Parent Handbook

Parents Services

1: After-School Care Services

1: After-School Care Services

We provide after-school care services for families who need it at an additional charge. For details, please consult our administrative personnel. We sincerely recommend that parents pick up their children from school on time.

2: Temporary Parking

2: Temporary Parking

For your convenience, we have rented the underground car park under building 9 for your temporary use. Please park your car in the spaces labeled “School parking”. Parking in the designated area is free from the first half-hour to one hour. You will need to pay for parking if you park for more than one hour in accordance with district regulations. Since parking is limited, parents who need to park beyond one hour should park in the paying zone so as not to affect other parents.

3: Parents’ School

3: Parents’ School

A series of free training courses are regularly provided for parents. In addition to sharing about Montessori family values and family education, we also include courses on artistic aspects of tea making, flower arranging, table etiquette and social life, and many other programs which are designed to enable all family members to participate and learn about aspects of our school philosophy. We will be very grateful for your continued participation. For details of the course content, please refer to our school bulletin board, website or class message boards.

4: Parent Representative Committee

4: Parent Representative Committee

Parent committee members are elected from each classroom, at the beginning of each academic year. Each class will elect two or three representatives. The parent representatives from the parent association will be invited to regularly attend school board meetings. The purpose is to generate regular communication and to create mutual understanding and consensus so that both sides can understand each other’s views and needs. Efforts will be made to improve the quality of education and child services. Meeting times will be made public in the yearly school calendar, and we will notify participants in advance.

5: Parent Volunteer Group

5: Parent Volunteer Group

A parent volunteer group is set up to gather and make good use of our parent community resources and strengths to help provide our children a more complete learning environment and the best service. We welcome talented parents who love creating with food, cooking, sewing, and craft-making, etc. to enroll in our volunteer group. Interested parents can register directly with the Parent Representative Committee.

Areas of volunteer assistance needed:

1) Informational resource: for example, those who can provide information on child care activities, education-related resources, including books and school experiences or extra-curricular activities;

2) Food and menu design: food menu design and production for children’s use. We also welcome you to share your special dishes or to teach our chefs new foods.

3) Parent-child activities and events: involvement in helping the school to organize family gatherings, picnics and other outdoor family activities.

4) Production of teaching aids: We welcome parents to contribute in various ways to creating or updating classroom materials. The Montessori classroom requires many language and cultural teaching aids, so we will invite parents and teachers to work together in creating materials. By assisting in the production process, you will better understand your child’s learning at school. If you also wish to donate any regional, cultural or artistic items, it will be very welcomed. Please consult your classroom teacher.

5) Talent and culture sharing: We are open and willing to learn from your talents, hobbies, skills and interests. Please feel free to share stories, songs, recipes and materials. Similarly, if you are willing to share with us any special cultural or other festivals from your family or culture, it will be a rare opportunity for the children to learn something new. If you have more ideas to share, please discuss with the main classroom teachers to arrange your time and participation.

6: Birthday Celebration

6: Birthday Celebration

A child’s birthday is a time of celebration. Birthday celebrations will be arranged by each class teacher according to the different circumstances and needs of the child. The teacher will discuss the arrangement in advance with the parents.

Our teachers may invite parents to come to the classroom to attend the celebration activities; children will sing the birthday song together and share a cake prepared by our own chef. You can also bring your own cake or refreshments according to your child’s preferences (we recommend bringing a cake that is not too sweet). You may also wish to prepare some special photos of your child’s life to share with others. In case of birthdays during holidays, we may arrange an early celebration during the school year.

1) Birthday book donation

If you wish, you and your child can also take this opportunity to donate a book to the school with your child’s full name. This will be an opportunity for the child to learn the virtue of generosity and sharing.

2) Birthday party invitation

If you would like to invite all students in your child’s class to participate in your child’s birthday party, invitations can be issued by the school; if you only wish to invite a small number of children, please distribute your invitations outside the school area. Please note that children are very sensitive, and they sometimes do not understand why they did not receive an invitation, so please be discrete.

3) Birthday gifts

If the birthday child wishes to share birthday gifts with his/her classmates, please give selected gifts in private or prepare a gift for all the children in the class. In the past some small gifts have included decorative tissues, color pencils, stickers, books, and other such tokens. Please do not give gifts that encourage violence, such as toy guns or other weapons. Please coordinate with the teacher in advance, and do not distribute gifts without prior consultation.

Tips

To consider the health of children, any food prepared by the parents will be arranged and presented by the teachers. Please discuss with our teachers or administrative staff.

7: Parent/Teacher Communication

7: Parent/Teacher Communication

We strongly encourage communication between parents and teachers, but please try not to discuss your child’s progress during drop off or pick up. Discussion and evaluation of the child in front of them can be damaging to the child’s self-esteem. If you wish to discuss your child’s progress, please make an appointment with our administrative staff or classroom teacher.

1) Workshops for Parents

The school holds regular monthly seminars or workshops for parents. We aim to help parents understand the early childhood development characteristics of each period, and to appreciate how their child is doing in their stage of development. Each month there will be a presentation and demonstrations on an area of the Montessori classroom to give parents a greater understanding of how the classroom operates, as well as what the children learn at school. The purpose of these presentations is also to emphasize the important relationship between the family and the classroom.

2) Classroom Observation

Each year in December and May, we welcome parents to observe our classes. Parents of children who have just enrolled will not be invited to observe during the first semester. The scheduled classroom observation is a good way to understand child development, it is a gift given by our children. We can see first-hand how our children are working in a Montessori classroom, and how they interact with others. We will schedule appointments in advance and arrange for two parents to observe at a time. The observation time is 45 minutes.

Before entering the classroom, we will provide you with some classroom observation guidelines. Please read these carefully before entering the classroom, and we appreciate your understanding and respect of the guidelines provided. After the observation, the teacher will arrange a separate time to discuss your observation, your child’s progress and any feedback made on the observation form during the follow up Parent-Teacher Conference.

3) Parent-Teacher Conference

At the end of each semester, in December and May, the school will arrange Parent-Teacher Conferences. About 30 minutes will be allotted for each family. Please be punctual and follow the school’s scheduled appointment time.

8: Love and Peace Education

8: Love and Peace Education

Love and peace education are the two basic principles advocated and followed by Peninsula Montessori kindergarten. We insist on setting personal examples for the children and commit to providing a loving and peaceful environment for growth. We want to spread the message and energy of peace and love.

In our society, there are toys and media that adversely affect the psychological development of our children. Animated films as well as offensive weapon toys may result in the development of violent behavior or improper language. Because children of this age are not yet able to distinguish between right and wrong, everything they are exposed to will become part of their social experience. If they are exposed to violence, they will use violence, improper language and behavior in their social interactions. We recommend that parents keep their children away from TV and computer games as much as possible, and do not purchase toys which are designed after weapons.

As your child’s main education program, we will work hard to maintain the peaceful atmosphere we promote. That is one of the reasons why many families bring their children to us. The virtues of love and peace are not merely taught in the classroom, but also comprise the school’s basic principles. If a teacher finds that your child is regularly using physical violence or improper language, we will arrange a meeting with you and your family to discuss how to improve and redirect your child’s behavior. Violent behavior or language are not to be welcome and will not be tolerated. We hope you will seize this opportunity to work with us and help your child modify their negative behavior in a timely manner. If both and the school and family provide a consistent educational standard, the child’s growth and development will greatly improve and their inner potential manifested.

9: Maintaining Harmony and Justice

9: Maintaining Harmony and Justice

Peninsula Montessori School is committed to promoting and maintaining justice and a harmonious atmosphere. We sincerely advise you to stay away from gossip or rumors. If you have any concerns or questions about our education system, please contact our administrative staff directly. Our staff will set up a meeting with you and do everything we can to help you based on your needs.

To ensure that our teaching staff provides every child and family the same level of love and service, and to maintain a fair and harmonious school atmosphere and management culture, we prohibit our teachers and staff from accepting gifts or bribes in any form. Please understand and comply with the relevant provisions to help us provide you and other families the professional services we are committed to. If any teacher or staff is found accepting such gifts or bribes, they will be terminated. Children with parents performing bribes will also be dismissed from school.

If you want to thank our staff, please feel free to express your appreciation in the form of letters or handmade crafts made by the children.

10: Complaints and Feedback

10: Complaints and Feedback

A Feedback Suggestion Box is set up in the school’s public area. You are always welcome give us your valuable advice. Your suggestions will be read and conveyed immediately to the school board. We welcome and appreciate any suggestions and ideas.

11: Absences and School Closings

11: Absences and School Closings

To ensure your child’s continuous and stable development, please try to ensure the regularity of your child’s attendance. If for any reason your child cannot attend school, please be sure to give advance notice to your teacher or the school.

In case of typhoons, rainstorms, floods and other adverse weather conditions, school will be temporarily closed. You will be notified as soon as possible if you need to pick your child up early from school. There will be no refund of school fees due to such arrangements. School will close according to the local government warning notice.

12: Visitors

12: Visitors

Peninsula Montessori kindergarten welcomes your friends and visitors. Before inviting your friends to visit our school, please contact the school in advance. For security reasons, the school will not receive any visitors without an appointment. Thank you for your understanding.

13: Contact Us

13: Contact Us

Reception: +86 755 26851266

Administrative Office: +86 755 26819408

Accounts Office: +86 755 26816773

Fax: +86 755 26855266

Mail: admin@peninsula-ms.com

Web: www.peninsula-ms.com

1: After-School Care Services 2: Temporary Parking 3: Parents’ School 4: Parent Representative Committee 5: Parent Volunteer Group 6: Birthday Celebration 7: Parent/Teacher Communication 8: Love and Peace Education 9: Maintaining Harmony and Justice 10: Complaints and Feedback 11: Absences and School Closings 12: Visitors 13: Contact Us