The Montessori method will work for almost any child.  However, it’s not always a fit with the parents’ values, beliefs, and expectations.  Partnerships between parents and a school work best when the school and home reinforce each other rather than work at cross-purposes. Since most parents were educated in traditional classrooms and schools, parents who choose to send their child to a Montessori school must be willing to learn along with the child. Parents must be willing to invest time in understanding Montessori philosophy and how things are done in a Montessori classroom.

The students, parents, and staff of First Discoveries are members of a close nurturing community.  Parental involvement is essential to the program and to each child’s learning.  A child’s pride in learning is strengthened when parents help shape, understand and support their experience.  Parents are integral to the success of the school.

Research shows that students learn more effectively and are more actively interested in education when their parents are involved in their school. Our culture of a parent participation school is important to the team approach in education — a team of students, teachers and parents working together.

Students at First Discoveries get to know each other well. They are in a classroom with the same teachers and students for three years. They also get to know other parents who come to help in the classroom, at lunch, with community service projects and at school activities. We all work together to assure maximum growth for our students — academically, intellectually, emotionally and physically.

With the modeling of good value systems and an emphasis on the excitement and importance of learning, our students become well-rounded citizens of their school and larger community.

Our school provides an observation area outside of each classroom. The observation area is equipped with one-way observation windows, which allow parents to observe their child in their normal, undisturbed environment and not changing the dynamics of the Montessori classroom at the same time. Parents are invited to visit the school at any time to observe their child's classroom.

Formal individual conference times will be arranged with your child's teacher two times during the year. All conferences are confidential conversations between parents and teachers. Anytime you wish to set up an appointment with your child's teacher, call the school and leave a message and an appointment will be arranged at a mutually agreeable time. It's important we stay in touch with each other. Communication between the school and home environments is always on-going and consistent.

President's Day - Closed February 19, 2015
Bad Weather - Closed March 5, 2015
3rd Year/Kindergarten Meeting March 5, 2015
Good Friday - Closed April 3, 2015
Summer/Fall Enrollment Due April 15, 2015