Montessori North School

Montessori North School is the oldest and longest established Montessori school in Markham.

It is also the only CCMA accredited school in Unionville, Markham.

Conveniently located - at 4561 Highway 7 East, Markham, ON, L3R 1M4, just north of the 407 ETR, on Highway 7 between Kennedy Road and Main St. Unionville - Montessori North School is nestled in a natural park setting with a beautiful walking trail surrounded by mature trees. It is often called one of Markham's hidden treasures.

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Please email us at  or call us at   905.475.9341   for any questions you may have.


History of the School

Montessori North School was established in 1983.

Over the past 31 years, it has been a home-away-from-home for hundreds of Markham's children. Today we have children coming to our school whose parents once themselves were children at our school.

From its humble beginnings in the sunroom of Mrs. Afshar's home, to the charm and comfort of a beautiful historic home in Unionville, Montessori North School has grown and prospered year after year. It has seen the community grow around it and has nurtured the community as it established itself in Unionville.

Mrs. Afshar, the Founder of Montessori North School, retired in 2013 and passed on her baton to Ms. Anahita who brings with her a renewed energy and passion for Montessori Education.


About Ms. Anahita

Ms. Anahita is a MACTE accredited Montessori Directress who graduated from the Canadian Montessori Teachers' Education Institute in 2003. She is also a certified Children’s Yoga instructor.

With a keen love and respect for children, Ms. Anahita started her Montessori teaching career with a belief that early childhood education is a critical stage of development in a child’s life. She strongly believes that the development of personal dignity and ability in each child, no matter how young, is one of the most valuable and permanent benefits of a Montessori education. This is the gift she strives to give to each one of her Montessori children.

Ms. Anahita has been teaching the Montessori method to children for past 12 years now. Eager to pass on the Montessori torch to new teachers-in-training, Ms. Anahita is also affiliated with the Canadian Montessori Teachers' Education Institute as a teacher-instructor since 2010.

Ms. Anahita also owns another Montessori school in Markham, by the name of Radiant Way Montessori School.


About our teachers

Montessori North School has a blend of RECE (Registered Early Childhood Educators) and Montessori trained teachers who have earned an AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) or MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education) accredited teaching diploma and completed hundreds of hours of specialized training and instruction in the Montessori method. Our teachers combine Montessori's proven methods with a nurturing environment and unique materials to help your child explore, investigate, enjoy and prepare for a lifetime of learning and discovery.

Montessori North School is indeed privileged to have very dedicated and caring teachers, one of whom has been with us for over 15 years now. She is a 'Natural with the children' as she bonds with each child in a way that no textbook can ever teach.


About our environment

At Montessori North School, we create an environment that feels like a home-away-from-home. It is intentionally a small preschool providing children with traditional Montessori education which continues Dr. Maria Montessori’s life time work.

When children enter our environment for the first time they immediately feel at ease. This is because our school is intended to feel like a Casa dei Bambini (house for children) as outlined by Dr. Montessori in her writings. Our warm, intimate, nurturing, home-like environment makes it possible for your child to make a smooth transition from home to school in their early years, while still communicating the importance of learning.

The Montessori North classroom is a carefully prepared environment that allows children to interact with the Montessori materials to maximize independent learning. The Montessori materials respond to the child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn. Working with the Montessori materials, the children are able to associate abstract concepts with concrete sensorial experiences. This enables the Montessori child to truly learn, and not memorize. Young children need to touch, feel, see, smell, hear and move through their world to gain understanding and experience. The Montessori North environment allows them to do this and is designed for children to learn at their own pace.


About our classrooms

When you walk into our classrooms, the first thing you will notice is that everyone is busy and interested in what they are doing. One child is counting beads, another is sewing buttons, others are engaged in writing and reading, while in different corners of the room a small group of children are being introduced to a new culture activity or learning French.

At the Montessori North School, under the watchful eye and careful guidance of our teachers, children are encouraged to explore, investigate and fulfil their natural curiosity about the world around them. Children develop at their own pace and learn that school can be a never ending adventure.


About our belief

We believe that every child has a right to a safe and healthy environment, to individual attention, to respect and love, and to a stimulating and enjoyable learning experience. We also believe that each child’s development is unique in the way he or she grows, learns and matures.

While all children advance through different stages physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively, how and when they develop in each area is an individual matter. While some children are ready to walk at eight or nine months of age, others may not be ready until fourteen or fifteen months. Each child has individual strengths and each is entitled to support and stimulation to foster his or her growth.

Keeping this in mind, the program at Montessori North School is designed to be child-centric rather than being adult-directed. The planning of the daily schedule is based on children’s development and individual needs.

We believe an effective program for your child requires joint cooperation between parents and staff. As such, we believe ongoing communication with our parents to be one of the most important aspects of our relationship.


About our goal

Our goal is to help our children to develop a sense of self respect, along with a joy of learning and love of life, which will endure for the rest of their lives.





Given below are key calendar dates for the school academic year, with explanations where useful. The calendar will be updated periodically as and when new events are added during the year. Please click here or on the picture above to get a summarized view of the calendar in printable format.


First Day of School

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Round the World Celebration of Light

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Professional Development Day (No school)

Friday, September 20, 2013


Thanksgiving Day Celebration

Thursday, October 10, 2013


Professional Development Day (No school)

Friday, October 11, 2013


Thanksgiving Day (No school)

Monday, October 14, 2013


School Picture Day

Monday, October 21, 2013


Field Trip - Whittamore's Farm

Friday, October 25, 2013

This was an enjoyable event for the children and planned well in advance. Parents were welcome to join us on the trip if they so wished.

Please click here for more information.


Halloween Party & Parade

Thursday, October 31, 2013


Remembrance Day Ceremony

Monday, November 11, 2013

On this day, we remembered our war veterans in a very special age appropriate manner.


Professional Development Day (No school)

Friday, November 22, 2013


Special Visitor - Toronto Symphony

Friday, December 20, 2013

Different musical instruments were enjoyed by the children on this very special day.


Last Day of School - Winter Holidays start

Friday, December 20, 2013


First Day of School - after Winter Holidays

Monday, January 6, 2014


Parent Information Night - Language

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

This was an evening where parents were invited to learn first-hand how their children work with the Montessori materials and how Language is internalized within the child.


Family Day (No school)

Monday, February 17, 2014


Parent Information Night - Mathematics

Friday, March 7, 2014

This was an evening where we explained to the parents how their children interact with the Montessori materials to learn Mathematics on their journey from concrete to abstract.


March Break (No school)

Week of March 10, 2014


Special Visitor - Meet the Critters

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mr. Marty brings a variety of critters to our school to help make it the best experience possible. Please click here for more information.

Some of the critters brought in the past include: Guinea Pig, Flemish Giant Rabbit, Tiger Salamander, White Tree Frog, Rose Hair Tarantula, Corn Snake and a Ball Python. This year Mr. Marty brought: a Californian King Snake, an Australian Bearded Dragon, a South American Guinea Pig, an Argentinian horned Frog, an Ornate Turtle, a couple of Madagascar Cockroaches, an 'Easter Bunny' Rex Rabbit, a Rose Hair Tarantula Spider and a Ball Python from Africa.

It was an interactive, exciting and an unforgettable experience for the children where they were introduced to animals in a very safe manner under the watchful eyes of the teachers. Children (and teachers) were allowed to touch the animals if they so desired. We have inevitably found our children to be more daring than our teachers.

At the end of the day, all children got to take home a toy snake - a gift from all of us at Montessori North School.


Good Friday (No school)

Friday, April 18, 2014


Easter Monday (No school)

Monday, April 21, 2014


Parent Information Night - Culture

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

On this night we demonstrated to parents how beautifully their children use concrete Montessori materials to learn the basic concepts of history, geography, botany and zoology.

Additionally, parents also got an insight into the French curriculum, as well as Music, Art and Children's Yoga.


Mother's Day - Tea time

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - at 3:00 pm

This was a feel good event for mothers and grandmothers where the children put on a special little show for them, singing special mummy day songs. It allowed the mothers to mix and mingle to catch up on the latest gossip.

Refreshments were served by the school.


Professional Development Day (No school)

Friday, May 16, 2014


Victoria Day (No school)

Monday, May 19, 2014


Field Trip - Solar Stage Children's Theatre

Monday, June 9, 2014 - from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

A trip to the Solar Stage Children's Theatre is a wonderful way to expose our little Montessorians to a live theatre experience. Children sit on cushions to watch live actors perform in a very unique and child friendly theatre presentation. Space permitting, parents are also welcome to join us on the trip.

Please click here for more information.


Father's Day - Coffee time

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - at 3:00 pm

This is a feel good event for fathers and grandfathers where the children put on a special little show for them, singing special daddy day songs. It allows the fathers to swap business cards and do some small talk.

Refreshments are served by the school.


Spring Concert & Graduation Ceremony

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - at 3:00 pm

at: Markham Seniors Activity Centre

22 Water Street, Markham, ON L3P 7P7
(905) 294-6111

Please click here for location.


Last Day of School & Party

Friday, June 20, 2014


Summer Camp

From   Monday, June 30, 2014   -   To   Friday, August 22, 2014



It is said that word of mouth is the best form of advertisement. Our parent testimonials are the best tribute we can get for all our hard work and dedication. We have listed some of these below and welcome you to follow-up as required.


1.  Henna Alvi

Montessori North School has been in our family for a number of years. Our eldest son completed his 3 year program at MNS and is doing excellent in the public school system. Our second child is currently at MNS and doing fantastic. From the caring and attentive teachers, to the wonderful principal to the supportive parents at the school... MNS is truly a home away from home! My children have been given the confidence, education and thinking ability to be able to excel anywhere. Montessori North provides an intimate environment where you are welcomed everyday with smiling faces. The teachers are attentive and know my children. They provide a nurturing environment and quality education. I would recommend MNS to any prospective parent!


2.  Diana and Peter

After having visited numerous Montessori schools in the area, Montessori North School just felt right. My children's happiness about school and their intellectual progress over the last couple of years makes me confident that I have made the right choice for their education.   Anahita's passion for teaching children is evident by her constant drive to find ways to enhance the children's experience in the classroom. Plus, I always feel that I’m kept in the loop. What I also find very helpful are her parent information sessions, which are extremely thorough and informative....the best I've seen!   I suggest you visit the school to see for yourself.


3.  Susan Joseph

My daughter is now entering her 4th year at Montessori North School. The wonderful teachers have guided every step of her development from toilet training to writing, reading and learning French. The school provides an intimate environment for the kids to get to know each other, along with the teachers and principal, well. She has enjoyed the summer camps and has made lovely friends. I am pleased with her growth at MNS and highly recommend the school to others.


4.  Sandra Giuliano

After visiting over 10 different Montessori schools in the Markham area, I chose Montessori North School, and it is one of the best decisions I have made for my daughters. Montessori North School is able to provide the right balance of fun and learning and thanks to the talented teachers and staff at Montessori North School, my daughters have experienced immense growth in both their academic and social skills. I feel they have been given a strong foundation necessary to excel in French Immersion elementary school and beyond.


5.  Alexandra Mangos

Montessori North School is a home away from home: it provides a safe and secure environment with experienced and knowledgeable teachers. I think all young children can only excel where they feel comfortable, where they feel supported and where they feel loved. MNS is such a place. I am frequently surprised at the rate that our daughter is learning, and I attribute it all to MNS. I would most certainly recommend Ms. Anahita and her staff to any parent who understands the importance of early education.


6.  Mary & Joe

Ms. Anahita and the staff at Montessori North School have shown continuous commitment to providing a positive learning environment for children. Montessori North has been so supportive and understanding of our child's needs; going above and beyond to find a learning style that works for him. Our son is always so excited to go to school everyday and that makes us so happy. We are truly grateful to have such caring teachers guiding and encouraging our son each day. A special thank you to Ms. Anahita for always making time for us parents as well. It is always so reassuring to know you are just a phone call away.


7.  Dhimo

We are so happy with the staff and cozy environment at the Montessori North School. It truly feels like a second home for our daughter and the staff feel like an extension of her family. We feel her unending curiosity is only matched by such a rich learning environment. She has also developed so much in terms of self-discipline and verbalizing her feelings and thoughts that she is now able to avoid most meltdowns and tantrums. We would recommend Montessori North School to any prospective parent looking for quality education in a safe nurturing environment for their children.


8.  A & J

We found that Ms. Anahita and her teachers were quickly able to identify our son's areas of strengths and challenges. They have found ways to encourage our already confident child to be true to himself and connect with other students. Over the course of the school year, we have seen tremendous growth in our child, both academically and socially, and have noticed his strong sense of personal pride in learning a new skill or completing a task. We feel MNS has tried to adhere to the true principles of the Montessori method, as we understand it, and feel our son has truly benefited from it.


9.  Katherine

My sons have finished the 3-year casa program in Montessori North School and they have benefited a lot because the Montessori's way of teaching has provided a solid and concrete foundation for them to transit to the elementary level smoothly. It enhances their literacy so that they enjoy reading and build up their interest in learning. They love and sincerely thank the MNS teachers who have shown their loving care and patience in teaching and taking care of them.


The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to age of six. For that is the time when man's intelligence itself, his greatest implement is being formed. At no other age has the child greater need of an intelligent help. Any obstacle that impedes his creative work, will lessen the chance he has of achieving perfection.   - Dr. Maria Montessori


Montessori vs. Traditional Schools

In the traditional classroom setting, the teacher is the focus of attention - as both instructor and disciplinarian.

In the Montessori classroom - the child is teacher - discovering new concepts and ideas through the use of tested and proven self-teaching materials. The child sets his or her own pace of learning , and is free to move around the classroom, asking questions without disturbing others, exploring new ideas, and both teaching and learning from other children.


Inner Discipline

The Montessori method encourages the development of "inner discipline", a sense of self-control and respect for the rights of others which is not imposed by the teacher, but arises naturally from interaction with other children.

Children are encouraged to share with each other, to celebrate accomplishments and resolve problems together. At the same time, they are given absorbing work which is accomplished independently. In this way, they learn to celebrate their individuality while developing an understanding and respect for the other members of their classroom community.


The Absorbent Mind

At Montessori North School, every parent has been surprised and delighted to see his or her child reveal new and unexpected skills, talents and knowledge.

Dr. Maria Montessori, the creator of the world-famous Montessori method, discovered that every child has an "absorbent mind" which unconsciously absorbs ideas, facts, and impressions from the surrounding environment. This aptitude for learning which is unique to early childhood explains how young children can learn one, two or even more languages almost effortlessly without need for the repetitive drills and practice exercises which characterize adult learning.

The Montessori method teaches children to learn to read, write and do arithmetic using the same natural gifts which teach them to walk, talk, and develop complex social relationships with relatives and friends.

Dr. Maria Montessori discovered that the absorbent mind is a period from 0 (zero) to 6 (six) years, when a child is able to absorb effortlessly from its surrounding environment that it is exposed to. This is why we believe children should be started in a Montessori school at a very young age to reap the full benefit of the Absorbent Mind at work.


Sensitive Periods

Modern research has reinforced the idea of Sensitive Periods. A Sensitive Period is a particular time in a child's life when he is intuitively more interested in certain projects and areas of experience e.g. language, writing, order. It is easier for the child to learn a particular skill during the corresponding sensitive periods and supply the necessary guidance to enable the development of this potential to the maximum. The Montessori classroom takes advantage of this fact by allowing the child freedom to select individual activities which correspond to his or her own periods of interest.


Prepared Environment

Dr. Montessori believed that children learn best in an environment which has been carefully prepared to offer them a sense of beauty, order and self-confidence. This environment should foster personal growth in a non-competitive atmosphere which provides for self-correction through steady reinforcement of successful learning experiences.

The environment in a Montessori North classroom is developed through:

Multi-sensory learning materials which assist the child in learning to conceptualize through refinement of the senses.

Cultural activities which involve art, science, geography, the study of plants and animals, and other learning experiences which promote the "civilizing" process.

Language activities which encourage the child to express ideas as well as to develop reading and writing skills.

Mathematical activities to develop a conceptual understanding of basic mathematical principles and procedures.

Everyday life activities to assist the child in managing his environment by learning to dress, sweep, scrub, clean up, etc.

Extra-curricular activities such as music and movement, dance and drama, children's yoga, field trips and special visitors to the classroom from various walks of life such as firemen, policemen, scientist, dentist, etc. which not only enrich the child's absorbent mind and develop calm and composure within the child, but also strengthen their developing bodies through physical exercise.


Through several years of work with children in her Casa dei Bambini, Dr. Maria Montessori developed a unique philosophy of working with young children and designed numerous exciting activities for them. Dr. Montessori felt that the goal of early childhood education should not be to fill the child with facts from a pre-selected course of studies but rather to cultivate the child’s own natural desire to learn.

At Montessori North School, we take inspiration from her work and follow her teaching philosophy. What we hope to accomplish, through our curriculum avenues listed below, is to deliver children to themselves by giving them Dr. Montessori’s Keys to the Universe, as well as nurturing their social and emotional confidence to go out into the world to use them.


Practical Life

Practical life activities assist the child in developing concentration, fine motor skills, hand and eye coordination, and furthermore instils a sense of confidence, and self-esteem in the child.

Care of self, care of environment, development of social relationship, grace and courtesy are all part of practical life activities, designed to satisfy the child’s inner desire for independence and self-help.



Sensorial activities are designed to broaden all five senses of the child.

The clear and simple construction of the sensorial material appeals to the child and assists him or her to develop, broaden and refine his or her sense of perception of color, shape, size, form, sound, touch, taste and smell. The clear and simple construction of the sensorial materials appeals to the child.



Language is taught to the child phonetically, enhancing his or her comprehension of phonetic sounds and its compilation in different word forms. Reading and writing skills are developed through sounds of which speech is made.

I-Spy games, sand paper letters, puppet shows, talking stick, stories, and logical puzzles are all used to make the child interested in language and broaden his vocabulary.



Mathematics is taught to the child with concrete materials which allow the child to first experience mathematical concepts concretely. The materials then help the child to make the transition from concrete to abstract with ease.

The concept of numerals and quantity is taught to the children by taking them through a wonderful journey from concrete to the abstract and a natural progression of sequentially graded materials.



Culture activities encompass history, geography, astronomy, botany, zoology and physical sciences.

Concrete materials such as puzzle maps, leaf cabinets, and animal classification puzzles are presented to children which enable them to explore and classify our wondrous world and understand their own relationship to the cosmos.




In addition to the core Montessori curriculum avenues, Montessori North School has also developed an enriched curriculum which includes the following:



At Montessori North School, we have a very strong French language learning program, where children engage in daily French lessons. The emphasis at such a primary level is to learn basic vocabulary and conversational skills.

Daily classroom conversation in French is encouraged to expand the child's vocabulary and language comprehension. Games, songs, pictures and real objects are used to make the study of French interesting and enjoyable.

Our graduates who have gone through a full 3 year learning cycle with us are completely ready to go to French immersion public schools and be successful at it.


Children’s Yoga

At Montessori North School, Children’s Yoga classes take place weekly and are conducted by a certified children’s yoga instructor. These classes are a wonderful opportunity for children to grow healthy habits in a non-competitive environment.

The benefits of Yoga include a positive attitude towards healthy living, development of concentration and flexibility, and most importantly an understanding of inner peace.


Music & Movement

At Montessori North School, children enjoy a variety of music & movement activities daily.

Music is enjoyed through daily circle time, songs, poems and musical instruments while Movement includes drama, dance, games and Dr. Montessori's traditional walking-on-line activity.


Arts & Crafts

At Montessori North School, we believe in exposing children to real art experiences using different art mediums. Children participate not only in engaging crafts, but also have the opportunity to develop their own imagination in creative art explorations which emphasis the child’s unique artistic ability.


Outdoor Play & Gardening

Did you know that you can improve your child's cognitive abilities with physical activity? Studies continue to show that the brain's ability to learn is improved during and after physical activity.

At Montessori North School, we have a large fenced-in playground for outdoor play. This helps children develop their gross motor skills and further develop a sense of team spirit and fair play.

We also have the beauty of nature right at our doorstep. We foster an appreciation for nature through gardening activities.


Field Trips

Field trips enhance our curriculum at the Montessori North School and provide opportunities for the children to explore the world around us. These experiences leave a deep impression on the child and help build his or her overall personality.


Montessori North School is dedicated to quality education. We offer an authentic Montessori Programme for toddlers to 6 year olds, along with optional camps for March Break and Summer Holidays.

Our Montessori curriculum is based on a three year learning cycle where children attend five days a week. The importance and benefit of the first two years in a Montessori programme cannot truly be articulated if the child is denied his third year where abstract concepts are internalized and the foundation to learning is reinforced.

Our Montessori Programme encourages children to learn at their own pace, regardless of age. Lessons are given individually, and circle times are in groups. In this way children learn to take turns, listen to others and share. All this is done under the guidance of qualified and accredited teachers.

We are a small school with a very good reputation within the community. As such, any open spots are quickly filled up. In order to avoid any disappointment, we recommend you to contact us and register your child as soon as possible.


Pre-Casa Programme (Toddler to 3+ year olds)

The first few years in your child's life are crucial to the development of individual personality and intellect.

This is a period during which learning takes place at an accelerated speed. At Montessori North School, we provide a sense of security and loving care that young children need to thrive during this stage of intense learning. Since toddlers are especially bent on achieving independence, our teachers provide responsive, individual attention as your child deals with positive experiences as well as natural frustration.

Our Toddler/Pre-Casa Programme is a special place for our young children where they enjoy a blend of Montessori Material and early childhood toys. This is a stimulating nurturing environment for play and learning. Music, dancing, painting, crafts, and story telling are all a part of the programme.


Casa Programme (3+ to 6 year olds)

To young children, there is something very special about doing things that adults find ordinary.

Practical life exercises such as pouring and spooning, washing dishes or polishing shoes completely absorb them. At the Montessori North School, we recognize this process as the beginning of control and coordination of mind and body. Through sensory experiences, our Casa Programme helps children distinguish, categorize and relate new information to what they already know. They learn math with concrete materials. They construct words with the movable alphabet, then they can progress to nuances of the English language, function of words and grammar.

Our Casa Programme is thus based on the Montessori philosophy of learning with all the five avenues of Montessori i.e. Practical life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics and Cultural subjects blended with dance, drama, music and movement, and arts and crafts activities.


Hours of Operation

We offer both full day and half day programmes, based on space availability.

Extended care for before and after hours is also available.

Our school operating hours are as follows:

Full Day classes ... 8:30 am - 3:15 pm
Morning classes ... 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Afternoon classes ... 1:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Extended hours ... 7:30 am - 6:00 pm


In keeping with the Montessori goals of giving only the best in education and experience, we believe that only the best in nutrition should be offered to your child. Children can learn to enjoy healthy diverse foods if they are introduced to them during their early developmental years.

At the Montessori North School we offer a hot and nutritious lunch to our children each day. All our lunches are nut free and individual dietary restrictions are always accommodated.

The weekly menu incorporates a vast array of food items that are dietician approved and prepared in accordance with the Canada Food Guide. Menus are emailed to parents well in advance. Furthermore, the current menu is always posted on our bulletin board, and parents are promptly notified of any change in the menu. Parents are requested to inform us immediately should their child develop a food allergy or sensitivity at any time during the year.

We serve 2% Milk as part of our Nutrition program. If your child drinks any other kind of milk, please provide your child’s special milk to school with special instructions on how to serve it for your child.

A mid-morning and afternoon snack is also provided. If you would like to contribute to our snacks, you are invited to sign the monthly refreshment 'Sharing and Caring' calendar. We welcome and appreciate your contribution of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Please remember that Montessori North School is a NUT FREE environment and, as such, any food items suspected of containing nuts will not be accepted.

Parents' Corner

First Day at School

The first day of school is an exciting, and perhaps an uncertain, day for your child. Hopefully your child will sense your support and trust in us when first joining and adjusting to the classroom setting and becoming a member of our Montessori home.

Please try not to be too alarmed if your child does not wish to leave you at first. Being away from each other, maybe for the first time, meeting new people, buying new clothes, and starting a new routine can be exciting for some and a cause of anxiety for others. It is only natural that a child would cling to the security of a parent. However, we have found that soon after the parent leaves, the child becomes focused on classroom activities and settles down quickly.

We recommend that a day or so before your child’s first day at school, you talk about going to school without elaborating on the activities your child may or may not be doing. This is so your child does not develop inaccurate expectations.

On the first day of school, we ask that you bring your child to the classroom door, introduce yourself and your child to the teacher greeting you, and immediately leave, always letting your child know that you are doing so. If you feel hesitant or anxious about leaving, please be assured that our total aim is to make your child feel welcome, happy and self-confident in the Montessori environment. The less anxiety you express to your child, the better.

Please take comfort in the fact that our teachers are well trained and well experienced with attending to the care and needs of new children.


What to bring to School?

Please provide the school with following items, properly labelled with your child's name:

Closed Indoor Shoes:   Soft Velcro Shoes Work Best. No shoe-laces allowed. No Crocs allowed. No squeaky/light-up shoes allowed.

Closed Outdoor Shoes:   Running Velcro shoes are best for outdoors. No shoe-laces allowed. No Crocs allowed. No squeaky/light-up shoes allowed. Please send weather appropriate shoes (like Rain boots/Winter boots) on wet days in Fall.

Extra Clothing:   These will be kept in your child’s bag at school. At a bare minimum, these include 3 T-shirts, 2 Pants, 3 underwear (if potty trained/training), and 3 sets of socks.

Additionally, for Pre-Casa/Toddlers, please provide the following as well:

Blanket and a small pillow for nap time.

Milk Bottle, only if needed for nap time. We encourage our children to drink milk from a mug at lunch time.

Diapers / Pull-ups:   All pull-ups must be able to OPEN AND CLOSE FROM THE SIDE as the 'Pull-Ups' brand does. Please send a pack of diapers/pull-ups for the whole month.

Wet-Wipes:   Please send wet wipes in a proper WETWIPES PLASTIC COTAINER so that they do not dry out.


Arrival and Departures

School commences at 8:30 am sharp. All arrival and departures should be punctual. Full-day children are to be picked up promptly at 3:15 pm. Half-day children not availing lunch are to be picked up promptly at 11:30 am, while Half-day children availing lunch are to be picked up promptly by 12:15 pm.

In order to allow each child a sense of independence, your participation in the arrival and departure should be brief. Please note that these are not appropriate occasions for parent-teacher conferences as the teacher must have time to prepare the classroom and to focus on your children.



Regular attendance is important for your child’s understanding and appreciation of the Montessori method. Our regular full day hours are from 8:30 am to 3:15 pm. We offer extended care before and after regular school hours. As such, we are open from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm on most days.



We request parents to email us or call the school, before classes begin, to inform the school of your child’s absence or late arrival. As a matter of convenience, parents may leave a message on our phone answering service either the evening before or early in the morning.

Please note that your child’s enrolment is for the whole academic year. There is no reduction or refund of fees during your child’s absence from school due to illness, vacation or any other reason.



The safety of our children is top priority for us. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when entering or leaving the school grounds and are asked to access the school through the front door only. A safety gate has been placed at the end of the walkway for each child's safety. Be sure to close the gate behind you.

Upon arrival, you must accompany the child to the teacher in charge who will record the attendance promptly. If the children are in the playground, please come there. When picking up your child, you must let the teacher know that you are leaving by making voice or eye contact.

Once students have arrived at school, they are not allowed to leave the school property without permission. Any unknown or unauthorized persons appearing at the school requesting to take a student out of the school will not be permitted to do so without advanced consent of the parent or the legal guardian. As such, students will not be released to anyone other than the persons listed in the enrolment forms. In the event of any unscheduled pick-up by persons unlisted, the teacher must receive a signed letter by the parent, stating the full name of the person. We will also ask for identification.



At Montessori North School, we teach and encourage the Montessori child to shake hands and say ‘Good Morning’ or ‘Good Bye’ to the teacher when arriving at or departing from the school. Parents are encouraged to make it part of their daily routine in order to instil the basic foundation of courtesy and good mannerism in their children.


Toys and Personal Belongings

Leaving a parent can be a bit traumatic and a child often seeks comfort in bringing a toy or other personal belonging to the school. While toys may provide temporary security for your child, they often become ways of holding back the child from doing valuable activities at school. Toys can also become points of competition and conflict among children. Additionally, your child’s valuable possession may get broken and is often misplaced or left behind to the great distress of the child. Please do not send your child to school with toys or items that may be distracting both for your child or others.

Allowing the child to bring a toy, but leaving it in the car may be a good compromise. We will try to explain that home has its special toys and the school has its special activities, which cannot be taken home.

If a toy is brought to the classroom, the teacher will put it aside and send it back with the parent or guardian. However, the school will take no responsibility for any lost items brought to the school.

As an exception to the general rule, you may send one special toy with the child on pre-determined show-and-tell days, with prior approval from the teacher.


Treasure Chest

Our little Montessorians get so attached to their Montessori materials at school that these become little treasures in their eyes. They then innocently try to take these home with them. This is a very normal characteristic in the growing child and we address it gently.

Don't be surprised if you find a small cube, or a tiny cylinder, or counting beads, or some other cute object in their pockets while doing laundry at home. We request you to please return these to the school as many of these items are part of an expensive Montessori material and difficult to replace.

As a general rule, always check children's clothing when you take them home. If you find anything that you are in doubt of, please bring it to the school and show it to the teacher. Our teachers become very happy when you do so because they were probably searching high and low for it while preparing their classroom environment for the next day.


Children's Clothing and Shoes

Children’s clothing should be practical and comfortable. Easy-to-manage clothes, which foster independence, are vital. To encourage independence, please send your children to school in clothes they can manage themselves. Please remember that we are trying to raise self-reliant children.

Younger children should wear simple elastic waist pants. Overalls, belts and fasteners merely frustrate the children when they have to go to the washroom and often cause unnecessary accidents. When buying footwear for your child, please purchase a style which enables him or her to manage it independently. Please avoid shoes with laces.

At Montessori North School, we do not have uniforms. However, we request parents to avoid dressing children in clothing that depict Disney/Pixar or DC/Marvel characters, as we have seen these become points of competition and distraction among children. We request this because our aim is for children to develop their own unique personalities rather than identifying themselves with the characters portrayed on their clothing.

Label your Child's Possession:   Please make it a point to clearly label your child’s clothing and footwear as most children do not recognize their own clothes/jackets/shoes. The school cannot be held responsible for any lost items.

Extra clothing:   You will see a hook in the hallway with your child's name labeled on it. This is where your child will keep all of his/her belongings. Accidents happen, and it would be very helpful to have spare clothes on hand. All children must have a complete change of clothes (underwear, socks, track pants and T-shirt) at school in case of spills, accidents and inclement weather.

Soiled Clothing:   All your Child's possessions will be kept in a bag at school. Parents are able to monitor the contents of the bag whenever they wish. If clothes are sent home soiled, please send a new set of clothing the next day.

Indoor shoes:   All children must have a pair of indoor shoes that stay at school. These must be non-skid running shoes or slip-on shoes. No open toe sandals or laces, please.

Winter time:   Children will be going outside daily. They need to be dressed warmly for cold weather. In winter, please dress your child in layered clothing. Warm jackets, snow pants, hat and mittens are all part of winter attire. We advise that you use a neck warmer for your child instead of a scarf during the winter season as it is a safer alternative.

Casa children will stay indoors when the temperature is below -10 degrees Celsius, with wind-chill included. Toddler/Pre-Casa children will stay indoors when the temperature is below -5 degrees Celsius, with wind-chill included.


Nap and Rest time

After lunch, there is an opportunity for the children to nap or rest. Cots, mats and sheets are provided for any child who needs to rest. We request the parents to send a blanket from home so the children may nap with comfort. The blankets shall be sent home every weekend for laundry.

The toddlers nap for 2 hours. The younger casa children are encouraged to nap for 45 minutes. Well rested children enjoy a pleasant dinner time and evening at home.

Children who do not sleep may be taken to the playground or engaged in quiet activities in the classroom.


Sickness and ill Health

If your child is sick or too ill to attend school, please email or call to inform the school on the day of absence. Please leave a message on the answering machine if we are not able to take your call.

Montessori North School will not allow any child to attend classes who exhibit the following:

- Fever within the last 24 hours
- Severe or phlegm-producing cough
- Thick colored nasal discharge
- Sore throat with fever and swollen glands
- Within 24 hours of beginning antibiotic treatment
- Three or more watery stools in 24 hours
- Vomiting two or more times in 24 hours
- Body rash, especially with a fever
- Thick mucus or pus draining from the eye
- Head lice

When in doubt, look objectively at your child who isn’t feeling up to par and ask yourself, 'If the situation was reversed, would I like my child to catch this?' Then make the decision whether or not you should bring your child to school.

Although ill children are directed to stay at home, children whose illness is not infectious may return to school when they are feeling well.


Communicable Diseases

If your child has contracted a communicable disease and you are unsure of the proper procedure, please call York Region Health Department Contact Line at 1-800-361-5653. The school requires a written note from a doctor stating that the child is no longer contagious before the child will be admitted back to the school.



Some children require routine medication/treatment over a period of time. At Montessori North School we will administer prescription medicine only, provided it can be done safely. We will not administer non-prescription medicine. Medicine must be accompanied by a written authorization of the parent. Forms are available from your child’s teacher. The medication should be hand delivered to your child’s teacher in the original container along with the device for dispensing it accurately.


Observing the Classroom

To understand the Montessori classroom better, we feel it is important for parents to visit the classroom at least once a year. We request that observations do not begin until the sixth week of school as this gives the child the opportunity to adjust to the new environment.

When to come?   Arrange a time with your child’s teacher. A morning between 9:00 am and 11:00 am is the best time to observe the educational programme in process.

How to observe?   This is a time to sit back and watch the class, not to participate. Feel free to take notes and sit quietly in the location the teacher indicates. The length of the observation is 20 to 30 minutes. Afterwards if you have any questions, the teacher will be pleased to answer them.


Parent Information Nights / Workshops

Parent Information Nights, or Workshops, on the Montessori materials will be held throughout the year by the teachers for the parents. These shall cover the Montessori philosophy and the activities of Practical life, Sensorial, Language Mathematics and Culture subjects. Dates shall be given well in advance.

All workshops will be held in the evenings around 6:30 pm. We encourage parents to participate as they will get a first-hand knowledge of how their children use the Montessori material in the classroom.


Parent-Teacher Interviews

We shall be conducting parent-teacher interviews in January to discuss your child’s progress and answer any questions you may have. If at any time during the year you have any questions or concerns please make an appointment to meet the teacher or send us an email.


Progress Reports

Written progress reports will be sent out in January and June.



Birthday celebrations are an exciting time for your child. Each birthday child is honored in the Montessori way, with a special birthday circle celebrating his or her life.

Please note that birthday party invitations MUST be handed to the classroom teacher for distribution at dismissal. This will avoid any hurt feelings for uninvited children.

On their birthday, children may bring in a special snack to share with others. Please check with your child’s teacher regarding food allergies, as some of our children may have life threatening allergies. All birthday items brought to school are to be NUT FREE and be comprised of foods that contain allergy safe ingredients. Fruits and vegetable platters are a refreshing alternative to cakes, cookies and other baked goods. The serving of fruits and vegetables for birthdays also sends out an unspoken message to our children – that healthy foods are special treats, perfect for celebrations such as birthdays!

It has also been a tradition at the Montessori North School to have children present a book to celebrate their birthday. If you wish to contribute to your child's classroom in this special way, you may do so. However, it is not mandatory. This helps the child learn the joy of giving as well as receiving. Such donated books will be suitably inscribed and will become part of our permanent library collection.

If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday at school in a special way (examples: having a magician/clown etc. come in) please talk to the principal.


Field Trips

Parents shall be informed of these trips through an email letter well in advance. There will be an extra cost for these trips. Parents are always welcome to join us.


Special Visitors

We arrange for special visitors from various walks of life to visit the children throughout the year. These visits are both educational and very interactive with the children.


School Photographs

During the school year, we take pictures of the children at work and play to display around our classrooms and on our school blog. Parent consent is always obtained beforehand.

Once a year, we have an official school picture day. Parents shall be notified well in advance of the exact date.


Children's Work

All children’s work will be put into their respective folders. Please keep in mind that much of the work done by the younger children is with the Montessori materials.


Emergency Closures

Please call the school regarding school closures in case of extreme snow storms or other inclement weather. Our policy is to remain open if possible.


Fire Regulations

Smoking is prohibited at any time in the school building or anywhere on the school property. Fire drills are held monthly.


Tax Receipts

Tax receipts for tuition paid are issued for each calendar year in February of the next year.


We are conveniently located just north of the 407 ETR, on Highway 7 between Kennedy Road and Main St. Unionville.

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