What to do if. . .
. . .Your child will be absent:
Please call the School Office (543-9800) to let us know if your child will not be attending school that day. Children must arrive by 9:00 a.m.
. . .Your child is sick:
Children may not attend school if they are too ill to participate in regular school routines (including outdoor playtime). They also may not attend if within the previous 24 hours they have had a fever, or had two incidents of diarrhea or vomiting. We check the children each day for illness, infection, etc. In some cases a health professional must verify that a child is free from a communicable disease. All parents are provided with a copy of Montana Administrative Rule #37.95.139 & 140. This rule contains all policies regarding health care for our students. (see www.mtrules.org) We must have a current telephone number in case we need to call you.
. . .Your child needs medication:
Before any medication will be given to a child by a Kinderhaus staff member, a formal meeting between parent and staff must be held to discuss proper procedures and authorizations as required by the DPHHS-QAD regarding administration of medications. Please call to schedule a short meeting so everyone understands the medication plan. Please do not send medications in a child’s lunch box. Medication must be in original container and labeled. These procedures are outlined in Montana Administrative Rule #37.95.181 & 182. Copies are provided and on the web at www.mtrules.org.
. . .There is an emergency:
In an emergency, first the staff checks for the safety and well being of all of the students. Simultaneously first aid is administered to anyone injured and emergency personnel are notified. Then, parents are called and appropriate plans are made. Be assured that in an emergency the staff members will make every effort to protect and care for your child until you are able to come for them. In the event that area schools are closed due to road closures, announcements are usually made on early morning radio and/or television stations. If possible, we will notify you personally by telephone and email if there is an emergency or school closure. If you have a personal emergency – call the school office (543-9800).
. . .Your child has a birthday:
We celebrate each child’s Birthday at lunchtime (between 11:00 and 12:00) on the date of their birth. Parents of the Birthday child are encouraged to help us plan a special day for all by providing treats and activities. Ask us for ideas and let us know what you want to do or bring.
. . .You’re wondering about upcoming events:
Read the Meadows Montessori News which is published every month on our web site which is www.kinderhausmontessori.net. It includes very important information for every parent – like schedule changes, special events, and helpful parenting tips. Refer to your Parent Handbook (which is also on our web site). It includes daily, monthly and annual schedules as well as school policies and procedures. Attend Parent Meetings and Family Events.
. . .You need information about Montessori Education or Parenting:
Check out the International Montessori Council www.montessori.org. Read the articles in the Parent Library. We recommend that you purchase the books - The Montessori Way and how to raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way, both by Tim Seldin. All new parents should attend our Parent Orientation Class when they first enroll their child in September and everyone should come to Parent Days in October and February.
. . .You have a question or a really BIG problem:
Call us! Usually a telephone call is all that is necessary to answer most questions. If necessary, a meeting can be arranged to discuss problems or resolve issues. Missoula County also has a wide range of special agencies that offer help and advice and they are here for us when we need them. Regular parent/teacher communications are very important to your child’s well being. Call 543-9800 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org any time.
. . .You need to tell us something special:
Write a note or send an email to email@example.com. It’s easy for one teacher to forget to tell everybody else! Whoops!
. . .You are curious:
Come Visit! Parents are always invited to observe or participate. You are welcome to stop by at any time.
. . .You want to help:
Volunteer! Every family can do something to make our school a better place for their child. Join a committee! Come to a "Work-Day"! Help us clean and maintain the classroom materials! Contribute to the Annual Fund.
About School Supplies. . .
We have a wonderful “tyke track” on our playground. Every child is welcome to bring a bicycle, wagon or other riding toy. (Snow toys in the winter!)
Play clothes are fine for school. We do lots of really messy things like painting and cooking. An extra set of clothes is required. Velcro shoes are the best choice for 2 thru 4 year old children. Outside shoes are not worn inside of the school so children should bring slippers. Since we go outside to play every day--even in the mud or snow, be sure to include boots and warm outdoor wear from November 1 thru April. But, most important—everything needs to be labeled with your child’s name!
Generally children like to eat fresh foods. We encourage families to send non-processed foods like cheese, nuts, meats, fruits, vegetables, unsweetened yogurt and whole grain breads and crackers for breakfast and lunch. Foods containing sugar are not recommended except for special occasions. We supply milk or juice and water with all meals. Please include an “ice pack” in your child’s lunch box. Foods which must be “heated” are discouraged. In keeping with Montessori philosophy and practice, children eat in a tranquil, community atmosphere supporting free choice and personal freedom. A formal “Feeding Schedule” is required for children under two years old.
La Nido children sleep as needed on small futons which are laundered and sanitized weekly or as needed. Kinderhaus children begin their rest period each day at 1:00. Usually naps conclude about 3:15. A small sleeping bag should be kept at Kinderhaus for nap time: pillows are provided. Bedding must be laundered by the parents on a regular basis.
Families provide a supply of diapers/underwear appropriate for their child; as well as
wipes (must be approved for use in Septic Systems), creams etc. We will remind you
when additional items are needed.
Objects to share like books and souvenirs from other places, are always welcome at school. Toys and jewelry are best left at home since they are so easily lost or damaged. “Dinosaurs’ and other sand toys are welcome for outside use.
Other Good Things to Know. . .
How To Get a Good Start at school:
First, schedule an appointment to visit the school. Next schedule a visit for your child on a school day so that everyone gets to meet each other. Turn in your application. You will be notified of your child's acceptance within one week. In most cases children are admitted in September and January. Plan to stay with your child for about one-half hour on their first day. Finally, after your child has attended a few days, have a telephone-conference with your child’s teacher. Parent gatherings are held often to help families become familiar with the Montessori curriculum. It’s important for you to attend these meetings.
Becoming “self-disciplined” is an important benefit of participating in the specially prepared Montessori environment. Most children love the freedom that the environment allows and readily learn how to respond peacefully and politely. If your child experiences difficulties, we will contact you and discuss solutions and possible alternatives. .
Tuition is charged for the School Term (September through May). Fees must be paid monthly two weeks in advance of service. If however, you must withdraw your child before the completion of the School Term, a thirty day written notice must be given to discharge your annual financial obligation to the school. Please contact us immediately if your child is experiencing school related difficulties. Usually problems can be resolved within the thirty day withdrawal period. The staff is very willing to work together to implement successful solutions for most issues.
DPHHS-Child Care Licensing Information:
Meadows Montessori School, Inc is Licensed and Registered by the State of Montana, Department of Public Health and Human Services. You may contact this agency at www.dphhs.mt.gov/earlychildhood or by telephone at 406-444-2012. Kate is currently the liaison between the State Office and our School. Her direct line is 329-1590.