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Parents! Great News!
The District is excited to announce the launch of a new service that will enhance communication by allowing us to deliver important information to you via SMS text messaging. This service is not intended to replace our existing means of communication-rather it will enhance them. The service is provided by SchoolMessenger
Get in the know with the SMPO Weekly NEWSLETTER! Published every Tuesday!
Communication with parents is extremely important to the staff at Sands Montessori. We communicate regularly with parents through scheduled conferences, telephone calls, and shared weekly student work contracts. Your child’s progress is important to us and therefore we want to schedule focused time for parent communication. We ask parents to schedule teacher conferences or classroom visitations in advance with their child’s classroom teacher. Staff is responsible for instructing and monitoring students within their care so we kindly ask that you refrain from “On the Spot” conferences which can be distracting and disruptive to our learning environment.
Student dismissal changes must be in writing and presented to the classroom teacher first thing in the morning. For emergency changes, please contact the main office prior to 2:30pm. Our office staff will notify students/teachers of emergency changes at the end of the day so as not to disrupt learning. Families should not call the office and change dismissal routines on a regular basis as this is challenging for students and staff. Our student’s academic day is from 9:15 to 3:45. It is important for students to be in attendance for a full day unless they are sick. We appreciate parents making every effort to schedule appointments for students outside of the school day.
Parents can find information about our school events in the SMPO Reporter, parent bulletin board, parent center, or on our school website. We encourage all parents to sign up for Power School, the District-wide computer accessed information system which will allow you to view your child’s grades and progress toward the learning objective. Contact your child’s teacher or our main office for further information.
Finally, individual teachers will also share with parents their best means of daily communication utilized in their classrooms.
Observing Classrooms or Volunteering
Visitors are always welcome at Sands Montessori. Upon entering the building, ALL visitors must report to the office to explain the purpose of their visit, to sign in and to obtain a visitor’s pass. We are proud to share our students work. In order for the educational process to ensue, please follow these guidelines:
· Please make an appointment to observe or volunteer at least one day in advance. Too many observers can be disturbing to our children. Also, if you are volunteering or tutoring, the teacher will need time to prepare work for you that will be beneficial to the children and enjoyable for you.
· Stop at the office first and sign in at the front desk indicating your destination. You will be given a badge to wear while you are in the building.
· In the classroom, enter quietly and sit in the space designated for you by the teacher.
· Do not interrupt children or staff while they are working. Wait until an appropriate break to ask the teacher any question you might have.
· Remember that as an observer or volunteer, you are bound by the same code of ethics as any other adult at Sands Montessori. You are not free to discuss any child's behavior or personal information with anyone else. Please do not ask staff members questions about children other than your own.
· If you would like to discuss your observation or a classroom issue with the teacher, please request a conference time or a phone call. The teacher will not be able to engage in a lengthy discussion during the school day.
· To minimize distractions during the school day, forgotten items (homework, lunch etc.) or needed supplies/notes must be delivered to the office.
Thank you for supporting the teaching and learning process by following these procedures. We appreciate your understanding and diligence in helping us to maintain our excellent program.
Sands Montessori is rich with opportunities for parents and families to get involved. Whether you're looking for a regular, ongoing commitment or a short-term volunteer opportunity, there are many options at Sands. Parents are encourged to get involved and are welcome at school any time!
The Sands Montessori Parent Organization (SMPO) is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations made up of Sands parents/legal guardians, teachers, and staff. The Rudder is the name of the SMPO Board of Directors. The SMPO meets monthly.
The work of the SMPO can be grouped in two categories: programming and fundraising. Some of these activities are listed below.
After-School Enrichment - The SMPO coordinates a wide array of after-school enrichment opportunities. These include, but are not limited to, karate, art, Spanish, dance, cooking, and cake decorating. At the beginning of each semester, program booklets are sent home with every child listing the classes available and the cost to participate. Some scholarships are available for these programs, thanks to the SMPO.
Athletics - The SMPO Athletic Coordinator coordinates sports programs at Sands, in conjunction with the Cincinnati Recreation Commission. Sports include soccer and baseball.
Back to School Picnic - At the beginning of the school year, there is an all-school picnic, a chance for families, friends, teachers, and staff to reconnect.
Breakfast with Santa - One Saturday in December, Santa visits Sands! For a small fee, students can have breakfast with their family, friends, and Santa! Breakfast and pictures with Santa are arranged by the SMPO.
Drop In & Play - Drop In & Play is a weekly, organized play group for younger siblings and their parents. Drop In & Play meets every Wednesday from 9:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. in the Community Room. This is a great way for new families to meet new friends and to become involved at Sands.
Wellness Night - Typically held in April, the Wellness Committee organizes a fun, family-friendly evening with games, jump houses, rock wall climbing, and hula hooping. It is a fun way to burn off energy and promote families playing together!
Grandparents Day - The SMPO coordinates this very popular program in the Fall. Hundreds of grandparents and special friends come to Sands one morning for a continental breakfast, a chance to meet the Principal, and most importantly, time spent in their grandchild's/special friend's classroom.
International Night - International Night gives the Sands community a chance to highlight the world's cultures through a pot luck dinner, ethnic dress, and diverse music.
Room Parents - The SMPO coordinates the Room Parent program. Room parents assist teachers with special events and act as a liaison between the SMPO and the classroom.
Teacher Appreciation Events - The SMPO loves to show appreciation to the teachers of Sands! This is done through multiple teacher appreciation events throughout the year.
Grocery Cards - By purchasing gift cards for Kroger and Biggs from Sands, your weekly grocery shopping can benefit Sands. This is an easy, no-cost method to support our school. Cards can be purchased at any Sands event or with $5 sent in the child's backpack with a note to SMPO.
Special Events - Our two major fundraising events are the Fall Carnival and the Spring Silent Auction.
Spirit Wear - The SMPO coordinates an ongoing inventory of Sands t-shirts, jackets, umbrellas, bumper stickers, mugs, and so on.
Other Ways to Be Involved at Sands
Diversity - Sands Montessori has a long and rich tradition of cultural and ethnic diversity. This committee works to maintain that tradition through a variety of efforts. All are encouraged to get involved on this committee.
Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) - The ILT focuses on improving instruction, by analyzing curriculum, organizing staff training, and developing the school budget. Two parent representatives serve on this committee with teachers and staff.
Gardening - The Gardening Committee is charged with handling the beautification of the school grounds and developing opportunities for the entire school community to engage in outdoor learning experiences.
Local School Decision Making (LSDMC) - The LSDMC is the primary governing body of the school. This groups develops a vision and mission for the school, sets and documents school improvement goals, and approves the school budget. Four parents and gour community members join teachers and staff on this committee.
Wellness - The Wellness Committee is a group that supports the students, teachers, and parents by promoting healthy movement and mindful life choices. The Wellness Committee organizes several key events throughout the year.
Please check with the front office to get more information on becoming involved!