Parent committees play a pivotal role in organizing various activities which foster the development of the child. As a result, parents become integral entities in the school’s endeavors. Through these committees, parents can help organize and execute activities and events occurring during the school year. These committees are essential and mandatory in a Montessori environment.Parental involvement in these committees is important for the growth of the children and the development of the school. Parents can also observe and understand the progress of their child through these activities.
After parents have gained some understanding of the school structure by participating in its activities for three years, they are encouraged to use their personal expertise as a member of the Board or in various sub-committees. The board welcomes the election of interested members with particular skills and commitment in areas such as fundraising, finance, law, catering, editing, public relations, and maintenance whenever vacancies arise.
Some of the committees functioning in the school are
- Library Committee
- Going out sessions
- Sports Committee
- Finance Committee
- Fundraising Committee
- Snacks Committee
- Event Management Committee
- Material Making Committee
Parent/teacher interviews are held twice a year. These interviews are scheduled as a 20 minute conference with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s progress. During the term, teachers are available for consultation with prior appointment. Appointment times are to be scheduled by contacting the office.
It is required that parents of children joining the school observe in an appropriate classroom before their child commences school. Classroom observations for parents of prospective students are available by arrangement through the office.
Parents of enrolled children are encouraged to observe in their child’s classroom each academic year. Parents should observe the classroom as a whole and not just their child in isolation. This acquaints the parents with the child as part of the entire group of children working in the Montessori environment.
Observations are available during second and third years of the primary program and are booked through the school office. Notification of the commencement of observations is informed to the parents.
Observations are for an hour. Dates and times are available in the office. A maximum of two people may observe at one time. Babies or toddlers are not permitted in the classroom during observation visits.
The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth. From this almost mystic affirmation there comes what may seem a strange conclusion: that education must start from birth. And so we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being
Dr. Maria Montessori