Committee Meeting Updates


Thank you to those who participated in our Health and Safety Committee Meetings last Friday.  Many good ideas came from those meetings, which will be communicated at our upcoming Town Hall on Tuesday, October 15th.  You can expect to learn more about a possible adjustment to our vaccination policy (of which we will be seeking parent input), the implementation of a new extraordinary measures policy in regards to preventable diseases, the  implementation of a Parent Advisory Committee upon whom we can call for guidance in best health and safety practices, and updates about our accreditation process.  Please watch for an evite with details and to RSVP for this event. Note that there will be child care available for this event and thank you for signing up in advance in the office for child care. 

Combating Tardiness and Creating Effective Morning Routines - Parenting Connection


The honeymoon period for the new year may be wearing off and you may be finding that mornings are getting more and more tough.  If you find that your children are significantly less enthusiastic about bouncing out of bed and preparing for school, you are not alone.  That said, tardiness to school can have a wide range of negative outcomes for students.  Below are some ideas for young children to help bypass the drama.  Keep in mind that Montessori children are used to independence, to having a say, and to consistency. Have 5 bins of the same color available for your child to plan their outfits for the week.  On Sunday nights, create time for your child to put outfits together for the entire week.  This allows your child the option to choose their clothes for the week, while also limiting the overwhelm of an entire closet or dresser full of clothes when...
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Fun Run - September 25, 2019


13th Annual Fun Run 2019 Wednesday - September 25, 2019 Donate Now Our students have the unique opportunity to raise pledges for Service Learning Projects:The Children of Ethiopia Education Fund (COEEF) - Specifically, the COEEF program sponsors girls in Ethiopia so they can attend school.Adopt-a-Native Elder Program - 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.MEF Growth & Education - Continuing to grow the Montessori Educational Foundation nonprofit though grassroots Montessori advocacy and support Make a bigger impact by Helping your child to set a goal to raise a certain amount.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 cause.Helping your child actively participate. (For example, earning money...
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Parenting Connection - Using Questions as a Teaching Tool


Questions are one of the most powerful teachers in existence. How else do we really know where someone else is coming from? And how can we possibly meet them where they are at without that information?  Asking questions gives kids a chance to think critically, use their language, and reason and decide. It’s in the presence of their trusted adults they will do the most learning. Might as well use a method that involves them! Enjoy reading about how to use questions to help a child work through a mistake or problem.

Community Emergency Preparedness Committee Meetings


Our Emergency Preparedness Committee would like to invite interested parents to join in creating action plans around the items listed below.  We would be happy to share our preliminary plans of action with you; if interested please contact Britney or Brandi. We will be hosting committee meetings during the following times:  September 20 @ 10:30am: Vaccination Policy Review Committee (contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) September 20 @ 1:00pm: Infectious Disease Action Plan Committee (contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)September 20 @ 3:00pm: Educating the Community on Best Practices for Health & Safety Measures (contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  If you are unable to attend these meetings and are interested in being part of the committee or have contributions for this discussion, please contact Britney, Brandi or Margaret. A Town Hall where we will apprise the community of work to date is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15 at 6:00pm (childcare provided). More info to come. 

Speech and Language Screenings, 2019


Speech, language, and hearing screenings will be taking place Wednesday, September 18th. Let's Talk Speech will be coming in to implement those screenings. 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 18th. If you would like your student screened and they are NOT a kindergartener, it will be $20 for a speech and language screening. Note that hearing screenings will be held on a different day.   Dear Parents, Montessori Community School will be holding speech and language screenings on Wednesday, September 18th. 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, brief measure of your child’s speech and language skills in order to determine...
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Parenting Connection - Letting Toddlers Help


One of the key tenets for the Toddler department at MCS is to foster independence. There are many ways that we help guide our students through their exploration and discovery of their environment. Toddlers love to learn by doing even when it does not look as clean and concise as we might like it to. This article from Psychology Today speaks to the idea of letting our toddlers help in a variety of ways to grow their sense of independence.

VACCINATION POLICY & DISCLOSURE STATEMENT


Montessori Community School’s current policy on immunizations states that we must have up-to-date immunization records or a completed and signed Utah Department of Health exemption (for medical, religious or personal reasons) on file before each child's first day of attendance.  It is the intention of MCS to require a student who has claimed an exemption to all vaccines or to one vaccine to stay home from school if there is good cause to believe that: The student has a vaccine preventable disease,Has been exposed to a vaccine-preventable disease,Or will be exposed to a vaccine-preventable disease as a result of school attendance.  An excluded student may not attend school until the local health officer is satisfied that a student is no longer at risk of contracting or transmitting a vaccine-preventable disease.  Our records for this academic year indicate that we currently have less than 1% of our total enrollment with a status...
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Parenting Connection - The Partnership between Parents and Teachers


The partnership between teachers and parents is the best way to support your child’s educational experience. Nurturing that partnership is important on both ends! Relationships where both parties take equal accountability are the most successful. Give and take, along with clear, consistent communication are crucial to ensuring the most success possible. This short article, from Primary at Montessorium, gives some cool tips for nurturing your parent-teacher relationship!Please note that Montessori Compass, our weekly email newsletter, classroom calendars, email and teachers office hours are a few of the ways we communicate with parents.  Our doors are always open and we invite you to contact us with any questions. 

FACTS-SIS: Accessing Parents Web

Parents Web from FACTS is a private and secure parents’ portal that will allow parents to view information specific to their children while protecting their children’s information from others.
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Assistant Toddler Teachers

We are seeking Assistant Toddler Teachers, both full and part-time, on schedules ranging from 15-40 hours per week Monday through Friday. You will be working closely with certified Montessori teachers and other assistant teachers.  We seek a warm, imaginative, bright, flexible, and creative teacher who can effectively plan, problem solve and collaborate with our team of teachers.  We expect our staff to be involved and active in our school community. Confidence, professionalism, and a sense of humor are important characteristics. Candidates must be able to communicate effectively with parents, students, and staff. A strong respect for and love of children are essential. An understanding of the Montessori philosophy would be advantageous.  Candidates must have First Aid and CPR Certification or will be expected to complete First Aid and CPR Certification or be able to obtain certification 60 days after hire. Candidate must also be able to pass a background check and TB...
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Elementary Extended Day Teacher (3:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

Montessori Community School of Salt Lake City seeks Extended Day Teachers to co-teach a class of approximately 40 elementary students (6 – 12 years), Monday - Friday, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.   We seek warm, imaginative, bright, flexible, and creative teachers who can effectively plan, problem solve, and collaborate with other Extended Day Teachers. We expect our staff to be involved and active in our school community. Confidence, professionalism, and a sense of humor are important characteristics. Candidates must be able to communicate effectively with parents, students, and staff. A strong respect for and love of children are essential.   Candidates must have First Aid and CPR Certification or will be expected to complete First Aid and CPR Certification or be able to obtain certification 60 days after hire. Candidates must also be able to pass a background check and TB test. These positions are for the 2019 - 2020 Academic...
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Toddler Extended Day Teachers

Toddler Classroom Extended Day Teachers Montessori Community School of Salt Lake City seeks Toddler Extended Day Teachers to work up to 15 hours per week with the possibility of additional hours substituting at your convenience. Daily schedules are Monday through Friday 3:00 - 6:00pm. MCS has three Toddler classrooms. You will be working closely with certified Montessori Teachers and also a team of Extended Day 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 young children and is interested in working in a Montessori environment. A respect for and love of children is essential. 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. Candidate must have First Aid and CPR Certification...
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A Letter from the Director


Dear MCS Parents,It has been a year of learning and growth as our administrative team have adjusted to new roles and responsibilities. Although many of us have taken on new responsibilities this year, we have been fortunate to make this transition as a committed and familiar team who have worked closely with one another for a number of years.  Robyn has provided a great deal of guidance and even more trust while sharing her vision with our students, staff and parents.  Our staff have continued to provide a quality education, with a deep commitment to the Montessori philosophy and a spirit of community, to ensure a year filled with the kind of success you have come to expect from our school.  We are indeed grateful (and lucky!) to have such a wonderful staff who are committed and trustworthy.  Over the past several years we have been working towards our IMC Accreditation and have...
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Mother's Day Celebrations 2019









Our Aspens and Willows classes had the opportunity to celebrate their wonderful mothers last week during their Mother's Day Tea Events. Aspens invited their mothers to join them in their classroom to enjoy a breakfast snack; also a lovely chance for their mothers to see what classroom life is like for their children. They were treated to a lovely flower on their way out.Willows had a wonderful Mother’s Day Tea in the gym. The students prepared lovely little sandwiches for their mothers and the gym was decorated with care by the children. After sharing tea, fruit and baked goods, the students sang a song to their mothers.Other classes celebrate parents and families in a variety of ways and we look forward to hosting more parent events in the coming weeks. 

Summer Screen Time Rules


Looking for some great ways to create a positive summer schedule that requires movement, human interaction, and contribution to the family community before your child delves into the screens?  This is a great guide for summer routines for kids of all ages!

Earth Day Inspiration


Our Upper Elementary class have been studying poetry and in the process of searching for inspiration for a Haiku poem, one of our 5th year students wrote the below poem, free-verse style. Sevilla told us that Free-Verse is her favorite style of poetry because it doesn't put any limitations on the writer and allows for more creativity than other types of poetry.  Please enjoy. For more inspiring work by our Uinta students (9-12 year olds), be sure to visit the lower level east hallway (near the dance studio). Earth Day InspirationOur world will soon be ashes,So dreamers listen up.Our world will be a graveyard,As humans raise their cup.Our world will be a ghost town,Before you can even blink.Because even the sturdiest swimmer,Eventually will sink.So dreamers, find your wild side,So explorers find your earth,So workers find your forest,And wanderers find your mirth.Call upon the fire,Buried deep within your bones.Because everybody must unite,If we want...
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Summer Screen Time

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Positive Parenting with Michelle Vo, MD


In March we had the pleasure of hosting Montessori parent of 3, Michelle Vo, MD, for our Parent Education Event.  Michelle presented on the subject of Positive Parenting; a method that focuses on developing a strong relationship between parent and child and which is based on mutual respect and communication.  It's purpose? To create strong emotional connections between parent and child.  Positive Parenting aligns beautifully with Montessori in that it meets a child where they are at developmentally and the adults are considered guides. This is different from some more traditional approaches where the parent is the disciplinarian.  Michelle spoke to us about parent self-regulation, with reminders to take care of our selves so that we could remain emotionally available and feel successful as parents.  As parents, we are our children's safe space and approaching this task mindfully and intentionally is crucial to creating a safe and secure space in which our children...
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IT / Systems Administrator Internship


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 supervision....
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