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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:

The Children of Ethiopia Education Fund (COEEF)

Specifically, the COEEF program will give vital financial support so that the six girls our MCS students sponsor can attend school in Ethiopia. The Children of Ethiopia Education Fund exists to empower young girls from 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).”

Adopt-a-Native Elder Program

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 Elivira 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 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 and also to our support our girls in Ethiopia.

Service Learning is an important component of our Montessori program, and 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 or get pledges by how many laps they are able to complete on the obstacle course.
  • Helping your child tell 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.
  • Helping your child actively participate. (For example, earning money by doing extra chores at home. Then, in turn making a payment on and seeing how your donation helps us meet our goals.)
  • Attending the event (see the upcoming schedule for when your child’s class will be running) and join with them as they run or cheer them on from the sidelines.
  • Volunteering to help at the event. Please email for details.

Please make your pledge via and share with family and friends.


Our goal this year is to raise at least $7,000 total,

with 80% family participation.

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


MCS Parent School Alliance

Pledge Form

Join the MCS PSA!

MCS-Parent School Alliance T.E.A.M.
Together Everyone Achieves More!

Before I became involved in the PSA, I noticed for years that most of the burden fell on one or two people, and I thought that was just too much; especially when you are juggling kids, work and life. So when I was asked by the MCS Administration to get involved, I suggested a restructuring of the PSA to become a “Team” representing all the age groups but with an emphasis on the Toddler and Early Childhood groups since they are our meat and potatoes.  This PSA Team concept is now completing its second year with, I believe, great success on many levels.  First, the obvious, the 6 reps share the roles, no one person is working alone; second, we have more of a presence on campus as a team; and third, we actually enjoy each other and collectively want to generate excitement and enthusiasm within our community. Who doesn’t want to be involved in that?

Since my son is graduating this year from MCS, this is my last year with the MCS PSA and I want to encourage those interested to consider joining the PSA Team next school year.  We have such a unique, wonderful and supportive community of children, parents, teachers and staff that it makes it so much easier to be a part of the team.

If you are interested please email us at

Thank you for your support,

Annie Guerrero
Uinta Parent

PSA Green Committee

Our Green Committee is a great way to support Green Initiatives around the school.  If you are interested in being part of our Green Committee, please contact our PSA.

Enjoy these great pictures of Uinta students who rode their bikes to school today!  Three cheers for alternative transportation!

When the weather is fine and the construction is clear…we ride!

PSA and Building Community

This year, our PSA Committee reinstated Coffee Tuesday. The first Tuesday of every month from 8:15 – 9:30 am Coffee, Tea, and a light snack were provided along with MCS’ PSA members.

What a wonderful opportunity these gatherings were to get to know our families and create a greater sense of unity.Part of our mission is to work together with administration and staff to help strengthen, support, and empower our community here at the school. Among the many festivities the PSA heads up, Coffee Tuesday is on of our favorites. If you didn’t get a chance to swing by and say hi this year, we will start again next fall.

Leadership such as the PSA offers is key to sustaining and maintaining our tight community feel here at the school. MCS does support strong parent involvement and community roles. This is why they have instigated the Parent Participation Hours. Although commitment grows in a natural way, as leaders and group members, you can help foster and direct where organizational goals, events, and projects go. Through parent involvement, the school becomes a collective. They not only take Montessori philosophy by understanding and working with the whole child, but truly want to include the child’s whole family, creating one giant Montessori Community School family.

Families accepted into the Montessori Community School have all committed to this organization because they have felt something important and perhaps gained a respect for the philosophy and mission. We are all impacting each other’s lives and foundational education of our beautiful, bright children. Let us support our children through the educational means by which we have entrusted our precious little ones by being more involved in what they have come to love and consider this school o be, a home away from home.

If you would like to be more involved or part of the PSA, please contact us at We meet once a month to discuss upcoming events and planning. We would love to hear your voices.


Your PSA Representatives