We feel an open channel of communication between parent and school is vitally important. We have two regularly scheduled parent/teacher conferences during the year, and are always available to talk when needed. A newsletter, which is available on this website, is also sent out by email on a quarterly basis to keep you informed of activities in the school. We use email for updates and quick reminders. Our staff is always interested in talking with you about your child’s progress. Never hesitate to call!
Children’s House Montessori School follows Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) for closures due to emergencies and inclement weather. On occasion, when Fairfax County Public School closings do not apply to us, we will be open, depending on the reason for the closing. We will leave a message on the school telephone and on the front page of the website as well.
- If FCPS are closed, we are closed.
- If FCPS have a delayed opening, we will open at 10:00 AM.
- If FCPS close early, we will close at 1:00 PM.
- If FCPS cancel after-school activities, we will close at 3:00 PM.
Children’s House Montessori School takes an “all hazards” approach to emergencies, meaning we prepare for every type of emergency, from severe weather events to terrorist attacks to fire hazards. We practice fire drills monthly, and shelter-in-place, tornado and earthquake drills semi-annually. All teachers are trained in CPR and First Aid, and someone is on site at all times who has had Medication Administration training, as required by Virginia Department of Social Service Department of Licensing.
You can view our complete Site Risks/Hazards Safety Police, located in the office.
We are a busy school community and there is always something to look forward to coming up on the calendar!
We love having parents come into our school to enjoy activities and get to know the other parents and children. The Fall Festival and the Spring Fling bring parents into the classroom to enjoy crafts or take a hike in our extensive woods behind the school, play on the playground, and eat pizza, of course. Thanksgiving isn’t complete without a feast, complete with turkey and all the trimming, especially pumpkin pie. We kick off the winter holidays with a musical program by the children singing songs, reciting poems, playing instruments, and dancing to fun holiday music. One of our favorite events is Parent Day, when parents are invited to school for the morning to receive “lessons” from their children on all their favorite activities. We share a pot luck meal of delicious foods from around the world. Parents are welcome to bring their family’s special holiday traditions into the classroom where together we’ll create a learning experience for all.
Field trips are a wonderful way to enrich your child’s learning experience. We schedule three school bus field trips for our kindergarteners each year. To complement our Earthkeepers program, our first trip is to the Montgomery County Recycling Center. The children get an in-depth look at the recycling process, the people and machines that do the work, and the large recycling trucks that collect and bring the recyclables to the recycling center. Our second field trip is to see the play Charlotte’s Web at George Mason University Center for the Performing Arts. We read the book in the weeks prior to the trip and then enjoy seeing the live performance of the story. Our third trip is to the National Gallery of Art to see paintings by the artists we have studied all year. The children are in awe of the beautiful the Japanese Footbridge by Monet and the huge cutouts entitled Large Decoration with Masks by Matisse. It is definitely one of the highlights of the year. Parents are welcome to join all the field trips.
In addition to off-site field trips for Kindergarteners, we schedule in-house activities throughout the year such as puppet shows, Reptiles Alive, The Bat Lady, and a visit from Walker Nature Center. We plan our in-house activities around our curriculum calendar to compliment what we are already learning in the classroom. A unit of study on fish and oceans might be supplemented with a visit from Under the Sea, an educational outreach group that brings tanks with sea stars, seahorses, and even a puffer fish into our classroom for a closer look. And a performance by an African drummer and storyteller is in order when we study the continent of Africa.
We love celebrating birthdays at Children’s House. The birthday child is invited to bring a snack to share with the class on the chosen day and a poster made at home with a picture for each year of life and a few personal touches. Parents may attend the birthday ceremony we call “Walk around the Sun.” where we share the poster, have the child will walk around a wooden sun for as many times as they are old, and we will sing “Happy Birthday.” We keep the celebration simple but special and the children look forward to their special day all year.
Our fenced playground provides both sun and shade for the children’s comfort. It is equipped with a sandpit, climbing structures, and a garden area, and is certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a School Yard Habitat. Our schedule allows the children to play outside before and after lunch and in the afternoon after the school day is over.
Our families of the 2013 – 2014 school year had a yard sale that raised enough money to buy a large peace pole. The pole has the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” carved on all sides in eight languages, chosen to reflect the diversity of our staff and the families that call Children’s House home: English, Spanish, Urdu, Hindi, Japanese, Vietnamese, and a special “animal” language of paw prints and tracks to represent our love for nature and the woodland creatures we encounter in our backyard.
Our landlord, The Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, in conjunction with Reston Association, has established a nature trail that is an accredited Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. UUCR was the first church in Reston to do this, and they are proud of their commitment to help promote environmental consciousness and, more specifically, to foster development and maintenance of backyards in ways that help sustain indigenous wildlife.
Children’s House Montessori School is located in the lower level of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston (UUCR). The large classroom windows open onto the playground and a beautiful, wooded lot. We are not affiliated with UUCR, but have benefited from a positive relationship with our landlord since opening our doors in 2003.
We have two classrooms, the Sunrise Room and the Sunset Room – and a multi-purpose space – The Sunshine Room. Our two classes have an average of 20 – 22 students in each. Our classes are mixed-aged groupings of boys and girls between the ages of three and six. Our lead teachers are all Montessori certified.
Each classroom has an assortment of Montessori curriculum materials – from the familiar Pink Tower to the colorful continent maps! When you arrive for your tour, you are sure to see many Montessori materials in action!
Children have a cubby drawer to store their work that will go home at the end of the day, a spot on the lunch shelf for their lunch bag, and a hook in the Sunshine Room for their coat and backpack.
The Sunset Room has an attached bathroom that the children are able to use, and the Sunrise Room has easy access to the main bathroom right outside the school’s office.
With such a small space, children quickly become comfortable navigating their way from the bathrooms, the coat room, and the office, should they need a helping hand.
Snack – Morning snack is available to all of the children on an individual basis, as they are ready, from 8:30 AM until 10:30 AM. A second snack will be served to Full-Day students, prior to going outside for the afternoon play period. Both snacks will be nutritionally balanced and consist of two food groups. Snack usually consist of fresh fruit and a type of cracker product. Water is always available at the snack table.
Lunch – Full-Day and School-Day children who stay until 3:00 PM should bring a packed lunch in an insulated lunch bag given to parents at the start of the year. Because nutrition is so important in these growing years, we encourage parents to send a well-balanced lunch with items such as a sandwich, fresh fruit, yogurt or cheese stick, or crackers. Leftovers from dinner can be packed in an insulated container. We encourage the children to drink water, and have it available at the lunch table. Regrettably, we do not have the ability to refrigerate or heat food for children.
Children’s House Montessori School is open from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Pick-up time for part-day students is 11:45 AM, school-day is 3:00 PM, and full-day is 5:30 PM.