Montessori Compass - Are YOU in the know?


MCS Parents, Did you know that you can check on your child’s weekly progress through Montessori Compass?  Compass is where your child’s teacher records lessons, uploads pictures, and writes anecdotes about what’s happening in the classroom.  This is an excellent way to stay connected to your child and their experience!  Compass includes some excellent parent resources. We encourage each parent to access and read your child’s weekly reports and their Fall Evaluation, coming in October, in preparation for Parent Teacher Conferences in November.  If you are unable to log in to Compass or do not receive weekly updates to your email, please contact Britney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for your ongoing support of both your child and your child's teachers!

Parenting Connection 10/17/18


Screen Free Sundays have become quite popular at our house.  Admittedly, when we began SFS there was a concern that the adults would feel more punished than the kids.  As it turns out, my dreams of us coming together spontaneously as a family have finally come true! Sundays at home are now spent adventuring, resting, and playing together.  Some of the best conversations I have with my kids each week now take place after a few hours of together time and I find that my children are more well rested and prepared for the new week than ever before! Lasso the Moon suggests these 75 Screen Free Activities.  

Parenting Connection 10/09/18


I believe wholeheartedly that our children require a great deal of practice at becoming empathetic, compassionate, contributing members of society and that they deserve a great deal of support along the way.  Feelings can be SO BIG for kids and, in a world that thrives on immediate gratification, it can be hard to work through the “stuff” that comes with those big feelings. This wonderful article from Montessori Nature discusses the elements a child needs to learn to regulate their emotions at a young age.  

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 HuieAs 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...
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Birthday Wishes in Honor of Maria Montessori


 Maria Montessori - Her Life & LegacyAs we are so deeply indebted to the great work and legacy of Maria Montessori, and in light of her birthday on August 31st, we would like to honor Dr. Montessori by telling her story. Born in a small town of Italy to parents, Renilde Stoppani and Allessandro, Maria forged her own educational path, even in childhood. Throughout her youth, she acquired a very ambitious taste for science and mathematics, which was extraordinary for a girl during the time. After attending a tech school, Maria Montessori decided to study medicine. Throughout an intricate and complicated series of events (including a letter of recommendation for college acceptance by the Catholic Pope himself), Maria went on to Medical School to become the very first female Doctor in Italy.During Maria’s residency, she spent time working with children in a psychiatric hospital. She had not been working there long,...
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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. Training...
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A Welcome Letter from School Director, Britney Peterson


Dear MCS Parents,With open arms and hearts, we welcome you to the 2018 - 2019 Academic year. I always love the energy of the new year and this one is no different. Our hallways are filled with excited students, parents and teachers greeting old friends or meeting new ones. Each material, even down to each individual pencil, has been intentionally placed with care. The floors, walls, materials, etc. are clean and ready to begin a collection of new memories of the year; filled with new adventures, friendships and accomplishments. For most of us, a new school year signifies creating and refreshing goals. We appreciate the support from our parent community as our administration has undergone some changes. We are hopeful the structure of our revised administrative team will bring about opportunity for growth as a school while we still each strive to protect Robyn and Bob's (MCS Founders and Owners) vision...
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The Society by Cohesion: Why Did We Have To Have All These Kids, Anyway?


Below you will find a beautifully written article, written by Montessori advocate and author Catherine McTamaney, about how a Montessori classroom functions.  She so concisely sums up some of the most basic and important tenants of a Montessori classroom (including why there are so many kids in a classroom) to describe their place in our environment and, most importantly, their outcome! Enjoy!Glance through some school brochures. You'll notice quite a bit of language in common: whole child, child-centered, low student-teacher ratios, individualized attention. If so many school settings agree that fewer children per teacher is something to brag about, why are Montessori classrooms so large? Remember the basic design principles of a Montessori classroom: multiage classrooms, specialized materials and extended time to explore them, professionally-prepared teachers and individualized curricula to match each child. The curriculum not only complements the first three factors size: it relies on it. Because Montessori classrooms are multi-aged,...
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Illness Policy - When to Send a Sick Child to School


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 our 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 and...
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Letter from Head of School


Dear 2017-2018 MCS Students,Once again, we have reached a crossroads. Some of you will return to our school next year and continue your experience as a part of our community while some of you will move on to new adventures and experiences. Regardless of where the next year finds you, we are honored to have spent this valuable time with you. We congratulate you for your hard work and for being engaged in our community. 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 a lifetime love of learning and peace. Education is a great gift and we feel honored with the opportunity to make peace such an important part of the experience we offer here at MCS. By honoring each individual student and supporting children in becoming their most authentic, passionate, courageous and determined...
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Uinta Adventure 2018 - Fremont Indian State Park


Last week the Uinta class (Upper Elementary, 9-12 year olds) embarked on a great adventure to Fremont Indian State Park. There they enjoyed three days of outdoor fun, experiential learning, and life experiences.  This annual overnight camping adventure was the synthesis of their year’s studies.  As part of their cultural curriculum the students had studied the Fremont Indians while on GO. They explored relationships within and with nature so at Fremont Indian State Park they were able to see and experience first hand much of what they had read and learned about.                                           Students, teachers and parent chaperones worked together to create a comfortable camp space and prepare delicious meals to be shared. While there they participated in a facilitated ropes course. Team challenges such as “The Wall of Integrity” and “Escape...
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Spring Camp 2018


This year's Spring Camp brought students on an exciting adventure through the rainforest! Campers participated in a number of crafts and sensory learning activities that immersed them in the magical world of South America. On Monday, our students worked to answer the question, "What is the rainforest?" They studied the many layers and characteristics of the rainforest and created their own paper trees. Tuesday, we learned about the animals and insects that call the rainforest home. Early childhood and elementary students were able to create snakes galore with various fun materials, while the Toddlers finger painted their very own sloths and sang "Five Little Monkeys".Wednesday brought the exploration of the rainforest's native plants and birds. Campers created vibrant parrots out of paper plates and colored beautiful pictures of Toucans.Thursday was very special, as friends learned about food and products from the rainforest - and were able to participate in a tasting...
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Technology in the Home


We recently had the privilege of hosting a Parent Education Event where a panel of experts prepared and presented information related to the use of screens in the home.  Below you can find some important take aways from that event.  Should you want further information from the event, you can find copies of the handouts on the Scholastic News table in the school lobby.  Current research indicates the use of screens and an investment in social media my be impacting children's ability to regulate emotion and the things kids are missing out on are worth taking a second look at as we establish the patterns around media in the home.  Dopamine, oxytocin and seratonin levels are impacted by screen use and in turn, other areas of the child and family are being impacted.  The argument that we live in a time that its impossible (or even difficult) to escape the use of...
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2018 Early Childhood Performing Arts Showcases


In the month of February our Early Childhood students had the opportunity to perform on stage for their parents and teachers! It was a lovely experience for all.  The purpose of the showcases is to give parents a glimpse of what their students are working on in class.  Showcases also allow children the chance to learn what it is like to be on stage. Although this is the first time many of our students have been on stage, their enthusiasm for performing for loved ones was contagious! During each showcase the students smiled & waved at the sight of family and friends. As a Montessori program, we take pride in our Specialty classes as an opportunity to offer students experience in a variety of classes and skills.  Their experience in each of these classes is somewhat limited but the opportunity to learn more about their interests, along with skills taught about how to find...
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2018 All School Assembly


Each year we attempt to come together as an entire school at least twice per year.  We begin each year with a gathering for International Day of Peace, where we meet on the green space to sing together before walking the campus to see the prayer flags made by each student at MCS.  Typically, our second gathering is in the gym and consists of some kind of science or cultural presentation. This year was especially enjoyable! This morning we had the pleasure of hosting Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl, a local Mexican Folk Dance group, for our 2018 All School Assembly.  The group presented a variety of dances, music and costumes, all of which were delightful!The first number was called Son Jarocho, is from Veracruz and is the main manifestation of the veracruzana party, whose origin is a mixture of Spanish airs influenced by African rhythms, executed with jarana, requinto and harp among...
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A Sustainable Living Tip - Composting…Indoors!


  Indoor composting can be a fun way to incorporate science into your family routines, particularly during the winter months. This article  from Cornell Composting shares some great tips for indoor composting with children!Happy Composting!Source: Jen Fong and Paula Hewitt http://compost.css.cornell.edu/worms/steps.html

A Sustainable Living Tip - Celebrating Trees


Last Wednesday, January 31 marked the ending of the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat—the Jewish New Year for trees. Tu B’Shevat is a celebration of trees and all the resources trees provide. The celebration of this holiday serves as reinvigoration of appreciation for these amazing lifeforms.    Trees provide a wonderful way to connect kids to their natural world. There are many ways to promote mindfulness about our environment by helping kids consider all the ways trees enrich our lives. Trees are important symbols of life and systems.    One fun idea for appreciating and understanding the changes and lifecycles of trees is to “adopt a tree”. To do this, locate a beloved tree in area that is visited often. Draw the tree, measure the tree, name the tree, recognize all the wonderful things about that tree. Keep a tree journal where reflections, drawings and data about that tree are collected...
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Keeping Up to Date With Environmental Legislation - A Sustainable Living Tip


The 2018 Utah Legislative Session is underway! Need help following and better understanding some of the proposed legislation regarding environmental stewardship in Utah? Below are some links to helpful online bill trackers. Sierra Club Priority Bills *Provides an option to sign up for weekly 2018 Utah Legislative Updates HEAL Utah Bill Tracker *Provides an option to sign up for weekly 2018 Utah Legislative Updates Action Utah Bill Tracker *See the section on Environmental Stewardship

Sustainable Living Tip: Buying In Bulk


Dear MCS Families and Friends,Happy New Year! The Sustainability Committee is excited to announce that each week we will be writing about a tip for sustainable living. This week's tip will focus on buying foods from the bulk bin section at the grocery store. While shopping from the bulk bin section can take a bit more time, it does reduce packaging waste, save money, and provide many non-processed/minimally processed food options. Most major grocery stores have a bulk bin section. One way to make buying from the bulk bin section nearly waste free is to bring reusable sacks. Below is a list of links for retailers that sell bags especially made for bulk food shopping. These bags are virtually weightless, so won't they won't add to the cost of your purchase. I personally recommend the Kootsac bags sold on Etsy. The Kootsac bags are durable for heaving items like beans and...
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Local Screenagers Screening


AN AWARD-WINNING FILM THAT PROBES INTO THE VULNERABLE CORNERS OF FAMILY LIFE AND DEPICTS MESSY STRUGGLES OVER SOCIAL MEDIA, VIDEO GAMES AND ACADEMICS. THE FILM OFFERS SOLUTIONS ON HOW WE CAN HELP OUR KIDS NAVIGATE THE DIGITAL WORLD. https://www.screenagersmovie.com/
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