2019 Science Fair








Science is defined as the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. It is so important to motivate elementary-aged students with science. A Montessori philosophy advocates that children between the ages of six through eleven are in a sensitive period for learning and testing new academic skills. They are looking at the world by assessing their own abilities and accomplishments by making comparisons between themselves and others.They are also learning about social relationships beyond the family through interaction with friends and fellow students.  A Science Fair creates a model of this idea, process, and system beginning with instruction as to the what the scientific method is (a systematic process for experimentation that is used to explore observations). A science fair cues and peaks an elementary-aged student's hunger for testing and comparing in a social setting. At the beginning of...
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Our Native Elders


Please enjoy this beautiful newsletter about our Native Elders. Also, to learn more about the Adopt-A-Native Elder Program and how to get involved, please visit  http://anelder.org/ .    Download PDF File Here
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MCS Sponsored Girls From COEEF Update




We received letters from our two girls we sponsor through the COEEF Program: Mariana Dereje, 1st Grade  and Bethehem Eyob Shenkute, 12th Grade. We also received cards from two of the young women whom we sponsored that graduated from 12th Grade and the COEEF Program last year! They hadn't had a chance to update us with photos and news of their final graduation year. It has been fun to follow these beautiful young women from the time of being young girls beginning the program. It is also so encouraging to read of their plans to continue their education and begin college. The letters are on display in the school entry way, available to admire. We hope that you will enjoy reading them! If you would like to write letters or draw pictures with your own students to send back to our girls, please feel free to do so! You may bring your letters...
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2019 Upper Elementary's Annual GO Nature Card Sale







In April, the Great Outdoor Program (GO) finishes their Nature Cards and sells them at the annual Nature Card Sale . This sale will take place Friday, April 19th before and after school.   Please mark your calendars for this special day in which students get to share their studies and art work as it relates to the students' In-Depth Studies based on the theme of the year, Utah Native Plants! Students have worked hard and taken their time to create unique and beautiful works of art to share with the community. The schedule for the sale will take place as follows in the lobby of the school: 8:15am-9:15am- Upper Elementary's Spruce Group 2:45pm - 3:45pm- Upper Elementary's Pine Group Please also note that we will only accept cash during this card sale, Thank you!
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Updated MCS 2018 - 2019 Academic Calendar


Due to the MEPI Conference dates and the changes made to the previous Academic calendar, please find the new 2018---2019-Academic-Year-Calendar  here. 
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Utah Youth Climate Strike





Our children are making a stand to put and hold todays leaders accountable. Last Friday, March 15th, 2019 children gathered at the Utah State Capitol to add pressure to their message: time is running out to protect our planet from a climate crisis. We hope the words from our youth will nudge leaders along to stop dragging their feet on such critical issues.  This event did not just take place in Utah but worldwide protests and strikes took place with the important message geared directly toward leaders and lawmakers. Their message is loud and clear, changes must be made. Our children are raising their voices and it is time adults start listening. 
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Montessori Educational Programs International Conference for Montessori Community School










Within this academic year our full staff has been offered the opportunity to attend two annual Montessori conferences that are hosted in Utah by the Utah Montessori Council. In addition, two weeks ago, twenty-two of our teachers and Administration team flew to Kiahwah Island, South Carolina to attend a national conference being hosted by M.E.P.I. (Montessori Educational Programs International). The conference offered many classes for all program levels as well as Administration. Some examples of classes were - Common Sense Parenting, Preparation of the Environment, Cosmic Education, Labyrinths for Beginners, Celebrating International Diversity through United Nations, and Peace off the Table. Please see details of the wonderful Keynote Speaker, Barbara Coloroso. Our staff always come away from the conferences inspired and excited to implement their new knowledge into their curriculum. We all stayed in two beautiful houses on Kiawah Island that were located beside each other overlooking a pond in which lived...
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Winter Sports: The Challenge and the Benefits







Yes! The first two weeks of MCS’ Winter Sports Ski and Snowboard lessons have gone well. Thank you to all those staff and parent volunteers who are making this program so successful and organized. Why skiing and snowboarding, you wonder? It has always been a goal to be able to give each elementary student the opportunity to explore the sports as part of our great Wasatch Front, and world-renowned mountain slopes. Transporting eighty plus students, with gear, snacks, and equipment is no small feat. There is a lot of preparation, practice, and patience involved. There is nothing quite like the panic of missing snow-pants, a broken clasp on a helmet, or the confusion of 4 sets of skis that all look alike and the label has rubbed off. However, and whatever the new challenge is, the buzz and nervous excitement of the students makes it all worth it. Our students are...
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Lock-Down Drills at MCS




Schools should plan for the rare possibility of an intruder as part of a comprehensive crisis/emergency preparedness effort; however, the nature and extent of those preparedness activities should be based upon a risk assessment of the crisis events a given school is most likely to confront. A Lock Down Drill is scheduled for February 12, 2019 .  This emergency procedure at MCS involves staff - Sweeping and clearing hallways Turning off classroom lights Locking doors Sheltering with children in our agreed upon secure areas Taking roll Waiting for the all clear We recognize that this drill in particular can sometimes cause anxiety and concern for parents and guardians, students, and educators too. For the adults, being familiar the procedure and ones responsibilities within that process can bring assurance and comfort. Practicing can prepare and be of comfort to the children with the fact that their teachers, parents and guardians, and the...
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Summer Camp 2019- Deadline January 31, 2019 for Withdrawals Only

We are already making plans for activities for Summer Camp 2019 for your children. We know that people's plans do change and this is a reminder of the withdrawal policy for Summer Camp.  It is as follows:   After January 31, 2019, you will be responsible for 100% of the school Summer Camp  tuition if you chose to withdraw your student. There is also a $75.00 schedule fee that is required for administrative costs to initiate the withdrawal from the program and FACTS management system.   Please respond to this email or contact the Business Manager no later than January 31st, by email request, should you need to withdraw from the Summer Camp 2019.   Please give a call so we can address any questions or concerns.
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Thank You- MCS' Holiday Giving Projects Wrapped Up





Thank you so much to all those who participated in our annual Holiday Gift Giving, particularly our PSA for helping to put the whole thing together and our elementary students for helping to carry and load so many of the gifted items. This year we donated to three different organizations; The INN Between, International Rescue Center (IRC), and The Neighborhood House. We were able to fill every request because of the amazing and generous support of our community. We received a wonderful thank you note from the INN Between House, whose mission is to end the tragic history of vulnerable people dying on the streets of our community by providing a supportive and safe haven for individuals who have nowhere else to go in time of medical crisis. Our School Director, Britney Peterson, and her family were able to deliver the gifts to the family assigned to MCS from the IRC who needed a little help...
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Montessori Education Foundation Funds and Gifts






Thanks to your generosity during our Fun Run Drive this past Fall to our non-profit Montessori Education Foundation (MEF). We were able to send or order the following items to our sponsored Navajo Grandmothers this week through the Adopt-a-Native Elder Program. Mothers Day Box-  Spring Delivery only and delivered during the Spring food run. This gift box fills a need to provide personal care items that are not contained in any other gift option. It contains Cottenelle wipes, Kleenex, a wash cloth, bath towel, vent brush, bobby pins, Vaseline, shampoo, sanitizer, emery boards, and a bandana.   Grandmother Box -  This box contains 3 yards of Panne fabric and 4 yards of cotton fabric for making a skirt and blouse. Also included are safety pins, socks, scarf, thread, yarn, and a hygiene kit. The price of this item includes a credit card charge.   Food Certificates that can be used at all...
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MCS- Now Steward to a Little Free Library




All around the world little free libraries are popping up. These libraries are helping to bring communities together by providing a peaceful meeting place where everyone is welcome to share in the joy of reading, imagination, education, sharing, and creativity. Maria Montessori defined joy by saying, "Joy, feeling one's own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for the human soul." She taught that the development of language is part of the development of the personality and that words are the natural means of expressing thoughts and establishing understanding between people. Montessori philosophy teaches that careful preparation of the space and materials is key to a successful classroom and learning environment.  It is our hope that by having a Little Free Library we will help bridge the gap between the development of language and personality, creating that space where all...
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Adopt An Elder’s 29th Annual NAVAJO RUG SHOW & SALE


Grandmother Anita Jackson Approximately 25  years ago, because of Bob and Robyn’s strong connection to some Navajo friends, our school registered with the Adopt A Native Elder program to adopt three Navajo grandmothers and two grandfathers. Our two grandfathers died a few years into our involvement with the program and then for most of 20 years we continued to help support our three grandmothers - Grandmother Emma Bahe, Grandmother Roseline Jackson and Grandmother Elvira Horseherder. For many years we have been so successful with our fundraising that we were not only able to  provide food on each of the two Food Runs that originate in Park City but also send yarn, gift certificates for them to buy additional food, clothing and household items, firewood, basic medical supplies and blankets but in the past few years two of our Grandmothers - Emma (aged 94) and Roseline (aged 92) have died and we...
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Teacher Work Day & Professional Development










Last Friday, October 5th, Montessori Community School had a Teacher Work and Professional Development Day. Feel free to scroll through some of the highlights from our training and meeting that took place Friday.
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Substitute Teaching Position


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.  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. Please send a resume, letter of interest, and a brief description of your availability to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Last Week's Annual Fun Run Fundraiser Update









Wow! What a fantastic event. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this year's Fun Run such a wonderful, exciting event.  The morning was beautiful. We couldn't have asked for better weather. The students were buzzing with excitement.  Students began with some warm-up exercises then the clock was started and they were off. Students ran laps through a 65 foot inflatable obstacle course then climbed a 24 foot inflatable slide to complete the course loop.  High fives were given, wrist bands marked per lap, and much cheering and encouragement from teachers, staff, parents, and peers.  After their timed run was up, students enjoyed some fruit slices and water to cool down and chat about their experience with the course amongst all those milling about. Our Toddler friends were able to walk, run, and toddle their way through a small obstacle course around their own playground. With the help of...
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How to Place a Scholastic Book Order Through MCS




1. Check out the physical book order forms in the lobby and/or go to the website:  www. scholastic .com/bookclubs . 2. Follow registration/ parent sign-up instructions. 3. Use MCS'  Class Activation Code : HDLWT 4. Browse and select the books you would like to order by the due date assigned.  5. The MCS Office will put the orders through on the deadline. Shipping is typically 7 to 14 days. We will email you when your book order arrives and is ready for pick-up.
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Speech, Language, and Hearing Screenings for 2018


Speech, language, and hearing screenings will be taking place Wednesday, September 26th.  Let's Talk Speech  will be coming in to implement those screenings.    Download PDF File Here If your student is a kindergartener, they can be screened for free as long as the proper form (above) is filled out and turned into the office by the morning of the 26th.    Download PDF File Here If you would like your student screened and they are NOT a kindergartener, it will be $20 for a speech and language screening and $35 for a speech, language, and hearing screening.  Dear Parents, Montessori Community School will be holding speech, language, and hearing screenings on Wednesday, September 26th. All Kindergarteners will have the opportunity to participate in the screenings. If your child is in another grade and you have concerns, please fill out the bottom portion of this letter. The screenings will be a general,...
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MCS' 12th Annual Fun Run Fundraiser









On Thursday, September 27th, MCS students will be participating in our 12th annual Montessori Community School Fun Run! All Early Childhood through Elementary students will run laps for 10 minutes making their way through an inflatable obstacle course and up and down a giant inflatable slide. Students will be wearing wrist bands that will be marked and tallied each time a lap is completed. Our Toddler students will run laps through a mini obstacle course on their own playground.  Parents are encouraged to volunteer via the sign-up board in the lobby. This is our main event encompassing the fundraising for our Service Learning program through our Montessori Education Foundation.  If your student has turned in any pledge money, please stop by the office and your student can write their name on a runner and post it on our road to our goal.  Each year our students have the opportunity to raise pledges...
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