Is SMMS a religious school?

SMMS began as a Christian preschool over 30 years ago and is still a ministry of Portland Mennonite Church. However, the preschool today does not have a specific religious curriculum and is inclusive of other faiths. The children sing table graces before lunchtime, and during the Christmas season the Advent story is presented. Religious traditions of students’ families are shared as well.

What does it mean that SMMS is ‘Mennonite’?

At SMMS, we are Mennonite in the way we treat one another. Mennonite beliefs and practices vary widely, but following Jesus in daily life is a central value, along with peacemaking. At SMMS, the teachers, parents, and children are encouraged to treat one another with respect and grace.

How old does my child have to be before s/he can join SMMS?

SMMS offers classes for children ages 3-6 years old.

What is the application process?

You can schedule an observation time by calling the school at 971-266-0701. Registration forms are available under the Admissions  page. Limited scholarship funds are available to families needing financial assistance. A $25.00 non-refundable processing fee is due with each application. If/when your child is accepted into the school a non-refundable $150 registration fee will be required to complete the enrollment process.

Why does SMMS use a sliding scale tuition plan?

As a sponsored program of Portland Mennonite Church (PMC), the sliding scale tuition plan is consistent with the church’s commitment to “seek the peace of the city where I have sent you.” Our desire is to have a diverse mix of cultural as well as economic backgrounds represented in our school program.
Our goal with this program is to balance:
– Cost of providing an outstanding preschool educational experience.
– Affordability for families of varying financial resources.
– Equitable pay for our talented teachers.

If I start my child with 3 days, would I be able to add more days as s/he gets older?

Parents may choose a 3-day (Tues-Thurs) or 4-day (Tues- Fri) program for their child with all kindergarten children attending 4 days. The 4-day program is open only to returning four and five-year old children. Additional children may join the Friday class as space allows and at teacher discretion.

What time is school?

Children arrive to school between 9:00 and 9:05 AM. Children need to be picked up promptly at 12:30 PM.

Do you prepare meals and snacks for the children or do we bring our own?

You are responsible to send a healthy lunch with your child to school. In addition, a healthy snack is also provided every day. Each family contributes a week’s worth of snacks throughout the year.

How is discipline handled?

Children can be as happy when they are learning as when they are playing. An authoritarian type of discipline is harmful to development but to abandon discipline is not the alternative. It is possible to achieve self-discipline and this has been spontaneously demonstrated by children themselves; therefore, we use a natural and logical consequence approach to discipline in the class.

What’s the average class size?

Maximum class size is 24.

Does the school have an outdoor space and how often is it used?

Yes. The children have time outside everyday weather permitting. There is an outdoor play structure onsite.

What are your policies on Immunization?

We encourage our students to be immunized in compliance with Multnomah County, and we also respect each family’s choice in regard to immunizations. Any medical and non-medical exemptions will require an education certificate from an online course or family doctor. Our current exemption rates are as follows:

Immunization Exemption Rates for SMMS

Diptheria/Tetanus/Pertussis – 1 exempted
Polio  – 1 exempted
Varicella  –  3 exempted
Measles/ Mumps/Rubella – 1 exempted
Hepatitis B – 1 exempted
Hepatitis A  – 1 exempted
Haemophilus Influenza B – 1 exempted
These statistics are posted in compliance with Oregon Immunization Laws (Last Updated Feb 2018)

Have a question?

Send your question to us at smms.pdx@gmail.com and we will be happy to get you an answer.