106 Bratton Drive, Suite 8

Garner, NC, 27529 

United States

​(919)897-6177

(919)210-8878

Sunflower Garden Montessori

"Where children blossom into thoughtful and creative learners!"

Parent Handbook

Enrollment

Sunflower Garden Montessori Preschool / Extended Day accepts up to 24 children for enrollment, ranging in age from 3 years through Kindergarten. This age range is typical for a preprimary Montessori classroom. Children have plenty of time to master concepts at their own rate and also have the chance to be “teachers” for the younger children. Our bright and cheerful classroom is 1800 square feet so we have lots of room to move around!


 The Sunflower Seedlings is a new program for our school. It will have a small enrollment of 12 children to 2 teachers, and is open to children ages 18 to 36 months. Our youngest learners will focus on learning to enjoy school, make friends, and engage in group activities such as circle and story time. Self-help skills such as toileting, and caring for themselves, are also an important focus.  The children will also have a chance to work with classroom materials and actively explore their expansive environment. Another highlight of the day includes a visit from one of the preschool children.  Both the youngest and oldest children at school love this special learning time together.


Enrollment in either program may occur anytime there are openings available and are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Sunflower Garden Montessori does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or religious affiliation.


In order to enroll your child, all registration forms must be completed prior to participation in the program. These forms include: 

 Application for Enrollment
 Immunization History ( 30 days to complete)
 Discipline and Behavior Management Policy  ( two copies, one for your records)
 Child’s Health and Emergency Information
 Medical information-child
 Summary of NC childcare laws, brochure dated 2014
These forms can be found and printed from ncchildcare.nc.gov/provider 

 Authorization for pictures to be taken and or posted, please write a note expressing your wishes.
 Sunflower Garden Policy Acceptance form

Hours and Holidays

Sunflower Garden Montessori is currently open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 12:30 or 8:30-2:30 year-round. The school year officially begins September 1st but your child may enroll whenever there is an opening. Our school will loosely follow the Johnston County public school calendar for inclement weather and snow days.  If possible make-ups will be given for snow days or an alternate schedule will be offered. The holiday schedule may vary from year to year depending on the day the holiday falls on. An updated schedule will be handed out the beginning of the school year.


The following holidays will be observed:

 Labor Day

 Thanksgiving and the day after

 Christmas Day

 The week between Christmas and New Years

 New Years Day

 President's Day
 Spring Break
 Memorial Day and the Friday before

 Fourth of July Week

Parents will be notified one week in advance for planned absences and a substitute will be provided. 

Fees and Billing

Children may be enrolled at SGM in either a 2, 3 or 5 day option. SGM strives to make Montessori affordable to everyone, therefore the rates for the 2018/2019 school year will remain the same with the exception of additional hours for the extended day.


Morning Preschool or the Sunflower Seedlings:

2 days a week $200/month

3 days a week $300/month

5 days a week $400/Month


Extended Day option:

2 days a week $275/month

3 days a week $400/month

5 days a week $525/month

Payment 

Checks should be made payable to Jan Wren and are due the first school day of each month*. Tuition will be considered late by the 5th of the month and will be subject to a $25.00 late fee.  Failure to pay tuition after two weeks is grounds for dismissal.  There will be a $25.00 processing fee for all returned checks.  Two or more returned checks require payment via money order or a Cashiers check for the balance of the school year. A receipt for payment will be given out by January 15 for the total year tuition. This will include information that you will need for the daycare credit on your taxes. If you need a receipt more often, please just let me know.

*Alternate schedules can be arranged.

Withdrawal 

One month’s written notice or one month’s tuition is required for withdrawal.  There are no spaces reserved over the summer months.

Credit 

There is no credit given for legal holidays, absences or vacations. 

Late Pick Up 

After 12:40 late fees will be incurred at $1.00 per minute for each minute you are late.

Rate Change 

Rate changes will be reviewed each June and will go into effect September 1st.  A 30-day notice will be given in writing before a rate change may take effect.

Discipline Policy 

Sunflower Garden Montessori follows the discipline and behavior management policy set forth by the State of North Carolina.  Please read the form, sign and return.  An extra copy is included to remain with the Parent Handbook for future reference.

When appropriate, the child will also be given the chance to “right the wrong” for example: holding an ice cube to an injury. 

Children who prove to be a serious discipline problem will be asked to leave the school if meeting with the parents and establishing a course of action fails.  Grounds for dismissal include, inflicting injury or harm on other children, 
teachers, class pets, or the environment.  I ask that materials that are willfully broken be replaced.

Daily Schedule 

Sunflower Garden is set up to allow the child to participate in many activities during the day.  These activities enhance social, cognitive, motor development, art and music appreciation.  The classroom is well equipped with both the Montessori and Froebel materials.The daily schedule is flexible and can vary due to weather and other unforeseen events. A sample of the daily schedule would be as follows:

 8:30-9:15 Arrival and morning work time. Children arrive and are able to 
choose from activities on the shelf.  The shelf materials consist of activities 
enhancing language, math, science, engineering, art, practical life, 
puzzles and manipulative skills. 
 9:15-9:45 Morning circle, greetings, songs and presentations of materials 
and themes. Fridays also include a planned science activity.
 9:45-10:00 Group snack. Children are welcome to bring a healthy snack 
from home but I will also provide a simple snack to enjoy together. Snack is comprised of two different food groups and an example might be apple slices and cheese. As our 
class size increases we will set up a snack table where your child can 
choose a friend to dine with anytime during the morning work time.

We also provide bottled water for your child to help themselves to through out the day.
We are currently a "peanut friendly" school.
 10:00-12:00 Work time. During this time your child is free to move about 
the classroom and choose to work with the materials that interest them. 
Small group and individual presentations will also be part of the morning. 
Older children will be expected to participate in a work that is either: 
challenging, theme based, or encourage kindergarten readiness. 
 12:00-12:30  Movement songs and story time.
 12:30. Good by to the morning children. See you tomorrow!

 12:30 -2:30 Extended Day Program. Lunch, Yoga and additional work time! Parents can sign up to bring in a half gallon of whole organic milk to share on a rotating basis for lunch time.

Celebrations/Birthdays 

Sunflower Garden Montessori encourages the celebration of other cultures and countries.  These celebrations are incorporated into the program through activities, books, and special cooking projects and meals.  Please let me know if you would like to share a special celebration with us. 
Each child is encouraged to celebrate their own birthdays by bringing in pictures that show special events in their life, how they have grown, and a healthy treat to share. Popular treats have been fruit kabobs and muffins. Please try to limit sugar! The children are mostly happy with the thought of sharing as opposed to what they bring.

Health/ Accidents 

According to Daycare Licensing, your child should remain at home if they exhibit any of the following symptoms:

 Inability to participate in regular activities regardless of symptoms
 Temperature of 101 degrees Fahrenheit when taken orally or 100 degrees when taken under the arm. Children may return to school after they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
 Sudden onset of diarrhea 
 Two or more episodes of vomiting within a 12 hour period. Due to the spread of the Norovirus children must remain at home for 48 hours following the last bout of either vomiting or diarrhea.
 Red eyes with white or yellow discharge until 24 hours after treatment
 Tuberculosis, until a health profession states the child is not infectious
 Strep throat until 24 hours after treatment started
 Pertussis, until 5 days after appropriate antibiotic treatment
 Hepatitis A virus infection, until one week after onset of illness or 
 Impetigo, until 24 hours after treatment
 When a physician or other health professional issues a written order that the child must be separated from other children

If any of the children become ill with other than a mild cold Parents will be notified verbally at pick or drop off, a note on the sign in sheet or by text message. 

Your child may return when they are symptom free for 24 hours (or in the case of the Norovirus 48 hours), have a written doctor’s note or on antibiotics for 24 hours.  If your child becomes sick at the Sunflower Garden Montessori you will be notified immediately. The child will rest quietly until you pick them up. Since SGM is currently a half day program, no medications will be administered. The exception would be an EpiPen with doctor’s written orders.  
If your child receives minor injuries such as: cuts, scrapes, bumps or bruises, you will be notified by note or verbally. The only first aid that can be administered is soap and water, ice packs, band aids and TLC. If your child needs medical treatment, I will contact you by phone as to what to do.  If you cannot be reached, I will proceed to follow information filled out on your child’s medical form.  Please make sure all emergency phone numbers and allergies to drugs information are kept up to date.

Dress/ Weather 

Children enjoy art and other “messy” activities.  Please send your child ready to participate by wearing clothes that can stand up to their busy day without getting ruined. Children should also have socks to wear or “inside” shoes. 
Inside shoes or slippers may remain at school. 

It’s important for each child to have a complete change of clothes in case of accidents or water play.  These should be placed in a labeled Ziploc bag and left at Sunflower Garden Montessori.  Please make sure they fit and are seasonally appropriate.

Animals and Our Environment 

Sunflower Garden Montessori will have various classroom pets visit throughout the year. Our pets help teach each child care, understanding, and compassion.  All animals are up to date on necessary vaccinations and are under regular care by a licensed veterinarian.  I love my “friends” and hope your child will too!  Sunflower garden also strives to teach and walk lightly on our planet. If at all possible organic food will be served and cleaners will be eco-friendly and cruelty free. We will also practice the three R's. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

Sharing/Toys 

All children are encouraged to share their feelings, concerns, and experiences in life with us.  Children are also welcome to bring in nature items and books to share.  Please leave toys at home since they often cause hurt feelings.

Progress Reports/Parent Conferences 
You may request a parent conference any time you have questions about your child’s development or would just like to hear about their day. I am more than happy to write a letter to your child's next teacher highlighting their strengths and accomplishments. Please follow us on FB for weekly updates on what we are working on!

Severe Weather 

Once a month we will practice tornado and fire drills to ensure the safety of the children. Our current evacuation plan from the classroom includes: ringing the emergency bell, walking from the back door, along the sidewalk to the picnic tables at the side of Jersey Mike’s. We will wait there until given further instructions or you arrive to pick up your child. During severe weather warnings or after a major disaster, school will be closed.  Examples of major disasters are tornado, hurricane, ice storms, etc.


If there is a 2 hour delay, school will run from 10:30-2:30. Please pack a lunch!

Security 

 The front door will remain locked at all times.
 The back door is equipped with a single action handle and an alarm. This is our emergency door. Although it is easy for us to exit in an emergency it will be inaccessible from the outside.
 All persons who are authorized to pick up a child and are unknown to me will have their I.D. checked.  Please make sure anyone picking up your child has a valid driver’s license and that they are aware they will be asked for it.  This is only in the best interest of your child.
 I need two pictures at the beginning of each year.  These pictures will be placed in each child’s information and emergency folders.
 Each parent will be asked to write a release for their child’s picture to be taken. If you do not want your child’s picture to be posted in Facebook or on our website, please include that information. I try to post pictures mainly showing the children working so faces are usually not observable.