We would like to welcome back all of our returning families and extend a warm welcome to all of our new families. September is always a time of excitement, yet with the excitement comes anxiety and nervousness for many children. We will do our best to ensure the transition is as seamless as possible and to ensure that each child feels loved, respected, and safe.
A Montessori learning environment is like no other -- our main objective at Great Foundations Montessori is to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment which will help children to develop within themselves the foundational habits, attitudes, skills and ideas essential for a lifetime of creative thinking and learning. Respect and courtesy in our Montessori school is the foundation for everything we do, and each child will learn the following important skills:
- How to put away their work where they found it
- The importance of being a friend
- The importance of respecting the materials, the teachers, and each other
- How to walk in the classroom and in the halls
- How to be self-directed and find their own "work," and, most importantly,
- How to be independent!
Each child will feel empowered and learn how great it feels to do things on their own! Each teacher is here to nurture, support, and guide your child each and every day, and each teacher is committed to making your child's Montessori experience productive, stimulating, and fun! We are honored that you have chosen our school and we are looking forward to getting to know each child and working with each family to make this year a successful one!
We will email you monthly to keep you posted of upcoming events, and to provide you with further insight into the Montessori method and our program in general. Also, we will do our best to keep you informed of the progress your child is making. If at any time you have questions or concerns, please feel free to stop by and talk with us, or make an appointment so we can address your questions or concerns in more detail.
Note that, because of some of the limitations with Procare (our school management software), we will be using MailChimp for many of our parent communications going forward. Note also that we will never share or sell your contact information, and we ask that you stay subscribed to the mailing list while your child is enrolled with us.
We have a number of framed prints that say "First Day of School, 2014 - 2015" for you to use if you would like to take a photo of your child to memorialize the event. These prints will be available in the common areas and in the classrooms throughout the week.
Parent Orientation September 2
As a reminder, school closes at 5:00 pm tomorrow so that we can host a parent orientation from 5:00 - 6:00 pm in your child's classroom. The parent orientation gives parents an opportunity to meet their child's teachers and will cover topics such as:
- An overview of Montessori and the Montessori methodology
- Hours of operation
- Sign-in and sign-out procedures
- Keys to a satisfying drop-off and pick-up
- The hot lunch program
- Clothing and nap materials
- An overview of the daily routine
Since our teachers will be leading the presentation, we cannot offer childcare during the orientation.
Updated Admissions Forms
Each year we ask parents to sign a new admissions agreement and to update your child's emergency card if needed. Please check your parent folder when you pick up tomorrow for these documents. We ask that you complete and return them by Monday, September 8. Additionally, please visit our "Links and Downloads" page or follow the links below to access the admissions agreement, Tuition Express form (to enroll in Tuition Express or change your bank account), and 2014 - 2015 School Calendar.
Tuition express form (to enroll or change)
Updated Logo and Website
We have recently worked with Mr. Ali Sabet (his son is enrolled at the Woodbury campus) to create a logo and to update our website, and the new website was launched last week during our Staff Development Days. I want to thank Ali and all the parents that have graciously allowed us to use a photograph of their child on the website as these images truly make the website special.
A Poem for Parents: "Nothing"
When children come home at the end of the day,
The question they're asked as they scurry to play is,
"What did you do at school today?"
And the answer they give
makes you sigh with dismay.
"Nothing, I did nothing today!"
Perhaps nothing means
that I played with blocks, counted to ten, or sorted some rocks.
Maybe I painted or learned to tie my shoe,
or I learned what happens when you mix red and blue.
Maybe I learned to tuck in my chair and put my work away,
or maybe I learned to be kind to a friend while I was playing outside today.
Maybe my scissors followed a line and I learned to write my name.
Maybe I learned some sounds or numbers or learned to play a new game.
Maybe I made a craft or sang a song from beginning to end,
or maybe I learned to play with a special, brand new friend.
When you're in preschool
and your heart has wings,
"Nothing" can mean so many, many things.
Looking forward to tomorrow!