Lucky Duck Days

So, what exactly is a Lucky Duck Day?

Parents are required to volunteer in the classroom (“Lucky Duck” Parent Help Day) approximately 3-5 times per year. On your child’s Lucky Duck Day, you get to join in on the fun by attending your child’s class for the day.

While we require your involvement to help sanitize each play station inside the classroom, you have a special chance to interact with your child’s classmates and watch your child’s development in the classroom.

Your child also has several special responsibilities (e.g., wearing the Lucky Duck badge, ringing the clean-up bell, sharing a special experience from their day with the class, etc.) and takes great pride in their Lucky Duck Day. Each child will have the chance to be Lucky Duck 2-3 times per semester.

How do I sign up?

A web-based link will be provided after the September Orientation Night to sign up for your Fall Term Lucky Duck Days. Priority sign up will be given to those in attendance. Similarly, the Winter/Spring term Lucky Duck sign-ups will be provided after the November AGM and priority will be given to those in attendance. Sign-up for Lucky Duck Days are on a first come, first serve basis.

What time should I plan to be there?

The parent helper must arrive 20 minutes before class to ensure a prompt opening of the playschool (i.e. 8:40am for morning class and 12:40pm for afternoon class).  Please plan to remain at the school until 12:00 p.m. (for AM classes) or 4:00 p.m. (for PM classes). This will enable you to help the teacher/s to prepare an inviting classroom and activities for the next class / day.

What do I do as a Lucky Duck Parent?

When the children arrive, please keep an eye on the ENTIRE group so that the teachers will have a minute to greet parents and children and find out about special needs or problems and complete the covid procedures for signing in.

When you go inside the classroom, the Lucky Duck responsibilities are explained on yellow “Duck Notes’ in key locations around the playschool.

There are also cleaning checklists at each playstation the parent volunteer is responsible for completing before they leave for the day.  Parent helpers are asked to review the duties prior to the beginning of class and clarify any questions with the teachers.

More details on the Lucky Duck Day responsibilities (and fun) can be found in our Handbook.

What if my child is sick, I’m sick, or we just can’t make it?

If you or your child is sick on your Lucky Duck day, it is YOUR responsibility to find a replacement volunteer.  Call someone on the parent list to trade your day – or help you out – or as a last resort, contact the lucky duck coordinator for your class.  The teachers DO NOT have a master copy and can’t help you.

PLEASE NOTE: School may be cancelled if there is no parent volunteer to help, as we would fail to meet our licensing regulation pertaining to ratios.

Where should I park?

Parent helpers, please remember that there is limited parking out front. As you will arrive early you should find parking in the lot/stalls adjacent to the outdoor classroom and south end of the church. You will find the “Lucky Duck” badges in the mailbox in the coatroom (one for each caregiver and child).

I don’t have childcare for my other child(ren). Can I bring them along?

We love to meet siblings, but not on your Lucky Duck day. Social Services require that a strict adult/child ratio be maintained as a provision of our license.  If you bring an extra child, you cannot count as a supervising adult.