Parent Education


New Parent Orientation

  • August 25, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

OR

  • September 1, 3:00-5:00 p.m. (This session will be followed by an Open House Wine Reception for all of our families.)

This event is required for all new parents (adults only). New parents will meet with Cathy, Head of School, for an orientation to Sunstone Montessori and our important policies and procedures.

We encourage both parents to attend if possible, however only one parent per family needs to attend. Sunstone is not able to provide childcare for this event. Please RSVP below for the session that works for you.

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Montessori Parenting – The Basics

  • September 8, 8:45-9:30 a.m.

Join Cathy, Head of School, right after drop-off for an overview of Montessori parenting basics.

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Montessori in the Home

  • September 13, 8:45-9:30 a.m.

Join Cathy, Head of School, right after drop-off for an overview of how to bring Montessori into your physical home environment to support the development and maximize the independence of your child.

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Going Out Chaperone Training

  • September 21, 8:45-9:45 a.m.
  • September 21, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • September 26, 8:45-9:45 a.m.
  • September 28, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Elementary children use their newly developing powers of reason and imagination to explore not only the world they can experience directly, but further, to explore everything that was too long ago or is too small, too big, or too abstract to observe, and to ask big questions such as: “How did it begin? Why? Where is it leading? What is its purpose?” Inspired by the evocative ‘Great Lessons’ from their Guide, students choose and carry out work independently and cooperatively, learning to balance freedom and responsibility as they track their work, set goals, follow their interests, and engage in explorations both inside and outside the classroom.

Explorations outside of the classroom are supported through our Going Out program. When a child or a small group of children has exhausted the classroom resources, they need to “go out” into the world to find more information. This could take the form of interviewing an expert, going to a museum, visiting a specific location, or going behind the scenes at a business, the zoo, or restaurant.

Throughout the year, parent drivers and chaperones are needed to support our Elementary Going Out program. Drivers and chaperones are required to attend a Going Out Chaperone Training session (good for three years), undergo a criminal background check, and submit a copy of their driver’s license and insurance.

Please click below to choose a training session that works with your schedule. Each session will run if there are 4 or more people signed up. Thanks!

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Back to School Night

  • September 22, 5:45-7:00 p.m.

Attendance is expected of at least one parent/guardian per family (returning and new). This important evening will give you an overview of the year from your child’s Guide. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents in your child’s classroom as well as the room parents.

Childcare space is limited, first come, first served. Sunstone offers childcare for currently enrolled students ages 3+. We do not provide childcare for toddlers at our evening events.

Pizza dinner will be available for adults and children.

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Silent Journey and Discovery

  • Friday, October 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • & Saturday, October 22, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Only 25 spaces!
  • Cost: $10 per person
  • Includes lunch on Saturday
  • Sorry, childcare is not available.

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The Silent Journey and Discovery is an unforgettable experience hosted by the Sunstone Guides, and Monica Wright! This event brings an unparalleled understanding of what Montessori is, from the environment, to the materials, to the curriculum, to the culture of the classroom and, perhaps most intriguing, how Montessori meets your child exactly where they are and supports their individual growth and development over time from Toddler all the way through Upper Elementary! The Silent Journey & Discovery allows the adult to come as close as possible to seeing through the eyes of the child, understanding how the Montessori child spends their days in the classroom, and how they learn and develop academically, emotionally, and socially.

On Friday evening, parents take a “Silent Journey” of observation through the classroom environments, followed by group discussion. This evening is quite powerful in it’s simplicity and sets the stage and perspective for the “Discovery” portion on Saturday, when we return for a hands-on learning experience, at every program level. Participants are often surprised at what they discover about themselves, their child, and the social and cognitive frameworks of the Montessori environment.

Silent Journey & Discovery Testimonials

Participants must plan to attend both sessions as it is an experience that builds upon itself. We hope you will treat yourself to the Silent Journey & Discovery. It’s a gift of clarity that keeps on giving.

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Children’s House Classroom Sharing

  • Thursday, October 27, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 2, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Children’s House Classroom Sharing is a window into your child’s experience at Sunstone. Come visit your child’s classroom with your child and let them be your guide. They may give you a tour, they may show you materials they enjoy working with, and you may even get a lesson.

RSVP TBD. Details coming soon.


Elementary Presentation Day

  • Thursday, February 9
    • Upper Elementary 1:00-3:00 p.m.
    • Lower Elementary 2:00-3:00 p.m.

This is a day you DO NOT want to miss! One of the most favorite days of the year. The Elementary Students present lessons to you! The classrooms are like a fair and you can go to as many “booths” as you like and get as many different lessons as you wish. It’s a fantastic day of learning and fun, a great way to get your hands on some Montessori Elementary materials, as well as a better grasp on the Elementary program and it’s vast spectrum of knowledge and creativity.

NO RSVP Required.


Conferences

  • Thursday, November 3 & March 9
    • Children’s House and Elementary Conferences
  • Friday, November 4 & March 10
    • Toddler, Children’s House, and Elementary Conferences

Returning and new parents are expected to attend. Parent-Guide conferences are scheduled twice a year—once in the fall and again in the spring. Additional conferences can be scheduled with the Guide as the need arises.

Conferences are for adults only. There is NO SCHOOL during conference days. Sunstone provides drop-in childcare for currently enrolled students during your conference slot.

The school provides a single conference time for each child. Married, separated or divorced parents can attend simultaneously, as the focus is on the child and we want to share a consistent message.

During the conferences, your child’s Guide will share your child’s work with you, report on his or her personal and academic development, and discuss any other relevant issues. Feel free to ask questions and bring up any issues or concerns you might have.

Conference sign-ups will be available online through the weekly email Communications, approximately one month before conferences.


The Importance of the Kindergarten Year

  • Thursday, January 12

This presentation is recommended for Toddler and Children’s House Parents. Children spend the first few years in the Children’s House learning a multitude of skills, but it’s during the final year when all of this preparation comes to fruition – academically, emotionally, and socially. Please join the Children’s House Guides to learn why the culminating year of this cycle is THE MOST important year of all. We hope you will join us!

Sunstone offers childcare for currently enrolled students ages 3+. We do not provide childcare for toddlers at our evening events.

Childcare space is limited, first come, first served.

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Introduction to Montessori Elementary

  • Thursday, January 19

This presentation is recommended for new Elementary parents and all Children’s House parents.
What is the Montessori Elementary program all about? Join our Elementary Guides, Robert, Jennifer, and Jack, for an overview of the Montessori Elementary program. This is a great opportunity to learn why our Elementary program is perfectly suited to the developmental growth of your second plane child (ages 6-12).

Sunstone offers childcare for currently enrolled students ages 3+. We do not provide childcare for toddlers at our evening events.

Childcare space is limited, first come, first served.

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Importance of the Upper Elementary Graduate Year

  • Thursday, January 26

This presentation is recommended for Elementary parents. Does Sunstone prepare children for Middle School and beyond? This is one of the most frequent questions we hear from parents and we’d love to share with you why the answer is Yes! Please join Upper Elementary Guide, Jack Graham, and a Sunstone Graduate for an informative night on the Upper Elementary Montessori cycle and beyond.

Sunstone offers childcare for currently enrolled students ages 3+. We do not provide childcare for toddlers at our evening events.

Childcare space is limited, first come, first served.

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