Speech, Language, and Hearing Screenings for 2018


Speech, language, and hearing screenings will be taking place Wednesday, September 26th.  Let's Talk Speech  will be coming in to implement those screenings.    Download PDF File Here If your student is a kindergartener, they can be screened for free as long as the proper form (above) is filled out and turned into the office by the morning of the 26th.    Download PDF File Here If you would like your student screened and they are NOT a kindergartener, it will be $20 for a speech and language screening and $35 for a speech, language, and hearing screening.  Dear Parents, Montessori Community School will be holding speech, language, and hearing screenings on Wednesday, September 26th. All Kindergarteners will have the opportunity to participate in the screenings. If your child is in another grade and you have concerns, please fill out the bottom portion of this letter. The screenings will be a general,...
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MCS' 12th Annual Fun Run Fundraiser









On Thursday, September 27th, MCS students will be participating in our 12th annual Montessori Community School Fun Run! All Early Childhood through Elementary students will run laps for 10 minutes making their way through an inflatable obstacle course and up and down a giant inflatable slide. Students will be wearing wrist bands that will be marked and tallied each time a lap is completed. Our Toddler students will run laps through a mini obstacle course on their own playground.  Parents are encouraged to volunteer via the sign-up board in the lobby. This is our main event encompassing the fundraising for our Service Learning program through our Montessori Education Foundation.  If your student has turned in any pledge money, please stop by the office and your student can write their name on a runner and post it on our road to our goal.  Each year our students have the opportunity to raise...
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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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Montessori Community School Tiles

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Last year, Montessori Community School's Elementary Art Teacher designed and created a mural for the cement wall facing 1700 South. These tiles have been mounted and have really come together beautifully, enhancing the aesthetics of the space. If you have not had a chance to stop by and see this mural, please do! It makes a great place for back to school photos! Also, tiles created last year by students and staff are in the works to be mounted on the remaining cement wall. Stay posted for when they have been mounted.
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12th Annual MCS Fun Run


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 The heart of our Service Learning curriculum at Montessori Community School is Maria Montessori’s mandate to empower children to become agents of change, and our personal mission to create global citizens. The goal of the service works we do at all levels is to promote the development of lifelong lessons in empathy, hard work, and cultural awareness, while giving students a sense of belonging to a community.  Raising for a Good Cause: On Thursday, September 27th , your child will be participating in our 12th annual Montessori Community School Fun Run!  Each year our students have the opportunity to raise pledges for two of our Service Learning...
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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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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....
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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)...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Spring is a Busy Time


Albert Einstein said, "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." and, "The only source of knowledge is experience." 

Spring is such a bustling, fantastic time of learning, growth, and development.
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Basic Herbology and Flower Essences Studio Class


Studio Class: Basic Herbology and Flower Essences
Donda Hartsfield, Outdoor Classroom & GO teacher
3 Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:45, April 25th – May 9th

(Elementary Only): Students are introduced to the joy and the science

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Elementary's Heritage Fair 2018


















Last week, our Elementary students creatively displayed their family’s roots at their Heritage Fair. The event showcased our students and families histories with unique displays throughout the gymnasium. After working on these histories for two months with the help of parents, grandparents, elders, teachers, and staff, the students were eager to share and present their gathered information as well as learn about their peers in a new way. Upper Elementary students also created timelines of many staff members. Upper Elementary students interviewed various staff and cleverly created beautiful displays highlighting these members of MCS. Prior to the fair, Upper Elementary also hosted a Pizza Parlor where students and families could enjoy a meal together before touring the displays in the gymnasium. This was a a great success and we thank all those families who participated in and supported our Upper Elementary students in this endeavor.  Many photos of this event can be found...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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