Ron and Goharik Gabriel Pre-School
"TRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO: AND WHEN HE IS OLD,
HE WILL NOT DEPART FROM IT"
Welcome to Ron and Goharik Gabriel Preschool, the foundation of Armenian Mesrobian Elementary and High School.
We offer an all-day developmentally appropriate program for children ages 2 through 5 years old. We provide young children with optimum learning experiences, and the best early childhood education, grounded in Armenian language, culture, and traditions.
Our students learn and grow in a safe and healthy environment, where each child feels valued and accepted, loved and cared for.
We welcome and encourage our parents to become active participants in their children's early educational journey.
Enrolling Ages 2-5
What you should know!
- Small Class Sizes, Low Student/Teacher Ratio
- Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum
- English/Armenian Language Arts, Math and Science
- Social Studies, Arts and Crafts, Music and Movement
- Child Centered Hands-On Experiences
- Emphasis on Armenian and Christian Values
- Physical Education, Partnership with ‘’Let’s Move’’ Initiative
- Modern & Safe Playground
- Outdoor classroom/gardening
- Nurturing Environment, Professional Staff
- Healthy and Nutritious Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks
- Potty training is available for 2 years old
- Monday-Friday, 8:00am-3:20pm
- Extended care (7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
- Part Time Options Available
- Sibling discount
- Summer Day Camp
Armenian Mesrobian School was founded in 1955 as a Sunday School with the sole purpose of teaching Armenian. In 1965, the school opened as a daily Armenian School wit grades Kindergarten through Third. This historic event marked the establishment of the first Armenian elementary school in the United States. One grade level was added every year until the school had its first high school graduating class in 1975. Mesrobian School now offers a comprehensive educational program to students ranging from early childhood education through twelfth grade. It is unique in that all preschool, elementary, and high school programs are located on one campus.
Armenian Mesrobian Preschool is licensed by the State of California to serve the needs of children ages 2 through 5 years.
In 1997, with a generous donation from our long-time benefactors, the preschool was renamed Ron and Goharik Gabriel Preschool.
At Ron & Goharik Gabriel Preschool, the mission of the teaching staff and administration is to provide a high quality early childhood education program by following these ethical guidelines.
- Ensure that the program is based on current knowledge of child development and early childhood education.
- Provide developmentally appropriate learning experiences for young children as we build the foundation for lifelong learning.
- Serve as advocates for children.
- Respect and support families in their tasks of nurturing children.
- Maintain high standards of professional conduct.
- Be open to new ideas and be willing to learn from the suggestions of others.
- Transmit the Armenian culture, values, and heritage, to young children in order to build self-identity.
- Respect and support families and children with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Our Early Childhood Education is committed to developing the child as a "whole". The program functions on the conviction that while children have predictable stages of growth, they move through these stages at their own pace in their own unique ways.
We Believe ...
- Each child is an individual who deserves to be respected and appreciated for his/her own unique character.
- The cultural values of each child and his/her family should be recognized and cherished.
- Each child must feel warmth, security, and empowerment while learning.
- Each child should be given opportunities to grow and learn in all areas of development: Cognitive, Social, Emotional, and Language.
- Each child's unique abilities and interests, strengths, and needs, should be considered when planning teacher-directed and child-created activities.
We offer a rich and full curriculum, which is flexible enough to adapt to children's interests, personal experiences, and home situations.
The curricular goals and objects are established to provide children with the following developmentally appropriate classroom and playground learning experiences:
- Language Art Skills: Children acquire pre-reading skills in both Armenian and English languages.
- Cognitive Skills: Children acquire concepts in mathematics, science, social studies, health, and other academic areas.
- Aesthetic Skills: Children have daily opportunities for aesthetic expression and appreciation through art and music.
- Social Skills: Children are provided many opportunities to develop social skills such as cooperating, helping, and negotiating.
- Motor Skills: Children have daily opportunities to use large muscles by running, jumping, and balancing. They use their small muscles by experiencing drawing, writing, using scissors, etc.
Teachers and parents share specific feedback about individual children's learning development.
Admission to the school is possible by calling and placing the child's name on the waiting list. We accept non potty trained 2 years olds. Children must be potty trained at 3 to be part of the 3 year old group. The following are the guidelines for enrolling children in an age appropriate classroom setting.
- A child must be two years old by September 1, to be admitted and placed into the two year old group (Nursery).
- A child must be three years old by September 1, to be admitted and placed into the three year old group (Pre-school).
- A child must be four years old by September 1, to be admitted and placed into the four year old group (Pre-Kindergarten).
- A child must be five years old by September 1, to be admitted and placed into Kindergarten.
Class assignments will be made by the school administration with teacher recommendations. The School Administration reserves the right to make changes to class composition, including but not limited to re-assigning children to other groups.
Each child will have a separate file containing enrollment, health and other confidential information. These files will be kept in locked cabinets in the school office, to ensure confidentiality. Only parents, the child's teachers, and the administration will have access to these files except as otherwise required by law.
The school reserves the right to admit and/or dis-enroll any student for any reason in its discretion.
Early Childhood Education Procedures
- School begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:20 p.m.
- Students are allowed into the classrooms beginning at 8:00 a.m., unless they are registered for extended care (7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
- Parents must sign in their arrival and departure times. The sheet will be at the front door.
- No person under the age of 18 can sign for the children.
- To receive the full benefits of the program students should arrive on time.
- To preserve an optimal learning environment please use the walkway near the elementary playground, instead of the walkway near the elementary classrooms.
- School will end at 3:20 p.m. Parents who arrive later than 3:30 will be charged according to their registration agreement.
- Please do not call or text your children's teachers during work hours. Our students deserve their teacher's full attention.
- If you wold like to pass any information or items to your child or their teacher please do so through the office.
- During school hours parents will be permitted to enter the classroom only with visitors passes from the office.
- Students must be in full uniform every day. The dress code includes proper jackets ad sweaters as well. (Please see our ECE Uniform Standard)
- Sheets and blankets will be sent home at the end of each full week to be washed.
- Students who are sick are not allowed in the classroom.
- Children with communicable diseases should remain at home and return to school with a doctor's permission.
- The school will provide healthy, well-balanced nutrition three times a day. No homemade foods are allowed, as we are a nut free campus.
- Birthdays will be celebrated with cupcakes made by the students. Goodie bags, favors, and balloons are not allowed.
- Toys resembling guns or weapons are not permitted within the school.
- Electronic devices are not allowed in the Preschool, as we are committed to a screen-free early childhood education program.
- Preschool students are not allowed to play on the elementary playground at any time during the day, even under the supervision of their parents. They are given ample playtime in the playground designed for their developmental stage.
- Please refrain from driving around the playground perimeter to check on your children during outdoor activities.
- Please cooperate with us by following all of these guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of your child.
Let's Move! Childcare
We have joined First Lady Michelle Obama and other Child Care Providers across the nation in the fight to prevent childhood obesity!
By working towards the following five goals we are helping to build an entire generation of healthy kids:
- Physical Activity: Provide 1-2 hours of physical activity throughout the day, including inside and outside play when possible.
- Screen Time: No screen time for children under 2 years. Limit of 30 minutes of quality time for children 2 and older.
- Food: Serve fruits or vegetables at every meal, eat meals family-style whenever possible and don't serve fried foods.
- Beverages: Provide access to water throughout the day and don't serve sugar-sweetened drinks. For children age 2 and older, serve low-fat (1%) or non-fat milk and no more than one 4 to 6 ounce servings of 100% juice per day.
- Infant Feeding: For mothers who want to continue breastfeeding, provide their milk to their infants and welcome them to breastfeed during the child care day. Support all new parents' decisions about infant feeding.
Ron and Goharik Gabriel Preschool is offering 4 weeks of Summer Day camp during the month of July.
Summer Day Camp provides fun activities, such as water play, arts and crafts, performing arts, cooking, and gardening. The school accepts students on a weekly basis for this program.
The following essentials are required:
- Sleeping bag, or light blanket
- Flip flops or sandals
- Extra clothes labeled in a Ziploc bag
- Lunch box (Please do not send chips, cookies, or any product that contain peanuts or any kind of nuts.)