Tips for a New Montessori Parent

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A happy welcome to the new families entering Montessori Community School.  Parents, you will soon discover that being a part of a Montessori community is encompassing and the efforts you make towards supporting the Montessori approach will determine the success your child has in this environment. Below is an article by Edward Fidellow which will give you several tips to embracing your new role as a "Montessori Parent." And so begins your journey...... Becoming a Montessori Parent by Edward Fidellow There are seven simple steps to becoming a Montessori parent. When we say simple we don’t mean that they are not challenging. It is a lot like the definition of bull riding. “The object is to keep the bull between you and the ground.” Simple – but challenging. The first step to becoming a Montessori parent took place when you enrolled your child in a Montessori program. That in itself is...
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Home – The Montessori Frontier

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There are many parts to a Montessori education. There certainly is the beautiful materials that add so much to the enjoyment of learning. There is the educational philosophy that goes along with the materials. There is also the part that looks at your child’s gifts and abilities but the most crucial part of  a Montessori education is the part that nurtures and helps transform your child into a successful adult. Ultimately, Montessori is a philosophy of life, of a way to approach the challenges and blessings. If you love what Montessori does for your child at school begin to implement at home those actions that will continue the transformation. We are not talking about red rods, alphabets or math but about the core value that makes Montessori dynamic and transformational. It is all about making wise choices. It is a simple formula – learn to make wise choices – but...
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Facilities Apprentice


Description: Position entails building, vehicle, and grounds maintenance, some construction, doing repairs, completing random tasks as needed. Heavier cleaning; waxing and buffing, carpet cleaning, disinfecting, and other deep cleaning to be performed as needed. This is a part-time to full-time position Monday - Friday. Tools and supplies will be provided. Applicants must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. Candidate must be able to communicate and work well with other janitorial and facilities staff. The school has a Facilities team plus a Janitorial team and depending on the candidate’s qualifications and performance, possibilities for upward mobility within the company may be available. Prerequisites: Must pass a full background check; be dependable, honest and trustworthy. Attendance is extremely important and candidate should have reliable transportation in all weather conditions, all seasons of the year. Hours:  20 - 40 Hours Per Week, Every Weekday and some Saturdays for deep cleaning....
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IT / Systems Administrator Internship (CLOSED)


Part-time position supporting a private school’s IT infrastructure. Will work with the IT manager and receive on-the-job training. Great position for student looking to sharpen their IT skills and apply them to a real world environment. Installs new software releases and system upgrades, evaluates and installs patches, and resolves software related problems. Performs system backups and recovery. Maintains data files and monitors system configuration to ensure data integrity and user access. Respond to IT requests made through the ticketing system. Update knowledge base with answers to commonly asked questions. Experience in this field or in these related technologies beneficial: Mac OS Server, Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac, Android OS, CAT5 Networking, VoIP, PBX Phone Systems, 802.11b/g/n Wireless Networking, Google Apps for Your Domain Name, CPANEL, Joomla, Windows 7/10, Online Backup, Surveillance Systems. Will rely on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks. Works under general...
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Part-Time School Custodian and Maintenance


Description : Employer will do a background check. Position entails cleaning restrooms, classrooms, and hallways, emptying trash, sweeping & mopping floors. Heavier cleaning; Waxing and buffing, carpet cleaning, disinfecting, and other deep cleaning will be performed weekly. Tools and supplies will be provided. Applicants must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. Candidate must be able to communicate and work well with other janitorial and facilities staff. The school has a Facilities team plus Janitorial team and depending on the candidate's qualifications and performance, possibilities for upward mobility within the company may be available. Prerequisites : Must pass a full background check; Be dependable, honest and trustworthy. Attendance is extremely important and candidate should have reliable transportation in all weather conditions, all seasons of the year. Hours : 15-20 Hours Per Week, Every Weeknight after 6pm and Saturday for deep cleaning. Training hours may require more flexibility. Hours...
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Security Upgrade for MCS Campus


The Montessori Community School received a big security upgrade today. The CCTV cameras in the parking lots were upgraded as well as the security lights. While the lights are now 4 times brighter than the previous lights, they are LED lights so they are consuming around 1/4 of the power of the previous high pressure sodium lights. Lian and Jemmyn spent the better part of the day up in the sky on a 65ft. boom lift.  
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Yelp Tries to Bully School into Buying

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Review Us!

Please take the time to review how we are doing as a school. We consider reviews in our efforts to fine-tune the program for each student and to improve the experience of each parent. Here is an easy reference of various sites you may review us on. Please also feel free to Like Us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter and LinkedIn. GREAT SCHOOLS GOOGLE PLUS FACEBOOK PRIVATE SCHOOL REVIEW YELP TWITTER LINKEDIN
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Author Jane Nelson Speaking May 5 - Montessori Academy



Jane Nelsen, author the Positive Discipline books, will be speaking at our school on Thursday, May 5th, at 7:00 pm. The topic is "Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World", and Dr. Nelsen will be focusing on independence and the benefits of self-reliance for children. Her talk will include all age ranges through adolescence. Dr. Nelsen does charge a speaking fee, so we are charging just enough for tickets in order to pay her fee ($15 per ticket). We have already offered tickets to our parents and we still have some availability, so we would love to extend an invitation to any Montessorian that would like to attend. You can purchase tickets with a credit card by calling Ms. Terra in the front office at (801) 566-6962, or you can mail us a check, or call and reserve some tickets and then pay at the door. It seems that we all...
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No Early Care Today 12/15


MCS Community: December 15, 2015  The school will open today at 9AM. NO EARLY CARE! The roads are very icy. Safe Commute!
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SNOW DAY - School Closing Early


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. Stay warm, MCS Administration
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MCS' Holiday Giving Project Through The Neighborhood House


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A Peek Inside a Montessori Classroom

In a Montessori classroom, order and creativity coexist. Animated conversation and silent observation work together in the same space. In the best environments, children of all races and cultures learn side by side. The Montessori approach offers children intentionally prepared environments that are full of beauty and order. Materials in the classroom are appealing and designed to meet the developmental needs of each child. Montessori-trained teachers are the bridge between the environment and the student, first through careful observation of each child, and then by providing appropriate instruction and guidance. This video was created as part of the documentary film project, Building the Pink Tower .  "What if we were to set aside the noise of failing schools, teacher evaluations, test scores, achievement gaps, and funding issues — and ask, instead, what is the true goal of education?" 
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Raising Your Successful 35-Year-Old: Motherlode, New York Times

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What do we mean when we say we want to raise “successful” children? Too often, especially around this time of year, that conversation centers on college or the kinds of academics and activities that lead to college. “Success” is hard to measure, and those external markers make for comforting milestones along the way. Comforting, but dangerous. Because when checking off the achievement box is what defines success, it’s too easy to forget that it’s the qualities in our children that might lead to those accomplishments that matter — not the goals themselves. Achievements, from the A on the science project to the letter of acceptance from Big U, can be the gold stars for parents. They’re the visible signs that we’re doing something right, and that makes it tempting to push our children forward, just a little (or maybe a lot) by stepping in when it looks as if they...
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"Go Outside and Play"

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"Children will be smarter, better able to get along with others, healthier and happier when they have regular opportunities for free and unstructured play in the out-of-doors." —American Medical Association, 2005 Spring has arrived! I can't help but be excited by the thought of sunshine, hikes, water and fresh air! This article written by Jane M. Jacobs, M.A., a Montessori Educational Consultant at Montessori Services spoke to me in considering how outdoor time is such a powerful tool for our children. In the article, Jane offers a variety of ideas for making the best of your outside time with your little one.  Enjoy! Were you told to "go out and play" when you were a child? Now, as a parent, do you give your children the same instructions? Perhaps not, but even for the urban, over-scheduled family, there are ways to give our children more opportunities to explore the outdoors. For...
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Rhombus, Reniform and Rembrandt

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Your child’s education in Montessori is different – so different that it makes you shake your head in wonder and say, “Is this something my child is really learning?” As parents we want our children to excel at reading, writing and math. Yet their Montessori education leads them through strange and esoteric materials. (At least they are foreign to most adults.) Why would a three year old need to be versed in geometry? Fine, a nice circle, a square and maybe a triangle but what purpose for an isosceles triangle, parallelogram or a rhombus? Then if that is not enough esoteric learning, your child moves on to the botany cabinet. How many three year olds need botany? They are introduced to leaf forms like spatulate, orbiculate, sagitate and reniform. Most of us adults can’t even pronounce them let alone know what they are. If that is not enough diversity in...
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Parent Teacher Conferences, Feb. 27, 2015

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Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Friday, February 27th. There will be no school that day. Sign-up sheets for the conferences are on a table in the lobby, arranged by class, from Toddlers to Middle School (please check the top of each page for the name of the class). As we do every year, we ask that you observe the following requests: · Please sign up for one meeting time per child. · Please be on time for your conference. · Please help the teachers to stay on time. · Please arrange for childcare during Parent/Teacher conferences. We have had parents make requests for child care during the conferences.  Unfortunately, as our staff is busy meeting with parents and all of our classrooms, along with some other spaces in the school, are being used we have not been able to accommodate this request.  Please note that our playgrounds and...
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MCS Student Television Debut - Good Things Utah

MCS Lower Elementary student Diego Reyes-Lisieski recently appeared on KSL's Good Things Utah where he shared his talent and passion for cooking as a representative of the Salt Lake Culinary School which he attends.  Diego has shared this talent with his classmates at school as well.  He has been a student at Montessori Community School since 2010 and has enjoyed his cooking hobby since he was very young. Nice work, Diego!  
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Silent Journey & Discovery 2015 - With Thanks

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Marcus tongs plastic cubes in the Toddler Suns classroom. This work develops small motor coordination, prepares the hand for writing, and encourages control of movement and independence.   Kenzee places pictures on the Timeline of Life in the Lower Elementary Oquirrh classroom.   Margaret presents the Checkerboard to Rebeka and Mary.     Bobbi engages with the Long Chains, used for skip counting, squaring and cubing work, in the Lower Elementary Oquirrh classroom.    Rebeka and Corey analyze a square in the Upper Elementary Uinta classroom.     Mindy gives husband, Aaron, a knitting lesson.   Melissa identifies and analyzes the Seven Triangles of Reality.    Jeff researches Land Forms as part of the Lower Elementary Geography curriculum.   Margaret shares a lovely extension of the Pink Tower, a very popular and well recognized piece of Sensorial material which refines visual discrimination, preparing the child for further reading and mathematical...
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Discipline as Guidance by P. Donohue Shortridge

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Your child wants to do what is right, even at the youngest age.  First of all, she wants to because she loves you and wants to be just like you.  She also has a powerful inner drive to adapt to the world around her, the world of your home, and to do so she needs to know what the rules for life are.  She looks to you to show her.  As parents, if you can keep that in mind, you can create an approach to discipline that is positive, less stressful on everyone and it will assist your child in developing into a competent, civilized, compassionate and joyful person. So, what are some strategies that you might employ? First of all, model the correct behavior for your child. For example, if you do not want your child to leave the dinner table in the middle of the meal, then don't...
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