Another letter from director with encouragement, shared stories and information

Hello Friends, We have made it through another week together. Well done. I continue to be amazed at the resiliency, optimism, and creativity within our community.  Our teachers/staff, parents, and children have risen to the occasion. One TNSM parent(lawyer and ordained minister through the Universal Life Church) shared a photo of him marrying a couple on his front lawn from a distance!  Another family shared the ingenuity of their child who created a pill bug lego race track! I could go on and on with examples sent to us about the wonderful things happening during this difficult time.   As I have mentioned before, this pandemic has …

TNSM’s COVID-19 Response

This Director’s Update is intended to change periodically and grow as we learn more about what we can do to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and as we share more videos, lessons from teachers and updates from our community. PLEASE CLICK HERE to be directed to the google doc where we keep adding new information We have a clickable table of contents so you can easily see what’s new and what things you want to learn more about.    

What a great auction!

Hello Friends, The auction was amazing!!!  When The New School Montessori community comes together, great things happen.  MadTree was a beautiful location with great music provided by Caravan.     The evening was full of positive energy created by a community of people who love TNSM. Alumni families, staff members from the 1970s, current staff and families, and alumni students came together to celebrate the past, present and future of our school.   The auction committee (Lydia Neiheisel, Morgan and Mindi Rich, Doug Sackin, Alison Dearden, Ryonen Ignatius, Robin Hartmann, Tara Haas, Jamie Ward, Ann Baumgardner, Rob Clark, Jamie Harder, Jackie …

“Play is the highest form of research.”

Dear Friends,  Do you remember how you used to play? The world lent itself to your imagination. You never walked. You danced or skipped or tumbled your way from one place to another. No tree was just a tree. The red maple in my backyard had the power to make anyone who touched it invisible. If you have forgotten how to turn a bush into base during a game of tag, or how to transform the grass under the monkey bars into volcanic lava, come on by and visit The New School Montessori during recess. You will be reminded how …

50th Anniversary Celebration

Hello, I want to tell you a story. It’s a short one, but it’s beautiful. Like most beautiful stories, it involves children. Once upon a time, 50 years ago, somewhere inside the Milky Way on a brave and fragile planet called Earth, a few very special people (out of billions) found a few very special acres (out of billions) and called it home. But it wasn’t for them; it was a home for children. It was a place just for them. This place had some trees to climb on, swing from, hug, and lie under. It had an old enchanting …

Come PLAY with us!

Hello Friends, On March 7th The New School Montessori is having a party you will not want to miss. Our community will be coming together at the MadTree Brewing Event Space to raise a glass, share a meal and be in great company! Oh, and I forgot to mention AMAZING live music; The Burning Caravan. I know what you’re thinking, “How do I get a ticket?” It’s easy! CLICK HERE and treat yourself to a well deserved night out!! Now, like true Montessori-minded parents, you could be saying to yourself, “Yes, this sounds like a fantastic evening of fun, however, …

Learning about neurodiversity

Hello Friends, Friday night, a group of parents gathered in the Growing Room for TNSM’s Chat Series which was hosted by the Diversity and Community Engagement Committee. Over good food, a little wine, and great company, we engaged in meaningful conversations about how to embrace, celebrate, and support neurodiversity within our community.   Through facilitated discussions, TED talks, and computer simulations, we took a deep dive into what neurodiversity means. One salient observation was that judging a fish by how well it rides a bike is a great example for the  inherent flaws within some standardized measures of student success. …

A Golden Year Approaches

Hello Friends,   You may or may not know that next school year (20/21) will be TNSM’s 50th birthday.  Our golden year .  It is a remarkable honor for me to be a part of TNSM’s journey as a parent of two children, a former teacher in the (9-12) program, and as the Head of School. I am grateful to be here during a moment that allows us to celebrate our past while dreaming about our future.  I have been talking with alumni parents, students, former board chairs and Heads of School. Each of them shared how The New School has impacted …

Courage

Hello Friends, What a fantastic week!  I have been thinking a lot about courage.  The Cincinnati Montessori Society is hosting its annual conference in March and the theme is “Courage, Heart, and Brains.”  I will be presenting a workshop titled:  Inspiring Lives; Montessori meets Shakespeare.  One aspect of the workshop  focuses on the amazing courage demonstrated by Maria Montessori throughout her life. She was an iconoclast, challenging the male dominated institutions of her time to follow her dreams and passions.  Even by the age of 13 she was rattling the old-world views of what being a woman should look like and …

I see trees of green, red roses too…

Hello Friends, Gratitude is a lens through which to see the world.  As our elementary families settled down into the Growing Room this morning and every window was filled with blue skies and a child’s artistic expression of gratitude, I felt my lens shift.  Then, little voices began to sing,   I see trees of green, red roses too I see them bloom for me and you And I think to myself what a wonderful world.   Each grade stood up and reminded us of life’s simple delights.  One student shared how his cat taught him to be brave. Another …