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Morningside Montessori School

Owned and Operated by Jane Marshall

243 S. 8th Avenue

Pocatello, ID 83201

(208) 297-3637

License #13-00003006


Parent Handbook Index

1. Our Philosophy

2. Montessori Curriculum & Activities

3. Daily Schedule

4. Toileting, Clothing & Items From Home

5. Schedule, Hours of Operation & School Closures

6. Beginning of the Year Procedures

7.  Fee Schedule

8. Snack

9. Illness

10. Immunizations

11. Emergency and Safety Procedures

12. Montessori Links & Recommended Reading


Forms Included

Please note that the following forms must be completed, signed and returned to Morningside Montessori School prior to your child’s first day of attendance.   All forms can be found on the school website:


    • Current Registration Form
    • Current Year’s Contract
    • Field Trip Authorization
    • Liability Release Form
    • Photo Release Form
    • Immunization Record or State of Idaho Exemption Form


Morningside Montessori School



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Our Philosophy

Morningside Montessori School offers an authentic Montessori program for young children in a safe, nurturing, peaceful environment. We provide space in which to learn, grow, create and explore, the tools with which the child will discover the world with  gentle guidance along the way. We understand that each child is an individual with different interests, preferences, needs and goals. We support each child’s holistic development by offering opportunities, activities and experiences to inspire, intrigue, educate and enlighten. We value kindness, empathy and respect, and model these values in order to encourage positive behavior and enhance the awareness of every child.


Our Program

We welcome a mixed-age group of children ages 2-3 (Tinyz), 3-6 (Children’s House) and Lower Elementary (1st-3rd grade), and we follow a Montessori curriculum based upon each child’s individual needs and interests. Montessori education is a balance of child initiated and teacher guided experiences, incorporating practical life skills such as cooking, gardening and caring for ourselves and our environment, with artistic exploration, movement, music, poetry and storytelling. We provide a full range of Montessori works including practical life, sensorial, language and math activities which support each child’s physical, emotional, social and cognitive development.


Our Montessori Classroom

We are a licensed-certified Montessori Classroom (License # 13-00003006) located in the historic College Neighborhood in Pocatello, Idaho. The School is focused on being a safe, eco-friendly place for children.  We care for each other and our environment and use environmentally friendly products in our school. We are dedicated to nurturing each child’s mind and body. We prepare and serve healthy snacks and lunch centered around fruits, vegetables, whole grains.  We value creativity, community, and active participation.

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Montessori Curriculum & Activities

Montessori is a scientific method of education, a philosophy of child development, and an approach to children that helps them maximize their potential. Doctor Maria Montessori, who lived from 1870 to 1952 was a brilliant and original educator. Her most important discovery was that children learn in a fundamentally different way than adults. A child, for example, learns her native tongue by hearing and imitating. Anyone who has learned a second language as an adult can appreciate what an enormously complex task it is. The young child, however, has an innate capacity to “absorb” language as well as other types of knowledge spontaneously.


When Montessori studied children’s innate capacity to absorb knowledge, she discovered that they learned best when they were free to work and play in a carefully prepared, nurturing environment. In time, Dr. Montessori went on to create schools where teachers and parents worked together to create prepared environments and where children worked with specially designed learning materials that optimized their potential. Today Montessori schools are recognized throughout the world for their superior and innovative approach to education.


The Prepared Environment

A Montessori classroom is a specially prepared learning environment designed to meet the developmental needs of young children and to appeal to their diverse learning styles. The Montessori environment is also prepared to foster independence, grace and courtesy and a sense of personal responsibility. Each classroom is organized into four curriculum areas: Practical Life Activities, Sensory Education, Language, and Mathematics. Cultural subjects, arts and sciences are interwoven throughout the environment.


Practical Life

In the area of Practical Life, children learn to care for themselves and take responsibility for the care of the classroom environment. Activities such as preparing a snack, learning how to button and tie their shoes, sweeping and cleaning up, foster confidence, independence and responsibility.



The Sensorial area features a wealth of materials and sensory experiences to stimulate and develop the sensorimotor skills so important to academic success. Each Sensorial material is designed to focus on a single sensory skill to encourage concentration. The Sensorial materials also incorporate a “control of error” which helps children identify, correct and learn from mistakes, an invaluable skill for success in school.



The Language area provides experiences in oral language, phonics, reading and writing. The three year old who is introduced to the alphabet with sandpaper letters at four years old learns to spell words with a movable alphabet. Many children learn to read and write around age 4.5 – 5. Advanced students are given the opportunity to go on to discovering grammar and sentence analysis.



In the Math area, a specially designed set of curriculum materials including the Golden Bead apparatus, leads the child into the world of arithmetic through activities with concrete materials. The children explore linear counting, the decimal system and arithmetic. Memorization of the Math tables and basic geometry are introduced in the kindergarten year.


The Cultural Subjects

The Cultural Subjects area represents the culmination of all the skills the child has developed in the preschool years, the ability to concentrate and to enjoy learning about the greater world outside the classroom. The Cultural Subjects area provides structured activities in the basics of geography, history, botany and scientific method, as well as the arts. The children are encouraged to ask questions about the world and to research and document the answers.


The Montessori Guide

The Montessori curriculum comes alive to the child when a link is established between the child and the prepared environment of the classroom. The Montessori guide establishes this link. The guide facilitates a structured learning environment and fosters an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect that frees the children to learn and grow to their highest potential. A guide teaches children not only to be competent learners, but guides them to take their place one day as caring, responsible and compassionate members of the community.


The outdoor environment is available to the children, in all types of weather. Please bring appropriate clothes, shoes and outerwear. Also, please make sure your child has at least two full changes of clothes available. Extra clothing and gear may be left in your child’s cubby. We will send wet or soiled clothes home at the end of each day.


We enjoy a variety of art projects and learning experiences. The children will be invited to work with paint, water, sand, dirt, clay, to help garden, cook and participate in many other activities. We use aprons to protect clothing, however, clothing often gets wet and may get dirty. Please dress your child accordingly.


Guidance: Learning Respect for Self and Others

An important part of a child’s growth and development is learning how to be a social being. Interacting in positive ways takes years to master. We believe that children act with the best intentions, and we interact with them from this starting point.


We attempt to redirect children who are acting disrespectfully towards themselves, others, or even inanimate objects. We show empathy for others by pointing out the impact of our actions and focus on changing behaviors in the future. We use positive redirection, rather than negative statements. For example, we would say “Please walk,” rather than “Stop running,” as a reminder of how we move inside the school house. We also give the child positive choices to define appropriate behavior. This allows the child to feel empowered to make his or her own choice. We present lessons of “grace and courtesy” to model and practice pro-social behavior.


Occasionally it is necessary to remove a child from a situation or an activity where the child or others around him or her are in physical or emotional danger. In these rare cases, our procedure is to interrupt the negative behavior and to redirect the child towards an appropriate activity for the energy he or she is exhibiting. We guide the children towards the ability to moderate social conflicts by giving lessons in grace and courtesy, such as “What to say when someone is in your way,” or “How to agree to disagree.” These lessons empower the child to handle situations in pro-social ways and to avoid conflicts in the future.


Children will not be made to feel that they are bad or difficult when being redirected.It will be pointed out that the behavior, not the child, is the problem. We will always try to focus on positive behaviors and minimize the attention given to negative behaviors.


If a child is abusive (physically, verbally or emotionally) toward other children or teachers, or if a child requires a great deal of individualized attention for behavior issues, we will work together with parents to create a plan for dealing with the behavior and we will have a trial period during which we will expect to see progress. If the child is endangering others, we may ask that he or she be removed immediately, and the child may not be readmitted into our program.  


We respect each child’s individuality. We strive to anticipate and provide for the needs of all children so that they are ready and able to encounter the exciting challenges that they face each day. In return, we ask that children and parents respect us and our school. Please let us know if you have ideas or suggestions as to the best way to fulfill your child’s needs. We may not be able to meet every child’s needs in this setting. 

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Daily Schedule

A daily schedule provides children with consistency and a dependable, comforting rhythm. Our schedule is loosely structured to provide maximum flexibility, allowing us to accommodate each child’s needs and interests, and to adapt to changing seasons, weather and group energy. Our day often looks like this:


8:00 a.m. Morning Program begins:  

                    Children arrive and prepare to begin their day.

8:05 a.m. Circle Time. We sing songs, present calendar and lessons.

8:35 – 10:40 Daily work cycle:

                    Children are free to choose activities that are of interest to them. Lessons

                    are given to introduce Practical Life, Sensorial, Language and Mathematics materials.

10:40-11:00 Closing, book, show and tell and greet families

11:00 a.m. End of Morning Program

11:00 – 12:00 Lunch (for full day students)

11:30 p.m. Beginning of Afternoon Program

                     Children arrive and prepare to begin their day.

11:35 p.m. Circle Time: (see above for details)

12:05-2:05 Daily work cycle: (see above for details)

2:05- Closing, show and tell and  Prepare to greet family.

2:30 p.m. End of day for all day and afternoon programs


Each week we have teachers certified in Early childhood music and creative movement for a 20-30 minute session. 

We enjoy a variety of outings including going to Caldwell Park, neighborhood walks, and field trips to museums, farms, etc.  We will notify you in advance when trips are planned, and require your written permission in order for your child to participate. Note: Some field trip expenses are included in your child’s tuition others are not. Parents/sibling who chose to come may be an additional cost.

Adventure Program: Monday afternoons. If your child is enrolled for the four day/full day  or Lower Elementary program, they will have the opportunity to participate in the ‘Adventure Program.’  This program will consist of many outside/outdoor opportunities conducted on Monday afternoons.

Your child may be digging in a garden, planting, gleaning, moving dirt, re-routing water and learning the  principles of permaculture. We will also be utilizing the abundance of goods by making snacks, and dishes for our families and school community. We will learn to preserve and become good stewards of land, plants and animals and the products that we glean from this perspective of connected thinking.

Depending on the year, there may be opportunities  of swimming lessons, pottery and art, museum and zoo classes as well as some outdoor winter activities that connect us to nature.

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Toileting, Clothing & Items from Home


We will support each child in learning to use the toilet independently. Our child’s restroom is a scaled restroom.  We encourage the children to use the toilet throughout the day as needed.



Please provide your child with clothing he or she can put on and take off with no (or minimal) assistance.  Lacing shoes are not allowed.  Examples: elastic waist pants, pull over shirts and dresses, velcro or slip on shoes and boots. This will help build your child’s self-esteem and help him or her to be independent and capable at school. Please avoid dressing your child in overalls, onesies or clothing with complicated buttons, snaps and zippers.


We make every attempt to provide an environment for the children which is free of marketing and media images. Please avoid clothing with inappropriate language or obvious logos.  Doing this will encourage children to focus on learning and growing in a non competitive environment.


Please provide at least two full changes of clothes for your child. Make sure all clothing is labeled with your child’s name. We will bag soiled clothes to be taken home to launder if we don’t have the time to wash it at the school.


Please make sure your child has appropriate gear for the changing weather. These items can be left in your child’s cubby, or brought from home daily: sweater and/or jacket, raincoat and boots and several changes of clothes (especially if your child is learning to use the toilet).

Please provide a pair of non-slip “indoor shoes,” preferably socks, to keep in your child’s cubby.


Items from home

Please refrain from sending toys, snacks or other items to school with your child, as these things tend to disturb the flow of the work cycle for the other children.

If your child has a special object, such as a souvenir from a family trip or artwork that he or she would like to show to friends, it may be brought to school and shared as a ‘show and tell’ item on the day your child is signed up for snack. Elementary students have a sharing day. Otherwise, please leave toys and trinkets at home.

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Schedule & Hours of Operation

The 2018 – 2019 term begins September  , 2017 and extends through May 24, 2019.  By enrolling your child for the 2017-18 term, it is expected that your child will remain enrolled for the entire term. We appreciate as much notice as possible if this is not the case, and if you anticipate discontinuing enrollment for any reason. New student orientation sessions will be scheduled during the last week of August.


The first two (2) weeks of attendance are probationary for parent, child and The Morningside Montessori School.  This agreement may be terminated at any time during that period. Otherwise, four (4) weeks notice is required if the child is to be permanently removed from the program. Except in the case of gross misconduct on the part of either parent or child, The Morningside Montessori School will also tender four weeks’ notice prior to cessation of care.


Our hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Please understand that this schedule only reflects “school hours” and does not include the additional hours necessary to provide a rich, nurturing environment for your child.  Additionally, the school may change it’s schedule the day before a closure or holiday (i.e. – Thanksgiving/Winter Break may be a shortened day)*.

We follow the Pocatello Public School schedule of holidays and closures, unless otherwise noted in the yearly calendar. 



2017 – 2018 Calendar

August 31stOpen House, 10am – 1pm, come greet your teachers, find your mailbox and meet new friends (plan to stay 10-15 minutes).

August 31st  – Mandatory ALL PARENT ORIENTATION NIGHT, 7pm in the Great Room through the front door. No children, thanks.

September 5th– 1st day of school for RETURNING Students ONLY

September 6th – 1st day of school for ALL students including NEW students (2-3 year olds begin Phase-In-Schedule. An email will be coming from your respective teacher)

September 21st – Sing for Peace, 10am, @ Zen Garden in Caldwell Park

September 21st – ALL SCHOOL FALL WELCOME POTLUCK. Time TBA, @ Caldwell Park Pavillion

October 5th – NO SCHOOL (Teachers’ Montessori Conference in SLC/Professional training)

October 23rd – Students start to bring pictures of loved ones who have passed to put on our Dia de Los Muertos table

October 31st – PAJAMA DAY (Wear PJs and bring a small stuffed friend)

November 1st – Dia de Los Muertos

November 15th – June Birthdays Celebration

November 16th – Gratitude Festival (children and parents leave school at end of their scheduled feast time)

10-10:45am – Tinyz Class

11:00-11:45am – Miss Jane’s Class

  1:00-1:45pm – Miss Mary’s Class

November 17th-26th – NO SCHOOL (Fall Thanksgiving Break)

December 13th – July Birthdays Celebration

December 20th-Jan 3rd – NO SCHOOL (Winter/Christmas Break)

January 17th – August Birthdays Celebration

January 29th – Snow shoeing at Nordic Center (children 3 and under must have a parent to accompany them)

February 1st-2nd, 8th-9th – Parent conferences

February 5th – Baking Day for Valentine’s Tea

February 12th – Valentine’s Tea Fundraiser (Tickets for event are $5 – Funds go towards school supplies)

10-11am – Morning Tea

1-2pm – Afternoon Tea

February 19th – NO SCHOOL

March 19th-23rd – NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)

April 30th – All School Presentation

May 24th – May Day Festival (School Social & Poetry Festival) and LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

5:00pm – Poetry Readings

5:30pm – Potluck dinner at Caldwell Park Pavilion



In cases of inclement weather, we will follow the Pocatello Public School alerts. For the safety of children and parents, The Morningside Montessori School will be closed if Pocatello Public Schools are closed due to weather conditions.   If Pocatello Public schools are on a “late start” The Morningside Montessori School  will be open as scheduled and ask parents to use their discretion in planning travel to and from school. Check for closure announcements online at

In case of emergency or teacher illness, we will make every attempt to provide substitute care and will provide as much notice as possible. However, parents should always be prepared with a backup care provider.


The following is our paid closure schedule for the 2017 – 2018 term:

October 5th – NO SCHOOL (Teacher In-service)

November 17-26th – NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

December 20th -January 3rd – NO SCHOOL (Christmas Break)

February 19th – NO SCHOOL (President’s Day)

March 19th – 23rd – NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)



If your child will not be coming to school for any reason, please let Miss Jane know.  Please sent a text to her cell phone (listed behind the Parent Portal on the website).

Late Arrival

If you arrive more than 5 minutes late please utilize the front door of the school on 8th Ave.  If  your child is 3 years old you may walk your child down the stairs and see them to their coat hook. Late students are really disruptive walking through the classroom and affect the focus of our school day.

Drop off & Pick Up 

Please enter the school through the alley & back gate.  Alley traffic travels from south to north (Bonneville St. to Lewis St.). Please do not park in the alley for more than 10 min. or you may get a parking ticket ($75). Drop children off at the gate or on the playground. Please do not go down to the classroom with your child at the beginning of the school day.

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Beginning of the Year Procedures

There will be a mandatory parent orientation (for beginning and new parents) at the beginning of each school year. Please see the calendar for details. 

Phase In

The “Phase In” schedule is a wonderful part of being involved in a private Montessori setting.  We have gradually learned over the years that “Phase In” benefits each child as well as the full classroom of children.   As we use this technique, children are less likely to have extreme separation anxiety and tend to bond better with classmates during their first weeks.  Some young 3 or 4-year olds may take longer than the time scheduled to phase in, some up to 4 weeks or more.  Please be patient with your child.  This time allows the child to get used to identifying school as their own, feel progressively comfortable each day and build a sense of confidence. If you have questions  about your child and “Phase In” please contact Miss Jane before the start of school.  Please trust that we have your child’s best interest at heart and can help “Phase In” fit your child’s individual needs.

Dropping off your child

The first month of establishing the energy of the classroom community is paramount. We want  your child to feel comfortable and secure, and because of this, we strongly suggest parents prepare their child for drop off.  While dropping your child off at school, it is very important to have short, sweet goodbyes.  Long, drawn out pleadings will not help your child get engaged and it prolongs the “Phase In” time.  If your child becomes anxious and upset when you drop him/her off,  we are happy to attend to your child in every way to help them take the next step. Your child will almost always settle in after a few minutes as we interest him/her in an activity.   It helps your child feel secure to know and hear that you are coming back and will meet him/her in the same place. Practicing a short ritual for saying goodbye at home for a week or so before the start of school has helped many families (one parent always blew kisses and danced while waving goodbye, the child did the same each morning).

Because we want the children to have a good experience the very first days of class, for new students,  our first days in September are shorter than our typical 3 hour work period to allow for this adjustment time. If you have a child enrolled for the ALL DAY program, you may need to find help for the first days of “Phase In.” (Please contact us with any questions)

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Fee Schedule

The last month’s tuition is paid up front.  All other monies are due by the fifth of each month.

Monthly tuition includes some snacks, materials, and field trips. There will still be a need to sign up on the class Snack Sign-up to bring a healthy snack to share.  There is a $35 supply fee ($50 1st – 3rd grades) issued in September and in January.  There will also be a small list emailed to you by your child’s teacher of supplies that need to be brought to school at the beginning of the year. Likewise, their may be small fees for various field trips. You will be notified in advance. 

A deposit equal to one month’s tuition will be due upon enrollment, and will held and applied to the child’s last month of attendance.  All other monies are due by the fifth of each month.


Monthly tuition payments are due by the 5th of each month. A $25 late fee will be assessed for late payments.  Late payments made past the 15th of the month will incur an additional $5 per day fee will be assessed for each business day a payment continues to be late.  In addition your child may not be accepted into care until the fee is paid in full, except under special circumstances pre arranged and agreed to by all parties.


Late pick ups: Your child must be picked up within 15 minutes of the day’s program ending or you will be considered late.   A fee of $15 for every half hour or part thereof, will be charged for each late pickup. Late fees will be due with your next monthly tuition payment.


Personal checks are accepted. In the event of a returned check, you will be responsible for any fees assessed to The Morningside Montessori School (Typically $25). If two checks are returned, subsequent payments will need to be be made in cash or by money order.


Tuition is due whether or not your child is present during the scheduled days. Tuition is based on an annual fee broken down into monthly payments and reflects all scheduled closures. We are unable to refund tuition due to student illness, family vacation, scheduled holidays, or school closure due to inclement weather, power outages or other emergencies.  Tuition will not be pro-rated if you begin, change or end attendance in the middle of a month.


Early withdrawal.  A 30-day written notice along with a $50 withdrawal fee is required for any early withdrawal.  Additionally, the last month’s tuition will be forfeited.


Holding Enrollment Positions or Prolonged Absence .  The fee to hold any spot is $100/month.  A family needing a prolonged absence may hold their child’s spot for up to 2 months.  All paid absences must be approved before leaving.  A student missing more than two months of school can be placed on a waiting list to re-enter the next fall.


We reserve the right to increase fees to reflect cost of operation. In the unlikely event that rates require adjustment mid-year, at least sixty (60) days notice will be given prior to fee increases taking effect.


Tuition is reviewed and adjusted annually. New rates may take effect in September of each term (typically a 3% increase).


Tuition Discounts. A 3% discount is applied to accounts paid in full prior to the beginning of the school year (due May 1st to qualify for this discount).  A 10% discount is applied to each sibling enrolled (all registration forms and last month’s tuition due May 1st to qualify for this discount)

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We serve foods which are nutritious, low in sugar and salt, and are age appropriate.

Students/families sign up for snacks each day.  We provide this opportunity for you to engage your child in thinking of and preparing a healthy snack.  At school we assist the children in becoming as independent as possible in preparing their snack and cleaning up when they are finished.  The child who brings snack may also bring a show and tell.  Please allow your child to bring what ever s/he would like within our school food guidelines (we typically do not serve food with refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, food coloring, dyes, or most pre-processed foods. We encourage, whole foods, in snack and lunch programs.)

We strive to instill in each child an understanding of the relationship between the food we eat, how and where it is grown, and the importance of a healthful and well balanced diet. Children are invited to take part in all aspects of food preparation, including menu planning, planting and harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables from our organic garden, preparing food, and full clean up.

Fresh filtered water is available to children throughout the day, and we encourage children to be hydrated.

Some food preparation is part of our permaculture curriculum.


A list of any food allergies or restrictions must be kept with your child’s file and must be kept current. We will make every effort to accommodate special needs, but in some cases may require a child’s food to be brought from home.


Except for special occasions or special diet requirements, please do not send any food with your child. This includes, but is not limited to: cereal, gum, candy, chips, cookies, and beverages. Arrangements may be made in advance for special days such as birthdays and holidays.

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If your child is sick to the extent that it interrupts the care or endangers the health of the other children, it will be necessary for you to make other arrangements for his or her care. Should your child become ill while at school, we will notify you and expect the child to be picked up within thirty minutes. Children who are determined to have a communicable disease will be isolated from other children and must be removed from school as soon as possible. Parents of all children will be notified if their child has been exposed to a child who is ill.


We cannot accept your child into our care if he or she exhibits any of the following:

  • temperature of 100 degrees or higher when taken under the arm
  • vomiting
  • nausea
  • severe cough
  • diarrhea (more than one abnormally loose, runny, watery or bloody stool)
  • unusual yellow color to skin or eyes
  • rash or open sores, skin or eye lesions that are severe, weeping or pus-filled
  • difficulty breathing or abnormal wheezing
  • complaints of severe pain
  • stiff neck and headache with one or more of the symptoms listed above
  • any potentially contagious disease or disorder


Before returning to school following an illness, your child must be in good health and may not have had any of the above symptoms in the 24 hours preceding his or her return to school.


Children recovering from a fever must be fever-free (without fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours before rejoining the group. For the comfort of your child and the health of our community, please allow your child to fully recover before returning to school.


There are times when a child is not exhibiting signs of illness noted above, but is extremely uncomfortable and requires “one-on-one” time which we are unable to provide while being fair to the other children. At those times, we will strongly urge you to consider keeping your child at home.


If your child requires prescription or nonprescription medication to be administered while in our care, you must provide written authorization to administer the medicine (this includes skin cream, lip balm, sunscreen and lotion, as well as pain reliever, cold medications and prescriptions). All prescription medication to be given must come in a labeled prescription bottle (an extra bottle can be obtained from the pharmacy). Nonprescription medicine and topical substances must also be marked with your child’s name and will be administered as directed. We keep a log for each child, documenting when your child received medicine.


In order to prevent illness, your child will wash his or her hands before and after meals, after toileting, and when coming in from outside. We also wash our hands before and after assisting with toileting, before and after eating, handling and preparing food, when coming in from outside, and after handling contaminated materials.


As we are such a hands on classroom, PLEASE do not bring your child to school if you think he or she may be sick.

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State law requires that all children in preschool and kindergarten programs be fully immunized, unless their parents are members of a religion whose personal beliefs prevents immunizations. “Religion” is defined as any system of beliefs, practices or ethical values. Upon enrollment, each parent must complete and sign a State of Idaho Immunization Form or a Medical/Religious/Personal Exemption Form.

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Emergency Information & Safety Procedures

In the event of a medical emergency, immediate first aid will be administered. If necessary, an ambulance will be called and the recommendations of the paramedics followed. Parents will be notified as soon as possible. If parents are not available, we will contact the person(s) listed as emergency contacts. Parents are responsible for any expenses incurred as a result of emergency room care, ambulance response, etc.


The nearest hospital is:

Portneuf Medical Center

777 Hospital Way, Pocatello, ID 83201

(208) 239-1000


Please notify us of any changes in personal address or phone numbers, especially noting if your daytime contact information has changed. Names and phone numbers on emergency forms must be kept current. We must be able to reach you directly and quickly in case of an emergency.


A complete first aid kit, ice packs, and emergency numbers will be kept on the premises, and brought on field trips. All teachers are Red Cross First Aid Certified and maintain current adult, child and infant CPR Certification. First aid administered will be in accordance with Red Cross specifications and Poison Center instructions. Emergency procedures and phone numbers are clearly posted on each level used by children. Parents will be notified of all accidents, and a record of injuries will be kept for each child. If your child requires an epipen, please bring one to keep on hand.


In case of fire, fire extinguishers are located on the premises, and evacuation routes are clearly posted throughout the school. Additionally, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are located on each floor. Each year during our licensing requires a vigorous health inspection and fire inspection


Your child will only be released to parents, guardians, or other people listed on the signed Enrollment Form. Identification, such as a driver’s license will be requested from people we have not yet met. In the event of an emergency, you may call to let us know who will be picking up your child. We will not release your child to any person in an impaired condition. We are required by law to report any suspected child abuse or neglect. We willingly comply with all safety rules and requirements as set forth by the State of Idaho Child Care Division for Certified Family Child Care.

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Montessori Links

For more information on Montessori education:     

  •   Association Montessori Society (AMS)

  •   Montessori Institute Northwest

  •   North American Montessori Teacher’s Association (NAMTA)


Recommended Reading

By Maria Montessori

  • The Child in the Family
  • What You Should Know About Your Child
  • Education and Peace
  • The Secret of Childhood
  • The Absorbent Mind (particularly for ages 0-6)

By Mario Montessori Jr.

  • Education for Human Development: Understanding Montessori

By Paula Polk Lillard

  • Montessori From The Start
  • Montessori: A Modern Approach
  • Montessori Today

By Angeline Stoll Lillard

  • Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius


Morningside Montessori School is a proud member of the American Montessori Society, and a supporter of The Montessori Institute Northwest.