"At the risk of sounding cliche, I think I loved the very smell of Abacus. It smelled like home.....the tea from the kitchen, the salads, the buttermilk, the sandalwood , the materials in the workroom, the mats....the chowkis....the bare-feet walks on the corridors at noon.....in some beautiful way or should I say many wonderful ways..Abacus is unique!"
- Pavitra

Attendance

Regular school attendance is important for your child. Please do not keep your child away from school unless there is a serious and valid reason. If you need permission for leave, please talk to the class teacher and send a letter well in advance.

It is important that you send your child to school from the first day of term. It is unsettling for the late-comers, the other children and for the teachers when a child is late for term. If, for some unavoidable reason, you cannot send your child to school on the first day you must notify the school in writing before the beginning of the term. If the school receives no such notification the child will automatically be removed from the rolls.

If you are being transferred and the child will be moving to another school, please inform us so that the child can be prepared for the change.

Please ensure that your address and telephone numbers, both residence and office, are kept updated in the school records. This will enable the school to get in touch with you without delay in case of need. Names and photographs of persons authorized to pick up your child from school may also be kept updated.

Punctuality

Children must be in school on time. Those who come late must get prior permission from the school or go back home.

Please do not pick up children while school is in session as this will disrupt their routine. It is equally important, of course, to pick up your child on time.

School Uniform

UniformThe children’s uniform is designed for the comfort of the children. The fabric is of superior quality and pre-shrunk and softened. It is 100% cotton and colour tested to be allergy free. Uniforms are to be tailored at ‘Shangeetha’ Adyar Corner, Chennai who stock the material also.

The school uniform for
Girls
Cullottes and checked blouses (up to Class 6)
Trousers and checked blouses (from Class 7)
Boys
Shorts and checked shirts (up to Class 6)
Trousers and checked shirts (from Class 7)
Both
White shoes & White socks
House Uniform
White shorts and House colour shirts (from Class 2)
House uniforms are worn on Mondays, during Inter House competitions and during the Sports Festival.

Please tailor new uniforms once the old ones fade or are outgrown. It is suggested that 3-4 sets are made twice a year so that children learn to dress smartly in neat clean clothes. Do not soak uniforms in water or dry in direct sunlight. Uniforms may be dried inside out.

Health

Kindly inform us if your child is suffering from an allergy, is on any medication or is susceptible to asthma, diabetes or convulsions or any other problem requiring special care. Please inform the school if medicines are being sent to school with your child. In case your child is suffering from any infectious disease please keep him / her at home until the quarantine period is over.

A good breakfast at home will prepare your child well for the school day. The snack can comprise of fruits, steamed vegetables, salads, nuts and dates. For lunch please send food which your child likes and in appropriate quantity so that s/he gets used to finishing what is sent. Non-vegetarian food can also be sent. Use baskets which are comfortable to carry and can be easily handled by the child. “Junk food”, aerated drinks or packaged off-the-shelf snacks may not be sent to school.

Primary

Please send a light snack and drinking water as well as a change of clothes with your child. Please ensure that your child is aware of his / her toilet needs as diapers are not permitted in school.

Children find the Montessori material attractive and sometimes take bits and pieces home. If your child brings home any material from school (blocks, beads, etc) please send it back to school the next day. It is important that each set of material is complete in order to use it.

Lost & Found

Your child's belongings must be marked with his / her name. All the belongings left behind in school are put in the Lost & Found tray. If your child has lost anything please collect it immediately. In the last week of every term these items are displayed after which all unclaimed belongings are discarded.

Reports and Tests

Tests are conducted from Class 7 upwards at the end of every term. A progress report of the child is given to parents periodically. The report provides an assessment of all aspects of the child's development.

Homework

Homework may be given to children to reinforce what is taught in class and give parents an opportunity to share in their child's work and be aware of what s/he is doing at school. Parents are requested to ensure that the child does his / her work regularly.

Open House

Open houseTeachers are available to meet parents of Primary and Elementary on Thursdays between 3.00 & 4.00 p.m every week. Parents may also write to the teachers in the school diary.
Secondary teachers can be met by appointment through the office on any working day as mutually convenient.

If an urgent need arises, parents can make an appointment with the Principal through the office.

Parent School Group Meetings

The school offers parents of each section the opportunity to meet as a group with the school twice a year. Parents will be invited periodically to meet their child’s class teacher/s at the end of every term to discuss their child’s progress.

New parents

The new parents of Abacus are oriented to the school. For new parents in the Primary and Elementary the school holds an orientation meeting in the child’s first term which includes observation of the environment and group and individual meetings.

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