Assistant Teachers will greet children at the cars in the driveway and assist them to their classrooms. Teachers will begin bringing children into the school at 8:15 a.m. and continue until 8:30 a.m. Toddlers arrive at 8:15 a.m. for the full day and half-day program. Toddler parents will park on the Toddler classroom side of the building and bring their child to the classroom door and knock. Upper Elementary students are expected to arrive by 8:30. We urge all parents to arrive on time, as late arrivals cause disruption for the children. If a late arrival is unavoidable, please come to the office and we will escort you and your child to unlock an appropriate entry door. For security purposes, all doors to the school are kept locked at all times. For entry during school hours, please come up the ramp and ring the doorbell and someone will let you into the office/reception area. Please leave the school by the front door and sign out so the office knows who is in the building at all times.

Because of our commitment to the safety and well being of the children, unless you are visiting the office, parents are asked to refrain from entering the building during arrival time, while the teachers’ focus is on receiving the children and preparing them for the school day. Similarly, during dismissal, parents are asked to remain in their vehicles so dismissal time is expedited. Parents are, however, responsible for making sure their children are properly placed and buckled in their car seats. Please feel free to send notes to teachers relevant to your child. Written communication helps teachers remember important information. Parents are always welcome to call the school and request that the teacher call to speak to them, and meetings can always be requested.

Due to the number of children and vehicles using the driveway, and the heavy and fast traffic on Parker Street, we ask for your cooperation during arrival and dismissal times to allow for a smooth and safe traffic flow.
Please follow these safety guidelines:
   1. When you pull into the driveway, immediately form two lanes.
   2. Pull up as far as possible - the first cars should pull up to the end of the driveway.
   3. Have your child ready to leave your car when the teacher approaches
   4. All cars must turn RIGHT out of the driveway during peak arrival and dismissal times.
   5. Keep questions/comments to the teachers brief at the car. If you would like to have a focused conversation please call the school to meet or speak by phone at another time.

Children enrolled in the Before School Program should be escorted to the multi-purpose room by a parent or guardian.

Pioneer Valley Montessori School, 1524 Parker Street, Springfield, MA 01129 • 413-782-3108

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