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. We will send out a progress report at the end of each biweekly.
Homework At Four Winds we do not assign daily 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. If your student does have any work left at the end of the biweekly, you will be notified in their biweekly progress report. The Biweekly System completely relies on parents enforcing homework at the end of the biweekly. Thank you for playing your part in teaching your student time management!
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 an Update Email every other week, 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 parent’s organization, and/or following us on Facebook and Instagram.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up The school day starts 8:30am, and pick up time is between 3:15 and 3:30pm. Tardiness affects your student academically and socially, so please bring your student on time. Additionally, 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 space to separate individual students from the larger group for any reason.
Weather Policy You can check WWLP for a list of school closings and delays, and even sign up for text alerts, to see what we’re doing at Four Winds. Additionally, we will send out an email and post on our Facebook and Instagram pages in the event of a closing or delay. If we have a two hour delay, we start at 10:30 instead of 8:30. We never do early dismissals due to the complications of coordinating that in our geographically wide-spread community (and without buses). We know that we have families coming from all over, so it is totally acceptable to bring your student in late or pick them up early due to road conditions, etc.
Payment Please contact our bookkeeper with questions about billing and payment. They will invoice you according to your payment schedule. Please be timely with your payments: Four Winds is a small school without an endowment. The running of our program relies almost entirely on tuition, and it is the students who will directly suffer if payments are late. Please note that students may not start the school year until past debts are paid, 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!