Building Blocks Parent Information
Welcome to Building Blocks! Providing high-quality early childhood programs and a strong partnership with each child's family is the foundation of our philosophy. We work together to create life-long learners, ready to reach their fullest potential in school and in life. We focus on each child as an individual, and strive to create a unique experience in a safe, nurturing, and enriching environment.
Building Visitor Policy
The Berkley School District has developed a visitor policy that is in place at all Berkley schools. The purpose of this policy is to ensure a safe and secure environment for our students and staff.
All parents and visitors entering Building Blocks during office hours between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. are required to enter through the main entrance and sign in at the office. All visitors who have a pre-arranged visit or volunteer activity planned with your child's classroom teacher or other school staff will be issued a visitor pass.
For the safety of the children, we must run a background check on all volunteers spending any amount of time in the classrooms. We will need to make a copy of your driver's license or state ID to run the background check.
These policies will allow the staff to continue to provide a safe and productive place for your child to learn.
Nutritious Lunch & Snacks
Nutrition is extremely important to your child's healthy physical and mental development. A proper balance of healthy snacks and healthy lunches will make your child(ren) feel great, provide healthy productive energy, as well as improve their concentration, development, and individual dispositions.
A lunch (no snacks) is available to purchase at an extra cost during the school year. Monthly menus will be distributed at the end of each month for those interested in ordering lunches. Please return lunch form along with fees by the due date listed on the form to the Office. Include students name along with their classroom number and teachers name.
Student Health & Medication
Find medication forms (using medication at school, over the counter medication use, health appraisal form and more) and learn more about staying healthy on the Student Health & Medication section on the District's Parent page.
Sun Screen Application
At Berkley Building Blocks, our students go outside every day if the the weather allows. We expect each child to come to school with sun screen applied, and Building Blocks staff will apply sun screen to the children for the second outside exploration time. We cannot apply sun screen without permission on file.
Student Assurance Coverage
Berkley provides Student Assurance Coverage.
Learn more about this on the Berkley Schools Parent Information Page.
Lunch and Snack: Please bring a nutritious breakfast (if your child does not eat before arrival), lunch, and two snacks. When preparing a child’s daily beverages and/or food or snack in a larger container, such as a lunch bag, just the larger container has to be labeled with the child’s name and the date. Each individual item in the larger container does not have to be labeled with the child’s name and the date. These items need to be ready to serve. We do not heat food in the older toddler or preschool rooms.
Nap items: (blanket and crib sheet) must be clearly labeled with your child’s name and they need to fit in a zipper bag (small backpack). On your child’s last attendance day of the week the nap bag must be taken home, and washed for the next week.
Diapers and wipes: These items will be stored in the changing area. In order to apply over the counter type diaper cream or powder to a child we need an Nonprescription Medication Consent Form filled out completely by a parent/guardian. They should be labeled with the child’s name.
Toilet training: During the process of potty training it is necessary for our expectations to be consistent. Children need to become aware of when they need to use the potty.
Change of clothing: Please remember we have “messy play” (painting, sand, water play etc.) and that spills and smears are expected. Your child should be dressed in comfortable clothes and shoes that are appropriate for the weather. We go outside daily when weather permits. If your child is well enough to come to school then they are well enough to go outside.