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Friends Nursery School

957 Colorado Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94303

(650) 856-6152


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Palo Alto Friends Nursery School strives to provide an environment for your child that is:

* ordered and safe
* interracial, interreligious, and multi-cultural
* many-faceted, offering a wide variety of choices staffed with caring, qualified teachers
* non-discriminatory

We hope the children will:

* Learn to get along with others
* learn to share items and people
* explore a variety of materials and activities
* grow in expressing themselves verbally
* develop responsibility for themselves and their actions
* learn acceptable ways of expressing their aggression and other strong feelings
* learn to trust and feel safe with many adults
* develop the ability to finish what has been begun
* learn to respect all people
* learn to respect materials
* build a strong self-image through successful experiences
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"9:00 Arrival and children's choice of indoor and outdoor play (in the front yard)
10:15 Snack (school provided)
10:45 Children's choice of indoor and outdoor play (in backyard)
11:30 Clean up
11:40 Meeting time
12:00 Pickup or to afternoon class

Afternoon Program

12:00 Arrival and children's choice of outside play (in backyard)
12:30 Lunch (from home)
1:00 Children's choice of indoor/outdoor play (in backyard)
2:30 Clean up
2:40 Meeting time
3:00 Pickup"
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school