Classroom Guidelines

LET YOURSELF GO AND HAVE FUN!

In our class it is very important that the adults have musical fun! Young children learn most basic life skills from their parents and caregivers by watching, listening and experimenting on their own. Please do not attempt to activate a child's movement for him by clapping his hands, for example. Even if you think you are not musical you can model your pleasure, your enthusiasm and your desire to participate. Trust that your own process and enjoyment will teach children more than any actions you make them do.

Please refrain from chatting during class and please put cell phones on vibrate. Remember that you are setting an example for your child. Save social interaction for before and after class. Talking during and between songs takes you out of the musical moment, shows your child that it is acceptable to talk during class, and makes it difficult for your teacher to sing and be heard.

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME

Please plan to arrive 5 to 10 minutes before class is scheduled to begin. This will give you and your child time to settle in, say hello to friends, enjoy some music and be ready for class to start on time. This is very important! Arriving late is disruptive to all and makes the transition to music class difficult for your child.

NO SNACKING DURING CLASS, PLEASE!

No food is allowed in the studio. If it is necessary for you or your child to snack, you may do so in the waiting room before class. Bottles and cups should remain on the table and be used only for a quick sip or as a last resort. It is very distracting for children to see someone else with food or drink. Infants, of course, may be fed by bottle or breast as needed. However, if you are also attending with an older child, please be certain that your care of the infant does not interfere with your participation in class.

PLEASE DO NOT BRING TOYS TO CLASS

Toys are distracting to your child and to everyone else, and take the focus away from music. In addition, a child who is holding something cannot tap or clap. If your child must arrive with a toy, please tell him in advance that it will sit on the shelf until class is over. I will back you up on this! Please also put purses, keys and bags on the table to remove any possible distraction and to allow room to move.

MONITOR YOUR CHILDREN FOR THEIR SAFETY AND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

Common sense should prevail here. While children are free to move around the room as they see fit, please do not allow them to run as if they were outside.

LET'S KEEP THE GERMS DOWN!

In an effort to reduce the spread of germs, I wash the eggs after each class. While it is acceptable, expected and developmentally appropriate for your child to explore orally, it is your job to wash anything that has been in his mouth during the play-along, setting aside any non-plastic items that remain soggy. Purell and antibacterial wipes are available. Please use them freely.

Of course, you can't keep your child home with every runny nose. If the mucus is clear he may come to class, if not he should stay home. A child who has been ill should be vomit and fever free without Tylenol for 24 hours before returning to class. You know your child. If he appears ill please keep him home for the benefit of all.

GUEST POLICY

Grandparents and Spouses are always welcome. Other adult guests should be brought only occasionally. Please use your discretion when bringing adult guests to class, and please do not allow them to videotape for more than a few moments or to shoot more than a few photos. Siblings are welcome to visit once a semester. Please do not bring other children as guests. Thanks!

INCLEMENT WEATHER

I will notify you by email if class is canceled for inclement weather. We do not always follow the Croton School System's closings. If classes are canceled due to inclement weather or teacher illness, an additional class will be scheduled at the end of the semester. Should a class be canceled more than twice for inclement weather, it will be your responsibility to schedule a make-up, at your convenience.

MAKE-UP POLICY

Our generous make-up policy allows a maximum of two make-ups to be scheduled at another class time.This is a courtesy, not a guarantee that you will be able to re-schedule all missed classes.

Make-ups may be scheduled before an absence occurs, but actual classes attended should not exceed ten, six in the summer. Please schedule your make-up as close to an absence as possible. When trying to schedule a make-up, consider checking the Make-up Scheduler frequently and at the last minute, as spaces will be opened as they become available.

To make all spaces available to others, please Contact me if you will be missing class. This does not apply to make-ups which MUST be canceled via the scheduler.

If you need to cancel a make-up, doing so online through the scheduler, not by phone or email, will open the space to others and will ensure your ability to reschedule. Make-ups that are not canceled via the scheduler, 24 hours in advance, may be forfeited.

Thank you for your cooperation!