December 1, 2017
The school year is in full swing, and we are quickly heading into the holiday season. The children are bursting with a wonderful energy of excitement that we all see this time of year. I wanted to take a moment out of the hustle and bustle to reflect on of the importance of school communications. As a school, we are continually reviewing our avenues of communication. The one constant we’ve had for our communications has been Montessori Compass. As you may already know, Montessori Compass is a wonderful tool for teachers, administrators and parents. There are some features that I wanted to let you know about, some old and some new, to help you make the most out of this staple in our school communications.
Did you know that Montessori Compass serves as our parent directory? That’s right! You can utilize Compass to send out birthday invites or set up playdates! As a parent who has tried to organize birthday parties for my children, I can appreciate the convenience of having an easy way to connect with other parents. Also, messages are instantly sent via Montessori Compass messaging – not email. Therefore, all personal information (email addresses, phone numbers, etc.) are always kept confidential. This allows you to decide what information you would like to share and with whom. This way you can communicate with other parents, but your information is kept secure.
One of my favorite features is how easy Montessori Compass makes it for us to share photos of classroom activities with you – our families. Teachers can upload pictures of the children working and playing to Compass and can instantly share with you. Photos are tagged to designated parent and classroom accounts, so you only see what is relevant to you and your child’s classroom. To protect privacy, only users with a BRMS-authorized, password-protected Compass account can access BRMS photos.
Every week your child’s classroom teacher sends out a narrative about the happenings going on in the classroom. These Activity Reports help answer the age-old question… what did my child do at school today? This brief narrative of your child’s classroom activities will help make family time even better as it is a great tool to engage your child in a real conversation about his or her week!
Montessori Compass makes it easy for you to see tangible evidence of your child’s academic and social development in an easy-to-read format. Compass’ comprehensive online Montessori Progress Reports compile all the lessons presented to your child over a selected period of time and may include personalized notes from your child’s teacher. You can view your child’s progress reports on the web via the parent portal. You may also choose to download/print a PDF to keep a paper copy of your child’s records.
Have you ever looked at your child’s progress report and wondered “What is the Pink Tower?” or “Stamp Game?” Another of my favorite features in Compass is the quick and easy to understand videos and photos with descriptions of common Montessori curriculum materials that your child uses every day.
Messaging is in “real time” with the app. That’s right, there is a new Montessori Compass app for parent communication. The app sends a push notification in real time whenever a new message is received, new photos are uploaded to an album that is shared, or an activity report is sent. You can then just click on the app icon and immediately see any information available. You only need to login once when you first download the app, and then you’ll remain logged in, allowing for convenient and real-time communication with your child’s teacher. To download the mobile app, just go to the App Store or the Google Play Store and search for Montessori Compass. The app is free for everyone, so I encourage you to download and use the app to help us communicate with you better and faster.
I truly hope this additional information about Montessori Compass will help you to learn more about the Montessori philosophy and curriculum, and more about your child’s experiences here at Blue Ridge Montessori!
Mrs. Boling – Head of School