Volume 3 | September 2, 2019
News and Updates
It is truly a privilege and honor to welcome families to the 2019-2020 School Year at Suder Montessori! We believe in the intrinsic worth of every child and seek to nurture each child’s inner curiosity and brilliance. We are committed to ensuring that 100% of our students are equipped with the tools to be successful problem solvers, critical thinkers, and effective communicators. We look forward to a wonderful year with your child and family!

The Suder Back-to-School Bash was a success! Thank you to the families that attended the event. Staff had an amazing time catching up with returning families and meeting new families. Thank you to the Friends of Suder for sponsoring the event!

If you have not already done so, be sure to visit the Suder website and sign up to receive the Suder Newsletter!
Mark Your Calendars
September 3: First Day of School
September 12: Suder ALSC Meeting, 5:30pm
September 13: Friends of Suder Parent Social
October 3: Suder Open House, 4:30pm

Suder Family Handbook
In order to establish and maintain clear communication with families, we have created the Suder Family Handbook, which has information about the school and its operations, policies, and procedures. Refer to this handbook often as it provides important information for families. We hope that this handbook provides you with a clear understanding of our school-wide expectations, programs, and policies.
Back-to-School Packets
Your student will be provided a number of very important forms on the first day of school. Please be sure to review, sign, and return the forms as soon as possible. Forms are tied to funding and support for both your child and the school. We appreciate your support! Reach out to the Main Office if you have any questions.
Arrival & Dismissal Procedures
The Suder Montessori Magnet School day runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm. In order to maximize the instructional time, we will open the doors at 8:35am for breakfast. Instruction will begin promptly at 9:00 am. Peace Circle will be replaced by Morning Meetings that take place in the classroom. Please adhere to the drop off and pick up policy below.

Drop-Off Procedures

Doors to the school will open for children at 8:35am.

Early Childhood (PreK and Kindergarten)
Early Childhood students enter through the playground doors nearest to Maypole (door #5).  All Early Childhood Students must be signed in and out each day.  Following sign in, students proceed to the cafeteria for Universal Breakfast. Parents, please foster your child’s independence and allow him/her to walk to the cafeteria independently after they are signed in.

Elementary and Middle School
All Elementary and Middle School students will enter the building through the “Mural Door” (door #2) nearest to Damen and Washington.  Students in E1, E2, and MS do NOT need to be signed in at drop off. Students enter and proceed directly to the gym for breakfast. Students are not allowed to go to their lockers before breakfast.

Saying Goodbye
Initially, it can be difficult for parents and young children to separate at the beginning of the school year.  We have found that a short and positive good-bye is easiest for the child. We do not recommend or allow parents accompanying their child into the classroom.  The prolonged good-bye often makes the separation more difficult. Feel free to call the school for reassurance that your child has settled in and is adjusting well.

Pick-Up Procedures

Students are dismissed at 4:00pm.

Early Childhood (PreK and Kindergarten)
At the end of the day, parents will enter through the playground doors (Door 6) and proceed to the child’s classroom. Parents will line up outside of the child’s classroom and wait to sign out the student.  All Early Childhood Students must be signed in and out each day.   Students must be picked up promptly at 4:00pm. The door will remain open until 4:10pm. After 4:10pm, parents must enter the Main Door on Washington.

Elementary 1
At the end of day, E1 teaching staff will bring all students to the gymnasium for parent pick up at 4:00pm. Parents should enter through the “Mural Door” (door #2) nearest to Damen and Washington and proceed to the gymnasium for pick up promptly at 4:00pm. If you would like to request that your E1 student be dismissed outdoors, you may request IN WRITING to the child’s teacher.

Elementary 2
At the end of the day, E2 teaching staff will take students from their classrooms and release them for dismissal through the southwest door (door #7). Students must be picked up promptly at 4:00pm. Students are not allowed to wait at the Main Entrance.  

Middle School
At the end of the day, MS teachers will bring students from their classrooms and release them for dismissal through the southwest door (door #7).  Students must be picked up promptly at 4:00pm.  

Bus Students
All bus students will exit the Main Door to be escorted to buses. In order to ensure that there are no mixups, if your child won’t be taking the bus notify their teacher in writing that morning. Only in emergency cases will bus calls be taken in the office. The end of the school day is a very busy time. As such, emergency changes by phone to the Main Office will only be honored until 3:00pm. 

NOTE: The Main entrance is closed to families from 8:55am-9:00am and 4:00pm-4:10pm for entry and exit.

****Per CPS policy, if a student is not picked up by 4:30pm schools are instructed to call the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to report neglect and to call CPS Safety and Security, who will then call the police. If a parent constantly picks up a child late, the parent will be required to register with J @ School and will be required to pay the $25 drop in fee each time the parent arrives late.****
Suder Montessori's Visitor Policy
School safety is our top priority. In order to provide a SAFE environment for our students and staff we must closely monitor movement within our school each day. Additionally, to maximize quality instruction to our students we must protect instructional time. The following key policies have been put in place to ensure the safety of your child, provide quality instruction to all students, and provide effective communication opportunities for our parents.
 
As a visitor in Suder Montessori Magnet School, you agree to be bound by the following:
 
  • All visitors must enter the Main Entrance on Washington Blvd (Door 1)
  • Visitors must immediately sign in at the security desk, obtain a visitor’s pass, and proceed directly to the Main Office
  • At no time is a visitor allowed to walk throughout the building without checking in at the Main Office
  • Be prepared to present a government-issued ID if requested
  • While in the building, conduct yourself in a manner that is not disruptive to the learning environment
  • No visitor is allowed to speak to students without permission is obtained from the principal
  • Visitors are not allowed to take pictures or videotape students or staff

Suder Montessori Parent Education Nights
All families are invited to learn about the Montessori curriculum in a public setting.  Parent Education Nights are offered during the school year on various topics. See the flyers below for more information.
J @ School at Suder Montessori
J at School provides a safe, welcoming environment where students can relax and enjoy time with their school friends. Children can keep learning with games, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor play, homework time, and more. 

Hours: 
  • Before Care: 7:00-9:00am
  • After Care: 4:00-6:00pm

To find out more information, visit their website on the right.
Music House at Suder Montessori
Start your Child on the Path to musical success right at Suder Montessori! Classes start Tuesday, September 3rd 2019! Class offerings are listed below.
  • Pre-Twinkle, Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Violin
  • Ukulele
  • Rock Band
  • Pre Ballet and Ballet
  • Beginning and Intermediate Hip Hop
  • Musical Theater
  • Pre-Twinkle Piano, Beginning Piano, and Intermediate/Advanced Piano
  • Latin Partner Dance

To find out more information, visit their website on the right.
School Supply Lists
Supplies, Supplies, Supplies
Please find the supply lists for all students listed below. For your convenience, 
supplies may be dropped off beginning August 26th during regular school hours.