About PCH

Perth Children’s House Montessori School (PCH) was formed in 1974 by a dedicated group of parents in the Perth area who decided that their children, and their community, needed another option for early education. PCH continues to be a parent-run organization where parents enjoy taking an active role in the school.

PCH currently offers an Early Childhood Education program, Casa Montessori.

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Role of parents in program

As has been the case since its inception, the success of Perth Children’s House Montessori School comes down to the support from the community of families and friends that it establishes within the greater community of Perth. PCH is a non-profit, parent-run school, which means that families’ involvement and assistance is required in order to operate the school. In an attempt to keep tuition affordable, the school relies heavily on parent volunteerism. In addition to the financial benefit, volunteerism helps parents become involved in life at Perth Children’s House, which helps build a strong community of families, one of our core values.

It is expected that each family will contribute their gifts, experience, and time through the different volunteering and fundraising opportunities that occur during the year. This not only involves driving for field trips, but also serving on the Board of Directors, which administers the school, and/or on various committees that are responsible for advising the board, and for the day-to-day operations of the school and its activities. These include, but are not limited to: special events, fundraising, governance, laundry & cleaning, maintenance, communications, and field trips & community outreach. 

Each family must contribute a minimum of 10 hours of volunteerism throughout the year, or they may choose to pay a non-refundable opt-out fee of $250 at the beginning of the school year.

Board of Directors

Chair, Kathryn Ransom-Hodges chair@perthchildrenshouse.ca
Vice Chair, Kyla Haley vicechair@perthchildrenshouse.ca
Treasurer, Curtis Thompson treasurer@perthchildrenshouse.ca
Secretary, Torie O’Neill secretary@perthchildrenshouse.ca
Registrar, Heather Lupick registrar@perthchildrenshouse.ca
Casa Liaison, Devon DeRose casaliaison@perthchildrenshouse.ca

Standing Committees

These committees are responsible for advising the Board, creating ad hoc committees for meeting annual objectives and facilitating the day-to-day operations of the organization. Committees include Field Trips, Special Events, Fundraising, Maintenance, and Communications. Any parents interested in contributing to the school in any of these categories would be encouraged and welcome to join their desired committee(s). Other Committees may be added as necessary.

Vision & Mission

PCH’s mission is to allow children to experience the joy of learning at an early age, while promoting the development of independence, concentration and self-discipline, and fostering love and respect for others and the environment.

Our aim is to encourage active, self-directed learning, and to strike a balance of individual mastery with small group collaboration within the whole group community.

It is our mission to promote the health, safety, nutrition, and well-being of all children and are considerate of each child’s emotional, physical, and psychological state. Teachers and support staff will provide, supportive, positive, and responsive daily interactions.

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Montessori Method

In a nutshell, the Montessori method allows children to experience the joy of learning at an early age, while promoting the development of independence,

concentration and self-discipline, and fostering love and respect for others and their environment.

The aim is to encourage active, self-directed learning and to strike a balance of individual mastery with small group collaboration within the whole group community.

Children are free to work at their own pace with materials they have chosen, either alone or with others. The teacher relies on his or her observations of the children to determine which new activities and materials may be introduced to an individual child or to a small or large group.

Multi-Age Class

The multi-age community interaction is intrinsic to Montessori. The Montessori Casa classroom has three age groups within the same class, allowing children to learn from each other. The multi-age grouping in each class provides a family-like setting where learning can take place naturally.

Benefits of multi-age classes:

  • The more experienced children share what they have learned, reinforcing their own knowledge and skills. This encourages rich language experiences, and opportunities for the development of empathy and social learning.
  • Children are able to work at their own pace. Teachers are free to spend more time in certain areas with a student if needed, allowing others to move forward at their own pace.
  • Teaching to the individual as opposed to the group allows for more flexibility.
  • Younger children are able to shadow others and absorb what the older ones are doing, and the older children become role models and gain self-esteem.
  • Conflict resolution skills and empathy develop as a result.
  • These interactions over the three year span develop strong sense of community, love of learning and self-confidence.

Teachers & Staff

Mrs. Amy Neron
Mrs. Amy NeronLead Montessori Teacher
Amy is a Registered Early Childhood Educator, holds an International Montessori Teaching Diploma, and is a certified English as a Second Language instructor. She is passionate about nature, enjoys gardening and time at the lake with her family.
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Mrs. Sandy Scriver
Mrs. Sandy ScriverMontessori Teacher
Sandy joined our staff at Perth Children’s House in 2016, following her student-teaching placement here the year before. She studied at the Canadian Montessori Teacher Education Institute, and is very pleased to continue her learning with the teachers and children at PCH.
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Mrs. Holly Hall
Mrs. Holly HallMontessori Teaching Assistant
Holly has been a registered Early Childhood Educator for 9 years. She moved to Perth when she was 12, and has since enjoyed getting to know the community of Perth. She loves to garden, cook and considers herself a nature enthusiast.
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Mrs. Amy Bertrand
Mrs. Amy BertrandLunch Monitor
Amy and her husband moved to Perth from Newcastle, Ontario in 2009. They have two children together and Amy was fortunate enough to be able to stay home with them from birth until they both reached school age.
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Mrs. Katrina Mallett
Mrs. Katrina MallettLunch Monitor
Katrina joined the PCH team in 2019. She is passionate about Early Childhood Education and graduated with Honours from Algonquin College’s ECE program.
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Rebecca Worden
Rebecca WordenMusic
Rebecca, BMT, RP, MTA, received her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Wilfrid Laurier University with clarinet as her primary instrument. Well versed in many instruments, Rebecca has grade 6 piano and grade 8 voice with the Royal Conservatory of Music but relies on the guitar for facilitation.
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Kathryn Ransom-HodgesFrench
Kathryn and her family moved to Perth from Montreal, Quebec, the province she was born and raised in, in 2014. Growing up in a predominantly English-speaking small village, there weren’t many opportunities to use the French she learned throughout her schooling.
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Important Dates

Perth Children’s House generally follows the calendar of the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB). You can find a list of important dates for the 2018-2019 school year here.

Important dates for the 2019-2020 school year

Careers

We’re currently seeking a part-time, permanent lunch monitor.

September 3, 2019 until June 25, 2020
11am-2pm, Monday – Thursday

Requirements:
– Current Standard first aid, including infant and child CPR-C
– Up-to-date immunizations
– Police Vulnerable Sector Check
– Willingness to adhere to Montessori methodology
– A love of children

If you would like to submit your cover letter and resumé, please upload them below.