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–A Word From Us

Montessori taught us that the work of the child is self-construction–absorbing and recombining the world around them to build a human life. Our work is not to teach or control but to carefully curate a world worth their absorption.

Theirs is the larger work but ours the more challenging.  Each of us fights  fatigue, ego, and our own learned ways of being to give them the best pieces of ourselves.

My dream for Wedgwood Montessori –my dream for every person brave enough to love a child–is a community where they’re safe to share lessons they’ve learned, questions, time and resources.  Where we all grow in our work to help them grow.

Two years ago we–maybe just Tehut–began using the term “Community of Practice” to refer to this body of adults who’ve all chosen to love children together.

Each cohort of parents expresses community differently–some years we have active Room Parents who organize lots of events, other years we’ve had Parent Documentors who take drop-in shifts on our class iPad to share photos of daily classroom life with one another, and sometimes  the bulk of our sharing happens in the school Facebook Group.

There’s no right answer in community and I’m looking forward to seeing who we become together.  As educators we have so much to learn from you who know your children better than anyone alive, as parents you have so much to teach each other about self-care and child-rearing in this time and place.

Thank you for sharing yourself and your family with our Community of Practice!

Preparing for School: Transitions, Birthdays, Nut Policy, & More!

Orientation Visits

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We do orientation visits to help us get to know your child well enough to prepare for their arrival but most importantly to help your child build rapport and have early and positive experiences of the center.

You will have two visits, each about 20 minutes long.  We ask that you stay with your child for the duration of the first visit and during the second visit, drop them off for a short independent stay.  We suggest scheduling visits at least a day and preferably no more than a week apart.

On the day of your child’s visit please keep in mind, these visits are scheduled as 20 minutes long but we plan a 10 minute buffer to ensure that your child’s teacher has all the time they need to help your child disengage from the lesson and have a pleasant goodbye.

Orientation visits are an excellent time to drop off your emergency kit and extra clothes

If you haven’t returned your child’s immunization & sunscreen forms please bring them to orientation as well. Â Your checklist must be complete before your child starts on the first day of school.

Transition Supports

Change is hard! So we’ve put together a few resources to help families transitioning into our program!
Wedgwood Montessori Contributions
First Day Guide
Potty Training Support
State of Washington Lunch Requirements
Community of Practice Contributions
Tips for Difficult Drop Offs by Caroline Yoachim

Nutritional Requirements

Please keep these guidelines in mind while preparing your child’s lunch.

The Department of Early Learning requires that WMS inform parents of the State of Washington’s nutritional requirements for meals consumed by children in a childcare setting.

Washington Administrative Code (WAC Â 170-295-3160):

Each lunch and dinner meal the child eats at the center must contain:

  • A dairy product (such as milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, cheese);
  • Meat or meat alternative (such as beef, fish, poultry, legumes, tofu, or beans;
  • A grain product (such as bread, cereal, bagel, or rice cake);
  • A serving each of fruits & vegetables
    • when juice is served in place of a fruit or vegetable it must be one hundred percent fruit or vegetable juice.

When meals are not provided by the center you must:

  • Notify parents in writing that meals they provide for their children must meet the daily nutritional requirements

Birthdays

Birthdays in a Montessori classroom are celebrated with a unique ritual that reminds children they are a part of the universe that they move with the world in a journey around the sun every year of their lives.

Scheduling a Birthday

Please contact your child’s lead teacher to schedule your class visit–each class has a “best time” for visits but we’re always happy to schedule visits outside of that time.

Things to Bring

We  ask that you bring a picture from each year of your child’s life and a small treat. Historically, mini-cupcakes have been popular but fruit or other tiny sugar snacks are also wonderful. While the children are passing out the birthday snack we’ll ask you to read one of our favorite books, On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier and then we’ll sing our class’ take on Happy Birthday!

As your child’s birthday approaches please contact your lead teacher about scheduling your visit. The entire process usually takes between 30-45 minutes, we don’t require that the celebration be on your child’s actual birthday, welcome as many family members as would like to attend and, if need be, can schedule outside the 12:30-1 pm.  In short, this is your child’s and your family’s moment in our classroom and we can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Nut Free Zone

Please remember that, for the safety of all the children in our care, Wedgwood Montessori is a nut free zone. Â Please look for soy and other replacements for nut based goodies at school.

Need to Knows: Orientation Visits, Tuition, Contact Info & More!

Orientation Visits

 www.wedgwoodmontessori.appointy.com

We do orientation visits to help us get to know your child well enough to prepare for their arrival but most importantly to help your child build rapport and have early and positive experiences of the center.

You will have two visits, each about 20 minutes long. Â We ask that you stay with your child for the duration of the first visit and during the second visit, drop them off for a short independent stay. Â We suggest scheduling visits at least a day and preferably no more than a week apart.

On the day of your child’s visit please keep in mind, these visits are scheduled as 20 minutes long but we plan a 10 minute buffer to ensure that your child’s teacher has all the time they need to help your child disengage from the lesson and have a pleasant goodbye.

Orientation visits are an excellent time to drop off your emergency kit and extra clothes

If you haven’t returned your child’s immunization & sunscreen forms please bring them to orientation as well. Â Your checklist must be complete before your child starts on the first day of school.

Tuition Instructions

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Paying with checks

We bill one month in advance (your August 1st check pays for the month of September, etc) but ask that those who pay by check do so by submitting 10 post dated checks from August 1-May 1, no later than August 1st.  Please mail or drop off  checks to 6556 35th Ave NE; Seattle, WA 98115 and make sure to select the check option on your contract or complete a Billing Agreement.

Paying Online

 

We can email eInvoice to families who would like to make their tuition payments online.  Families who pay with eInvoices are required to pay tuition one month ahead, just like families who pay tuition with checks.

To be added to the eInvoice list, send an email to billing@wedgwoodmontessori.com.

Contact Info & Email Speed Disclaimer

We are a classroom focused center and all staff are primarily pedagogical, while we strive to be accessible and enjoy answering questions our first concern is always the classroom. For this reason, please allow 3-6 days for all non-urgent correspondence and be sure to mark all urgent correspondence accordingly.

Primary Accounts

Classroom Topics–North Campus northclassroom@wedgwoodmontessori.com
Classroom Topics–South Campus southclassroom@wedgwoodmontessori.com
Billing billing@wedgwoodmontessori.com
Registration & Forms admissions@wedgwoodmontessori.com

Less Frequently Monitored

North wedgwoodmontessorinorth@gmail.com
South wedgwoodmontessori@gmail.com

South Campus Documents

Things To Bring

First Day

Every Day
Shoe/Totebox with two full sets of extra clothes Nutritious Lunch
Emergency Kit Easy Off Inside Shoes
Sunscreen & Form Nap Bag: crib sheet, light blanket, one stuffed animal (optional)
Immunization Form Water Play Bag: change of clothes, swim gear, towel   (recommended for summer session only)
Labeled Water Bottle

North Campus Documents

Things To Bring

First Day

Every Day
Shoe/Totebox with two full sets of extra clothes Nutritious Lunch
Emergency Kit Easy Off Inside Shoes
Sunscreen & Form Nap Bag: crib sheet, light blanket, one stuffed animal (optional)
Immunization Form Water Play Bag: change of clothes, swim gear, towel   (recommended for summer session only)
Labeled Water Bottle