Dear parents,

The Kindergarten teachers want to share with you their beliefs regarding recess wear for the students.At AAS, and as stated in our Early Years Philosophy, we believe that children are competent learners, who have different needs and understand the world around them through experimentation. With that in mind, we will be allowing students to self-regulate while playing outside. Before each recess, we will remind children to put on everything they came in wearing in the morning but once outside, they are trusted to make their own decisions on what they keep on. We want to give the students an opportunity to make decisions for themselves, thus making them more independent and self-reliant. 

We also want to respect your beliefs and trust that you will have conversations with your child about what you believe and expect from them regarding their outfits during recess time, forest time, or any other outdoor time.  

If you wish to communicate your expectations to your child’s teachers, we will be happy to remind them to your child, too. 

Please be informed that the classroom teachers are not always the ones on duty during recess and thus are not always aware of what the children might be wearing during recess. This stresses even more the importance of students being aware of your expectations and taking responsibility for their well-being.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support of our program. 

The Kindergarten team