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COMMUNICATIONS
There is a bulletin board adjacent to the cubbies where we post information on school news, trips, programs and parenting.  If you find items worth sharing with your fellow parents, please feel free to give them to the teachers for the bulletin board.

The Staff and Board of Directors are committed to working together with parents to ensure your child’s first school experience is a happy one.  Any concerns you have regarding your child’s behavior, social skills, comprehension, speech, etc., should be discussed with the teacher.

If there are special circumstances at home (i.e. new baby, divorce, hospitalization, death etc.,) please communicate this to the teacher.  We are here to help your child and insight into these situations would help in handling moods and behavior changes.
If your child will be absent for a number of sessions due to illness or vacation please advise the teacher.  Unless an emergency arises, all telephone calls to the school should be made after the session, so as not to disturb the class.

 

SNACKS
Montgomery Nursery School is a Peanut Free school. All snacks brought in or served by the school are to be peanut free.
For the 5 day 4 year old program (aka “UPK”)n the school provides snack and the teachers, when applicable, incorporate the snack into the curriculum.

For the 3 year old and 4 year old classes (2 and 3 day classes), a snack calendar will go home each month of the school year. On the day your child is assigned as snack helper, you will be responsible to provide a beverage (100% fruit juice or milk), a snack, a napkin, a 5 oz. cup and utensil (if needed) for each student in the class.

So in choosing a snack, please consider the time of day, preparation time in serving, clean up, and class size. We ask that the snack be nutritious and peanut free.

Some examples are provided below:

  • Mini-bagels / cream cheese
  • Mini-muffins
  • Pretzels
  • Graham crackers
  • Vegetables / dip
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Yogurt (in individual containers)
  • Cheese / crackers
  • Cubed, Slices, String cheese
  • NO canned cheese please
  • Applesauce (in individual containers)
  • NO gummy “fruit snacks” please

The snack calendar will also give parents an overview of that month’s activities, class trips, holidays and special events. Birthdays are marked and will be considered in planning snack helper for that day. Please speak to your teacher about bringing in a special “Birthday Snack”.

PLEASE LET US KNOW IMMEDIATELY IF YOUR CHILD HAS A FOOD ALLERGY.

 

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE
In the event of an emergency, parents will be notified by phone as to the dismissal procedure.  If we are unable to reach the parent, we will notify the emergency contact provided to us on the registration form.  It is very important that the school is notified immediately of any change in parent and/or emergency contact information.  In addition, emergency dismissal procedures will be identified on the voice mail.  The voice mail can be reached by dialing 457-7415.

 

CLASS TRIPS
During the year, our classes walk around the neighborhood and visit the library, firehouse, police station, post office and other locations in our village.  We explore nature on our way and learn safety rules.

 

SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND DELAYS
School closings or delays, due to inclement weather, will be announced on WGNY-FM 103.1 (listen for Valley Central School District).

If Valley Central School District closes, Montgomery Nursery School will also close.  If Valley Central School District announces a two-hour delay, Morning classes start at 10:00am, afternoon classes start at their normal time.

You may also call the voicemail at 457-7415 for an updated message on school closings and delays or check the home page here.

 

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
The doors open at 9:15am for the morning session and at 12:30pm for the afternoon session.  A green “GO” sign is hung on the door and the teacher or assistant will greet your child at the front door.

We ask that parents leave their children at the front door rather than walk them into the school.  This will reduce confusion near the cubbies and prevent a delay in the start of class.

Dismissal is at 11:45am for the morning session and at 3:00pm for the afternoon session.  Again, a “GO” sign at the front door will signal parents that it is okay to enter the school and pick up their child.  In case of car pools, the parent should send a note to the teacher designating the responsible adult and the date your child is to be dismissed to them.

Please be prompt in picking up your child.  It is the staff’s lunch hour between morning and afternoon sessions.

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