Preschool News and Information for 2018-2019

September 26, 2018

As fall has made its arrival, our preschool program is in full swing. Our youngest learners continue to be working on routines and participating in fun and engaging lessons! We are so pleased to have such a wonderful group of learners in our program.

We know that traffic can be a bit of a challenge and we truly appreciate your patience during the drop-off/pick-up routines. As a friendly reminder, if you see either a white or a yellow school van, please do not pass the van when the lights are on. The rules for the vans are the same as the larger school buses. We try to unload the vans as quickly as possible.

As a reminder, we only allow the doors in the preschool to be opened during specified times. They cannot be opened during any other time. If you need to drop something off, please come to the office.

Please mark your calendars for Parent Teacher Conferences on November 27, 2018. More information will be forthcoming.

As always, we welcome your feedback and love to hear from you! Please do not hesitate to reach out to us!

Thank you,

Alexis Bosworth

Preschool Coordinator


Tewksbury Integrated Preschool at the Dewing School

There are seven separate classes for preschool children in the Integrated Preschool. Each class has seven or eight community students and up to seven students with special needs who attend school because of the services provided in their IEP. Classrooms are primarily grouped by age, but may be multi-aged depending on children’s skills and development. 

The preschool uses Big Day for PreK, a theme-based curriculum, aligned with the Early Childhood Learning Standards for Programs for Three- and Four-Year-Olds and the Common Core State Standards and published by Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt. The classrooms are designed to help each child realize his/her own potential and provide a solid foundation for future learning. The curriculum provides active learning experiences in four developmental areas of a children’s growth: communication, cognitive, physical and social-emotional.

Classes at the Integrated Preschool are taught by Early Childhood Specialists who are DESE licensed special education teachers and are supported by Classroom Instructional Aides. This program is also supported by Speech Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy services for children on IEP’s as well as classroom enrichment activities in those specialty areas for all students. These specialists also provide consultation to the classroom teachers as needed for all students in the program.

Location of PreK: Loella F. Dewing School 

Days/Times: Four half-days: Monday-Thursday 8:15-10:45 or Tuesday-Thursday 11:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

(School hours may be extended through the Community Services Preschool at the Dewing School.  Please speak with Ms. Luppi if you want to know more about this option for your child.)

Cost: $240.00/month

Questions? Contact: Alexis Bosworth at the Dewing School:  978-640-7858,


Preschool at Tewksbury Memorial High School

TMHS Preschool Program revolves around the waterfall high school schedule.  Preschool will run five days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It is a part-time public preschool, which offers a fun, safe and secure learning environment. The program enrolls only children who have turned four years old before August 31, 2018. The goal of the program is to address the total development of the child through a mixture of free play and planned activities designed and created by following the Preschool Massachusetts State Frameworks.

The program is located in the Tewksbury Memorial High School. The classroom has its own separate entrance to the building adjacent to a fenced-in outdoor play area. The program is staffed with high school students who are enrolled in the high school child care classes. The high school students gain incredible hands-on experience while the preschool children benefit from the favorably low student/teacher/child ratio.

Location of PreK: Tewksbury Memorial High School

Days/Times:  Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (there are no part-time options)

Cost:  $50.00 one-time registration fee

Questions? Contact: Alexis Bosworth at the Dewing School (978-640-7858) or


Community Services Preschool Programs

The Community Services Preschool is for 3 and 4 year old children who turn 3 by August 31, 2018.  The program meets either 4 or 5 days each week (see options below).  The Dewing School Community Services preschool times complement the Integrated Program, to provide a full day option. Please note: All children who live in the Dewing School district (D) must register with Diane Luppi at or 978-640-7858. All children who live in the Heath Brook School district (H) will register on Community Pass. Before School and After School Extended Day options are available for those needing services from 6:45 AM to 8:00 AM and/or 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM.  There is an additional charge for Before School and After School Extended Day.  

The Preschool Program offers a child-centered curriculum.  Daily activities include language arts, math readiness, music, physical education and structured activities for social development.  The longer, full day options will also allow for lunchtime, recess time, and a rest period.  Students participate in both indoor and outdoor play and are invited to join many of the activities offered at the School.  Classes are taught by a preschool teacher and an aide, who cooperatively support the children in their learning.

Program Hours Cost per yr./mo.
5 FULL DAYS H: 8:25AM-2:30PM

D: 8:15-2:15

$6586.10/year divided by 10 payments = $658.61/month

(Dewing – $240, Community Services – $418.61)

5 HALF DAYS AM H: 8:25AM-11:30AM

D: 8:15-10:45 AM

$3297.60/year divided by 10 payments = $329.76month

(Dewing – $240)

5 HALF DAYS PM H: 12:00PM-2:30PM

D: 11:45AM-2:15PM

$3297.60/year divided by 10 payments = $329.76month

(Dewing – $240)

4 FULL DAYS         Mon-Thurs or Tues-Fri H: 8:25AM-2:30PM

D: 8:15AM-2:15PM

$5268.30/year divided by 10 payments = $526.83/month

(Dewing – $240, Community Services – $286.83)

4 HALF DAYS AM   Mon-Thurs H: 8:25AM-11:30AM

D: 8:15-10:45AM

$2677.50/year divided by 10 payments = $267.75/month

(Dewing – $240)

4 HALF DAYS PM    Tues-Fri H: 12:00PM-2:30PM

D: 11:45AM-2:15PM

$2677.50/year divided by 10 payments = $267.75/month

(Dewing – $240)

Please Note: These are the only options being offered for the 2018-2019 School Year.

More information on how to register will be available at the information session on January 23, 2018.  

Contact:  Dr. Cynthia Basteri, Interim Director of Community Services                              978-640-7831 x218