All School Assembly - Utah Okinawa Kenjinkai Cultural Experience



Our Second Annual All-school Assembly took place Wednesday morning at MCS! All of our staff and students, from toddlers to elementary, gathered for an incredible presentation. The Utah Okinawa Kenjinkai group shared a beautiful performance about their cultural Japanese heritage. They introduced us to Okinawan traditional music, dances, folk craft, and martial arts while briefly discussing the Japanese history associated in a fun and enlightening way.A lot of our young toddler friends enjoyed singing and dancing throughout the assembly while our older friends were impressed by the costumes and instruments. In the traditional Okinawan dance, the Eisa, there is a closing song to end the performance. We were invited to join the dancers and dance together waving our hands to the beat of the music and drums. It was a great experience for all of our students to enjoy this cultural opportunity as a whole community.Check our last year's experience here.By...
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The Gift of Adult Learning


Today I was graced with the most lovely opportunity to observe a teacher intern in one of our classrooms.  MCS has the ongoing opportunity to support and host adult interns seeking Montessori certification at all levels.  The process of a teacher receiving Montessori training is as well developed a system as the Montessori method itself.  Following an intense period of study of Montessori theory, history, methodology, didactic training and classroom management, an intern spends 1-2 years engaged in a teaching practicum (internship).  During this initial experience as a teacher, with a wealth of newfound understanding and insight to the child and its environment, the teacher goes through the magical process of implementation under the direction of a master teacher. Maria Montessori said "The teacher, when she begins to work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through the work. She must free herself from all...
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Winter Sports: A Group Experience





The intent behind our Winter Sports Program is that these lessons and experiences let our students have a real-life group driven experience where there is crossover between programs; where there are great opportunities for the students to practice the life skills they have been learning and practicing in such a safe environment here at MCS. It is an opportunity to let our students explore one of Utah's greatest beauties- the mountains and our incredible snow.Please keep in mind that these lessons are peer-oriented and group options are bound to contain a number of skill sets being presented, developed, and learned amongst the students. Some students are at the peak of that skill set and some are at the base of that skill set. However, those students are all within the same level. It can become very frustrating when friends ski/ board together on the weekends, but are grouped apart for the lessons. However,...
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Early Childhood Performing Arts Showcases




Early Childhood's Music and Movement Classes Present their Performing Arts Showcase of:The Napping HousePlease have your students meet in the Dance Studio at 6:15 pm. Ensure your student is wearing their pajamas- but not some that might be slippery on a stage.Sequoias and Magnolias will perform: Tuesday, February 21stWillows and Aspens will perform: Tuesday, February 28th We hope to see you there as this is an event you won't want to miss out on.

Potential Winter Sports Program Chaperones

Dear Potential Winter Sports Program Chaperones,Please keep in mind, as we love to have your support and help during Winter Sports, we have found it is best if we can have consistency with our chaperones. The students do better seeing familiar faces. This helps the students have a greater sense of surrounding and comfort. This will also help with consistent group support on the hillside and getting on and off the busses.Please, only sign up if you are able to attend at least 4 out of the 5 weeks and note we need our hillside chaperones to be able to efficiently ski/board with the little one and help out with lift riding. We also need chaperones that are not skiing, but help out on the busses and with keeping track of and leading students to the correct places.Thanks,Admin

Holiday Giving Gratitude






Dear Montessori Community School,I want to say thank you on behalf of all of us here at Neighborhood House for your help with Giving Tree. You & everyone at Montessori PSA did so much to help make the holiday season bright for the children & families we serve. Attached is a thank you video & a few photos that you are welcome to share with your colleagues, friends, or family members who may have helped with Giving Tree gifts for kids in our programs. We look forward to partnering with you in the new year & so appreciate all you do to help make Neighborhood House & our community great! We hope you & everyone at Montessori PSA have a very happy New Year! All the best,Becca

MCS' Service Learning Helps with COEEF's Student Success




MCS sponsors six girls through the COEEF Program. Each year we raise money for them through our annual Fun Run in the spring. Stay tuned for more information about our Fun Run this coming season.Please read this amazing clip from COEEF's January 2017 Newsletter:STUDENTS’ SUCCESSGreat News! In the last nine years, 90 COEEF students have completed high school. Of these students. 83 (92.2%) joined different universities throughout Ethiopia.Of the students who joined universities, seven of them have successfully completed their university education and started a career.COEEF students attending universities are enrolled in the following disciplines: (Please note that the number shown in the following table doesn’t include the seven students who have completed their university education.)Letters for StudentsThe girls love to receive letters and photographs from their sponsors!  If you would like to send a letter or a small package to your student(s), please send them to COEEF’s P.O.BOX. Deadline is April 20 Volunteers will...
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Wild Utah at Montessori Community School







Students and teachers at MCS had a wild time at camp this past month! Our summer camps allow children to explore other countries and cultures, so we decided to use this year’s winter camp as an opportunity to learn more about our local environment here on the Wasatch Front. Accompanied by real-life materials from mammals big and small, we learned about some of the animals which also call Utah home. We started our journey with American black bears, letting our friends handle a black bear’s pelt, skull, and rubber footprints. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources lent us front and hind prints of a black bear and, for size comparison, they also lent us a print made from the Alaskan Kodiak bear, Bart (who used to live in Heber, Utah with his trainers). The children were very excited to see the size difference between black bear prints and a Kodiak bear print....
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2017 Admissions Information Meeting - New Students

2017 Admissions Information Meeting - New Students





Thursday, January 19th, 2017Meeting starts promptly at 6:30pmAdults only - sorry, no child care providedBring a friend!Montessori Community School will be hosting an Admissions Information Meeting for all adults interested in learning more about any of our programs for 2017-2018 Admissions. Parents are invited to join us for a presentation about Montessori method, curriculum and philosophy and how they are implemented in our program to educate the whole child. Then, visit individual classrooms to learn more about each program and to meet and greet with our administrative and teaching staff.  2017-2018 Application Packets will be available.Montessori Community School serves children aged 18 months through 6th grade and we offer an extended day program, 7:30am - 6:00pm. Confirm your attendance or interest in coming on our Facebook event. Montessori Community School's mission is to provide a rich, individualized educational experience, which guides and nurtures the natural unfolding of the whole individual and inspires...
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Winter Camp 2016 - Wild Utah



This year's Winter Camp theme is Wild Utah. The students will have amazing opportunities to learn about animals of Utah through a lot of fun activities including animal track and scat identification, creating animal tracks, handling real pelts and skulls, and, of course, a lot of arts and crafts.A Few Reminders:The doors do not open until 8:00 am and camp also closes at 5:30 pm. Please be mindful of these times. Plan to be at the school no later than 5:25 pm to ensure there are no late pick-ups. -Late Pick-Up Fees will apply.Ensure your child brings the following items to camp:  winter attire, a lunch from home, and a change of clothes (for Toddler and Early Childhood students). If your child takes naps, please provide a blanket.  Make sure that your child brings appropriate clothing for any weather, as we will go outside whenever the weather permits.We look forward to providing...
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How to Emotionally Prepare Your Student for a Future Event



There is a power in preparing for future events by devising solutions and strategies for goals rather than emphasizing, simply, avoiding problems. For example, having students identify what their best hopes are for their behavior during a field trip and asking them to identify those hopes in specific detail. If the student is unable to come up with their "best hope" we can ask them to think about what their teacher or parent would likely say if asked that question. If you have a particular student anticipated in having more trouble than another, you could meet with a parent and/or teacher so they can hear the opinion of that other person word for word. The following is how our school plans to approach students in preparation for Winter Sports and we suggest parents take a similar approach as you start engaging in conversations about the Winter Sports Program and the ski/ snowboard lessons. Sample Situation 1:Teacher/ Administration/...
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Our Grandmothers We Sponsor




As many of you know, Montessori Community School sponsors two grandmothers through the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program. This year, our 3rd Year Lower and 5th Year Upper Elementary students were able to attend the Navajo Rug Show at Deer Valley Resort in November. In November, we did a light food, clothing, and supply drive for our Elders. However, each year around the holidays, we are able to send more directly to our grandmothers, Elvira Horseherder, and Anita Jackson. Funds raised during our annual Fun Run go directly toward our Service Learning objectives: Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program (our grandmothers) and our girls we sponsor through the Children of Ethiopia Education Fund, COEEF.Due to the success of last year's Fun Run, this holiday season, we have been able to send our grandmothers much needed supplies such as wool for weaving, bundles of firewood ($500 each), Fall and Spring Gift Packs, and Food Gift Certificates coming to a total...
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Toys and the Boxes They Come In


"Whatever do you think they'll do with all those boxes? Well..." —Min Flyte, BoxYou're thrilled with the gift you've chosen for your toddler, and you can't wait to see her open it up. She takes forever tearing off the paper, and becomes enchanted with the ribbon and wrappings. You help navigate the opening of the box and express your excitement over the surprise inside. She explores the gift for a minute or two, and then returns to the paper, ribbons, and empty box and spends the next half hour discovering all their possibilities.It Doesn't Take MuchA young child doesn't need much to become engaged with the world. Children can spend hours playing with the simplest items. They love empty boxes that might hold their treasures. Ribbons, paper, string, and tape are perfect for creating whatever they might imagine.I recall seeing young neighbors having a grand time with the runoff from a rain...
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Are You Getting Ready?

Are You Getting Ready?




Hello Parents,I am excited winter sports season is upon us! Hopefully, the snow stays fresh throughout the season. Last Thursday, December 1st, MCS emailed out our Waiver and Release. As we strive to go paperless, it has been a bit confusing with the different links that have gone out. This far, there has been a link for Snowbird's Ski School Waiver (Mandatory), a survey to determine Snowboarding interest, and MCS' Waiver and Release (Mandatory). If you have not received or filled out both Snowbird's Waiver or MCS' Waiver, please let the office know.I hope everyone is getting gear sorted and ready, in particular, clearly labeling each piece. Also, letting your students practice wearing their gear, putting it on and off, familiarizing themselves with each piece of their gear, and carrying it around themselves. Thanks so much for all of your support and enthusiasm in helping your student to be prepared for...
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Victory and Peace...Marc Seldin


This morning, after spending several hours in one of our classrooms for a most lovely observation, I was lucky enough to open my email and find this beautifully inspiring message waiting for me from our Montessori friends at CGMS.  Written by Marc Seldin. Click here to read full blog post on CGMS's site. The four-year old girls were good friends, but now they’re angry. One said something to the other, tempers flared, and a friendship is in jeopardy. Fortunately, the children are in a Montessori classroom. Montessori schools use many techniques for harmony, but in this classroom they have a peace rose. One little girl retrieves the flower from its shelf, expresses her hurt, and passes the rose to her friend. Together they explore their feelings, and conflict is transmuted into understanding. The children have learned a process to maintain harmony.In a time of resurging intolerance, we may turn to our classrooms for reassurance. They...
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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. 

Peer Conflict - What is a parent to do?


A note from our school psychologist, Dr. Melissa DeVries, Ph.D., on how parents can effectively support peer conflict with Early Childhood aged children...Enjoy!  Handling Peer Interaction Complaints From Your Early Childhood StudentIt can be difficult to know what to do when your child voices complaints about negative experiences with classmates. Parents natural response is to be protective. Thus, many of us jump to the defense of our child, driven to find an expedient end to the problem such as asking classroom teachers to stop it from happening again. While well-meaning, this may not be the most feasible or beneficial way to handle peer problems. In fact, situations like these represent a unique opportunity for parents to engage their child in problem solving and social skill-building. They learn these skills by (1) observing parent reaction and problem solving styles, and (2) practicing new skills on their own during future problematic encounters. The 3- to...
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Order Spirit Gear by Nov. 11




Montessori Community School presents MCS Hoodies and Neck Gaiters. Show your Montessori School pride and support by rocking one of these items this coming season. Order cut off date is November 11, 2016 so ORDER NOW!Hoodies come in Adult, Youth, and Toddler sizes and neck gaiters come in Youth and Adult sizes. Hoodies may be tried on during school hours. A clothes rack with the various sizes and colors may be found in the school lobby. To order, go to www.mcsslc.com/gear. 

November Elevation Lunch Menu


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Service Learning: Navajo Rug Show




One of our school’s Service Learning Programs is the Adopt-a-Native Elder Program. During the next two weeks we will be doing a drive for items to take with us to the Navajo Rug Show, which our two Elders, Grandmother Anita Jackson and Elvira Horseherder weave rugs and make jewelry for. The items donated will go directly toward our grandmothers, other Elders, and children in need on the reservation. Please look for the donation bins throughout the school.We thank you for your support of this program and your continued involvement in your student's Service Learning experiences. We encourage you to talk with your students about the importance of service and helping those in need. 
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