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General Information


Discovery Montessori is a school for children from preschool through eighth grade. It has been in operation since 1981. The school is presently located in the Givens Community Center.

Karen Nelson is the director of the program. She has a BS and MA in Education from Seattle University. She received her Montessori training from the St. Nicholas Training Center in London. She has completed training in advanced Montessori materials from the Montessori Teacher Preparation of Washington. She has taught public school in California. She has a Washington State Certificate.

Linda Geiss, an elementary teacher, has had preschool and elementary training from Spring Valley Montessori. She has worked in Montessori programs for several years. She has been with our school since 1996.

Starla Franks, an elementary teacher, has Lower Elementary Montessori training and is currently working on her Upper Montessori training.  Starla has been with our school since 2000. 

Julie Charboneau, an elementary teacher, has a BA and MA in Education from the University of Washington and is currently receiving her Elementary Montessori training.  Julie has been with our school since May 2008. 

Heidi Pearson, a preschool teacher, has had preschool Montessori training from Spring Valley Montessori and has her Washington State Certificate.  Heidi joined our school in September 2007. 

Andrea Buchholz, a preschool teacher, has had preschool Montessori training in Bellevue and has worked at many schools in that area. Andrea joined our staff in April 2001.

Kim Romo, a preschool teacher, has recently completed her Montessori certificate from North American Montessori Center (NAMC). She has been a staff member at Discovery Montessori since 1997.

Kim Thomas, a preschool teacher, has recently completed her Montessori certificate at NAMC. She has worked at Discovery Montessori for 4 years. She has 11 years experience working in the education field.

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Preschool Sessions

Preschool Sessions
9:00-11:30 a.m. and/or12: 30-3:00 p.m.

Five Days-
Monday - Friday
Three Days-
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Two Days-
Tuesday, Thursday

Any age child may attend 5 days. Any age child may attend all day. Two and three day schedules are only available for children 2 to 3 years old or occasionally for a second child in the family when the cost presents a financial hardship. During summer sessions two and three day schedules are available for all children. When scheduling fall enrollment, priority is given to children attending 5 days a week.

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Kindergarten/Elementary Program

Kindergarten-Sixth Grade Class: The program runs from September-May. Hours are from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

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Piano Lessons

Piano lessons are available from Mrs. Linda Briggs on Wednesdays before school and during classtime for $60/month. Suzuki piano lessons are available from Ms. Edith Bollozos for $60/month.

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The center is open from 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Daycare hours are those times when regular school sessions are not being held:

Daycare hours are: 6:00 - 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Children may attend a fully day. If a child attend a full day, she/he will fully attend the morning session and after lunch and an afternoon nap (if needed) will join the afternoon class in session. Daycare before and after school will consist of indoor or outdoor play, rest, snack and/or story time. All day children pay for two sessions of preschool.

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Costs per month (Rates effective 9/1/2014)

(1st-6th grade) - 8:45-3:15
(half day)
  8:45-11:30 or
  12:30 - 3:15
(full day) - 8:45 - 3:15

(half day)
  9:00-11:30 or
  12:30 - 3:00
(full day) - 9:00 - 3:00

(5 days) - one session
(5 days) - both sessions
(3 days) - one session
(3 days) - both sessions
(2 days) - one session
(2 days) - both sessions

up to 2 1/2 hours a day
over 2 1/2 hours a day
Registration Fee
(each year)
$ 75.00
Emergency Preparedness Kit
one time fee
$ 15.00
Lunch Hour
per day/per month
5 days/per month


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Disciplined children are children who respect others, their environment and themselves. Staff members will work with a child to achieve this behavior. If normal positive techniques do not work and repeated misbehavior occurs, activities and/or privileges may be taken from the child and he/she may be asked to sit in a particular place in the room for a short while. Physical restraint would be used on a child when he/she might be in danger of harming himself/herself, others, or the environment. Spanking is not a method used at this school. If a child's behavior becomes too disruptive and the child does not respond to reasonable attempts to stop it, the parent will be asked to remove the child from the school for the day. Behaviors not permitted in this school are; biting, jerking, shaking, slapping, hitting, striking, kicking or any other means of inflicting physical pain, bodily harm or emotional distress to others.

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Discovery Montessori prohibits sexual harassment and/or intimidation (bullying) of or by employees, students, parents, volunteers and others involved in school activities. Sexual harassment and or Intimidation (bullying) are inappropriate, offensive and illegal. Engaging in substantiated sexual harassment or intimidating behavior will result in appropriate disciplinary action for offending students up to and including expulsion, in accordance with state and federal laws. Any person, including a parent or volunteer, who engages in substantiated sexual harassment or intimidation on school property or at any school-sponsored event may be subject to exclusion from school property or activities as appropriate. School employees are required to follow appropriate intervention and reporting practices whenever they observe incidents or receive complaints of sexual harassment or intimidating behavior on or by students. Allegations of criminal misconduct will be reported to law enforcement or Child Protective Services.
Sexual Harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact, or other verbal or physical contact or communication of a sexual nature between two or more individuals.
Harassment, intimidation, or bullying means any intentional written, verbal or physical act including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by any characteristic such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or mental or physical act, which
physically harms a student or damages property.
has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education; or
is so severe, persistent or pervasive that is creates an intimidating or threatening educational or work environment; or
has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

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The children are encouraged to say a short prayer before group snack. The Christian story of the birth of Jesus is told or read to the children at Christmas time. Children of all religions are respected. Sharing of various religious customs by parents or children is considered part of the children's cultural education.

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Discovery Montessori does not have a hot lunch program. Children who have lunch at school bring sack lunches. If a sack lunch is brought make sure the child's name is on it. All children must bring lunches that do not require refrigeration at school. Children's lunches will be monitored for proper nutritional content they should contain 1. a dairy product, 2. a protein food including lean meat, fish, poultry, egg, legumes, nut butters, or cheese, 3. bread or bread alternate, whole grain or enriched and 4. a fruit or vegetable. Children are not permitted to bring candy in their school lunches.

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To register your child you must send in a registration form and a portion of the registration fee. Registration costs $75.00 per year. The registration fee is required to hold your child's spot. Mail registration forms and fee to:

Discovery Montessori
1026 Sidney Ave., #160
Port Orchard, WA 98366
(360) 337-5745

A new window will open with a preschool registration form to print out if you click here.

A new window will open with an elem/kind registration form to print out if you click here.

A new window will open with a middle school registration form to print out if you click here.

If you would like to request an exception to our attendance policy, please fill out the exception form

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Administration of Medicine

For the school to administer any oral or topical medicines an authorization for administration of oral medication at school must be filled out by both the physician or licensed health professional and parent/guardian and submitted with the medicine in its original contatiner.

A new window will open with a doctor authorization form to print out if you click here.

A new window will open with a parent authorization form to print out if you click here.

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Consent for Emergency Treatment, the Certificate of Immunization Status, the Daycare-Preschool Kindergarten-Elementary Register, the Payment Contract, and the Field Trip Authorization must be filled out before the child begins the first day of class. These will be sent to you after you register but prior to the first day of school.

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Parent-Teacher Conferences are held the last week of January. A written observation report is given to parents at the end of the school year in May.

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New students beginning in September will have an orientation day before school starts. The first day of school will usually be around the first day of September.

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Children are not discriminated against because of their race, color, sex, disabilities or religion.

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We welcome parents and visitors. Please let us know when you wish to visit. We will schedule a time for you. Please respect our times when we can have you. Often there are children in a class who may get upset by visitors. Until those children get adjusted, we ask you to visit on a day or time when they are not there.

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We welcome questions concerning your child or any part of the Montessori Program. You may talk to us before or after school or schedule an appointment. During school hours our time is reserved for the children. Any questions requiring more than a quick answer should be asked outside of school time.

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Incidental Daycare

If your child is brought more than 5 minutes before a session or left more than 5 minutes after a session and you are not signed up for daycare, you will be charged at a rate of $7.00 per 5 minutes.

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Open House

There will be an open house for parents and interested adults of new preschool children on the first Thursday in September at 7:30 p.m. All parents who are new to the program must attend. All parents of kindergartners and elementary children must attend an open house on the third Thursday of September. On these nights the Montessori philosophy and expectations will be explained.

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The staff will make every effort to issue a monthly newsletter and calendar. Newsletters will tell about the upcoming events, areas of study, vacations and suggestions for helping your child. The calendar will tell when to bring snacks, days of field trips, and holidays.

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School Year

The school year usually begins around the first of September and goes to the last Friday in May. The summer session usually starts the third Monday of June and goes for 6 consecutive weeks.

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Birthday Form

A new window will open with a birthday form to print out if you click here.

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For major holidays and vacations, Discovery Montessori follows the South Kitsap School District Calendar. In months where there are vacations, you will be charged for the entire month.

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