General School Information

Schedule of Classes

Classes are Monday through Thursday.  The morning session is from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and full day is from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Morning Care is available from 7:45 – 8:50 am. Please refer to this section below for more information. School closures for holidays are designated on the school calendar.  PhMS follows what the Philomath School District does in regard to severe weather conditions.  School closure information is also posted on the Philomath School District web site: www.philomath.k12.or.us/school_closure.php.

You can also call the school phone. As soon as we know, we will leave a message at the school notifying you of a delay or closure. If there is a 1-hour delay, there is no change in our schedule. If there is 2-hour delay, we will open our doors at 10:00 am.  Please recheck the web site or our message machine before leaving if school has been delayed – sometimes it is cancelled later in the morning.  Because there is no minimum required number of school days set by the state for this age group, we do not make up snow days.


Arrival and Departure

Please try to be punctual.  Arrival time is 8:50 – 9:00.  Dismissal for morning session is 12:00 noon and dismissal for full day is 3:00.  Please call the school before 9:00 am if your child will be absent for any reason or arriving later than 9:10.  Attending school regularly is extremely important to a child’s experience in school.  Please try to schedule doctor and dentist appointments after school hours.

Parents should accompany the child to the entrance of the classroom to be sure that he arrives safely and we are aware of his arrival.

To give due respect to any church members and to help us maintain an environment that is calm, inviting, and conducive to concentration, we ask that everyone walk and use quiet voices, especially in the hallways. Some children will need to be held by the hand until they are ready to do these things on their own.

While in school, we need to focus our full attention on the children and they need to feel that school is a special time for them.  We need to limit our contact to hello and good-bye.  When dropping off your child, please say good-bye to your child outside the classroom, and away from the door so that it does not interfere with other children entering. If you need to pick up your child early, please knock on the door and, again, remain outside the classroom.

Parents/Guardians will be expected to pick up their children promptly when scheduled. If someone else picks up your child we need prior notice and he/she will need to bring a picture ID. For late pickups, there will be a ten-minute grace period after which a late fee of $5 will be levied.

To discuss a question or problem with us, please send a note to school or email us.  We will contact you as soon as possible.


Morning Care

As a service to our families, we offer morning care for Philomath Montessori School students from 7:45 to 8:50 am.  It is only available during the school year and can be contracted on an annual, quarterly, monthly, or drop-in  basis. There is no morning care available the first week of school or when school is delayed or cancelled for severe weather conditions. If you are interested in using this service, please request an Morning Care Contract. You can also download and print one from our website.


After-School Play

Many of our families enjoy staying after school to share lunch or just hang out so the children can spend more time together. It is a great way to build our school’s community. But as tenants we need to be sensitive to the needs of the pastor and the other church members. Please be vigilant about ensuring that the children respect the church grounds.

The church has requested that PhMS families use the basketball court and the surrounding grass area next to the parking lot on the east side of the church for after-school play keeping off of sidewalks and landscaped areas. So please no tree climbing and no playing in the bushes.

Because it is very helpful if there is consistency in expectations, we would like to share the guidelines that we use in the school play yard. We request that parents follow these guidelines on school and church grounds at all times. Your attention and consistency will make your child’s play time with friends more peaceful and pleasant for everyone.

  • The only items that may be thrown outside are balls. No gravel, pine cones, etc.
  • No playing with sticks.
  • No rough play: pushing or pulling another child, grabbing someone, anything that could cause possible injury.
  • Children need to listen and respond to what other children are saying, such as if they are asking to be left alone, not to be chased, not to be touched, etc.
  • You can’t say, “You can’t play.” The children need to find a way to include every child who wants to play. (We realize that this can’t be a hard and fast rule if the child who wants to play is being obnoxious or demanding. So we leave this to your better judgment. We just don’t want children being left out because they are too young, they want a boy instead of a girl or vice versa, etc.)

Note: We encourage the children to do their own conflict resolution. However, very often the offending child will not stop to listen to a complaint. So we let the children know that we are always available to go with them to resolve a conflict, but we want them to do the talking – expressing how they are feeling and why they feel that way. The offending child then needs to demonstrate that they really heard by repeating it back to him/her. We don’t let the offending child off the hook until he/she can do it in a sincere way. They take a break from playing until they are ready or they go inside.


Friday Art Class

We offer a Friday Art Class from 9:00 to 12:00 noon. It will only be available during the school year and there will be no Friday Art Class during the initial week of school. Friday Art Class can be contracted on an annual, quarterly, monthly, or drop-in basis. It is intended to be a service for Philomath Montessori School (PhMS) students only. Former PhMS students may attend on a space-available basis and by consent of the art class teacher. If you are interested in enrolling your child in this class, please request a Friday Art Class contract. You can also download and print one from our website.