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School questions

When is the first day of school?

School starts on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 for PK3 only, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, from 8:30am-1:00pm. PreK-4 only starts on Thursday, August 23, in addition to K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, from 8:30am-3:30pm. On Friday, August 24, ALL GRADES have school from 8:30am-3:30pm.

Please see the school calendar, available here, for more details regarding the staggered schedule.

What are the school hours?

School hours on Wednesday, August 22 are from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for all students. Students in PreK-4 and up will attend a full day of school from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 23.

Regular school hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

On all Wednesdays, school hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Note that on Wednesdays, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the after school program is included only for students signed-up for the program on a Full-Time basis or Part-Time including Wednesday. Students not signed up for Full-Time or Part-Time including Wednesday who attend Wednesday after school programming from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. will be charged a separate drop-in rate.

Are before and after school programming provided during the first week of school?

There will be NO before school programming provided on the first day of school. Before school programming will be offered beginning on Monday, August 27 for ALL students.

When is the earliest I may drop my student off at school? When is the latest I may pick them up?

Families may drop their student off between 8:10 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Students who are dropped off earlier than 8:10 a.m. will join the before school program and be billed the daily drop-in fee.

Families must pick their children up by 3:45 p.m. Students who are not picked up by 3:45 p.m. will join the after school program and be billed the daily drop-in fee.


Breakfast

When is breakfast available?

Breakfast is served beginning at 8:10 a.m. in the Kitchen for grades 1- 5 and in classroom for Pre-K and Kinder.

My child will participate in the before school program. Will they get to eat breakfast when they arrive?

We will begin serving breakfast at 7:30 a.m. for all students in the before school program. Students in before school programming will be supervised by staff.

How much does breakfast cost?

You have to sign up for breakfast to ensure that the school prepares one for your child. This allows us to accurately prepare the correct number of breakfast meals for the school. If you initially sign up for breakfast but find the routine isn’t working for your child and you choose to eat at home, please email meals@mundoverdepcs.org to cancel. Breakfast is FREE of charge to all children regardless of family income.


Snacks

Do students receive snack during the day?

All students are provided a midday snack. Students who participate in after school also receive a snack after school free of charge.

How much do midday snacks cost?

Full pay families are charged $20/month for snacks and families who qualify for a Free or Reduced Meal are offered snacks at no charge. Mundo Verde will ensure that students are provided with healthy and varied snack options that are cooked from scratch by our food service team. The snack fee ensures that Mundo Verde is able to provide healthy and nutritious snacks to each child.

My child doesn't eat certain snacks due to allergies, etc.; do I still have to pay a midday snack fee?

The Food and Wellness Coordinator along with the kitchen staff take into account the allergies of students to ensure that all students are able to eat the midday snack. If a student has allergies or a medical condition that precludes them from eating the majority of the snack options, families may chat with the Food Initative & Wellness Manager to come up with a list of approved items. Please contact Kelsey Weisgerber at kweisgerber@mundoverdepcs.org.

Where can I learn more?

For more information, see the school meals section here.


Lunch

What is the cost of lunch?

School meals will be $4.75 a meal or roughly $100 a month. Lunch will be free of charge for families who qualify for a Free or Reduced Price Meal.

How do I know if I qualify for a Free or Reduced Meal? How do I apply?

Free and Reduced Meal (FARM) applications are available on our website and at the school during office hours. Click here for more details in English and Spanish, to evaluate your income eligibility, and to complete an application in English and Spanish here. We ask all families who are interested to submit an application as early as possible. Families may apply at any time during the school year to qualify for a Free or Reduced Meal. Until families qualify and receive confirmation from the Food and Wellness Coordinator that their application is approved, families will be charged the full meal price.

Will my child be able to eat the school lunch on a drop-in basis?

Unfortunately we are not able to provide a drop-in meal service. Families will need to provide one week's notice before enrolling/canceling meal service. We are working towards our mission of being a sustainable kitchen by trying to eliminate as much food waste as possible. Having exact meal counts allows us to prepare the proper amount of food and limit food going into the compost.

How do I sign up for the meal program?

Sign up is available for 2018-2019. Click here.

How do I pay for meal service?

All families are required to keep a positive account balance. We suggested families fund about $100/month per child which covers lunch and the midday snack fee ($20/month). You may deposit checks at the front desk. You may also pay with credit card online or at the main office (with our Business Manager). Families will receive a monthly Invoice detailing deposits and charges.

How will school meals accommodate allergies? Will there be milk alternatives, gluten free, vegetarian, vegan options, etc.?

We are able to offer vegan, gluten-free, dairy free and vegetarian and other dietary options. If a child has an allergy that requires a special meal, they must provide a physician's order and instructions before we can provide a meal for them.

Where can I learn more?

For more information, see the school meals section here.


Before School Program

For greater detail about the before-school program, please refer to the Program FAQ.

What are the before school program hours?

The before school program will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Will you offer drop-in before school programming? If I would like to use drop-in service do I need to provide the school with advance notice?

We understand that unanticipated, last minute changes can occur in a family’s day-to-day schedule throughout the academic year. We are sensitive to these changes and aim to help families as much as possible. Families are asked to request drop-in services by emailing dropinservices@mundoverdepcs.org by 6:30pm the day prior. If a family requires child care but misses these deadlines, they must call the school immediately at 202-750-7060, in order to insure the school can integrate the student into a classroom and guarantee him/her a breakfast.

How much will the before school program cost?

The costs of the before and after school program are detailed in the SY18-19 Summary of Fees in English or Spanish. Before School Program costs $144/month for full pay. Cost for families who qualify for Free pay is $28.8/month, Reduced $57.6/month, and Discounted $86.4/month. After School Program costs $450/month for full pay. Cost for families who qualify for Free pay is $90/month, Reduced is $180/month, and Discounted is $270/month. Full-time fees have increased by 2.5% for the SY18-19 for the first time since SY15-16 to cover the increased costs related to program growth and inflation. For eligibility discounts complete the FARM form in Spanish and English (even if you do not qualify for FARM).

If I enroll in full-time before school programming mid-month is the cost prorated?

When you enroll in the program, you will be required to provide a start date. Your invoice will reflect the cost of the before school program based on the date you provide. Use of the program prior to that start date will be charged at a drop-in fee. Absences are not reimbursed.

How do I sign-up and pay for before school programming?

The sign-up form is available here. All families are required to keep a positive account balance. Electronic invoices with a link for immediate payment are sent to families every first business day of each month. Families can request a paper copy of their invoice and can make in-person payments at the front desk. Families can pay in the form of cash, personal checks or credit/debit.


After School Program

For greater detail about the after-school program. Please refer to the Program FAQ

What are the hours of the after school program?

The after school program is offered from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Evening extension services are available from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, when school ends at 1:00 p.m., after school programming begins at 1:00 p.m. In order for families to access the after school program, they must register for the services they will need. Students who are not registered and not picked up by 3:45 p.m. M, T, Th, F will be integrated into the after school program and be charged the drop-in fees related to the duration of their stay. Students not registered and not picked up by 1 p.m. on Wednesdays will be charged the drop-in fees related to the duration of their stay.

Will you offer drop-in after school programming? If I would like to use drop-in service do I need to provide the school with advance notice?

We understand that unanticipated, last minute changes can occur in a family’s day-to-day schedule throughout the academic year. We are sensitive to these changes and aim to help families as much as possible. Families are asked to request drop-in services by emailing dropinservices@mundoverdepcs.org by 2PM the day of service. For before school services, the request must be made by 6:30pm the day prior. If a family requires child care but misses these deadlines, they must call the school immediately at 202-750-7060, in order to insure the school can integrate the student into a classroom and guarantee him/her a snack.

How much will after school cost?

The costs of the before and after school program are detailed in the SY18-19 Summary of Fees in English or Spanish. Before School Program costs $144/month for full pay. Cost for families who qualify for Free pay is $28.8/month, Reduced $57.6/month, and Discounted $86.4/month. After School Program costs $450/month for full pay. Cost for families who qualify for Free pay is $90/month, Reduced is $180/month, and Discounted is $270/month. Full-time fees have increased by 2.5% for the SY18-19 for the first time since SY15-16 to cover the increased costs related to program growth and inflation. For eligibility discounts complete the FARM form in Spanish and English (even if you do not qualify for FARM).

If I enroll in full time after school mid-month is the cost prorated?

When you enroll in the after school program, you will be required to provide a start date. Your invoice will reflect the cost of the after school program based on the date you provide. Use of the program prior to that start date will be charged at a drop-in fee. Absences are not reimbursed.

How do I sign up and pay for after school programming?

The sign-up form is available here. All families are required to keep a positive account balance. Electronic invoices with a link for immediate payment are sent to families every first business day of each month. Families can request a paper copy of their invoice and can make in-person payments at the front desk from 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., with the exception of arrival (8:10-8:35am) and dismissal times (3:15-3:45pm).

What form of payment can I use to pay for after school programming?

Families can pay in the form of cash, personal checks or credit/debit. When paying with cash, families are asked to be mindful that change may not be available at the front desk or in the school building. For example, if you desire to make a $50 payment toward your account, you are encouraged to bring exact change.


2018 Summer Program

For greater detail about the summer school program, please refer to the Summer Program FAQ [in English] y [en español].

What are the dates and hours of the summer school program?

Mundo Verde offers summer programming to families with current MV students. The summer school program is a month long program. The dates of the 2019 Summer Program are June 24 - July 19 (closed on July 4). The month program is divided into two sessions, each session two weeks in length. Families can elect to attend one or both sessions. The program runs from 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., with a drop-off window between 8:30 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. Optional extended day (after-school) services are available.

What are the summer program fees?

Mundo Verde’s summer program fees are affected by the District’s public funding dedicated to summer programming. To support the cost of staffing, enrichment offerings, partnerships, field trips, transportation, the per session fees—equal to roughly $57/day and $275/week.

If I currently qualify for FARM or discounted before/after school rates for the 2017-18 school year do I need to submit another application for the summer program?

No, families that currently qualify for FARM or the discounted before/after school rate do not need to complete another FARM or discounted rate application for the summer program.

Is the summer program similar to a traditional summer school or more like a summer camp?

Think of the summer program as a hybrid of summer school and summer camp. Ample opportunity for fun and adventure will be built into the day as will literacy, math and science, Mundo Verde's summer program’s primary goal is to accelerate learning and mitigate immersion loss.

Is the summer program open to all Mundo Verde students?

To ensure quality programming and instruction Mundo Verde caps registration with the intent of serving as many of our families as possible without compromising the desire to limit class sizes. Slots are available on a first-come first-served basis with preference for students required or recommended to attend the program.

Does the summer program offer before school services?

NO, before school program services are NOT offered during the summer school program. There is a drop off window between 8:30 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.

Does the summer program offer after school services?

YES, after school services are offered during the summer program (during both sessions) from 3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Families must sign up for these services.

Optional extension services are offered from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Families must sign up for these services.

What activities are offered during the extended day schedule of the summer program?

Extended day programming is a continuation of the full-day program and organized activities—some off-site—will run until 5:00 p.m. Should they opt to participate in extended day, the earliest families may pick up their student(s) is 5:00 p.m.


Uniforms

Is there a uniform?

Yes. We have a uniform that is a simple t-shirt, which students are required to wear every day. The main purpose of the uniform is so that staff may easily and quickly identify students when they are outside the school building. Students will be allowed to wear their choice of bottoms and shoes. Please note that students are required to wear shoes that are appropriate for outdoor play. Flip-flops, sandals, and shoes that fall off easily are a safety hazard and not allowed.

How do I purchase the uniform and what will it cost?

T-shirts are available for purchase at the front desk between 9am and 3:00pm, or by appointment with the Front Desk Staff. The short sleeve t-shirts cost $8/t-shirt for youth size and $10/t-shirt for adult size. The long sleeve t-shirts for youth size cost $12. Sizes include 4T and 5T for toddler, and XS, S, M, L, XL for youth and adult. Hooded sweatshirts are $20. We have discounted pricing for families who qualify for Free or Reduced Meals.

Is there a winter uniform?

For cold weather months, we offer long-sleeve shirts and hooded sweatshirts for purchase. These items are optional for families. Long-sleeve shirts are $12 each for all students. Hooded sweatshirts are $20 each for all student. These items are available for purchase through the Front Desk.

What happens if my child does not wear uniform attire to school?

In the case that students are not wearing their Mundo Verde t-shirt or sweatshirt, teachers will send students to the front desk to obtain a loaned uniform shirt. Families will receive an invoice for each uniform shirt provided by the school. If you have concerns about your ability to purchase Mundo Verde uniform t-shirts, please reach out to the Student and Family Support Coordinator.


School Supplies

Are there any required school supplies?

Mundo Verde does not encourage families to purchase consumable school supplies for use at school. Instead, to help ensure all students have access to outdoor play and learning, Mundo Verde requests that families purchase for their own child(ren) the following outdoor clothing:

First day of school: raincoat and rain boots

First day of November: winter coat, snow boots, gloves or mittens, winter hat

If your family is able to donate clothing to support other Mundo Verde students, please contact our Student and Family Support Coordinator, Andrew Walker at awalker@mundoverdepcs.org

Purchasing school supplies, providing an extra set of clothes, and/or purchasing uniforms is a hardship for my family. Can Mundo Verde offer me any resources?

Please contact Andrew Walker, Student and Family Support Coordinator, at awalker@mundoverdepcs.org and he will be able to support families with acquiring the appropriate supplies. We may also be able to help with other resources your family might need that are related to school.


Drop-off/Pick-up

What are the expectations regarding drop-off and pick-up?

We want our students to be on time and safe to school, so please read the complete routine for Arrival and Dismissal here. If a student is late we ask that they be signed in at the front desk. During after school, families should sign-out students at the front desk.

If a student arrives late to school, the parent is expected to sign the child in at the front desk.

Is there anywhere to park since I will need to drive my student to school each day?

Yes. There is metered and residential parking available on surrounding streets. We also encourage families to walk, take public transportation, and carpool.


Shuttle Bus

Does Mundo Verde have a shuttle bus?

There is a shuttle bus that picks up from Lamont Park in Mount Pleasant in the morning (7:45am departure from Lamont Park) and drops off after 3:30 pm dismissal. Read more here.

How can I sign up?

To sign up for the shuttle bus service, complete the sign up form here. If you have any questions, please click here to read more FAQ.

How much does it cost?

Please click here to see pricing.

Where can I learn more?

For more information, see the shuttle bus section here.


School calendar, Office Hours Sessions, and events before school starts

How do I find the school calendar?

The school calendar is posted on our website here.

Will there be any office hours sessions or get togethers before school starts?

Yes. We host an Office Hours Session for our families on Friday 8/17 from 12:00-1:00pm and 3:00-4:00pm at Main Building/La Casa. Staff will be available to answer questions regarding services provided by Mundo Verde.


Preparing your child to enter into a dual language school

My child does not speak any English or Spanish, should we be preparing them for a new language?

There is no expectation that students will have a certain level proficiency in either language. However, the best support that you can provide your child is demonstrating yourself enthusiasm for the foreign language. You may do this by diving together into activities where you are both enjoying the language (for example, through a song or movie) and grappling together to make sense of it (for example, trying to figure out what a sign or title might say). Your modeling of a positive attitude towards language immersion is all your child will really need from you to be successful.


Visiting the school and/or teachers before school starts

Is it possible to visit the school and/or the teachers before school starts?

Through a partnership with the Flamboyan Foundation, Mundo Verde conduct home visits before school starts and throughout the school year. Home visits are an opportunity for teachers and families to build stronger relationships with each other.

If your child has special needs you would like us to be aware of before the school year starts, please contact Norma Villanueva, our Director of Student Support Services at nvillanueva@mundoverdepcs.org .


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