Janis Cantwell presenting at the University of Utah's Faraday Chemistry LecturesThis 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 and a...
MCS Community: December 15, 2015 The school will open today at 9AM. NO EARLY CARE! The roads are very icy. Safe Commute!
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
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.
Dear MCS Families,
In recent years we have seen increasing numbers of families choosing to register their children for our full year option. In reviewing the number of children already enrolled for our Summer Camp 2016, we are nearing capacity in all of our program levels. Because of this, we are electing at this time to discontinue offering separate sessions of Summer Camp, and we will not be distributing separate flyers or rates strictly for Summer Camp.
Basic Herbology & Practical Potions with Donda Hartsfield, Outdoor Classroom & GO teacher Wednesdays, 3:45 – 5:00, November 18th – January 27th (Elementary Only): Students are introduced to the joy and the science of herbal awareness and application through sensorial and practical experiences. Students will encounter such herbs as Hawthorn, Dandelion, Yarrow, Calendula, Lavender, Elder, Marshmallow, Rosemary, Thyme, Ginger, Nettle, Rosehips, Mint and more. Students will be preparing and taking herbal remedies home throughout the course. Fees cover cost of supplies that go home, such as bottles, teas, glycerides, etc. Full attendance is strongly recommended! Register by Monday, November 16th! Wednesday, November 18th Introduction to Herbs and Herbal Teas – gathering and drying techniques, tasting exploration of herbal varieties including their medicinal properties, preparing custom tea blends Wednesday, December 2nd Glycerides and Vinegars – Herbal extractions through the use of glycerin and vinegar Wednesday, December 9th...
Montessori Parents’ Guide to Snowbird Mountain School
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This year's Halloween Carnival is sure to be the best yet. There will be games, activities and a lot of fun and laughter! Tickets can be purchased from the MCS office.
Ticket Price: $5 in advanced / $6 at the door
Some of the activities are:
Trunk or Treat
Kim's Cold Blooded Creatures
Pumpkin Pick & Paint
Costumes are most welcomed and encouraged!
On Thursday, November 5th our Lower Elementary, 3rd Year students will have the opportunity to learn about the Navajo way of life at the Deer Valley Navajo Rug Show. For more than fifteen years, the Montessori Community School has sponsored our Navajo grandmothers through the Adopt-a-Native-Elder Program.
In a Montessori classroom, order and creativity coexist. Animated conversation and silent observation work together in the same space. In the best environments, children of all races and cultures learn side by side.The Montessori approach offers children intentionally prepared environments that are full of beauty and order. Materials in the classroom are appealing and designed to meet the developmental needs of each child. Montessori-trained teachers are the bridge between the environment and the student, first through careful observation of each child, and then by providing appropriate instruction and guidance.This video was created as part of the documentary film project, Building the Pink Tower. "What if we were to set aside the noise of failing schools, teacher evaluations, test scores, achievement gaps, and funding issues — and ask, instead, what is the true goal of education?"
Winter is just a season away. Please keep in mind that all students participating in the Winter Sports Program this year will be REQUIRED to have helmets and goggles and there will be no daily rentals at the resort. The PSA is working on potential discounts for MCS renters and will keep us updated. For now, please check out the list of Ski Swaps coming up.Click here to see a list of upcoming ski swaps.
Montessori Community School's PSA is playing off the school's green initiative and will be hosting a huge yard sale Saturday, June 13th beginning at 8:00 am and running through 12:00 pm. Proceeds from the sale will benefit a number of the school's special projects. For example, completing the fence around the Outdoor Classroom, funding a portion of the much needed school roof, new storage sheds, a new school van, and a number of other projects that are outside of the school's regular budget. If you have any items you are planning on donating or taking to other thrift stores, please bring them to the MCS gymnasium instead. You may drop off your items between June 1st and June 11th. We are specifically looking for the following items: FurnitureBikesSports EquipmentToysHousehold Items: dishes, working small appliances, lampsBooksCDs/ DVDsYard Equipment and Outdoor GearBaby ItemsUnused/ Unopened items Clothing will not be accepted at this...
“To consider the school as a place where instruction is given is one point of view. But to consider the school as preparation for life is another. In the latter case the school must satisfy all the needs of life.” – Maria Montessori The mission of the Montessori Community School is to provide a rich, educational experience that guides and nurtures the natural unfolding of the whole individual and inspires a lifetime passion for learning and peace. The Montessori Community School has been established to encourage and promote the intellectual, physical and social development of children. The Montessori philosophy emphasizes the development of the child in a carefully prepared environment. A prepared environment is one in which the child is able to develop freely at his or her own pace, unhindered in the spontaneous unfolding of his or her natural capacities. This occurs through the manipulation of a graded series...
For the 2014 - 2015 school year Montessori Community School is excited to work with our students in a Service-Learning project to once again support our COEEF girls and our Grandmothers through the Adopt-A-Native Elder program. MCS has supported COEEF for more than seven years and the Native American Grandmothers of Adopt-A-Native Elder for over 20 years! We are happy to report that our girls in Ethiopia and our Native American Grandmothers are very grateful for the continued support from the MCS community of families and friends over the years. In an effort to raise awareness about family preparedness, this year MCS is offering 72- hour kits as a fundraiser to replace the Fun Run that has been “running” for the past several years. Packets containing further information and order forms were sent home in every student's Take-Home File. Please share this information with your families and friends so they too, can be apart...
Based on our ecosystem outings this year, the GO (Great Outdoors) students have spent a lot of time researching different ecosystems of their choice. These nature cards are the result of their hard work, time, knowledge, and talents. Each card features a drawing of a particular ecosystem, and inside the cards are some interesting facts derived from their studies. This is a great opportunity to support the students' studies, interests, and art. It is also a great way to share these talents throughout the year with your friends, family, and co-workers. You may purchase these beautiful cards for $3.00 each or you may purchase 5 cards for $12.00. Cards will go on sale in the MCS lobby this Friday, May 1st.
Montessori Community School loves the passion our students have toward caring for our earth. They help with keeping our grounds clear of trash, working in our gardens, composting, and planting raised garden beds. Our students also implement and are responsible for recycling throughout our school. We try very hard to make our school and community a greener place.
What do we mean when we say we want to raise “successful” children? Too often, especially around this time of year, that conversation centers on college or the kinds of academics and activities that lead to college. “Success” is hard to measure, and those external markers make for comforting milestones along the way. Comforting, but dangerous. Because when checking off the achievement box is what defines success, it’s too easy to forget that it’s the qualities in our children that might lead to those accomplishments that matter — not the goals themselves. Achievements, from the A on the science project to the letter of acceptance from Big U, can be the gold stars for parents. They’re the visible signs that we’re doing something right, and that makes it tempting to push our children forward, just a little (or maybe a lot) by stepping in when it looks as if they might...