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...
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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...
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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.corn ell.edu/worms/steps.html
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Montessori Toddler Teacher

Montessori Community School Toddler Teacher Montessori Community School of Salt Lake City seeks a full time certified and experienced Toddler Teacher or an experienced Toddler teacher who is interested in Montessori Training to co-teach in a classroom of approximately 18 children with the majority of the children aged 18 months through 3 years old.  MCS has 3 Toddler classrooms and the teachers in the program work closely together to plan and implement curriculum.   We seek a warm, imaginative, bright, flexible, and creative teacher who can effectively plan, problem solve and collaborate with a team of Toddler teachers.  The ability to understand and willingness to work with a range of learning styles is required. We expect our staff to be involved and active in our school community; participating in the ongoing development and refinement of our school’s curriculum, policy and procedures. Confidence, professionalism, and a sense of humor are important...
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Early Childhood Classroom Assistant and Extended Day Teacher

Early Childhood Classroom Assistant and Extended Day Teacher Montessori Community School of Salt Lake City seeks Early Childhood Assistant Teachers to work part-time on schedules ranging from 27 ½ to 36 hours per week; however, every position will end at 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. MCS has four Early Childhood classrooms and you will be working closely with the certified Montessori Teachers and also a team of Extended Support Teachers. We seek a warm, imaginative, flexible, bright and creative teacher who preferably has worked in a Montessori environment or at a minimum has experience working with children aged 3 - 6 years.  A respect for and love of children is essential. An understanding of the Montessori philosophy would be advantageous. Candidates must be able to communicate effectively with students, parents and fellow staff members. Our preference would be for someone who is interested in a long- term commitment to MCS....
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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...
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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
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2018 - 2019 Continuing Enrollment Letter from Administration

Dear MCS Families, This email contains the link to MCS Continuing Enrollment forms for the 2018 - 2019 Academic Year. Included with these forms, you will find the new tuition schedules.  The overall tuition increase this year is approximately 3.4%. The additional funds garnered by this increase will be earmarked in three different ways: paying the rising costs of ensuring health care coverage for our staff, providing modest raises for our teachers and staff, and covering general ongoing inflationary costs. We will be offering our Tuition Assurance Policy again this year. This optional program is designed to provide a measure of protection for both our families and the school in the case of student withdrawals during the school year. You will find more information enclosed within your packet. If you are considering the Extended Day option, we would encourage you to sign up sooner rather than later. We base our...
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Early Childhood Teacher for a Dual Language Class

Montessori Community School Early Childhood Teacher for Dual Language Class   Montessori Community School of Salt Lake City seeks a full time certified and experienced Early Childhood Teacher who is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in both speaking and writing Spanish and English for one of our Dual Language classrooms.  MCS has four Early Childhood classrooms and the teachers in the program work closely together to plan and implement curriculum.   We seek a warm, imaginative, bright, flexible, and creative teacher who can effectively plan, problem solve and collaborate with the Early Childhood teachers.  The ability to understand and willingness to work with a range of learning styles is required.  We expect our staff to be involved and active in our school community and participating in the ongoing development and refinement of our school’s curriculum, policy and procedures.  Confidence, professionalism, and a sense of humor are important characteristics.  Candidates...
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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...
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Thank You From The Inn Between

This past holiday season, we supported The Inn Between: Hospice for the Homeless. Please see below for the beautiful thank you card to each of you. 
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Local Screenagers Screening

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The Value of the Three Year Cycle - A Parent's Perspective

The Capstone Year I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the third year of the Early Childhood three year cycle. We made the decision to keep our oldest daughter in the Magnolias Class to complete the cycle (known as the Capstone Year). Last year, an article in The Atlantic  called “The New Preschool is Crushing Kids” (read here) helped support our decision. In the mainstream setting, Kindergarten has become the new first grade, and Common Core standards have laid out academic guidelines for what should be completed in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Research corroborates that kindergarteners spend more time doing seat work and less time doing art and music.  The net result is 2 nd graders who perform worse on tests measuring literacy, language, and math skills. The cause, it is thought, is direct instruction that is repetitive and uninspired which leads to children losing their enthusiasm for learning. How do...
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The Capstone Year...what every Montessori parent should know!

What is the Capstone Year and why does my child deserve to have one? We often refer to the 3 rd Year a child is in a Montessori program as the Capstone Year. But, what is it really that makes that year so special/important? While the reasons to leave can be compelling and are worth every consideration, we believe the reasons to stay are worth your careful and thoughtful consideration. Below is a list of 24 reasons we recommend keeping your child in Montessori for the Capstone Year: Does your child look forward to attending school? If so, consider yourself lucky. Why tinker with a winning situation when so many other families are frustrated or disappointed with their child’s school experience. Your child has waited for two years to be a leader in their class. The third year students are looked up to as role models for the younger students,...
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Holiday Giving Projects

Every year the Montessori Community School supports local charities, which offers students an opportunity of Service Learning and helps those in need. With combined generosity from our families and staff we have gathered gifts for families and individuals at the Neighborhood House and The INN Between. This morning, our 6th year students helped load and organize all the gifts into the vehicles and our 3rd year students were able to help deliver the gifts along with our PSA and some members of Admin. Students and staff delivered the gifts with the help from our PSA members. Please enjoy photos of the gift distribution. The kindness of our community will bring a happier holiday for those who may have otherwise gone without. Thank you to everyone who donated and helped support these local organizations and helped your students to learn more about service and helping others in need. We hope you have a...
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Why Podcasts are Good for Kids

Do you have a long car ride ahead for Thanksgiving or just looking for activities to do with your kids off screens? How about a podcast? I love podcasts and listen to them with my kids often because, as I’ve written about before, we have a rule in our family about not using cellphones in the car. Every time we hear a new one we learn something, and it sparks conversation and debate. Furthermore, as Stephanie Hayes writes in the Atlantic: “The absence of images in podcasts seems to be a source of their creative potential. Without visuals, listeners are required to fill the gaps—and when these listeners are children, the results can be powerful. Numerous studies have found that children between the ages of seven and 13 respond more creatively to radio stories than to stories shown on television. Audio stories prompt kids to draw more novel pictures, think up...
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Building the Adult Community

Oftentimes when parents visit our school for a tour, they ask about our staff. How long have the staff been here? How often is there turnover of employees?  Are the people who work here happy?  While these are difficult questions to answer without the input of the teachers themselves, we often find ourselves describing the vision for community and how that applies to our staff.  The human factor is strong in a community such as this where we have over 200 children, at least twice that many active parents, grandparents and guardians, and a total of 62 employees.  With so many people under our roof, we have discovered that building community is essential to providing successful outcomes.   We strive to build community in a number of ways; including in and among classrooms, with parents, and as a staff.  Below is an article written by one of our Lower Elementary teachers, Brandi Allen,...
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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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