Reminder for Thanksgiving Travel

With the holiday season quickly approaching, your child’s and our staff’s health and safety are our primary concern. Covid positive cases are on the rise and we ask that families continue to be diligent and cautious when sending your child to school. As a reminder, if your family chooses to travel for the holiday season you must adhere to the most up to date NYS travel restrictions. Information can be found at, https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory. We also ask that you practice caution upon returning if you should have visitors from “hot zones” or exceed NYS guidelines for in-home gatherings.

As always we appreciate your help in keeping our school a safe place for our students and staff which allows us to keep our doors open during this time.

Thank you again for your cooperation. We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving

Updated Snow Delay/Closing Policy

Snow Delay/Closing Policy Change for 2020/2021 School Year
With the Hybrid model being used in many of the area schools we anticipate the determining snow days to look different this year.  Please note the following changes for MSS.

  • If BHBL cancels in person instruction for weather related reasons we will close for the day.
  • If BHBL delays in person instruction for weather related reasons we will open at 10 AM for our morning session.
  • If BHBL cancels after school activities, we will close at 3 PM.
  • We reserve the right to cancel classes due to inclement weather at our discretion.
All closing and delays will be posted on our website and Facebook page and decisions will be made by 7AM.  An email and Remind will be sent.

*these new guidelines are effective beginning today 10/26/2020

2020/2021 School Year Calendar

Our 2020/2021 school year calendar is available.  At this time, we do not have in-person events planned at school.  Hopefully as the school year progresses, we will be host some of our favorite special events.

The school google calendar has been updated on our School Calendar tab and for our calendar at a glance is available under the Important Links on the right hand side of our home page.

At home ideas to keep kids learning

This a a trying time for all of us and being stuck at home with littles ones can be difficult.  Our teachers are compiling works and online resources to keep kids learning while school is closed.  Please check back often as new links and ideas will be added often.

Some Ideas to get you started:

  1. Go on a Virtual Tour of Museums from around the country…
  2. Sign up for PBS KIDS new weekday newsletter full of activities and tips to help kids play and learn at home.
  3. Visit Scholastic learn at home for ideas broken out by grade levels.
  4. Check out the GoKids facebook page for ideas to get the kids outside.  They will be posting video ideas soon!  Need help setting a new daily routine with your kids?  They have an idea for that too!
  5. Down Time, Story Time on Facebook – Click this link for a live story time reading of some of their favorite children’s books by some of our teachers and their kids.
  6. Remember to check out the school’s Pinterest Page!  A lot of great ideas that can be done at home!
  7. Subscribe to The Montessori School YouTube Page.  A few of our teachers have uploaded videos with ideas you can do with your child at home.

 

 

How to talk to your child about Coronavirus

As our communities are working to understand and process the ever-changing developments of this virus and it’s impact on us all, many families are struggling with how to address these issues with their young children.
I wanted to take an opportunity to provide you all with some basic guidelines and links to utilize with your family.  Preschool and young elementary children are feeling the effects and disappointment associated with the spread of this illness, although are not ready/able to comprehend the disease itself.  As parents and educators it is our role to ease their fears. We need to make sure our children feel safe and recognize their disappointments and how they are affecting their everyday life.
1.Talk to your children. Keep information age appropriate.  Your child may not understand why the birthday party they have been excited about is cancelled or why Grandma and Grandpa can’t come for the planned visit, but their disappointment is real.  Reassure them you understand how they feel and that they can talk to you about it.  Make sure to let them know that we need to help keep everyone healthy and that may mean changing plans a bit.  Children take their emotional cues from us.  Make sure to stay calm and use a reassuring tone.  Talk about ways to help ease the disappointment.  Maybe make an unplanned FaceTime call to grandma or have a picnic lunch party in the living room while watching a movie together.  Help them to focus on an alternate activity. Make sure they know plans will happen, just not now.
2.Reassure anxious children on how they can stay healthy.  Make sure your child understands that it is normal for them or others to get sick.  Talk about ways they can stay healthy and keep others from getting sick.  Show them how to properly wash their hands.  Discuss sneezing or coughing into a tissue or their elbow and not putting their hands or other items in their mouth.  Try to stay away from the words like pandemic, panic, world wide chaos, etc. Limit your child’s tv and social media exposure. 
3.Think out of the box but keep routines.  For many children and adult’s time spent home will be increasing in the coming days and weeks.  Think of fun ways to help pass the time and don’t feel like you have to occupy and play with your child the entire day.  Remember to KEEP ROUTINES.  There is safety and security for children when their daily routines remain the same.  Visit our Pinterest page for activities to try at home, https://www.pinterest.com/1montessori/fun-things-to-try-at-home/
For more information on how to talk to your children here are some helpful links:
Please do not hesitate to reach out to the school for assistance or questions.  We are happy to help our families where we can during this time of uncertainty.