Enjoying lunch outdoors with students

Hello Friends, When I walk through campus, watching students eat, play, and learn outside, I am filled with gratitude for how amazing our teachers are and how beautiful our planet is! Today I ate lunch outside with the (6-9). Students sat on the green grass or on tree stumps, laughing and sharing riddles with each other. If you didn’t know what goes up and down but never moves, the answer is stairs! One student had a laptop open on top of a tree stump. He was sharing his lunch time with an online student at home. They laughed and shared …

Life is a daring adventure

Hello Friends, “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller The above quote has been a favorite of mine for many years. There is something to celebrate and grieve in each day, each moment. Each life, no matter how mundane it may seem, is a daring adventure. Some weeks make this more obvious than others. Or some months. Or some years. These past several months have made all us keenly aware of how “daring” and “adventurous” life is. Whether it’s connected to our jobs, our health, our children, or our country, we have all been …

Let us be kind, brave and careful together. A rewarding new year awaits!

Hello Friends, For over a decade I worked as an actor. And almost always, before stepping on stage, I felt at least a moment of anxiety. I wanted to rush through all of my lines, just to make sure I knew them. I wanted to see the whole play in my mind. Of course, this was impossible. And, eventually, as I stepped in front of the audience, the words came, one moment informed the next, and the weeks of rehearsal played out as planned. When I think of all of the work we have done this summer in preparation for …

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Graduation…2020 style

Hello Friends, Today our 3rd and 6th graders drove through the TNSM parking lot with cheering teachers celebrating this important moment in their journey. Cars were decorated with signs, teachers held up poster boards expressing love and gratitude, horns were honking, and through the windows we could see big smiles, and watery eyes. This past Tuesday, the same scene happened with our kindergartners. It was surreal, beautiful, hysterical, and inspiring. Our students, your children, are a beacon of light during these difficult times. Their energy, creativity, and resiliency lift me up and give me confidence that we will continue to …

Guiding Montessori principles for at-home learning

One of our teachers recently shared this quote with me. “It is necessary that the human personality should be prepared for the unforeseen, not only for the conditions that can be anticipated by prudence and foresight…For success in life depends in every case on self-confidence and the knowledge of one’s own capacity and many-sided powers of adaptation.”     (Montessori, From Childhood to Adolescence, Appendix A, 1948)   These words ring true for the moment we are in.  We are all adapting and preparing for the unforeseen. A group called the Montessori Collaborative Teacher Support Task Group compiled some guiding Montessori  principles …

Masquerade dance party on zoom – Make cloth masks for 1st responders

Hi New School Montessori Friends, We hope you enjoyed our Zoom Pajama Dance Party on Friday morning. It was so wonderful to see your faces and to get some fun energy out together! Dancing with friends is a great way to start the day, and on Friday, April 24 at 8 a.m. we are going to have an encore performance — but this time with an extra ingredient: costumes! That’s right: this Friday’s Dance Party (4/24) will be a masquerade — and a fun way for us to help our greater community. If your child wants to dress up, anything goes: …

So what do we do in the face of so much uncertainty?  Show kindness.

Hello Friends, There is a lot to be gained from thoughtful planning and intellectual work.  We make plans, set goals, structure our days in ways that provide a tremendous amount of comfort.  We love to imagine life is like this or that. Work is like this or that. We say, “This has to happen that way because…” There comes a moment, however, when we must submit ourselves to the fact that huge aspects of life are not in our control. This submission has its own value and wisdom. Enormous aspects of our lives lie in the hands of the unknown. …

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 …