More Information and Useful Facts
Welcome Visitors!... please call to make an appointment to visit us. We'll tell you about our program, show you around, let you observe, and introduce you to our teachers. You can contact us by phone at 1-562-421-5505, by e-mail at EurekaMontessori@aol.com, or by filling out our contact form. We always appreciate your visit!
Once you are ready to enroll your child with us, there will be some paperwork to go over, you'll need your child's immunization record, and a release from the Pediatrician or family doctor. We'll assign him a cubby and he'll be observed for a few weeks while we assess how we can best serve his needs.
As a new student, the teachers take extra care to help your child adjust well to his new environment.
Signing In and Out
Signing In and Signing Out… parents are required to sign each child into class each day and sign each child out at the end of each day.
School Visits… parents are encouraged to visit your child at any time. We have an open-door policy for parents who have their children enrolled in the school. You are welcome to visit at any time.
All others: Please call the school for an appointment to visit. The main gate is closed during school hours. Upon your arrival please ring the doorbell and a teacher or administrator will let you in.
We understand many children have dietary restrictions due to allergies, religious beliefs and/or personal preferences. Should you wish to limit or forbid certain food items for any reason, please notify us beforehand and we will ensure that no offensive food item is served to your child.
Due to an increase in peanut allergies, this school is a PEANUT FREE SCHOOL.
Health and Medication... children often get sick. You should keep your child at home throughout the duration of the illness so as to expedite the healing process and avoid getting the other children sick. When your child is ready to return to day care, we would appreciate a note from their doctor indicating that they are free from contagions.
If a child is unable to function well in the classroom because of illness or injury, and the illness or injury does not appear to be of an emergency nature, the school will contact the parent and request that the parent pick up the child from school as soon as possible. If the parent is not available, the same request will be made of the relative or friend identified on the Emergency Form submitted at the time of enrollment. If the illness or injury appears to be of an emergency nature where the immediate contact with parents or designated adult is not possible, the school will call 911. Contact with the parent will be made a soon as possible.
We will be glad to help you in administering medication to your child. To do this, the following rules must be adhered to:
- The school’s Medication Release Form must be filled out and signed by the parent/guardian.
- Only prescription medication will be administered. All medicine must be in a properly labeled bottle. This means original container with the pharmacist’s label specifying the name of the medicine, name of the child, and instructions.
- Do NOT send the medication in your child’s lunchbox. Give the medication directly to a teacher. Children may not give medication to themselves.
- Tylenol, cough medicine, and other over-the-counter drugs will not be administered.
All medicines must be removed from the school at the end of the administration period, otherwise they will be destroyed.
Refreshments / Snacks / Lunches… We do not provide lunch however we do provide drinks and snacks. Children are expected to bring their own lunches from home. Low fat milk and 100% fruit juice is PROVIDED AT LUNCHTIME. Water is available anytime throughout the day and accessible to the children whenever they want it.
Snacks are served in the morning and late afternoon. A snack list is posted for your review. If a student forgets his lunch, the parent is called and asked to bring one. The school also has emergency macaroni and fruit lunches on hand that you may purchase from the school.
Microwave Oven Policy… We will heat your child’s food. To avoid hotspots, overheating, and possible burns to the mouth, it is the parent’s responsibility to PROVIDE ONLY MICROWAVABLE CONTAINERS FOR HEATING. Please mark the container with the tape and marker found on the food cart in the morning.
Refrigerator… Your child’s lunchbox will be refrigerated until lunch time. Only staff members have access to the refrigerator, microwave, and kitchen area.
Healthy Snacks… we provide healthy snacks and balanced nutrition throughout the week incorporating all food groups. There are exceptions, however generally on Monday we focus on the bread and grains group, Tuesday’s focus is fruit, Wednesday’s focus is vegetables, Thursday’s focus is milk and dairy, and Friday’s focus is meat and beans. The children are offered snacks twice per day. Example snacks may include…
- Pita bread with hummus (Monday, Bread and Grains)
- Fresh cantaloupe with wheat bread (Tuesday, Fruit)
- Mixed raw vegetables with tortillas and tomato salsa (Wednesday, Vegetables)
- Yogurt with blueberries (Thursday, Milk and Dairy)
- Tuna fish with crackers (Friday, Meat and Beans)
We try to get creative with the snacks and rarely repeat the same snack more than once in the month. We try to stick with fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, however occasionally we may serve fruits from a can or jar such as applesauce or fruit cocktail but generally the rule is fresh and raw. We like to change up the breads regularly serving fresh breads such as pita, whole wheat, rye, Russian bread, tortillas, crackers, and more. We choose meats such as mini-meatballs, turkey, ham, hotdogs, tuna fish, and more.
Snack time is not a main focus however we do try to make it interesting, enjoyable, and healthful. We encourage the children to try new foods but if a child does not want to eat, he does not have to.
Milk or juice is served with each snack (as well as lunch time).
Fun Snacks… there are times when we may deviate from the healthful snacks and introduce fun foods such as enjoying…
- Popcorn and a movie
- Making your own pancakes
- An ice cream social
- Making smoothies
Change of Clothes and Clothes Labeling… pre-school aged children should have a change of clothes which will be kept at the school for emergency use. Please make sure this clothing is labeled with your child’s name and placed in a bag with your child’s name.
Lost and Found
Lost and Found… it is important that clothing is clearly marked with the child’s name. Toys and games are not to be at school except by invitation of the teacher. Trading or selling such items is particularly discouraged. Children may bring books, music, and educational toys to share.
Use of Cameras on School Grounds… parents have expressed concerns about having their children photographed without their consent. To alleviate these concerns, the use of cameras on school grounds must be pre-approved by the office administrator.