fee of $5 is due if a parent is more than five minutes late for pickup and has not called to inform the school. Parents will receive a late slip and should attach payment and return to the director.

How to Enroll Your Child

To enroll in First Baptist Weekday School, you will need to fill out the required Registration Forms and mail or bring it by the Weekday School office along with your $75 per child enrollment fee.  Checks made payable to First Baptist Church. First Baptist mailing address  |  1000 West Friendly Avenue, Attn: Ginny Carpenter, Greensboro, NC, 27401 Weekday School Location The school entrance and Director’s Office are located on the first level of the east wing of the FBC facility on the corner of Mendenhall Street and Guilford Avenue.  There is a covered entrance designated by a “red” door that marks the Weekday School entrance.  To schedule an appointment, please contact Ginny Carpenter, Email  |  274-3286, x240. Registration Forms Registration for the next school year begins in January each year.  For initial enrollment and returning students to register, please submit the following forms:

Medical Report There are two forms that make up the Medical report – the Medical History which is completed by the parent or guardian and the Physical Exam report which is completed by a licensed physician.  Both forms are required for students who are enrolling for the first time in our Weekday School program.  These forms are only required for the initial enrollment and not subsequent years in the program as we will keep this in their permanent file during the years of enrollment in the Weekday School.  These forms are due within one month following the child’s approved enrollment in our school.

Immunization Records We must have on record the current immunization record of every child in our program.  Please submit a current immunization record each year within the first month of enrollment.  Any child who receives additional immunizations during the school year should present an updated record documenting these additions.

Weekday School Staff

Ginny Carpenter, director
DeEtte Price, staff assistant
Infant Teachers:
(Vacant)
Toddlers Teachers:
Katie Allen, Noel Venable
Transitions Teachers:
Jeannie Gunter, Adrianne Trainor

2 Year-Olds Teachers:
Brooke Blanchard, Mary Buchanan, Amelia Caison, Beverly Hunt
3 Year-Olds Teachers:
Jane McCann, Jan Shepherd, Lit Wall
4 Year-Olds Teachers:
Kathy Edwards, Kristi Robertson, Kandee Spain, Ann Teague
Pre-K Teachers:
Marsha Bell, Julie Safrit