Notes Home – Monday, November 18, 2019

This Week:

Have you wondered, “Is it harder for children to transition to traditional school in first grade instead of kindergarten?”  or “Our public school kindergarten is free.  Isn’t kindergarten the same wherever you go?”  The answer to both questions is, “No.”  But, come and hear from past parents about transition and why all kindergartens are not the same.

If you would like us to sign you up for the meeting this Wednesday, email back on this email.  Let us know if you’ll (and how many in your family) will be here for pizza and if you need childcare for the meeting.  This is a meeting for everyone!


PTO Meeting on Wednesday, November 20th –

  • Transition to Traditional School

(A panel of past parents talk about their family’s transition experience.)

  • Why Montessori Kindergarten or What You Want to Know About Montessori Elementary Class.

The meeting consists of three parts. Come for some or all!

Part I – 5:30-6:05 – Pizza will be served.  Sign-up for pizza and/or babysitting will be at the PTO table in the dining room.

Part II – 6:10-6:50 – Transition to Traditional School.

A panel of past families talk about their transition and what they want you to know.

Part III – 6:55-7:30- Why Montessori Kindergarten or What you want to know about the Montessori Elementary Class.  You would attend one or the other.

PTO Soiree Committee is forming and meeting this Friday at 8:45 in the conference room.  Everyone is welcome.

There are lots of different jobs that PTO will need help with between now and February.  If you can/would like to help out, please come to this meeting.  If you want to help, but are unable to come to the meeting, email back on this email and we’ll have a PTO board member get in touch with you!


School Pictures are back! – Parents will need to pick them up at the front desk.


End of the month: 

Thanksgiving Break will be from Wednesday, Nov. 27th through Friday, Nov 29th.

  • Families with AM and/or PM care in their program may attend their regular hours on Wednesday, November 27th for daycare activities.
  • The building will not be open for school or daycare Thurs., Nov. 28th or Fri. Nov. 29th.



Closings – Montessori Academy will send out a text alert.  If you have AM/PM care in your child’s program, you may bring them for a Day Care Day.

Early Closings – We are not bus dependent and as a rule we do not close early. Parents, of course, should determine their own level of comfort when driving and may pick up early if the need arises.  The exception for closing early would be if very extreme/dangerous weather or road conditions developed.  If this should occur we will contact each family by text alert.

Delays – We are not bus dependent and do not have delays.  School will start at the regular time regardless of what time other schools start their day.

Snow Make up Days – We do not have snow make up days.

Building Closure – If a state-of-emergency is declared in Vanderburgh and/or Warrick County Montessori will be closed and will not have school or daycare.



Families without AM care should arrive between 8:25 and 8:30.  Part of the children’s day is lining up with the class and coming into the building together.

  • Take your child to the playground for drop off, weather permitting.
  • Please do not wait in the classroom/hallway to drop your child off.

Remember to mark the Lunch App – Now that we are in the 5th week of school, we will not be contacting parents when a child is supposed to be a hot luncher.  Once we realize they are not absent, it will default to a cheese sandwich with the regular side items.  You can mark lunches a month at a time and the next month is available from the 15th of the current month.

Lunchbox families please remember to mark “lunchbox” in the app.  Anytime a child is not marked, it takes 30-45 minutes to figure out the child is not absent, and here with a lunchbox, and make the changes to the printout from the App for the classroom, kitchen and office copy.