Pine Lake Montessori School

Frequently Asked Questions

We accept new applications throughout the year, space permitting.

Yes, before and after school programs are available from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the mornings and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the afternoons.

Our student/teacher ratio is as follows: Toddlers – One teacher for every five students, Children’s House – One teacher for every eight students.

Yes, Pine Lake Montessori School is currently operating under the new regulations as mandated by Toronto Public Health and Ministry of Education. We offer full day programs for five days a week. 

Classrooms maintain a maximum number of occupants as regulated by the Ministry of Education and each group remains together for the duration of their time at school. PLMS continues to update its policies and regulations based on the evolving guidelines. Classrooms are set up in a way that allows for as much physical distance between children as possible. Children have designated workspace and stationery. Frequent sanitization of the materials is incorporated throughout the day.

This summer, we are continuing with the Montessori curriculum. Children will receive individualized lessons in Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, and Culture based on their skill level and interests. Children also have many opportunities to take part in arts and crafts, listen to stories, and enjoy the outdoors.

We plan to continue in-person learning for the 2020-2021 school year, following recommendations from Toronto Public Health and Ministry of Education. We are offering full time programs for five days a week. 

Yes, we are currently accepting applications for the upcoming school year.

To maintain the health and safety of children, families, and staff of PLMS, we will not be hosting visitors to the school, including those wishing to tour the school. We will conduct virtual tours and meetings whenever possible.

The typical day at Pine Lake Montessori School is as following:

Daily Routine for Toddler Class:

7:00 AM to 8:00 AMBefore School Program*
8:00 AM to 9:00 AMEnter Classroom / Toileting/ Montessori
9:00 AM to 9:30 AMSnack
9:30 AM to 10:30 AMOutdoor play (Weather permitting)
10:30 AM to 12:00 PMIndependent Work/ Lessons / Circle Time / Toileting
12:00 PM to 12:30 PMLunch
12:30 PM to 2:30 PMNaptime
2:30 PM to 3:00 PMToileting / Circle Time / Snack Time
3:00 PM to 4:00 PMOutdoor play (Weather permitting)
4:00 PM to 5:00 PMIndependent Work /Dismissal
5:00 PM to 6:00 PMAfter School Program*

Daily Routine for Children’s House Class 1

7:00 AM to 8:00 AMBefore School Program*
8:00 AM to 8:30 AMArrival
8:00 AM to 10:30 AMIndependent Work / Lessons / Snack / Circle time / French
11:30 AM to 12:00 PMLunch Time
12:00 PM to 4:00 PMQuiet Montessori Independent Work/Lessons/Snack/Circle
4:00 PM to 5:00 PMOutdoor Play (weather permitting) / Dismissal
5:00 PM to 6:00 PMAfter School Program*

Daily Routine for Children’s House Class 2

7:00 AM to 8:00 AMBefore School Program*
8:00 AM to 8:30 AMArrival
8:30 AM to 9:30 AMOutdoor play (Weather permitting)
9:30 AM to 11:30 AMMontessori Independent Work / Lessons / Snack / French / Circle time
11:30 AM to 12:00 PMLunch Time
12:00 PM to 2:00 PMQuiet Montessori Independent Work
2:00 PM to 3:00 PMOutdoor Play (weather permitting)
3:00 PM to 5:00 PMQuiet Montessori Independent Work / Lessons / Snack
4:00 PM to 5:00 PMDismissal
5:00 PM to 6:00 PMAfter School Program*

*Before and After school program: puzzles, blocks, circle time, arts and crafts, sing songs and social interactions.
Naptime is from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm in Children’s House classrooms

Pine Lake Montessori School follows Canada’s Food Guide. The foods and snacks that we choose to serve our children are fresh and prepared daily by a catering company that specializes in preparing healthy foods especially for children. Good nutrition, conservation of the environment, independence, and grace and courtesy are significant considerations during lunch hour.

We strive to maintain our warm and welcoming environment and have the least disruption possible on children’s daily experience while at school. Children will continue to have access to Montessori materials to work on independently or with a teacher.

Our classrooms will continue to practice their regular daily routine but with some new practices included, such as limited partner and group work,alternative set up for circle time, increased frequency of hand washing, and screening upon arrival to school. Children’s learning and activity at school will continue as usual.

We recommend speaking openly and positively to your child about how they might be feeling about returning to school. Children may feel uncertain about what to expect after such a long time away from a school setting. Let them know that their anxieties are valid, that we all feel this way sometimes. Speak about all the things they have missed about school and what they can look forward to upon their return. Let them know how much their teachers miss them and are looking forward to their return. Show them the pictures (please insert the link here so they can click) of the new set ups of the classrooms and how all the teachers are working hard to keep them safe. Discuss and practice as a family some of the habits children should expect to follow, such as cough and sneeze etiquette, hand washing, and respecting the workspace of others.

Upon arrival to school, parents should bring their child to the screening area, located by the main entrance. Staff conducting screening will be wearing PPE, including facemasks and face shield. Parents will be asked several screening questions to determine if the child is in good health, if they have been in contact with another person with positive case of COVID-19, if they have travelled outside Canada within last 14 days and the child will have their temperature taken with a non-contact thermometer. If the child passes the screening successfully, they will be guided to their classroom’s outdoor play area. If arrivals occur during adverse weather conditions, parents will drop off their children to the classroom’s alternative entry door.

If another school closure is mandated, PLMS will return to online learning, staying connected to children and families based on the experience gained during the initial closure.

We ran a comprehensive distance learning for all age groups in our school during the first school closure. We planned individual lessons for each child focusing on each child and family’s needs. We reached out to all the families at our school and based on their feedback we altered the lessons to fit their unique settings.

After the health screening is conducted upon arrival, the parent must accompany the child to the alternative door of the child’s class for drop off. If the child’s class is in the playground, dope off can take place there. It is the parent’s responsibility to make sure that the child enters the classroom or playground safely. 

The dismissal of the children at the end of the day will also be done from the alternative doors. Children who are in the playground at the pick up time will be dismissed from there.  

There are markings for social distancing on the ground at all entrance door. Please be mindful of social distancing at pick up time. 

COVID-19 Policies & Procedures

Policies & Procedures During COVID-19, Additional Parent Handbook.