Dear MSM Parents,
We are writing to share two exciting new changes in the programs offered at MSM! Beginning in September 2014, we will have a Toddler Program for children aged about 24-36 months, and have an Extended Day Program for Toddler and Primary children! Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) licensure is required for these two programs. We are in the process of acquiring licensure, and the timing of the process is to be complete at the end of August. VDSS completes all initial licensures at the end of August, no matter how soon the process is started. We do not anticipate any delays in the licensure process, but if there are, we will be required to delay the start of the programs.
Toddler Class: the class will have a maximum of about 15 students
We are very excited to finally be implementing this program at MSM. Many Montessori schools have Toddler classes, and we have had long-range plans for one for many years, but the timing was never quite right. Toddler classes offer children an opportunity to begin to develop independence, and focus on physical, cognitive, social/emotional, and language skills. Toddlers are exposed to the basis of concepts that carry into the Primary class, making the environment a wonderful preparation for moving to the next level. It is a wonderful foundation for future school and life experiences!
Each year, we have children who are not quite old enough to start school in September. In addition, we have children who are ready for the Primary class in some ways, yet are not quite ready in other ways, such as toilet training. The Toddler class is perfect for these two year olds!
- The Toddler Program will be a three hour day, Monday through Friday.
- It will only be offered in a 5 day per week program, as consistency is very important for this age group.
Primary Extended Day Programs: There will be a maximum of 30 students enrolled in each Extended Day time block.
We are also excited to offer this needed service for our families. The need for aftercare has increased over the years, and we are pleased to be able to provide it in an Extended Day Program for those who require it. We will continue to evaluate the needs of families over time, and may make changes to the program if needed.
- 11:45-3:30 for children 2-4 years
- 2 and 3 year olds will be together in one group, up to about 15 children. This group will be offered a naptime after lunch, and will be led by the Toddler teacher.
- 4 year olds will be together in one group, up to about 15 children. This group will be offered a rest time after lunch, and will have a Primary Montessori trained teacher leading the group.
- 3:30-5:30 for Primary students
- This will be a mixed age group of children 2-6 years, up to 30 students.
- Lunch-bunchers will join the 2-4 year old children who choose to stay for the second block.
- Some parents may prefer for the children who currently go to CUMC to remain in the CUMC program, so that the children will have consistency in their schedules. Too much change can be disruptive for young children, and we do not want to create undue stress for them. Others may prefer to move to the MSM program, and we will be understanding of parental preferences. Changes will be considered on an individual basis.
Soon after Spring Break, you will receive further information about these programs which will include intention forms and fees. If, in the meantime, you would like to let us know of your interest for your child(ren) to participate in one or both of these programs, please email our Director of Admissions, Leslie Montague, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to these exciting new programs at MSM!
Meredith Wood and Thomas Le Grand
Co-Heads of School
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What an exciting year we look forward to! The school continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary, our community is using the new sound and lighting system made possible by both parent and school donations, and we have many significant community events as part of our commitment to parent education and faculty professional development on our calender. We hope you will join us!
The Montessori School of McLean is accredited by both the American Montessori Society (AMS) and AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
MSM has been fully accredited by AMS since 1995, and is the only not-for-profit accredited Montessori school in Northern Virginia. As an accredited school, it strives to maintain an authentic Montessori environment for children aged 2.9 through 12 years. On July 19, 2012, we received our most recent reaccreditation from AMS.
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Required for Attendance
Virginia State Medical form.pdf [must be updated every two years]
Emergency Care Form 2012-2013.pdf [must be completed by the start of each school year]
Required as Needed
Food Allergy Action Plan.pdf [required if a child has allergies to food.]
Medication Administration Form.pdf [required if a child needs medication during school. One form is required per medication. For children under five, each form must be updated every six months.]
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