Staying Informed

School Policies

Arrivals and Dismissal

School begins at 8:30am. Please DO NOT arrive any earlier than 8:30, as the teachers need those few minutes in the morning to prepare for the day. Dismissal time is 3:00pm (sharp) for a full-day program and 12:30pm (sharp) for a half-day program. Please do not use arrival or dismissal times to hold a conference with your child's teacher. We need the teacher's attention on the children at all times and a distraction can be unsafe, as well as unfair to the other children in that class.

Late Stay

A daily afterschool program is offered from 3:00pm to 5:00pm for a fee of $10.00 per hour. Please note that any parent picking up their child after 5:00pm will be charged $20.00 for any part of the hour thereafter.

What to Bring to School

  • Two sets of uniform clothing (including socks, underwear/training pants and school t-shirt), all labeled with your child's name. These items will be left at school.
  • A box of baby wipes labeled with your child's name, if appropriate.
  • Diapers labeled with your child's name, if appropriate.
  • A framed picture of your family, home or pet (for the language center).
  • A picture of your child for his/her cubby.
  • A small, thin, cotton blanket, a child's size pillow, and a pillow case (if desired). These items will be sent home every Friday to be washed. Please return it with your child on the next school day. A sleeping mat is provided for each child.
  • A lunch box marked with your child's name. Children are taught food preparation and serving. Let your toddler bring a banana to school and we will help your child learn to cut and serve it.
  • A child-sized bag or small backpack to bring all of their belongings is required. Please do not bring a large diaper bag or other bag that your child is unable to carry by him/herself.
  • Children must wear their school uniform, which consists of the school t-shirt (for sale in the school office) and either blue or beige bottoms. Comfortable, sturdy, and closed toe shoes are required. Sandals, jellies and flip-flops are inappropriate and unsafe for school activities.

Lunches, Snacks and Birthday Celebrations

Please provide a healthy, balanced, and nutritional lunch for your child. Lunch is to be brought from home daily and must be DAIRY ONLY in observance of kosher dietary laws. Some examples of acceptable lunches are: PB & J, Egg Salad, Tuna Fish, Grilled Cheese, Fish Sticks, Soy Products, and Pastas. Please do not send your child with any meat products such as chicken, hot dogs, bologna, etc. We will have to call you to bring something else for your child. Please make sure snack foods such as potato chips, have a K or U on the label. These symbols indicate that the products are kosher and may be brought to school. All fruits and vegetables are acceptable. Carvel ice cream cakes and kosher baked cakes are acceptable for birthday parties. All other cakes are NOT acceptable. Birthdays are celebrated on Thursdays at snack time, which is 9:20 in the morning.

The school will provide the service of heating lunches if needed.

On Fridays, the school offers a pizza lunch for a fee of $7.00.

Health Information

Your child's health is a matter of major importance to Temple Beth Shmuel and our staff. If your child becomes ill while at school, you will be notified to pick up your child immediately. The following guidelines should be considered when determining to keep your child home from school:

  • A fever or has had one in the past 24 hours
  • A constant cough, wheezing, nasal discharge, sneezing, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Symptoms of a communicable disease, which includes- sniffles, reddened eyes, sore throat, headache, or abdominal pain, and a fever. Please notify the Director if your child does have a communicable disease. Siblings of children with a communicable disease are not to be brought to school.


Progress Reports are issued twice a year. These reports are intended to communicate the teacher's evaluation of your child's knowledge and progress. Parent communication is an integral part of your child's educational and emotional experiences. If the school has any concerns regarding your child, we will communicate these concerns with you as soon as possible. Please see the directress to voice any apprehensions you might have as well. Parent/Teacher Conferences may be scheduled through the school's administration office.

Religious Perspective

TBS Montessori's perspective is conservative. While we teach children respect for all Jewish perspectives, as well as other religions, our religious teachings are conservative. In keeping with our religious perspective, we do not celebrate Non-Jewish holidays at school.

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