1. What does your program look like?
Weston Windows currently offers an integrated preschool environment that can provide a high level of support for children with the greatest level of need. All our classrooms offer inclusive educational experiences by welcoming students with and without disabilities. Our integrated model works to benefit all children.
Our developmentally-appropriate preschool classrooms support both children with special needs and children who are developing at a typical pace and recognizes each child’s strengths, individual needs, pace and style of learning.
Establishing a collaborative relationship with families is the most effective way to create the best possible experience for each child. We currently have two classrooms housed at the Country School and two classrooms housed at the Woodland School. Staffing and supports vary given the needs of any given cohort of students, but include: A Lead Preschool Teacher, Learning Assistants and Aides, and staff who provide related services (Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, behavioral supports)
2. How do you identify students with special needs?
Child Find Process:
Our preschool is a special education program. We work with the private preschools in Weston to provide consultation upon request. Those schools, along with parents and other agencies may make a referral for a child for whom they feel may be experiencing some difficulties. When a referral is made, the parent or provider is asked to contact the Office of Student Services at Case House to discuss any concerns they have regarding a child’s development. Students are screened and evaluated within our inter-disciplinary team approach to determine if they have areas of need and require specialized support.
Weston Windows also works with Riverside Community Early Intervention agency in transitioning Weston resident students with special needs into our program when they turn age 3.
3. What IEP services do you offer and how do I make a referral?
Weston Windows provides students who are found eligible for special education services an Individualized Education Program, IEP, for services in the determined area(s) of need. This is a Team decision and the IDEA and Massachusetts Regulations are strictly adhered to when determining eligibility and services. You can access these regulations on the Massachusetts Special Education Website, click here.
4. What are the registration and wait list procedures for the school year?
Wait List and Registration Procedures
Parents can contact Betty DaSilva (781-786-5381), to discuss Wait list and Registration procedures.
Registration for each fall session occurs once a slot has been offered from the Wait List.
5. What are your hours and the tuition rate?
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:45-12:45.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday parents can choose the option of a “Stay-day.” The students would stay until 2:30 those 4 days.
2017 – 2018 School Year Tuition
Full Year Program = $8,275
Stay Day Rate = $1,275 per session
Session 1 runs September through January.
Session 2 runs February through June.
Billing for the program will be on a monthly basis, 30 days in advance. The Weston Windows Preschool program does not offer scholarships. If you have questions about payment, please contact the Business Office at 781-786-5230. Failure to make timely payments will result in the placement being rescinded.
6. How do you assign students to classes?
Class Assignment Process:
Each year in the spring, the Weston Windows Team of teachers and support staff all work together in making the most appropriate placements for each child. There are many factors that come into the discussion when creating a class. We try to take into account a variety of information. There are more topics involved in our discussion, but are not limited to:
- Age range of the class
- Boy/Girl ratio
- Student strengths and needs
7. Who are the staff in each classroom?
Current Faculty and Staff:
Woodland School: Busy Bees
Jeanne Melanson – Lead Teacher
Lisa George-Cox – Learning Assistant
Clary Bestor-Williams – Instructional Aide
Woodland School: Friendly Fish
Lanie Shute – Lead Teacher
Pam Sanderson – Learning Assistant
Mardi Faurreau – Instructional Aide
Heather Spicer – Physical Therapist
Maxine Haron & Joan Bero – Occupational Therapist
Debra Stein – Speech and Language Pathologist
Country School: Happy Hoppers
Nellie O’Malley – Lead Teacher
Jenny Tullos – Learning Assistant
Carol Landry – Instructional Aide
Alexia McDonald – Instructional Aide
Country School: Friendly Flyers
Juliann (Mellen) Jowaisas – Lead Teacher
Jean Valle– Learning Assistant
Nora Webster – Instructional Aide
Chelsey Ouellette – Physical Therapist
Ginger Pocher – Occupational Therapist
Ellen Carlisle – Speech and Language Pathologist
Country School Telephone: 781-786-5400
Woodland School Telephone: 781-786-5300
Case House Student Services Telephone: 781-786-5240 Fax: 781-786-5249