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Butterhill Day School

265 Main St
Cornwall, NY 12518-1553

(845) 534-2341


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Butterhill Day School realizes the needs of families are many faceted and has designed a program to serve as many of these needs as possible.

Our child care services are a very important aspect of a child's development and the child's family. They are designed to supplement the love and affection, the teaching and playing - that the child receives at home. Always, the aim is to contribute to the happy, healthy development of the child and the well being of the family

We encourage children to be independent physically (in dressing, eating, personal hygiene etc.) and intellectually (in learning to question and make judgments).

We seek to provide children with a secure emotional base through lots of loving, individual attention and familiar routines from which they can learn to respect themselves and others.

We encourage children to be always thoughtful and considerate through the daily interactions of teachers and children.

The Butterhill Day School is a warm and friendly place to be for both children and adults. We welcome new people and new ideas.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"6:45 - 8:00
Arrival (Choice of Toys / Activities)
Morning Health Check.

9:00 - 10:00
Circle Time - Teacher Directed.
Special Projects - Arts & Crafts.
Cooking. Science Experiments:
Nature Walks. Favorite Toys.

10:00 - 10:15
Morning Snack

10:15 - 10:45
Story Time, Music, Creative Movement.

10:45 - 11:30
Big Play & Exercise (outside if weather permits)

11:30 - 11:45
Clean Up. Lunch.

12:00 - 12:30
Quiet Play (Books; Lap Toys; Table Toys)

12:30 - 2:30
Nap Time

2:30 - 3:00
Awaken From Naps. Afternoon Snack.

3:00 - 4:30
Project Time, Choice of Inside or Outside Play

4:30 - 5:30
Unwinding Time; Conversation; Stories;
Favorite Books & CD-Tapes; DVD;
Freshen-up To Greet Parents; Collect
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school