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MCS' 11th Annual Fun Run: Thursday, September 28th


“If salvation and help are to come, it is from the child, for the child is the constructor of man and so of society. The child is endowed with an inner power which can guide us to a more enlightened future.”

– Maria Montessori

Each year our students have the opportunity to raise pledges for our two Service Learning Projects:

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Speech, Language, and Hearing Screenings


Montessori​ ​Community​ ​School​ ​will​ ​be​ ​holding​ ​speech,​ ​language,​ ​and​ ​hearing​ ​screenings​ ​on​ ​​Wednesday,​ ​September​ ​27th beginning around 9:15 am.​ ​

All Kindergarteners can participate in the screening for free if you turn in a form, attached below. If your student is not a Kindergartener and you would like your student to participate, please turn in a form and submit payment.

The​ ​screenings​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​general,​ ​brief​ ​measure​ ​of​ ​your​ ​child’s​ ​speech,​ ​language,​ ​and​ ​hearing skills​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to determine​ ​if​ ​further​ ​speech​ ​and​ ​language​ ​evaluations​ ​are​ ​needed.​ ​​ ​Speech​ ​and​ ​Language​ ​screenings​ ​are​ ​appropriate for​ ​students​ ​of​ ​all​ ​ages​ ​while​ ​hearing​ ​screenings​ ​should​ ​be​ ​for​ ​students​ ​3​ ​1⁄2​ ​years​ ​or​ ​older.

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Educate a Girl, Empower a Nation: A COEEF Event

Montessori Community School sponsors 4 girls through the Children of Ethiopia Education Fund, COEEF. We wanted to share an event you might be interested in! This is another way that we  can lend our support to the organization that supports the education of many girls who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend school. 

Friday, September 22, 2017, COEEF will  be holding an event including Ethiopian food, memorabilia, music, and a huge silent auction.

This event will take place at the Holladay City Hall Pavilion from 6 - 9 pm. 

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Graduating Alumni- Class of 2017

Within the past few weeks we have received High School Graduation notices from some of our amazing Alumni. We send our love, best wishes and congratulations to Elise Vandamme, Camilla Uphill, Amelia Lewis, and Allyson Jones. Best wishes to all of you as you begin university in the fall. You have such exciting adventures ahead. Savour all of them. And please keep in touch. 

With Love,

Robyn Eriwata-Buchanan
Head of School





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2016 - 2017 Fun Run Update


This past Monday, May 22nd each student had the opportunity to run laps through an obstacle course. Laps were tallied and pledges made. Pledges and donations are still coming in but as of today, we are at $3,900.00! A huge thank you to all those who came out to help and cheer the students on!


Also, thank you for keeping Service Learning a major part of your child's life in supporting these wonderful causes and rallying to keep kindness, compassion, charity in your hearts. We will continue to take pledges and donations until the end of the school year. Please continue to share this cause with all.

Every little bit does make a direct difference. It has been wonderful to watch the growth of the girls we support through the COEEF Program and to be apart of the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program and see Grandmother Elvira each year at the Rug Show. 







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MCS' 10th Annual Fun Run Fundraiser


On Monday, May 22nd, MCS students will be participating in our 10th annual Montessori Community School Fun Run! Last year, the kids had so much fun with the great big bouncy obstacle course that we decided to do it again.


Each year our students have the opportunity to raise pledges for our two Service Learning Projects:

1) The Children of Ethiopia Education Fund (COEEF)
Specifically, the COEEF program will give vital financial support so the six girls our MCS students sponsor can attend school in Ethiopia. The Children of Ethiopia who are living in impoverished circumstances to have a quality, private education through generous sponsors and donors. Without this assistance many of these girls would not have the opportunity to attend any school. We feel that supporting girls in this way will have such a far reaching effect: "To educate a girl is to educate a village (nation)."

Check out this video from Bethlehem Eyob, one of our girls we sponsor: https://youtu.be/mTlrKk-4u2E

2) For more than 20 years our school has been involved in the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program. The Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program exists to create a bridge of hope between Native Americans and other cultures. It allows us to reach out to one another, share our gifts, and mend the broken circle of our relationship with the Land and the Native Americans who hold it in sacred trust.


We originally adopted three grandmothers- Grandmother Roseline Jackson who died two years ago. Grandmother Emma Bahe who died this year, and Grandmother Elvira Horseherder to whom we are still committed. Recently we chose to adopt another grandmother whose name is Grandmother Anita Jackson, a relative of Grandmother Roseline. We are delighted to have this opportunity to become part of the life of Grandmother Anita. We anticipate having regular communication with her as we do with Grandmother Elvira.

The money raised by our students will be used to support our girls in Ethiopia and to provide our adopted Navajo Grandmothers with much-needed items, such as food, firewood, clothing, and gardening tools as well as yarn to weave the beautiful rugs they sell to earn a living.

Service Learning is an important component of our Montessori program. It teaches students about the joy and value of contributing to their community, society, and world. We encourage you to join with us in supporting your child in service learning. You can do this by:

  • Helping your child to set a goal to raise a certain amount.
  • Helping your child talk to family and friends about the Fun Run. You would be surprised how many friends, neighbors, and grandparents are eager to support such a worthwhile event.
  • Attending the event and join with them as they run their laps or cheer them on from the sidelines.
  • Volunteering to help at the event. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Please make your pledge via YouCaring by going to www.MCSFunRun.org and share this link with family and friends. You may also turn in cash or check made out to Montessori Education Foundation (MEF) to the MCS front office.

Our goal this year is to raise at least $7,000.00 total, with 80% family participation.


We look forward to this exciting Service Learning experience and hope all of our families will participate with enthusiasm.

Sincerely,

MCS Parent School Alliance
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Interim Camp: June 5th - 9th








Interim Camp will take place Monday, June 5th and run through Friday, June 9th.
Camp hours are 8:00 am - 5:30 pm.





The registration forms can be found here, or you may pick one up from the office.
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Ideas for a Fun, Active, and Educational Spring Break


During Spring Break, you may be thinking of some fun outings or play-dates to enjoy some quality time together exploring what the beautiful Wasatch Front has to offer this budding time of year. 

Check out hands-on experiences by going to places like Color Me Mine, www.colormemine.com, Harmon's Cooking School, www.harmonsgrocery.com/cooking-school/, and crafting classes at Michael's stores.

Also, look at utah.com/hiking for some great hikes and information about certain trails. 

Other great ideas are attending local pet stores to view and interact with the variety of animals, create a giving project for a friend, neighbor, or family member, check out the local swimming pool or ice-skating rink, and story times at various libraries. 

One of my favorites is taking a drive to Utah's own Gossner Cheese Factory in Logan, Ut and then hitting the various other factories in the area: Pepperidge Farm, Creamies, PJ Zone, etc.

The following are some other fun family options of great places to check out if you have never visited:


Memory Grove Park
375 North Canyon Road
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
www.slcparks.com

West Jordan Conservation Park
8275 South 1300 West
West Jordan, UT 84088

Great Salt Lake Nature Center
1700 West Glovers Lane (925 South)
Farmington, UT 84025
www.greatsaltlakenaturecenter.org

Gilgal Sculpture Garden
749 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
www.gilgalgarden.org

Clark Planetarium
110 South 400 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
www.clarkplanetarium.org

Discovery Gateway: The Children's Museum of Utah
444 West 100 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
www.childmuseum.org

Hill Aeropspace Museum
7961 Wardleigh Road
Hill Airforce Base, 84056
www.hill.af.mil/library/museum/index.asp


Natural History Museum of Utah
301 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
www.nhmu.utah.edu


The Leonardo
209 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
www.theleonardo.org

T
reehouse Children's Museum
347 22nd Street
Ogden, UT 84401
www.treehousemuseum.org


Tracy Aviary
589 East 1300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
www.tracyaviary.org

Utah's Hogle Zoo
2600 East Sunnyside Avenue
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
www.hoglezoo.org


Enjoy the week!
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Spring Camp Registration 2017

Spring Camp Registration
Journey Under the Sea
April 10th, 2016 - April 14th, 2017
8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Registration will be done on a first come, first serve basis. Spaces are limited and fill quickly! Registration will end on Friday, March 31st unless unless the available spaces fill.
Registration Form must returned with payment in order to secure your student's space.
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Early Childhood Teaching Position



Montessori Community School
Early Childhood Teacher

Montessori Community School of Salt Lake City seeks a full time certified and experienced Early Childhood Teacher to co-teach in a classroom of approximately 25 children ages 3 to 6 years.  MCS has 4 Early Childhood classrooms and the teachers in the program will work closely together to plan and implement curriculum.  

We seek a warm, imaginative, bright, flexible, and creative teacher who can effectively plan, problem solve and collaborate with a team of Early Childhood teachers.  The ability to understand and willingness to work with a range of learning styles is required.  We expect our staff to be involved and active in our school community; participating in the ongoing development and refinement of our school’s curriculum, policy and procedures. Confidence, professionalism, and a sense of humor are important characteristics.  Candidates must be able to communicate effectively with parents, students and staff. A strong respect for and love of children centered in an understanding of the Montessori philosophy are essential.  We look for a long-term commitment to MCS. Candidates must be CPR and First Aid Certified or be able to obtain CPR and First Aid Certification within 30 days of hire. All candidates will have a background check and be required to have a TB test.

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Winter Sports: A Group Experience



The intent behind our Winter Sports Program is that these lessons and experiences let our students have a real-life group driven experience where there is crossover between programs; where there are great opportunities for the students to practice the life skills they have been learning and practicing in such a safe environment here at MCS. It is an opportunity to let our students explore one of Utah's greatest beauties- the mountains and our incredible snow.



Please keep in mind that these lessons are peer-oriented and group options are bound to contain a number of skill sets being presented, developed, and learned amongst the students. Some students are at the peak of that skill set and some are at the base of that skill set. However, those students are all within the same level. It can become very frustrating when friends ski/ board together on the weekends, but are grouped apart for the lessons. However, we ask that you place your trust in the ski program to group our students as they see fit and ask that you remind your children to do the same.  



We really want to enforce that as these lessons continue on, it really is a collaboration as a group to learn and practice. Snowbird has hand-picked instructors specifically for our school, and instructors go through intense training on how to meet the needs of each student in the group.  

A successful day may not be or mean that your student was the fastest, moved up a group, etc. A successful day should be evaluated on whether or not your student was safe, having fun, in an environment where they can learn without frustration, were able to communicate their feelings appropriately, follow instructions, and engage appropriately with their chaperones, instructors, and peers. Ultimately, when a student is feeling comfortable and safe, there will be more detailed, controlled progress. One of the reasons we appreciate Snowbirds Ski Program is that they take an approach to individualized instruction that is similar to our approach here at MCS.  However, their ability to separate every single skill level is limited by a number of factors. 


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Early Childhood Performing Arts Showcases

Early Childhood's Music and Movement Classes Present their Performing Arts Showcase of:

The Napping House


Please have your students meet in the Dance Studio at
6:15 pm. Ensure your student is wearing their pajamas- but not some that might be slippery on a stage.




Sequoias and Magnolias will perform: Tuesday, February 21st


Willows and Aspens will perform: Tuesday, February 28th 


We hope to see you there as this is an event you won't want to miss out on.


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Potential Winter Sports Program Chaperones

Dear Potential Winter Sports Program Chaperones,

Please keep in mind, as we love to have your support and help during Winter Sports, we have found it is best if we can have consistency with our chaperones. The students do better seeing familiar faces. This helps the students have a greater sense of surrounding and comfort.

This will also help with consistent group support on the hillside and getting on and off the busses.

Please, only sign up if you are able to attend at least 4 out of the 5 weeks and note we need our hillside chaperones to be able to efficiently ski/board with the little one and help out with lift riding. We also need chaperones that are not skiing, but help out on the busses and with keeping track of and leading students to the correct places.

Thanks,

Admin
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Holiday Giving Gratitude



Dear Montessori Community School,

I want to say thank you on behalf of all of us here at Neighborhood House for your help with Giving Tree. You & everyone at Montessori PSA did so much to help make the holiday season bright for the children & families we serve. Attached is a thank you video & a few photos that you are welcome to share with your colleagues, friends, or family members who may have helped with Giving Tree gifts for kids in our programs. We look forward to partnering with you in the new year & so appreciate all you do to help make Neighborhood House & our community great!

 We hope you & everyone at Montessori PSA have a very happy New Year!

 All the best,

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MCS' Service Learning Helps with COEEF's Student Success

MCS sponsors six girls through the COEEF Program. Each year we raise money for them through our annual Fun Run in the spring. Stay tuned for more information about our Fun Run this coming season.
Please read this amazing clip from COEEF's January 2017 Newsletter:

STUDENTS’ SUCCESS

Great News! 

In the last nine years, 90 COEEF students have completed high school. Of these students. 83 (92.2%) joined different universities throughout Ethiopia.

Of the students who joined universities, seven of them have successfully completed their university education and started a career.

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Wild Utah at Montessori Community School

Students and teachers at MCS had a wild time at camp this past month! Our summer camps allow children to explore other countries and cultures, so we decided to use this year’s winter camp as an opportunity to learn more about our local environment here on the Wasatch Front. Accompanied by real-life materials from mammals big and small, we learned about some of the animals which also call Utah home.


We started our journey with American black bears, letting our friends handle a black bear’s pelt, skull, and rubber footprints. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources lent us front and hind prints of a black bear and, for size comparison, they also lent us a print made from the Alaskan Kodiak bear, Bart (who used to live in Heber, Utah with his trainers). The children were very excited to see the size difference between black bear prints and a Kodiak bear print. After learning more about bears and hibernation, friends made their very own bear den craft with a sleeping bear inside.


Each day, we had a new set of animals to observe and study. We learned about migratory animals like elk, moose, mule deer and pronghorns. We handled antler sheds and talked about the differences between antlers and horns. Friends were especially excited to meet our bobcat and mountain lion pelts and to see the differences in size, color, and the texture of their fur. They made their own animal prints out of clay and we discussed how, unlike coyotes and foxes, Utah’s cats have retractable claws.


On the last day of camp, we learned about our high climbing animals, mountain goats and bighorn sheep. We were able to handle the skull of a male bighorn sheep and to handle the horns of both male and female sheep. We observed the horns and noted that they show growth rings for each year the sheep is alive. Friends made bighorn headbands of their own and spontaneously decided to put on a mountain goat puppet show.




With all of our materials from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, as well as some very kind MCS families, we were able to set up a mini-museum on the stage with a range of pelts, skulls, horns, sheds, and prints of Utah’s animals. Lower elementary students, Elyse and Anish, helped to organize the display and label our materials so that returning students could enjoy a piece of our Wild Utah winter camp.


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Winter Camp 2016 - Wild Utah

This year's Winter Camp theme is Wild Utah. The students will have amazing opportunities to learn about animals of Utah through a lot of fun activities including animal track and scat identification, creating animal tracks, handling real pelts and skulls, and, of course, a lot of arts and crafts.

A Few Reminders:
  • The doors do not open until 8:00 am and camp also closes at 5:30 pm. Please be mindful of these times. Plan to be at the school no later than 5:25 pm to ensure there are no late pick-ups. -Late Pick-Up Fees will apply.
  • Ensure your child brings the following items to camp:  winter attire, a lunch from home, and a change of clothes (for Toddler and Early Childhood students). If your child takes naps, please provide a blanket.  
  • Make sure that your child brings appropriate clothing for any weather, as we will go outside whenever the weather permits.
We look forward to providing a fun filled winter break for your students.If you have any questions about camp, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to providing a fun filled winter break for your students.


Click here for a camp schedule.
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How to Emotionally Prepare Your Student for a Future Event


There is a power in preparing for future events by devising solutions and strategies for goals rather than emphasizing, simply, avoiding problems. 

For example, having students identify what their best hopes are for their behavior during a field trip and asking them to identify those hopes in specific detail. If the student is unable to come up with their "best hope" we can ask them to think about what their teacher or parent would likely say if asked that question. 

If you have a particular student anticipated in having more trouble than another, you could meet with a parent and/or teacher so they can hear the opinion of that other person word for word.

The following is how our school plans to approach students in preparation for Winter Sports and we suggest parents take a similar approach as you start engaging in conversations about the Winter Sports Program and the ski/ snowboard lessons. 

Sample Situation 1:

Teacher/ Administration/ Parent:
Student, what are your best hopes for your behavior during winter sports (future event) this week?

Student: 
I will behave myself/ act good/ some other generic response.

Teacher/ Administration/ Parent:
So, if you were behaving yourself/ acting good (student's words) during winter sports (future event) this week, what would that look like? (student response) What would your ski instructor notice/see you doing? (student response)

[We are looking for specific behaviors here, with as much detail as possible. We also want these behaviors to be positively worded (so it's not an absence of some negative behavior, it's the presence of a positive behavior we are focusing on).]

Teacher/ Administration/ Parent:
So, let's say that you were able to meet your best hopes. You _________, __________, and ____________ (list positive behaviors they identified they will display). If you did all those things during winter sports this week, what difference would that make?

After each future event, you want to help the student reflect on what went well (so we can do more of what works).


Sample Situation 2:


Teacher/ Administration/ Parent:
Student, what are your best hopes for your behavior during winter sports (future event) this week?

Student: 
I don't know.

Teacher/ Administration/ Parent:
Ok, well, what do you think your teacher would say? What do they hope to see from you during winter sports?

[You are looking for a specific behavior here, with as much detail as possible. We also want these behaviors to be positively worded (so it's not an absence of some negative behavior, it's the presence of a positive behavior we are focusing on).]

Student:
Um, the want me to ski well.

Teacher/ Administration/ Parent:
Ok, so if you were skiing well, what would that look like? [Student gives a description of turning, skiing not too fast etc.]

And what else do you need to do in order to ski well? Are there other things that you should be doing in your lessons to help you ski your best? [Leading into positive behaviors such as listening, following instructions, controlling their body, etc.]

So, let's say that you were able to meet your best hopes. You ______________, ___________, and _______________ (list positive behaviors they identified they will display). If you did all those things during winter sports this week, what difference would that make?


After each future event we want to help the student reflect on what went well (so we can do more of what works). Help the student process the event. If an amends are in order consider having the student write an apology letter reflecting on the behavior,  and perhaps how that behavior made you and other feel. This will help the student connect their behavior to environmental facets (you, instructors, other students etc).

This information was advised by school psychologist, Dr. Melissa DeVries.
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Broadway Kids Studio Class


A new Broadway Kids Studio Class will be starting in January. Class will take place on Mondays for both Elementary and Early Childhood students.



Please see here for the Registration Forms and more information. Forms can also be found in the MCS lobby.
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Our Grandmothers We Sponsor

As many of you know, Montessori Community School sponsors two grandmothers through the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program. This year, our 3rd Year Lower and 5th Year Upper Elementary students were able to attend the Navajo Rug Show at Deer Valley Resort in November. 
In November, we did a light food, clothing, and supply drive for our Elders. However, each year around the holidays, we are able to send more directly to our grandmothers, Elvira Horseherder, and Anita Jackson.

Funds raised during our annual Fun Run go directly toward our Service Learning objectives: Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program (our grandmothers) and our girls we sponsor through the Children of Ethiopia Education Fund, COEEF.

Due to the success of last year's Fun Run, this holiday season, we have been able to send our grandmothers much needed supplies such as wool for weaving, bundles of firewood ($500 each), Fall and Spring Gift Packs, and Food Gift Certificates coming to a total of $2,239.94.

In addition to these items, MCS also sends each of our grandmothers $300 gift cards to Walmart. Please see this letter from the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program Head. We thank you all for your generosity and support in your student's education of service and your example and spirit of love you generate and pass along to the world. 
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