ZUMBATHON FOR NICO!

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  Shakin' it for Nico!  Deacon, Drake, Meghan and Sophie volunteer their time at the Zumbathon.  A small crowd of attendees before the madness began!  Shakin' It for Nico! Excited children watching their parents dance! Alyana and Lauren, volunteering in Child Care, bust out a move. For those who participated in the Zumbathon last Friday night, we cannot begin to thank you enough.  The energy was incredible and seeing the event come together, as a community of loving adults put their dollars AND their enthusiastic energy into this project, was a touching experience for many.  We raised well over our anticipated goal and some of our staff members are looking forward to presenting the money to Nico and his family next week. This event is just one reason we are all proud to be a part of the Montessori Community School...when we bring together our talents, our good intentions, and our positive energy-we can do amazing things! Special thanks to...
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It's time for the 6th Annual MCS Fun Run!

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Thursday, 21 March 2013 in School News 6th Annual - Montessori Community School Fun RunWednesday, April 17th 2013(Please note the change in date from the school calendar.) The two main service projects that our school is involved with are the Adopt A Native Elder program and also COEEF (Children of Ethiopia Fund).  For the past seventeen years our school has raised money, in various ways, for the Adopt a Native Elder program, to provide financial assistance for our three adopted Navajo grandmothers- Roseline, Emma and Elvira who have chosen to remain living on a reservation and spent their lives living in the  traditional life style as role models for their children and grandchildren.  For the past ten years our school has also raised money to pay full tuition to allow our  girls in Ethiopia...
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In Memory of our Beloved Grandmother Rosaline

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 in School News  It is with extreme sadness that we advise you of the death of one of our beloved grandmothers – Grandmother Roseline Jackson.  She was 94 years old.Approximately seventeen years ago our school began our relationship with the Adopt A Native Elder program and at that time we adopted Grandmothers Roseline, Emma and Elvira.Approximately eighteen months ago Bob and I had the opportunity to travel to Arizona with the Adopt A Native Elder group on one of their Food Runs.  Each day we visited a different area of the Navajo reservation and our three grandmothers – Roseline, Emma and Elvira lived in two of these areas so we were able to spend several hours with each of them and get to know them on a more...
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Summer Adventures Camp 2013!

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 in School News Summer is quickly approaching and registration is officially open for our currently enrolled students.  If you are not already signed up for "Full Year" we invite you to stop  the office to pick up a registration form. Please ask Lynn or Liz if you have any questions. See the flyers below for information about this years Montessori Community School Summer Adventures Camp. Students will study Tanzania and Kenya.  Registration will close on March 29th so don't delay.  Space is limited. Tags: Untagged

Decades of Music, Dance, and Art - Performing Arts Showcase

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 in School News We had the wonderful opportunity to catch a glimpse of what our students have been up to this year in Music, Art, and Dance at the Performing Arts Showcase last Friday evening.  Another huge shout out to the students who worked hard and gave their best effort!  Our students are amazing.  Also, another heartfelt thank you to Kindra, Laura, and Katie for their hard work and dedication.   Narrators Oliver & Joshua welcome the crowd of excited families.   Upper Elementary students charm the audience with song.   Middle School students jam on their guitars with Ms. Laura.  Their rendition of "House of the Rising Sun" was incredible!  Great job, guys!   Lower Elementary Wasatch students dance to Diana Ross's"You Keep Me Hangin' On." They had great form!   Upper Elementary grooving to Michael jackson!   Upper El...
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Adopt-A-Native Elder Navajo Rug Show

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Monday, 11 March 2013 in School News We are so grateful to Linda Meyer and the Adopt a Native Elder program for their outreach and efforts in bringing the Children’s Rug Show to MCS on Friday, March 1st.In addition to displaying various crafts that Navajo children made, such as handwoven small rugs, homemade cards, jewelry, and stuffed animals (with their very own names!), the presenters shared information about Navajo history and culture. At one point five children sat in a circle around a Navajo woman while she showed them how to grind corn. During the demonstration she also shared about the three crops that Native Americans introduced: squash, beans, and corn. She asked the children if they knew what those plants looked like when they were growing and explained their interdependence. Corn...
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ZUMBATHON FOR NICO!

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 in School News  ZUMBATHON for NICO make every move count Friday - March 22, 2013 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm Montessori Community School (in the Gym) 2416 East 1700 South Salt Lake City, UT 84108 Minimum Donation $5 - Please contribute more if you can. Come join us for a fun evening for grown ups (ages 16 and up) with the MCS community coming together in support of little Nico who 2 years old. Earlier this year he was diagnosed with high risk Leukemia and your contribution could help greatly.

What's Happening In P.E.

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By: Aliza Jensen, MCS P.E. TeacherLower Elementary P.E.In Lower Elementary P.E., students learn a variety of motor and coordination skills by participating in a variety of sports, games, and movement activities. Students also gain valuable lessons about teamwork and cooperation by playing with others in a team-building atmosphere.A typical class begins with warm ups. Each child has the opportunity to choose a physical motion that can be performed while moving across the length of the gym or field. Skipping, leaping, and racecar driving are popular choices. The class then does the warm up across the gym or field together. The children really enjoy coming up with new and innovative ways to move their bodies! After warm ups, the children play a game.  Frequently children have the opportunity to choose a game and teach the rules to the class. Children learn how to play games such as soccer, capture the flag, and...
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Silent Journey & Discovery

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We had a wonderful Silent Journey and Discovery experience this month. Fifteen parents were in attendence.  We started in the lobby where we shared the routine and schedule and then headed into the classrooms.  Upon entering each new environment, attendees spent the first few minutes of their visit to access the environment in relation to the students at that level. With some prompting they looked at the nature of the materials in the space.  Then, when the bell rang, they were invited to sit down and engage with the classroom materials.  After visiting each classroom and working with the materials, attendees participated in a student-led Socratic Dialogue.  Following a wonderful lunch, we had an open discussion about the experience as a whole and staff members answered specific questions about the materials, the curriculum, and the Montessori philosophy.  Thank you to those who attended.  We are looking forward to hosting this event...
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Montessori Community School Offers Better Alternative

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In a recent interview, Head of Montessori Community School (MCS) established in 1985, Robyn Eriwata-Buchanan, and a current MCS parent, Marie Bosteels, reveal the difference between MCS and other schools in the Salt Lake Valley. Montessori is an authentic curriculum which has been practiced for over 100 years to meet the developmental needs of each individual student.  “We have multi-age classrooms where students are presented lessons with hands-on materials by trained Montessori teachers.  Certified teachers observe carefully and prepare the environment to suit each student in their classroom,” says Robyn. Essentially, students have the opportunity to gain a firm understanding of a concept before moving on to the next concept.In addition, according to Robyn, it is commonly misunderstood that Montessori is a preschool program. On the contrary, the program offers an authentic Montessori education for children aged 18 months up to 8th grade. Current parent, Marie Bosteels, shares her thoughts about MCS....
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Tomorrow's Child

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 in School News   Don't forget to take a look at the newest issue of Tomorrow's Child, which will be placed in your child's take-home file this week.  Some of the interesting articles that we recommend include:The Most Shocking Thing I Learned as a Montessori Parent, by Terri SherrillWhy Montessori for the Kindergarten Year, by Tim SeldinDear Cathie - Stars and Stickers, by Cathie PerolmanAlong with caring for and loving our wonderful students we are always looking for ways to nurture our parent's spirits.  Merging Montessori and parenthood can be a tricky task at times.  Often parents find themselves trying to revisit the reasons they chose a Montessori education in the first place.  Our school spends a portion of our funds allocated for parent education on a Tomorrow's Child...
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An Update from our Middle School students from Teton Science School!

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Thursday, 17 January 2013 in School News An Update from our Middle School students from Teton Science School!Monday, January 14, 2013Today is the first day of our immersion trip and off to TSS (TetonScience School) it is. We left at around 8:45 and arrived at around 3!So, not too long of a drive. One TSS instructor named Katie, who issuper fun and nice, greeted us. We walked over to our meeting place,inside a building with radiant heating. The floors are warm! There wetalked about our schedule and what we will be doing during the week.When that was over we went to our dorms and got settled in. At 5:30,we had a delicious dinner of fried rice, chicken & Mandarin salad,tofu with broccoli and rice crispy treats. To be excused to get yourdinner...
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The Right NOT to Bear Arms

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Monday, 14 January 2013 in School News While reading the SL Tribune on Sunday, January 6, 2013, Robyn came across an article written by Angela Choberka, a fellow Montessori teacher in Utah, about the rights of teachers in Utah schools to carry guns in school.  Her view on the matter resonated truth for the Administration at MCS in that we believe heartily in Maria Montessori's stance on global peace.  Her curriculum is written so carefully as to include many lessons and practices that teach children to solve problems peacefully and with care and respect for their peers.  Montessori was nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize and her legacy of peace in education continues to this day.  We are proud to share her philosophy at MCS.Read Article HereMCS Students Walk for Peace 2012...
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SCHOOL EARLY CLOSURE/EXTENDED DAY CANCELLED!

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Friday, 11 January 2013 in School News Due to the extremely dangerous road conditions and based on the forecast, which shows that the snow will continue throughout the day, we have decided to cancel Extended Day today, Friday, January 11, 2013.  We would like our students and teachers to travel safely home before it gets dark.  Please make arrangements for your child(ren) to be picked up no later than 3:30 pm.  We invite you to pick up your child(ren) even earlier than that if your schedule allows.Also, Little Chefs has been postponed.  Ms. Sheila will contact you with the revised date. Tags: Untagged

M.C.S. Middle School Service Learning Immersion Week

The Middle School students recently completed their Service Learning Cycle.  Below they have shared some of their experiences from the Immersion Week. The Humane Society The Humane Society is an animal rescue shelter for homeless house pets. Elise and I volunteered there for our independent service project. We both wanted to help the same organization so we did two things for the same place, that’s why we also raised about seventy-five dollars and donated it to the organization. Elise and I walked four dogs and over twenty cats each, giving the pets fun and loving experiences.- Emilia The Bicycle CollectiveThe Bicycle Collective is a non-profit organization that takes in old and unwanted bikes then fixes them up and donates them to those in need. The M.C.S. Middle School class volunteered there for two and a half hours during our service-learning immersion. We fixed small kids bikes that will be delivered on Christmas...
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A Welcome Back Letter from PSA President, Aimee Brewer

Happy New Year from the PSA!I hope you all had a fun, relaxing break and are ready for a great 2013!Since there are many new families who have joined the school this past fall, I thought it might be a good time to send along a few reminders and updates.Feeling connected to your child’s school and teachers is something that is very important to many parents.  Below are a couple of great ways you can be involved in your child’s classroom: From 8:30-9am each morning in the Toddler and Early Childhood classes and 8:00-8:30am in the Elementary and Middle School classes, parents are welcome to be part of your child’s class – if your schedule permits, you are invited to stay during this time and do some work with your child.  It’s a great way to feel a part of their learning experience as well as getting more familiar with the Montessori...
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Letter from the Head of School, Robyn

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Wednesday, 19 December 2012 in School News In the midst of this Holiday Season I give thanks for our precious children, dedicated and caring staff and our supportive families. This year we have had the highest enrollment since we moved to our current location and I attribute this to the fact that we have such incredible teachers and support staff and also such wonderful families who often make financial sacrifices to ensure that their children have all the opportunities that a true Montessori school has to offer them. These children will of course grow academically in our school and in addition they will grow in so many other ways. They will learn how to learn, to respect themselves, their peers, teachers and support staff and their environment, they will learn to become...
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A Wonderful Thanks To All of You...

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Tuesday, 18 December 2012 in School News Tags: Untagged

MCS Emergency Preparedness

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Monday, 17 December 2012 in Parent Education We want to extend our deepest sympathies to the Sandy Hook Elementary community and also take this opportunity to communicate our own emergency protocols to MCS parents.  In light of recent events, we are moving forward more urgently with the plans we have been developing in conjunction with a few dedicated parents who have formed our Emergency Preparedness Committee, particularly Sara Hart, who spearheads the committee. The lockdown procedure has been a priority for us since the EPC formed last spring.As part of our Emergency Preparedness, various members of the EPC have taken FEMA courses online that provide advice about preparing for various emergency situations. At our November meeting, one of our parents brought back what she had learned from the Lockdown course specifically. She...
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An update from our Dance teacher, Katie Meehan

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Tuesday, 11 December 2012 in Classroom Updates  Enjoy this update from our Dance teacher, Katie Meehan, about what is happening is the Dance Classes this month.Early Childhood- We looked to the Nutcracker for movement inspiration. Observing different characters (The Nutcracker prince, the sugar plum faires, flowers and snow flakes). We listened to the dynamic soundtrack of The Nutcracker as we moved like these various characters. Taped pathways on the floor added a navigational component and spatial structure to our movement.Lower El- We explored using various props as a way to further our experience with dance composition. We worked in groups of four with each group having different props. Some props we used were scarves, hula hoops, hats, sequin fabric, etc. The students all had an opportunity to work together to find a cohesive vision...
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