We hope to work together to ensure that your student has a successful school year. Please read the following guidelines:
Biweekly Students at Four Winds work at their own level and pace. Every two weeks students will set goals for the biweekly and later complete an assessment of whether they have met those goals. The completed biweekly is like a mini report card. We will send this home every other Friday. Please ask to see it!
Homework At Four Winds we do not assign homework. We believe that students should have time after school to spend with their families or to pursue their other interests. However, if students get behind on their biweeklies due to mismanaging their time, they may have to bring work home to catch up. By ensuring they complete this work at home, you will be helping them not only to get back on track, but to learn from their mistakes.
Curriculum We have had success with a wide range of students, using books and materials that are effective in a self-directed learning environment. The Four Winds program has the flexibility to accommodate our students’ specific needs. Therefore in most cases we do not substitute alternative curriculum materials.
Communication We strive for frequent and open communication with our students’ families. If we email home with a question or concern, we are trying to support your student and will appreciate a quick response. If you have questions or concerns, please email us or schedule a meeting after school. We send home a Weekly Update email every weekend which has important information about what’s going on at school. You can also stay informed and involved by coming to open houses, joining the board, following us on Facebook
Drop-Off and Pick-Up The school day is 8:30am until 3:30pm. We have half days (8:30am-12:30pm) on the 3rd Wednesdays of October, March and May. Tardiness affects your student academically and socially, so please bring your student on time. Also, the teachers frequently have after-school commitments and cannot stay to watch your child if you are running late. Please be timely.
Early Pick-Up It may happen that we have to send your student home early due to illness or a behavioral issue, in which case we will call home to coordinate timing and transportation. We do not have a school nurse, and therefore cannot provide a place for sick students to rest, nor can we assess whether they are well enough to stay. If a student is unable to fully participate due to illness, we will send them home. Likewise we don’t have a space such as a principal’s office in which to separate students who can’t remain safely in the classroom.
Payment Payments can be made by cash, check, or PayPal. We will send an invoice before payments are due. Please note that students may not start the school year until we have received their deposit and first payment, and that continued failure to pay an overdue balance will result in legal action.
Thank you for your support in these matters. We are excited for this coming school year!