Teaching Children "Soft Skills"


While the ultimate goal of parenting is to prepare these little humans to be successful, happy, and fulfilled adults it seems that more and more, parents are taking the opportunity away for their children to develop the skills necessary to accomplish goals of lifelong success, happiness and fulfillment.  The terms "helicopter parenting" and "overprotective" become more and more frequent and, as an educator I have seen the negative impact of this shift on my students over the years.  As a mom, though, I am mostly unsure how to avoid it.  I want to give my kiddos every opportunity and worry that the things they miss will have a great impact.  This article by Peter Davidson (Mariamontessori.com) is really wonderful in reminding us that "soft skills" are the things our kiddos really need in their tool box to successfully and confidently pursue lives of happiness and fulfillment (let alone be successful college students!)...
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Parenting Young Children through Fear


The things we hope to teach our children seem to be countless and I have discovered that just when I think I have overcome one parenting hurdle, immediately following that nice pat on the back, I find another hurdle standing in my way.  Fortunately, we live in a day and age where accessing helpful information can be so easy.  While it can be hard to rifle through all the information that is available and decipher the good information from the bad information, as long as we stick to our guiding set of principles, we can find some truth and some support in a variety of wonderful places.  I always like to share some of my favorites...especially from the list of things that we never even realize we will face as parents. Children's fears are ongoing.  How do we teach our children self-soothing, positive self-talk, how to recognize their true feelings, and, most...
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Our Girls We Sponsor Through COEEF: Celebrate Education for Women





"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.
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MCS and Friends for Sight Review


Last week, Friends for Sight came to our school and gave free eye exams to all of the Early Childhood students, 1st graders, 3rd graders, and 5th graders. Please see the letter below and respond if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback for Friends for Sight.
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Annual Kids Clothing & Gear Swap


Annual Kids Clothing & Gear Swap
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Parent Education Night - Preparing for Adolescence


MCS Parents, Please join us for Parent Education Night next Tuesday, March 8th, from 6:30-8pm. Child care will be available but must be signed up for in advance. There is a sign up sheet in the office. Melissa DeVries, Ph.D, MCS School Psychologist and parent will be talking about adolescence...because its never too early to prepare. Below is an excerpt from Melissa about her upcoming presentation. “We should be like lighthouses for our children—beacons of light on a stable shoreline from which they can safely navigate the world. We must make certain they don’t crash against the rocks, but trust they have the capacity to learn to ride the waves on their own.” –-Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP Adolescence is a uniquely challenging, yet rewarding period of development for both parents and teens. Teens are trying to find the answer to “who am I?” by striving for more independence,...
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The Basics of Montessori Learning




As Montessori teachers and parents…

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Blue Lemon: New Menu Items for March!

Blue Lemon: New Menu Items for March!

New menu items like...

Tomato Bisque
BLT
Flatbread Chicken Pesto
           
And much more!
Get the March Form at the bottom of this page.
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Early Childhood's Music and Dance Performance



Our Early Childhood students have been working hard all year to be able to put on a beautiful performance themed after the four seasons. This is an MCS event you do not want to miss! 
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First Day of Winter Sports 2015 - 2016





Congratulations to all our Winter Sports participants making it through the first day! We were so impressed with the order, care, and helpfulness from all involved. Everyone did so great that we made record time getting everyone ready, gear loaded, and on the busses.  As far as first days go, we did awesome! Snowbird will be sorting out, refining, and arranging groups now as they have seen the kids and identified where they should be. Please be aware that your student's group may change next week for what they were in this week.   We look forward to another successful Winter Sports year and are excited about next week's lesson. Stay tuned for updates.
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7 Ways to Raise Kind Children


Am I the only one who finds themselves getting tripped up with this parenting gig sometimes? I believe firmly in the "village" approach because, quite frankly, I can't possibly teach my children every lesson I would like them to learn and my own example sometimes (okay, maybe often is a better word) falters in its ability to send the right message.  This article on AltHealth Works by Yelena Sukhoterina spoke to me and I hope that it will have a similar affect on you. As adults we know that the attributes listed in the article below can be really hard to achieve but I think that childhood is the perfect time to start learning them, while our children have a soft spot to land, and the people who love them most to catch them, should they make a mistake.   Enjoy, Britney Many of us were hoping that our high-tech lives would make parenting easier –...
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All School Science Assembly - SCIENCE IS COOL!

Wow, what a great morning here at MCS! First thing this morning, our entire staff and student body came together for a wonderful assembly.  We began by singing one of our favorite peace songs, Light A Candle for Peace, and then two MCS parents gave a wonderfully exciting science presentation.  It was so lovely to see all of our students, from our young Toddlers to our big Upper Elementary students, show excitement and interest in the experiments.  

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What's The Big Deal About Kindergarten?

This is the time of year when many parents, particularly those of children with second year Early Childhood students, are faced with deciding where their child will attend school for the coming year(s). Kindergarten can seem like a natural transition to a local public school or an elementary program you may have had your eye on for some time.  However, the third year in an Early Childhood program is a very magical experience that we hate to see our students missing out on.  Below is an article written by Tim Seldin and Dr. Elizabeth Coe, experienced Montessori teachers, parents, trainers and advocates, about the benefits of kindergarten in a Montessori environment.  

Why Montessori for the Kindergarten year?
By Tim Seldin with Dr. Elizabeth Coe


Magnolias Third Year student works on a botany project.
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Chaperoning During Winter Sports


Chaperoning during Winter Sports is a great way to get your Parent Volunteer Hours in. It is also challenging, rewarding, and a lot of fun; however, there are certain guidelines and expectations to adhere by.  Firstly, as a Winter Sports Program Chaperone you will have multiple duties. These duties include helping to keep the peace and monitor the students for safety issues and concerns. Some safety issues to keep in mind while chaperoning are: Head Counts: Please keep a sharp eye on the students coming and going from the school to the bus, bus to the Cottonwood Room, Cottonwood Room to the restrooms, etc.  Please ensure all students are wearing their helmets and goggles. If a student has forgotten one of those items, please let the two Winter Sports Program representatives know and they, in turn, will get that item from an instructor.  If following a Ski School Group on the...
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All School Science Assembly




  Janis Cantwell presenting at the University of Utah's Faraday Chemistry Lectures This Spring our Elementary students will participate in a Science Fair. To gear up for the fair, we will be hosting an All-School Science Assembly. We will have Janis Cantwell, Early Childhood parent to triplets, no less, and the Hostess to the University of Utah's Faraday Chemistry Lectures presenting along with co-worker, Holly Sebahar, Early Childhood parent. We are excited to be able to get together as an entire school "family" and celebrate each other and reconnect with the diversity of students across programs. We speak so often of community building and this is one way the youngest children get to see and interact with the oldest children. It is also a wonderful for the teachers to be able to all be together with their students and each other as a whole group. The Faraday Chemistry Lectures are fabulous, exciting, and entertaining...
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Admissions Information Meeting - Open to the Public


Montessori Community School will be hosting an Admissions Information Meeting for all adults interested in learning more about any of our programs for 2016-2017 Admissions.  Parents are invited to join us for a presentation about Montessori method, curriculum and philosophy and how they are implemented in our program to educate the whole child. Then, visit individual classrooms to learn more about each program and to meet and greet with our administrative and teaching staff.  2016-2017 Application Packets will be available.  Meeting starts promptly at 6:30pm Adults only - sorry, no child care provided Bring a friend!  Unable to attend this event?  Contact the school at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to schedule a tour. 
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Holiday Gift Guide



Purchasing the right gifts for our children can be difficult.  If you are anything like me, you want to give your kiddos meaningful gifts that engage their minds, inspire creativity, and leave everyone with a sense of satisfaction.  But what kinds of things can make us feel like we've made responsible choices as parents but still allow our littles the joyful experience of receiving?
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No Early Care Today 12/15


MCS Community: December 15, 2015  The school will open today at 9AM. NO EARLY CARE! The roads are very icy. Safe Commute!
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SNOW DAY - School Closing Early


Based on the weather forecast we will be having an early closure today. Please pick up Elementary children by 3:00pm and Toddler and Early Childhood children by 3:30pm. As many of our students will be absent and some of our staff have been unable to make it to the school due to poor road conditions, regular classes will not be held and alternative activities will be offered and some classes will probably combine for the day. 1700 South is in very poor condition so we advise you to avoid traveling to the school if you are able to keep your children home for the day. Stay warm, MCS Administration
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Holiday Giving Gives Back



This year, MCS sponsored three families through The Neighborhood House, a local charity. We started with three small trees filled with ornaments, each depicting a special wish list items. Over the last couple of weeks we have watched our students and families become excited, tearful, and deeply involved with this project.
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