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A Note from the MCS Green Committee


In our last note, the MCS Green Committee discussed the importance of minimizing packaging in the lunches/snacks we send with our students to school. There are many alternative lunch packaging options that help reduce waste and provide a cost effective way to give kiddos an awesome meal. Many of you already use reusable lunch packaging. However, listed below are some websites for possible eco-friendly lunch packaging/meal service products. We are certainly not pushing these items, but offering ideas (they might also be great holiday gifts). Let us know your thoughts on any of these products, or if you have other great ideas. Likewise, a bulk order discount option might be possible if there is enough interest. Any parents interested in the bulk order, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Cheers, MCS Green Committee https://bentgo.com/ https://www.yumboxlunch.com/ https://www.planetbox.com/ https://www.bamboozlehome.com/tinyfootprint-products https://avanchy.com https://www.shopbamboostudio.com https://www.bambuhome.com
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Holiday Montessori Market- 2 Days Only!


Come one, come all to Upper Elementary's Annual Holiday Montessori Market! This month's market will feature many various handmade items. These items will make excellent gifts and/or stocking stuffers for yourself, a neighbor, a friend, or other family members. Please come prepared this Thursday, December 7th and Friday, December 8th before and after school hours, no later than 3:45 pm, with cash. Your support of this Market goes directly toward our Upper Elementary students' annual adventure to take place in the spring. 
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Social Development in the Montessori Classroom


Through the years I have often been asked about Montessori students and their development of social skills. Some parents, when considering a Montessori education, become concerned that because of the size of the facility, the mixed age groupings, or the limited number of classrooms that their child will somehow be "missing out" on some aspects of social development. The short answer is that although there might not be as many children on our campus, the opportunities to develop socially are unlimited in the organization of the classrooms and curriculum.   "Social life does not consist of a group of individuals remaining close together, side by side, nor in their advancing en masse under the command of a captain like a regiment on the march, nor like an ordinary class of school children. The social life of man is founded upon work, harmoniously organised and upon social virtues - and these are...
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MCS Duffle Bags



Montessori Community School is bringing back our duffle bag! The bags will be $30.00. Pre-order yours through the office. Color will vary from pictures. This is a great durable bag that can be used for over-night trips, camping, traveling, the gym, gear, and/or our Winter Sports Program.
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MCS' 3rd Annual Scholastic Book Fair



Come one, come all! Montessori Community School's 3rd Annual Book Fair is in full swing. Thank you to all those who have stopped by and made purchases. The school receives 50% of proceeds that will go toward more books, work rugs, and new school furniture.   The fair will run through this Friday, November 17th, allowing purchases during Parent-Teacher Conferences, in case purchases need to be a surprise for upcoming holiday events.   Please stay tuned for more information on our Online Book Fair- which will include more options for older children and their reading interests.
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2017 Navajo Rug Show








On Thursday, November 9th MCS' 5th and 3rd year students had the opportunity to attend the Annual Navajo Rug Show at Deer Valley. They were able to meet with one of our two sponsored grandmothers through the Adopt-a-Native-Elder Program , Grandmother Elvira Horseherder. The Rug Show will continue on through the weekend. We encourage families and friends to go and learn more about the Navajo culture.  Our students took gifts to our grandmothers which included fleece blankets, woolen gloves and scarves, soap, hand and body lotion, dish towels etc - funds from the Fun Run. Our grandmothers were so grateful and delighted with the unexpected gifts. Over the next few months we will be sending firewood (the greatest need at this time) woolen yarn for them to weave beautiful rugs, food certificates and also certificates for Walmart for them to buy clothing and household needs.  Our Head of School and school owners,...
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AED: Donation Success!


We are absolutely gushing with gratitude! An MCS parent, who wishes to remain anonymous, contributed a generous donation today to our AED fund that helped us reach our goal! 

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Effective Parent Teacher Conferences



Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Friday, November 17th. There will be no school that day. Sign-up sheets for the conferences are on a table in the lobby, arranged by class, from Toddlers to Upper Elementary (please check the top of each page for the name of the class). As we do every year, we ask that you observe the following requests: · Please sign up for one meeting time per child. · Please be on time for your conference. · Please help the teachers to stay on time. · Please arrange for childcare during Parent/Teacher conferences. We have had parents make requests for child care during the conferences. Unfortunately, as our staff is busy meeting with parents and all of our classrooms, along with some other spaces in the school, are being used we have not been able to accommodate this request. Please note that our playgrounds and our...
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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 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...
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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...
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PSA Raises Funds for an AED for MCS!

Montessori Community School has recently been approved for a grant that will pay the majority of the cost for MCS to receive an AED. Our PSA have since been diligently working to raise the remainder of the funds necessary for the school to acquire the AED.  To date, we have raised just over $300
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MCS' 11th Annual Fun Run: Thursday, September 28th




“If salvation and help are to come, it is from the child, for the child is the constructor of man and so of society. The child is endowed with an inner power which can guide us to a more enlightened future.” – Maria Montessori Each year our students have the opportunity to raise pledges for our two Service Learning Projects : The Children of Ethiopia Education Fund (COEEF) Specifically, the COEEF program will give vital financial support so that the six girls our MCS students sponsor can attend school in Ethiopia. The Children of Ethiopia Education Fund exists to empower young girls from Ethiopia who are  living in impoverished circumstances to have a quality, private education through generous sponsors and donors. Without this assistance many of these girls would not have the opportunity to attend any school. We feel that supporting girls in this way will have such a far...
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Speech, Language, and Hearing Screenings


Montessori​ ​Community​ ​School​ ​will​ ​be​ ​holding​ ​speech,​ ​language,​ ​and​ ​hearing​ ​screenings​ ​on​ ​​Wednesday,​ ​September​ ​27th beginning around 9:15 am.​ ​ All Kindergarteners can participate in the screening for free if you turn in a form, attached below. If your student is not a Kindergartener and you would like your student to participate, please turn in a form and submit payment. The​ ​screenings​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​general,​ ​brief​ ​measure​ ​of​ ​your​ ​child’s​ ​speech,​ ​language,​ ​and​ ​hearing skills​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to determine​ ​if​ ​further​ ​speech​ ​and​ ​language​ ​evaluations​ ​are​ ​needed.​ ​​ ​Speech​ ​and​ ​Language​ ​screenings​ ​are​ ​appropriate for​ ​students​ ​of​ ​all​ ​ages​ ​while​ ​hearing​ ​screenings​ ​should​ ​be​ ​for​ ​students​ ​3​ ​1⁄2​ ​years​ ​or​ ​older. The​ ​screenings​ ​will​ ​take​ ​approximately​ ​15​ ​minutes​ ​to​ ​complete.​ ​​ ​After​ ​the​ ​completion​ ​of​ ​the​ ​screening,​ ​Let’s​ ​Talk​ ​will identify​ ​if​ ​there​ ​are​ ​concerns​ ​regarding​ ​your​ ​child’s​ ​speech,​ ​language,​ ​and​ ​hearing​ ​skills.​ ​​ ​A​ ​note​ ​will​ ​be​ ​sent​...
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Educate a Girl, Empower a Nation: A COEEF Event


Montessori Community School sponsors 4 girls through the Children of Ethiopia Education Fund, COEEF. We wanted to share an event you might be interested in! This is another way that we  can lend our support to the organization that supports the education of many girls who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend school.  Friday, September 22, 2017, COEEF will  be holding an event including Ethiopian food, memorabilia, music, and a huge silent auction. This event will take place at the Holladay City Hall Pavilion from 6 - 9 pm. 
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2017 - 2018 MCS Parent School Alliance


Montessori Community School Parent School Alliance  (PSA) L-R: Gaea Rindflesh, Teresa Nelson, Jordan Stein, Jeannette Shaffer, Dave Quisenberry, Jaymison Peterson and (below) Jen Zivkovic The MCS Administration is delighted to introduce you to our 2017 - 2018 Parent Student Alliance (PSA). We are pleased to have a larger number of PSA representatives than ever before. We appreciate Jeannette, Dave, Jaymison and Jen for joining us again this year as our veteran PSA and we thank Gaea, Teresa, and Jordan for joining the team! The PSA is already looking forward to and has a jumpstart on planning many PSA sponsored activities this year. We anticiapte seeing many of you at the upcoming Welcome Picnics where you can meet members of the PSA and will be introduced to the Community Builders from your child(ren)s class.   We are also looking forward to our first Coffee Thursday, this coming week September 7th, from 8:30am-9:30am in...
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Birthday Wishes in Honor of Maria Montessori


 Maria Montessori - Her Life & Legacy As 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...
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Welcome to 2017-2018 from MCS Admin


Dear Montessori Community  School Families,   Each year as we welcome back our returning students and families and welcome our new students and their families to our school community we feel such a sense of anticipation for all the experiences we will enjoy together during the academic year.    By the time that the children  arrive the teachers have worked tirelessly for 7 days to prepare their  beautiful environments for the arrival of their students. There is such a buzz of anticipation that is infectious. Everyone is so excited about all the possibilities of the new school year. And finally the children are here and the year begins. It is always such a special time for all of us.   As we move forward this year we want you all to know that we are grateful to all families who have entrusted their beautiful children into our care. We are dedicated...
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Elevation Catering at MCS



MCS will continue to partner with Elevation Catering to provide lunches to our students, Monday through Thursday. Elevation Catering has been serving private schools in Utah since 2007. Elevation has made ordering as convenient as possible by providing an online ordering system. You may order as many lunches as you would like, as long as you meet their $8.70 order minimum. You may also add, change, or cancel your lunch orders easily through their website, elevationcatering.com. Elevation Catering also has "emergency" lunches available. If you forget your child's lunch you may call and place a last minute order for $5. Please keep in mind when ordering an emergency lunch that they do have limited option, the order must be called in before 10 AM, and the cost is $5 per meal that must be paid when the order is placed.  Please note that families are responsible for ordering and managing...
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Becoming Familiar with MCS Safety Policies and Procedures


In an effort to help you get started on the right foot we would like to remind you about some of our safety procedures here at MCS. We ask that you remain mindful of them as they play a very important role in keeping our students safe and accounted for at all times.  These policies and more can be found in our Toddler/Early Childhood Parent Handbook and our Elementary Parent Handbook .  Sign-In and Pick-Up For safety measures, all students need to be signed in and out each day. Sign-in/out sheets are located outside of each classroom. We ask that you park, enter the school, sign in/out your child and check your child’s bulletin board for special announcements. Only parents or persons with written authorization (either listed in the child’s Emergency Medical Release form or through the Alternate Pickup form) may pick up a child.  The sign-in and out sheets not only tell us who dropped off...
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2017 Uinta Adventure







Last week our Upper Elementary students, the Uinta class, set adrift for an amazing Adventure to Split Mountain, Vernal. They enjoyed three days of fun, learning, and life experiences. Despite the inclement weather they adventured to the max and had a blast. They are made of stern stuff!   Students, teachers and parent chaperones did a service learning project at Josie's Cabin, rafted the Green River (in the snow!), enjoyed a beautiful hike in the area and visited the Dinosaur Quarry.  Students spent the year earning funds for their adventure through the Montessori Market and preparing for their rafting trip with their in-depth GO studies of the water shed. This adventure was a culmination of many important Upper Elementary lessons; from planning and executing a trip to in-depth follow up to their outdoor studies and many things in between.  Thank you to everyone who shopped the Market and supported their other business ventures for...
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