Ms. Dicker & Mrs. Hassan

Bridget Dicker
Preschool / Kindergarten

Shadia Hassan
Preschool / Kindergarten, Upper School Art

For Parents

  • Class Time
    Our class academics begins promptly at 8:15 am. We ask that you arrive between 8:00 and 8:15 am so that students can launch into work time and lessons right away.

  • Daily Schedule
    8:00 am    Drop Off
    8:15 am     Our day begins!
    8:15-11:15 am    Montessori work time
    11:00-11:30 am    (MW) Spanish
    11:30-12:00 pm    PE
    12:00-12:30 pm    Outisde play
    12:45-1:30 pm    Lunchtime
    1:15-3:15 pm    Montessori work time (and naps)
    3:15-3:30 pm    Dismissal 
    **There are a few small variations in the schedule. Please with questions! 

  • Weekly Snack
    Snack is a big deal in the classroom :)  Snack in a Montessori classroom is an independent activity. The students help prepare the food and set the table. Once the preparations are completed, snack is available for the work cycle for two or three students at time. Students choose when they would like to have snack.  Once finished, they clean their place and leave it ready for the next student. Each week, one family is responsible for bringing snack for the entire class for the full week. We rotate families throughout the course of the year. You can find the list here. We ask that you limit snack to healthy items: home-baked good, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, crackers, pretzels, yogurt, raisins, etc.  
     
  • Montessori Garden
    We have a beautiful playground area amid our Montessori Garden. The children help prepare, plant, water, weed, and harvest these gardens.  We use the vegetables (like pumpkins) and herbs for our math and practical life works. The children even cut flowers and use them for a flower arranging work! It's a great way for our children to feel connected to the earth and experience the growing cycles. 
     
  • Parent Participation  
    Please keep an eye out for volunteer opportunities in our classroom. Do you have a skill or profession or interesting cultural travels you'd like to share with the class? Let us know and we can arrange for you to be a guest speaker!  We occassionally need drivers for field trips, need help preparing our gardens, or even taking dictation with the students. We greatly appreciate all of your hard work and contributions. Volunteering for school-wide events is also a great way to get to know other parens across the different age levels. Your child will be talking about the "big kids" that they get to work with throughout the year. It's a perfect opportunity to meet those other families! Be sure that anytime you come to volunteer, you sign in and out in the office.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
    Two times a year we have parent-teacher conferences: once in the fall and once in the spring. This gives us time to sit down one-on-one with parents to discuss their child's accomplishments, challenges, and strengths. When conference time approaches, the office will send a notice in the weekly Tuesday Memo with a web link which you can follow and schedule a time online. Questions? Just ask.
     
  • Parents Observation
    We encourage all parents to schedule a Parent Observation Day. How does a Parent Observation Day work?
    • Call the office 636-458-6688 to set up a day and time that works best for you.
    • We encourage you to sit in on a class for at least an hour, so you can get a full dose of a lesson. Even better, stay for the entire morning or afternoon.
    • Choose what grade level(s), class(es), and or teacher(s) you’d like to observe -- you're welcome to sit in on the Montessori classroom, or any class/age level you're interested in. We’ll create a schedule for you that best suits your choices.
    • Be punctual on the day of your visit. Sign in at the school office and we’ll supply you with a clipboard for taking notes.
    • Once you arrive in your classroom, you’ll be given a seat on the outskirts of the room where you can sit back and observe the teacher and students in action. The students will be made aware of your visit and will be encouraged to not interact with you as you are there with a “job” to do.

    Call the school office today to set up your Parent Observation Day.  636-458-6688

     
  • Birthdays
    The children always enjoy sharing their special day with friends at school. If you would like to send a birthday snack to school, please let us know. (No nuts please.) If you are having a special party outside of school, you may send out invitations by mail. If the whole class is invited, you can send the invitations with your child and we will pass them out. Please be sure and let us know in advance which day you would like to celebrate….some months are busier than others.