- Are parents allowed to stay with their children during classes?
- Who can fetch my child?
- What clothes should my child wear in school? What does she need to bring to school?
- Does my child need to bring snacks?
- What if my child gets sick?
- Can my child bring toys to school?
- How do you discipline children?
1. Are parents allowed to stay with their children during classes?
We work with both parents and caregivers to enable young children to grow new relationships with the people in school and become more familiar with their new setting.
On a regular basis, after the child has undergone her initial transition, parents and caregivers are still encouraged to stay with the child during the first part of the day called “Arrival Time” to help them make their regular home-to-school transition, a period which may take around fifteen minutes.
2. Who can fetch my child?
A child will be released only upon the presentation of the child’s Summit ID by authorized persons.
3. What clothes should my child wear in school? What does she need to bring to school?
Children are encouraged to wear comfortable outfits that allow for free movement, active, messy, and outdoor play.
To help maintain clean classrooms and sand areas, your child will need comfortable shoes exclusively for school use. A good choice is a pair that enables a child to independently put on and take off by herself; otherwise, please avoid shoes with laces or buckles since these take precious time to put on and take off on a regular basis. Similarly, avoid high heels since these prevent your child from running efficiently.
What your child’s bag should contain every school day:
- large water bottle
- hat or sun visor
- insect repellent patch
Lastly, please ensure that your child’s bag is compact enough to fit entirely into her designated cubby.
4. Does my child need to bring snacks?
Family Style Morning Snacks. For children in the 3/4s Class and above, we have family style morning snacks each day. Each parent is assigned a day to prepare morning snacks for the entire class of his child and will be sent a schedule ahead of time. The school will provide the plates, cups, saucers, spoons, forks, knives, and pitchers. In the interest of developing healthy eating habits, we request that you select natural, nutritious snacks for the children (such as fruits and vegetables) and avoid processed foods.
Children in the Family Center's 1/2s and 2/3s Classes should bring their own healthy morning snacks to school.
Please make sure that your child has breakfast before they come to school.
5. What if my child gets sick?
We require you to keep your child at home if she is sick. If your child has had a communicable bacterial or viral disease, please submit a medical certificate from your pediatrician attesting that your child has fully recovered and can no longer infect others.
If your child falls ill while at school (fever, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, unusual fatigue, or other symptoms that would portend infectious disease), your child will be isolated from other children. The parent concerned will be notified to pick up his child. The child will be kept supervised, comfortable, and provided with playthings and nourishment, as the situation allows, while waiting to be fetched.
6. Can my child bring toys to school?
7. How do you discipline children?
We encourage all kinds of pro-social behavior-helping, taking turns, offering empathy, sharing, using words to express wants or negative feelings, and the like.
Acceptable behavior is encouraged by giving specific, positive verbal rewards. This reinforces the child’s good feeling about her behavior and serves as an example to the other children.
A child who is not cooperating in a group situation is unequivocally reminded of the appropriate behavior. Otherwise, the child is told to keep herself busy, away from the group, at one of the planned learning centers.
Removal from the group for a period of time-out is the extreme strategy used for a child who continually demonstrates unacceptable behavior. During time-out, the child may calm down, remember what behavior the teacher is asking for, and decide for herself when she is ready to rejoin the group with appropriate behavior. Asking a child to stop and think about her unpleasant behavior enables that child to work at self-control.
Summit School does not practice corporal punishment and does not consider it to be an effective method of dealing with children’s behavior. Research shows that when spanking, pinching, and the like are used as disciplinary methods, children also learn to employ these methods to problem-solve in similar situations in the classroom. Children’s socio-emotional development is best served when they experience consistency in disciplinary methods at home and at school. Hence, it is in your child’s best interest that both the home and school settings practice a unified approach to discipline.
If a behavior problem persists, Summit School management will contact the parent to attend a conference to discuss what may be helpful in motivating the child to behave in acceptable ways. The school may suggest that the child be involved in a behavior modification program that includes parent involvement.
On a case-to-case basis, when the child’s needs go beyond what the school can regularly provide, the school may require additional professional help from specialists and suggest additional interventions. Parents will shoulder the costs of these special interventions and consultations. The child’s continued enrollment will depend on the extent of its negative impact on the other children in class, the parent’s cooperation with the stipulated interventions, and the final judgement of Summit School management.