Q: I would like to observe a classroom. How do I make those arrangements?
A: This is an excellent way to learn more about the Montessori method and, if your child is already enrolled, to learn more about him too! Parents of current and prospective students are welcome to observe any time in the school year after October 15th. This allows the classrooms to normalize so routines are clearly developed and a strong sense of security is formed during the first weeks of the new school year. If your child is already enrolled, please contact your child’s Directress to make arrangements for a visit. Prospective parents should contact the Administrator.
Q: My child is allergic to peanuts. Are peanuts allowed at school? What about other allergies?
A: Unfortunately over time, this has become a much more common problem. For this reason, our entire school is a peanut-free zone. No snacks containing nuts are served in any of our classrooms nor are the Extended Day students permitted to bring peanut butter in their lunches. As a final safeguard, all children entering our classrooms are required to wash their hands thoroughly before joining their class. Please be certain to indicate the type and severity of your child’s allergies when completing the enrollment forms. If an Epi-pen has been prescribed for your child for the emergent control of a severe allergic reaction, he joins a growing group within our school student population. We have a number of students who keep a pen at school in case of emergency. The staff is trained in the use of the Epi-pen should the need arise.
Q: The field trips look great. Are my other children welcome to attend?
A: We’re glad to hear that you like the field trips. We think that they are a very important part of the educational experience too. Unfortunately, we cannot welcome your other children to join us on the field trips. For insurance purposes, no one other than our faculty, students and their chaperones are allowed to ride on the school buses that are used for transportation.
Q: My child will be in Extended Day in the Fall. What should I know about packing his lunch?
A: This is a great question and one that causes lots of concern at the beginning of each school year. Here goes:
We do not have a microwave available for the children, so anything that is meant to be heated must be handled at home and sent in a thermos to keep warm. Make sure that the thermos you choose is meant for hot foods. Peanut butter sandwiches are not allowed. We suggest substituting sunflower seed butter (a great alternative) which is available at most grocery stores and Trader Joe’s. Most children can’t tell the difference! Milk, juice and water can all be sent cold and kept cold using small cooler packs.
Having said all of this, you are probably wondering what the children bring to eat. The answer is pretty simple – almost everything! We have seen soups, stews, mac and cheese, hot dogs, cheese and crackers, cold pizza and salad. Now have your child help you prepare and pack their own lunch!
Q: How do you celebrate birthdays or half-birthdays?
A: Birthdays are special for all children. Treats may be brought to class to celebrate your child’s birthday or half-birthday. Please speak to your child’s Directress to confirm the type of treat, the number required and the date that you would like to celebrate this special day. If you will be celebrating your child’s birthday with a party outside of school, please do not send invitations to school unless you have included one for each member of the class.
Q: In case of inclement weather, how do I know if school is cancelled?
A: SWSM in enrolled in the Emergency Closing Center which works with channels 2, 5, 7, 9, 26, and 32 as well as WGN and WBBM radio stations to inform the public about emergency closings. You may search for our school by city or phone number at www.EmergencyClosings.com or call (847) 238-1234 using our school’s phone number as the ID. If we should experience stormy weather, please check these sources. In the event of a school closure this information will also be posted on our website’s home page.
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