Our Policies

All staff are required to have up to date criminal reference checks before being employed with the school. There is a qualified Montessori Directress in both the Toddler and Primary Classes. All of our Assistants have extensive experience working with young children. We require all our staff to be certified in First Aid and CPR for children and adults. Staff are required to have their certification up to date.

Daily Information

Your child must wear the school uniform everyday. Payment for uniform orders must be made at time of order.

Students wear the uniform to take the focus off their clothing and put it on the work they do. Children can dress themselves without worrying about what matches, as all uniform pieces are complementary colours. When selecting tights and socks for your children, please choose plain navy blue, black or white only. Hair bands, clips, elastics/scrunchies for the girls, should also be plain navy blue, white or black. A pair of soft soled black shoes are to be kept at the school and worn daily, as well as a pair of running shoes for gym days (Primary Class Only).

All clothing must be labelled. Please label your child’s shoes, coats, gloves, scarves, hats and boots. Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather. We will be going out almost everyday. It’s important to provide extra clothing for your child to change into if the need arises. Lost and found items are put into a box near the entrance. Please note
that the school is not responsible for your child’s clothing. Items in the lost and found are held for one month and then donated to a charity

We have made exceptions for children in the Toddler Class who are in diapers or in the process of being Toilet Trained. Once your child is wearing underwear on a regular basis, they will need to be in Full Uniform.

In keeping with the Montessori Philosophy allow your child to remove their own coat and put on their indoor shoes. Exercise extreme caution in the Parking Area; children are at times difficult to see.

Prompt, regular attendance supports your child’s development of responsible, disciplined work habits. Arriving outside of regular drop-off and pick-up times is disruptive to the classroom, so please make every effort to be on time. Please notify the school as soon as possible if your child will be absent from school. If your child will be leaving during school hours (e.g. For a doctor’s appointment) please notify his/her teacher.

The Queensway West Montessori School has sign-in sheets for the parents to record their child’s drop-off and pick-up times, which are used for attendance and extended care purposes. We ask that you sign-in each time you bring or take away your child. This is for the safety of your child.

Please pack your child a healthy lunch and include an ice pack to keep the lunch cool. Sugar type snacks will be sent back home (eg. Fruit roll-ups, cream filled cookies, chocolate, etc.). Please pack a lunch that will provide your child with long-term energy. Nut Free granola bars or yoghurt make great deserts after lunch. We encourage you to use labelled re-usable containers in your child’s lunch.

Some tips for lunches:

  • Please avoid carbonated soft drinks.  Juice or water are better choices.
  • The “Lunchable” type of pre-made lunches are not recommended – they are generally high in fat, usually are not nutritionally balanced and the children tend to throw away a lot of the food.
  • Popcorn, pretzels, dry cereal, raisins, sunflower seed, homemade trail mix are healthier choices rather than potato chips or Cheezies.
  • Small containers of dip can make vegetable sticks more interesting.
  • Information on healthy eating habits can be found at Health Canada.

Please dress your child appropriately to go outdoors on a daily basis. Even in cold weather we will go outside for a short period. If the temperature is extremely high we will set up the gym for indoor exercises. If your child is too ill to go outside, please keep them at home until they are able to participate in normal activities, as it is impossible to change our program to suit one child.

The playground will be checked daily for harmful objects before the children go into the yard.

* If you have any questions contact Julie Barnes or Sherry Dooher.

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