Parent Partnerships & Open Communication
At Brooklin Mill Montessori School, we place tremendous value on our parent partnerships and very much want to work together with you to ensure our goals and priorities are in harmony. Regular, open, and honest communication is a cornerstone of this relationship. We are interested in knowing such things as the birth of a sibling, inability to sleep well for several consecutive nights, stress occurring at home or school, or other insights that we might share into your child’s behaviour. At arrival and departure times, we welcome dialogue, but may be too busy for more than a brief conversation. Don’t hesitate to arrange a phone call or interview to discuss a question or concern further at any time.
Code of Behaviour
We believe that the safety and well-being of all the children in the school and the maintenance of a high quality learning environment is our shared and primary concern. Respectful behaviour in action and words is required of the staff, children, their families and caregivers at School. This includes respect for each other, demonstrated through courteous and considerate behaviour, as well as respect for School and personal property. Any behaviour that interferes with learning or that may threaten the well-being of a member of our School family will not be accepted. The School reserves the right to suspend or withdraw a child from the program should the child or their family fail to abide by the Code of Conduct.
Our Montessori classes encourage self-regulation through the interactive community of children and learning materials that productively engage the mind and body. As a result, teacher intervention in the self-directed Montessori learning environment is not often required. When children do demonstrate the need for adult support in self-regulation, we use the following methods:
- Mediation: Where the teacher talks with the child, explains the problem, clarifies the “rule” or expectation, and redirects the child to appropriate behaviour or actions;
- Time “In”; where the child is demonstrating the need for adult support, the child stays with a teacher who guides their activity together. The child may be encouraged to problem-solve, make an alternate choice or do something that the teacher knows will calm and re-centre the child. Once the child is ready, the child and teacher will review the class community expectations and the child will be guided to return to self-directed activity;
- Administration Assistance; where the teacher refers the child or situation to the School Administration in the case of a serious or recurring problem. The School leadership will take this opportunity to investigate why this problem exists, and may engage the Support Teacher, parents, and other resources in developing solutions.
Formal Parent/Teacher Interviews & Report Cards
The orientation and ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting will be our first opportunity to share goals and objectives for the upcoming year. For children in our Foundations and PreCasa classes, a daily written record is provided to communicate eating, sleeping, and toileting observations. We will invite all parents to a parent-teacher meeting in late fall to compare notes on the adjustment of your child to the program, to provide progress feedback, and to ensure our expectations are consistent. There will be 2 formal written progress reports and further invitations to an interview with the teachers scheduled in each of January and June. In addition to ongoing informal progress updates, the written reports will provide you with insight into your child’s development and accomplishments in the classroom.
Keeping the Lines of Communication Open
We will be issuing regular electronic updates to keep you informed about school activities and upcoming events. We will also invite you to participate in seminars and workshops regarding various aspects of our program. We encourage your participation whenever you can work an event into your schedule. The more you know about the Montessori method and our programs, the better we can guide your child’s early learning experiences together. We will also be hosting a Classroom Open House for the children to demonstrate some of their activities to you. We have found this to be a very popular event with the children and their parents. You are welcome to come into the classroom to observe at any time. We appreciate if you call in advance to schedule your observation visit and generally find observation visits less disruptive after the class has settled into the routine (generally after Thanksgiving), but of course, you are welcome at any time.
Addressing Your Issues or Concerns
All issues and concerns raised by parents are taken seriously and will be addressed. Every effort will be made to address and resolve issues and concerns to the satisfaction of all parties and as quickly as possible. Issues / concerns may be brought forward verbally or in writing to the classroom teachers or the School Administration, including the School Secretary, Vice Principal or School Director. Responses and outcomes will be provided verbally, or in writing upon request. The level of detail provided will respect and maintain the confidentiality of all parties involved. An initial response to an issue or concern will be provided within 2 business days. The person who raised the issue / concern will be kept informed throughout the resolution process. Investigations of issues and concerns will be fair, impartial and respectful to parties involved. Further details regarding our procedures for responding to issues and concerns can be found on our website in the Parent’s Corner
Protecting your privacy
At Brooklin Mill Montessori School, we are committed to protecting your personal information. We collect personal information regarding your child and family only to provide the education, transportation and child care services for which you have registered, to understand your needs and to assist us in creating new services that will serve you better. We do not disclose your personal information to any other organization or individual outside of the School community unless it is necessary to provide you and your child with services, emergency care, or when required by law. Your child’s and family’s personal information is processed and stored in confidential databases with strictly limited access. If you have questions or concerns about how your personal information is gathered, used or retained, please let us know in writing
Volunteering is an invaluable way to get involved in the school, help control our costs, and demonstrate to the children the value you place on their learning environment. We welcome any commitment, from infrequent assistance to regularly scheduled time. Please note that we do screen all volunteers who will be interacting with the children in the school (including reference checks and a criminal records check). All volunteers, including student teachers-in-training are supervised by school staff and are not left alone with the children. Please contact school administration if you are interested in exploring volunteer opportunities further.