Our parent handbook has a lot of useful information that helps in understanding our policies on everything from cold weather recess to field trips to the unique process of a Montessori education.
meet the board
As an FMS board member, you can accept and/or approve an educational budget that impacts school staffing, improves our facility, professional development, school construction, provides supplies and resources and above all drives a focus on early childhood education. You can help make well-rounded decisions as it relates to assembling, deciphering, and applying policies that are in the best interest of the FMS students. Decisions made while serving as a member of our board helps create a better world one child at a time!
FMS is now accepting applications for new members.
If this piques your interest, please join us at our next board meeting. Meetings are held every third Tuesday of the month at 6 pm.
Or talk to your Teacher or Miss Emi for more information.
6 Member Seats
At FMS we strive to have our parents involved in their child's learning process. As a result, we have implemented a parental involvement program in which we ask parents to commit 12 hours per school year in any capacity in which help is needed. Some of our needs include working in the classroom, but many of our volunteer hours can be fulfilled by taking items home and working on them at the parents’ convenience. Other needs include helping with our special events such as our annual Halloween Carnival and Luau, plowing our parking lot in the winter, tending our flower garden in the summer, etc. Serving on the Board is also a great way to be involved in the education process at FMS and fulfill your parental involvement hours.
Here at FMS we understand that routine is essential to the wellbeing of children. With this in mind, we do our best to stick to a consistent daily schedule. Each classroom goes about their day a little differently, but here is the schedule we try to maintain:
7:30-9 AM - Before School Care
9-11 AM - Morning Work Cycle / Snack
11 AM - Morning Circle
11:30 AM-12:30 PM - Recess / Lunch
12:30-2:30 PM - Nap / Afternoon Work Cycle
2:30-3 PM - Afternoon Snack / Finishing Up Afternoon Work Cycle
3-4 PM - Afternoon Circle / Recess / Pick Up
4-5:45 PM - After School Care
Fairbanks Montessori School accepts children between the ages of 19 and 36 months for the toddler program, and between ages 3 and 6 for the preschool program. For the preschool program, FMS will only accept children who are potty trained and who demonstrate age appropriate social skills. We do not accept children in either program who use aggressive behaviors such as biting, hitting, kicking, spitting, and name calling. We are happy to accept children with physical or cognitive disabilities, however, we do not have trained therapists or specialists on staff. If you have questions about whether we may be able to accommodate your child, please contact the Executive Director.
FMS begins accepting applications for our summer programs and the upcoming academic year in April. We begin securing openings in classes for students by end of April/early May and continue through the summer and fall until we are full. Admission is based on multiple factors. Priority is given to children currently enrolled at FMS and to siblings of children currently enrolled. We encourage families to apply well in advance of the desired enrollment date. In most cases, we cannot anticipate when an opening will occur. When a spot opens, we ask that you give us a prompt answer as to whether or not your child will be attending FMS. Class placement is decided by the Executive Director in coordination with the Lead Teachers. New families must fill out the FMS application and bring it in along with the $100.00 initial registration fee. Families returning for the school year must fill out the FMS application and bring it in along with a $50.00 registration fee.
Once the decision has been made to enroll your child at FMS, there are several items that must be completed in order to finish the registration process. At the beginning of each session, parents are required to fill out an enrollment packet containing a number of forms. These are: General Information, Program Application, Tuition Policy Agreement, Medical Information Sheet (which includes a medical emergency consent form), Parental Involvement Survey, Student Questionnaire and a Registration Checklist.
The Director will also contact families for follow up interviews and possible placement options.
Additionally, the State of Alaska requires the school to maintain immunization records for each child. Immunizations records must comply with what the State of Alaska requires for your child’s age/ birth date. Immunizations need to be current for enrollment to be processed. There will be no exceptions.
FMS admits students of any race, color, national, religious, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships or other school-administered programs.