We said, “Yes.”

Hello Friends,   We are SO close to our goal.  Your support can get us there. If you have not given yet, this is the time to be a part of the future. This is the moment to make your mark. The New School Montessori needs all of us to do what we can to ensure that when we look toward tomorrow, it’s A Beautiful Vision.   Here are a few voices from our community, sharing why they have given.  If you have three minutes, you will not want to miss this tribute.     The Annex, which we are replacing with …

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Great news!

I wanted to share some extraordinary news. This past December we were informed that a home on Burton Woods Lane, adjacent to the Ginkgo House (our 9-12 program) went up for sale by owner; 5 remarkable sisters, one of whom had a daughter who went through the TNSM program. Their hope was to reach an agreement with TNSM.  One of their emails was so touching I have to share some of it:   “The beauty of getting to “yes” would be entering into an agreement with an organization that’s clearly aligned with our family’s values:    the importance of a …

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Our school has a first-draft mindset

Hello Friends, A few years ago we had a workshop on Growth Mindset.  This idea, made popular through psychologist Carol Dweck’s book “Mindset” is the belief  that success has more to do with having the right mindset than intelligence or talent. The workshop facilitator handed each of us a blank sheet of paper, a pencil, and asked us to find a partner. She then gave us two minutes to sketch a portrait of the person we’d been paired with. When the time was up she asked us to do what we were all dreading; share our sketch with each other! After …

Storytelling over the 3-day weekend

Hello Friends, I love a good story.  The way it engages the imagination of the listener.  How, like magic, if you can mix the right words in the right order, it can conjure laughter, suspense, grief, nostalgia, hope, compassion, anger, or even love. One of my favorite poems is by Billy Collins called Marginalia.  Most of it is about how different types of readers scribble notes into the margins of a book. Students studying for courses scribble, “Irony,” “Metaphor,” or the more enthusiastic reader writes, “Nonsense,” “PLEASE,” or “HA!”   It ends, however, with a teenager reading Catcher in the Rye …

A culture of curiosity

Hello Friends, I was delighted to see in December’s national publication of Montessori Life, an article written by a former TNSM (6-9) teacher (Kira Hinkle) about the previous TNSM Head of School, Eric Dustman!  It was a reminder of how our alumni and predecessors continue to do great things in the world! We stand on awesome shoulders. The article was about creating a culture of curiosity. The New School Montessori has a long history of fostering curiosity. One of Maria Montessori’s core beliefs was that we are all born deeply curious beings. The primary role of a Montessori teacher is to …

Please test before returning and other ways to help

Hello Friends, Happy New Year.  I love this time of year as we reflect and dream.  There are so many things to be grateful for.  So many things that make me hopeful.  And yet, here we are, navigating another variant and surge.  We hope your family and loved ones are healthy and safe.  For those in our community who are on the front lines in hospitals and medical centers, our thoughts are with you.   We are asking all of our families to please test before returning to TNSM on Monday, Jan. 3rd.  It seems certain that we will be experiencing positive cases …

Brimming with Gratitude and Joy

Hello Friends, I am brimming with gratitude and joy.  Thank you for all of your efforts to keep our community safe.  Thank you for volunteering.  Many of you have helped with lunches, recess, professional development workshops, in-kind donations, subbing, moving furniture, advice, events, and serving on committees.  Many of you supported our Staff Holiday Fund and Annual Giving, and I am pleased to share we surpassed our goals in both areas!  Time and again I am blown away by the generosity of our community.  Since this past summer, we have raised  $1,656,656.00  for our Kaleidoscope Campaign (Click HERE to  learn …

Skills for making a living and knowing how to live

Hello Friends, “There are two types of education. One should teach us how to make a living, and the other how to live.” -J. Adams I have always loved this quote, because it reminds us that both types of education are equally important. TNSM’s commitment to teaching the “whole child” is another connection to this same theme. Math without context becomes less interesting. However, when children come to understand mathematics as a type of language that can explain how bridges are built, rockets are launched, or how planets orbit, then these two types of education merge into skill development. The …

Last night the ginkgo trees lost their leaves. I love this moment.

  Hello Friends, Last night the ginkgo trees lost their leaves. I love this moment. It happens all at once. From one day to the next, almost all of the leaves detach and fall around the trunk of the tree like a golden blanket. During drop-off this morning, the sun hit our very own ginkgo tree, and it looked like it was dripping gold as the last few leaves fell. As you know, tomorrow begins our Thanksgiving break. For many of us, holidays can be complicated. They can remind us of people we have lost. They can bring us into …

What does success look like?

Hello Friends, I was recently asked, “What does student success look like?” I LOVE big questions. I love asking them and being asked; my wife often jokes that when we first started dating, she felt like she was being interviewed. So, as you can see, I really appreciated it when our board president called me up and asked such a big and important question.     As you might imagine, it’s a topic I have given a lot of thought to, but like any big question, it can be difficult to capture its essence. When she asked, it reminded me of …