The school’s influence on a child’s development will always be secondary to that of the home. The hours spent at school are short compared to those with the family. Since school and home must provide consistency for the child’s development, we believe school and parents need to maintain close communication. An annual required parent meeting is held for each classroom at the beginning of the school year. At least one parent from each family is expected to attend.
Parent understanding of and participation in the formal schooling of their children is critical to its success. We work hard to create a number of different opportunities to communicate with parents and engage them in their child’s schooling.
We encourage parents to observe their child’s classroom and other classrooms in the school. Throughout the school year, classroom observation is both welcomed and encouraged. These visits help parents learn more about their child, our classroom environments, and the Montessori experience.
In addition to parent observations, special parent/teacher conferences are held in the fall and spring of each school year. This provides an opportunity for the teachers to share vital information with parents. As these conferences are our only formal means of relaying student progress, we require parent participation.