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    Play clothes are encouraged—simple, washable, sturdy and easy-to-manage clothes are recommended

    The school has many activities that include paints, oils and solutions that stain clothes. Montessori environments are “hands-on” classrooms—clothes get dirty and stained. Pre-school children should be able to manage their own clothes—take them on and off. Belts, leotards, and overalls are often too unwieldy for young children. Avoid “accidents” with clothes they can remove. If they can’t yet tie their own shoes they should be wearing velcro-closing shoes. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended.

    Clogs, “flip flops,” and other fashion driven footwear are potentially dangerous and a deterrent to active participation in all aspects of school activity. (Clothing motto: Function not fashion!)

    All clothes must be labeled. Clothes without a name tag that are lost (and we have many) will be collected and donated to the Goodwill store.

    A complete change of clothing or two must be kept at school.

    Toilet training gives your child the opportunity build their self esteem. It requires cooperation and support without which toilet training will become a failure. The toilet training is at once an exciting event and a frightening event. It is a major step towards being a grown up so expect your child to have mixed feelings about this process.

    Many parents want the toilet training process to done fast but lack of proper preparation can make this effort doomed to failure and significantly slow down the process. In order to succeed you have to make the potty training exercise a positive experience.



    Children can spill food on their clothes. They can have a potty accident or get water on their clothes. So pack an extra set of clothes and some socks and maybe even shoes. For winter time make sure your child has a undershirt or t-shirt, under his shirt or her dress and a warm jacket. A hat is also a good idea to keep them warm. Pack cool clothes for summer and a summer hat. Put on sun block before you send your child to school.



    During the hot summer months, parents are asked to apply sunscreen before they send their children to school. Also consider sending a hat to protect them from the sun. Sleeping Facilities

    The law requires us to provide sleeping facilities for children under 5 years of age. However we have sleeping facilities available for all children.

    Parents to supply and keep one (1) cot sheet and one (1) blanket for your child. Parents are asked to take these home every Friday, washed and returned on the following Monday.



    When children play they get hot. When they get hot they take off their jackets! Unfortunately without a jacket and only one layer of clothing for protection, your child is likely to get sick. It starts with a little cold, maybe a chill or maybe a cough. Without a hat this situation becomes even worse.

    The best way to reduce illness from this problem is to dress boys and girls with layers of light underclothes. These cannot be removed in a hurry, they absorb sweat and provide a good degree of comfort and protection even if your child removes their jacket.



    Using a permanent market, write your child’s name on the inside label tag of your child’s clothes. Mark it on every piece of clothing whether it is a dress or shirt or a jacket or a hat. Children in a preschool setting can get up to all kinds of mischief that may require us to change their clothing. When this happens to 5 kids at the same, properly marked clothing helps the teacher put on the right clothing on the right child. Whenever you buy new clothes, label it with your Child’s name immediately. Mark all shoes, lunch boxes and virtually anything your child might bring to school. It help us to help you! And you don’t have to spend a fortune on replacing clothes that have been lost for lack of a label.



    Please ensure that your child does not bring toys to school. The reason for this rule is to ensure the safety of toys for your child and other children. When children bring toys to school, the concept of sharing can be much harder to teach, not to mention searching for lost toys takes away from our teaching time.

    The school maintains an adequate supply of toys that are regularly cleaned and disinfected. We also have provisions for breakage and loss of these toys, but we cannot ensure the same for toys that you might want to bring to the school.

    For those children starting school for the first time, we do allow your child to bring a favorite toy or item. This is to ensure the smooth transition into the school. Once your child gets used to school we ask you go back to the no toy policy.