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Communication

The parents of Sunset Montessori Preschool receive monthly newsletters that contain information on upcoming events, news, and other special announcements. In September we hold an Open House (for parents only) where parents can meet our full-time teachers, our enrichment program teachers and each other. We also conduct formal individual Parent-Teacher conferences in February to discuss progress and development of your child. Communication between parents and teachers is a key component in providing an enriching and positive learning experience for the children. If you have questions or concerns and would like to speak about your child at a time other than the conference, please call the school to arrange a meeting with a child’s teacher

Observation

Parents are welcome to observe a Montessori environment at any time during the school year. Please see your child’s teacher to arrange a convenient time. We suggest waiting at least 8 weeks after your child starts the school before making an appointment; this will allow your child to adjust to the new environment.

Performances

Sunset Montessori presents shows/performances put on by the children for their families and friends. These include combination of drama, music, dance, ballet and gymnastics. Every family is given a DVD of each performance to add to their personal DVD library.

Naptime

Children that stay for a full day will be taking naps in school and will require a small sized sleeping bag. Sleeping bags should be taken home once a month for washing. Note: Pottery Barn Kids have great sleeping bags for children (you can order online). We find that cotton is best for all seasons.

Snack/Lunch

We provide a nutritious snack three times a day: a morning snack of banana and orange juice, an afternoon snack at 1:30 p.m. (fruits, vegetables, crackers, popsicles, juice, etc.), and another one at 4 p.m. (bagel with cream cheese and juice, etc.). Children have to bring their own lunch from home. All lunch boxes and food containers MUST be labeled. If your child’s lunch contains items that need to remain cool, please pack an ice pack in the lunch box. A microwave is available if needed.

Clothing

To foster independence and self-esteem, children’s clothing should be simple and comfortable for school. We don’t recommend belts, laces and overalls. Children are required to have an extra set of clothing in their cubbies at all times. If your child is not potty-trained, diapers must be provided by the parents. To promote safety we encourage all children to wear closed toe shoes. Please no slip-ons or heels.

Birthdays

Birthday Parties can be celebrated at the school by providing lunch at 11:30 p.m or snack at 1:30 p.m. Parents need to provide all supplies for the celebration. If lunch is part of the celebration, parents need to post a notice on our bulletin board the day before so children will not bring lunch that day. We also welcome any kind of entertainment that parents might want to provide for the children such as clowns, magicians, animal visits, musicians, etc. Goody bags should not be part of the celebration. If parents would like, a b-day child can donate something to the school to commemorate their birthday. We suggest giving something that can be used by all the children at school such as interesting books, music, items from other cultures or unique toy/souvenir. The child’s name, age, and birth date will be placed on the gift to recognize this permanent gift to the school.

Illness/Medications

Our policies are mandated by the Department of Health to ensure that our school maintains a healthy atmosphere for the children. Children who are ill need to stay at home for rest and loving care. If you child becomes ill in school, you will be notified immediately and will need to pick up your child.

Emergency

Please be assured that our staff is well prepared in case an emergency occurs while your child is at school. We keep ample emergency supplies for children. All members of the staff are familiar with the action plans in case of an emergency and are required to attend annual CPR/First Aid courses. Earthquake and Fire Drills are conducted once a month and children are taught what to do.

Recommended Books for Parents

Books by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook
  • Montessori Method
  • The Absorbent Mind
  • Secret of Childhood
  • Education and Peace
  • The Child in the Family
  • The Discovery of the Child
  • Education of the New World
  • To Educate the Human Potential
  • From Childhood to Adolescences
  • What You Should Know About Your Child
Books by Paula Polk Lillard
  • Montessori Today
  • Montessori from the Start
  • Montessori in the Classroom
  • Montessori: A Modern Approach
Other recommended books
  • At Home with Montessori by Patricia Oriti
  • Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work by E. M. Standing
  • Montessori Insights for Parents of Young Children by Aline D. Wolf
  • Teaching Montessori at Home by Elizabeth Hainstock

Booklist for Children

  • Our Peaceful Classroom by Alice D. Wolf
  • The Peace Rose by Alicia Jewell
  • Books by Cheri J. Meiners (Learning How to Get Along)

Suggested Websites

  • www.forsmallhands.com
  • www.montessoriservices.com
  • www.kidadvance.com
  • www.nienhuis.com
  • www.montessorioutlet.com
  • www.montessori-n-such.com
  • www.montessoriforeveryone.com