When a child is first ready to transition into the next classroom, the current guide will take the child on short visits to the new classroom. Once the child is ready the guide will start leaving them in the new classroom for longer periods of time until they are ready to move to the next classroom full time.
All families sign the 20 hour per year volunteer commitment form, it is an honor system. The school has a folder in the administration office where parents can note their volunteer hours, or they can visit this link to log their volunteer hours in as well.
A parent can request to observe the classroom at any time. Nido/YCC and Primary both have one-way windows through which a parent can observe. These visits can be coordinated by contacting the director of operations or lead guide. Once scheduled, parents need to check-in at the office first and then be escorted to the corresponding classroom.
If there is an allergy in the classroom, a notice will be sent out to all classroom parents/guardians. The students with food allergies can have treats in their parents send in for times when others are having a birthday treat.
Nido and YCC celebrate birthdays in several different ways. For our one year olds, we commemorate their special first year with the gift of a book. For the older children, we put a special book on the shelf and we read it throughout the week with the birthday child and other friends. We sing Happy Birthday at circle time and parents usually send a special birthday treat to share with the class. This can be coordinated directly with the classroom guide.
The Primary classroom has a birthday celebration called the Walk Around the Sun, in which the child walks around the sun for each year of their life while the class sings a song. Parents bring in (or send, if they can't be present) photos for each year of the child’s life to share with the class. Parents usually send a special birthday treat to share with the class. This can be coordinated directly with the classroom guide.
In the elementary classroom the students bring a treat to share with the classroom and sing the "Happy Birthday" song at lunch time.
Moving from a Montessori school to another school setting is an issue often raised by parents and family members. Usually, the habits and skills a child develops in a Montessori class last a lifetime and stand a child in good stead no matter where they go. Montessori children tend to be adaptable, and to work well alone or in a group. They have solid decision-making skills, practical problem solving abilities, and generally manage their time well. Since children in a Montessori classroom are also encouraged to share ideas and discuss their work, fitting into new situations is made easier thanks to good communication skills.