Guidelines

 

If you have any questions not addressed below, please contact us.

   
Class Times Discipline
Attendance Field Trips  
Phase-In Period Weather Closures
Health School Calendar  
Arrivals and Departures Professional Days  
Greeting Lost Apparatus  
Dress Parent Volunteers  
Bathroom Year End Celebrations
Snack Toys  
  Birthdays  
   
 
 
Class Times  
Boundry Rd Campus:  

preschool & kindergarten (Monday - Friday)

7:30 AM to 5:00 PM or 8:45 AM to 11:45 AM or 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Toddlers (ages 12 months to 3 years) (Monday - Friday) 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM or 9:00 AM to noon or 12:45 PM to 3:45 PM
Part time classes also available Summer classes run through July and August from 8am to 5pm
   
Kitsilano Campus:  

preschool & kindergarten (Monday - Friday)

7:30 AM to 5:00 PM or 8:45 AM to 11:45 AM or 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Part time classes also available Summer classes run through July and August from 8am to 5pm
   
Nanaimo Campus:  

preschool & kindergarten (Monday - Friday)

7:30 AM to 5:00 PM or 8:45 AM to 11:45 AM or 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Part time classes also available
   

Main Street Campus:

Morning Classes (Monday - Friday) 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Afternoon Classes (Monday - Friday) 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Part time classes also available
 
 
Attendance  
Your healthy child is expected to be in class, on time each day. It is very important for your children to arrive on time so that they can fully participate in the classroom activities. This discipline will make an everlasting impact on your child’s punctuality habits, needed in future schooling and eventually the workplace.
 
 
Phase-In Period  

For many of the children, preschool is the first experience away from their caregiver. We want to introduce this concept as gently as possible to provide a positive experience.

The first few weeks of classes are directed towards setting a positive atmosphere. Considerable time is spent introducing the children to their classroom and to one another. We want to ensure that each child begins the year positively, therefore, procedures and guidelines are explained during these first few weeks.

The first few days of school begin with a gradual entry of new children (2 or 3 each day), to allow for a smooth and gradual adaptation to the class environment. This enables the teacher to spend time bonding with each child.

This special attention reduces the child’s fear or anxiety associated with a new environment. We work hard to create a secure, predictable and caring environment; in which your child will look forward to participate in. The first few days also consist of shorter class times. This also helps to gently ease the children into a setting away from their caregiver.

 
 
Health Policy  

If your child is exhibiting any signs of illness, please do not send them to the school. The following is a list of symptoms to serve as a guide when deciding to keep your child from the school:

  • bad cough
  • contagious diseases: chicken pox, mumps, measles, etc.
  • diarrhea
  • discoloured discharge from the nose
  • fever
  • rash that you cannot identify
  • vomiting

In protecting your child and the other children, and ensuring a safe and healthy environment, an ill child will not be permitted in the school.
Parents are asked to notify the school when a child will be absent, by leaving a message with the school office. If a child has a communicable disease, please report that to the school immediately.

If your child becomes ill or excessively upset during the school program, we will telephone you or the emergency contact person to come and pick up the child. The staff will make the decision to call, based on the best interest of your child and the other children in the class. Please note that the school reserves the right to judge when your child may return to the classroom.

All classes have the option to spend some time each day outdoors, weather permitting.

The accessibility of outdoor activity is a requirement by preschool licensing, and therefore, a part of our program. If your child is not well enough to be outside, please keep them at home.

 
 
Arrivals and Departures  
In addition to the importance of your child arriving on time, equally important is the promptness when picking up your child. The parent or guardian, acknowledges that if the child is not picked up on time at the end of the scheduled day, the parent or guardian shall pay a late charge of $5.00 plus $1.00 for each minute following. If there is an emergency, please contact the school to make arrangements. Please be aware that no child will be released to a person not approved in writing by the parent or guardian. This is to ensure the child’s safety and family’s confidence in the school’s safety consciousness.
 
 
Greeting  
The daily transition from home into the classroom is an opportunity to allow the child to build independence. Greeting the teacher is the first transition of the day for the child. In order to make this transition as smooth as possible, we ask that special good-byes be made before each child greets the teacher.
Once the child greets the teacher, he/she makes his/her way over to hang up a coat and change into slippers.
 
 
Dress  

Each student will be required to wear a school golf shirt. This uniform is a physical reminder for students and parents, that each individual is part of a larger team, which is working towards the same goal. We believe that this will also instill unity, pride and morale. As preschoolers are active, they do need to be comfortable. The parents are encouraged to dress their child in the uniform golf shirt along with appropriate, clean, comfortable clothing, where they can move around freely, sit on carpets, play outdoors, etc. Spills, paint, glue, dirt and other minor accidents are a natural part of a child’s life.
On the first day of school, please send along the following items with your child:

  • A pair of rubber soled slippers to leave at school, marked with the child’s name. Please try to find those that are easy to put on and take off, as the school encourages independence in this area. Please do not send distracting slippers. (ie. Cartoon animals or super heroes).
  • A complete change of clothes in a plastic bag, all marked with the child’s name. This clothing will be stored in the classroom. As we understand that these children are young and some new to the idea of toilet independence, the clothes will be primarily used to avoid potential embarrassment in case of an accident.
 
 
School Calendar  
The school will be closed on all statutory holidays. There will be a Christmas and Spring break. A school calendar is handed out or emailed in June for the following school year that begins in September.
 
 
Bad/Hazardous Weather Closures  
Reach for the Stars Montessori Learning Academy will be closed in the case of hazardous snowy conditions. You will be informed by calling the school office at 604-688-7827, or by listening to CKNW
 
 
Snack  
Families will send in a daily healthy snack and lunch (for full day students).  No candy or sugary treats please.  Please note that we are a PEANUT AWARE school, so please do NOT send any food with Peanuts.
The children are given the opportunity throughout the majority of the class time to have a snack. If the child feels that he/she would like a snack, it is his/her choice when to eat. The children are not interrupted during their work time.
 
 
Field Trips  
During the school year, the children may have an opportunity to enjoy a variety of field trips. Due to the young age of our students, we will make every effort to bring these field trips to the classroom. We may bring in instructors or organizations that specialize in unique activities to encourage children to learn many things in a fun and exciting environment. If we do plan on leaving the premise, notices will be handed out in advance to inform you of the date, time, destination, and transportation arrangements.
 
 
Parent Volunteers  
Throughout the year, the teachers may need some assistance with a special activity. If you have any spare time and would like to help us out, please let us know. We will keep a list of volunteers. The children appreciate their parents’ efforts and interest towards their schooling.
 
 
Year End Celebrations  
This special celebration in June is for the families and staff of our preschool. It is a great opportunity for socializing. There's lots of food, and fun for all ages. Parents play an important role in planning, organizing and implementing the fun and festivities at a neighborhood park. Volunteers are always needed each spring.
 
 
Professional Days  
Throughout the year, we will schedule professional development days, where the staff may attend workshops, lectures or conferences pertinent to Early Childhood Development and the Montessori Method. There will be no school on those days. You will be notified in advance of an upcoming professional day.
 
 
Lost Montessori Apparatus  
Occasionally, the children become very attached to pieces of Montessori apparatus and may subsequently take them home. Many pieces are very small, but are critical to an exercise or activity. Please return the item to the school if you find one. The teacher will thank the child who returned the item and praise his/her responsibility.
 
 
Discipline Policy  

At Reach for the Stars Learning Academy, we promote a positive approach to discipline. Through explanations, talking through feelings, showing ownership in apologizing for mistakes, redirection and positive reinforcement. We instill the virtues of thoughtfulness, kindness, love and respect for one self and one another through example. Guidelines and limits, along with corresponding reasons are established and clearly explained at the beginning of the year. The explanations help the children remember the limits and the purpose behind them. Discussing these limits may be done individually, in small groups or to all students at circle time. By facilitating the use of kind words and open communication, we help each child gain the confidence and develop the skills necessary to resolve conflict on their own. By reinforcing these important values, the children are able to demonstrate independence, which they can apply to inner discipline.

 
 
Bathroom Policy  
All Preshool children enrolled at Reach for the Stars Montessori Learning Academy should be toilet trained, and able to manage all aspects of toileting independently. Diapers are not acceptable at school. During their transitional into school, pull-ups will be allowed. Naturally, as mishaps and accidents do occur, the staff will handle these situations with sensitivity and understanding. This policy is not applicable to the toddler program.  With the toddlers, the guides will work closely with you on strategies to begin potty training as soon as possible.
 
 
Toys  
Personal toys and treasures are better kept at home. Please encourage your child to leave personal possessions at home or in the car where they can access them after school. These articles may become lost or damaged if they are brought to the school, and they may serve as a distraction to other students. Please let us know if your child has a special possession that they would like to share with the class at circle time.
 
 
Birthdays  

At Reach for the Stars Learning Academy, each child is honoured at school on his/her birthday. Birthday's are celebrated once a month on the last monday of the month for all children who have a birthday in that month.

Note: Please advise the teacher beforehand, if you wish to send in a healthy snack, cupcakes, napkins, and a beverage to celebrate your child’s special day. We will gather all the children at circle time to enjoy the treats. Please do not send balloons, party favors, games or gifts to class.

If you are planning a party, please hand out invitations outside the classroom (before or after the class).