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Arrival and Dismissal

June 18, 2020 | Becca Brasser


In order to have a strong start to the day, your child should arrive at school between 8:10 and 8:20.  Children need ten to fifteen minutes to climb stairs, care for their belongings, greet their friends and teachers, and get ready for the school day.  By the end of September, children will also need to hand in their homework, plan for their morning work periods, and go “book-shopping” during that time.

At the beginning of the year, we do invite you to accompany your child to the classroom and observe as your child gets ready for the day.  However, we ask that you allow your child space and time to complete his or her tasks independently

As the year progresses, we do ask that you begin to allow your child to add more independence to the morning, arriving alone to the classroom on most days. Perhaps you will say goodbye in the stairwell and meet us in the Community Room for morning worship at 8:25!


Our school day ends at 3:00 P.M. Between 3:00 and 3:15, our classes will meet you along the fence outside the main door on 5th Street. For safety’s sake, each child must say goodbye to one of the teachers (or both of them!) before leaving. At that time, teachers will make sure that they see you (or the person designated to pick up your child) before the child may leave.

If someone other than you, the parent, will be picking up the child, please write a note in the morning or contact the office no later than 2:00 P.M. Teachers do not typically check email during the school day, especially in the afternoon, so contacting the office is the best way to make sure the teachers get messages about dismissal.

Remember, unless teachers are informed of the change by the parent, they cannot release the child to anyone but the parent. If a child-care provider or relative will usually pick up your child, please make the office aware of that as well, by 2:00 P.M. on the day on which the arrangement will start.

If, by 3:15, your child hasn’t been picked up, they will be brought to the office to wait for you. You must come to the office to pick them up, and sign them out from the office.

Becca Brasser

Teacher, Grade 1

Becca Brasser has been teaching first grade at Mustard Seed School since 2002. She’s passionate about teaching children to read, write, experiment, and take risks as they explore the world around them. Her own studies (including a Master of Arts degree from New Jersey City University) have given her expertise and experience in the area of literacy education.

Ms. Brasser especially enjoys taking her students on field trips all over the New York Metropolitan area, traveling on foot, subway, bus, commuter train, and ferry. Some favorite trips: the Hudson Hike, the New York Transit Museum, and the Central Park Zoo to study penguins.

Although she lives in the city, Ms. Brasser loves escaping to nature and finding it in her everyday life as well. She loves to explore rivers and lakes, woods and mountains with her husband Matt, their daughter, Annika, and son, Theo.

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