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Diamond Bar Montessori Academy
Academic Summer Camp
June 15th-August 7th
Summer Day Camp
August 10- August 21st
First Day of School:
We are thrilled to have our students back in school! First and foremost, we hope all our families are safe and well.
The last two months have been extremely challenging for all of us. At the same time, we learned the importance
of being resilient, flexible, skilled, and creative in meeting the rapidly changing needs of our children and the
community. With your well-being in mind, we have safely opened the school since May 18th, keeping the safety
of our returning children and staff at the forefront. We have carefully restructured our resources to address the
learning loss, vital health and safety protocols, and the social and emotional needs of our children so that they
may return to “new normalcy”; and continue to grow, learn, and thrive.
Eager Faces, Happy Smiles
Now that the children have returned, our students have expressed joy in being
back to school. They can receive immediate feedback from teachers, and
teachers are able to assess the children’s work in real-time and offer help in a
timely manner. Specifically, children can use the Montessori materials again
which facilitates more effective learning. Students are also very happy to be
connected again with their friends and teachers in safe and familiar
environments. Discussing work and exchanging ideas with friends have
brought joy and delight back to their lives and in our classrooms.
Distance Learning Program
We are concurrently offering an on-line program aligned with our in-class
How do we
sessions for students who are still not ready to return to school. Despite
unprecedented efforts, we have had mixed success in student engagement
loss during the
through remote learning. Hence, the need for a quicker return to school in
a structured environment is crucial. We encourage all our families to
due to the
consider having their students return to school and take advantage of the
summer academics program in the interim to facilitate a smooth transition
to the Fall program.
The Impact of a Montessori Classroom Environment
A classroom environment certainly promotes and supports collaborative
learning, transforming children into keen learners. It also gives an
opportunity for children to engage in live discussions enhancing the
child’s critical thinking skills. The social interaction with peers and
rapport with teachers help the child develop socially. Classroom
learning also encourages the child to build his/her organizational skills;
and the teaching style can be modified according to the students’
individual needs. Hence, human interactions in a classroom
environment are undeniably much more effective and beneficial to a
child than remote learning.
Father’s Day - June 21st
On this Father’s Day, we recognize the men and father figures for
being a constant and loving presence in their children’s lives and
actively teaching them important life skills. Happy Father’s Day to all
Academic Summer Camp Begins - June 15th - August 7th
We have planned an Academic Summer Camp starting from June 15th.
Our Academic Summer Camp will be in full swing to keep our students
well engaged this summer and to ensure a successful transition into the
fall term. Our intention is to provide strategies and tools to fill the
learning gaps that may have occured due to the school closure. To better
prepare for the program, please contact our office by June 12th to confirm
your child’s participation.
Preschool Summer Day-Camp: August 10th - August 21st
It is that season, that brightest part of the year when nature itself
celebrates life. We are in the midst of planning a fun-filled camp
beginning August 10th while taking a series of steps to keep the
children and staff safe. Children will be grouped into a limited number
of campers following social distancing, wearing masks, and adhering
to strong sanitary measures. More information to follow.
To Our Well Deserving Graduates, Our Warmest Congratulations!
We are very proud of you, and wish you the absolute best on your next
adventure! Even though the school closure has forced us to forgo the traditional
pomp and circumstance, and the usual flurry of celebrations, we are happy to
share the excitement of your graduation and accomplishments. We also want to
take this opportunity to thank our wonderful families and our outstanding
faculty for a fantastic school year in spite of the unforeseen circumstances.
FREE Childcare Tuition for Essential Workers
Are you an Essential Worker? If so, you may qualify for FREE
Childcare Tuition. Please call our office for more information on
how to qualify for free childcare tuition. California’s
classification of essential workers can be found at
The list includes, among others, health care, agriculture,
grocery and pharmacy, food service, transportation, essential
government services, and early care and education workers.
The Coronavirus vaccine research is happening at breakneck speed around
the world. The early clinical trials appear to be showing positive results.
Most experts think a vaccine is likely to become available by mid next year.
On a daily basis, the school is being sanitized and disinfected to
the highest standards. New and advanced equipment has been
What are we
added to our cleaning tools, and stringent cleaning and sanitizing
protocols were put in place. Our staff have been oriented and
trained to strictly follow governmental guidelines, which include
steps on social distancing-limiting grouping of students to a small
Covid-19 in our
number, and the proper use of personal protective equipment
among children and staff. Strict procedures for the intake and
dismissal of students and staff are in place. We continue to update
ourselves with the latest developments on the pandemic so that
we may adjust our procedures accordingly.
What is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?
Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces.
Cleaning does not always kill germs. Disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill
germs on the surfaces. We are repeatedly disinfecting
frequently touched surfaces in classrooms and common
Should children wear masks?
Per CDC guidelines, students two years and older must wear a cloth face
covering as a public health measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
We continue to be vigilant about COVID-19 and its effect
Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at a higher
risk for COVID-19 than adults. Children with confirmed COVID-19 have
generally presented with mild symptoms similar to cold-like conditions.
There is much more to be learned about how the disease impacts children.
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)
associated with COVID-19:
MIS-C is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed in children. Even
though we do not know what causes MIS-C, many children with this condition tested
positive for COVID-19. However, most children who were diagnosed with this
condition have gotten better with medical care. MIS-C seems to affect
older children, median age 9 to 11, whereas Kawasaki tends to affect
What Is Kawasaki Disease?
Kawasaki disease is an illness that causes inflammation throughout the body.
This condition most often affects children younger than 5 years old. When symptoms
are noticed early and treated, kids with Kawasaki disease begin to feel better within a few days.
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