Resurrection Lutheran Weekday Preschool (RLWP) opened its doors in September 1997 at its current location in Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Arlington. Originally housed at Christ United Methodist Church, the school moved to its current home when the hosting church relocated and its former preschool closed. The preschool staff has a long history with RLWP as Director Martha Foster and more than two-thirds of the current teachers, opened the school and continue to work together.
The purpose of Resurrection Lutheran Weekday Preschool is to provide young children and their families an opportunity to participate in an early learning experience within a Christian framework. The school recognizes that each child is a unique individual, and with that in mind, the program provides a balanced emphasis on the mental, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual growth of the child. The school embraces the philosophy of "learning through play."
The goals of the preschool are to help each child:
- Develop a good self-concept
- Have a wide variety of learning experiences
- Learn to independently choose activities which interest them
- Have opportunities to develop individual talents and to explore materials creatively
- Develop social skills which make work and play with others a satisfying experience
- Develop physical skills suitable to their age and growth pattern
- Feel comfortable with the immediate environment of home, school, church, and community
The preschool strives to be a fun and special place where children get to experience things they might not do at home and explore their natural curiosity. In addition to the play-based curriculum, regular movement and sciences classes are incorporated into monthly activities. Field trips are scheduled several times a year to local destinations. In addition to the special learning experiences, the children often enjoy riding a yellow school bus that is chartered for the occasions. Vision screenings, teacher conferences and class photos are also offered during the year. Students also enjoy using the fenced outdoor playground.
RLWP is a Christian-based preschool and a program operating under the auspices of Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church. However, given the diverse religious backgrounds of the school community, religious instruction is not offered in the course of the morning program. Blessings are offered before snack time and holidays are acknowledged including those from other students' religions.
Additionally Bible Bunch is offered to potty-trained three and four year olds through a ministry of the church. Students may sign up to stay for an additional hour once a week for Bible lessons and crafts led by the church's director of Christian education. At Christmas time, participating students perform a Christmas pageant for their parents.
The preschool believes that children succeed best when their parents are actively involved in their education. Parents are encouraged to share in this experience and to take an active role in their child's program at the preschool. Many opportunities are offered throughout the year for parents to be active participants in the preschool community such as the annual playground spruce up, parent coffees, Halloween Parade, school-wide Thanksgiving feast, and chaperoning field trips. The school does not convene any annual fundraising campaigns or activities.
Through the years, parents and their children have been involved in several community service projects to benefit local organizations as well as teach young children the importance of being a part of a larger community. Every year, families are offered the opportunity to participate in a secret Santa program to benefit local charities. Once or twice a year, family volunteers also donate used clothes and support the church's service project of a clothes closet for families in need. RLWP has also helped local pediatric clinics when in need. A few years ago when the David M. Brown Planetarium in Arlington was at risk of closing, preschool families made donations on behalf of the school to help save this educational space and annual field trip destination. Thanks to the families who donated, RLWP is listed as an official "Friend of the Planetarium."
Operation and Licensing
RLWP is administered by the Weekday Preschool Committee and is licensed under the Arlington County Division of Social Services, Office of Child Care, County Code, Chapter 52. The entire staff and all helping parents must meet the qualifications of the Arlington County Code. The Office of Child Care governs child care centers, preschools, nursery schools, and parents' day-out programs. The Arlington County Code enables the County to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the children attending these facilities.
All classes start at 9:15 am and end at 12 noon for the first two weeks of school, the week of Thanksgiving, the first week back in January, and the last week of school in May. With the above exceptions, the Fours class will extend to 1 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, starting the third week of school.The twos and threes classes will continue to dismiss at 12 noon on all days. Lunch Bunch for children who are three and potty-trained will be offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday if interest warrants. The school is not open on Fridays.
- Young 2's meet on Mondays and Wednesdays (10 students: 2 teachers)
- Old 2's meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays (10 students: 2 teachers)
- Young 3's meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (14 students: 2 teachers)
- Old 3's meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (8 students: 1 teacher)
- 4's meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (20 students: 2 teachers)
All children must have reached the appropriate age by September 30, 2017. While 2's are not expected to be potty trained, the school wants to be full partners for students in the process. Students in the 3's classes are expected to be potty trained since classrooms are not set-up to change diapers. If medical reasons preclude a child then the school will work with the student. Once a student is accepted at the school, as long as yearly registration deadlines are met, placement for the following year is guaranteed.
Fees for 2017-2018
|Registration||$85.00 for the first child|
|$55.00 for each additional child|
The fees above are payable at the time of registration and are nonrefundable.
|Tuition||2 year olds (two days a week)|
|3 year olds|
|4 year olds|
Activity fees for 2017-2018 will be $125 for Threes and Fours and $50 for Twos.
All children must have reached the appropriate age by September 30, 2017. September tuition and Activity Fee are due on April 18th, 2017. Thereafter, tuition is due on the first day of the month from September through April. There is no tuition due in May 2018. Tuition and Fees are nonrefundable.
Parents are asked to take turns providing snack and juice for their child's class.
Resurrection Lutheran Weekday Preschool admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
Parents who are interested in applying for 2017-2018 classes should complete the registration form below and submit it to Preschool. There is no fee to be placed on the wait lists; therefore, we encourage families to apply as soon as possible. If a space becomes available, parents will be invited to visit the Preschool prior to making a final decision. Feel free to contact the Director for further information.
For your convenience, a downloadable PDF version of the registration form is availlable here. Click below to view, save, and print the registration form:
Martha Foster, Director
RLWP's inclement weather policy is as follows: If Arlington Public School are open, we are open. If Arlington Public Schools are closed, we are closed. If Arlington Public Schools open either one or two hours late, we open at 10:15 am and close at regular time. If Arlington Public Schools close early, lunch bunch is cancelled, and all children should be picked up by 12 noon. To find out about school opening, closings or delays, call 1-866.322.4277.