All families will receive an invitation to Google Classroom for their child's classroom, where lead teachers will post lessons, worksheets and reference materials for students.
All families in Primary through Upper Elementary will receive an invite to Zoom – an online videoconferencing platform – to allow children to see their teacher and friends, and to allow teacher conferences with families. Our Adolescents will use Google Hangout.
All families will have access to teachers through virtual office hours for questions via email. Please give our directresses a 24-hour grace period to respond, as they are also conducting conference calls, Zoom class meetings, school planning and managing their own families during office hours.
All teachers will be touching base with families during the transition weeks via email to offer support and gauge individual needs.
Remote Learning Days' Attendance Policy - Teachers will be monitoring student posts each day in the platforms designed for your program. This means that in order to be considered "present" for that day, your teacher needs to see activity from your child on at least one of the platforms outlined for your program. This could mean they saw your child present at a Zoom meeting or your child's work was posted to Google Classroom and/or your private Facebook group.
Click here for the distributed Learning From Home Handbook for further reference.
As we embark on a time of learning from home, our aim is to create a Montessori-based framework that serves our students while supporting parents as we all adapt to a different daily routine. It is important to us that the children's activity during this time be enjoyable, thoughtful, challenging and rewarding.
We know that every family will manage in-home learning differently. Each family has its own unique balance of work and parenting schedules. Each family will need to juggle laptops, tablets, and phones across many family members in a new way. My staff and I empathize, since many of us are doing the same – the struggle is real! We’re counting on our Montessori grace and courtesy more than ever as we adapt to a different daily routine.
Replicating what happens in our classrooms is not something we can achieve during this period. Our goal is to work in collaboration with families to keep alive the culture of learning that is unique to Montessori and provide families with support and activities that match the developmental needs and characteristics of the child.