FAQs


When is school in session?
The School Calendar is located on the website and is updated frequently.

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Where is my child going on NEST this week?
The weekly NEST Schedule is located on our website and is typically updated at the end of the month.

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Where do I get a school directory?
There is a link to an updated Greenwood School Directory on the top of the Weekly Update which is emailed every Tuesday.

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What time does school start and end?

  • Preschool and Kindergarten: 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM or 3:00 PM (doors open at 8:20 AM)
  • Grades 1-8: 8:15 AM – 3:15 PM
  • Aftercare: Ends at 6:00 PM

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Where do I drop off and pick up my child?

Drop Off

  • Preschool and Kindergarten: Parents wait with their children outside of the classrooms until the doors open. Children must be signed in.
  • Grades 1 and 2: Please refer to your teacher for specifics. Children must be signed in.
  • Grades 3 – 8: Children go directly to the second floor classrooms unattended by parents.

Pick Up

  • Preschool & Kindergarten parents or guardians meet on the benches in the “train station” outside the front of the school. Sign out required.
  • Grades 1-5 parents or guardians meet in the courtyard behind the school. Sign out required.
  • Grades 6 – 8 have self-sign out and will be released by the teacher from the classroom.
  • Please note that children should use the crosswalk and there is no double-parking permitted outside the school.

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What are my options for before/after school child care?
We offer aftercare and a variety of enrichment activities for students for an additional fee. Please refer to the Weekly Update for details.

  • Preschool Aftercare: Available from 12:30 – 6:00 PM subject to availability. Children bring their own lunch and a healthy afternoon snack is provided. This program is designed to be an extension of the school day.  There is prepaid and drop-in aftercare.  
  • Kindergarten Aftercare: Available from 3:15 – 6:00 PM subject to availability. A healthy snack and age-appropriate activities are provided. There is prepaid and drop-in aftercare.
  • Grades 1-5 Aftercare: Available from 3:20 – 6:00 PM with a healthy after-school snack and varied craft/movement activities. Prepaid and drop-in available.
  • Grades 1-8 After School Offerings: We have different enrichment and sport activities each semester. See our Weekly Update for details.
  • Before School: Greenwood School doesn’t offer formal early morning care, but in certain circumstances and with advanced notice we will accommodate your family.

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What do I do if my child is sick or needs to miss school?
If a student will be absent due to illness or a family emergency, parents are required to notify the office by 8:00 AM. We prefer e-mail admin@greenwoodschool.org (copy your class teacher), but you can also call 415-388-0495. See our Sick Policy for additional information about when to keep your child at home. Medical and dental appointments should be scheduled outside of school hours whenever possible. Family vacations should be planned to coincide with school vacations.

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What if my child needs to arrive late or leave early?
Late arrivals or early departures should be avoided out of respect for staff, students, and the learning environment. Tardies are noted on a student’s permanent transcript. Starting on time strengthens discipline in the individual and creates an atmosphere of mutual support, commitment, and purpose. Punctuality is a gesture of respect  that will hold the students in good stead throughout their lives. The first ten minutes cannot be duplicated and should not be missed.

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What if my child just wants to play or hang out on campus after classes are over?
Unsupervised students are not allowed to play or hang out after school for safety reasons.

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What is the best way to communicate with my child's teacher?
Your teacher will tell you their preferred method of communication. Drop off and pick up is not be the best time to communicate important information. Make an appointment to receive a teacher's undivided attention. Teachers will respond to email as quickly as possible. Although a teacher may provide a cell or home phone number, we request that courtesy be given to the teacher’s home life. Parent teacher conferences are scheduled in the fall and spring. In an emergency, please contact the front office: 415-388-0495.

View the communication guidelines and list of school email addresses.

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What is the best way to communicate with my child during the school day?
Please call the office if a time-sensitive message needs to get to your child.

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What do I do about snacks and lunch?

Snacks
Snack is provided in preschool and kindergarten. Children grades 1-5 should bring a snack from home. Your class teacher will inform you of any allergy-based restrictions in the classroom. Proper nutrition is a Greenwood School core value. Snacks and lunches from home should be nutritious with healthy fat, protein, vegetables and fruits, with no additives or added sugars. Candy, sweets, and sweet drinks should remain at home.

Grades 
Children have two options for lunch: bring lunch from home or sign up for our hot lunch program. Children must bring a lunch from home on their NEST day. We are a “no waste lunch” school.

Lunch from home
Help reduce the school's trash output by providing your child with a “no waste lunch”: reusable containers (no glass), real forks and spoons and cloth napkins.  Please avoid plastic baggies, individual serving containers (applesauce, yogurt), plastic utensils and paper napkins. For more information, visit CalRecycle for “no waste lunch” resources.

Hot lunch
Parents sign up and pay in advance directly with Good Earth Natural Foods. Each semester they offer a rotating menu of nut-free meals which include organic salad, fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables and milk. Special wheat free and vegetarian items are available. For ordering support or if you have questions, call Good Earth at 415-382-1334 or email school@genatural.com. Our program is waste-free: students should  bring their own containers, utensils, napkins, and cups.

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What if my child has forgotten something important?
Drop off the forgotten item at the front office and we will give it to your child. To minimize disruptions, parents are not allowed to go directly to the classrooms.

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What if my child loses something?
Please label everything that comes to school -- lunch boxes and containers, boots, rain jackets, clothes, shoes. Unlabeled items are placed in our lost and found located near the girl’s bathroom. We send out reminders during the school year prior to donating items to charity.

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Do I need to buy school supplies for my child?
No, but teachers may have a specific requests for items throughout the year.

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Are cell phones allowed on campus?
We strongly advise that cell phones/smart watches stay at home. Laptops are not allowed on campus unless teachers have specifically assigned their use. If a device is brought to school, it must be powered off and in a backpack. This includes:

  • on campus
  • school bus
  • NEST outing
  • class/field trips (including while in transport)

At the beginning of the day, all devices will be collected by the teacher and returned at the end of the day. 

Devices are not permitted at school-sponsored events (e.g., class play, Winter Faire, recitals). Students should ask permission before using cell phones in commute carpools. If these guidelines are violated, staff will collect devices and parents will be contacted.

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What are the Greenwood School rules?
At Greenwood School we are all part of one school community. We treat each other as we wish to be treated: with kindness, honesty and respect. When asked to stop a behavior that is perceived as disrespectful or unkind, we listen and do our best to stop. For more details see our Code of Conduct.

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Does Greenwood School have a bus? 
We currently offer a morning bus servicing West San Anselmo, Central San Rafael and Corte Madera. See the Transportation section of our website for more details.

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Are animals allowed on campus?
No animals may be on campus for health and safety reasons, certified service dogs are allowed.

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Does Greenwood School have a dress code?
Greenwood School’s dress code is intended to free the learning environment from clothing that is visually distracting, disrespectful or unsafe. Clothes should be age-appropriate and comfortable. Closed-toe shoes are required for movement classes and many school activities. For more information see our Dress Code.

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When are parent conferences?
Parent conferences are twice a year: October 31 - November 1 and March 23 - 24. School is closed, but childcare is available for Preschool through Grade 5.

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How can I get involved?
Read the Weekly Update and look for emails from class parents, your teacher, and the front office for volunteer opportunities.

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How do I stay informed about school life?
A Weekly Update is emailed every Tuesday and contains the nuts and bolts of school life: school news, event and festival details, a weekly calendar, school picture info, etc. A Community Newsletter is emailed every other Thursday which emphasizes distinguishing features about the educational program, faculty, students and alumni. Class teachers email updates about what’s happening in the classroom and our Facebook page documents NEST outings, classroom activities, and school events.

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