Holidays - We are closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day,
Thanksgiving Day, the Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. When a traditional holiday falls on
the weekend, we observe the holiday in accordance with the national Monday Holiday Bill. Because our tuition is set
on an annual basis, there is no reduction in tuition for holidays.
Birthday Celebrations - We have a special way of celebrating Birthdays at Five Star. Our celebration is much
different than a traditional American Birthday and is more conducive to the classroom environment. Please do not bring
birthday cake, etc. However please do participate in our Montessori Birthday celebration. Also, please no balloons.
Balloons are a choking hazard. Latex is almost impossible to remove from the throat, even with the Heimlich
Medication Policy – Each day that a child is required to take medication at the center, parents must sign up on the
"Medication Authorization Form". The medication must be kept in its original container and following information
must be stated: the child’s name, doctor’s name, prescribed dosage, and date. Please leave medication spoon with your
child’s name on it. Please do not leave any type of medicine in your child’s bag. Medications will only be administered
at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
Communication –Parents are encouraged to speak to the Director or Assistant Director regarding any concerns they
may have. We work closely with our parents to provide quality education and care for the children. It is important to
have this communication with the parents regarding their child. The school reserves the right to ask parents to make
alternative arrangements for their child if we are unable to provide the environment that the child needs, we are unable
to manage the child’s behavior, or if the parent(s) are unwilling to work with us in a positive manner. The school is not
required to give the parents notice if the problem cannot be resolved.
Emergency Dismissal - Occasionally Houston has flash flood warnings and other severe weather conditions. Five Star
will be closed on any day that local officials recommend local schools be closed due to weather and other emergency
situations. Parents will be notified by text. As with any missed days tuition cannot be refunded for a missed day due to
Clothing - Please dress your child comfortably and appropriately for safe play. Soft soled, closed toed, and closed
heeled shoes are required. Also, please label any items sent to school. The center cannot be responsible for lost or
ruined clothing and personal belongings.
Parent Discord – The school is a safe haven for your child. If parents are going through a custody battle or any legal
proceeding they will not involve the school or allow their attorney to subpoena any staff. We are here for your child,
not to make any judgment about parent’s abilities. If we believe that a child is in danger we will call Child Protective
Services, as is required by law.
Tuition - Monthly tuition is due and payable on the first of the month. A $5.00 a day late fee may be added if the
monthly tuition is not paid prior to the close of business on the 5 th of the month. Tuition and other fees must be paid in
full without deduction for absences of any duration or for any cause, and without substitution of other days of
attendance as "make up" days. Tuition paid will not be refunded without 30 days notice of withdrawal.
Short Day Late Fee - The short-day schedule is 8:45 to 2:45. If your child is in a short-day program and they remain at
the school after 3:00pm, you will be billed a $5.00 late fee (unless arrangements are made in advance) plus $5.00 for
each additional hour your child is at the school.
Late Fee - Students must be picked up by 6:30 pm. There is a late fee of $2.00 per minute per child for parents who
arrive after 6:30. If a child is left at the center for more than one hour after closing and no emergency contacts can be
reached, legal authorities may be contacted.
Class or Schedule Change – If your child transitions to another class with a lesser tuition, no mid-month adjustments
are made. You will be billed the new rate in the following month. A 30 days notice is required for schedule changes.
Deposit and Registration Fee- A deposit of $100 is required for each child at the time of enrollment. The deposit will
be applied to the child’s last month tuition if a written notice is provided 30 days before withdrawal. A non-refundable
registration fee per family is required at the time of enrollment.
AMS Fee - There is a $18 AMS fee per family for American Montessori Society Affiliation. This fee is charged
annually in August or upon enrollment.
Supply Fee – An annual supply fee for each child enrolled is required. This fee is billed in August for classroom
maintenance, classroom supplies, art and craft supplies, and manipulative materials. AMS fees and supply fees are not
refundable if you leave before the end of the year.
Returned Check Fee - A $30 returned check fee will be charged if a check is returned NSF. The school may then
require money order as payment.
Sibling Discount - Families enrolling more than one child in the Montessori full time program will receive a 10%
discount on the tuition of the second and additional children that are enrolled. The discount will be given to the lesser
amount of tuition.
Absences and Vacation - We cannot offer tuition reductions for absences and vacations.
Temporary Absences of Three Weeks or More - If you want to guarantee that your spot will be held for you, you
must pay the tuition. We understand that this may be a burden for some families, but it is also a burden for the school to
have an unfilled position. If you do not pay the tuition, your spot may be filled, but you will be put on the top of our
waiting list. We will do everything possible to get your child back in on the day you want, but we cannot guarantee it.
We require a 30 days notice of temporary absences or you will forfeit your deposit.
The policies and procedures of Five Star are subject to change in whole or in part with one weeks notice to
parents. A child may be expelled by the Center without prior notice if, in the sole opinion of the Center, it is in
the best interest of the child or the Center to discontinue the child’s enrollment.
I acknowledge that I have received a Five Star Montessori School Parent Handbook. I understand this
policy will supersede any previous policies and that additions and changes may be made to school
policies without notice.
IMPORTANT NOTICE – The school has chosen to be a "peanut free" environment. We have a couple of children
who have a severe and possibly fatal allergy to peanuts. Please do not send any peanuts, peanut butter, or peanut
products to the school.