If Lake Washington School District is closed for snow, we are closed for snow. If the district is running late for snow, we will start on time. We will make up snow days in June. We would rather make up school days at the end of the year when we will have full attendance. As soon as we know about a snow closure for LWSD, we will send an e-mail to everyone to make sure all families know about the closure.
Transportation - Field Trips
Juanita Bay Montessori would like to take children on some special field trips from time to time. In order to do that, we will need to have parent volunteers drive the children to the event. Requirements for this will include filling out a permission slip for each child to attend the event and ride with a parent volunteer that has the following qualifications:
- Valid driver’s license
- Safe vehicle
- Covered under an automobile liability insurance policy
- Number of passengers not exceeding the vehicle’s capacity
- All person’s in the vehicle must use seat belts, and children must be in approved car seats.
- Have a first aid kit in the vehicle
- Have a copy of the child’s completed enrollment form in the vehicle
Parents not accompanying their child in the vehicle need to understand that the driver and other adults in the vehicle may not have completed CPR/First Aid training or have a completed criminal history check on file.
We carry a child care insurance policy with Adults and Children's Alliance as well as homeowners and auto insurance policies with Liberty Mutual and Travelers.
Parents have free access to Juanita Bay Montessori School at any time during school hours. You may feel free to join your child at any time during their school day. Come and enjoy lunch with your child and his or her classmates, or join us for work time and instructional circles. Parent volunteers who would like to help with special projects, or reading practice are welcome and appreciated.
Juanita Bay Montessori School celebrates the cultural diversity, which is found in our community. We embrace children of all ethnic and religious backgrounds. No religious instruction will be given at school and we do not prescribe to any specific religious organizations and practices. We do, however, invite all families to share their ethnic observances with us, for example, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, etc. etc.
In the event that we are unable to function in our roles as teachers on any given school day, due to illness or emergency, we have substitute teachers available. Other family members who have clearance to work with the children and who have a great deal of knowledge regarding the day to day structure and routines, and are familiar with the children in attendance, will be available if necessary.
Child Abuse Reporting
As childcare providers and teachers, we are mandated reporters of any child abuse and/or neglect that we might suspect.
The children at Juanita Bay Montessori School are taught to respect themselves, others and the classroom materials. Young children are eager to please and like to make good choices. Someone who is not making appropriate choices often needs only a reminder, or a change of activity to redirect them to a more appropriate behavior. It is the policy of this school to first redirect a child to a new activity to correct an undesired behavior. If a rest time seems necessary for the child to observe the class and calm down, a standard of one minute per year of age is followed. For example 4 minutes for the 4-year-old child.
Any serious behavior issues such as biting, will be dealt with in conjunction with the child’s parents. Consistent behavior, which could prove to be injurious to other students, may be grounds for dismissal from the school. No corporal punishment is practiced.
Disaster Response Plan
In the event of a disaster, natural or otherwise, Juanita Bay Montessori School is well equipped to care for your children for a number of days until you can safely arrive to pick up your child. Fresh bottled water has been stored. A large amount of non-perishable food is available. Blankets, extra clothing, alternate shelter, lighting, heat source, and cooking are also available. Please rest assured that your child will be kept safe, warm, and well fed until you can arrive.
PLEASE ADVISE US IF YOUR CHILD HAS SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS AND PROVIDE US WITH APPROPRIATE FOOD ITEMS IF NECESSARY.
If telephone lines, or wireless service is available, please call in and check on your child and give us an idea when you might be able to pick up your child. If no communication is possible, please take care of yourself first, and only when it is safe to do so, make the trip to retrieve your child.