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"Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a reward from Him."
Psalm 127:3

Montessori Programs

Our Classes
  • The Montessori Program is “education for life”. The beautifully prepared environment with all the scientific Montessori material is a place where children learn at ease and reach their academic potential at their own pace.



    The children’s progress and development are recorded to help plan for each individual child. Parents receive a Term 1 and Term 2 report card each year, these let you know exactly where your child is in the program. There will be parent teacher interviews twice a year. If you would like more information on your child’s progress, you can set up a meeting with the child’s teacher.


    To be eligible for enrollment in the Toddler Program each child must be at least 16 months and can walk independently. To be eligible for the Casa Montessori Program each child must be at least 2½ years old. Upon enrolling in the program, we like to meet each child and have the opportunity to spend some time in the classroom together this is usually done in a first or second visit to the school. This allows both the school and parent(s)/guardian(s) to ensure readiness for the structure of the program.


    The CASA program runs from September through June,10 months. The Toddler Program runs from January through to December, 12 months. Please see the attached calendar for the exact dates. The school day is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Before and after care is available at an extra charge.

    The following is a list of days that the school is closed:

    Labor Day Closed Canada Day Closed
    Thanksgiving Day Closed August Civic Holiday Closed
    PD November 22 Closed / Toddlers & Casa August 29, 30, 2019 Toddlers Closed
    Christmas Break 2019/20 Dec. 23 – Jan 3 Camp offered August 26 – 30, 2019 casa Closed
    March Break 2019-2020 Week 1 9 – 13 Week 2 16 – 20
    Casa Only
    Good Friday Closed
    Easter Monday Closed
    PD May 15 Closed
    Victoria Day Closed/Toddlers & Casa
    PD June 25,26 Closed/Toddlers & Casa

    The CASA Montessori Program is closed for two weeks during Christmas and two weeks during March Break. Exact dates will be announced in monthly newsletters. If you need care for your child during these time periods, arrangements can be made with us. The Summer programs are available.


    In the event of school closure due to bad weather (ice storm, snow storm) or unforeseen circumstance, parents will be informed by 6:30am via email with the closure information.


    Please notify the Supervisor in writing of any changes including address, place of employment, food restrictions, or pick-up arrangements.


    Lakewood Montessori must always have current and updated information on the children in the school. This will ensure that in the case of an emergency, the parent can be reached. If you are unavailable on a certain day please ensure to leave information with your child’s teacher as to who can be reached in an emergency.


    Please contact the office before 9:00a.m. if your child will be absent or will be arriving late to school.

    Upon the arrival of your child at school, the parent is required to escort the child directly into the classroom and into the teachers care. If someone different is picking up the child, the school needs to be notified in advance and in writing. The alternate person must present picture identification before the child is released.


    All children are to be picked up by 6:00 p.m. If the parents are unable to pick up their child before 6:00 p.m., the parents need to inform the school beforehand and find an alternate adult to pick up their child. Please ensure that the person brings picture identification for verification. For children that are picked up after 6:00 p.m. there is a late charge of $2.00 per minute and is to be paid directly to the staff member on duty. If the fee is not paid right away, the parent will be invoiced for the amount due.


    The Montessori Program is a full academic year (September through June) commitment and children cannot withdraw during the school year. All Montessori fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Lakewood Montessori reserves the right to terminate a child’s enrollment if this action is for the benefit of the child or classroom. If Lakewood Montessori withdraws a child the current month at the time of withdrawal is to be paid and the balance of the tuition will be refunded.


    If a child is ill in the morning the parents need to make other arrangements for their child during the day. We will check each child as they come in the classrooms each morning to ensure that they are well. If we feel that a child is ill and should not be at the school, we cannot allow them to stay that day. Should a child show signs of a fever (100.2°f or higher), diarrhea, vomiting, or any other contagious illness, the parents will be called immediately to pick up the child. If a child is off for more than five days due to illness, a doctor’s note is required before they may return to the school.


    If the child is on medication, it must be brought to the school in the original containers and given to a teacher to be recorded and stored. A child must be on the prescribed medication for at least twenty-four hours before they can return to the school. All medication must be prescribed and/or accompanied by a doctor’s note. The parent is required to fill out the necessary forms stating clearly the times and amounts of medication to be given. The school will not administer any medication without the appropriate documentation.


    Parents are responsible for their children’s transportation to the school.


    2 snacks and a nutritious hot lunch are provided daily. Please remember that Lakewood Montessori is a nut free environment. Please ensure your child brushes his teeth and washes his face and hands thoroughly if he has eaten any peanut or nut products before coming in the morning. This will help ensure everybody’s safety in the school.


    At Lakewood Montessori, we use a positive and caring approach to guide the children’s behavior. The limits and the environment are set ahead of time which is easy for the children to understand and know what is expected of them. The children’s behavior is anticipated through their actions and re-directed to a more positive release. At Lakewood Montessori, we believe in reinforcing a child’s behavior positively and providing natural and logical consequences that are related to the behavior.


    We have show and share throughout the week. We ask that the child bring in an item that supports our weekly lesson or monthly theme. Show and share offers the child the opportunity to express themselves verbally in front of the group. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to become involved in our program. Home toys are not permitted in our Montessori Casa Program we encourage bringing in souvenirs, post cards, pictures from family trips, books etc.


    Lakewood Montessori condemns racism in all aspects. The management has a specific Anti-Racism Policy. As well, we have a Complaints Procedure to handle any racism, which may occur in our services. Copies of the Anti-Racism Policy and Complaints Procedure are available to all families by contacting the Supervisor.


    Please ensure that any personal belongings are clearly labeled. We do our best to ensure that the children’s belongings do not get lost, but this is very difficult for the staff if things do not come in labeled. Please ensure that all outdoor clothing is free of strings or long pieces that may get caught in outdoor equipment. If a teacher feels that strings or other things may be a hazard to the child in the playground, they will remove the item considered dangerous.


    We encourage all parents to become involved in the school by communicating with staff, attending our annual Christmas Concert, Graduation Ceremony, Mother’s Day / Father’s Day, Meet and Greet and Parent Workshops throughout the school year .and giving us their input. If parents have any questions, or concerns they can either approach the Administration or the Director.


    During the year the children will go on occasional walks in the neighborhood, especially when the playground is wet or icy. Field trips are also a part of our program, during the school year we will experience three field trip events in school/out of school. The destinations will be educational and related to the program. Parents are required to sign a permission form in order for their child to go on a field trip. If you do not want your child to attend the field trip then you need to find alternate care for that day.


    The children will go outdoors each day weather permitting. If your child is not well enough to go outside, then he or she is not well enough to be at the school.


    In the event that we need to evacuate the building, we have arranged to use, St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church 2261 Parkway Dr. The parents will be notified of an evacuation by the school as soon as possible and be asked to pick up the child at the evacuation site.

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