PCH parents and guardians often have questions such as
“What is this [Fill in the Blank] school event I’ve heard about?”
“Who do I talk to to find out ….?”
“Is the school always closed when busses are cancelled?”
“What and when are Parent Observations?”
We all live busy lives and have many questions asked of us and many questions to ask everyday. So, what are the answers to these questions and how do I find them easily? Finally, what happens if my question still isn’t on this list? Submit a question to us. We’ll answer and likely add it here to help out other parents!
PCH Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the drop-off and pick-up times?
What should I do if my child has a Fever or Diarrhea?
Is there a deadline for changing the days my child attends?
What do we do if we need to pick-up our child early?
When are Library Days?
My child forgot to bring something to school. What do I do?
When are Parent/Guardian/Grandparent Observation days?
What happens when area buses are cancelled? Is the PCH open?
When are the French lessons?
When is music?
When does skating start and is there a cost?
Can you explain the different PCH Events?
First Year Orientation (Mid-September)
Welcome BBQ (Late September)
Poinsettia Fundraiser (Mid November)
Winter Solstice (Late December)
Wine & Cheese (January)
Spring Fling Fundraiser (April/May)
What is the Lunch Policy and where do I find it?
What positions are on the board and who do I contact for ....!
Morning drop-off occurs between 8:30 - 8:45AM in the coat room. Children attending in the morning only, must be picked up that day between 11:45AM - 12:00PM in the backyard. Early drop-off from 8 - 8:30AM has been arranged, when there is enough demand, for an additional fee.
Afternoon drop-off for children attending in the afternoon only that day, occurs between 1:00 - 1:15PM in the back yard.
Please touch base with a teacher when you drop off your child. Sometimes, staff do not hear the the front door and are unaware, for a short time, that a child has arrived. This poses a safety risk for the child.
Children present at the end of the school day must be picked between 4:15 - 4:30PM in the back yard. Please remember that, as per our lease agreement, our school days end at 4:30PM.
We enjoy a positive relationship with our landlord which we would like to maintain, so it is important that we all respect that we should be leaving by 4:30 PM at the latest.
Additionally, many of our students have siblings outside the age bracket of our students (both younger and older), therefore once you've arrived at the school your child and their siblings become your responsibility. Please make sure that while on school property you are encouraging your child(ren) to maintain the values that we have worked so hard to instill. This will keep our backyard a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone.
Fever means no school until the child is fever free for 24 hours.
Vomiting or Diarrhea require the child to be symptom free for 48 hours.
If the teacher has concern that your child is unwell based on observations in the classroom, parents may receive a call for pick up even if none of the above conditions are met.
If your child will be absent due to illness or any other reason please call the school. In the case of absence due to illness you must call the school in the morning and let staff know the symptoms. We are required by the Health Unit to report certain types of illnesses ASAP.
The full policy for Fever and Diarrhea is found online.
While adding days for existing students can be done at anytime when space is available, a child may only decrease the number of days they attend before the end of October (during the 1st term) or the end of February (during the 2nd term). Requests to decrease days after these dates may be sent to the Registrar, but refunds will not be provided.
Please let the teachers know at dropoff that you will be picking up early and the time you expect to be there. The teachers will have the child ready at the front door at the time you tell them.
Please Note: If someone else is coming to pickup your child, please let the teachers know in advance. Also, let whoever is picking your child up know that they are to come to the front door for the pickup.
Library days are the first Friday of each month starting in October.
If your child has forgotten to bring something to school such as mitts, jacket, their lunch(!) or whatever else may come up from day to day, please call the school and let us know. If no one answers, leave a message. Please then bring the item to the school and hang it on the front door. If someone is dropping things off for you, please ensure they know to leave the item rather than ringing the bell and interrupting the program.
Observations start in November and go throughout the year. There will be sign-up sheets posted in the coatroom. We encourage that you schedule two observations during the year to get a true sense of the development of the classroom throughout the year. It is important to see your child in fall and the progression in the spring. Additionally, observation allows parents to see not just their own child, but also how the children work in the classroom as a whole.
Dr. Maria Montessori felt that observation was an important tool for education of the observer, whether it be a parent, teacher, or child. The purpose of an observation is to capture the child or children as they naturally respond to the Montessori environment.
Prior to your observation, prepare your child for your visit. Explain that you will be coming to the classroom to quietly watch him/her doing work. Let them know that you will be leaving after 30 minutes and that you will be back to get them at pick up time. Please note that your child may be more excited in the classroom than is typical for him/her. It is often difficult for young children to manage their emotional attachment to you and at the same time maintain their independence in the classroom.
Yes PCH is Open when buses in the area are cancelled. When the Student Transportation of Eastern Ontario (STEO) announces bus cancellations for the entire Upper Canada District School board, PCH will normally be open for regular programming. To help the school with planning, please call the school by 8:30 am or email the Vice Chair if your child will not be coming in on a snow day.
French is taught 4 mornings per week (Mon-Thurs) for 1 hour and 30 mins.
Music is once per week for 45 minutes. The day of the week varies to try to reach as many children each month as possible. It is usually in the afternoon from 3:15 - 4:00.
Skating is held on Wednesdays at the Perth arena. Generally we start the 2nd week of school in January and continue until March Break. Last year the cost was be $2.25 per student per skate. Adults who are helping out were free. Money is collected at drop-off each Wednesday morning.
Here is a quick explanation of the different events you’re going to hear about at PCH and hopefully explain what each one is and it’s purpose.
First year parents are asked to attend the orientation to meet your child’s teachers and orient yourself with the classroom. First Year Orientation is an excellent opportunity to meet and speak with other parents who are in the same position of having a child in their first year of school. Additionally, it’s a great chance to meet 2nd and 3rd year parents who might be able to answer any questions you might have after having had a chance to see what all goes on.
The Welcome BBQ is hosted by the Board of Directors to welcome new and returning families to our school for the new school year. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet families and spend time together. There is entertainment, activities and food. PCH will provide the main course, while the side dishes and desserts (all nut free!) are potluck. Sign Up sheets for the potluck are emailed out and available to be submitted online prior to the event.
Each year PCH sells locally grown, pesticide free Poinsettias which arrive in time to be proudly displayed for Christmas around the end of November. A variety of colours and size are available. The Poinsettias fundraiser is another great source of income for the school and helps to keep tuition costs down.
What would school holidays be without a production put on by our children just prior to the Christmas break. The Winter Solstice concert is held outside the school (St. Paul’s Church on Gore St. has been the location for the last few years). All families are invited with the open invitation for extended family as well!
In keeping with the same intent as the welcome BBQ, the Wine & Cheese is a wonderful opportunity to meet families and spend time together. We host the Wine & Cheese at the school on a weekday evening in early January. Parents and Guardians will be able to watch a slideshow of the children with examples of both Montessori Works and play while enjoying a beverage and some food. This is also an opportunity for parents to share their children experiences thus far and ask any questions that may have came up during the first trimester of school. The Wine & Cheese is intended for all parents of PCH children.
A dinner, a silent auction and a social. All PCH family are encouraged to attend as well as invite and bring along family and friends. The largest annual PCH fundraiser is a fun evening to enjoy some amazing food and win/bid on some really amazing donated items. Some of the auction and raffle items in the past have varied from “Movie Nights”, gift cards, Senators tickets, home baking, maple syrup, clothing, split wood, entertainment, hotel and spa package, and more! Email information begins in the early February with specific details about the Spring Fling and will also have information on how and when you can purchase your tickets for this event.
All students under 44 months are required by Licensing to be part of the catered hot lunch program. Children over 44 months are eligible to participate in the hot program as well if it is of interest. When going on vacation from the school, please give 2 weeks notice and you will be reimbursed along with snow days. Reimbursement for missed days is given at the end of the year.
In the event of failure to provide a lunch for your child, PCH may be able to provide an extra lunch at a premium cost. Failure to acknowledge and pay these lunch fees to PCH can result in suspension from the program.
Children who are required to have hot lunches can be exempted from the program. Parents are required to provide a letter stating the reason for eg. financial, food preferences, religious beliefs, etc. Whatever the reason might be. PCH does offer a fantastic hot lunch program and encourages parents to participate in it as advised by the Ministry Of Education.
Please note: If your child is not eligible for Junior Kindergarten as of Dec 31st of the current school year, parents/guardians are required to order hot lunches for your child. This is enforced by the Ministry Of Education under the CCEYA. However if you have a dietary reason or any other reason to be exempt from the program please provide a letter stating why and PCH will keep it on file. At that point, parents/guardians of would then able to provide a bagged lunch.
The full Lunch Policy for PCH is found in the PCH Handbook.
The PCH volunteer board consists of the following positions and we’re always looking for new parents to fill the roles and take over some of the duties.
Please let the PCH Chair know if you have any interest or questions about the positions on the board.