It is our school policy that a child should stay home from school if he/she has thrown up, had a fever OR has had diarrhea in the last 24 hours. If your child has a cold and his runny nose is clear, it is OK to bring him. (We will help teach him how to blow his nose!) If the runny nose is not clear (opaque), he should stay home. A mild cough is OK, but consider that sometimes a cough can cause a child not to sleep well and he may be too tired to function well.
Contagious diseases such as chicken pox, pink eye and 5ths disease should be kept home for obvious reasons. A child with a rash that cannot be readily explained should stay at home until his/her physician has been consulted.
Preschoolers and kindergarteners pass on all kinds of germs even though we do our best to keep the environment clean and germ free.
These are the years that children learn to share… and unfortunately, this includes germs!
Visiting / Volunteering
We have an open door policy and parents are always welcome to visit the classroom. Once the children are settled (3 - 4 weeks), they are very proud to have guests! While visiting, please trust our teachers and the Montessori Method. You can make visiting our classroom successful for everyone by following a few simple tips:
Please remember to observe what your child is doing, and not direct her towards what you want her to do.
Please never interrupt a child that is concentrating on a work (unless there is a safety issue, of course). Every time a child is able to concentrate on something it helps to increase his attention span.
We call the activities “works” not “toys” - just so you know.
Please use a soft, calm voice in the classroom. We strive for a peaceful environment.
When a child asks you to do something for her, ask her to give it a try first. We encourage independence in the classroom and sometimes kids ask for adults help just because they know they can get it!
If you would like to volunteer, there is always material to be prepared, reading children to listen to, etc. Let your teacher know if you would like to help in one of these ways. Our Reading Garden (Loft) is a super cozy place to sit and read to a few children.
Please know, you are not required to do any volunteer time! Sometimes you just need a cup of coffee and a few quiet moments. Go for it. We get it and you deserve it!