We are thrilled you want to be a part of our school community. This letter provides an overview of the school and our programs.
Sandpipers Nursery and School is one of the few private schools that has passed the rigorous process of obtaining our permit to operate by the Grenada Ministry of Education. Our teachers qualifications have been certified by ministry and are authenticated by all institutions.
Sandpipers Mission Statement
Sandpiper’s mission is to be a highly regarded school where students and staff alike prioritize joyful and engaged learning in a uniquely caring environment.
Sandpipers is a Professional Learning Community
A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is a community of teachers learning from teachers, while participating in collective learning, and collaboration. A PLC empowers teachers and gives them ownership. We are a school where learning is our priority.
Sandpipers’ teachers meet weekly to create lesson plans, with a focus on learning goals and essential questions. The PLC model gives Sandpipers’ teachers the capacity to work as team members with a focus on improved student learning.
Meet the Director
Ms. Susanne Curry has been working in the education sector in the Caribbean for over 15 years. She has fostered an excellent relationship with the Grenadian Ministry of Education (MOE) and has been elected to serve as a representative on the Pre-Primary school division District 7 team. Ms. Curry has an excellent track record at establishing educational programs and external educational support programs including curriculum development, to serve the Grenadian community. She holds her Master of Education degree (SGU), B.A. degree (Endicott College) and both her Montessori teaching Diplomas (MACTE).
Ms. Curry has a firm belief in the Montessori philosophy and her teaching philosophy is to make strong connections with everyone involved in the development of the school (teachers, children and parents) in order to create a sustainable learning community.
Visit our website www.sandpipersschoolgrenada.com read the bios of our amazing teachers.
How we teach?
All programs provide the children with academic activities centered around concepts and ideas that are of high interest to young children. Activities are hands-on, play-based and provide opportunities for children to explore, manipulate and use materials in a variety of settings and environments. By using child-initiated experiences in learning centers, outdoors explorations, and gross motor play, children have many opportunities for learning and growth.
What programs do we offer?
Infants: Ages 3-18 months – Our infant program offers peaceful, loving spaces where babies can explore and feel secure. Teachers speak in gentle tones; the daily pace is unhurried and the decor is homelike. Each child in our care is an individual to be nurtured with affection and respect. As is customary for Montessori environments, every detail is selected with the child’s whole development in mind.
Our youngest learners need to feel safe and supported so they can learn with their whole body and all of their senses. At the Sandpipers infant and toddler program, teachers focus on developing supportive, trusting relationships with the children in their care. We create rich environments that encourage very young children to explore and discover the world around them, helping them to engage in experiences designed to support their optimal development in all domains.
Toddlers: Ages 18 – 36 months – Toddlers are busy bees! They learn best in safe, loving places where they can explore, in their own way. At this stage, children have developed an awareness of others. They are learning how to successfully interact with one another as they develop their social skills. It is a wonderful time when children begin to make connections as they learn to explore their environments in a more purposeful way. Concepts such as cooperation and community are introduced and children’s blossoming sense of independence is encouraged.
Montessori School Age Program: Ages 2.5 years to 6 years: Sandpipers School is the second Montessori school that Ms. Susanne has established in Grenada. In 2018, Sandpipers implemented a research based balanced program. This balanced program entails, morning academic classes in “hands on” learning and afternoon classes using small group lesson with “traditional workbooks” whereby the children can take their learning to paper.
This curriculum style was created based on parent feedback from her first Montessori school in Mont Toute. She is a strong believer that, balance in everything is essential. Our goal is to prepare the children for success in any primary school, whether private or public, upon graduation from Sandpipers.
Ms. Lucy Smith is our lead Montessori teacher for children ages 3-6 years. In addition to meeting international standards for math, literacy and cultural studies, Ms. Lucy ensures that she focuses on individual child development and social-emotional development. In addition to holding her authentic Montessori teacher training, Ms. Lucy is also trained in meditation, yoga and nutrition. Her energy and disposition set the tone for a peaceful, respectful learning environment.
Hours of Operation
Sandpipers is open from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Our school program closes at 2:30 PM, with an option to join our after-care clubs from 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM.
We are committed to ongoing parent communication and as a result we have a very supportive family community. At Sandpipers, we use WhatsApp chat groups for each classroom. The chat is used for posting photos of the daily activities and any administrative reminders. Once you are registered you will be added on to this group.
The WhatsApp groups aligns with Sandpipers’ goal of maintaining a sense of community between home and school. We want you to be involved in your child’s day and be able to ask your child questions about their activities at school. Our current parents are loving the WhatsApp groups and enjoy knowing what their child is doing each day.
We’d like you to feel relaxed and “at home” so please don’t hesitate to voice your opinions, share successes or any concerns. My door is always open.
We look forward to welcome you to our Sandpipers family!