Updated MCS 2018 - 2019 Academic Calendar


Due to the MEPI Conference dates and the changes made to the previous Academic calendar, please find the new 2018---2019-Academic-Year-Calendar here. 

Utah Youth Climate Strike


Our children are making a stand to put and hold todays leaders accountable. Last Friday, March 15th, 2019 children gathered at the Utah State Capitol to add pressure to their message: time is running out to protect our planet from a climate crisis. We hope the words from our youth will nudge leaders along to stop dragging their feet on such critical issues. This event did not just take place in Utah but worldwide protests and strikes took place with the important message geared directly toward leaders and lawmakers. Their message is loud and clear, changes must be made. Our children are raising their voices and it is time adults start listening. 

Montessori Educational Programs International Conference for Montessori Community School


Within this academic year our full staff has been offered the opportunity to attend two annual Montessori conferences that are hosted in Utah by the Utah Montessori Council. In addition, two weeks ago, twenty-two of our teachers and Administration team flew to Kiahwah Island, South Carolina to attend a national conference being hosted by M.E.P.I. (Montessori Educational Programs International).The conference offered many classes for all program levels as well as Administration. Some examples of classes were - Common Sense Parenting, Preparation of the Environment, Cosmic Education, Labyrinths for Beginners, Celebrating International Diversity through United Nations, and Peace off the Table. Please see details of the wonderful Keynote Speaker, Barbara Coloroso. Our staff always come away from the conferences inspired and excited to implement their new knowledge into their curriculum.We all stayed in two beautiful houses on Kiawah Island that were located beside each other overlooking a pond in which lived two resident...

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Winter Sports: The Challenge and the Benefits


Yes! The first two weeks of MCS’ Winter Sports Ski and Snowboard lessons have gone well. Thank you to all those staff and parent volunteers who are making this program so successful and organized. Why skiing and snowboarding, you wonder? It has always been a goal to be able to give each elementary student the opportunity to explore the sports as part of our great Wasatch Front, and world-renowned mountain slopes. Transporting eighty plus students, with gear, snacks, and equipment is no small feat. There is a lot of preparation, practice, and patience involved. There is nothing quite like the panic of missing snow-pants, a broken clasp on a helmet, or the confusion of 4 sets of skis that all look alike and the label has rubbed off. However, and whatever the new challenge is, the buzz and nervous excitement of the students makes it all worth it. Our students are...

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Lock-Down Drills at MCS


Schools should plan for the rare possibility of an intruder as part of a comprehensive crisis/emergency preparedness effort; however, the nature and extent of those preparedness activities should be based upon a risk assessment of the crisis events a given school is most likely to confront. A Lock Down Drill is scheduled for February 12, 2019.  This emergency procedure at MCS involves staff - Sweeping and clearing hallwaysTurning off classroom lightsLocking doorsSheltering with children in our agreed upon secure areasTaking rollWaiting for the all clear We recognize that this drill in particular can sometimes cause anxiety and concern for parents and guardians, students, and educators too. For the adults, being familiar the procedure and ones responsibilities within that process can bring assurance and comfort. Practicing can prepare and be of comfort to the children with the fact that their teachers, parents and guardians, and the school have a plan, and therefore...

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Summer Camp 2019- Deadline January 31, 2019 for Withdrawals Only

We are already making plans for activities for Summer Camp 2019 for your children. We know that people's plans do change and this is a reminder of the withdrawal policy for Summer Camp.  It is as follows: After January 31, 2019, you will be responsible for 100% of the school Summer Camp  tuition if you chose to withdraw your student. There is also a $75.00 schedule fee that is required for administrative costs to initiate the withdrawal from the program and FACTS management system. Please respond to this email or contact the Business Manager no later than January 31st, by email request, should you need to withdraw from the Summer Camp 2019. Please give a call so we can address any questions or concerns.

Thank You- MCS' Holiday Giving Projects Wrapped Up


Thank you so much to all those who participated in our annual Holiday Gift Giving, particularly our PSA for helping to put the whole thing together and our elementary students for helping to carry and load so many of the gifted items. This year we donated to three different organizations; The INN Between, International Rescue Center (IRC), and The Neighborhood House. We were able to fill everyrequest because of the amazing and generous support of our community.We received a wonderful thank you note from the INN Between House, whose mission is to end the tragic history of vulnerable people dying on the streets of our community by providing a supportive and safe haven for individuals who have nowhere else to go in time of medical crisis.Our School Director, Britney Peterson, and her family were able to deliver the gifts to the family assigned to MCS from the IRC who needed a little help for the holidays....

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Montessori Education Foundation Funds and Gifts


Thanks to your generosity during our Fun Run Drive this past Fall to our non-profit Montessori Education Foundation (MEF). We were able to send or order the following items to our sponsored Navajo Grandmothers this week through the Adopt-a-Native Elder Program.Mothers Day Box- Spring Delivery only and delivered during the Spring food run. This gift box fills a need to provide personal care items that are not contained in any other gift option. It contains Cottenelle wipes, Kleenex, a wash cloth, bath towel, vent brush, bobby pins, Vaseline, shampoo, sanitizer, emery boards, and a bandana. Grandmother Box - This box contains 3 yards of Panne fabric and 4 yards of cotton fabric for making a skirt and blouse. Also included are safety pins, socks, scarf, thread, yarn, and a hygiene kit. The price of this item includes a credit card charge. Food Certificates that can be used at all Bashas grocery stores located throughout the reservation....

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MCS- Now Steward to a Little Free Library


All around the world little free libraries are popping up. These libraries are helping to bring communities together by providing a peaceful meeting place where everyone is welcome to share in the joy of reading, imagination, education, sharing, and creativity. Maria Montessori defined joy by saying, "Joy, feeling one's own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for the human soul." She taught that the development of language is part of the development of the personality and that words are the natural means of expressing thoughts and establishing understanding between people. Montessori philosophy teaches that careful preparation of the space and materials is key to a successful classroom and learning environment. It is our hope that by having a Little Free Library we will help bridge the gap between the development of language and personality, creating that space where all members...

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Tips for a New Montessori Parent

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A happy welcome to the new families entering Montessori Community School.  Parents, you will soon discover that being a part of a Montessori community is encompassing and the efforts you make towards supporting the Montessori approach will determine the success your child has in this environment. Below is an article by Edward Fidellow which will give you several tips to embracing your new role as a "Montessori Parent." And so begins your journey...... Becoming a Montessori Parent by Edward Fidellow There are seven simple steps to becoming a Montessori parent. When we say simple we don’t mean that they are not challenging. It is a lot like the definition of bull riding. “The object is to keep the bull between you and the ground.” Simple – but challenging. The first step to becoming a Montessori parent took place when you enrolled your child in a Montessori program. That in itself is a...

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Home – The Montessori Frontier

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There are many parts to a Montessori education. There certainly is the beautiful materials that add so much to the enjoyment of learning. There is the educational philosophy that goes along with the materials. There is also the part that looks at your child’s gifts and abilities but the most crucial part of  a Montessori education is the part that nurtures and helps transform your child into a successful adult. Ultimately, Montessori is a philosophy of life, of a way to approach the challenges and blessings. If you love what Montessori does for your child at school begin to implement at home those actions that will continue the transformation. We are not talking about red rods, alphabets or math but about the core value that makes Montessori dynamic and transformational. It is all about making wise choices. It is a simple formula – learn to make wise choices – but it...

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Adopt An Elder’s 29th Annual NAVAJO RUG SHOW & SALE


Grandmother Anita JacksonApproximately 25  years ago, because of Bob and Robyn’s strong connection to some Navajo friends, our school registered with the Adopt A Native Elder program to adopt three Navajo grandmothers and two grandfathers. Our two grandfathers died a few years into our involvement with the program and then for most of 20 years we continued to help support our three grandmothers - Grandmother Emma Bahe, Grandmother Roseline Jackson and Grandmother Elvira Horseherder. For many years we have been so successful with our fundraising that we were not only able to  provide food on each of the two Food Runs that originate in Park City but also send yarn, gift certificates for them to buy additional food, clothing and household items, firewood, basic medical supplies and blankets but in the past few years two of our Grandmothers - Emma (aged 94) and Roseline (aged 92) have died and we recently...

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Teacher Work Day & Professional Development


Last Friday, October 5th, Montessori Community School had a Teacher Work and Professional Development Day. Feel free to scroll through some of the highlights from our training and meeting that took place Friday.

Last Week's Annual Fun Run Fundraiser Update


Wow! What a fantastic event. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this year's Fun Run such a wonderful, exciting event. The morning was beautiful. We couldn't have asked for better weather. The students were buzzing with excitement. Students began with some warm-up exercises then the clock was started and they were off. Students ran laps through a 65 foot inflatable obstacle course then climbed a 24 foot inflatable slide to complete the course loop. High fives were given, wrist bands marked per lap, and much cheering and encouragement from teachers, staff, parents, and peers. After their timed run was up, students enjoyed some fruit slices and water to cool down and chat about their experience with the course amongst all those milling about.Our Toddler friends were able to walk, run, and toddle their way through a small obstacle course around their own playground. With the help of their teachers, PSA, and Fun...

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How to Place a Scholastic Book Order Through MCS


1. Check out the physical book order forms in the lobby and/or go to the website: www.scholastic.com/bookclubs.2. Follow registration/ parent sign-up instructions.3. Use MCS' Class Activation Code: HDLWT4. Browse and select the books you would like to order by the due date assigned. 5. The MCS Office will put the orders through on the deadline. Shipping is typically 7 to 14 days. We will email you when your book order arrives and is ready for pick-up.

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.

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 MontessoriThe 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 projects, The Children of Ethiopia Education...

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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 on Montessori Compass.

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