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Dear Classroom 3 Families,

My name is Janelle Medders and I am the lead teacher in Classroom 3. Our classroom is a transitional space for the developed infant who needs some additional time before taking on the full swing of a toddler class.

I have been a part of Desert Garden since June of 1999, during which time I’ve seen DGM evolve and grow. I’m so fortunate to have been able to spend my years here, developing as a teacher and as parent over these past 18 years. I have 3 beautiful children who have all attended Desert Garden. I have had the privilege of working in many areas at DGM but 12 of those years were spent working with our toddler program as an assistant and then as a lead. In this coming year, I will continue to work closely with our infant team to meet the needs of our incoming infants and parents.

One important item to note is that our late day kids will be in Classroom 3 until 4 p.m. when they will transition to Classroom 6 for the remainder of the day.

Parent Orientation is provided for you in video format this year.  Please take a few moments to view this video in full to become familiar with the rhythm and expectations of your child’s classroom.

We are continuing to use our Montessori Compass software system for photos, activity reports, and progress reports.  We will be using regular email for all other parent-teacher communication. You can email me at  In order for us to serve your child during the school day, please allow for a 24-hour turnaround time from teachers.  In case of an emergency, please contact the front office.

As parents in Classroom 3 and a family in the Desert Garden Community, we encourage you to become involved.  Ms. Nikki McCarty is our Classroom 3 home room parent and can serve as a valuable resource for any questions you may have.   Ms. Nikki can be reached at . Please also check the right-hand menu of our Classroom page on the website for more information about Classroom 3, including our daily schedule and your child’s supply list.

We also have a private Facebook page for Classroom 3! This page will be utilized for Parent to Parent, Teacher to Parent and School to Parent communication. It is a fun place to build community and communicate with one another.  Please accept our DGM School Account FRIEND REQUEST. If you did not receive one please send a FRIEND REQUEST to our DGM School Account to be INVITED into your child’s PRIVATE Classroom FB page.  We will share photos, ideas and build community within our classroom here.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact Sallie Delfino.

We are very excited to start the new school year and get to know you and your child.

Ms. Janelle