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Registration Forms

Parent Education Nights- We look forward to welcoming parents into their child(ren)’s classrooms for our first Parent Education Nights of the year. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your child’s classroom, meet other parents and talk with the teachers. The Parent Education nights are held from 6:30-7:30 on the following nights: Early Childhood Classes on Tuesday, September 12th, Lower Elementary Classes on Thursday, September 14th, and Toddler and Upper Elementary Classes on Monday, September 18th.

MCHD will be providing free childcare for your children (and non-MCHD siblings), based on availability. Use the registration links below.  For younger children, please keep in mind that they will probably get to bed later than usual.  You may want to possibly consider making arrangements for a sitter to come to your home instead.

Register for childcare during the Lower Elementary Parent Education Night

Register for childcare during the Toddler & Upper Elementary Parent Education Night


Pasta Tuesday & Pizza Friday Lunch Fundraisers- Support the Upper Elementary trip to NYC for Montessori Model United Nations! Pasta Tuesdays (available to Elementary students) and Pizza Fridays (available to After School, Kindergarten, and Elementary students) are lunch fundraisers to support their spring trip. This school year, the registrations are for the full year (rather than by semester).


Learn more and register for Pasta Tuesdays.

Learn more and register for Pizza Fridays.


Payment and registration is due in the office absolutely no later than Wednesday September 13th. With questions, please contact Melissa (


Student Health Forms

Health Assessment Form- Prior to Orientation, the below form must be submitted for all new students along with the child's most recent records of immunization or exemption. The child's doctor’s own form will also suffice if it covers the same information. 
Permission to Administer Medication Form- All medicines must be taken to the MCHD office, not given to teachers or students. Provide the office with the below form, listing dosages, instructions and any associated requirements.This information and the medicine will be given directly by the office to the teacher in charge, to be kept secure.

Student Academic Forms

Learning Styles Form- Children are placed into a class based on the needs of the children, the observations of their Teachers and Instructors, and the balance of students, learning styles, and social skills in the classes. Parents are welcome to add to this process their own observations as to their child’s individual characteristics and learning style using the below form.

Permission to Release Student Information- All requests for student records, recommendations, evaluations, and other forms should be given to the office rather than to the teacher. Many schools now send the requests via email directly to the teacher. Please inform the requesting school that the records/recommendations must be sent by email to Records and recommendations will not be transmitted until the office receives a release signed by the parent(s). In the case of admission to another private school, this records request form is usually supplied by the admitting school. If one is not supplied, please fill out the below permission form.

Auxiliary Program Registration Forms

All registrations for MCHD Enrichment classes, No-School Camps and Summer Camps can be made through the parent portal available on the drop-down menu. Enrichment classes and no-school camps are available to MCHD students only. Please register by the deadlines posted on the school calendar.

Montessori Resources & Recommendations

The school maintains a small lending library for parents in the office. Books on Montessori philosophy, parenting, child development, and discipline may be borrowed at any time. The most popular titles in our lending library include:
Parenting Books-
How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Sucess by Julie Lythcott-Haims
The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
No Bad Kids by Janet Lansbury
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink
Montessori Books-
We have Maria Montessori's works available and also suggest:
At Home with Montessori by Patricia Oriti
Math Works- Montessori Math and the Developing Brain by Michael Duffy
A Parents' Guide to the Montessori Classroom by Aline Wolf
The American Montessori Society provides a wealth of information about Montessori education to parents.
Visit their website at