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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Montessori Community School Tiles

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Last year, Montessori Community School's Elementary Art Teacher designed and created a mural for the cement wall facing 1700 South. These tiles have been mounted and have really come together beautifully, enhancing the aesthetics of the space. If you have not had a chance to stop by and see this mural, please do! It makes a great place for back to school photos! Also, tiles created last year by students and staff are in the works to be mounted on the remaining cement wall. Stay posted for when they have been mounted.
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12th Annual MCS Fun Run


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 The heart of our Service Learning curriculum at Montessori Community School is Maria Montessori’s mandate to empower children to become agents of change, and our personal mission to create global citizens. The goal of the service works we do at all levels is to promote the development of lifelong lessons in empathy, hard work, and cultural awareness, while giving students a sense of belonging to a community.  Raising for a Good Cause: On Thursday, September 27th , your child will be participating in our 12th annual Montessori Community School Fun Run!  Each year our students have the opportunity to raise pledges for two of our Service Learning projects,...
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Spring is a Busy Time


Albert Einstein said, "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." and, "The only source of knowledge is experience." 

Spring is such a bustling, fantastic time of learning, growth, and development.
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Basic Herbology and Flower Essences Studio Class


Studio Class: Basic Herbology and Flower Essences
Donda Hartsfield, Outdoor Classroom & GO teacher
3 Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:45, April 25th – May 9th

(Elementary Only): Students are introduced to the joy and the science

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Elementary's Heritage Fair 2018


















Last week, our Elementary students creatively displayed their family’s roots at their Heritage Fair. The event showcased our students and families histories with unique displays throughout the gymnasium. After working on these histories for two months with the help of parents, grandparents, elders, teachers, and staff, the students were eager to share and present their gathered information as well as learn about their peers in a new way. Upper Elementary students also created timelines of many staff members. Upper Elementary students interviewed various staff and cleverly created beautiful displays highlighting these members of MCS. Prior to the fair, Upper Elementary also hosted a Pizza Parlor where students and families could enjoy a meal together before touring the displays in the gymnasium. This was a a great success and we thank all those families who participated in and supported our Upper Elementary students in this endeavor.  Many photos of this event can be found on...
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Montessori Toddler Teacher


Montessori Community School Toddler Teacher Montessori Community School of Salt Lake City seeks a full time certified and experienced Toddler Teacher or an experienced Toddler teacher who is interested in Montessori Training to co-teach in a classroom of approximately 18 children with the majority of the children aged 18 months through 3 years old.  MCS has 3 Toddler classrooms and the teachers in the program 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 Toddler 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....
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Early Childhood Classroom Assistant and Extended Day Teacher


Early Childhood Classroom Assistant and Extended Day Teacher Montessori Community School of Salt Lake City seeks Early Childhood Assistant Teachers to work part-time on schedules ranging from 27 ½ to 36 hours per week; however, every position will end at 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. MCS has four Early Childhood classrooms and you will be working closely with the certified Montessori Teachers and also a team of Extended Support Teachers. We seek a warm, imaginative, flexible, bright and creative teacher who preferably has worked in a Montessori environment or at a minimum has experience working with children aged 3 - 6 years.  A respect for and love of children is essential. An understanding of the Montessori philosophy would be advantageous. Candidates must be able to communicate effectively with students, parents and fellow staff members. Our preference would be for someone who is interested in a long- term commitment to MCS. Candidates...
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