NEWSLETTER AND CALENDAR


SUMMER NEWSLETTER

Parents,

Welcome to the Summer Session 2020 at the Montessori School of San Diego. The staff and
administration of the school will endeavor to make this session an enjoyable and productive one
for your child. In many ways the Summer Session 2020 will be similar to previous sessions. In
a great many ways it will be different. We will all learn as we go and hopefully maintain a smile
throughout. Following are some guidelines:

-Sign in and Out each day. The book is located just outside the front gate. It is a state

requirement that this be done. There will be a box with enough pens available so that they can
be used once and put in another box to be sanitized.

-The Gate Code has been changed as we want to limit the number of people interacting or
coming near your child. There will be two staff members greeting you each morning at the gate.
One will be in charge of taking your child’s temperature with a non touch thermometer. A child
with a fever of over 100.4 must be taken home. A hand sanitizer will be on the sign in/out table
for your child to use. One of the teachers will take him or her to the classroom and return. This
may prove to be a slower than usual process. We ask a lot of patience, especially with parking.
The only exception to parents not being able to enter the facility will be parents of brand new
children who have never been in the school before. They will be able to enter the school, drop
off their child at the classroom door and use the observation room for a period of 30 minutes
maximum. As we can only allow one person (or two if same family) in the observation room at a
time, we ask that you limit your time to 15 minutes if someone is waiting. All persons who enter
the facility must wear a mask. If you wish to come into the office with questions or help, please
let the staff member at the gate know and you will be let in. One of the staff members at the
front gate will check your box and give you any correspondence that has been placed there.
Pick up after school (half day): At this time, there are very few half day children. Our plan at
present is to have your child at the gate at 12:30 p.m.
Pick up after school (full day): Two staff members will be at the gate from 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Please sign your child out. One of the staff members will leave to get your child and bring him/
her to the gate with his/her lunch books and any correspondence. After 3:30 there will be a staff
member at the gate.

As this newsletter is written, there are limits to a class size of 12 children per one teacher and
classroom. There will be more than one teacher in a class and they will always stay with that
group. All of of our regular staff are still employed and therefore we will be comfortable with
handling the teaching as well as necessary cleaning.

Change of clothes: For children in rooms 1,2,3, we would like to maintain a spare set of clothes
(pants or shorts, shirt, socks, under wear) in a zip lock bag, everything labeled with the child’s
name. For some children, two or three sets of clothes is a good idea.

Lunches: Each child should bring his/her own lunch to school each day. Although we believe it is
absolutely up to the parent’s discretion as to what their child eats for lunch each day, we
suggest a balanced meal with a minimum of sweets. The teachers ask the child to begin lunch
with the main, nutritious portion. Snacks will be provided by the school.

Naps: If your child is a full day student, please let the teacher know if he/she requires an
afternoon nap. (Rooms 1,2,3). Please wipe down lunch boxes before arrival.

Drinking fountains, water: Children routinely put their mouths too close to drinking fountains.
Please send a full water bottle with your child’s name.

Parking: Please remember that our two parking lots will accommodate 10 cars and parking in
front of school can handle two more. Please pull up and over in the parking lots to fit as many
cars as is safe. If you park behind someone, please hurry. If you cannot afford to wait up to five
minutes, please find a parking place on the street. Thanks.

Communication: Please feel free to stop in or leave a note anytime regarding anything. We can’t
solve a problem or help you unless we are aware!

Optional Classes: There will be no optional classes this summer.

Staff:
Room 1: Patti Johnson, Biljana Monteleone
Room 2: Karen Wincek, Mary Beth Coleman
Room 3: Maggie Sullivan, Jennifer Davis
Room 4: Erin Western, Nancy Mitchell
Room 5: Barbara Taylor, Lizzie Smith
Roving Assistants: Kim Lindsay, Stephanie Cota

Daycare: Stephanie Cota, Kim Lindsay, Nasra Ali, Nikki Kasawdish, Paula Clairmont

Office: Paula Clairmont

Your children: Always remember that we care about your children above anything else we do
here. We will make our best effort to provide the most nurturing and educational environment
possible here at Montessori School of San Diego. We appreciate your support.

Thank you,
Jim Turner

Changes in Classroom procedure due to these requirements:

-Maximum group size.
12 per one teacher

-Materials and environment should be sanitized regularly. After child uses an activity, it
is set aside and cleaned as soon as possible before returned to the shelf. The amount of
materials may be limited in relation to “normal” times.

-Children’s temperatures will be taken if an illness is suspected. If a child has a fever he/
she will be isolated with staff in the office and parents will be called. Teacher’s
temperatures will also be taken each day as they arrive. Any child or adult testing
positive for the virus will result in a deep school cleaning or school closure.
Drop off will be from 7:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. (one staff member at the gate, remember no
teachers from room 5 are here until 8:00 a.m.) 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (two staff members
at the gate) 9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. (one staff member at the gate). After 9:15 a.m. please
ring the bell and someone will come out to greet you.
Pick up after school (half day): At this time, there are very few half day children. Our plan
at present is to have your child at the gate at 12:30 p.m.
Pick up after school (full day): Two staff members will be at the gate from 2:45 p.m. to
3:30 p.m. One staff member thereafter. Please sign your child out . One of the staff
members will leave to get your child and bring him/her to the gate with his/her lunch
books and any correspondence.
Staff responsibilities during the school days. 

UV SANITIZERS(3) are on site 

THESE SHOULD TAKE LESS TIME OVER LARGE AREAS THAN WIPES.

The playground is going to be difficult. We should all “do our best” to remind children
about distancing and safety. Maybe we can have games on the playground which reward
distancing.

Sanitize classroom materials doing breaks

Sanitize playground equipment during breaks (including playhouse on upper yard).

Lower yard playhouse to remain closed. Blocks should be put away?

Each child will have his/her own work mat and desk (sanitize daily)
Clean, sanitize carpet regularly

Sanitize bathrooms regularly

Janitor comes each day

Serve snacks at child’s desk during “circle time”

Create a “personal art supply” for each child using a zip lock, colored pencils, crayons to
be placed in child’s desk.

Lunches stored with one space between each

Circle Time at desk, with each desk turned toward the teacher.
Teachers should wear face masks

Sanitize schedule. When the class goes outside one teacher clean the class, two are

outdoors with children.

No field trips.

Holidays and Important Dates 2019-20

September 6, 2019  Open House

September 9, 2019 Fall Session Begins

November 11, 2019 Veteran’s Day

November 27, 28, 29 Thanksgiving

December 23-1/3/20 Holiday Break

January 11, 2019 Middle of Fall Session

January 20, 2019 Martin Luther King Day

February 17, 2020  President’s Day

March 2-April 30, 2020 Registration for Summer Fall Terms

March 6, 2020  Staff Development Day

April 6-10, 2020  Spring Break

April 30, 2020  Registration Opens to New Students

May 1, 2020   Summer Deposits due

May 25, 2020   Memorial Day

May 29, 2020. Fall session 2019-2020 ends

June 1, 2020.  Fall 2020-2021 Payment # 1 of 10 due, Insurance assessment due also.

June 8-July 30  Summer Session 2020

July 2-3, 2020  Independence Day

August 3-28, 2019 August Session 2020