As Montessori teachers and parents…
Our Early Childhood students have been working hard all year to be able to put on a beautiful performance themed after the four seasons. This is an MCS event you do not want to miss!
Congratulations to all our Winter Sports participants making it through the first day! We were so impressed with the order, care, and helpfulness from all involved. Everyone did so great that we made record time getting everyone ready, gear loaded, and on the busses.
As far as first days go, we did awesome! Snowbird will be sorting out, refining, and arranging groups now as they have seen the kids and identified where they should be. Please be aware that your student's group may change next week for what they were in this week.
We look forward to another successful Winter Sports year and are excited about next week's lesson. Stay tuned for updates.
Many of us were hoping that our high-tech lives would make parenting easier – apps for tablets and smart phones are able to give children knowledge on any subject, entertain them with a movie or a game, and keep them occupied while we go through our hectic days.
But the downfalls of this technology are huge; there is a bigger disconnect than ever between children and parents. The parents of the Information Age are having a harder time building loving relationships with their children, which in turn leaves some kids unable to create healthy friendships, to understand how to be caring and helpful to others, to feel and express gratitude, to think for themselves, and to understand and control feelings and emotions in a healthy way.
As a part of the making Caring Common Project, Harvard University compiled the following seven main tips from their most recent research about raising kids that are kind, caring, respectful, helpful, grateful, and ethical. [The main funding sources are summarized from the study along with the writer’s own interpretations and thoughts on the subject].
Substitute Teaching Position
Substitute Position at Montessori School
2416 E 1700 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
A well-established Montessori school in the Salt Lake City area is looking to hire substitute teachers for our Toddler, Early Childhood and Elementary classrooms. Experience working with children is necessary and familiarity with Montessori philosophy is a plus. You should be flexible and able to adapt to each classrooms’ expectations, and be able to process information and directions quickly. General safety knowledge, courtesy, and ethics are required.
It would be ideal that you have a flexible schedule to be on call. You will often be called first thing in the morning and asked to substitute that day. School hours are 7:30 am - 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
First Aid and CPR Certification is required or must be acquired within 60 days after hire.
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."