(This is a copy of an email you should have received.  Please contact me if you did not.)

Dear Parents,

I am so happy to be your child’s teacher excited to meet and greet our new and returning students.

By Wednesday, August 15th, please email me an up-close photo of your child’s face that will be used to create labels for your child’s tote bag and hooks in the hallway and classroom.

At Parent Orientation, we will go over the schedule for orientation week, talk about the Older Toddler Montessori curriculum, give you a tour of the classroom, and answer your questions.

During orientation week for toddlers, your child will attend half of the morning each day (even if you are enrolled for fewer days). The first day of orientation week, August 27, you or a caregiver will need to stay in the classroom with your child. Each subsequent day during the week, you or the caregiver will leave the classroom for short periods. This process we call a ‘separation environment’ allows the child to acclimate to the new environment. Please see the attached Orientation Schedule information sheet in the email I sent.

For school, your child will need slippers and a water bottle that your child can open independently.  Salem Montessori provides a tote bag for each child, and we will put your child’s photo on it for easy recognition.

  • If your child is in underwear, please bring two sets of extra clothes, including socks, labeled with your child’s name.
  • If your child is in diapers, please bring one set of extra clothes, including socks, labeled with your children’s name and 8-10 diapers.

Some parents like to bring these items to Parent Orientation night, but it is also fine to bring items the first day of school.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Betty Hastings

New families, as a first step in getting to know you and your child, please complete the questions below and email your responses back to me.

  • Does your child have siblings? If yes, please list names & ages:
  • Does your child show any interest in toileting? Do you use specific words for the bathroom at home?
  • Tell us about your family, other special people, and pets, in your child’s life.
  • Are there any languages, other than English, spoken in your home? Please list any words we might use at school (toilet, urine, bowel movement, water, etc.)
  • How does your child handle transitions?
  • How does your child comfort themselves, and how do they like you to comfort them?
  • How does your child handle conflict? (Do they bite or cry, etc.?) How do you prefer to approach conflict?
  • What does your child love to do right now?
  • What fills your child’s bucket, makes them feel valued?
  • Has your child/family had any major life changes lately or do you have any coming up (i.e. move, new sibling, or a death in the family)? Please let us know if anything changes, as this often affects your child’s behavior in the classroom.
  • Do you have any concerns about your child’s development (i.e. motor, language, social/emotional, behavior)?
  • In what ways would you most like to see your child grow from his/her Montessori experience?

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