Updated Wednesday 6 October 2021
Thank you for your support and ongoing attention to providing a COVID safe environment at FMS.
Welcome to Term 4
The Learning from home packs for weeks 1 and 2 are now available.
These learning from home packs take us through until Monday 18 October 2021. This is the day that kindergarten and year 1 students are returning to FMS. Many children of essential workers are already onsite. Due to our small student numbers and mixed age cohorts, we are inviting all remaining students back onsite on Monday 18 October. Friday 15 October will be the last day of learning from home.
Schools must continue to operate in a Level 3 Lockdown which means parents will still not be allowed onsite. We have mapped the logistics of staggered drop-off and pick-up times including safe entry and exit for when everyone is back onsite on Monday 18 October. We will be sending you these details closer to the date.
We continue to be extra vigilant with health and safety measures. Now that we can have construction workers onsite, we are in the process of installing an outside handwashing station for our 6 – 12 years students.
Currently 97% of FMS staff are fully vaccinated with 100% meeting this requirement before 8 November 2021.
Learn about the rules and restrictions in NSW and what you can do to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
Thank you to the FMS staff who have worked tirelessly to compile our handbooks.
‘I just wanted to take a moment to thank you and all the staff for working so hard, and in such good faith with us, the families of all the children at FMS, during these extraordinary times. I see the anxiety on most adult faces that I pass in the course of a day, and I’m sure that is shared by you all. But there is simply no hint of it in my children beyond what I would expect with so many small but necessary changes being made to school protocols. I take my hat off to you all for your courage and calmness.’
Talking with your children
Here are some resources for guiding your children through these unprecedented times.
From the Forestville Montessori School blog
Other useful Montessori resources: (permission granted by authors)
Montessori groups for parents:
The following parent groups are facilitated by Montessori teachers and Montessori teacher trainers.
Prospective families – meet our Principal
As Montessorians, we believe in the power of human connection and adaptation. In moments that feel unfamiliar, we thrive.
Forestville Montessori School committed to our students and families. To ensure the safety of our community, we may have to temporarily close our doors.
However, if we do, our community remains open in new, exciting ways.
For families who are interested in learning more about our school, please fill in our contact us form and we will be in touch to arrange a one-on-one discussion with our Principal, Denice Scala. During this conversation, we’ll learn more about you and your child(ren), and give you the full introduction to our school.
Topics we will cover include:
- What our classrooms look like (including class sizes and materials)
- Who makes up our wonderful, dedicated staff and how they build collaborative, long lasting meaningful relationships with your child (ren)
- A ‘day-in-the-life’ of our students – across all programs
- Our nurturing, child-centred community based on mutual respect
- How we support co-operation over competition
- Our focus on your child(ren), their inner drive, their desire to be independent
- Our very special parent community
You’ll have questions; we’ll have answers
After your conversation with Denice, you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions! No matter the circumstance, we want you to be as informed as possible before making a decision on your child’s future.