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 Outdoor Classroom are closed during conferences...
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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 reaching effect:...
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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​ ​home​...
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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. 

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 the lobby. Don't forget...
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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 to "following each child" to  best...
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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 their own...
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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-UpFor 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 and picked up on...
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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 making this...
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Graduating Alumni- Class of 2017


Within the past few weeks we have received High School Graduation notices from some of our amazing Alumni. We send our love, best wishes and congratulations to Elise Vandamme, Camilla Uphill, Amelia Lewis, and Allyson Jones. Best wishes to all of you as you begin university in the fall. You have such exciting adventures ahead. Savour all of them. And please keep in touch. With Love,Robyn Eriwata-BuchananHead of School

How can failure be a gift?


When I started teaching 20 years ago, childhood was altogether a different experience.  Raising children looked different than it does now and, since I'm now in the midst of raising my own three children, I believe this more than ever before.  The single most important thing I think we may be missing with this generation of parenting is the realization that growth comes from failure!  Scary concept, right?  But honestly, when everything goes according to plan, there are no hiccups in the way, or any process is simple, precise and easy we learn very different lessons than when we have to struggle and stretch.  I think it would be fair to say that your own failures (or struggles, at the very least) provided clear opportunities for learning and growth. I recently watched a really wonderful TedTalk called "The power of believing that you can improve" by Carol Dweck in which she uses the word...
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Interim Camp: June 5th - 9th


Interim Camp will take place Monday, June 5th and run through Friday, June 9th.Camp hours are 8:00 am - 5:30 pm.The registration forms can be found here, or you may pick one up from the office.

Join the MCS PSA!


MCS-Parent School Alliance T.E.A.M.Together Everyone Achieves More!  Before I became involved in the PSA, I noticed for years that most of the burden fell on one or two people, and I thought that was just too much; especially when you are juggling kids, work and life. So when I was asked by the MCS Administration to get involved, I suggested a restructuring of the PSA to become a “Team” representing all the age groups but with an emphasis on the Toddler and Early Childhood groups since they are our meat and potatoes.  This PSA Team concept is now completing its second year with, I believe, great success on many levels.  First, the obvious, the 6 reps share the roles, no one person is working alone; second, we have more of a presence on campus as a team; and third, we actually enjoy each other and collectively want to generate excitement and...
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All School Assembly - Utah Okinawa Kenjinkai Cultural Experience


Our Second Annual All-school Assembly took place Wednesday morning at MCS! All of our staff and students, from toddlers to elementary, gathered for an incredible presentation. The Utah Okinawa Kenjinkai group shared a beautiful performance about their cultural Japanese heritage. They introduced us to Okinawan traditional music, dances, folk craft, and martial arts while briefly discussing the Japanese history associated in a fun and enlightening way. A lot of our young toddler friends enjoyed singing and dancing throughout the assembly while our older friends were impressed by the costumes and instruments. In the traditional Okinawan dance, the Eisa, there is a closing song to end the performance. We were invited to join the dancers and dance together waving our hands to the beat of the music and drums. It was a great experience for all of our students to enjoy this cultural opportunity as a whole community.Check our last year's experience...
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The Gift of Adult Learning


Today I was graced with the most lovely opportunity to observe a teacher intern in one of our classrooms.  MCS has the ongoing opportunity to support and host adult interns seeking Montessori certification at all levels.  The process of a teacher receiving Montessori training is as well developed a system as the Montessori method itself.  Following an intense period of study of Montessori theory, history, methodology, didactic training and classroom management, an intern spends 1-2 years engaged in a teaching practicum (internship).  During this initial experience as a teacher, with a wealth of newfound understanding and insight to the child and its environment, the teacher goes through the magical process of implementation under the direction of a master teacher. Maria Montessori said "The teacher, when she begins to work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through the work. She must free herself from all...
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Winter Sports: A Group Experience


The intent behind our Winter Sports Program is that these lessons and experiences let our students have a real-life group driven experience where there is crossover between programs; where there are great opportunities for the students to practice the life skills they have been learning and practicing in such a safe environment here at MCS. It is an opportunity to let our students explore one of Utah's greatest beauties- the mountains and our incredible snow. Please keep in mind that these lessons are peer-oriented and group options are bound to contain a number of skill sets being presented, developed, and learned amongst the students. Some students are at the peak of that skill set and some are at the base of that skill set. However, those students are all within the same level. It can become very frustrating when friends ski/ board together on the weekends, but are grouped apart for the lessons....
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Early Childhood Performing Arts Showcases


Early Childhood's Music and Movement Classes Present their Performing Arts Showcase of:The Napping HousePlease have your students meet in the Dance Studio at 6:15 pm. Ensure your student is wearing their pajamas- but not some that might be slippery on a stage.Sequoias and Magnolias will perform: Tuesday, February 21stWillows and Aspens will perform: Tuesday, February 28th We hope to see you there as this is an event you won't want to miss out on.

Wild Utah at Montessori Community School


Students and teachers at MCS had a wild time at camp this past month! Our summer camps allow children to explore other countries and cultures, so we decided to use this year’s winter camp as an opportunity to learn more about our local environment here on the Wasatch Front. Accompanied by real-life materials from mammals big and small, we learned about some of the animals which also call Utah home. We started our journey with American black bears, letting our friends handle a black bear’s pelt, skull, and rubber footprints. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources lent us front and hind prints of a black bear and, for size comparison, they also lent us a print made from the Alaskan Kodiak bear, Bart (who used to live in Heber, Utah with his trainers). The children were very excited to see the size difference between black bear prints and a Kodiak bear print....
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