MDO families will receive a Parent Handbook on the first day of MDO with detailed information.
What are the details surrounding drop off and pick up?
Children may arrive in the building no earlier than 9:00 a.m because teachers are busy preparing for the activities of the day prior to 9:00 a.m. Parents walk their child into their class except for the Pre-K classes. The Pre-K students are dropped off and picked up in the carpool line. Pick-up time is 2:00 p.m. The classroom teachers will keep your child in the room until 2:05, after which your child will wait in the MDO office and a $5 late fee will be assessed. If you are running late, please call the MDO office so that we can reassure your child that you are on your way.
What happens if my child is ill?
MDO is pleased to receive healthy children without a green runny nose or who have been fever-free and illness free for 24 hours. If your child becomes ill during the day, we will call you to come pick them up.
Does my child need to be potty trained in order to attend MDO?
We recognize that children reach this milestone at different ages. However, all children enrolled in any of the Pre-K (ages 4-5) classes are required to be fully potty trained.
When and to whom do I make tuition payments?
Tuition payments are paid to LMPC/MDO and are due the first of the month (September – May). Payments are considered late after the 10th of the month, at which time a late fee of $5 will be charged. Many families find it easiest to pay online through their bank so they are able to set the date for delivery.
Are scholarships available?
Yes, a limited number of scholarships are available based on financial need. Applications will be posted on the website beginning in March of each year. Applications are due by the end of May each year.
What happens if there is inclement weather? Will MDO still be in session?
MDO will be closed on any day that Chattanooga Christian School, Hamilton County or Walker County Schools are closed. In the case of a delayed start for any of the above schools, MDO will open at 10:00. Early dismissals at any school may affect MDO dismissal and parents will be notified. In situations unique to Lookout Mountain, you will receive a call from your child’s teacher.
Does LMPC have a Child Protection Policy in place?
Yes, we have a detailed policy in place for all church staff and volunteers. All MDO staff have gone through a thorough screening, including a background check.
What type of activities do the teachers do with the children?
Each class, regardless of age, has a very specific structure of planned activities for their children. Some of our activities are free play, Bible lessons, crafts, music class, physical education, playground time, story time, and rest time.
Do you have a curriculum for the teachers to follow?
Children in the 1’s class receive simple Bible truths throughout the year in order to lay a foundation of Jesus’ love and care for them and His people. The Bible curriculum for the 2’s & 3’s has been adapted from Sunny Hollow Press and includes Bible stories and truths. The Pre-K classes work on letters of the alphabet with a new letter each week, along with weekly Bible lessons and memory verses.
We also have monthly unit themes and special event days such as:
September: Applesauce Day / theme: colors & apples
October: Hillbilly Hootenanny Day / theme: shapes & fall
March: Marching Band/Hat Day / theme: springtime & weather
May: Carnival Day / theme: insects & bugs
Will my 4 or 5 year-old have an opportunity to work on skills needed for kindergarten in the Pre-K classes?
The curriculum for the Pre-K classes is designed to prepare children for kindergarten through helping them to develop in social interaction, emotional responses, and large and small motor skills.
The curriculum also focuses on some level of recognition of letters, numbers, days of the week and months of the year.
Additional skills include reciting the alphabet, counting from 1-20 or more, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, following directions, as well development of listening, classifying, sorting, and grouping skills.