It feels like adequate sleep is increasingly becoming more difficult to achieve. Two working parents in most homes, after school activities, more screen options, and a number of other factors can make it difficult to ensure our kids are getting enough sleep. At school, we know that students learn better, experience more positive peer relationships, and enjoy school more when they are getting enough sleep. The APA recommendations for sleep can be found here and we also recommend listening to your child’s needs and adjusting schedules accordingly. Experts say that the specific time a child goes to bed isn’t as much a contributor to good sleep as a consistent bedtime routine. Be sure to follow those consistent and comforting bedtime routines to help your child achieve the best night's sleep possible. Happy Resting!
Dear MCS Community, We have spent the past several months gathering information on how adjustments to our policy would impact our school community from both practical and legal perspectives. The details of our new policy are outlined here and the new policy will be written and added to our Parent and Staff Handbooks for implementation with 2020-2021 Enrollment. Our new policy will require current immunization records to be in each student’s file before they begin school. The policy will require that all students in the Toddler program and those in their first and second year of Early Childhood be fully immunized unless their parents have obtained a medical exemption. The policy will accept medical, personal and religious exemptions for elementary aged students, including kindergarten through sixth grade. We have adopted a commitment to herd immunity wherein the total number of our student body will be considered when accepting exemptions of any...
Have you ever told your child the riveting and powerful story of their entrance into this great life? This is one of my favorite aspects of parenthood. Instilling wonder and thoughtfulness about your child’s emergence to earth is truly awe inspiring for them. Hearing the story of their own birth can calm a child’s fears, can build a child who feels down or sad and can bring great joy to any child. Understanding not only the emergence itself, but the powerful emotions tied to their anticipated arrival and their delivery give a child perspective into their powers as a human. Understanding their place in a family, their most important community of all, is hugely rewarding for a child. Children deeply appreciate learning how their own birth made a marked difference in the history of the universe. A child will love this story at any point in their life, but the most crucial...
As a staff we are always trying to maintain a comfortable balance between sun safety and the immense need to get our children outside for play and movement. As you well know, our children are not always easily convinced of the critical need to cover adequately. It is essential that we continue this important practice even during the cold months, when the UV rays are equally impactful. We go to great effort to teach our children the importance of full coverage and how to apply sunscreen thoroughly (while offering assistance to children as needed). We encourage our families to advise their children of the importance of sun safety and appreciate the following tips provided by one of our MCS parents. Utah has the highest melanoma (the most deadly skin cancer) rates in the United States (read detailed article here). Given our altitude, a large number of sunny days, great outdoor activities, and a...
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.
Declutter DayFriday, April 26th 20199:00 am - 6:00 pm595 Guardsman Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108University of Utah Tailgate LotFree to the PublicShred documents safelyDonate used clothingRecycle old computers and electronicsTurn in expired medication to the University of Utah Police DepartmentFor a complete list of items accepted, please go to www.commerce.utah.gov/declutter
Last night's forecast promised rain (and snow!) for the weekend. Today, I have noticed the forecast has shifted from snow to rain and back to snow in just a few short hours. Ahhhh, Utah! While I love the weather and all it has to offer and am particularly pleased by how Utah weather can change on a dime, I feel fiercely protective of our children and their preparation for the weather. Nature is a beautiful gift that is best enjoyed when it is respected. Parents, please help your students develop a healthy respect for nature by encouraging them to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature has to offer on any given day, especially here at school! Children should come prepared to go outside in any circumstances. Layers, good shoes, water resistant outer clothing, and extra options are a great start. Montessori Community School has always made it a priority to integrate...
“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...
This past Monday, May 22nd each student had the opportunity to run laps through an obstacle course. Laps were tallied and pledges made. Pledges and donations are still coming in but as of today, we are at $3,900.00! A huge thank you to all those who came out to help and cheer the students on!Also, thank you for keeping Service Learning a major part of your child's life in supporting these wonderful causes and rallying to keep kindness, compassion, charity in your hearts. We will continue to take pledges and donations until the end of the school year. Please continue to share this cause with all.Every little bit does make a direct difference. It has been wonderful to watch the growth of the girls we support through the COEEF Program and to be apart of the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program and see Grandmother Elvira each year at the Rug Show.
Montessori Community School will be holding speech, language, and hearing screenings on Wednesday, September 18th.
"We will continue our journey to our destination of peace and education. No one can stop us. We will speak up for our rights and we will bring change to our voice. We believe in the power and the strength of our words.
PSA MissionThe Montessori Community School Parent School Alliance (PSA) works in partnership with the MCS Administration and Staff to help strengthen, support, and empower our community of students, teachers, staff and families. We achieve this by executing the following pillars:Collaboration: We work together with the mission to offer support to the school, which allows our children to get the most out of their education. We work in partnership with a wide array of individuals and organizations to accomplish our defined goals of community building.Commitment: We are dedicated to promoting children’s educational success, health and well-being through strong parent, family, and community involvement.Respect: We value our children and ourselves. We expect the same high quality of effort and thought from ourselves as we do from others.
Basic Herbology & Practical Potions with Donda Hartsfield, Outdoor Classroom & GO teacher Wednesdays, 3:45 – 5:00, November 18th – January 27th (Elementary Only): Students are introduced to the joy and the science of herbal awareness and application through sensorial and practical experiences. Students will encounter such herbs as Hawthorn, Dandelion, Yarrow, Calendula, Lavender, Elder, Marshmallow, Rosemary, Thyme, Ginger, Nettle, Rosehips, Mint and more. Students will be preparing and taking herbal remedies home throughout the course. Fees cover cost of supplies that go home, such as bottles, teas, glycerides, etc. Full attendance is strongly recommended! Register by Monday, November 16th! Wednesday, November 18th Introduction to Herbs and Herbal Teas – gathering and drying techniques, tasting exploration of herbal varieties including their medicinal properties, preparing custom tea blends Wednesday, December 2nd Glycerides and Vinegars – Herbal extractions through the use of glycerin and vinegar Wednesday, December 9th...
This year's Halloween Carnival is sure to be the best yet. There will be games, activities and a lot of fun and laughter! Tickets can be purchased from the MCS office.
Ticket Price: $5 in advanced / $6 at the door
Some of the activities are:
Trunk or Treat
Kim's Cold Blooded Creatures
Pumpkin Pick & Paint
Costumes are most welcomed and encouraged!
Enjoy this beautiful timeline of Maria Montessori.The History of Montessori Education by Giraffe Childcare
Sign-up outside of your student's classroom. Childcare will be provided, however, you must sign up in advance. This is a really great night full of insight regarding the education of your child in relation to Montessori Philosophy. Don't miss out! (Your attendance can go toward Parent Volunteer Hours).