GENERAL INFORMATION

ALLERGIES

Children have a number of different allergies and we will help in any way we can to assist. Our academy will only use organic materials to clean and disinfect. We would appreciate if all students clothes were washed with non-scented laundry soap and fabric softener. Be aware that certain scents are very hard on some. Please be mindful when you use perfumes, colognes, and hairsprays.

BREAKFAST

We highly recommend that your child have a healthy breakfast before coming to school, such as eggs, toast, fresh fruit, cheese, whole grain muffins, milk, etc. and avoid sugary, refined foods. In the Montessori classroom, there is a sense of order, with students concentrating on their lessons. Sugar causes excitability and restlessness in some children and would be detrimental to their ability to focus on their work. Your child needs to feed his/her brain, and be well rested in order for him/her to have a productive learning experience in the Montessori environment.

CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

Staff members are required by law to report any suspected child abuse or neglect.

CHILDRENS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

If you choose to bring a treat to share with the class on his or her birthday, please remember to bring healthy foods only. Cakes and cupcakes with sugary icings are not the best choices to serve at school. Healthy treats could include the following: blueberry muffins, rice crispy treats, fresh fruit, juice popsicles, frozen yogurt, or popcorn balls. Also, please remember that some children have severe allergies to nuts. Please check with the teacher for any items that should be avoided.

CONFERENCES

Conferences are a time when information concerning the students abilities, needs and progress can be exchanged. The faculty is available for conferences throughout the year at the parents request. Since it is necessary for the teachers to devote their time during the school day to the students, we ask that you please set a conference appointment if you need to confer with a teacher at length.

DISCHARGE POLICY

We reserve the right to cancel the enrollment of a student for the following reasons:




DRESS CODE

Tee shirts, blouses, shorts, pants, dresses or skirts (only with shorts underneath) shoes must be playground safe, no sandals, flip-flops, etc. No jewelry other than one pair of stud earrings. We request that you keep the clothing as simple as you can. Certain clothing can be very distracting and takes away from the learning environment. Every student needs to bring a change of clothes in a Ziploc bag in case of accidents, spills etc.

EARLY MORNING DROP-OFF
Remember that the school day program drop off time is from 8:30 to 9:00 am. If you arrive earlier, you will be charged for the before school program. When you arrive please drop the student off in the lobby. He/she quietly walks into the classroom and will begin working on lessons. This facilitates independence and a sense of order for the student, along with keeping the classroom environment calm and safe while other students are working.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

The academy conducts monthly fire and disaster drills (hurricane/tornado). We urge each family to plan what you will do if disaster strikes during the day when you are separated at work, school, etc. The students are taught to listen to the teachers directions. We will assemble and count everyone and give aid and comfort as needed. We will stay with your children until you or someone of your choice can arrive. We have stored flashlights, radio, first-aid supplies, food and water. All teachers have first-aid and CPR training. Staff will notify you if such an event occurs; this is why all emergency, work, home phone numbers must be kept current.

LUNCHES

Carrying their own lunch is an opportunity for students to bring part of home to school each day. We ask that all foods are prepared, in child size portions, cut-up/sliced/peeled and in non-breakable containers for easy and safe eating. All lunch boxes, bags and thermoses need to be labeled on the outside. Students need to bring a cloth placemat and napkin daily. Please refrain from sending sugared products in their lunch. Treats, which are excessive, may be limited by the teacher and is up to her discretion. Because some parents may not want their child eating certain foods or an allergic reaction may occur, students will not be allowed to share lunches. Heating and refigeration of food is not in our legal guidelines. Please keep food hot or cool with thermos containers or ice packs.

NAP TIME

All children will bring a fitted crib sheet for naptime. Nap/rest time will be offered to all students within the Academy, but will not be forced on any child.

PARENT/TEACHER COMMUNICATION

Parents and teachers need to communicate! Please feel free to drop a note at the front desk requesting a call back or a note of response. Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled upon request.

PARENT BULLETIN BOARD

The parent bulletin board is located on wall in the lobby. Please take the time to view the parent bulletin board regularly to keep informed of our upcoming events, meetings and announcements.

SICKNESS/INJURIES

If the student becomes ill with symptoms of sever coughing, causing the student to be come red or blue in the face or make a whooping sound, difficult or rapid breathing, stiff neck, diarrhea, temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, conjunctivitis (pink eye), head lice or any other unusual sign or symptom of illness the parent will be notified immediately and requested to remove the child from the Academy. The child will be allowed to return after the student has been free of symptoms for 24 hours or with a note from the family physician clearing the student of any communicable disease. If your child is injured with a minor injury, First Aid will be administered and lots of love. Emergency responders will be called to assist with more serious injuries. Parents will be notified immediately.

TEACHER CONCERNS ABOUT A STUDENT OR PARENT

When a student demonstrates an inability to respond appropriately to ordinary disciplining and/or is otherwise signaling through behavior that his/her needs are not being met, the teacher will respond in a proactive way by meeting with the students parents/guardians to discuss concerns. If these efforts do not lead to an acceptable resolution of the teachers concerns and interventions continue to be ineffective or in situations when the teacher feels that she cannot appropriately communicate to the parents/guardians, the teacher will seek assistance from the administration. The Executive Director will communicate the problem to the parents/guardians and apply appropriate consequences. Possible Consequences
  1. Fighting/biting may lead to out-of-school suspension
  2. Unruly conduct in classroom may lead to isolation from group.
  3. Playground problems may lead to temporary suspension from playground activities.
  4. Proven theft may lead to some financial penalty if the item is not returned.


Chronic Behavior Problems
For unusual behavior problems we suspect are beyond the childs control, parents are advised that outside help should be sought through social service agencies and /or psychological evaluations. We will require the parent/guardians of any child who attends the academy to meet for a conference. The problem will be defined on paper. Goals will be established and the parent will be involved in creating approaches towards solving the problem. If the initial plan for helping the child fails, the parent/guardians will again be required to meet with the Director. Another attempt will be made to identify the problem, outline new approaches to the problem, and discuss the consequences if progress is not apparent. When the previous attempts have been followed and no progress has been made towards solving the problem, the child may be suspended from school indefinitely. The Executive Director may immediately suspend a child at any time he/she exhibits a behavior which is harmful to him/herself or others. A parent/guardian may be called from work at anytime the child exhibits uncontrollable behavior that cannot be modified by the faculty. That parent/guardian may be asked to take the student home immediately. Suspensions from the school may vary from a few hours to an indefinite period. We will make every effort to work with the parents/guardians of students having difficulties in school.

TOILET TRAINING

Students must be toilet-trained in order to attend Montessori Academy of Winter Garden. Occasionally accidents will happen, however if your child still has frequent urine and /or bowel accidents or wears pull-ups, then they are not quite toilet trained. It will probably be just a matter of time before they will be ready for school, and it is best not to push. We will not refund any unused portions of tuition in the event your child is not toilet-trained. If your child has a messy accident in his/her pants and does not want us to change them, we will call you to come to school.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us!