Information/Forms for Current Parents
This year, we instituted a school communication system called Bloomz, on which announcements are made, there are groups for various classes and clubs, and you can easily chat with a staff member. This system is for enrolled families only.
Parent/School Relationship and Communication
Parents and guardians are an important and essential part of the life of our school. We value the input parents have regarding their children. It is important to us that we keep the lines of communication open between the school and the school’s families. We strive to do this in the following ways:
- availability of staff at lunch or after school for questions or concerns
- open invitations to parents to observe, visit, or volunteer in the classrooms
- events such as country feasts
- parent/teacher conferences held twice yearly for students in grades 1-8
- progress reports three times each year for students in grades 1-8
- occasional evening informational meetings for parents
Parent Involvement and Volunteer Opportunities
There are a variety of ways parents may get involved at Stepping Stones. Unlike other schools, there is no expected number of volunteer hours per family or no particular amount of money each family must fund raise. However, we are a small school with few staff members, and we do need to rely on parents to help make some of the “extras” happen.
We believe parent involvement in schools is a healthy endeavor, for the parent, the child, and the school community at large. We hope that you will consider sharing some of your time and talents with us! Possible volunteer opportunities include: classroom volunteers, special event/project volunteers, extracurricular activity advisers/ helpers, field trips chaperones/drivers, cleaning and maintenance, etc.
Stepping Stones Montessori School Enrichment Foundation
The conclusion of the 2007-2008 school year saw the formation of a nonprofit parent organization affiliated with Stepping Stones Montessori School. The organization meets once monthly to plan, organize, and implement projects (fundraising or otherwise) for the school. All parents/guardians of Stepping Stones children are invited to become members of this parent/teacher organization.
The SSMS Enrichment Foundation is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status and is pleased to accept tax-deductible donations on behalf of the school at any time. The Foundation has provided financial support for many "extras" at the school, including the school windmills, playground equipment, a basketball court, and funding for special field trips and events.
“The first duty of an education is to stir up life, but leave it free to develop.”