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Student & Family Handbook
Dear PCM Students and Families:
Thank you for your support of the mission and vision of Pullman Community Montessori. We understand the monumental role education will play in your children’s life and we are honored and excited to play a part. The purpose of this handbook is to provide easily accessible, useful information to all students and families that articulates the policies, procedures, and educational environment maintained at PCM.
This handbook provides academic and general information, policies and procedures, and the LEADERS code of conduct. Students and families are invited each year to reflect on and contribute ideas to this handbook. The annual expectation is that students and families read and comply with what is outlined in the Student and Family handbook.
PCM’s mission of preparing all students to reach their full potential through the rich resources of our community and core values of being LEADERS, serves as the driving purpose. As our program grows, we are excited to continue to develop and refine our program with our community to provide more personalized programming and opportunities.
We thank you again for your ongoing support of the mission and vision of PCM and the endeavor of preparing our children for the future.
Monday through Friday: 8:25 am - 4:00 pm
Note on Wednesday’s: Students will participate in the Y-run enrichment programming within PCM classrooms from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Wednesday’s while PCM staff engages in professional development and collaboration time. From the familes perspective student are in school 5 days per week.
If you are transporting your child to and from school:
Drop-off window: 8:10 - 8:25 AM (drive-through process)
Pick-up window: 4:00 - 4:15 PM (drive-through process)
Extended Care Programs (Morning Kickstart & Afternoon Finale): Run in our facility by YMCA of the Palouse
Morning Kickstart programming: 7:30 - 8:25 AM
Afternoon Finale programming: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
See the section below for pricing or register for extended care services. For more information visit our OTHER SERVICES tab.
** YMCA before and after care services will be provided in PCM spaces within Gladish. PCM can not provide additional transportation services to before care and home from after care, we can only provide our to school and home regular transporation.**
The following outlines our day to day operations.
PCM has been working diligently over the planning year to establish bus routes using regional student transporation providers. COVID has slowed the progression of this process and resulted in a significant driver shortage across the nation. Our rural location has also caused student transportation companies’ pause as the closest eastern Washington hub is Spokane. This has pushed PCM to pursue its own in-house transportation setup.
We are still working on establishing the transportation system we envisioned, however is will not come to fruition until after winter break. We recognize this poses a significant issue for families and we are working to try to close the gap with local options.
For those who are outside of our safe walking distance boundaries, (map numbers indicate estimated walk times) please consider the following option to close this gap in service until January:
PCM purchased Pullman Transit Bus pass for your child.
PCM to reimbursment of round trip mileage for drop off and pick up.
If you need transportation for your child please take this survey.
Student Drop off and Pick Up
Drop off occurs between: 8:10 am and 8:25 am
Pick up occurs between: 4:00 pm and 4:15 pm
There will be a bus transportation drop off point and a parent transportation line and drop off point. When dropping off during this time window, please do not bring your child inside. A PCM staff member will be at these points to great you and to shuttle your child to the gym entrance.
Please have your laminated name sheet displayed in the dashboard of your window. If you would like to park and walk your child in or walk or bike your child to school AND you arrive during the drop off or pick up window, please come to the exterior gym entrance to check in/out. If you come after 8:25 AM please take your child to the main office.
DROP-OFF & PICK-UP INSTRUCTIONS - UD 8/18/21
In-Facility Extended Day Programming with YMCA of the Palouse
Drop off and Pick up for extended day programming: Those dropping off and picking up from this program should expect to drop their child off or pick their child up from the appropriate PCM space in Gladish. These details will be provided closer the start of school.
** PCM can not provide additional transportation services to before care and home from after care, we can only provide our to school and home regular transporation.**
YMCA staff will require a separate confirmation of who is authorized for drop off or more importantly, pick up the child.
YMCA - PCM Enrollment thresholds for the Morning Kickstart and Afternoon Finale programs that families should be aware of:
In order to begin programming, at least 10 students must be enrolled in the Afternoon Finale programming by August 1, 2021. Similar student numbers are required for the Morning Kickstart program by August 1, 2021.
Average enrollment in the Afternoon Finale programming and Morning Kickstart programming must average 21 students in each program by October 15, 2021 in order for the program to continue to operate after Winter break in December.
If the Morning Kickstart and Afternoon Finale programs do not meet their target enrollment by October 15, 2021, YMCA Staff and PCM Staff will meet to discuss action steps that can be taken to increase enrollment to meet the targets set out above (families will be notified of this stage invited to share ideas).
If the Morning Kickstart and Afternoon Finale programs do not meet their target enrollment by December 17, 2021, YMCA will continue to operate the Wednesday Enrichment program for the duration of the 2021-22 school year but may cease to offer Morning Kickstart and/or Afternoon Finale programming.
If either the Morning Kickstart and Afternoon Finale programs do not meet the target enrollment set out above, 30 days’ notice will be provided to the PCM and parents to allow them to find new care opportunities when school resumes in January 2022, after the Winter break.
Before School Care: 7:30 am to 8:25 am
After School Care: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
School Menu & Information
You can monitor your Food Account and apply for free and reduced meals by logging on to your Skyward account.
PCM promotes community and collaboration. In line with this, we ask that all families apply for the national Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program (FRLP) regardless of need or whether you child well be eating school meals. This information and status is highly confidential with the exception of critical PCM staff having access to the information (namely the Food Services Manager and Office Manager).
Why? Public schools receive funding based on FRLP student status. This funding is used to support the school as a whole, ensuring we can provide the supports necessary to help all students reach their full potential. Charter schools in particular are impacted by their FRLP counts when applying for grants.
Thank you for your consideration.
Online Free & Reduced Meal Application
+ View My Food Account
PCM will be participating the National School Lunch and Breakfast program which means meals will follow USDA meal pattern requirements.
PCM meals are available to ALL PCM students. This year, PCM is participating in the seamless food service program where all students eat for free.
In most years, when the seamless food service program is unavailable, free and reduced price meals are provided for children whose family size and monthly gross income meet federal guidelines. This year, all students eat for free thanks to the seamless food service program.
With that said, PCM is still required to internally document who would normally qualify for the free/reduced program. We encourage all families to apply using the application above. Applications should be returned directly to the PCM main office.
Program benefits and services are available to all students without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, religious affiliation, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social or economic status, and/or special needs.
For the 2021-22 school year PCM will be procuring meals from Optimum Foods. Milk will be procured from Terry's Diary that also provides milk to other local schools.
Meal Schedules will be published after OSPI (the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction) approves them. We hope to display these Meal Schedules by August 23rd.
Over the 2021-22 School Year, PCM will be working towards a scratch cooking model for subsequent school years.
Inclement Weather Procedures
PCM will align with the Pullman School District around decisions on whether to run as normal, delay the start of school, or to be closed. Even when decisions are posted we still ask families and emplyees who will be driving to use thier best judgment based on thier specific road conditions.
Closure Information will be communicated via:
Local news stations
Recorded message and text message
Posting on school’s website or social media
With safety of families and staff in consideration, inclement weather may cause school schedules to be adjusted as follows:
Bus delays - School operates on the regular schedule with busses running late (will update on approximate pickup times as information
2-Hour Delay - School start time is delayed 2 hours and would start at 10:30 am (Breakfast will be served as grab and go for students interested). Early dismissal, while uncommon, may be a possibe at times.
School closure - School is closed for the day and will be rescheduled during the school year on a date to be determined as necessary
Useful Forms & Links
Parent Authorization Forms
Health Related Forms
The following forms are required if:
Form Coming Soon
Family & Community Engagement Handbook
At PCM we recognize that partnering with families and our community promotes student achievement. All students will benefit from increased family and community engagement that provides connections within our community in addition to positive educational and career opportunities for students. While COVID is in effect these opportunities will be limited and very carefully planned. Anyone who interacts with our students during school time will be background checked and provide evidence of COVID vaccination. This handbook outlines a more detailed perspective of our approach to Family and Community Engagement and contains important information for families.
Grievance & Conflict Resolution Policy
Conflict is part of any development or growth process and may arise in any community. An effective grievance and conflict resolution process is therefore an essential component of our school. The grievance and conflict resolution procedure is a model for all members of the PCM community and is designed to address issues that may arise.
Title I Program
Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) provides financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of educationally at-risk students. Title I’s goal is to provide extra instructional services and activities which supports students identified as failing or most at risk of failing the state’s challenging performance standards in mathematics, reading, and writing.
The Title I program provides students with extra educational assistance beyond the regular classroom. Title I also provides supports to private schools and homeless programs.
Title I schools with 40% or more of children from economically disadvantaged families can develop Schoolwide Title I programs to upgrade the school’s entire education program, rather than to target services only to identified students.
Parents Right to be Informed –Teacher Qualifications
When schools receive federal grant dollars, there are certain guidelines that must be adhered to. One of these is to inform parents of their right to be informed.
Under this act, parents of children in schools that receive Title I dollars have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers. Paraprofessionals who work with students in a Title I program also have to meet certain educational requirements.