We will offer four parent education sessions each year to support our parents. These are opportunities for parents to deepen their understanding of the Montessori philosophy and curriculum. Education and support will also be offered to parents on topics including discipline, toileting, development and learning.
We send out our newsletter monthly to keep parents informed about school news, events and children’s activities. The Monthly Newsletters are sent directly from our lead teachers.
We also offer a regular schedule of parent morning coffees. This is an opportunity for parents to gather informally and discuss parenting among themselves. Lead teachers and administrators will be present to join the conversation.
Our lead teachers have scheduled time each day to plan for the children and communicate with parents. Our infant and toddler teachers also provide updates to parents throughout the day using electronic forms shared with each family. We encourage parents to communicate any questions or concerns regarding their children or school policy. In general, lead teachers are responsible for discussion regarding children’s progress and behavior while administrators are responsible for school policies and enrollment. Parents should notify teachers of any changes in their home situation that might affect their child’s participation and experience at school or anything that comes up in your child’s conversation that teachers should be aware of.
Parents can reach out to teachers electronically, by note or by phone call. Our teachers will respond promptly, though for the oldest children it will likely be after school. Our teachers are trained to focus on the children and avoid speaking about them in their presence thus they are not available to answer questions or discuss issues at drop off and pick up. Our teachers will be happy to talk to you by phone or meet with you during those times when they are not responsible for children.
Routine Parent-Teacher conferences are held twice a year. They are half-hour meetings held during school hours in the classrooms. Parents will sign up for the conferences in advance. The school administrator sends out the conference schedule so parents can plan their conference time and make child care arrangements if necessary. To make our conferences more productive, children’s progress reports will be sent out to parents via email prior to the conferences so that parents may review the report and prepare questions and concerns before meeting teachers.
During the conferences, teachers discuss in-depth the social, academic, emotional and behavioral aspects of each child’s developmental progress. Parents may ask questions, share their insights and any concerns. Parents are welcome to arrange follow up meetings with teacher after the conference as needed.
Additional conferences may be scheduled at the request of parents or teachers.
Parent observations are another key to understanding Montessori and seeing the methodology at work in a classroom. Parents are invited to observe their children’s classes at least twice a year, usually before the fall and spring conferences. Observations are half hour sessions that take place shortly after children’s morning arrival routine. Parents not only get to see how children function in the classroom, but also see how the whole class works in harmony. It can make conversations with your child and your child’s teacher more meaningful.
We offer monthly open classroom at the primary level. This is an opportunity for the parents to come into the classroom with their child before school. Primary children can show their parents some of materials they are working with and teachers can be available for general conversation.