Why Montessori for the Kindergarten year?
Magnolias Third Year student works on a botany project.
Chaperoning during Winter Sports is a great way to get your Parent Volunteer Hours in. It is also challenging, rewarding, and a lot of fun; however, there are certain guidelines and expectations to adhere by.
Firstly, as a Winter Sports Program Chaperone you will have multiple duties. These duties include helping to keep the peace and monitor the students for safety issues and concerns. Some safety issues to keep in mind while chaperoning are:
- Head Counts: Please keep a sharp eye on the students coming and going from the school to the bus, bus to the Cottonwood Room, Cottonwood Room to the restrooms, etc.
- Please ensure all students are wearing their helmets and goggles. If a student has forgotten one of those items, please let the two Winter Sports Program representatives know and they, in turn, will get that item from an instructor.
- If following a Ski School Group on the mountain, please ensure the youngest children wearing yellow aprons are riding the lifts with an adult.
- Have a clear understanding of which children you are in charge of carries and/or uses an Epi-Pen and/or Inhaler. (Each week prior to leaving the school, you will be briefed on this information).
- Help the students to listen and be respectful, by being the example- please no jabbing on the phone if you are to be watching the students.
Other expectations as a Winter Sports Parent Chaperone are as follows:
- Please let the students do as much as possible by themselves: this includes loading and unloading their gear.
- Please do not purchase hot chocolate or any item for the students while away.
- Please allow the students time to socialize with each other on the bus and not with your personal electronic devices.
- Follow all directions from the ski instructors and not interrupt or critique the instructors or the lesson. If you have concerns with an instructor or the lesson, please let one of our two representatives know upon your return to the school.
- Help the students to support their peers and use teamwork.
- Talk with the students about the lesson and emphasis the importance of skills-refining. Try to steer conversations away from a "leveled system".
As the program draws near, each Parent Chaperone will be contacted with more specific details and a timeline. If you have questions about chaperoning, please contact the MCS Office.
This Spring our Elementary students will participate in a Science Fair. To gear up for the fair, we will be hosting an All-School Science Assembly. We will have Janis Cantwell, Early Childhood parent to triplets, no less, and the Hostess to the University of Utah's Faraday Chemistry Lectures presenting along with co-worker, Holly Sebahar, Early Childhood parent.
We are excited to be able to get together as an entire school "family" and celebrate each other and reconnect with the diversity of students across programs. We speak so often of community building and this is one way the youngest children get to see and interact with the oldest children. It is also a wonderful for the teachers to be able to all be together with their students and each other as a whole group. The Faraday Chemistry Lectures are fabulous, exciting, and entertaining and a sure way to get your student thinking about science. Our assembly does not come complete with a full chemistry lab, however, we are sure our mini version will be one your students will be excited to tell you about! The assembly will take place January 20th at approximately 9:20 am.
Some of our Early Childhood students enjoying the chemistry taking place!
- Meeting starts promptly at 6:30pm
- Adults only - sorry, no child care provided
- Bring a friend!
Purchasing the right gifts for our children can be difficult. If you are anything like me, you want to give your kiddos meaningful gifts that engage their minds, inspire creativity, and leave everyone with a sense of satisfaction. But what kinds of things can make us feel like we've made responsible choices as parents but still allow our littles the joyful experience of receiving?
The school will open today at 9AM.
NO EARLY CARE!
The roads are very icy. Safe Commute!
Based on the weather forecast we will be having an early closure today. Please pick up Elementary children by 3:00pm and Toddler and Early Childhood children by 3:30pm.
As many of our students will be absent and some of our staff have been unable to make it to the school due to poor road conditions, regular classes will not be held and alternative activities will be offered and some classes will probably combine for the day.
1700 South is in very poor condition so we advise you to avoid traveling to the school if you are able to keep your children home for the day.
This year, MCS sponsored three families through The Neighborhood House, a local charity. We started with three small trees filled with ornaments, each depicting a special wish list items. Over the last couple of weeks we have watched our students and families become excited, tearful, and deeply involved with this project.
Dear MCS Families,
In recent years we have seen increasing numbers of families choosing to register their children for our full year option. In reviewing the number of children already enrolled for our Summer Camp 2016, we are nearing capacity in all of our program levels. Because of this, we are electing at this time to discontinue offering separate sessions of Summer Camp, and we will not be distributing separate flyers or rates strictly for Summer Camp.
they discover them.”
Enjoy this wonderful video on the beauty and benefits of a Montessori education. Click here.
One time when one of my boys was about four years old I found myself in a common battle trying to get him to clean take care of his belongings and clean up the toys that were scattered about his play room. I felt good about our system and knew that I was not asking him to complete a task that was outside his ability to complete. We had cleaned the room successfully on a number of occasions. Finally, out of frustration, I told my son that if he did not clean up the toys I was going to gather them up, put them in a garbage bag, and give them to children who didn't have any toys. I left the room and, to bolster my threat, returned seconds later with a large trash bag. My son approached me with an armful of toys and dropped them passionately in to the open bag. Baffled, I asked "what are you doing?" and tearfully he replied "I didn't know there were kids without any toys."
As Montessori parents, we are giving our children a great gift that does not just start at 8:30am and end at 3pm. This gift should be nurtured, honored and recognized at all times, particularly in the home. Donna Bryant Goertz wrote one of my favorite Montessori books about classroom management in the Lower Elementary classroom, 'Children Who are Not Yet Peaceful'. This book highlights the value of community and truly honoring and trusting each child to develop in their time, in their way, and in absolute authenticity. It is powerful and inspiring for educators and parents and I highly recommend it to those of you who are raising Lower Elementary age children or who will be doing so in the near future. However, its values are appropriate for children, parents, and educators of all ages.
An Early Childhood Aspens class student smiles for the camera.
As always, the reptiles and other creatures were a huge draw, exciting children and adults all throughout the night.
Two families with students in the Magnolias class enjoy the trunk-or-treat in the parking lot.
This Early Childhood student had a great time showing off her wings all night.
We had a great time watching the magician.
Montessori Parents’ Guide to Snowbird Mountain School
February 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, & March 2nd, 2016
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This year's Halloween Carnival is sure to be the best yet. There will be games, activities and a lot of fun and laughter! Tickets can be purchased from the MCS office.
Ticket Price: $5 in advanced / $6 at the door
Some of the activities are:
Trunk or Treat
Kim's Cold Blooded Creatures
Pumpkin Pick & Paint
Costumes are most welcomed and encouraged!