The New School Montessori Calendar

Parent Night (3-6) – Parent Participation @ Growing Room
Sep 14 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Event for parents of 3-to 6- year-olds to hear about the educational plans for their children. Childcare is provided for children of New School age.

Fall Clean-up Day
Sep 16 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fall Clean-up Day

Interested TNSM friends, families and staff are invited to help with fall clean-up 8am until noon.

We will be spreading mulch in both the preprimary and elementary woods (50yrds), cleaning out the mansion flower bed along the teacher parking lot, and digging out the corner of the preprimary woods where the rain runoff washes down the mulch and sand.

Tools for parents to bring would be: rakes (leaf and garden) snow or grain shovels, pitch forks, tarps, wheel barrows or garden carts etc.

Bagels, fruit, coffee etc will be provided. Contact Barclay Green if you can help, so he’ll have enough snacks for everyone. (Current TNSM parents can sign up to attend via an email that was sent to them from SignUpGenius).

Board Meeting @ TNSM Growing Room
Sep 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

You are welcome to attend TNSM Board meetings usually held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. We have 10-12 parent board members each year who meet with administrative staff to help guide the business and mission of the school.

Harvest Moon Festival
Sep 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

It’s time again for our annual Harvest Moon Festival where we come together to celebrate the TNSM community! Alumni families, current families, staff and friends gather with picnic blankets and potluck favorites from many traditions.

Please bring a favorite homemade dish or dessert to share. We provide plates, cups, silverware and water.  For your own comfort please bring a blanket or chairs for seating on the grass and drinks of your choosing.

There will be plenty of playground time for the kids. (A flashlight and sweater can be helpful as the evenings grow cooler and darker).

Please join us in celebrating the special community we are a part of.

Picture Day
Sep 26 all-day

Helen Adams (an alumni parent and professional photographer) will be taking school photos for The New School Montessori again this year.

There is no fee involved if you do not wish to purchase any photos. Your child’s photo will be taken and included in the annual yearbook, but it’s up to you to decide what (if any) poses you’d like to buy.

Helen Adams’ Goal:

“Say goodbye to the awkward school portrait. My mission is to bring authenticity and fun to  school photography. I want to let kids be kids. Let them be sweet, funny or silly. Let them giggle and wiggle. These portraits won’t be stuffed in a drawer for the next 20 years. They will be displayed where they will bring a smile to the heart every time they are seen.”

Clothing should enhance the portrait and not distract from it. Try to avoid patterns, prints or stripes that are too bold. That being said, these portraits are meant to be fun so above all else, the clothing should be true to the subject’s personality and style.



Is There Life After TNSM? Parent Participation @ Growing Room at TNSM
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Heads of middle schools present materials and answer questions of soon-to-be graduating families.

TNSM Rocks @ The Northside Tavern
Oct 7 @ 8:00 pm – 11:59 pm

The New School Montessori invites you to attend an evening of karaoke for adult alumni, current parents, staff and friends.  The event takes place at The Northside Tavern with a live karaoke band and no longer includes a fundraising element. Invite your friends for an evening of fun!

SHOWCASE KARAOKE – Anyone (or group) interested in singing in the showcase portion of the evening (beginning around 8:30 or so) will be in the running to be the distinguished winner(s) and holder(s) of the TNSM Rock bedazzled karaoke trophy for the year.

OPEN KARAOKE – Once the winner has been selected, it’s a karaoke free-for-all where anyone can get up there to stretch those vocal cords.

Click to see a list of songs the band is prepared to play.



TerraNova Testing Grade 6
Oct 9 – Oct 12 all-day

Taking the TerraNova serves as a practical life tool but also identifies student performance toward mastery of specific content objectives. It’s important to note that children’s academic progress is based on a number of factors that include, but are not limited to, the TerraNova test alone.

Fall Open House @ TNSM
Oct 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Invite family, neighbors and friends to visit. Teachers, board members and staff are available to answer questions, to give tours and to facilitate the discovery process as children explore the environment.

6th Grade Trip to Washington, D.C.
Oct 16 – Oct 20 all-day

Our 6th graders have the opportunity to explore Washington D.C., its monuments and other important museums and sights as they travel by plane and public transportation with teachers and chaperones. Students try new foods, learn to budget their meal allowance and enjoy the thrill of our nation’s capital.