WELCOME CONSTRUCTIVE PATHWAYS FAMILIES!
We are so happy to see you all back again for what we know will be a wonderful school year. To those families new to Constructive Pathways, please know we are dedicated to working with you and your child to give him/her the best school start that we possibly can. Your support and assistance is most important to the success of your child's experiences here. Please note the following suggestions that will make this year go smoothly for all:
1. Please read all the policies in the handbook as soon as possible. Most questions you may have are addressed there. Do not hesitate to call if you have any concerns.
2. LABEL all items brought to school including jackets, hats, mittens, boots, lunch boxes and "show and tells." With so many children it is extremely hard for us to keep track of every child's belongings.
3. If you have any communications to be sent back to school (checks, notes, permission slips, etc), please send them in Wednesday's folder or hand them directly to an adult.
4. Please call (874-5897) to let us know if your child will not be coming to school. We especially need to know if your child has any communicable illnesses that might affect the class.
5. Please pay tuition at the beginning of the month. After the 8th, a late fee of $10 per child will be added to your balance.
6. When buying clothes for your children, please keep in mind their ability to dress themselves. We always help when it is needed, but encouraging independence helps with self motivation, a major aspect of the Montessori philosophy.
7. Please get into the habit of checking local TV or radio stations or the Michigan City Area Schools website for weather related delays and closings,. Constructive Pathways follows the Michigan City Area Schools as far as delays or closings. We do not list our school separately.
Pee Wee Sports
John Ashby from Pee Wee Sports joins us twice a month on Wednesdays. Mr. John has been working with our school for many years, and he helps our children learn about health, nutrition and fitness using sports, movement, music, stories and puppets. A fee of $36 for the entire school year was included in your monthly statement for September to help cover the cost of this program. The children always look forward to Mr. John’s visits, and we are so glad that he will be working with us again this year!
We know that many of the children enjoy bringing a backpack to school; however, since our storage space is limited, we are asking that you refrain from sending a backpack with your child. We provide a plastic envelope for weekly paperwork, notes, and any other correspondence. Of course, a backpack may be used on an occasional basis if a child has a large snack or “show and tell” item to bring to school.
School photos will be taken by Hirsch Studio on Wed. Oct. 3. They always do such a beautiful job and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with them once again. Please note that class photos are not included in package prices but may be ordered separately.
Q: Why doesn’t my child bring home any papers in his weekly folder? Does this mean he hasn’t done anything all week?!
A: On the contrary! Since the Montessori philosophy is based on the use of manipulative materials which allow the child to learn in a structured, hands-on, sensorial manner, there is often not a paper involved in the completion of the task. All of the classroom activities are designed to help develop specific skills and concepts, and you may rest assured that your child has benefitted greatly from his weekly experiences and interactions at school. Of course, as your child progresses further in the academic areas you will begin to see more paper work coming home.