Code of Conduct
Our goal is a safe, peaceful community for our students. All students will be held to these standards at an age-appropriate level. Multiple incidences of disregarding responsibilities will result in a conference with parents and possible dismissal from school.
*I have the right to learn new things.
*I have the right to a caring teacher.
*I have the right to feel safe at school.
*I have the right to participate in activities.
*I have the right to voice my opinions.
*I have the responsibility to work quietly and not disturb others.
*I have the responsibility to listen to my teachers.
*I have the responsibility to not hurt others with my actions or words.
*I have the responsibility to stay on task and respect school materials.
*I have the responsibility to respect the opinion of others.
Montessori Academy of Owasso frequently records the participation of students on film, still photography, audio and/or videotape for presentation in publicity, printed material, and by the news media.
If a parent would like their child to not be included in these photos or recordings, they can provide written notification to the school.
Withdrawing, Payment, and Admissions
Montessori Academy of Owasso admits children of any race, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities available to children at the center. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its education programs.
Admissions are based on availability of space, gender ratio in each class, and determination by the staff and parents that a child is ready. Prospective parents and students are required to tour the center and meet with an administrator prior to enrollment.
Enrolled families will be given the opportunity to enroll for the following year before enrollment is open to the public. These applications will be handed out to families in early spring.
Unless paid in full at the beginning of the semester, all tuition payments must be made through automatic payment with our TUIO system. Families will be required to submit a bank account number or credit card to TUIO in order to make these payments.
We cannot accommodate withdrawals after enrollment. Upon acceptance of enrollment, families are making a school-year commitment and will be responsible for 50% of remaining unpaid tuition if their child is unenrolled from the school between July 1, 2022 and May 1, 2023.
All students will receive a progress report at the end of each semester. For pre-k and elementary students, this report will show progression toward mastery of each subject. For toddler students, this report will show progression of social skills and basic academic topics.
In keeping with our belief in the value of early intervention for children with developmental difficulties, our staff is alert to normal developmental behavior. We will meet with parents about children who we feel need a referral for additional assistance in behavior or academic areas. This is our attempt to be of support and help to parents and it is considered our professional responsibility. Staff members are not trained to diagnose special needs. We simply point out a variance from the norm and recommend further assessment.
In order to maintain a healthy environment, we ask that you do not bring children to school if they are showing signs of illness. A quick daily health check will be conducted by a teacher upon the arrival of your child.
If your child becomes ill during school hours, you will be contacted immediately and required to pick him or her up. If we cannot reach either parent, we will call a contact listed on the child’s emergency form.
Please keep children home to rest if they show any of the following symptoms:
A temperature greater than 100 within the past 24 hours
Children cannot be admitted into the school with signs of a communicable disease. Children must be free from a fever for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
School Reporting Policy
It is our intent to build a partnership with parents to help them provide the most suitable environment possible for children. Toward this goal, we have many resources and referrals available to parents upon request. It is important, also, for parents to be aware that state laws require any and all incidents of suspected child abuse or neglect to be reported to the appropriate agency.
We love to celebrate birthdays at school! Students may bring party favors or special gifts to pass out to classmates on their birthday. Students may not bring food or candy to their birthday celebration as we have children with allergies and special diets on campus.
Discipline & Behavior Policy
We follow the Love & Logic philosophy, which helps children internalize rules and become self-directed in their behavior. This discipline method includes giving choices, problem solving, redirecting, and periods of “taking a break” when negative behavior is aggressive or consistent. Our first choice will always be redirection.
We request that parents do not spank their children in the school. We work with children to help them find alternatives to responding physically in stressful situations and strive to make the school a safe place where hitting and other aggressive expressions are not acceptable.
Occasionally, Montessori Academy of Owasso staff must dismiss a child from the school due to failure to adjust or behavioral needs which our staff cannot meet. When this is the case, our staff will try to suggest other programs or alternatives for the parents.
Nap & Toilet Training
A nap mat is provided by the school for students in the pre-primary and primary classes. Students in our pre-primary class will have a 60-minute nap period after lunch each day. Students in our primary class have the option of napping or staying awake for an afternoon work cycle. If your child sleeps with a small blanket, a pacifier or a small special stuffed animal or lovey, please place those in your child’s backpack.
If your child is in the process of toilet training, please send at least three extra pairs of underwear and pants to school. We also ask you to send an extra pair of shoes. Our approach to toilet training is one of positive reinforcement and encouragement. Children are not pushed or shamed into using the toilet. By the age of 2.5 – 3 years of age, we find most children no longer require diapers and are using the toilet regularly. *students must be fully toilet trained before advancing past our toddler classroom*
Students will be taken outside every day that the weather permits. We will not go outside if there is precipitation or if the temperature is below 45 for toddler classes and 35 for all other classes. We will have limited time outside if the temperature is above 95 degrees.
If the Owasso Public School District is closed due to snow, ice or other inclement weather, we will also be closed. If the public school district does not close schools due to inclement weather, you may assume that we are also open. Likewise, if the public schools call for schools to close early due to inclement weather, we will also close early.
Items not allowed at school: