The beginning of the school year is an exciting time in a child’s life. However, transitioning into this experience can also be a time of apprehension and anxiety, not only for the child, but for the parent as well. The following is a list of suggestions to ease the parent-child separation situation:
- We strongly recommend using our safety patrol drop-off service, which is available from 8:40-9:05 each morning. The drop off service exists to ensure each child’s safety, to ease separation anxiety, and to promote independence on the part of your child. Our trained safety patrol students will assist your child in exiting the car and walk them to class. Please note that even though the safety patrol service is available until 9:05, the school day begins at 9:00. Before school care is also available starting at 7:00, but safety patrol will not be present until 8:40.
- Have your child walk in carrying his/her own belongings and place them in his or her respective cubbies.
- Make good-byes short and sweet. Long drawn out good-byes make it harder on the child. Ms. Kendal or I will be at the door to help escort your child into the room if necessary. Please feel free to call the school to see how your child is doing. If you choose to observe through the classroom door’s one-way window, be sure to stand at least five feet away from the window so that the children do not see you.
- It is very important that your child arrives toschool on time. When a child is late, he/she will miss important information presented during Circle Time, and lose precious time in which to complete his/her Work Cycle.
I will do the majority of correspondences through newsletters and notices that will be sent in your child’s take-home folder. The folder will be sent home every Friday. Please return the folder on Monday. There will also be signup sheets posted on the classroom door or bulletin board to bring in items for special projects and food preparation activities. You will be informed when signups occur via notices in your child’s folder.
You can also access all classroom information on our class page on millhopper.com. Information about accessing this page has been sent out by our administrative staff. Please contact the front office if you have any questions accessing our class page.
You will receive a Six-Week Interim Report to let you know how well your child is adjusting to the classroom. The report will include an evaluation of observed work habits, behaviors, attitudes and social interactions.
There will be two conferences during the year. The first one will be held in November and the second in May. At this time we will discuss your child’s progress and go over his/her report card. The report card contains an assessment of your child’s developmental and academic progress. You can also request a conference at anytime throughout the year. There will also be two parent nights in October and February where you will be able to see the work that your child is doing in class.
If you ever need to relay information to me or have a question about your child, please feel free to contact me at anytime. The following is a list of ways that you can get in touch with me:
- Leave a note in the basket marked “Notes to the Teacher” which will be on top of the cubbies.
- E-mail me at email@example.com.
- Call the school. If I am unavailable to take your call at the moment, I will return your message as soon as I can.
- Stop by the classroom before school starts or after dismissal.
We are unable to give daily or weekly reports. Our set-up and daily schedule does not afford us the time to do so and attend to the needs of all of the children in the classroom. Daily and weekly reports are reserved solely for students who may need monitoring for classroom readiness.
Children need to bring their own lunch. Please provide a cloth napkin to serve as a placemat, a paper napkin (or another cloth napkin), and any utensils your child will need. Please do not send glass containers.
Healthy eating habits are heavily emphasized in our curriculum. Make packing your child’s lunch a cooperative activity by giving him/her nutritious choices. This will ensure that he/she will eat and enjoy everything in his/her lunch. Any uneaten portions of your child’s lunch will be sent back home in his/her lunch box so you are aware of what he/she is eating (with the exception of open containers of things such as yogurt, fruit or juice boxes).
Do not be concerned if your child isn’t eating a lot of his/her lunch at the beginning of the year. Many of the children are working on the balancing act of socializing with friends and eating at the same time. Ms. Kendal will monitor lunch and prompt the children to focus on eating if they are socializing excessively. Since the teachers do not feed the children at school, please be sure that your child is feeding himself/herself at home. If your child is not used to feeding themselves at home, he/she will not be successful doing so at school. Ms. Kendal is happy to assist with opening up containers after the child has tried to do so first.
Snacks are provided by the school (unless your child has food restrictions or allergies to the standard snacks that are served). Please refer to the Parent Handbook for further information regarding Millhopper Montessori’s lunch policies.
The materials in the classroom are small and very enticing to the children. Therefore, some children want to keep the objects for themselves. This is a very normal thing at this age. If you find materials in your child’s pockets, please return the material in a sealed envelope and place it in the “Note to Teachers” basket.