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Frequently Asked Questions
How does a child transition into the next classroom?
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.
How can a parent help car line flow smoothly?
During car line, it is very helpful for parents to stay in their cars and let staff get the children out or put them in. At times it may be unavoidable that a parent get out of the car, please have patience.
What volunteer opportunities are there for parents?
Click here for more on volunteering opportunities.
How are family volunteer hours tracked?
Family volunteer hours are not tracked by the school. All families sign the 20 hour per year volunteer commitment form and it is an honor system.
When can I observe in the classroom?
A parent can observe the classroom at any time. IC/Nido and Primary both have two way windows through which a parent can observe. Parents would need to stop at the office first, as the classroom doors are locked.
How do parents know if there are allergies in the classroom?
If there were an allergy in the classroom that affected the classroom, a notice would be sent out of the allergy. The students in the classrooms with food allergies have treats in the freezer their parents have sent in for times when others are having a birthday treat.
How are birthdays celebrated in the classrooms?
IC/NIDO celebrates 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.
The Primary classroom has a birthday celebration called the Walk Around the Earth, in which the child walks around the Earth 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.
In the elementary classroom the students bring a treat to share with the classroom and sing the "Happy Birthday" song at lunch time.
Do children have difficulty transitioning to a public school after going to a Montessori school?
Moving from a Montessori school to another school setting is an issue often raised by parents and family members. Happily, 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, working well alone or with 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.