COVID-19 Vaccination in Children 5-11 years of Age


By Jessica Graham, M.D., Pediatric Emergency Physician, MCS Parent and Thomas Hanff, M.D., Heart Failure Cardiologist, MCS Parent Pfizer recently performed an mRNA vaccine trial in children aged 5-11. After study results were released, an emergency use authorization (EUA) was approved for children in this age range. However, some parents ...

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What is the Capstone Year and why does my child deserve to have one?

Capstone Year in Lower Elementary- students have freedom to work in the school library.

We often refer to the 3rd year a child is in a Montessori program as the Capstone Year. But what is it that really makes the year so special and important? We invite parents of our current 2nd year students in Early Childhood and Lower Elementary and 4th year students in Upper Elementary to consider the following reaso...

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Gearing Up For Winter Sports


Thanks so much for all of your support in helping your student to be prepared for this wonderful opportunity to experience the "Greatest Snow on Earth." Remember to clearly label each piece! Your student must have the following items each week: Skis (& poles if appropriate) or boardSki bag containing the following items:Ski/board boot...

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The Adult Skills of the Montessori Child


Parents often wonder about the extraordinary lessons of Montessori that seem beyond the norm for young children. An example would be the uniqueness of the Botany Cabinet with its eighteen different leaf shapes and exotic names – obcordate, hastate, and reniform. Or the Geometric Cabinet with its 26 different shapes that children master and become c...

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The Montessori Transition


A common concern for Montessori parents is how their child will transition out of Montessori into a traditional setting. The question is valid but the concern may be overblown. Yes, there will be transition challenges. Those are an integral part of life – preschool to elementary, elementary to Jr. and Sr. High, to college, to a job, to marriage, to...

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The Capstone Year in Early Childhood


The Montessori early childhood classroom serves children from the age of 3 to 6 years. Ideally, children spend three years in this classroom. In Montessori, the 3rd year is often referred to as the Capstone Year. This year is equivalent to the traditional Kindergarten year. MCS strongly recommends that a 3rd year student fo...

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COVID: Heart to Heart


By Jessica Graham, M.D., Pediatric Emergency Physician and Thomas Hanff, M.D., Heart Failure Cardiologist; Current MCS Parents Our gratitude to Jessica and Thomas for providing the following information to our community: MIS-C myocarditis is seen in children after a COVID-19 infection; vaccine-related myocarditis has been described in chi...

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Re-Enrollment for 2022-23


We are happy and honored that you have entrusted us with your child's education and look forward to continuing that relationship for the next academic year.   Re-enrollment for 2022-2023 is now open! Every family should have received an email from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on 12/15/2021 called Enrollment for Returning Student explaining how ...

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Holiday Gift Giving Project 2021


Each year MCS looks for local charities to support as an opportunity for our entire community to participate in service learning projects. This year we have chosen to give to the IRC, The INN Between, and the Salvation Army. There are two ways to give this year: Sign up for an item and bring it to the school (unwrapped) by December 10Cont...

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Winter Sports 2022


MCS partners with a local resort each year to allow our students a region specific experience of ski and snowboard lessons. This year, our Winter Sports Program will take place at Snowbird- January 12th, 19th, 26th, February 2nd and 9th. Students K-6th Grade are eligible to participate in Winter Sports and are automati...

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Courage

The Montessori classroom provides daily opportunities to develop and practice courage.

It is amazing to observe the breadth of accomplishment that a Montessori environment fosters. Courage is not traditionally thought of as an educational outcome but then again Montessori is not traditional. For children, courage is the ability to try new things even if they are afraid and as they mature courage becomes the ability to do what is righ...

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COVID Safety Measures Update


The school's COVID-19 Safety Protocols for 2021-22 can be found in the footer of the school's website - http://mcsslc.com. The most recent updates are listed below: 5-11 year olds are now eligable for COVID Vaccinations  When fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (2 weeks after their final dose), MCS will no longer require students to q...

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Montessori and the Myth of Low Student Teacher Ratios

A Montessori teacher is similar to a juggler

As parents we have to judge what makes a good educational program for our children. We ask our friends, we look at the school – is it clean and orderly and bright? We look at the children – do they seem happy? We observe the teacher - are they engaged and interested in the children? These are things that we can judge. And then we remember that we'v...

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Update on COVID-19 School Testing Program


Thank you for participating in the recent survery related to on-site COVID testing at MCS. 208 responses were submitted. The results, along with additional details of the program being considered, are included below.    Why Consider Testings at MCS?  Testing provides an important layer of prevention, particularly ...

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Summer Camp 2022


Summer Camp at MCS is a multi-week program that focuses on a different area of the world each year. For Summer Camp 2022 (6/14/22-8/12/22), Russia will be our destination! A description of the camp, tuition prices, and policies can be found here. Summer Camp 2022 registration is now available to current MCS families, via a webform in...

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Lockout Security Procedure Explained


A lockout is a precautionary security procedure implemented to minimize exposure to an external threat. Examples would be elevated police activity in the neighbourhood, dangerous wildlife spotted nearby, or hazards in close proximity to the school. Should a lockout be warranted, an announcement will be made via the school's intercom to alert staff....

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Don’t get tricked this Halloween!


Avoid a candy/drug mix-up by keeping medicine up and out of reach. If you suspect someone has mistaken drugs for candy, call 1-800-222-1222 for #PoisonHelp.Be careful with cosmetics. Only use nontoxic face paints and test on the skin before use. Throw away all candy or treats that are not in their original wrappers. Glow sticks are f...

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COVID Safety Measure Updates


Reporting Test Results  Please send all test results to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the individual's name and either positive or negative test result in the subject line. Photos of test results are acceptable. The negative test result is understood as clearance to return to school.   New Exposure After Recovery If you are exposed to COVID-...

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Parent Teacher Partnerships


The parent teacher partnership is different from any other professional relationship you enter. You call the electrician to your house. You tell him what you think the problem is. He then uses his expertise and experience to diagnose and fix the problem. He doesn't need your help (nor does he want you to get shocked in the process). When he is fini...

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Fun Run 2021 - Please Help Now!


 Use the button to make a donation to this MEF sponsored event!  IN THE CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER  (meaning pouring rain or dumping snow, if it is sprinkling we will still run) We will reschedule for the next week at the same time This will be determined at 8:30 the day of We encourage you to join the school in this worthwhile e...

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