October Updates

From Mrs. Samuels' Office

Greetings, Montrose!

It has been a pleasure to see so many of you this past month. Students have settled in nicely, and they are learning joyfully every day. This newsletter will provide you with updates and information relevant to this month. Please read thoroughly and enjoy.

Contact me, Nurse Mary, your child's teacher or their therapist with any questions or concerns about your child's development, health or our program.

Also, remember that on Tuesday, October 9, all students will be dismissed at 11:30 am for staff Professional Development. Please have a trusted adult available for pickup or to meet your child at their bus stop.

In Partnership,

Mrs. Samuels

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PEEA Grant News

At Back to School Night, important dates and information regarding the Preschool Education Expansion Aid grant were shared:

  • October 1: No more tuition payments!
  • October 10: Dr. Laura Morana, Interim Executive Director of Special Services will host a Grant Update and Q&A at the Montrose PTA Meeting/Family Pizza night, which begins at 6:30 pm.
  • November 5: School hours change for students. New hours will be 8:30am-2:30 pm.
  • With the six-hour day, bus routes may change. Updates will come directly from the Department of Transportation.
  • Registration processes and guidelines for 2019-2020 have not yet been determined. This includes processes for current families and younger siblings.

Notes from Nurse Mary

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Our shared goal is to keep all of the children healthy so they can continue to learn and grow!

*The Flu Vaccine is required for all children age 6 months through 59 months who attend Pre-School.*

It is mandatory that the vaccine be given between September 1st and December 31st of each year.

We MUST receive your documentation of Influenza Vaccination before we leave for Holiday recess on December 21, 2018 or your child will not be able to return to school on January 2, 2019.

Please try to get the flu vaccine as soon as possible to protect your child from getting influenza which can be dangerous for children in this age group! If your child receives any other immunizations, please remember to send in the records from the MD as well as paperwork regarding medication to be given while in school.

Thank you!

“Nurse Mary”


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Sending Healthy Children to School

Please review the following common conditions and consider their guidelines before sending your children to school:

SOMSD Guidelines for Sending Healthy Children to School

Speech Department:

Reminders for School Safety

  • All visitors must use the main entrance at the rear of the building. There, you will be greeted by the Main Office, asked to face the camera, state the reason for the visit, and, if warranted, allowed entry into the vestibule. No other door may be used for visitor entry.

  • Once inside, visitors must report ONLY to the Main Office.

  • Visitors may not open or hold doors for other visitors. If you are exiting and a guest is awaiting entry, please wait until they are acknowledged and buzzed in by the office.

  • Visitors should not expect staff who are walking past to open doors to allow access

  • Visitors must be prepared to show identification if asked.

Pumpkin Patch on-site Field Trip

Wednesday, Oct. 31st, 9:30am-12pm

Montrose Early Childhood Center

Our on-site pumpkin patch field trip will allow students to investigate their environment, explore mathematical concepts, and express themselves through the arts. Only children who have signed permission slips will be able to participate.

In addition to many regular routines, class activities will include games, music, and activities related to autumn, and some classes will engage in multi-day experiences with their pumpkins. In the event of inclement weather during the pumpkin patch, it will either be relocated indoors or rescheduled.

Halloween Parade

Wednesday, Oct. 31st, 1:15-1:45pm

Montrose School

We understand that this event is exciting and special to many. It may also be an overwhelming sensory experience for some. With that, we appreciate your continued support in ensuring that we remain focused on students and their safety & well-being.

Please notify your child’s teacher by Wednesday, October 24 if your child will not participate in or watch the parade. Fun, seasonal activities will be planned for any students not participating in or watching the parade.

If there is inclement weather, the parade will be canceled. All families will be notified of cancellation via SchoolMessenger email by 10:30 am.

In order to ensure an orderly and student-centered dismissal process, we will be unable to dismiss students between 1:00 and 2:00 PM. If you anticipate picking your child up early, please do so before 1:00 pm. Students who are dismissed early will not participate in the parade.

Halloween Guidelines & Parade Route


Costumes are not required. If your child chooses to have one, they should bring costumes, not wear them to school. Face paint/makeup can be applied before coming to school. No simulated “weapons” are allowed. This includes swords, sabers, etc. Children must be able to see clearly, so only masks that allow unobstructed vision will be allowed. Costumes that drag on the ground will not be permitted. In order to avoid unnecessary upset for the students, please be sure to try on costumes at home a few days before 10/31.


Through communication with Class Parents, teachers will let families know whether or not they need assistance with changing students into costumes.


We will exit the main door of the building (using the ramp), make a right towards Clark Street, walk on Clark Street on the sidewalk across the front of the school, make a right into the secondary parking lot, up the stairs and onto the path to Meeker. We will walk along the sidewalk on Meeker, back into the yard (using the gate farthest from the playground) and back up the ramp into the building. Families who desire to stop by will be able to see the parade from any spot along this route.


Family members may not take students from their lines or block our walking route. All students will re-enter the building after the parade for a regular 2:00 dismissal. If you anticipate early dismissal, please pick your child up before 1:00. Students dismissed prior to 1:00 will not participate in the parade.

Have an awesome October!

Mrs. Samuels