As you are aware our Annual Service Fundraiser –the Fun Run- will be held on Wednesday, April 17th. Our goal for this year is to raise at least $6500 for our two special Navajo grandmothers, Emma and Elvira, as well as our seven students from Ethiopia.
As we have 220 students enrolled at this time this means that if each child could aim to raise $30 we would reach our goal. We are aware that this will be an easy target for some families and more difficult for others and want you to know that anything you can offer will be so gratefully received.
The Adopt A Native Elder program has an excellent website that we invite you to view at this link- www.anelder.org The website gives so much information about the work of the organization. We are aware that there are many other grandmothers who would really benefit from sponsorship and therefore if we meet our goal this year we hope to adopt another grandmother. We have been sponsors for Grandmothers Emma, Roseline (who recently died), and Elivira for about seventeen years now and know how much our support has helped provide a higher quality of life. As you know from some of our Weekly Email newsletters we hear from our grandmothers on a regular basis and having spent time with each of them on the reservation Robyn and Bob know what great an impact our commitment and support has on their lives.
Recently we received new photos and thank you letters from our sponsored students in Ethiopia. We include two of their photos here. Along with the correspondence we received a recommendation to watch the following link -http://youtu.be/cYumqw7idQY On the video you will see that one of our students, Bethelhem Eyob, (who is one of the girls shown in the photos attached) speaks about her experience at school and her gratitude for her sponsors (in this case our school). In a recent communication from Rick Egan at COEEF he wrote, "Bethelhem Eyob is a brilliant student, and so I thought you may be interested in seeing a short video we put together from our last visit to Ethiopia. It includes a short interview with your student, Bethelhem Eyob, talking about Mr Solomon and St Michael's School where she attends.
Once again we thank you in advance for your support.
Robyn and Ramira
Shakin' it for Nico!
Deacon, Drake, Meghan and Sophie volunteer their time at the Zumbathon.
A small crowd of attendees before the madness began!
Shakin' It for Nico!
Excited children watching their parents dance!
Alyana and Lauren, volunteering in Child Care, bust out a move.
For those who participated in the Zumbathon last Friday night, we cannot begin to thank you enough. The energy was incredible and seeing the event come together, as a community of loving adults put their dollars AND their enthusiastic energy into this project, was a touching experience for many. We raised well over our anticipated goal and some of our staff members are looking forward to presenting the money to Nico and his family next week.
This event is just one reason we are all proud to be a part of the Montessori Community School...when we bring together our talents, our good intentions, and our positive energy-we can do amazing things!
Special thanks to the following:
Sophie Lake -MCS teacher, event organizer, event volunteer
Cinthya Barajas - MCS teacher, Zumbathon instructor/event volunteer, event organizer
Ralynne Purdy - Zumbathon instructor/event volunteer
Jena Marston - Zumbathon instructor/event volunteer
Meghan Burrows - MCS teacher, event volunteer
Alyana Kay - MCS teacher, event volunteer
Lauren Bornschein - MCS teacher, event volunteer
MCS Facilities - event organization, set-up
Drake Jones - MCS student, event volunteer
Tanner Jones - MCS student, event volunteer
Deacon Jones - MCS student, event volunteer
And especially to all the community members (MCS Community as well as many SLC Community members) who participated in the event!
Many, Many Thanks!
6th Annual - Montessori Community School Fun Run
Wednesday, April 17th 2013
(Please note the change in date from the school calendar.)
The two main service projects that our school is involved with are the Adopt A Native Elder program and also COEEF (Children of Ethiopia Fund).
For the past seventeen years our school has raised money, in various ways, for the Adopt a Native Elder program, to provide financial assistance for our three adopted Navajo grandmothers- Roseline, Emma and Elvira who have chosen to remain living on a reservation and spent their lives living in the traditional life style as role models for their children and grandchildren. For the past ten years our school has also raised money to pay full tuition to allow our girls in Ethiopia to attend school. Only 25% of girls in Ethiopia are afforded the opportunity to attend school and COEEF has built schools in Ethiopia for the express purpose of providing education only for girls.
For the past six years the main fundraising event to support our grandmothers and young girls in Ethiopia has been our Spring Fun Run. All of our students participate in the event. The children collect pledges from family and friends who are interested in supporting these two programs and the children run laps on the Lower Field to earn the money that has been pledged. 100% of the money earned goes directly to our grandmothers to whom we provide certificates throughout the year for them to buy food, clothing, general incidentals and firewood and for the tuition for our students in Ethiopia.
There is still a great need within the Adopt a Native Elder program for support of other grandmothers and we hope to be able to adopt another grandmother. That will be determined based on the funds raised at the Fun Run this year. Last year we only raised about half of what we had raised the year before so we do not want to over commit ourselves. Over the next couple weeks, the teachers will be talking to the children about service to others and in particular about our grandmothers and the students we support in Ethiopia. Our grandmothers and students will surely appreciate anything you can give.
It is with extreme sadness that we advise you of the death of one of our beloved grandmothers – Grandmother Roseline Jackson. She was 94 years old.
Approximately seventeen years ago our school began our relationship with the Adopt A Native Elder program and at that time we adopted Grandmothers Roseline, Emma and Elvira.
Approximately eighteen months ago Bob and I had the opportunity to travel to Arizona with the Adopt A Native Elder group on one of their Food Runs. Each day we visited a different area of the Navajo reservation and our three grandmothers – Roseline, Emma and Elvira lived in two of these areas so we were able to spend several hours with each of them and get to know them on a more personal level. It was such a pleasure to meet Grandmothers Roseline and Emma for the first time. We really appreciated the opportunity to learn first hand so much more about the history of Navajo and the lifestyle that they have lead.
Grandmother Roseline was a wonderful warm and charming woman with a really funny sense of humor. She has had many health issues over the past two years and has been hospitalized a few times. Each time she has bounced back and has continued to have her positive attitude and sense of humor. I have kept in touch with her regularly and know how much she appreciated all the assistance we were able to provide her. Over the past few years she has felt the cold very badly and she needed to keep her wood fire going all year long so was especially grateful for all the firewood that our school provided for her. Her family also expressed their extreme gratitude for all of our assistance.
Written By: Robyn Eriwata-Buchanan
Summer is quickly approaching and registration is officially open for our currently enrolled students. If you are not already signed up for "Full Year" we invite you to stop the office to pick up a registration form. Please ask Lynn or Liz if you have any questions.
See the flyers below for information about this years Montessori Community School Summer Adventures Camp. Students will study Tanzania and Kenya.
Registration will close on March 29th so don't delay. Space is limited.
We had the wonderful opportunity to catch a glimpse of what our students have been up to this year in Music, Art, and Dance at the Performing Arts Showcase last Friday evening. Another huge shout out to the students who worked hard and gave their best effort! Our students are amazing. Also, another heartfelt thank you to Kindra, Laura, and Katie for their hard work and dedication.
Narrators Oliver & Joshua welcome the crowd of excited families.
Upper Elementary students charm the audience with song.
Middle School students jam on their guitars with Ms. Laura. Their rendition of "House of the Rising Sun" was incredible! Great job, guys!
Lower Elementary Wasatch students dance to Diana Ross's
"You Keep Me Hangin' On." They had great form!
Upper Elementary grooving to Michael jackson!
Upper El student, O, has great moves....what a crowd pleaser!
Another group of Lower Elementary Wasatch students shine on stage!
Lower Elementary Oquirrh students groove to "Beggin."
Upper Elementary bringing the stage to life with the Beach Boys!
Lower Elementary Oquirrh students remind us that all you really need IS
love as they dance to this Beatles classic!
The wonderful people who made the whole show possible...thanks again to Kindra (Art), Laura (Music), and Katie (Dance). A shout out to Margaret for taking on the role as the shows emcee.
Before and after the show parents had the opportunity to stroll the gym and check out the students amazing art projects.
We are so grateful to Linda Meyer and the Adopt a Native Elder program for their outreach and efforts in bringing the Children’s Rug Show to MCS on Friday, March 1st.
In addition to displaying various crafts that Navajo children made, such as handwoven small rugs, homemade cards, jewelry, and stuffed animals (with their very own names!), the presenters shared information about Navajo history and culture. At one point five children sat in a circle around a Navajo woman while she showed them how to grind corn. During the demonstration she also shared about the three crops that Native Americans introduced: squash, beans, and corn. She asked the children if they knew what those plants looked like when they were growing and explained their interdependence. Corn grows tall and provides shade for the squash, which provide the natural trellis for the bean vines to wrap themselves around.
In the center of the gym, a couple of elders invited children to learn how to weave on the loom, and for some of the elementary-age students, this activity held their attention for a long time. An elder named Roger showed children how to use a drum, and told stories at certain times.
Similar to the squash, beans, and corn, we too are interdependent on one another for support and growth. Our children learn this from day one at MCS, living in community in their multi-age classroom. Every year we host the Fun Run, our primary school fundraiser specifically for the purpose of raising money for those in the global community who depend on us for our generosity. As a school we support our grandmothers in the Adopt a Native Elder program, as well as five young women through the Children of Ethiopia Education Fund (COEFF).
Thank you to all the families who stopped by during the Rug Show in support of learning more about the Navajo culture and who bought crafts to support the Adopt a Native Elder program. We also want to especially thank our Facilities staff for setting up and cleaning for and after the event.
By Ramira Alamilla
ZUMBATHON for NICO
make every move count
Friday - March 22, 2013 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Montessori Community School (in the Gym)
2416 East 1700 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Minimum Donation $5 - Please contribute more if you can.
Come join us for a fun evening for grown ups (ages 16 and up) with the MCS community coming together in support of little Nico who 2 years old. Earlier this year he was diagnosed with high risk Leukemia and your contribution could help greatly.
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Friday, March 15. There will be no school that day. Sign-up sheets for the conferences are on a table in the lobby, arranged by class, from Toddlers to Middle School (please check the top of each page for the name of the class). As we do every year, we ask that you observe the following requests:
- · Please sign up for one meeting time per child.
- · Please be on time for your conference.
- · Please help the teachers to stay on time.
- · Please arrange for childcare during Parent/Teacher conferences.
We have included some additional tips that might be useful in having a successful Parent Teacher Conference:
- Write down questions or things you would like to discuss and email the teacher(s) with your questions/comments before the conference.
- Ask your child if there is anything they would like you to discuss with the teacher(s).
- Keep the conference focused on the child and the purpose of the conference-use your time carefully.
- Be open to suggestions from the teacher.
- Be prepared to share suggestions of your own. No one knows your child like you know him/her.
- If you are unclear about what the teacher is telling you about your child, ask for specific examples.
- Remember that you and the teacher(s) are a team and your main focus is meeting the needs of your child.
- Take notes so you can share information with your child after the meeting.
- Make sure the teachers have the best contact information for you and that you have a clear understanding of the communication protocol.
- Keep the teacher informed. Things happening at home often affect children’s behavior at school.
- At the end of your conference make sure that everyone understands what was talked about and what they can/have agreed to do to follow up.
- Follow up. If you have concerns that need to be followed up on, set up that time in advance.
We had a wonderful Silent Journey and Discovery experience this month. Fifteen parents were in attendence. We started in the lobby where we shared the routine and schedule and then headed into the classrooms. Upon entering each new environment, attendees spent the first few minutes of their visit to access the environment in relation to the students at that level. With some prompting they looked at the nature of the materials in the space. Then, when the bell rang, they were invited to sit down and engage with the classroom materials. After visiting each classroom and working with the materials, attendees participated in a student-led Socratic Dialogue. Following a wonderful lunch, we had an open discussion about the experience as a whole and staff members answered specific questions about the materials, the curriculum, and the Montessori philosophy. Thank you to those who attended. We are looking forward to hosting this event again in the Fall and we hope more of our parents will have the opportunity to experience this wonderful event.
SJ&D participants engage with materials from the Practical Life, Math, Language and Sensorial materials in an Early Childhood environment.
Upper Elementary teacher, Margaret, gives these parents a lesson on the Division Board during their visit to the Lower Elementary environment.
Parents work independently on Checkerboard Division in the Upper Elementary environment.
Participants explore the Middle School environment where they read about Middle School students experiences of different learning cycles.
Middle School student, Maddi Schmunk, and Upper Elementary teacher, Margaret, prepare for the Socratic Dialogue. Maddi chose the topic quote and led the discussion beautifully. The topic of discussion was quote, "It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life" by Sister Kenny.
Two parents who attended the Silent Journey and Discovery share their experiences below:
"The Silent Journey and Discovery was a very emotional and powerful experience for me. I did not attend a Montessori school as a child so I am only familiar with the Montessori philosophy through what I have read and observed in the last two years. It gave me a great appreciation and understanding of the different developmental levels of the works. I loved seeing the progression and advancement of the works through Toddler, Early Childhood and up through Middle School. The grammar and math works were thrilling to learn and experience. The focus on the sensorial aspects of each work creates a love of learning. In addition to receiving an amazing education the students are also learning how to be independent, respectful and loving human beings. I think every MCS parent should participate in the Silent Journey and Discovery to really understand and appreciate the experience and education we are giving our children. I know that it made me realize that I will do everything in my power to continue my daughter’s Montessori education."
Mother of Savvy Williams, Blue Class
"Having not grown up in a Montessori environment, it has been difficult for me to understand what exactly a day in the life of my Montessori students is like. I try to take in as much as I can at pick-up and drop-off, with the occasional visit and guided lesson by my children, but there is no way to fully understand without an experience like the Silent Journey and Discovery. It was an eye-opening voyage that I would recommend for every parent, and prospective parent. I want to do it again.
Going through a classroom from each cycle really makes the whole Montessori experience come full circle from seeing how the Toddlers get their first understanding of space and shape, to Early Childhood and their practical life lessons, to Lower Elementary and their grammar materials which encourage socialization, to the Upper Elementary complex math problems, to a Middle School student-led Socratic discussion. We only saw the tip of the iceberg, but the hands-on learning experience helped personify the school life of our children. I was struck by the thoughtful organization of each room; how comfortable and serene a small space can feel.
I also enjoyed the roundtable discussion following our classroom journeys. We were able to get some insight from teachers, staff, students and other parents. Because Montessori isn’t the “traditional” schooling for kids in our country, there are obvious concerns and hesitations with going outside the “norm”. Many of my concerns were put to ease and I feel my children are on the correct path for them at this time. I appreciated the book recommendations and feel they will help in understanding the Montessori Method and perhaps assist me with decisions for my family down the road.
My kids have been at MCS for three/four years now and I feel like I have finally been able to look beyond the curtain of their daily journey, something that every parent should see and experience. Now, when my kids and I have our chats at the end of the day, I can ask even more detailed questions and have a bit more understanding as to how their day went. That is priceless.
Thanks again to all who helped facilitate the Silent Journey and Discovery."
Mother of Lucas, Oquirrh Class and Emily, Blue Class
In a recent interview, Head of Montessori Community School (MCS) established in 1985, Robyn Eriwata-Buchanan, and a current MCS parent, Marie Bosteels, reveal the difference between MCS and other schools in the Salt Lake Valley.
Montessori is an authentic curriculum which has been practiced for over 100 years to meet the developmental needs of each individual student. “We have multi-age classrooms where students are presented lessons with hands-on materials by trained Montessori teachers. Certified teachers observe carefully and prepare the environment to suit each student in their classroom,” says Robyn. Essentially, students have the opportunity to gain a firm understanding of a concept before moving on to the next concept.
In addition, according to Robyn, it is commonly misunderstood that Montessori is a preschool program. On the contrary, the program offers an authentic Montessori education for children aged 18 months up to 8th grade.
Current parent, Marie Bosteels, shares her thoughts about MCS. “From an early age the children are empowered by learning independently through well-adapted materials with guidance from teachers”, Marie says. “They are confident that the knowledge of the world is at their fingertips.”
Beyond Montessori’s carefully developed curriculum, MCS also offers an enrichment program where students participate in a diverse selection of activities. “Students participate in Art, Music, Dance, P.E., Yoga, Drama, Outdoor Classroom and the Great Outdoors expeditions. Children can also participate in Spanish instruction at different levels,” says Robyn.
Like many MCS parents, Marie also has her children participate in the Enrichment Program. “We are driven to give our children a rich childhood, where they can explore and experience many areas of life. Thanks to the amazing program at MCS, I always knew that enrichment for my children happened at school,” says Marie. The Outdoor Classroom and the Great Outdoor Expeditions has supported her family’s desire to have an innate knowledge of the beauty, ecology, and flora and fauna that surround us. “My youngest daughter has a passion for art and because the Montessori materials are so unique and adaptable to the individual needs of each child, the teachers guide her to art projects that integrate reading and writing skills,” Marie says.
Marie shares her thoughts on the most important skills her children have gained at MCS. “Because Montessori adapts to the individual needs of every child, MCS has been the right place for all three of my children,” Marie says. “They have developed organizational skills, a sense of order, the ability to work independently, research, think and analyze, lead meetings and debates, conflict resolution, listening skills, mindfulness, staying connected with your passions, and goal setting. At MCS, my children have been learning and integrating these skills since their Early Childhood classes.”
When asked what sets MCS’s Middle School program apart from others, Robyn responded, “Our Middle School program is designed to meet the unique needs of adolescents. Supportive of their sensitive period for social development, our program allows children to continue to progress academically at their own level while also focusing on life skills,” says Robyn. In addition, team building exercises, appropriate communication, and rendering service are a few of the skills they develop as they explore social behaviors in a small, protected environment.
According to Marie, there are experiences her children have had at MCS that may not have been possible elsewhere. “In Upper Elementary my oldest daughter was able to successfully lead a group discussion with parents. She made sure everyone had a chance to express their opinions and kept the conversation going during silent moments,” says Marie. “She has always followed her passions and inner voice, a quality I attribute to the MCS school environment, where children always have a choice within a well- prepared environment.”
The MCS is located on the South-West corner of Foothill Blvd. and 1700 South in Salt Lake City. The school is open from 7:30am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday. The school day for Toddlers and Early Childhood students is 9:00am-3:30pm. For Elementary and Middle School students, the school day runs 8:30am-3:00pm. “We offer Extended Day programs and Summer and Holiday Camps in addition to the regular school schedule,” says Robyn.
For those interested in applying, MCS accepts applications all year with limited availability. Parents should schedule a tour now for the 2013-2014 Academic Year. Tuition rates and application forms can be found on their website, www.montessorislc.com.
Don't forget to take a look at the newest issue of Tomorrow's Child, which will be placed in your child's take-home file this week. Some of the interesting articles that we recommend include:
- The Most Shocking Thing I Learned as a Montessori Parent, by Terri Sherrill
- Why Montessori for the Kindergarten Year, by Tim Seldin
- Dear Cathie - Stars and Stickers, by Cathie Perolman
An Update from our Middle School students from Teton Science School!
Monday, January 14, 2013
Today is the first day of our immersion trip and off to TSS (Teton
Science School) it is. We left at around 8:45 and arrived at around 3!
So, not too long of a drive. One TSS instructor named Katie, who is
super fun and nice, greeted us. We walked over to our meeting place,
inside a building with radiant heating. The floors are warm! There we
talked about our schedule and what we will be doing during the week.
When that was over we went to our dorms and got settled in. At 5:30,
we had a delicious dinner of fried rice, chicken & Mandarin salad,
tofu with broccoli and rice crispy treats. To be excused to get your
dinner you have to answer one trivia question with your table mates.
Each evening there is a program, today's was about team-building. We
played games with students from Montessori at Riverton So, good first
While reading the SL Tribune on Sunday, January 6, 2013, Robyn came across an article written by Angela Choberka, a fellow Montessori teacher in Utah, about the rights of teachers in Utah schools to carry guns in school. Her view on the matter resonated truth for the Administration at MCS in that we believe heartily in Maria Montessori's stance on global peace. Her curriculum is written so carefully as to include many lessons and practices that teach children to solve problems peacefully and with care and respect for their peers. Montessori was nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize and her legacy of peace in education continues to this day. We are proud to share her philosophy at MCS.
The Middle School students recently completed their Service Learning Cycle. Below they have shared some of their experiences from the Immersion Week.
The Humane Society
The Humane Society is an animal rescue shelter for homeless house pets. Elise and I volunteered there for our independent service project. We both wanted to help the same organization so we did two things for the same place, that’s why we also raised about seventy-five dollars and donated it to the organization. Elise and I walked four dogs and over twenty cats each, giving the pets fun and loving experiences.
The Bicycle Collective
The Bicycle Collective is a non-profit organization that takes in old and unwanted bikes then fixes them up and donates them to those in need. The M.C.S. Middle School class volunteered there for two and a half hours during our service-learning immersion. We fixed small kids bikes that will be delivered on Christmas Eve to homeless or poor children as presents. In all we fixed five and a half bikes, we also “killed” one, meaning we took it apart so they reuse pieces.
One of the service projects we did as a group was with Tree Utah. Tree Utah is an organization that’s mission is to “improve Utah’s quality of life for present and future generations by enhancing the environment through tree planting, stewardship and education.” One of their main goals is to plant a million trees. What we did to help Tree Utah was paint dead tree logs to make signs so they could label the wonderful trees they planted in their eco garden. We painted ten logs and worked eight hours total as a group.
Montessori Community School
What I did for my personal service project was I went around doing everyone’s school service and helping out the school. Some of the jobs I did were shoveling snow, sweeping the gym and put away dishes. We were planning to rake the field but there was a lot of snow fall and the next day it was really hot after it snowed so it was more like ice picking. Doing all this work took three hours total on my own
Wasatch Community Garden
On the Tuesday of our immersion week Upper Elementary sixth years and us Middle School students went to the Wasatch Community Garden. The Wasatch Community Garden is a place where people that live in Salt Lake can have a plot where they can plant whatever plants they want. Some of the things we did to help this organization were mix compost, water plants, make green houses (that were really warm inside), feed chickens and feed worms. Our total amount of time that we donated was twenty-two hours!
The Stable Place
On the Monday of our service learning immersion week we went to the Stable Place. The Stable Place is a farm that has horses, pigs, dogs, cats, a goat, and a goose that have all been rescued. Some of the things we did to volunteer were: feed and groom horses, walk dogs and played with cats, pigs and a goat. It was really fun!! Our total about of hours that we gave to this organization was twelve hours!
Sarah Daft Home
For my service learning project my mom and I went to the Sarah Daft Home. The Sarah Daft Home is a home for old or disabled people who need help taking care of themselves. When we first arrived we vacuumed the halls so it would be nice and tidy for them. When we were done with that we went door to door giving the residents beverages to keep them hydrated and healthy. This experience was so fun but I think my favorite part of this experience was putting a smile on their face. I hope to visit them again soon.
When we first arrived at the Living Planet Aquarium we went into a working room. Our mentor, Melisa, told us we were going to do an assembly line to make goodie bags. The goal of this was to help out the workers so they wouldn’t have to do it by themselves. There were five stations; opening bags, putting toys in the cups, bagging, tie and curling ribbon. Once we filled up 3 huge plastic boxes we saw all the fun things the aquarium had to offer, such as eels, sharks, and otters.
For my service I decided to help out a local farm but they had changed their policy. For legal reasons I had to be sixteen to go. So instead I thought I would help my mom’s friend, Monica Dixon, we called her up and asked if she was going to be home Tuesday November, we told her it was for a school project. When we arrived at roughly 10:30 we went to say hi to Monica and the animals. She has three goats, chickens, a cat named Doodle and Daisy her horse. The majority of her animals are rescued (Which means they were adopted from Situations were the animal was not being taken care of properly) which is why we decided to go her farm. We started by replacing the food for the animals, after that was done we changed the bedding in Daisy’s stall, changed the goats bedding, played with the goats and walked Daisy around the arena. Over all I think we helped a lot in her day. And I really enjoyed myself.
We went to camp Kostopulos, which is a place that people with mental and physical disadvantages can go to participate in ropes courses and other outdoor activities. They have a stable and the main thing we did there is cleaned the different stalls, clean out the snow in their dumpsters, bring the old hay to the dumpsters in wheel barrow, sweep the floors, muck the stalls, pick up the poop we also shoveled snow and cleared the ice. I think this was one of our greater services we got a lot done and I hope we helped in their day.
Happy New Year from the PSA!
I hope you all had a fun, relaxing break and are ready for a great 2013!
Since there are many new families who have joined the school this past fall, I thought it might be a good time to send along a few reminders and updates.
Feeling connected to your child’s school and teachers is something that is very important to many parents. Below are a couple of great ways you can be involved in your child’s classroom:
- From 8:30-9am each morning in the Toddler and Early Childhood classes and 8:00-8:30am in the Elementary and Middle School classes, parents are welcome to be part of your child’s class – if your schedule permits, you are invited to stay during this time and do some work with your child. It’s a great way to feel a part of their learning experience as well as getting more familiar with the Montessori methods and “works”, and most importantly, your child will LOVE showing you a work and will be so proud when their parents stay to observe and participate.
- Each class has office hours where you can check-in with the teachers. Please know this doesn’t just need to be used if you are having an issue or concern about your child, it is also a great time to just say hi to the teachers and see what your child is working on. If the office hours that your class has doesn’t work for your schedule, you can always call or email the teachers to set up a different time to meet.
- Each class has a email address and if you have a question, concern, or idea and want to communicate with the teachers via email, please do so. If it is an urgent issue, please call the school and ask to speak with the teacher as they usually do not have time to check email during the day. The teacher email addresses are easy to remember and can be found below.
- The teachers welcome parents who would like to come read a book to the class, do a cooking activity, share a talent or special tradition etc….if you want to do something with the whole class, just let the teachers know!
- The school is always looking for new field trip ideas (or new presenters to come to the school), if you have any ideas, please let me or Ramira know!
Save the date:
- As you may know, our school has a partnership with the Adopt-a-Native Elder program. The students communicate with our Navajo Grandmothers and the Grandmothers come to visit each year. Our youngest grandmother, Elvira, participates in the Deer Valley Rug Show each year and the children who attend have the opportunity to spend some time with her. On March 22nd our school will be hosting a Navajo Children’s Rug Show at the school – if you didn’t attend last year you should plan to this year – not only are the rugs made by children gorgeous, but there are many activities for our children to participate in and learn so much about the Navajo culture. You can learn more about the program at www.anelder.org.
- The annual Fun Run is set for April 1st – this is a really great day for the students, but also our main fundraiser for our Navajo Grandmothers and Ethiopian children. Community Service is an important part of the Montessori Education as students learn to care and contribute to others , the value of volunteerism, and begin to recognize their connection to people all around the globe.
If you would like to be involved in the Fun Run or any other PSA events or committees, please let me know!
Finally, we are always looking for ideas for community building events – classroom specific events as well as school-wide events. If you have an idea, please let me know (even better, if you want to plan a community building event and get hours towards your parent participation, that would be fabulous!).
Thank you for all you do to support the PSA and school at large. There is such a great group of families that are part of the school and I look forward to the coming year!
Classroom Email Addresses:
In the midst of this Holiday Season I give thanks for our precious children, dedicated and caring staff and our supportive families. This year we have had the highest enrollment since we moved to our current location and I attribute this to the fact that we have such incredible teachers and support staff and also such wonderful families who often make financial sacrifices to ensure that their children have all the opportunities that a true Montessori school has to offer them. These children will of course grow academically in our school and in addition they will grow in so many other ways. They will learn how to learn, to respect themselves, their peers, teachers and support staff and their environment, they will learn to become independent, free thinkers, learn how to be flexible and co-operative, to be innovative and to solve problems and so much more.
In our current world environment so many of these skills are just as important or more important as achieving academically. In the past many of us have chosen a career path early in life and have stayed in that field for an entire working career. Some of our current parents might end up having that opportunity. However, with the speed of changes in technology and many other developments in our world there will be so many new and innovative opportunities in the future and people may change career paths several times during their working life. I believe that many Montessori students are likely to be some of the innovators- just as Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the CEO's of Google, who attribute their success to their Montessori education where they were encouraged to "think outside the box", are innovators.