Frequently Asked Questions
If you are like most parents, you have specific questions that general introductory materials do not address. Most can be answered on the phone or during a visit to the school, but a few of the most commonly asked questions and their answers are given below.
What are school hours?
The Blue Hill Montessori School’s hours of operation are from 7:30am through 6:00pm, Monday through Friday on a 10 month academic year (September through June). BHMS offers a Morning Montessori Program, a Kindergarten Program, an Early Morning Care Program, an Enrichment Program, and an Extended Day Enrichment Program.
- Early Morning Care 7:30am to 8:45am
- Toddler Montessori Session 8:45am-12pm or 8:45am-3pm (2, 3, or 5 days schedule)
- Montessori Morning Sessions 8:45am to 12:00pm
- Full Day Kindergarten 8:45am to 3:00pm
- Enrichment 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Do you provide lunch?
Children bring their own lunch-no candy or soda, please. We cannot heat or refrigerate lunches.
My child has a nut allergy/food sensitivity, what is your policy?
Blue Hill Montessori School strives to be a 'Nut Free School.' If your child has an allergy/food sensitivity, please speak with the Head of School and classroom teachers so we may develop and Individualized Health Care Plan (IHCP) for your child.
What does a homelike environment mean?
Our goal is to create an environment where a child feels at home, relaxed and ready to learn. That translates into providing a quiet setting-slippers, lowered voices, etc.-where children can explore what interests them without noisy distractions. It also means an informal setting, where children can move about freely, as they would at home.
How are health and safety issues handled?
Medications can be administered upon request. All BHMS teachers and assistants have had first aid training and are CPR certified. Comprehensive policies and procedures regarding illness, medical and safety emergencies are in place.
Can I visit while school is in session?
Of course! Please call to set up an appointment. Classroom visits begin in early November. Typically, we have classroom observations on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 9:30am.
Do you have open houses?
Yes, please call the office for dates and times. Generally we offer two Open Houses a year - one in November and one in January.
How will I know how my child is doing?
One of our program goals is to communicate openly with parents. Written progress reports are given to parents twice a year. Parent conferences are held twice per year. If you would like to meet with your child's teacher at any point in the school year, just ask! You do not need to wait until conference time. Like you, we want what is best for your child and open communication with you helps us reach that goal.
Can children bring books, toys, etc. from home?
We request that they not bring toys or stuffed animals; we have many, many materials here for them. Educational books, tapes, music etc are welcome. We do offer a "Show and Tell" day for each child when they can bring in a special item from home to share with the class on this special occasion.
What holidays do you celebrate?
In school, we celebrate birthdays, various holidays, and we have a kindergarten graduation ceremony. Because of our student diversity, we celebrate the holidays of many cultures. We invite families who would like to share their culture/heritage with us in the classroom so that we may learn from one another.
What do children get out of a Montessori education?
When a child leaves BHMS, we hope they will take with them:
- Academic preparation
- Intrinsic motivation
- Social responsibility
- Confidence and competence
- Spiritual awareness
- Exposure to multi-cultural environment
- Creativity and originality of thought
- The joy of learning
- Understanding of ground rules and the ability to work with external authority
We want for them what most parents want for their children: to be well rounded, happy, responsible and fulfilled.