Our community of parents is an integral part of the total development of each child and the ongoing stability and growth of the school. Partnering with school administrators, teachers and staff, the Montessori parent is involved in the following ways:
- Volunteers to help with community events and fundraisers
- Participates in community workdays and special events
- Attends all conferences and meetings
- Engages in dialog with teachers and administrators on behalf of your child.
- Asks questions
- Reads emails and monthly newsletters
- Contributes financially
We sponsor four community service workdays for families to participate in classroom upkeep and beautification of the school grounds. These workdays help families fulfill their obligation of 25 community service hours for each child enrolled, while also providing an opportunity for community building. Throughout the year there are also opportunities to volunteer your talent and time in other ways. Please stop by the office or consult with your child’s teachers for additional ways you might be able to support the classroom and school.
The Montessori method does not provide opportunities for parents to volunteer within the classroom. We feel this is important in order for the child to flourish as an individual. Even the youngest student is encouraged to become independent and self-reliant, and quickly does so with a great sense of accomplishment. The following are guidelines that have been set forth by the teachers to foster independence in every student:
- Each morning, children in the Primary classrooms (ages 3 - 6) are greeted at the gate by a teacher. Parents sign students in at the gate and allow the children to independently walk into the play-yard, carrying their own belongings.
- Each afternoon the Primary children greet parents at the gate with belongings the children have collected themselves. Parents sign students out at the gate and allow the children to independently walk through the gate for the trip home.
- Brief and informal communication between parents and teachers on behalf of the students takes place each day at the fence. If additional time is needed, ask your child’s teacher for the best time to confer at greater length.
- Birthdays are an event that the family celebrates with the child in his or her classroom. Please consult with your teacher for more details on the classroom celebration.
- Clothing and belongings without visible commercial branding are important to a child’s self-development.
- Television viewing is discouraged and should be limited so the child’s imagination can develop in a more innate way.
- Good nutrition is paramount to sustained concentration. Lunches and snacks should be healthy. Please consult the Community Handbook for a list of healthy and nutritious options.
|After School Enrichment
Chess for Kids: Mondays 3:15- 4:15
Session 1: 9/17/12 to 10/29/12
Session 2: 11/26/12 to 1/14/13
Session 3: 1/28/13 to3/25/13
Session 4: 4/8/13 to 5/20/13
Aikido: Wednesdays 3:15- 4:15
Classes are taught by Sensei Isaiah Wisdom. He has over 20 years of experience teaching Aikido to children.