A Loving Community of Educators, Students and Their Families
We invite you (parents) to participate in Pomegranate Schools events, including ceremonies, celebrations, parties and holidays. As you will discover, our students, staff and families come together in very artful and uniquely authentic ways to celebrate our lives and our community.
The links on this page were created to provide the most current information to our community in a variety of areas. We encourage you to use them regularly!
CALENDAR AND EVENTS
~We are in accordance with the Larkspur-Corte Madera School District (LCMSD) Calendar~
NON – STUDENT DAYS
|August 31||Staff Development Day|
|September 1||Staff Development Day|
|September 7||Labor Day|
|November 11||Veteran’s Day Observed|
|November 23 – 27||Fall & Thanksgiving Recess|
|December 21 – 31||Winter & Christmas Recess|
|January 1||New Year’s Day|
|January 18||Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day|
|February 15||President’s Day|
|February 16||Lincoln’s Birthday (observed)|
|March 4||Reggio Emilia Conference|
|March 14||Staff Development Day|
|March 28||Easter Sunday – the day after|
|April 11 – 15||Spring Recess|
|May 30||Memorial Day Holiday|
|August 12-16||Summer Recess|
MINIMUM DAYS (SCHOOL ENDS AT 12PM, NO AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM)
|September 2||Teacher Work Days|
|January, 23- 25||Parent Conference Week|
|August 9||School Night/Art Show|
|August 19||Teacher Work Days|
|August 21 – 23||Parent Conference Week|
Please click on the link below to review the guidelines we adapted from LCMSD on religious calendar observances.
Volunteer / Contribute
There are many ways to be a part of the Pomegranate Schools school community! Parent participation is a requirement in the following two areas:
1) Volunteer in the classroom: at least 3 hours per parent once a month.
2) Join a Parent Activity Committee:
- b) Social Events Committee – planning events for the Pomegranate Schools families
- c) Maintenance – helping to repair broken school furniture and/or materials
- d) Gardening Committee – helping children with sowing, harvesting, and general gardening instruction
- e) Field Trips Committee – helping to plan monthly field trips
- f) Teaching Committee – sharing talents, skills, hobbies, or professional interests
We welcome any other ideas for involvement, including related consultation services. Your knowledge is always welcome, highly appreciated, and serves to make our community closer and more beautiful!
Parent Communication Software
Online Parent Portal
At Pomegranate Schools, we believe in strong, continuous communication between parents, teachers, and students. In order to provide seamless access, we use a specialized software called Montessori Compass (MC). MC makes it easy to share academic progress, social development, and the many other moments of childhood that make school such an enjoyable place!
Parents can access important school information in real-time from any computer or web-enabled mobile device (i.e. iPhone, iPad, Android, etc.) Each parent website is password-protected and personalized to contain only the information that is relevant to the designated user’s family.
With MC, parents have access to:
- Activity reports, lessons, and observations
- Trackers (i.e. naps, toilet training, meals, etc.).
- Online progress reports
- School directory
- and more!
Positive Discipline Workshops
Positive Discipline deepens our understanding of effective parenting and teaching. If you are interested in a workshop, please contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text to 415-847-7333.
What is Positive Discipline?
Positive Discipline is a program based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs and designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. Based on the best selling Positive Discipline books by Dr. Jane Nelsen, it teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults (including parents, teachers, childcare providers, youth workers, and others).
Recent research tells us that children are hardwired from birth to connect with others, and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school are less likely to misbehave. To be successful, contributing members of their community, children must learn necessary social and life skills. Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline teaches.
Jane Nelsen gives the following criteria for effective discipline:
FIVE CRITERIA FOR POSITIVE DISCIPLINE
- Helps children feel a sense of connection. (Belonging and significance)
- Is mutually respectful and encouraging. (Kind and firm at the same time.)
- Is effective long-term. (Considers what the child is thinking, feeling, learning, and deciding about himself and his world and what to do in the future to survive or to thrive.)
- Teaches important social and life skills. (Respect, concern for others, problem solving, and cooperation as well as the skills to contribute to the home, school or larger community.)
Invites children to discover how capable they are. (Encourages the constructive use of personal power and autonomy.
The tools and concepts of Positive Discipline include:
- Mutual respect. Adults model firmness by respecting themselves and the needs of the situation, and kindness by respecting the needs of the child.
- Identifying the belief behind the behavior. Effective discipline recognizes the reasons kids do what they do and works to change those beliefs, rather than merely attempting to change behavior.
- Effective communication and problem solving skills.
- Discipline that teaches, and is neither permissive nor punitive.
- Focusing on solutions instead of punishment.
- Encouragement instead of praise. Encouragement notices effort and improvement, not just success, and builds long-term self-esteem and empowerment.
Unique characteristics of the Positive Discipline Model also include:
- Teaching adults and students through experiential activities. Creating opportunity to practice new skills and to have fun learning by doing.
- Classroom discipline programs and parent education programs that are consistent. Parents, teachers, and childcare providers can work together to provide a secure, consistent environment for children.
- Inexpensive training and ongoing support so members of communities can teach each other Positive Discipline skills.