FAQ's - Everyday Situations
FAQ's - School & Home
FAQ's - Montessori Method
Do you have questions about the Montessori method and how we implement it at KMS? Please visit the FAQ's on the page "Choosing Montessori" to find out more. Do you have more questions about the method and our school? Please contact us and we will be happy to talk to you about the Montessori method, our school, and your child!
What is the best way to contact my child’s teacher if I have any questions or concerns about my child?
Please contact your child’s lead teacher with your questions and concerns. If it is not an urgent situation, send an email or leave a phone message for the teacher to return your call. If it requires immediate action, come to the classroom or call the school and indicate that you need to talk to the teacher as soon as possible. Arrival and dismissal times require our full attention so if you would like to talk to a teacher at these times, please wait until the teacher is no longer busy with the students.
What do I do if my child forgot her lunch at home or in the car?
Please leave a phone or email message and indicate if you are able to bring you child's lunch before lunchtime. If you are not able to bring it to school by lunchtime, we will supply a peanut-free lunch from our snack supplies. Primary students (kindergarten and preschool enrichment) eat lunch from 11:30-12:00 and elementary students eat lunch from 12:00-12:30.
What are the guidelines for when my child is sick?
If your child has a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, you must wait for your child to be symptom-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours before s/he returns to school. A fever is generally defined as having a temperature above 100℉/37.8℃ or having signs of a fever such as chills, feeling very warm, flushed appearance, or sweating. Please leave an email or phone message with the school to notify us of your child’s absence.
What if my child doesn’t have any physical signs of illness but says he doesn’t feel well? Should I still send him to school?
If you decide to send your child to school, please leave an email or phone message with the school and a phone number so we can quickly contact you if your child’s condition worsens.
What is the procedure for dropping off and picking up my child from KMS during the regular school day hours?
Safety in the parking lot is a priority. The drop-off and pick-up times for KMS are scheduled so they don’t coincide with the students at St. Joe’s. Primary students are driven to the KMS entrance and picked up by staff members at arrival time. Staff members bring primary students to the cars at dismissal time. Refer to the School Hours for detailed times. Please don’t block the west-side lane of 24th Avenue.
Elementary age students should enter the building on their own and can wave from the second floor window for a final goodbye before their parents leave the parking lot. At the end of the regular school day, please pull up along the curb at the Montessori entrance and we will send your child to the car. Parents may park and walk up to the entrance to greet their children.
What is the procedure for dropping off and picking up my child during extended day/enrichment hours?
Please park in the south parking lot if you are dropping off or picking up your primary level child from extended day. Primary students should be walked upstairs by an adult or with an elementary age sibling. If you are unable to walk up the stairs due to physical limitations, please discuss the situation with KMS staff.
Elementary age students should be dropped off before school at the Montessori entrance. Students should be picked up at the extended day/enrichment classroom or arrangements can be made for pick up at the Montessori entrance.
What do I do if I am running late to pick up my child?
If possible, contact the school before your child goes downstairs for dismissal. If you are not able to contact us before dismissal time, we will bring your child back to extended day after dismissal is completed.
How do I know if the school is closed for a snow day?
KMS is closed due to bad weather conditions when St. Joseph Academy and/or Kenosha Unified School District is closed. We will send out an email as soon as possible to notify parents that school is closed for the day.
How do children at KMS celebrate birthdays and can I distribute birthday invitations at school?
Because of allergies and diet restrictions, please do not send birthday treats for primary students. If you would like to send a healthy snack to share with the elementary class or send a dessert for Friday's hot lunch, please contact us to make arrangements. Student contact information is found in the Parents' Corner if you need to send out invitations.
How can I add or change information on the school directory?
You can fill out the directory information located in the Enrollment section or contact us.
What do if I do if I think my child has head lice or has a sibling that has lice?
Unfortunately, lice outbreaks happen in all schools. If your child has lice, please inform the school so we can send out a general notice to parents to check their children. Please see the Parent Handbook for more information.
What can parents do to help their child succeed at school?
Make sure that your child is getting enough sleep. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children at the primary level need 10-13 hours of sleep, children age 6-12 should get between 9-12 hours, and teenagers need between 8-10 hours of sleep. Too little sleep can cause your child to be irritable and distracted at school.
Limit screen time (television, computers, video games). The AAP recommends that parents establish "screen-free" zones at home by making sure there are no televisions, computers, or video games in children's bedrooms and by turning off the TV during dinner. Children and teens should engage with entertainment media for no more than one or two hours per day, and that should be high-quality content. It is important for kids to spend time on outdoor play, reading, hobbies, and using their imaginations in free play.
Promote healthy eating choices for your child and your entire family. Montessori is a holistic approach to education which includes the physical well-being of your child. We have some tips for packing healthy school lunches in the Lunch and Snack Guidelines.
Let your child have down time in the evenings and weekends. They need time to have quiet time and reenergize. Make sure that your child has time to go outside and play.
Spend time with your children. It doesn’t have to be anything special or planned. Show them how to fold laundry, cook a simple meal, or take care of a garden. Read to them, play a game, or go for a walk.
How can we do Montessori at home?
The Montessori classrooms are set up to encourage independence and self-discipline by having a prepared environment that works for the child. Click here for practical suggestions and examples from IMC of how you can help your child be organized at home and help you have a peaceful home. Below are some suggestions from AMS about how you can foster these good habits at home.
Make things accessible to your young child:
* Provide low shelves or drawers for clothing; lower the rod in the bedroom closet.
* Keep a small step stool in the bathroom and kitchen so your child can reach the sink.
* Arrange toys and games on low open shelves with a particular place for each. Sort smaller items into trays or baskets by category, such as puzzles, art supplies, and blocks.
* Put healthy snacks and foods on a low pantry shelf so your child can help himself.
* Pour drinks into small, manageable pitchers placed on a low refrigerator shelf. Keep cups within your child’s reach—along with a sponge to clean up spills.
For elementary and adolescent students, AMS recommends using strategies that are commonly used in the classroom:
“Montessori students are taught to take care of themselves and their classroom and to be helpful to others. They wash tables, organize shelves, prepare their own meals, and assist younger children. In addition to mastering real-life skills, they come to see themselves as valued members of the community. Having your child help at home can bring similar rewards. Take the time to teach each skill separately and to repeat the lesson as needed. Each task your child masters adds to his confidence and self-esteem. Young children, for example, can peel vegetables, fold their clothes, match their socks, and care for pets. “Tweens” can sort the mail and take out the recycling. And adolescents can prepare the family dinner, read to their younger siblings, help with computer maintenance and home repair, and manage their own bank account.”
(To read the complete article from AMS, click here.)
What are the characteristics of each stage of development?
The period from three to around six-years-old, children absorb information easily, and they will consciously seek out experiences. They are learning about their world through their senses. The overwhelming question is “What is this?” This is the stage where they want to make their own choices and do things independently. This is often call the “Help me do it myself!” stage.
Around the age 6 or 7, children enter the Reasoning Mind stage of development. They become increasingly social and love to work collaboratively in groups. The question “Why is this?” replaces the “What is this?” of earlier stages as they become interested in moral questions. Imagination plays a larger role in their lives and they start to wonder about their role in a large community. Maria Montessori called this stage “The Intellectual Period.”
The years from 12-18 are the adolescent stage where they are transitioning from childhood to adulthood. They develop a social consciousness with a new sense of self-awareness and a focus on their role in society. Dr. Montessori called this stage the “Erdkinder’ or "Earth-children” period. There is such a dramatic change during this stage that she likened it to a rebirth. The adolescent is not at his or her academic prime during this stage and the focus is on having experiences within a community and learning skills for independent living. Adolescents need this time to discover themselves and explore their creative or artistic sides. This is often a challenging time for parents whose role is also changing. The program “Inside the Teenage Brain” is a great resource for parents of an adolescent.
What resources are available to help with parenting?
We are happy to suggest specific resources from our school library, the Montessori Family Alliance, and our school community. We are in the process of adding to our library collection of support materials for families and welcome any recommendations.