July, 2016

Willow Room Orientation Information

Dear Parents,

We hope that you are having a wonderful summer with your children. The following information will help us get off to a great start when the school year begins.

Our goal in the Willow Room is to provide a beautiful, caring, loving environment. We as Montessori teachers believe this encourages the children to develop self-motivation, confidence and independence all while having fun exploring their environment. During this three-year process, they develop a deep sense of community.

Your Child’s Schedule

8:55-11:10 Work time
11:10-11:40 Outside time
11:40-12 Circle time (calendar, unit of study, birthday celebration, etc.)
12:00 Dismissal for Prek, not staying for Extended Care

Kindergarten Enrichment
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch; 1:00 – 3:00 Class time

Extended Afternoon (For Prek only; optional)
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00–2:30 Aftercare Enrichment
2:30-5:00 Aftercare Free Play


Arrival and Dismissal

At arrival time, a teacher will greet you and your child at the front door between 8:55 and 9:10 a.m. (a childcare fee will be charged for any child dropped off before 8:55 a.m.) To help your child make a smooth transition, please arrive on time and keep your goodbyes short and sweet. Let us know if you anticipate that drop-off will be a challenge for you or your child and we will kindly assist. Please know that most children that separate with tears are pretty happy within about ten minutes! When possible, the same person should drop off and pick up. Please do not park in the rear parking lot. Those spaces are reserved for staff only. If you are unable to leave your car, please have your child walk with another parent. Children will be dismissed from the front too.


/Sign-out Procedure

The sign-in/out binder is located at the door the children use to enter or exit. State licensing requires that you sign your child in and out using your full name and the accurate time. Not doing so will result in receiving a phone call to return to school and sign, and/or you will receive charges for any fines incurred. No child will be released to anyone whose name doesn’t appear on the Emergency Card filled out by the parent. Please notify the office of any changes in the emergency card and send a note to teachers when a new person is to pick up the child. Drivers under the age of 18 must complete a special form available in the office.


School Supplies

We need five photos of your child with your child’s head approximately one inch in diameter for job cards, work folders, etc., two regular size photos of your child for his/her name card and large cubby, and one photo of your family to assist us in creating a class book for children to refer to. If possible, please send these photos to school by August 22nd. You can drop them in the office mail slot or send in the mail so we can have their cubbies and cards ready before the first day of school.



Please provide your child with a pair of non-slip slippers, labeled with their name. We ask all children to wear slippers in the classroom as it encourages independence and responsibility, keeps the classroom clean and provides a quieter working environment.


Dress Code

Please label all of your child’s outerwear. Action figures and scary or violent images are not allowed, this includes hats, shoes, rain boots, jackets and lunch boxes. Shoes should support and protect feet for daily running and outdoor play. Cowboy boots, sandals, platform and backless shoes are not appropriate. Shirts should cover the midriff area. We recommend that you send a hat for your child to wear outside. A complete and seasonally appropriate set of labeled extra clothes (include multiple extras if you foresee your child needing a change more often) should be supplied in a clear bag, also labeled with your child’s name. Borrowed clothing must be laundered and returned the next day. If your child is in diapers we will need to keep a few disposable diapers at school.


Sharing Days

We will be making changes to how we do our “sharing days” and let you know when we have it all set on parent square.


Your child is welcome to celebrate his/her birthday with the class. There will be a sign up sheet at Orientation for birthdays. Please refer to the Parent Handbook regarding healthy snacks should you decide to bring a birthday treat to share with the class.


Please keep your child at home if they have fever, diarrhea, green mucus, or are vomiting. They must be fever free (without the use of fever- reducing medication such as Tylenol) for 24 hours before returning to school. Children who are sick will be isolated and the parents will be called to pick up the child. Please notify the school office as soon as possible if your child is going to be absent and the reason for the absence, particularly if the illness is communicable or contagious disease.


Medications are only allowed at school when absolutely necessary. All medicines must have their original labels and complete instructions as to use. Please give the medication directly to your child’s teacher.

Parent Participation

We encourage parental participation in our class. The following are some examples of how we can begin to utilize your energy and enthusiasm. There will be sign-up sheets for these positions during Orientation and the first week of school.

*Room Coordinator: Help support the teachers with classroom responsibilities.

*Field Trip Drivers: (For Kindergarten students only). Please complete field trip paperwork kept in the school office.

*Snack Parent: Parent volunteers will sign up to provide a healthy snack for the class one day per week for a month. We have 24 students.

*Library Parent: Parents will be informed of the unit of study to help guide library choice. Please include your child on your trip to the library and refrain from bringing fantasy books.

*Scholastic Book Order Parent: Making book orders through scholastic to earn points for the classroom.

*Garden Parent: Parent volunteers help with planting, weeding, and cultivating our garden.

*Reading Parent: Parents are welcome to listen or read to the children once or twice a week during work time.

*Laundry Parent: Parent volunteer will wash a small basket of laundry one time for a selected week.

We are excited about the new school year and look forward to seeing you at Orientation on August 30th.


Victoria, Yolanda and Nicole

Willow Staff:

Yolanda Oram - ysanchez@sunrisemontessorinapa.com

Nicole Hill - nhill@sunrisemontessorinapa.com

Victoria Gentry - vgentry@sunrisemontessorinapa.com