Lamplighter Montessori School

Family Handbook

2018-2019

Table of Contents

Lamplighter Montessori School                                                                                  
History
Mission Statement
School Wide Goals for Student Learning
School Motto
School Song
What is Montessori?                                                                                                            
Who Was Montessori?                                                                                    
Administrative Contact

General Information

Activity Fee                                                                                                          
Admissions
Accident Insurance
Attendance
Absence
Tardiness
After School Clubs
Behavior Guidelines
Board of Directors
Business Procedures
Carline
Cell Phones at School
Civil Defense and Disaster Drills
Conflict Resolution
Contacting your child’s teacher
Development
Dismissal of Students
Disenrollment of Students
Enrollment Contract
Expulsion Policy                                                                                                    
Extended Care
Grievances
Inclement Weather
Independent Music Lessons
Lamplighter Community Organization (LCO)
Library
Montessori Materials
Non-Custodial Parents
Open Line of Communication
School Pictures
Service and Therapy Animals
Smoke Free Environment                                                                                   
Standardize Testing
Student Health
Student Records
Summer Camp
Visitors at School
Standards of School-administered Child Care, Chapter 0520-12-01 Summary

School Events

School Calendar

Toddler

Birthdays
Communication with Parents
Curriculum
Dress Code
Lunch at School
Naptime
Outside Play
Observation in the Classroom
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Personal Belongings and Toys
Phase In
Progress Reports
School Hours
School Materials Brought Home
School Supplies
Snacks
Weekly News

Early Childhood

Birthdays                                                                                                              
Curriculum
Dress Code
Homework
Lunch
Tuesday Folders
Outside Play
Observation in the Classroom
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Personal Belongings and Toys
Meet and Greet
Progress Reports
Rest Time
School Hours
School Materials Brought Home
School Supplies

Snacks
Weekly News

Lower & Upper Elementary

Birthdays
Book Rental Fee
Curriculum
Dress Code                                                                                                                
Upper Elementary
Field Trips
Homework
Lunch
Tuesday Folders
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Progress Reports
School Hours
School Supplies
Weekly News

Lamplighter Montessori School

History

Lamplighter Montessori School was founded in 1967 by Dennis and Dr. Patty Calvert to offer an educational option to the Memphis community. The school was privately owned until 1990 when it began operating as not-for-profit organization. Today it is a non-sectarian, co-educational, not-for-profit organization with certified teachers and approved Montessori materials and curriculum. Lamplighter Montessori School is the only regionally accredited, independent Montessori school in the Mid-South.

The school is located on nine wooded acres in Cordova, Tennessee. The faculty and staff serve a diverse student body, presenting the Montessori curriculum from Toddler through Sixth Grade. Lamplighter Montessori School is accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS), the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and AdvancED [formally Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)] and is a member of the Memphis Association of Independent Schools (MAIS).

The Montessori method is an approach to education with the fundamental belief that a child learns best within a social environment that supports and respects each individual’s unique development. The school colors are blue and green. The school mascot is the Owl.

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Mission Statement

Educate individuals in a quality Montessori community to develop confident lifelong learners.

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School Wide Goals for Student Learning

Lamplighter Montessori Students will be:

  • Confident, Competent Learners
  • Academically Prepared Students
  • Moral Beings
  • Effective Communicators
  • Independent, Creative Problem Solvers

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School Motto

Be Respectful

Be A Problem-Solver

Be Your Best

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School Song

LAMPLIGHTER MONTESSORI SCHOOL SONG

Lyrics by: Laura and Bob Casper
(To the tune of “Ode to Joy,” Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony)

Fifty-one years this school has been here.
A part of Memphis we’ve become.
With the wise owl as our symbol,
His light of knowledge is our sun.


Once our school was merely a house
But now it’s become a special place.
Love for school and one another
Can be seen upon each face.

Lamplighter Montessori,
We have seen you grow and thrive.
We, too, have grown within you,
For this growth we’ll always strive.

Working, playing, helping each other,
This is the way we learn of life.
We love each day we spend together
with Montessori as our guide.

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What is the Montessori Method of Education?

The Montessori Method of Education is an educational philosophy based on the studies of Maria Montessori. This method creates a concrete sensorial experience that gradually allows the student to form a mental picture of concepts. The aim of Montessori education is to foster competent, responsible, adaptive citizens who are lifelong learners and problem solvers. The American Montessori Society has defined the following concepts as key to a Montessori education.

 

  • Learning occurs in an inquiring, cooperative, nurturing atmosphere. Students increase their own knowledge through self and teacher initiated experiences.
  • Learning takes place through the senses. Students learn by manipulating materials and interacting with others. These meaningful experiences are precursors to the abstract understanding of ideas.
  • The individual is considered as a whole. The physical, emotional, social, aesthetic, spiritual and cognitive needs and interests are inseparable and equally important.
  • Respect and caring attitudes for oneself, others, the environment and all life are necessary.

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Who was Maria Montessori?

In the early 1900’s Maria Montessori became the first woman physician in Italy. After observing the potential of young children in Italy she opened her first school in 1907. Her deep belief in the potential of the young child led her to design materials and a method of teaching that is used worldwide. Because of Dr. Montessori’s work in education, she has been twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Her philosophies and methods are incorporated into a prepared environment to guide the child’s intellectual, emotional and physical development.

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Administrative Contacts

Lamplighter Montessori School
8563 Fay Rd.
Cordova, TN 38018

Phone:....................................................................................... 901.751.2000
Fax.............................................................................................901.758.3200
Web...................................................................... www.lamplighterschool.org
Facebook............................... https://www.facebook.com/LamplighterSchool/

Head of School
Astrid French..................................................afrench@lamplighterschool.org

Business Manager
Sally Harville................................................. sharville@lamplighterschool.org

Compliance Coordinator
Heather Applegate…………………….…...happlegate@lamplighterschool.org

Social Media Manager
Allison Renner..................................... communication@lamplighterschool.org

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General Information

Activity Fee

A portion of tuition is designated to cover consumable classroom supplies, art supplies, foreign language materials, a class picture, and Lamplighter T-shirt.

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Admissions

Lamplighter Montessori School admits students of any race, creed, national or ethnic origin to all programs and activities made available to students. Lamplighter Montessori School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, or gender in the administration of its educational policies and programs.

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Accident Insurance

All students enrolled in Lamplighter Montessori School are encouraged to purchase school accident insurance.

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Attendance

There is a positive relationship between good attendance and success in school. Families are asked to schedule trips and vacations around the school calendar. Parents are asked to encourage good habits of attendance and punctuality in their children.

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Absence

If your child is absent, email your child’s teacher or call the office and leave a message for your child’s teacher. When your child returns to school, send a note explaining the absence. An absence is considered excused if it involves (1) student illness, (2) death in the immediate family, (3) school sponsored educational activity or (4) has been approved in advance by the Administration.

If a pattern of absence develops, the school will contact the parents.

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Tardiness

A student arriving after the morning carline has ended (8:35 AM) is tardy. If a pattern of tardiness develops, the school will contact the parents to discuss options to ensure future punctuality.

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After School Clubs

Several enrichment clubs meet on campus after school. These clubs are available to Lamplighter students only. After School Clubs are announced in the summer information packet, at Link-Up, and at Parent Orientation night. These clubs are fee based and interested families should contact the Club Sponsor for payment schedule.

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Behavior Guidelines

The quality of the educational experience at Lamplighter Montessori School is based on students, parents, and teachers working together in a spirit of mutual trust and responsibility. Our rules exist so that everyone can work together, feel safe, and have a positive school experience. The over-reaching ground rules at LMS are: respect yourself, respect others, and respect the community. Classroom specific ground rules evolve from these rules.

All members of the LMS community are expected to be well behaved and considerate of others; appropriate language and behavior on the school grounds and on school trips matter as much as behavior inside the building. Students are expected to respond politely to reminders and requests from all faculty and staff, not just the adults they know well.

Five Rights That Belong to Everyone:

  1. The right to be treated with courtesy and respect
  2. The right to a safe learning environment free of disruptions
  3. The right to one’s property
  4. The right to one’s good name
  5. The right to one’s physical space and safety

Intrinsic Discipline

The educational philosophy of the Montessori method is that real, effective discipline is one that comes from within a person. Children develop this intrinsic discipline through active involvement in self-chosen tasks. It is an objective of Lamplighter Montessori School that children develop this intrinsic discipline.

When ground rules are consistently followed and positively reinforced, the necessity of external discipline will be diminished.

Remedial Measures
When students need help following the ground rules, the following actions may be taken:

  • Behavioral expectation will be made very clear to the student.
  • The teacher will guide the child to practice the proper behavior so the student understands and learns the desired skill. 
  • For the student who needs more time to master the skill, they will be excused from the situation until appropriate behavior can be exhibited.
  • Students are expected to use the Conflict Resolution Process. Violence is not tolerated.
  • If the behavior persists, parents will be asked to confer with the teacher so appropriate action can be taken. The Head of School will be notified of persistent, inappropriate behavior and will make recommendations to the parents regarding external resources to support the child's needs.
  • If additional resources and consistent interventions are not successful, the Head of School will make suggestions regarding alternative schools that may better meet the needs of the child
  • Under no circumstances shall a child be subjected to corporal punishment or verbal abuse.
  • Play time is not withheld to coerce behavior.
  • Favorite activities and/or food are not leveraged to coerce behavior, unless the favorite activity or food is when/where the targeted behavior is occurring. Then, the teacher will circle back to the first three bullets.

Some behaviors may rise to the level of harassment or bullying. Lamplighter Montessori School takes a strong stand against harassment and bullying. A safe and civil environment in school is a prerequisite for all student learning, and the school takes seriously any behavior that interferes with a student’s sense of safety and security or the school’s ability to educate its students in a respectful, peaceful environment. Demonstrating civility and respect and not tolerating harassment or bullying is expected of all members of the Lamplighter Montessori School Community.

Harassment and Bullying

It can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between teasing, harassment, and bullying, none of which are acceptable at LMS. Teasing usually involves two or more friends who act together in a way that seems fun to all the people involved. Often there is some reciprocity, with students teasing each other back and forth, but it never involves physical or emotional abuse. It is possible for teasing to get out of hand – and feelings to get hurt – yet still not constitute either harassment or bullying.

Harassment is defined as a course of conduct that annoys, threatens, intimidates, alarms, or puts a person in fear of their safety. Bullying is aggressive, repetitive behavior that intends to hurt, threaten or frighten another person and involves an imbalance of power or strength

Discipline and Remedial Measures

Discipline

Discipline is handled on an individual basis.

Disciplinary consequences include any of the following:

  • Participation in a guided reflection process designed to teach alternative behavior
  • Practicing the proper behavior
  • Speaking with parents and/or the Head of School
  • Service to the school
  • Suspension from school
  • Dismissal from school

Suspension and dismissal are reserved for breaking major school rules. Students suspended from school may be placed on behavioral probation as a condition of their return. That means any further violation of school rules puts the student at risk for immediate dismissal from school.

Remedial Measures

Remedial measures shall be designed to: correct the problem behavior, prevent another occurrence of the behavior, and protect the victim of the act.

Strategies for Individual Behavioral Change:

  • Framing the aggressive behavior as a failed attempt to solve a real problem or reach a goal. The adult assists the misbehaving student to find a better way to solve the problem or meet the goal.
  • Restitution and restoration
  • Supervised peer support group
  • Corrective instruction or other relevant learning or service experience
  • Supportive discipline to increase accountability for the bullying offense
  • Behavioral management plan, with benchmarks that are closely monitored
  • Student counseling
  • Parent conferences

Since bystander support of bullying and harassment can encourage these behaviors it should be considered as either active or passive support for acts of harassment or bullying. The staff should encourage students to exhibit “Up stander” behavior and not to be part of the problem; not to pass on the rumor or derogatory message; to walk away from these acts when they see them; to constructively attempt to stop them; to report them to the designated authority; and to reach out in friendship to the target.

The Rights of Student and Parents Involved in Disciplinary Measures

It is the right of students and their parents to:

  • Be informed of the policies and rules regarding student behavior and discipline
  • Be informed in writing of the misbehavior and the incident during which it occurred
  • Present the student’s version of the facts
  • Have a conference with the teachers.

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Board of Directors

Lamplighter Montessori School is not-for-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. Correspondence with the Board of Directors may be addressed to

Board of Directors
Lamplighter Montessori School
8563 Fay Rd.
Cordova, TN 38018

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Business Procedures

All business transactions should be made through the Business Office.

Tuition Requirements

All students are enrolled for the entire school year. No refunds, adjustments or deductions of any kind shall be made from fees, charges, and tuition paid or due because of absence, dismissal, or withdrawal of any student during the school year. Parents are encouraged to purchase tuition refund insurance.

Tuition Refund Insurance Plan (TRI)

Parents are reminded that no refund on tuition fees can be made except as provided under the Tuition Refund Insurance Plan. All parents are strongly encouraged to participate in this plan and for those who choose to pay tuition semi-annually or monthly it is required.

Accounts

Every family is expected to be prompt in the payment of their financial obligations to the school.

If an account is not kept current the student may lose re-enrollment preference for the following year and must reapply for admission. No transcript or other information will be provided to another school and a child may be removed from school if the balance becomes excessive.

If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent a family from following their payment schedule, these circumstances must be discussed with the Business Office before the scheduled payment date.

Registration

Students will be enrolled for the subsequent school year upon payment of the tuition deposit in the re-enrollment time frame.

Financial Aid

Financial grants based on need are available from the school for returning students. Reenrollment to Lamplighter Montessori School is the first step. Secondly, contact the business office (901.751.2000, sharville@lamplighterschool.org) for financial aid application forms, procedures, and instructions.

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Carline

The purpose of the carline is to help families support the independence of their children, help our students make the transition from home to school, help the teachers start the school day in a calm, orderly way, and reduce student drop-off and pick-up time. Please use the carline for the arrival and dismissal of students.

Each family will receive cardstock paper to write their last name and child(ren)’s level initials on (T, EC, LE, UE). This adds an extra layer of security so we know in advance all the approved families have this hang-tag. Anyone not on the approved list will not have this hang-tag and it will alert us to check credentials.

By the time a car reaches the drop-off point, students should be ready to exit the car. Lunch boxes, water bottles, and other items should be organized and ready for the student to pick-up. Teachers are at drop-off/pick-up points to help children with the transition between the car and school. Please, do not get out of your car while you are in carline.

In the Morning Carline, teachers will be present to help with the carline. For Toddler and Early Childhood students, a teacher will assist with opening the car door, unbuckling seat belts, and helping the child out of the car. Elementary students may not need a teacher’s help, but should be in the drop-off zone before exiting the car on the passenger side.

In the Afternoon Carline, teachers will be present to help with carline. A teacher will open the car door for Toddler and Early Childhood students, help them into a car seat, and assist with buckling seat belts. Elementary students will not need a teacher’s help.

In the interest of student safety, do not pass in carline unless a teacher guides you to do so. We are committed to making the carline move as safely and as expediently as possible but there are occasionally short delays. Please be patient.

Students arriving after morning carline or being picked up before 3:00 PM must be signed-in/out in the front office.

  • If a parent is sending someone to pick up their child who is not already on their approved pick-up list, they will need to e-mail ahead of time with the person’s full name, description, and relation. That person will need to enter the school and show ID before the child is released into their custody.

Procedures

Times: Morning carline begins at 8:15 and ends at 8:35. Afternoon carline begins at 3:15 and ends at 3:35.

Approach: The carline queue stretches onto Fay Road. During carline times use “B Street” or “Center Road” to turn onto Fay Road. Do not use “A Street” as that will put you in the middle of the queue instead of at the end.

Enter the Campus: Use the Upper Driveway (by the school sign) to enter the campus. Turn right and follow the curved driveway around to the drop-off/pick up zone. Please put your car in Park while your child enters or exits.

Exit the Campus: Follow the parking lot around to the bottom gate (by the dumpsters) and exit RIGHT onto Fay Road during heavy traffic times.

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Cell Phones at School

Students who bring cell phones to school must turn them off during school and extended care hours.

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Civil Defense and Disaster Drills

At the beginning of the school year all classroom teachers will be informed of the procedure that is to be followed in drills for any disaster (fire, tornado, earthquake, bomb threat, etc.). Drills will be held regularly throughout the school year.

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Conflict Resolution

The purpose of teaching conflict resolution at Lamplighter Montessori School is to give the students a skill that will serve for a lifetime.

A teacher will know there may be a problem between students when 

Students are visibly upset
A student is hurt
A student tells the teacher that they, or someone else, are having a problem.

Every problem will be taken seriously. Every time a student has a problem the conflict resolution steps will be used. Because the same process is used EVERYTIME eventually students will be able to use the same format by themselves, spontaneously, and successfully. That is our goal.

Resolution Steps

  1. Take care of any physical injury.
  2. Calm any upset children.
  3. Gather all involved parties.
  4. Each person tells their involvement, without interruption.
  5. Agree on the conflict.
  6. Identify why the problem needs to be solved (students unhappy, rules not followed, students acting in an unsafe manner).
  7. Discuss the problem – teachers model using active listening and empathy. Teachers can supply words at appropriate times: “What can I do to make this OK?”
  8. Develop a solution.
  9. Agree on the solution.
  10. Students will acknowledge what went wrong. For example: I didn’t use my words, I didn’t get a teacher’s help, I didn’t check my place when I finished eating. etc.
  11. Follow up to make sure everyone knows the solution.
  12. Discuss the lessons learned and ways to avoid conflict in the future.
  13. Shake hands and end the conflict: “Can we still be friends?”

This process takes time and energy, especially from the teacher. It is a gift to our students that they learn at such a young age how to solve a problem in such an adult manner.

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Contacting your child’s teacher

To contact your child’s teacher please follow these guidelines:

If your message is urgent call the school and tell the receptionist that you have an emergency.
For non-emergency questions email your child’s teacher or send a note with your child to pass on to your child’s teacher; or
Call the school and leave a voice message for the teacher. Your child’s teacher will call you back.

You can schedule a conference with your child’s teacher any time during the year.

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Development

The Fund Development committee of the Lamplighter Board of Directors oversees the Annual Fund Campaign. The Lamplighter Community Organization oversees the annual Mayfest. Vendor reimbursement program (Kroger, Target, etc.) are promoted through the school.

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Dismissal of Students

Students will be released to their parents and other adults whom the parents have approved. Parents may list approved adults on the Student Information Sheet. If the parents need to change the list of adults designated to pick-up their child, the school office should be notified. Parents may email the school (sharville@lamplighterschool.org) or send a note. These requests are logged on a dismissal form in the front office.  Adults should be prepared to show a picture ID before the child is released in their custody. Students will not be allowed to leave the school building with another adult unless the student’s parents have notified the school office in writing ahead of time.

Children will not be released to anyone whose behavior, as deemed by a reasonable person, may place the child(ren) in imminent risk. If the person displaying risky behavior is the child’s parent, 911, the local law enforcement agency, or other emergency services will be notified prior to the release of child(ren). If the person displaying risky behavior is not the parent, the child will not be released and the parent will be called immediately.

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Disenrollment of Students

Families needing to withdraw students for medical, relocation, job related, or other reasons should send a letter to the business office stating the circumstances for withdrawal and the effective date. Withdrawal from school does not release the family from the contractual obligation of the enrollment contract. It is recommended that all families subscribe to the Tuition Refund Plan.

Families who are subscribed to the Tuition Refund plan will complete a Dismissal or Withdrawal Certificate and return it to the Business Office to start the claims process.

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Enrollment Contract

After a student has successfully completed the admissions process, the parents may be offered an enrollment contract. Once signed by the parents and the Head of School, this contract becomes a legal, binding contract and the student is enrolled for one academic year. When enrollment rosters are full, applicants will be placed in a waiting pool. No contract is offered at that time.

General terms of the contract are as follows:

  • The contract may be cancelled without penalty within 10 days of the date the contract is signed.
  • After 10 days, but before April 1st, a contract may be canceled, but the tuition deposit will be forfeited.
  • After April 1st, the contract is binding.
  • Participation in the Tuition Refund Plan is encouraged for families that pay their tuition annually, for all other families, participation is required.

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Expulsion Policy

Lamplighter teachers and personnel will follow the Behavior Guidelines as outlined in the Family Handbook and in the Employee Handbook. Suspension and expulsion will be used only as a last resort in extraordinary circumstances where there is a determination of serious safety threat that cannot otherwise be reduced or eliminated by following the Behavior Guidelines of the school.

Should a situation arise where there is a documented evidence that all possible interventions and supports recommended by the Head of School have been exhausted—and it is unanimously determined by the family, teacher, school, and Head of School that another setting is more appropriate for the well-being of the child in question—all parties, including the receiving program, should work together to develop a seamless transition plan and use that plan to implement a smooth transition.

A student will not be expelled if a parent makes a complaint regarding alleged violations, reporting abuse or neglect against the school or questioning the program regarding the Tennessee Standards for Childcare Centers and School Age Child Care Programs.

Extended Care

Extended Care, before school, from 7:00 to 8:15 AM, and after school, from 3:30 until 6:00 PM, is available to enrolled students. Students staying past 3:30 PM should bring a late-day snack.

Parents may enroll their children in the Extended Care program for a monthly fee of $250. Enrollment forms are available in the Business Office.

Occasional attendance in the Extended Care program is available at an hourly rate of $10.00. Occasional attendance is only billed in increments of one hour. Occasional Extended Care fees are billed quarterly.

Please advise the student’s teacher or the school if your child will be attending the Extended Care program. Any student not picked up during carline will be placed in Extended Care and the hourly fee will apply.

Any pick-up after 6 PM will be billed at $10 for every 5 minutes late past 6 PM.

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Grievances

The procedure for consideration and adjustment of grievances of any parent shall be as follows.

  1. Consult with the child’s teacher. If the grievance is not satisfactorily resolved
  2. Consult with the Head of School. The Head of School will investigate the grievance and work toward a resolution. The Head of School will inform the parents, in writing, of the steps taken to resolve the grievance. If the grievance is not resolved the parent will
  3. Submit a written statement of the situation to the Lamplighter Montessori School Board of Directors requesting that the Board review the grievance. A copy of this statement will be given to the involved staff person and to the Head of School. The Board will review the grievance and report with recommendations to the Head of School for action.

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Inclement Weather

Lamplighter Montessori School will make every effort to be open when it is prudent to do so. If the school will be closed, or opening late, a school-closing alert will be sent through REMIND. Additionally, announcements will be made on local television stations. Every effort will be made to make a closing announcement between 6 AM and 7 AM. In general, Lamplighter will follow the closing schedule of the Shelby County School System.

If the weather becomes inclement during the school day, any decision to close the school will be sent through an alert with REMIND. Staff members will stay until all students have been picked up.

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Independent Music Lessons

Piano Lessons:

Private lessons for a limited number of First Grade and older students are available during school hours. Contact Ms. Virginia Murphy (751-2000) for enrollment information.

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Lamplighter Community Organization (LCO)

Mission Statement

To develop a community of committed parents whose volunteer work supports the mission and goals of Lamplighter Montessori School in meaningful ways.

Purpose

The purpose of the Lamplighter Montessori School Community Organization is to foster and celebrate a strong sense of community among parents and families by providing ways for members to participate in school life outside the classroom.

Throughout the school year, LCO holds events to give Lamplighter families informal opportunities to come together in the LMS spirit and learn more about opportunities for campus involvement.  Collaboration with the Board of Directors, Faculty and Administration to plan and staff school events and projects is one of the most important functions of the LCO.

In addition to community activities, the LCO supports the school's fundraising efforts by hosting events such as the Mayfest as well as promoting participation in Box Tops for Education, and Target and Kroger shopping programs. The LCO, in accordance with Montessori ideals, proudly coordinates service projects around Shelby and Fayette Counties throughout the year to meet the needs of our community and our planet.

Many opportunities exist for parents to participate in LCO activities. Please contact any of the LCO LEADs directly for more information.

How the LCO is organized

The LCO activities are supervised directly by the LMS Head of School and daily management is facilitated by the LCO Chairperson and the LCO Committee LEADs. LCO events are planned and executed by members of the LCO LEADs and supported through the efforts of parent volunteers. LCO Committees include Hospitality, Mayfest & Special Events, and New Family Welcome & Family Connections.

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Library

The school library has a collection of books appropriate for the recreational reading and research needs of our student body. There is also a professional collection of materials about the Montessori Method of Education and other topics of interest to parents.

Classes for all levels are held weekly. The professional collection is available for parents to checkout.  Please call the Librarian (751-2000) for open library hours.

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Montessori Materials

Montessori materials are an important component of the curriculum. Every student is instructed in the proper way to work with these materials. Parents are financially responsible for damage to the materials resulting from willful mishandling by their child.

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Non-Custodial Parents

In the absence of a court order, non-custodial parents have access to the students and student records as do custodial parents.

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Open Line of Communication

The classroom teacher is the best source for information about your child’s classroom. Your child’s teacher is aware of classroom activities, upcoming events, and daily issues/challenges regarding your child. Your child’s teacher may be contacted through email, a note sent with your child, or a voice mail left by contacting the front office, 901-751-2000.

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School Pictures

Individual school pictures are taken in the fall and the spring. Parents may purchase a digital copy of their child's school picture. Class pictures are taken in the spring. The group pictures are included in the yearly tuition. Check the calendar for picture dates.

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Service and Therapy Animals

In keeping with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the school will work with students, staff, and parents to accommodate service animals as defined below:

“A service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Tasks performed can include, among other things, pulling a wheelchair, retrieving dropped items alerting a person to a sound, reminding a person to take medication, or pressing an elevator button.”

Service animals on LMS property must meet the provisions of ADA that require them to be under the handler’s control, housebroken, and cared for by the handler (not LMS).

Therapy animals differ from service animals a state below:

While Emotional Support Animals or Comfort Animals are often used as part of a medical treatment plan as therapy animals, they are not considered service animals under the ADA. These support animals provide companionship, relieve loneliness, and sometimes help with depression, anxiety, and certain phobias, but do not have special training to perform tasks that assist people with disabilities.

Therapy animals are not permitted to accompany their owners/handlers to LMS with one exception. Animals invited by school faculty or staff as part of an educational experience or event are permitted on school grounds at the discretion of the Head of School.

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Smoke Free Environment

The use or promotion of tobacco products on school grounds is detrimental to the health and safety of students, staff, and visitors and is prohibited.

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Standardize Testing

Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade take a standardized achievement test in the spring of each year. Test outcomes are used as one indicator of concepts the student has mastered and are used to identify areas that need more concentration. The results of the standardized achievement test, the Progress Report, and a portfolio of the student’s cumulative work combine to give a picture of each student’s academic, social and emotional growth.

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Student Health

Requirements

The Tennessee Department of Public Health requires by law that every student in childcare or school be immunized. Required immunizations are defined as those specified by law.

By law, immunizations are required to be documented on a Tennessee Permanent Certificate of Immunization and a copy kept on file at school. The necessary form is available from the student’s physician.

Illness

Parents should notify the school immediately if a child contracts a communicable disease.

A body temperature of 100° or over, discolored mucus in the nose, persistent coughing, diarrhea, and vomiting are all reasons for a child not to be at school. If a student becomes ill at school, the parents will be called to pick up the child. If the parent cannot be reached, the emergency contact person will be called. All students must have an emergency contact person, other than a parent, on file at the school office.

Medication at school

Parents must complete a “Parent Authorization for Self-Administration of Medicine” form if a child needs to take medication during the school day. This form is available from classroom teachers and through the front office. As per the Department of Human Services guidelines, all medications must be in the original container (extra containers are available from your pharmacist) and must be self-administered. Only dosage for one day should be sent to school. Teachers may observe a student taking medication, but are not authorized to measure or administer it.

Accidental Injury

In the case of an accidental injury the student’s parents or emergency contact will be notified immediately. In an emergency “911” will be called.

Suspected Child Abuse

In compliance with Tennessee law, all persons (including doctors, mental health professionals, child care providers, dentists, family members, and friends) must report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect. Failure to report child abuse or neglect is a violation of the law. The national hotline number is (800) 422-4453. The TN hotline is 877-237-0004

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Student Records

Student academic records are confidential. Written permission (a signed transcript request form) is needed to release student records to another school.

Custody Cases

In the absence of a court order to the contrary, the School will, upon request, provide the non-custodial parent with access to the academic records and to other school-related information regarding the child. If there is a court order specifying that there is to be no information given, the custodial parent is required to provide the School with an official copy of the court order.

Previously Enrolled Students

Academic records of previously enrolled students are maintained on site for one year. After that time, they are moved to off-site storage. Student records are not held after three years.

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Summer Camp

A Summer Camp is offered during the summer months for students ages 18 months through rising First Graders. Summer Camp students are enrolled on a weekly basis for this program. Information is distributed in the early spring with specific dates, times and themes. Contact the school office for specific information.

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Visitors at School

Every non-employee adult who wishes to enter the school hall during regular school hours will check in and out at the front office. All visitors will receive a Visitor badge to wear while they are in the building.

Parents are permitted access to their children during the regular hours of operation. All parents will be permitted access unless a court order to the contrary is on file at school. Parents who are prohibited from access to their child by a court order will not be permitted access to their child during regular school hours on the school grounds. 

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School-based Support Services June 2017 

Standards for School-administered Child Care, Chapter 0520-12-01 

SUMMARY 

Program Organization and Administration, 0520-12-01-.05 

· A Child Care Center must have an adequate budget. General liability, automobile liability, and medical payment insurances must be maintained on all properties and vehicles owned or operated by the program. 

· Children’s files must include a complete application, an official immunization record (exceptions do apply), and health history. 

· On-going parent communication is expected. Programs must provide a parent handbook with the policies, procedures, and the TDOE requirements, chapter 0520-12-01. It is expected that parents sign for receipt of the policies and requirements, and this would be kept in the child’s file. All parents shall be given a pre-placement visit opportunity. 

· Parents must have access to all areas of the center when their child is present. 

· The parents must receive an educational program regarding child abuse detection, reporting and prevention. 

· A written plan must be in place for the release of each child, this should include individuals who are allowed to pick up the child at the end of the day or any given time by the parent. 

· Children must be signed out of the program by the custodial parent. Staff may require to see a person’s identification when releasing a child from the program. 

· Injuries and incidences will be reported to the parent as soon as possible or at the end of the school day. This shall be documented in the child’s file. 

· Staff records must be kept on each employee that includes educational background, reference checks, TBI check, in-service training, physical exams and performance reviews. 

· If the center provides transportation, the driver should be appropriately licensed, have a drug screening on file, and certificate of CPR/First Aid, there must be liability insurance and the children must have adequate space and supervision. Transportation provided by the center or under center authorization shall comply with state law. 

· Programs must have the current Certificate of Approval posted where parents and visitors can easily see it, along with the Department of Human Services childcare complaint number and the Department of Children’s Services Child Abuse Hotline number. 

· No smoking must also be posted in a conspicuous manner. 

· A copy of the state board rules (chapter 0520-12-01) must be maintained in a central space and available to all staff and parents. 

Program Operation (Supervision), 0520-12-01-.06 

· Careful supervision of each group is expected at all times and suited appropriately for each age grouping. 

· Adult:child ratios and group sizes must be followed. 

School-based Support Services June 2017 

Single-age grouping chart: AGE 

GROUP SIZE 

ADULT:CHILD RATIO 

Infant (6wks-12 m) 

1:4 

Toddler (11m-23m) 

12 

1:6 

Two (2) years old 

14 

1:7 

Three (3) years old 

18 

1:9 

Four (4) years old 

20 

1:13 

VPK, 619, PDG 

20 

1:10 

Multi-age grouping chart: AGE 

GROUP SIZE 

ADULT:CHILD RATIO 

Infant – 18 months 

1:4 

18 – 36 months 

16 

1:8 

3 – 4 years old only 

20 

1:10 

3 – 6 years old* 

24 

1:13 

*Not including first grade children 

· Group sizes must be maintained in the classroom, but classes may combine while outdoors, in common dining areas, or common napping areas. 

· Each group must have their own space. Infants cannot be grouped with children older than 30 months; a separate area must be provided for infants and toddlers. 

· At naptime, ratios may be relaxed for groups (except for infants and toddlers). 

· A written playground supervision plan is required. 

· Field trips requires adult:child ratios to be doubled. Swimming has a separate ratio chart and the life guard is not included in the ratio. 

Staff, 0520-12-01-.07 

· All programs must have a director and enough teachers and staff to meet the required ratios for adequate supervision. 

· Staff must be physically, mentally and emotionally stable to work with children and have knowledge of early childhood behaviors and development. 

· Teachers and assistant teachers must be 21 years of age if hired after June 30, 2017. Any staff member under the age of 21 must be supervised by an adult, except for before and after school programs. 

· All new staff must complete 2 hours of orientation before assuming duties and receive annual instruction in early childhood topics that are required in this chapter section. 

· The program must maintain written documentation that each employee has read the full set of all applicable rules. 

· A copy of the entire rules must be maintained and readily accessible to all employees. 

· All staff must have a criminal background check upon hiring and must be cleared before assuming duties. A new fingerprint sample is required every 5 years for all employees. 

·A director shall be responsible for the day-to-day operations, shall be physically present in the facility for at least half the hours of operation, be at least 21 years of age, and follow the qualification guidelines listed in this chapter section. 

· An assistant director may be designated in charge when the director is absent. 

· All directors, assistant directors, teachers, assistant teachers, and other staff working directly with the children must have professional development training. 24 hours is required for the 2017/2018 school year and 30 hours is required for the 2018/2019 school year and beyond. At least 6 hours of this professional development must be in developmentally appropriate literacy practices. 

Program, 0520-12-01-.09 

· Educational activity must be developmentally appropriate for the age and ability of the children enrolled. (See TN-ELDS for Birth-48 Months and TN-ELDS for 48 month-Kindergarten) 

· Any technology used by the children must be reviewed by staff, approved by parents, and shall not exceed 2 hours per day. 

· Children shall not be left in restraining devices (swings, car seats, high chairs, etc.) for periods longer than 30 minutes. 

· Children should have opportunities to play together and also alone when they choose to do so. 

· Personal safety must be taught each year for children ages 3 through school age. 

· Outdoor play must be provided for all ages who are in care for more than 3 daylight hours, weather permitting (temp ranges 32-95 degrees). 

· Behavior management and discipline must be reasonable and age appropriate. Spanking or other corporal punishment is not allowed. Timeout must be based on the age of the child and take place in an appropriate location. 

· Children shall not be in care for longer than 12 hours in a day. 

· Routines such as snack, meals, and res shall occur at approximately the same time each day. 

Health and Safety, 0520-12-01-.10 

· A first aid kit must be on the premises and a comprehensive first aid chart or list must be available. 

· There must be a staff member present who has a current certification in CPR and first aid training. 

· A written plan to protect children during disasters is required. Drills must be practiced and documented each month. At least one drill must be practiced during extended care hours. 

· Smoking and the consumption of alcohol are not allowed on the premises of a child care program. 

· Firearms are not allowed on the premises or in a vehicle used to transport children. 

· Kitchen knives or other potentially hazardous tools must be kept inaccessible to children. 

· Staff’s personal belongings must be kept inaccessible to children. 

· Emergency contact numbers must be listed and posted near all telephones. 

· Conduct regular morning health checks of each child and notify parents immediately when a child is sick or injured. 

· Medication may not be given to any child without the written consent of the parent/guardian. 

· Safe sleep practices for infants must be followed: 

o Infants places on their back to sleep, in a crib or pack ‘n play with only the sheet. Soft bedding for infants is not allowed. 

o No swaddling or wrapping in a blanket. 

  • Infants must be touched by a teacher every 15 minutes to check breathing and body temperature. 

o Infant room teachers must have SIDS and safe sleep training before reporting for duty. 

· Hand washing and diapering procedures must be followed to minimize the spread of germs in the classrooms. 

· Developmentally appropriate equipment that is in good repair and easily cleaned is required. All manufacturer’s safety instructions must be followed. 

· Electrical cords and outlets should be inaccessible to the children. 

· Children must have a place to store their belongings that minimizes the spread of germs. 

· Each child must have their own napping equipment (2” thick mat or cot; sheet or cover for the mat; and a coverlet for their body) 

· All staff must report reasonable suspicions of child abuse to DCS hotline number or local law enforcement. Annual training for this is required. 

Food, 0520-12-01-.11 

· Children will receive meals based on the amount of hours spent in the program. 

· Food should not be forced or withheld from children. 

· Infants must be held while bottle feeding and bottles may not be heated in the microwave. 

· Special diets and instructions must be provided in writing. 

· A menu must be posted each week. Changes to the meal must be documented before the meal occurs. 

· Teachers and children must wash hand when handling and eating food. 

· All eating surfaces must be washed with soapy water and sanitized before eating and after eating. 

· Children must be seated at appropriately sized tables and adults must closely supervise them while eating. 

· Milk must be placed in the refrigerator immediately after it is served. All formulas remaining in bottles after feeding must be discarded. 

· Highchair manufacturer’s restraints must be used. 

· Food must be properly handled and stored to protect from it contamination. 

· Milk and perishable food must not sit on the table longer than 15 minutes before being served. 

Physical Facilities, 0520-12-01-.12 

· All facilities must pass an annual fire inspection and health inspection. 

· A working telephone is required. 

· A minimum of 30 square feet of usable indoor play space for each child is required. 

· The area must be clean and safe for the children to use. 

· A minimum of 50 square feet per child is required outdoors. 

· The outdoor area must be fenced. 

· Outdoor play equipment must be age appropriate for the group of children. 

· Outdoor equipment must be placed to avoid injury and have a proper amount of resilient surfacing material to cushion a fall. 

· The outdoor playground must be properly maintained with a written playground maintenance plan. A pre-play inspection is required before children play outdoors. 

· Drinking water shall be provided in all occupied rooms. 

· Adequate temperature must be maintained in all classrooms. 

· Classroom pets must be kept in a clean cage and kept away from food storage or food preparation areas. 

Transportation, 0520-12-01-.13 

· All transportation laws must be followed at all times and are defined in State board of education Pupil Transportation Rule 0520-01-05-.01 (2). 

· Liability insurance coverage is required on all vehicles. 

· 15 passenger vans are strictly prohibited. 

· Proper child passenger restraints are to be used when transporting children in passenger vehicles. 

· All school bus drivers must be properly licensed, have received a background check through the department, complete an annual physical and mental exam, complete annual school bus driving training, and complete CPR certification. 

· Adult monitors in addition to the driver may be needed to properly supervise children while in route. 

· Passenger logs must be kept and inspection of vehicles at the end of the route is required to insure no child is left inside. 

Care of Children with Special Needs, 0520-12-01-.14 

· When children with special needs are enrolled, all reasonable and appropriate efforts shall be made to provide those children equal opportunity to participate in the same program activities as their peers. 

· Adaptations to the environment shall be directed toward normalizing the lifestyle of the child with a disability by helping him/her become independent and develop self-help skills. 

· The program shall inform parents of any specialized services available from the program, and if the program is aware of any specialized services available through third parties, shall additionally inform the parent of such services. 

· Governing agency shall develop policies and procedures, in accordance with 0520-01-09-.23, governing personnel authorized to use isolation and restraint, training requirements and incident reporting procedures. 

School-Age Before and after School Programs 0520-12-01-.15 

· All staff shall be 18 years of age. 

· Professional development training hours are required: 18 hours for directors and 12 hours for staff. 

· Ratio for Kindergarten-12 years old is 1:20 and for 13 years and older is 1:30. 

· Ratio and group size requirements when pre-k is enrolled in the program 

 

AGE 

 

Group Size 

 

Adult: Child Ratio 

Including 3 year olds 

15 

1:10 

Including 4 year olds 

20 

1:12 

 

COMPLAINT HOTLINE: (LONG DISTANCE) 1-800-462-8261 

(NASHVILLE AREA) 615–313-4820 

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School Events

School events vary from year to year. Information will be shared in advance via the school newsletter.

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School Calendar 

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NEW!! Lamplighter Montessori School Family Calendar 2018-2019- 174 Days

Date- 2018

Day

Event

Students

Faculty

 

Aug 9

Thursday

New Student Phase-in 9:00am-10:00am:

Early Childhood (3-6yrs) and Lower Elementary (1st-3rd)

in

in

 

Aug 9

Thursday

Link Up at Lamplighter- Family Cookout 6:00p-7:30p

in

in

 

Aug 13

Monday

First Day of School!

in

in

 

Aug 23

Thursday

Parent Orientation (Mandatory)- 6:30pm-8:00pm

in

in

 

Sept 3

Monday

Labor Day Holiday

out

out

 

Sept 21

Friday

Family Pot Luck! 6:30pm-8:00pm

in

in

 

Oct 4

Thursday

Parent Education Night 5:00 pm- 7:30pm *childcare provided

in

in

 

Oct 8-12

Mon-Fri

Fall Break

out

out

 

October 19

Friday

1st Quarter Ends (44 days)

in

in

 

Oct 24-26

Wed-Fri

Parent Teacher Conferences- (between 2pm-5pm)

in

in

 

Oct 29

Monday

Make-up Parent Teacher Conferences Day 2pm-5pm

in

in

 

Oct 31

Wednesday

In-School Fall Festival!

in

in

 

Nov 9

Friday

Pancake Breakfast (Annual Fund Kick-off) 7:30a-8:30a

in

in

 

Nov 12

Monday

Veterans’ Day Holiday

out

out

 

Nov 14

Wednesday

Students “Next Level Up” Day

in

in

 

Nov 20

Tuesday

Grandparent’s Day

in

in

 

Nov 21-23

Wed-Fri

Thanksgiving Holiday

out

out

 

Dec 4

Tuesday

Parent Education Night 5:00 pm- 7:30pm *childcare provided

in

in

 

Dec 18-20

Tues-Thurs

Winter Programs tbd per classroom

in

in

 

Dec 20

Thursday

2nd Quarter Ends (40 days)

in

in

 

Dec 21-Jan 4

Fri-Fri

Winter Break Holiday

out

out

 

Jan 7

Monday

Students return

in

in

 

Jan 16-17

Wed-Thurs

Open House for Parents tbd

in

in

 

Jan 21

Monday

Martin Luther King Holiday

out

out

 

Jan 25

Friday

Student Overnight Fri. 6:30p- Sat. 8:00a

in

in

 

Feb 14

Thursday

Sweetheart Breakfast with parents 7:30a-8:30a

in

in

 

Feb 14-17

Thurs-Sun

Montessori Model United Nations Trip to New York (Upper El)

in

in

 

Feb 18

Monday

Presidents’ Day Holiday

out

out

 

Feb 25-Mar 1

Mon-Fri

National Montessori Education Week

in

in

 

Feb 26

Tuesday

Parent Education Night 5:00pm- 7:30pm *childcare provided

in

in

 

Mar 8

Wednesday

3rd Quarter Ends (43 days)

in

in

 

Mar 11-15

Mon-Fri

Spring Break

out

out

 

Mar 20-22

Wed-Fri

Parent Teacher Conferences (between 2pm-5pm)

in

in

 

Mar 25

Monday

Make-up Parent Teacher Conference day (between 2pm-5pm)

in

in

 

Apr 14

Sunday

Art Show 1:00pm-2:30pm

in

in

 

Apr 19

Friday

All School Holiday

out

out

 

Apr 29-May3

Mon-Fri

Spirit Week

in

in

 

May 3

Friday

Field Day

in

in

 

May 6-10

Mon-Fri

Achievement Test Week

in

in

 

May 17

Friday

“Moving Up” Ceremony

in

in

 

May 20-24

Mon-Fri

End of Year celebrations

in

in

 

May 24

Friday

Last Day of School: Half Day-noon dismissal

in

in

 

May 24

Friday

Mayfest 12:00pm-2:00pm

in

in

 

May 24

Friday

4th Quarter Ends (49 days)

in

in

 

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Toddler

Birthdays

For each student’s birthday, the teacher will conduct a traditional Montessori Birthday Celebration. Parents are asked to provide a photograph representing each year of their child’s life and a special snack (see snacks). Parents can choose to attend this brief line-time celebration. Please coordinate this event with the classroom teacher.

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Communication with Parents

Teachers track daily activity to communicate each day for parents in Transparent Classroom.

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Curriculum

Montessori

Credentialed Montessori instructors, in accordance with American Montessori Society standards, Southern Association of Independent Schools standards, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools standards, and State of Tennessee standards, present approved materials and instruction.

Academic Studies

The Montessori Curriculum is an integrated academic curriculum that builds independence through practical life activities, sensorial activities, language development, and vocabulary building. The curriculum also includes activities in serration, left-to-right orientation, and matching work that develop the skills needed for future mathematical reasoning and reading.

Art

Art activities are integrated in the curriculum and are available to students on a daily basis.

Library

Story time is incorporated in the daily schedule. A special story time with the Librarian is offered once a week.  A collection of developmentally appropriate books is available in the classroom

Music

Toddlers are introduced to music in several ways; singing with the group, finger plays and movement to music, and a variety of background music playing during the day.

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Dress Code

Toddlers should have two changes of clothes (undies, socks, pants, shirt) in a Ziploc bag in case of an emergency - Name on all items and the bag, please.

Appropriate clothing for classroom, toilet learning, and playground activities should be worn. Words and logos on clothing should be age appropriate and inoffensive to classmates.

Dressing in layers gives students many good choices for comfort level. Closed toe and heel shoes are safest and most comfortable for playground activities. Please label all clothing with your student’s name.

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Lunch at School

Students bring their lunch (including drink) to school.  Please send your child’s food in reusable containers with real utensils and two cloth napkins (one to be used as a placemat and one for a napkin). Please send nutritious foods in child-sized portions. Caffeinated, carbonated and red drinks are prohibited.

Purchasing Lunch at School

Lunch at school may be purchased from The Upper Elementary Class. The proceeds from these lunches benefit the Upper Elementary Class Student Run Business and help to fund the spring Montessori Model United Nations trip for students. Sign-up forms will be published and sent home monthly.

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Naptime

A student naptime is part of the daily schedule. Naptime is scheduled after lunch. Students rest on a mat in the classroom.

Rest Mats

Rest mats and covers must be purchased from the school. The price is $50 for the set. Replacement mats or covers may be purchased, please contact the school office.

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Outside Play

Outside play is an important part of the total curriculum. Students will go outside everyday unless there is precipitation, a heat advisory, or the temperature is below 32° F. Students must come to school prepared to go outside every day.

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Observation in the Classroom

Parents who wish to observe a Montessori classroom at work may do so. Before October 1st parents may ‘peek’ at the two-way window. After October 1st parents may make an appointment to observe in the classroom. Please contact the front office for an appointment.

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Each semester, time is set aside for parent/teacher conferences. Conferences for students are scheduled for 30 minutes. Parents may also schedule a conference with a teacher at other times.

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Personal Belongings and Toys

Students may bring books, science specimens and other items of educational interest to the class. Toys are distracting to students and should not be brought to school.

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Phase In

A gradual-step process designed to help new students become accustomed to the classroom as easily as possible. The steps include

  • Parent(s) staying in the classroom with the child. The parent is stationary while the child explores the new environment. Parent and child leave together.
  • Parent stays a portion of the time in the classroom, then the child that the parent will be back in a short time. The parent leaves for a short time and returns. Parent and child leave together.
  • Parents says goodbye to the child at the classroom door and leaves.

The timeline for these steps are customized to each family’s needs,

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Progress Reports

Teachers track progress with Transparent Classroom, an on-line record keeping system, lesson planning and student evaluation tool. Reports are generated quarterly to share with the families.  

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School Hours

Half-Day school hours are 8:30 – 12:00 PM. Full-Day school hours are from 8:30 AM until 3:15 PM. Extended Care is available from 7 AM until 6 PM.

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School Materials Brought Home

Sometimes students love school so much they want to take part of it home with them. You may discover tiny cubes, beads, puzzle pieces or other items in your child’s pockets or cuffs. Please return such items to the school. Teachers will then help the student return the materials to the work to which they belong.

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School Supplies

Individual supplies should be marked with the student’s name. Toddler supplies include

  • A water bottle labeled with student’s name
  • A lunch box with cooling capacity
  • A weekly supply of diapers/pull-ups and wipes (until toilet learning is complete)
  • Two changes of clothes (undies, socks, pants, shirt) in a Ziploc bag to be kept at school in case of an emergency - Name on all items and bag, please.
  • A Toddler rest mat and cover purchased form Lamplighter,

A list of any additional supplies to be purchased is mailed to parents during the summer.

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Snacks

Nutritious morning and afternoon snacks are provided.

To insure the positive nutritional growth and development of the students, only healthful snacks will be served. Some examples of healthy snack foods that are served are

  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh vegetables with optional light dipping sauce
  • Trail Mix w/o peanuts
  • Granola
  • Applesauce (Sugar free)
  • Rice Cakes
  • Fresh cheese and whole-wheat crackers
  • Whole grain bread with a light spread
  • Miniature quiches
  • Yogurt covered pretzels, raisins, etc.
  • Cheese pizza

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Newsletters

School newsletters are sent to parents twice a month to communicate school events, classroom progress, and other pertinent information. For any other questions, call the front office, 901-751-2000.

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Early Childhood

Birthdays

At School

For each student’s birthday, the teacher will conduct the traditional Montessori Birthday Celebration. Parents are asked to provide a photograph representing each year of their child’s life and a special snack (see snacks). Parents can choose to attend this brief  celebration. Please coordinate this event with the classroom teacher.

Away from School

For student-sponsored parties when all students in the class are invited, invitations may be sent to school to be distributed in Monday folders.

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Curriculum

Montessori

Credentialed Montessori instructors, in accordance with American Montessori Society standards, the Southern Association of Independent Schools standards, AdvancED [formally Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)] standards and State of Tennessee standards, present approved materials and instruction.

Academic Studies

The Montessori Curriculum is an integrated academic curriculum that incorporates Practical Life activities, Sensorial activities, Mathematics (including Geometry), Language Development and Reading skills, Cultural Studies (including Geography), Science, and Peace Education.

MakerSpace

The MakerSpace has two classrooms: WonderLab and GeniusLab. In the GeniusLab students work on critical thinking skills by playing Brain Games, Coding, Robotics, and many more materials designed to bring Science and Technology to life. The WonderLab focuses primarily on creative thinking skills with many options for building, designing, and creative expression.

Art

Art activities are also integrated in the curriculum and available to students on a daily basis.

Foreign Language

Instruction in Spanish vocabulary building and simple conversation is offered in large and small group lessons with supporting materials available to students on a daily basis.

Library

Story time and beginning library science lessons are offered once a week. Shelf work relating to the story may be available throughout the week.

Orff Music

In addition to age appropriate songs, students practice moving to music, matching pitch, rhythm, and are introduced to instrument families and staff and pre-reading exercises by a certified Orff music teacher with a Master's degree in Music.

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Dress Code

Appropriate clothing for classroom and playground activities should be worn. Spaghetti straps and bare midriff tops are not appropriate for school. Hats may be worn outside and stored in the student’s cubby during inside work time. Words and logos on clothing should be age appropriate and inoffensive to classmates.

Dressing in layers gives students many good choices for comfort level. Closed toe and heel shoes are safest and most comfortable for playground activities. Please label all clothing with your student’s name.

One seasonally appropriate change of clothes (undies, socks, pants, shirt) in a Ziploc bag should be kept at school in case of an emergency - Name on all items and bag, please.

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Homework

Early Childhood students are not assigned homework.

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Lunch

Students bring their lunch (including drink) to school. Please send your child’s food in reusable containers with real utensils and two cloth napkins (one to be used as a placemat and one for a napkin). Please send nutritious foods in child-sized portions. Caffeinated, carbonated and red drinks are prohibited.

Purchasing Lunch at School

Lunch at school may be purchased from The Upper Elementary Class. The proceeds from these lunches help to fund the spring Montessori Model United Nations trip for students. Sign-up forms will be published and sent home quarterly.

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Tuesday Folders

Important information to parents from the school and the classroom along with any paperwork completed by the student is sent home in folders on Tuesdays. Folders should be returned to the classroom the following day. Parents may enclose permission slips, sign-up sheets, envelopes addressed to the administrative offices, etc.

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Outside Play

Outside play is an important part of the total curriculum. Students will go outside everyday unless there is precipitation, a heat advisory, or the temperature is below 32° F. Students must come to school prepared to go outside every day.

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Observation in the Classroom

Parents who wish to observe a Montessori classroom at work may do so. Before October 1st parents may ‘peek’ at the two-way window. After October 1st , parents may make an appointment to observe in the classroom. Please contact the front office for an appointment.

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Each semester, time is set aside for parent/teacher conferences. Conferences for students are scheduled for 30 minutes. Parents may also schedule a conference with a teacher at other times.

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Personal Belongings and Toys

Students may bring books, science specimens and other items of educational interest to the class. Toys are distracting to students and should not be brought to school.

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Meet and Greet

Students new to the Early Childhood program are invited to spend the morning at school before the first day of class. This is an opportunity for students to meet their teachers, become familiar with the new environment, and greet new friends.

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Progress Reports

Teachers track progress with Transparent Classroom, an on-line record keeping system, lesson planning and student evaluation tool. Reports are generated quarterly to share with the families.  

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Rest Time

Early Childhood students in the EC (3) and EC (4) programs rest on a mat for one hour in the afternoon.

Rest Mats

Rest mats and covers must be purchased from the school. The price is $50 for the set. Replacement mats or covers may be purchased, please contact the school office.

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School Hours

School hours for the 3-year old Half-Day program are 8:30 AM – 12 PM. School hours for Full Day programs are from 8:30 AM until 3:15 PM. Extended Care is available from 7 AM until 6 PM.

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School Materials Brought Home

Sometimes students love school so much they want to take part of it home with them. You may discover tiny cubes, beads, puzzle pieces or other items in your child’s pockets or cuffs. Please return such items to the school. Teachers will then help the student return the materials to the work to which they belong.

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School Supplies

Individual supplies should be marked with the student’s name. Early Childhood supplies include

  • A water bottle labeled with student’s name
  • A lunch box with cooling capacity
  • One change of clothes (undies, socks, pants, shirt) in a Ziploc bag to be kept at school in case of an emergency - Name on all items and bag, please.
  • A rest mat and cover for EC (3)’s and EC (4)’s

A list of any additional supplies to be purchased is mailed to parents during the summer.

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Snacks

Families are asked to provide snack for the whole class on a rotating basis. This is in lieu of each student bringing a snack every day. At the beginning of each month teachers send home a snack calendar in the Monday folder.

To insure the positive nutritional growth and development of the students, only healthful snacks will be served. Because of the increased occurrence of peanut allergies with children, please choose snack items that do not contain peanuts or peanut products. Some healthy snack suggestions are

  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh vegetables with optional light dipping sauce
  • Trail Mix w/o peanuts
  • Granola
  • Applesauce (Sugar free)
  • Rice Cakes
  • Fresh cheese and whole-wheat crackers
  • Whole grain bread with a light spread
  • Miniature quiches
  • Yogurt covered pretzels, raisins, etc.
  • Cheese pizza

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Extended Care

Students who stay for Extended Care should bring an afternoon snack. This snack should be packed in the student’s lunchbox and labeled as Late-Day Snack.

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Weekly News

School newsletters are sent to parents twice a month to communicate school events, classroom progress, and other pertinent information. For any other questions, call the front office, 901.751.2000.

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Lower & Upper Elementary

Birthdays

At school

Student birthdays are recognized at class meetings with a song and a cheer. Students may bring a snack to share with classmates. Please confirm dates with the classroom teacher.

Away from school

For student-sponsored parties when all students in the class are invited, invitations may be sent to school to be distributed in Monday folders.

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Book Rental Fee

A book rental fee is included in the student tuition. The fee covers the use of all hardback books and the cost of workbooks as needed by your child. Parents are financially responsible for any lost or damaged book.

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Curriculum

Montessori

Credentialed Montessori instructors, in accordance with American Montessori Society standards, the Southern Association of Independent Schools standards, AdvancED (formally the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [SACS]) standards, and State of Tennessee standards present approved materials and instruction.

Academic Studies

The Montessori Curriculum is an integrated academic curriculum that incorporates Practical Life activities, Mathematics (including Geometry), Language Development and Reading skills, Cultural Studies (including Geography), Science, and Peace studies.

MakerSpace

The MakerSpace has two classrooms: WonderLab and GeniusLab. In the GeniusLab students work on critical thinking skills by playing Brain Games, Coding, Robotics, and many more materials designed to bring Science and Technology to life. The WonderLab focuses primarily on creative thinking skills with many options for building, designing, and expressing themselves creatively.

Art

Instruction in different media is offered and available as part of the MakerSpace. Art activities are also integrated in the curriculum as a part of cultural studies

Foreign Language

Instruction in Spanish vocabulary building, simple conversation skills and beginning reading lessons are offered on a weekly basis. Supporting materials are available to students on a daily basis.

Library

The librarian offers Library Science lessons once a week. During this time, students may check out books.

Physical Education

Organized physical education classes are conducted on a weekly basis.

Orff Music

In addition to age appropriate songs, students practice moving to music, matching pitch, rhythm, and are introduced to instrument families and staff and pre-reading exercises by a certified Orff music teacher with a Master's degree in Music.

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Dress Code

Appropriate clothing for classroom and playground activities should be worn. Spaghetti straps and bare midriff tops are not appropriate for school. Hats may be worn outside and stored in the student’s cubby during inside work time. Words and logos on clothing should be age appropriate and inoffensive to classmates. Dressing in layers gives students many good choices for comfort level. Closed toe and heel shoes are safest and most comfortable for playground activities.

Field Trips

Lamplighter Montessori School shirts are worn on field trips.

Physical Education

Students should wear appropriate shoes for running.

Upper Elementary

Shorts and Skirts must be of a style and length that allow students to participate in group, in floor work, and to sit in low chairs comfortably and modestly. Shorts and skirts must be no shorter than 4 inches above the knee.

Field Trips

Field trips are planned in conjunction with some units of study. Students and parents are notified in advance regarding the specifics of field trips. Permissions slips should be signed and returned to the teachers. Teachers chaperone on field trips and students will be transported in a rented bus.

Dress Code

Students should wear a Lamplighter shirt on field trips.

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Homework

Lower Elementary

Lower Elementary students generally are not assigned homework. Occasionally, unfinished classroom work will need to be completed outside of class.

Upper Elementary

Students record their in-class and out-of-class assignments and due dates in their Student Assignment Book that stays at school. Out of class assignments (assigned projects, assigned homework, and any overdue class assignments) are recorded on Homework Assignment Sheets daily. Parents are encouraged to check their student’s Homework Assignment Sheet for the status of in-class and out-of-class assignments.

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Lunch

Students bring their lunch (including drink) to school. Please send your child’s food in reusable containers with real utensils and two cloth napkins (one to be used as a placemat and one for a napkin). Please send nutritious foods. Caffeinated and red drinks are prohibited.

Purchasing Lunch at School

Lunch at school may be purchased from The Upper Elementary Class. The proceeds from these lunches help to fund the spring Montessori Model United Nations trip for students. Sign-up forms will be published and sent home quarterly.

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Tuesday Folders

Important information to parents from the school and the classroom along with any paperwork completed by the student is sent home in folders on Tuesdays. Folders should be returned to the classroom the following day. Parents may enclose permission slips, sign-up sheets, envelopes addressed to the administrative offices, etc.

Parents are asked to review the completed work and, using the comment sheet provided, comment on the student’s progress. Return the folder and work for inclusion in the student’s work portfolio.

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Each semester, time is set aside for parent/teacher conferences. Conferences for students are scheduled for 30 minutes. Parents may also schedule a conference with a teacher at other times.

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Progress Reports

Teachers track progress with Transparent Classroom, an on-line record keeping system, lesson planning and student evaluation tool. Reports are generated quarterly to share with the families.  

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School Hours

Regular school hours are from 8:30 AM until 3:15 PM. Extended Care is available from 7 AM until 6 PM.

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School Supplies

A list of supplies to be purchased is mailed to parents during the summer. Individual supplies should be marked with the student’s name.

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Weekly News

School newsletters are sent to parents twice a month to communicate school events, classroom progress, and other pertinent information. For any other questions, call the front office, 901.751.2000.