Absences & Attendance

Attendance every day is vital to your child’s success at Monarch Montessori School. Children thrive amid consistency, so it is important to attend school every day when possible and be on time. School begins promptly at 8:30 AM. However, we know there are times when your child must miss school. Please call the school office at 913-649-4114 or email at Lindsay@MonarchKC.com to let us know that your child will not be attending for whatever reason. If your child is sick, please be sure to let us know of the illness so we can be aware. Please see Illness; Arrival and Morning Drop Off; and Arriving Late in the Morning for more information.

Admissions Policy

Monarch Montessori School does not discriminate in admissions or placement based on race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, or handicap. Acceptance is based on space availability, a family’s commitment to Montessori education for their child, and the child’s likely long-term attendance at Monarch Montessori School. All rights, privileges, programs and activities of the school are made available to all students of the school.

Admissions Process

Submit the completed Application Form with the non-refundable application fee to: Monarch Montessori School PO Box 8045 Prairie Village, KS 66208-8045 Monarch Montessori School will notify you of acceptance in the program and offer you an Enrollment Contract. Upon signing the contract, the parent or guardian returns the Enrollment Contract to the school office accompanied by a non-refundable Tuition Deposit equal to one month’s tuition. Once the contract and deposit have been received by the school, your child’s place in the program is secured. The Tuition Deposit is applied toward the student’s last month’s tuition. If your child is placed on the Waiting List, you will be called as soon as a space becomes available. Enrollment preference is given to returning students, siblings of current students, siblings of former students, and students transferring from other Montessori schools.

Arrival & Morning Drop-Off

Children should arrive for school at 8:30 in the morning. Monarch Montessori School is located on the Southeast corner of 75th street and Belinder in Prairie Village, KS. Garden Class Enter this classroom by parking in the Belinder lot and walking around to the South side of the building next to the playground. Atrium Class Enter this classroom by parking in the Belinder lot and walking straight through the double glass doors and down the hallway to the classroom. School Office Located within the Garden classroom. Enter via the South side of the building near the playground. No Parking on 75th Terrace To be good neighbors and to protect the safety of each child, we ask that no one parks on 75th Terrace during drop off and pick up. 75th Terrace is the last leg of a tributary fed by Lee Boulevard. It produces significant westbound traffic on our quiet side street. Our school sidewalk is at the crest of a blind hill. We see fire trucks, delivery vehicles, and many cars using our street as a cut-through from Lee Boulevard to 75th Street. Please, please, please just park in the Belinder parking lot. Spend the extra 2 minutes walking into the school with your child. Unloading Exception The only exception to parking in the lot is if your child walks into the Garden classroom unescorted, then you may stop/stand your car on the north side of 75th Terrace facing westbound as your child exits the car independently and walks inside. Please do not use our neighbors’ driveways to turn around. Once Inside, Your Child’s 1st Work As you arrive, remember that you are entering the Children’s House, an environment created with love and respect for your child. When dropping off, please keep your voice low and cell phone off. Your responsibility is to deliver your child safely across the threshold. Once inside, they will learn to work independently at hanging up their coat and tote bag and changing into school shoes. Remember that children often need more time and space to complete these tasks than you may have at that moment. They do not need to complete these tasks in order for you to leave. It is their first work of the day and they will work at it until it is done. Therefore, take those moments instead to enjoy your child and say goodbye. Since the classroom is not teacher-driven, the children’s day only begins once you have said goodbye, because only then are the children able to turn toward their environment, begin making their own choices, and seek out what they want to learn that day. Parents in the Classroom If you do take a moment to peek into your child’s world, be respectful of the children’s space. Maria Montessori named it the Children’s House, and it is truly created only for them. Beyond the cubby area is where the Children’s House begins. Though you may not realize it, whenever you enter the classroom area, your presence has an effect on every child who is working there. Before 8:45 in the morning, you are welcome to briefly step into the classroom to see a work your child wants to show you or to get a feel for the energy of the room. However, parents should not ever take work from the shelves, attempt to direct their child in choosing a work, or manipulate any of the materials. You are an observer of their world: enter quietly, move slowly, and please do not interrupt any children who are working (including your own!). (See Observing in the Classroom) Greeting by a TeacherMany children arrive as early at 8:00 AM and the school day starts at 8:30 AM. If you would like to be greeted by a teacher or if you have a question for the teacher, please be sure to arrive between 8:20 and 8:45. Teachers are cleaning and preparing the classroom in the early morning and begin to give lessons as soon as the first child arrives. Once a good number of children are present and begin working, the teachers become very busy giving lessons and helping the children and may not be available to talk with you. Feel free to leave a note or send an email so that she can be in touch later.

Arriving Early – AM Care

School starts at 8:30 each morning. If you need to drop your child off before 8:30 in the morning, we offer AM Care for a nominal fee. With AM Care, you may bring your child to school starting at 8:00 AM each morning. Unless you are enrolled in our AM Care program, please arrive at school at 8:30 and no later than 8:45 each day.

Arriving Late

If you need to drop your child off before 8:30 in the morning, we offer AM Care for a nominal fee. With AM Care, you may bring your child to school starting at 8:00 AM each morning. Unless you are enrolled in our AM Care program, please arrive at school no earlier than 8:20 AM and no later than 8:45 AM each day.

Birthdays

Birthdays at Monarch Montessori School are very special days, and we have a unique and fun ceremony. A few days before, your child will need to bring one picture from each year of his or her life to make a timeline. Your child will also make his or her own birthday cake and serve it to the other children. (So there’s no need to bring any treats.) During the birthday ceremony, all of the children sit in a circle on the floor around a candle that represents the sun. The birthday child walks around the circle carrying a small globe. Each trip around the candle represents one year in the child’s life. It is a wonderful concrete way for your child to experience his or her own growth. Of course, you are welcome to attend the celebration. If you would like to bring something to the celebration, you might choose to bring a book to donate to the school library in honor of your child’s birthday. A name plate will be placed inside the book cover to mark the gift and occasion. If your child’s birthday falls on a holiday or non-school day, we will coordinate with you to celebrate it before or afterwards. We do not celebrate half-birthdays.

Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting

As required by Kansas State Law, incidences of child abuse and neglect will be reported to Social and Rehabilitation Services. No unfounded or malicious reports will be made. All staff members are trained through child abuse classes as required for licensing.

Classrooms

The Garden Class is on the lower level and is where the school office is located. Enter this classroom by parking in the Belinder lot and walking around to the South side of the building next to the playground. The Atrium Class is on the upper level. Enter this classroom by parking in the Belinder lot and walking straight to the double glass doors, then go down the hallway to the classroom door.

Communication

Communication between home and school is a high priority at Monarch Montessori School. With clear, easy communication between teachers and parents, we are all able to show consistency and follow-through at home and at school. This in turn creates a harmony that helps children feel more secure, calm and confident. Anytime you have a question or concern please contact the school or your child’s teacher. In The Classroom You will find current information and announcements on the white board at the entrance to each classroom. Sign-up sheets and permission slips are found on a clipboard set on top of the coat rack in each classroom. Teachers You will have direct communication with your child’s teacher and the ability to check in briefly from time to time on your child’s progress. She make contact with you any time she feels there is something you need to be aware of or if she would like to partner with you to help your child. Remember to honor the classroom work time and schedule an appointment with your teacher if need be. Newsletters You will receive a printed newsletter from the teacher every month or so. Email Email is the primary form of communication by the administrator and director. You will receive emails with announcements, dates to remember, illness alerts, snow day information, tuition invoices, requests or needs from the school or staff, and information about special activities or opportunities. Online Our website (www.MonarchKC.com) has the school calendar, student roster, announcements, forms to download, and links to other helpful sites. Conferences Parent Teacher Conferences are held twice a year. Everyone should attend each conference every year. This is an opportunity to have an uninterrupted discussion about the progress and development of your child. Conferences are for parents only. Childcare arrangements should be made during your conference time. A sign-up sheet is available the week before conferences and spot go quickly so sign up right away.

Confidentiality

All personal information regarding you and your child is protected and respected at Monarch Montessori School. See also Photography & Video.

Contagion Notice

So that we can communicate accurately and in a timely manner about health issues affecting the school, Monarch Montessori School asks parents to provide information about their child’s illness when calling in an absence. This is most important when your child has been exposed to or diagnosed with a communicable illness. Once we have been informed about the condition, if necessary we will email to all families a Contagion Notice. This notice will be sent when a child has been diagnosed with chicken pox, croup, Fifth disease, hand foot and mouth disease, head lice, impetigo, influenza, mono-nucleosis, pink eye, or strep infections. If your child has been diagnosed with any of these or another communicable condition, please let us know as soon as possible. Be assured that the name of the child is never identified in any communication about a contagious condition. The Contagion Notice will indicate symptoms and incubation times. For the safety of all of the children, please keep your child home for the required time.

Deposits

All signed Enrollment Contracts must be accompanied by a non-refundable tuition deposit equal to one month’s tuition which is applied toward the student’s last month’s tuition.

Discipline

“Freedom With Responsibility” is a core principal of Montessori education. Self-discipline and self-control of the will are developed at Monarch Montessori School, therefore a child rarely has discipline issues. Children are free to choose their own work if they are respectful of others and the classroom environment. Usually redirection is all that is necessary. If needed, a child will be asked to sit and observe another child working for a short time before being invited to join when ready. As the teachers support conflict resolution between the children, the children learn to communicate with each other and solve their own problems. Teachers use firm but loving, direct communication with children to convey their expectations. Corporeal punishment is never used.

Dress Code

Dress your child in clothing that is comfortable and allows your child to run and play freely. Learning can be messy, so please don’t send your child in his or her “best” clothes. Send an extra set of clothes to leave at school in case of an accident. Also, keep your child’s independence in mind when selecting clothes. How is his or her independence facilitated through these clothes? Certain accessories such as jewelry, purses, sunglasses, toys, and money can be dangerous and a distraction. Excessive branding or costumes can also be distracting. These items should not be brought to school. Please see Footwear.

Enrollment Contract

The Enrollment Contract defines our commitment to you and your child, the details of our program, and your commitment to Monarch Montessori School.

Financial Obligation

The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the child referred to in the Enrollment Contract assume(s) the financial obligation for the child’s enrollment in and tuition payments to Monarch Montessori School.

Field Trips & Cultural Experiences

There will be one going-out field trip each year and several in-house field trips. Please share your culture, special talents, educational or professional training, or life experiences with us! Let us know if you would be willing to do a short presentation on a topic you specialize in. Bring in photos from a recent vacation or special objects relevant to your country of origin. Cultural studies are an integral part of the Montessori curriculum and we welcome your contributions. We love to have your suggestions for field trips of any kind!

Footwear

We wear slippers or “school shoes” in the classroom to limit the amount of dirt brought into the classroom space. It is also a sign of respect and helps the children transition into school-mode each day. Changing into slippers is your child’s first work of the day. Please help your child learn how to do this by allowing your child the time and space to put on slippers all by himself or herself. Make sure that your child has shoes that can be taken on and off all by himself or herself. Your child needs a pair of slip-on shoes: loafers, sandals, canvas sneakers or mules, moccasin, crocks, or velcro slippers with non-slip soles. No cartoon characters or branding of any kind, please. These shoes will stay at school. Your child also needs a pair of rain/mud boots. We go outside almost every day and having rain/mud boots allows your child to run and play almost anywhere on the playground. Slip-on “wellies” style rubber boots work best. They are easy for the child to slip on and off, and they are easy to clean. Rain boots will be switched out for snow boots in the winter. See Winterwear.

Forms

All forms are due on or before the first day of school. These include: the Enrollment Contract; Medical Records form; History of Immunization; Child Health Assessment; Authorization for Emergency Medical Care; and if necessary Authorization for Dispensing Medication forms. Copies of the medical forms are available on the website.

Half Day vs. Full Day Program

2½-year-olds must enroll in the Half Day program. Most 3-year-olds enroll in the Half Day program. Full Day is determined by a child’s readiness and approval by the teacher and program director. Children age 4 through kindergarten enroll in the Full Day program.

Help With Health and State Forms

Complete the mandatory forms required by the state of Kansas as follows: Authorization for Emergency Medical Care Fill in your child’s name, the first day of school. This form will be in effect until the end of care. Sign and date the form and have someone other than your spouse witness and date the document. Include your child’s health insurance information. The state of Kansas does not require this form to be notarized. Medical Record for All children in Child Care Facilities Complete this informational page for your child’s file. Be sure to include people authorized to pick up your child, emergency contacts, doctor and dentist contacts, and allergy information. Sign the form. History of Immunization In Section 1, enter the date of each of your child’s vaccination, or send this form to your pediatrician to complete -OR- In Section 2, select which exemption option you prefer. Sign and date the form. Child Health Assessment Send this form to your pediatrician to complete and sign. Some offices take days or weeks to complete and return this form so give yourself enough time to get it back before school starts. Authorization for Dispensing Medications These forms are only for children who need to take medication at school on a regular basis or who use a rescue inhaler, epi-pen, allergy medication, or other similar items at school. Note that all medications must be in their original packaging. You may also include an Asthma Action Plan by your child’s physician which we will keep on file.

Health Records

Your child’s records are available to you anytime upon request. Your child’s health records will be returned to you upon request when your child is no longer enrolled in the school.

Holidays

Holidays are very important to children. At Monarch Montessori School we celebrate holidays in a low-key way. For example, on Halloween we incorporate the celebration into the normal morning work-cycle. Songs are sung, a pumpkin is carved, seeds are roasted, and a special snack is served. We encourage children from all cultural backgrounds to share their holidays and festivities with us. We celebrate Halloween and Valentine’s Day.

Illness

Children will be sent home if they:

  • have a fever of 100 degrees or above
  • are vomiting
  • have diarrhea
  • have unusual rashes
  • have red or draining eyes
  • are crying excessively or are irritable or lethargic for 2 or more hours

A child who is sent home with any illness will not be able to return to school for 24 hours. Your child must be fever-free without medication and/or have not vomited for 24 hours before returning to school. The only exceptions are vomiting episodes due to car-sickness or choking or gagging in the absence of other infectious symptoms. If your child is sick, keep him or her at home. If your child becomes sick at school, we will notify you or call someone on your contact list to come pick up your child. You will be notified by email if your child is exposed to communicable diseases (see Contagion Notice). Some common sense parenting will promote health. Keep children home until they are fever-free without medications for 24 hours. This reduces the spreading of germs, and it gives your child extra time to rest and fight off the illness. Keep children home if they have had vomiting or diarrhea. Usually, they feel physically drained if they have had these symptoms. They may return to school when they are symptom-free for 24 hours. For other illnesses, please consider keeping your child home to be able to rest regain strength. Keeping your child home for an extra day can be a healthy investment in your child and your family. The following illnesses will require your child to stay home sick as instructed by the Kansas Health Department: Appearance/Behavior: Unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused, excessive crying or irritable for 4 or more hours. Diarrhea: 3 or more watery stools in a 24-hour period, especially if child acts or looks ill. Eyes: Thick mucus or pus draining from the eye, or pink eye. The child can return to school after using antibiotic eyedrops for 24 hours, if the pus is minimal. Fever: Has a fever at present or within the last 24 hours. Your child must be fever-free with no fever reducing medication for 24 hours. At Monarch Montessori School, temperatures are taken with a temporal artery thermometer. A child will be sent home if his or her temperature is at or above 100 degrees. If other symptoms exist such as sore throat, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, earache, irritability or confusion, your child may be sent home with a lower temperature than stated above. Please understand these policies are in place to protect your child and all of the other children at school. Impetigo: Bacterial skin infection causing 1 or more coin-shaped sores. The child may return to school 24 hours after treatment is initiated.Lice: Children who have lice may not return to school until they are louse and nit (egg) free. Rash: Body rash not associated with diapering, heat, or allergic reactions, especially with fever or itching. Sore Throat: Especially if associated with fever or swollen glands in the neck. Vomiting: Vomiting on 2 or more occasions within the past 24 hours. If you child is vomiting, please keep him or her home.

Immunizations

Please keep your child’s immunization records up to date and inform the school when your child has had additional immunizations.

Kindergarten Year Policy

The Montessori preschool program is a 3-year, interrelated and cumulative curriculum during the preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten years. All children at Monarch Montessori School who participate in the 3-year curriculum through their kindergarten year will be refunded 50% of their application fees at the completion of the kindergarten year.

Lice Policy

A child will not be allowed to return to school until after proper treatment and all adult lice as well as nits are removed. Teachers will check children’s heads upon arrival at school. If lice- and nit-free, the child may stay. Resting mats and other personal items may be sent home to avoid spread. Our policy is different from public elementary schools because the American Academy of Pediatrics states: “Little information is available on the incidence and control of head lice outside of the school-aged population and outside of school. Because head lice are most readily transmitted by direct head-to-head contact, child care programs, and camps where children share sleeping quarters may allow for easier spread. Therefore, it may be prudent to establish stricter criteria than in the school-based setting for identifying and treating others in these special settings once an index case is identified.” Children must be nit free to return to school for several reasons.

  • Nit removal guarantees the child has been fully treated.
  • Nit removal may decrease future diagnostic confusion.
  • Nit removal may decrease the possibility of unnecessary re-treatment.

Although over-the-counter remedies can be used, they are harsh chemicals that are often not administered correctly and may not ultimately kill all of the lice. According to a research team at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsvillle, in 25 states lice has become resistant to pyrethroids, the active ingredients in most OTC lice treatments. In Kansas and Missouri, 100% of the tested lice contain the so called “knock-down resistant mutations”, a triple set of genetic mutations that render the lice immune. Instead, we recommend scheduling an appointment with a professional lice removal salon. They perform a head check, and if evidence of lice is found, they shampoo the hair, remove all adult lice, comb through the hair extensively to remove bugs and nits, then use a strand by strand method to check for and remove nits or any remaining evidence of head lice. See below for some salons in the area. Recommendations from the CDC Head lice survive 1–2 days if they fall off a person and cannot feed; nits (eggs) cannot hatch and usually die within a week if they are not kept at the same temperature as that found close to the scalp. If your child does have lice, the cycle of reinfestation can be broken using some simple steps at home:

  • Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp).
  • Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes.
  • Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Disinfest combs and brushes used by an infested person by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5–10 minutes.
  • Do not sit or lie on beds, couches, pillows, carseats, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with an infested person. Consider placing items in a trash bag to avoid contact.
  • Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. This can kill both head lice and nits. Items that have been in contact with the head of the infested person in the 48 hours before treatment should be considered for cleaning. This includes clothes, bed linens, pillows, stuffed animals, blankets, rugs, jackets, carseat covers, etc. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned or sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.
  • Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay. However, spending much time and money on housecleaning activities is not necessary to avoid reinfestation by lice or nits that may have fallen off the head or crawled onto furniture or clothes.
  • Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

Lice Removal Salons In lieu of using chemical treatments, consider scheduling a salon appointment.

Miracle Sisters Lice Removal
913-381-5423 8991
West 75th St.
Overland Park, KS
(near Shawnee Mission Medical Center)
Mon-Fri: 8am – 6 pm
Sat: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Sun: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

The Magical Comb
913-333-2789
7701 151st St.
Overland Park, KS
(West of 151st & Metcalf)
Every Day: 9 am – 9 pm

Combers
913-451-2662
11972 W 119th St.
Overland Park, KS
(near 119th & Quivira)
Mon-Fri: 9 am – 8 pm
Sat: 8 am – 5 pm
Sun: 8 am – NOON

Heartland Healthy Heads
913-543-2856
801 N. Murlen #105,
Olathe, KS
(In the Olathe Professional Plaza)
Mon-Fri: 9 am – 5 pm

Check your child’s hair daily at the nape of the neck or over the ear for white nits. Dry scalp pulls off the hair follicle, nits cling.

Suggestions for Prevention

  • If your child has long hair, wear it up in a bun, braids or ponytail.
  • Use teatree mint shampoo.
  • Use a teatree rosemary peppermint spray or just hair spray on your child’s hair.

Lunch

If your child stays for the full day program, send a healthy lunch each day. Lunches will be refrigerated. We eat lunch in the classroom and the children are largely responsible for their own lunches. They set the tables, pour the milk, and help with clean up. Lunch is a time for practicing manners and engaging in polite conversation. Keeping with the Montessori cornerstones of independence and care of self, make sure that you are sending packages that your child can open independently as well as things that are easily manageable and not too messy. Be sure to include any utensils your child will need for his or her meal. Make the lunch well balanced and limit or eliminate sugary foods. We do not recommend Lunchable-type meals. They do not promote independence, contain excessive packaging, and are lower in protein in relation to fat and sodium. Tips for Packing Lunch Every day your child’s lunch should include:

  1. A Protein: turkey, chicken, ham, roast beef, cheese, Greek yogurt, edamame, hummus, cottage cheese, black beans, quinoa, etc.
  2. A Fruit: berries, apple, pear, melon, orange, banana, peach, grapes, etc.
  3. A Vegetable: carrot, cucumber, tomato, salad, peppers, beans, peas, corn, broccoli, etc.
  4. A Grain: whole grain bread, tortilla, pasta, crackers, pretzels, bagel, muffin, pita bread, etc.

Also see Milk Program. Cookies, candy, donuts, sweet treats, sugary yogurt, potato chips and other “fun foods” will be set aside until healthy foods have been eaten, then the child is welcome to eat his or her sweet or chips. Choices & Portions Too many choices of foods in your child’s lunch can be overwhelming. Too much of any one food can make it difficult for your child to eat a balanced meal. Be aware of portion size and try to include just enough so that your child won’t be overwhelmed by too much or too many foods. We will have your child bring home the foods that she or he does not finish. This will give you insight into your child’s ever-changing lunchtime eating habits. Learning About Nutrition Throughout lunch the teachers and children talk to each other about the nutritional value of their lunch items. Our hope is to instill a sensibility about healthy eating and an enjoyment of eating healthy foods. Reducing Waste and Recycling Monarch Montessori School strives to be as environmentally conscious as possible. We will help your child recycle what we can. Please try to send food in reusable containers. Bento boxes, Tupperware, and Gladware containers work well. We want to help the children be aware of the amount of trash each of us produces and to limit it when possible by recycling.

Measles Policy

If your child has not received at least 1 MMR vaccination (measles, mumps and rubella), and your child exhibits the symptoms below, we will require that you keep your child home from school for 7 days to determine if it is indeed measles. runny / watery / reddened eyes; rash starting at the top of the head and progressing down; runny nose, cough, and fever If your child is not fully vaccinated against measles and there is a measles outbreak in the Kansas City metropolitan area, your child will be required to stay home from school until the outbreak has subsided. We will consult with the Department of Public Health and the CDC to determine when it is safe for your child to return to school. The typical presentation of measles is runny nose, with cough, and runny, reddened eyes. Four days following the start of these symptoms, a typical measles rash breaks out starting on the face and head and spreading down the body to the feet. Although some of the above symptoms are typically just the sign of a summer cold, given the seriousness of the current measles outbreak we must insist that proper precautions are made to protect the health and the lives of the children in our community. Measles is a highly contagious, airborne disease. If an unvaccinated child is exposed to a person with measles, he or she has a 90% chance of becoming infected. Measles can have a 20% or greater mortality rate in children under 6 months of age and a .3-30% mortality rate in children 12 months and older depending upon their access to health care. In people who are immunosuppressed (receiving chemotherapy or other immunosuppressant medications) or elderly, measles can have up to a 30% mortality rate even if they have been vaccinated. Death from measles typically results from severe pneumonia and encephalitis or brain infection, as well as sepsis or a bacterial blood infection that results from a child’s weakened state due to measles. If a member of the Monarch community is exposed to measles, every child who has been in contact with that child and who is not fully vaccinated from measles (meaning they have not had two MMR vaccinations) would be subject to a 4-7 day quarantine according to public health standards. The Monarch staff would report the case to the Johnson County Health Department and to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). If a child with measles attends school, we will close the school until the “wait and see” period has passed. Although the majority of students at Monarch Montessori School are immunized against measles, many of them have younger siblings who may not be old enough to receive the MMR vaccine. Any child with measles who attends school, the local pool, a park, birthday party, playdate, grocery store, movie theater will expose every person at those places to the disease including those children who are not old enough to be protected from it. The virus lives in the mucus in the nose and throat of the infected person. When that person sneezes or coughs, droplets spray into the air. The droplets can get into other people’s noses or throats when they breathe or put their fingers in their mouth or nose after touching an infected surface. The virus can live on infected surfaces for up to 2 hours. This means immune children can carry the disease with them on their clothes or skin and spread it to unvaccinated younger siblings. Often, parents are unaware of the symptoms or mistake them for a simple cold virus. Exposure can happen rapidly. For those of you with infants or toddlers, be aware that receiving the first MMR vaccination makes 95% of people immune. If your older child has not yet received an MMR vaccination, having that first shot would lower his or her risk of contracting measles significantly. We are hopeful that no one in our city will be forced to fight this disease. However, each of us has a responsibility to be educated and aware. We want to remind each of you about the seriousness of measles; educate you about the warning signs, symptoms and procedures; and encourage you to take proper precautions and actions in dealing with any symptoms that may indicate infection with measles. For more information, contact your pediatrician or go to www.cdc.gov/measles.

Medication

To administer medication to your child, Monarch Montessori School must have the Authorization for Dispensing Medications to Children or Youth form completed and signed by a parent or guardian. Prescription medications must be in their original containers labeled with the child’s first and last name, the date the prescription was filled, the name of the licensed physician or nurse practitioner who wrote the prescription, the expiration date of the medication, and specific and legible instructions for administration and storage of the medication. All medication will be administered according to the instructions. Non-prescription medications can be given with permission from the parent or guardian based on general advice received from the child’s physician. Non-prescription medication will be administered from the original container labeled with the child’s first and last name and according to the instructions on the label. A record of doses will be kept.

Milk Program

For a nominal fee, full day students have the option of joining the Milk Program. Your child will be served Certified Organic 2% grade A pasteurized milk during lunch each day.

Mission Statement

Monarch Montessori School provides an authentic Montessori preschool education for children aged 2½ through kindergarten in beautifully prepared classrooms, with highly-trained teachers who are passionate about the education of your individual child.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Monarch Montessori School provides an authentic Montessori education to all children regardless of ability, race, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical handicap, socio-economic status, hair color, or shoe size.

Notice of Dismissal

Monarch Montessori School may at any time, in its sole discretion, discontinue a student’s enrollment if it determines that the student’s behavior is detrimental to the well-being of other students or the staff; or the student or any parent or guardian repeatedly fails to follow rules and policies as established for the harmony and safety of all of the children and staff; or tuition is not paid for 30 days. Written notice of a student’s dismissal will be mailed or delivered to the parent or guardian and no refund of tuition deposit, application fees, or supply fees will be made.

Order of Admissions

Enrollment preference is given to returning students, siblings of current students, siblings of former students, and students transferring from other Montessori schools.

Ouch Report

If your child has a small injury at school, an Ouch Report will be filled out and given to you. Our staff is trained in CPR and First Aid. Minor bumps and bruises will be treated accordingly and given TLC. Any nose bleed, bump to the head or otherwise will be reported to the parents. If there is a major medical emergency, 911 will be called, First Aid will be administered, and the parent (or second emergency contact) will be notified.

Outside Play

Fresh air and outdoor play are very important for children. We try to go outside every day of the year. If weather conditions are unsafe, we will not go outside. If it is 19 degrees or warmer, expect to go outside. With appropriate dress, children can play outside even in cold temperatures if only for 5 to 10 minutes. Plan on your child’s going outside every day and dress your child accordingly. In the summer, send a hat for sun protection and rain/mud boots. In the winter, send snow boots, snow pants, hats, mittens (they’re easier to put on than gloves), and a warm coat with a working zipper for fun in the cold and snow. See Winterwear and Footwear.

Parent Nights

We host Parent Night events during the year where we discuss Montessori education and parenting. You’ve already chosen a superior form of education, now come learn more about it! Bring any questions you may have and take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about your child’s education. Parent Night dates and times are listed on the school calendar and on the website.

Parent Observation

Observation is an excellent way to gain a better understanding of the Montessori Method, and all parents are encouraged to observe periodically. Parents who come to the school to observe children at work are given guidelines for observation and are asked to be seated during the observation. The purpose of observation is to view the environment and the children’s interaction with the materials, other children, and the teachers. Observation times must be scheduled with the school office. Observations may be scheduled beginning six weeks after the start of school. This allows for a period of adjustment for new students.

Parking

All families should park in the Belinder (west) parking lot only. Please share this information with grandparents, childcare providers and other people who will be dropping off or picking up your child. To be good neighbors and to protect the safety of each child, we ask that no one parks on 75th Terrace. That street is the last leg of a tributary fed by Lee Boulevard. It produces significant westbound traffic on our quiet side street. Our school sidewalk is at the crest of a blind hill. We see fire trucks, delivery vehicles, and many cars using our street as a cut-through from Lee Boulevard to 75th Street. Please, please, please just park in the Belinder parking lot. Spend the extra 2 minutes walking into the school with your child.

Photography & Video

Throughout the school year, we take photos of your child working and playing at school. Because Montessori work is done mainly with the materials themselves, often there is little “paperwork” sent home to show the work your child is doing each day. These photos show your child happily learning and growing, and we use them in gifts. In addition, we like to document our field trips and other special events. We like to post photos on our website and Facebook page so that other families can see our school and get a feel for the work that the children do. In addition, our website is a place where you can send family and friends to see photos of your child at school. However, the safety and privacy of your child is of great importance to us. The Photo Consent Form gives you the opportunity to decide under which conditions you give consent regarding photography and videography by Monarch Montessori School.

Picking Up Your Child Late

If you are consistently late picking up your child from school or extended day, you will be given notice that, in the future, a Late Pick Up Penalty will apply. If you are late picking up your child on any subsequent days, we will apply a penalty of $1 per minute for each minute that you are late. The penalty will be calculated based on time kept on the school clock.

Pick-Up Procedure

Half-day students are released to parents at 11:30 AM. Full-day students are released to parents at 2:30 PM. At the end of each day, please wait outside of the school until we open the door. Once the children have changed into their street shoes and gathered their belongings, a teacher will open the school door and release your child to you. We will only allow a child out of the classroom door if his or her parent or person authorized to pick-up is present. Also see Playground for more information. If someone other than you or your authorized pick-up person is picking up your child, please leave notice with the teacher or administrator to authorize the pick-up.

Pick-Up from PM Care

Our PM Care program runs from 2:30 until either 4:00 or 5:30 PM each day. Your child must be picked up by your respective time or a late fee may be applied to your next month’s tuition invoice. Upon arrival for pick up, please sign out your child. Find your child’s name on the red clipboard located on top of the coat rack. Indicate the time using the clock by the white board, and sign your name in the box below.

Playground

The playground is available to you before and after school. Do not leave your children unattended and please be sure that younger siblings do not walk, play in or pick flowers from the flower beds. Also, be sure to close the gate when you leave.

PM Care – Extended Day Program

Monarch Montessori School offers an extended day to students for an additional fee. We have two price points for PM Care: either 2:30 to 4:00 PM, or 2:30 to 5:30 PM. Upon arrival for pick up, please sign out your child. Find your child’s name on the red clipboard located on top of the coat rack. Indicate the time using the clock by the white board, and sign your name in the box below. Parents arriving after either 4 or 5:30 respectively will be charged $1 per minute for each minute that they are late. The late fee will appear on the next month’s tuition invoice. Students must qualify for the Full Day program to participate in PM Care. A Drop-In program for PM Care is available. The cost is $9/day until 4:00 or $18/day until 5:30. Space is limited. Contact the school office to check availability and make a reservation. We request that drop-in reservations be made as early as possible.

Reading, Taking Mac and Tab Books Home

When children are ready to begin reading books, we start with our set of Mac and Tab readers, a set of Primary Phonics books. Each of the 5 sets contains 10 books. Each set allows children to learn and practice phonics concepts while building their confidences as  skilled readers. By the completion of Set 5 book 10, your child will be reading at a 2nd grade level. After your child has successfully read a Mac and Tab book out-loud to a teacher, she or he is invited to take the book home to read to you. This is a chance for your child to really shine while sharing with you the results of his or her hard work as a new reader. Give your child the time and space toread the book to you and to feel proud of his or her effort. Your child will check the book out from school, place it in a special folder, and carry it home in his or her tote bag. Over the next 1 or 2 days, your child should read the book to you. Then place the book back in the folder and return it to school. Please treat our readers with great care. If you would rather not be responsible for the Mac and Tab readers at home, just let us know and we will not invite your child to take the book home.

Refunds

Enrollment Fees and supply fees are non-refundable with the exception of the “The Kindergarten Year” policy. All tuition deposits are non-refundable but will be applied to your child’s last month’s tuition. See Kindergarten Year Policy.

Rest Time

After lunch the children have a short rest time. If your child stays for the full day program, please send a nap mat with attached pillow that rolls up and is labeled with your child’s name. Check out Lillian Vernon’s Lilly’s Kids Personalized Reversible Nap Pad. Please no sleeping bags, full size pillows, stuffed animals or large resting mats. Storage for resting things is limited. We will have to send home items that are too large for the cubby area.

Separation

Some children have a hard time separating from their parents when transitioning to school. Just relax. You’ve made the decision to send your child to Montessori school, and you are both ready! Make it exciting and say goodbye quickly and lovingly to show your child that you trust the new environment and new teachers. Keeping goodbyes short and sweet once you’re inside the classroom is a good way to diminishes separation anxiety. You should not help your child find his or her first work because all lessons are presented by the teacher. It’s the children’s classroom and they will make their own way. We are here to support you and your child. We are available to discuss any concerns you may have during this transition. If you or your child is upset at your leaving, just ask for a phone call. We will give you a call on your cell phone as soon as your child has settled into the day’s work. If for any reason your child is struggling, we will call you to share his or her emotional state. You’ll be surprised! The call that your child has stopped crying and is busy with his or her first work of the day usually comes within minutes!

Sharing

On Mondays your child may bring something from home to share, but this is not required. Many children like to share a story. If your child does bring something from home to share, it must be educational. It could be a story, a photograph, a souvenir from a family vacation or event you attended, or something from nature. Children have plenty of time with their toys outside of school and they are only a distraction in the classroom. Please leave all toys, dolls, costumes, sports equipment, weapons, etc. at home.

Snacks

Organic, healthy snacks are served at Monarch Montessori School. The children serve themselves a snack when they are hungry during the morning work period. There are also opportunities to eat healthy food as children work in the Practical Life area of the classroom and learn to prepare a variety of foods using different culinary utensils. They serve themselves and others the food they have lovingly prepared, thus practicing grace and courtesy and contributing meaningfully to the classroom community.

Snow Days

Monarch Montessori School follows the Shawnee Mission School District’s snow day schedule. If Shawnee Mission Schools are closed due to weather, then we are closed. Snow day information will also be posted on our website, www.MonarchKC.com.

Summer Program

The Summer Program is intended to avoid the “summer brain-drain” by providing an uninterrupted work period each class morning. We play outside, sing songs, play games, and celebrate birthdays as well as do challenging Montessori work. The Summer Program has proven to be an excellent opportunity for already-enrolled students to make great strides in math and reading. For many children, their grasp of reading and mathematical concepts just begins to “click” in the springtime. By attending the Summer Program, children are able to continue strengthening and mastering these new skills without the period of re-learning sometimes present after a long summer. And the Summer Program is fun. The children enjoy seeing their friends each day, playing outside together, and continuing to do the work they love. Positions in the Summer Program are available to current Monarch Montessori School students, newly enrolling students, and children who attend other Montessori schools. Children age 2½ through those just finishing kindergarten may enroll. All children must be potty trained to attend. Children age 2½ through those just finishing kindergarten are eligible. All children must be potty trained to attend. 2½-year-old students may attend morning sessions only. Most 3-year-olds attend morning sessions. Extended Day for 3-year-olds must be approved by the school. Children on the Waiting List for fall who enroll in the Summer Program are considered currently enrolled students, therefore they move to the top of the Waiting List. If a spot for the fall becomes available, families enrolled in the Summer Program are give the opportunity to enroll first before it is offered to those on the Waiting List.

Supply Fee

The supply fee is due no later than the first day of school. The supply fee helps cover the cost of organic snacks, special projects, the pumpkin patch field trip, all other in-school “field trips”, classroom supplies, and art supplies.

Toys At School

Certain items such as toys, sporting equipment, jewelry, purses, sunglasses, and money can be hazardous and a distraction. These items should not be brought to school.

Tuition Deposits

All Enrollment Contracts must include a non-refundable deposit which is applied to your child’s last month’s tuition payment.

Tuition Payments

Tuition payments are due on the 1st day of school in August, and on the 1st school day of each month from September through April. Because the School must allocate its classroom spots and contract professional teachers on an annual basis, and because in-school days vary month to month, tuition is not considered a monthly charge for monthly services rendered. Upon acceptance of the Enrollment Contract, the following agreements are expressly understood: that parents intend for the child to complete the school year, that tuition is an annual charge, and that the ten monthly payments represent payments upon an annual obligation. Any payment made after the 10th day of the month will be subject to a $25 late fee. Tuition is not based on the number of attendance days in each month. Full monthly tuition payments are due regardless of the number of days that a student actually attends school. There are no refunds for missed days, whatever the reason, nor will there be compensatory days for absences.

Waiting List

In general, 60% of our school’s students will re-enroll for the following school year. If you have a younger sibling whom you would like to attend Monarch Montessori School, complete an enrollment application now and return it to the school office. There is no fee to apply. Being on the waiting list gives you first-right-of-refusal once your child is of age. Also see Kindergarten Year Policy and Summer Program. If your child is placed on the Waiting List, you will be called as soon as a space becomes available. Enrollment preference is given to returning students, siblings of current students, siblings of former students, students enrolled in the Summer Program, students transferring from other Montessori schools, then the general public.

Water Play

On hot, sunny days during the summer program, we often change into swim suits and play in the sprinkler or with other water toys. The protocol is for the older children to change in the restroom and younger children to change on their towel in the classroom. Younger children need assistance changing clothes and are not able to get their swimsuits on by themselves. Some older children feel more comfortable changing in the restroom by themselves. We do our best to keep boys in one area of the classroom and girls in another. We change quickly, get sunscreen on, and go outside to have fun. Now if only Monarch had a pool!

Web Site

www.MonarchKC.com is the best place to stay current on all activities, updates, illnesses, and news about the school. Be sure to check our web site often. For the most current school calendar and roster, newsletters; to download forms and applications; and to view valuable information about Montessori education, access theFor Parents section of our website.

Winterwear

With appropriate dress, children can play outside in cold temperatures even if only for 5 or 10 minutes. Plan on your child’s going outside every day and dress your child accordingly. For fun in the cold and snow during winter months, send a warm hat, a warm coat with a working zipper, snow pants or bibs which are easy to put on, mittens (they’re easier to put on than gloves), and slip-on snow boots. Please remember to label every piece of outerwear (each mitten, both boots) with your child’s name. Masking tape and a Sharpie work great.

Withdrawal from the School

If a student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) terminates the Enrollment Contract before completion of the school year, the remaining unpaid tuition obligation will be pro-rated only if the following policies and procedures are met.

Withdrawal Policies and Procedures

  1. Notice of withdrawal must be made directly to the school administrator. Once notice has been received, the school administrator will present the parent(s) or guardian(s) with a completed Notice of Withdrawal form that reflects the specific terms of the student’s withdrawal.
  2. Parent(s) or guardian(s) must give the school notice of intent to withdrawal at least sixty (60) days in advance.
  3. If at least sixty-days notice is given, Monarch Montessori School will pro-rate the total tuition amount still due so that the amount owed reflects only monthly tuition payments through the withdrawal date. Then, the tuition deposit will be credited to the amount due. Families will pay tuition for the first 30 days, and the deposit will be applied to the last 30 days.
  4. If the child’s last day of school is less than sixty days from the date that notice is given, the Official Date of Withdrawal will still be calculated sixty days from the notification date.
  5. Failure to provide sixty-days (60) notice will result in the parent(s) or guardian(s) liability to make the monthly tuition payment due on the first school day of the month following the student’s last day of school.
  6. A final tuition invoice will be presented to the parent(s) or guardian(s).
  7. In the event of default of any payment provided for in the Enrollment Contract, the student may not be allowed to continue attending school and the parent(s) or guardian(s) will be responsible for all attorneys’ fees and reasonable costs of collection for any outstanding amounts due under the Enrollment Contract.

Work

Work is a term lovingly applied to the children’s daily activities in a Montessori classroom. They take great pride in their work. From this work, concentration, confidence and true happiness are manifested. A Montessori classroom is a joy to watch because you will find children happily engaged in work. There is a pervasive sense of community as the children learn to take care of themselves, each other, and their environment. Ask your child, “What work did you do today?” Something that may seem inconsequential to the adult, such as water pouring, sweeping or scrubbing, but these activities are important work to the young child. Through this work your child becomes self-confident, independent, focused, calm, and happy.

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