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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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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Silent Journey's Of Past...




Wondering what you might get out of attending this year's Silent Journey and Discovery?  Below are some experiences shared by attendees of the past...We hope you can join us this year!!!2015 Parent of Lower Elementary MCS Student (student is still in Lower El for 2016-17 year) "I just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful silent journey and discovery on Saturday.  When I originally chose Montessori for Luka at age 3, I read the book Understanding Montessori, but this was the first chance I've had to personally work with Montessori materials.  Everything I saw on Saturday validated my choice for Luka's education and in particular my choice of Montessori Community School.  The environments are beautiful and so well-prepared and the teachers are well spoken advocates and role models for little people.  Bravo!"Karna Sacchi2014 Parents of an MCS Toddler student (student is now a third year Early Childhood student):"Our little girl started this...
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Silent Journey 2016 is quickly approaching. Sign up now!


Silent Journey and Discovery is an opportunity for parents to spend a morning experiencing our school through the eyes of the children. Parents and adults will spend time in each of our programs, starting in Toddlers and ending in Upper Elementary, discovering the magic and process of the Montessori materials.This is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the Montessori Curriculum and begin your own journey to a lifetime love of learning and peace.Brunch will be served. There is no charge to participate, however space is limited! Please sign up in the office. Childcare will be provided for those who sign up in advance.November 19, 20169:00am - 1:00pm 

Seeking Volunteers

MCS Halloween CarnivalFriday, October 28th 6:30-8:00pmMore Volunteers Needed!** Great way to get your parent participation hours **Needs:1-2 volunteers for pumpkin cleaning – 6:30-7:15pm2 volunteers for event break down – 8:00-9:00pm1 volunteer for ticket table – 6:45-7:30pm1 volunteer for mini golf –7:15-8:00pm1 volunteer for Earthwings – 7:15-8:00pm1 volunteer for plinko – 7:15-8:00pm2 car volunteers for Trunk or Treat 6:30-8:00pmIf you are available for anything and would like tohelp, let us know and we’ll get you an assignment!Please contact Jessica Pechmann This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 SCHOOLSGOOGLE PLUSFACEBOOKPRIVATE SCHOOL REVIEWYELPTWITTERLINKEDIN

Rockband!


Michael, Emil’s and Anja’s dad, is looking for musicians to start a band project. I suggest one or two monthly rehearsals and perhaps the occasional gig. Seeking all instruments (and singers!). Style negotiable.Write/call Michael at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (385) 444-8207

Follow the Child...what does that really mean?


Montessori has a reputation for having its very own lingo and we are quick to assume that parents will interpret these terms with very little explanation or example giving.  Follow the child is one of the most common phrases you will hear in any Montessori circle.  I love Montessorium for so many reasons and this short video explaining what we REALLY mean when we say "follow the child" is spot on.  Enjoy!!!

For Parents Who Worry (Isn't That All of Us?)


"The education of our day is rich in methods, aims and social ends, but one must still say that it takes no account of life itself."                                                                                        —Maria Montessori, The Absorbent MindI started my adult life as a teacher and I think I eventually grew in to a very good one.  So, you can imagine my bewilderment when each of my three children were "slow to read."  (Confession - I actually don't believe in "slow" or "quick" when it comes to the learning process...but I forgot about that when it was my kids!) I did all the right things.  We read books together from the time they were infants, they...
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MCS Book Club


School Psych Corner : Welcome back MCS families! I wanted to make you aware of an exciting opportunity that will be happening this year. I am coordinating an online book club for parents and other family members where we can read and discuss books on a variety of topics such as parenting, child development, and education. You are welcome to join in at any time and participate as often or as little as you wish. I’ve created a book group for this purpose on GoodReads.com and have selected a few books that might be interesting to read and discuss. As group members you are all invited to pitch ideas for books to read in future months. I have selected the first book to get us started. We will read and discuss throughout the month of October. To join the group, follow the invite link below:https://www.goodreads.com/group/invite/198621-mcs-parent-book-club?invite_key=9bd61e6cca9a23aa8a9612dbacf87105144b24d7&utm_medium=email&utm_source=copypastegroupHappy Reading!Melissa

Spreading Peace










Last week our school community shared in the beautiful gift of celebrating peace as a community and as part of a world-wide event. Each member of our school, from the tiniest toddler to the tallest elementary student, joined together on the field to sing "Light a Candle for Peace."  Then, our elementary students sang "What a Wonderful World" and one of our elementary teachers, Christian, spoke to our students briefly about sharing compassion around the world.  He invited the students to imagine a mirror that allows them to look at themselves full of love and compassion, then invited them to turn that mirror and extend the same love to their friends, their family, their community, their city, their state, their country and, finally, to the entire world.  As stewards over these each of these beautiful little humans, we take great joy and responsibility in the privilege and responsibility of teaching peace to...
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PSA Green Committee



Our Green Committee is a great way to support Green Initiatives around the school.  If you are interested in being part of our Green Committee, please contact our PSA.Enjoy these great pictures of Uinta students who rode their bikes to school today!  Three cheers for alternative transportation!When the weather is fine and the construction is clear…we ride!  

Creating a Place for Peace

“Find a time and place of solitude.
Look into the distance and into the future.
Visualize the tomorrow you are going to build;
and begin to build that tomorrow, today.”
-Jonathan Lockwood Huie


As part of our Peace Curriculum that is incorporated into our monthly studies at MCS, this month each of the classes is engaged in a study of creating space for Peace as we prepare to celebrate International Peace Day on September 21st and in honor of Maria Montessori’s extensive work in the field of Peace Education. Studies show that a preventative curriculum that promotes communication, community and self-advocacy is more effective than a punishing approach to bullying in schools. Ours is a program that we expect will follow our students far beyond their structured educational experience. We hope for and assist children in the development of skills of peaceful conflict resolution, gaining respect for peers and incorporating communal advocacy, taking in to account the needs of a community and how one’s behavior affects another, and establishing a lifetime of self advocacy, self love and self respect.

Averting war is the work of politicians; establishing peace is the work of educators. ~Maria Montessori
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The Uninterrupted Work Cycle - The Basics of Success

A Montessori teacher put it this way: "Protect the three-hour work period with your life! It's one of the most important ingredients in our method."


Parents!  Exciting things are happening around here.  Already, we are beginning to see the inklings of classrooms running like well-oiled machines.  Below you will find a very meaningful article about the uninterrupted work cycle.  While this sounds like more fancy Montessori-esque language, it has great meaning in a successful Montessori environment.  This is the place where the students natural instincts to find meaningful learning experiences is most honored to prepare the child for future learning opportunities.  This is where one child's need for movement is given as much respect and space as another child's need for full concentration on a task.  This is where Montessori shines like a bright star in a sky full of educational opportunities for kiddos.  I hope you'll take just a few short minutes to read below and learn why we want so badly for your child to arrive to school on time each and every day and what great opportunities this important beginning of day time has to offer your child.

Warmly,
Britney



"When the children had completed an absorbing bit of work,
they appeared rested and deeply pleased."
—Maria Montessori (author), Paul Oswald (editor),
Basic Ideas of Montessori's Educational Theory


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The Story of the Universe - Adventures in Lower Elementary

There are a lot of things for our Lower Elementary students to get excited about this time of year!  The tall slide on the playground, the Native American flute, their upcoming trip to the Utah State Fair, and math exercises using materials that span CLEAR across the Lower Elementary hallway are just a few of them.  My personal favorite, though, are the Great Lessons that start the school year.  Great Lessons are aimed at the elementary students vivid use of imagination, one of their very best attributes -wouldn't you say,  to get them thinking about some of the big questions in life. Where did humans come from?  Why does the earth rotate?  Who made up language? 

There are a total of five Great Lessons and they are used to introduce the year's studies of history, geography, botany, zoology, science, language and math in the LE program.  Not only are they important in inspiring the child's imagination and investing them in the importance of various subjects they can look forward to studying, but they are memorable, too!  Having the opportunity to hear these stories three different times in their LE cycle allows students to consider them from various perspectives.  

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A Special Invitation to our MCS Community


MCS Families,Our Aspens Community Builders have arranged the event below for their first Community Building event.  They have extended the invitation school-wide!The Voice Area of the School of Music invites you to a unique outdoor experience on Presidents Circle on September 22nd at 4:10. Twenty-two of our School’s talented singers, as well as internationally acclaimed pianist Jed Moss, will present A Musical Menagerie, Animals in Song. The hour-long voice recital will include works performed in English and will feature songs about farm animals, dogs, cockroaches, frogs, snakes, worms, microbes, crows, and even warthogs. Second Chance for Homeless Pets will join us, and best of all, our outdoor space is family and animal friendly! Please join us on the lawn for a beautiful afternoon in late September celebrating and surrounded by the animals we love.

We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.


We are looking forward to the opportunity for our Early Childhood parents to participate in the ThroughPlay study through the University of Utah.  MCS parents can expect to receive a link to the questionnaire via email shortly.  Completion of the questionnaire is a prerequisite to receiving an invitation to the presentation mentioned above.MCS will offer child care to our families.  If you plan to attend this presentation and are interested in child care here at MCS, please email Britney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Illness Policy - Tis the season....


The beginning of a new school year can bring many wonderful new things; new friends, new classroom works and new routines are just a few of my favorites.  Unfortunately, new illnesses tend to make an exuberant appearance as well.  While we understand that illness at home can impact schedules and routines (for both parents and children) we want to urge each of you to read up on and abide by our illness policy here at MCS. We will do our part here at school to try to minimize the spread of illness by encouraging lots of hand washing and nose blowing (and then more hand washing) and by sending children and staff home when they are ill.  We ask that you each support us by following the illness policy set forth in our parent handbooks and as listed below so that we might minimize the spread of illness to our students...
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