How can we show meaningful support when a friend’s community has been targeted by hate?

  This essay is written by Hope Miller, TNSM parent and member of the Diversity + Community Engagement Committee Sunday morning, January 16, I mindlessly scrolled through Facebook and saw an article my friend Brian had posted. The article was from The Jerusalem Post, and it was about a hostage situation at a Texas synagogue. What?! I hadn’t heard anything about this—no dinging news alert on my phone, no other Facebook posts about it. Can this be real? Well, yes, it is real. A major Israeli newspaper wouldn’t run a fake story, and my friend wouldn’t post one. I clicked …

Moving mountains takes all kinds of support – The role of Coretta Scott King in advancing civil rights

Essay written by Rachel Lwin, member of the Diversity + Community Engagement Committee Last week, TNSM parent and DC+E member Allie Precht commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. and discussed the way his life, work, and legacy are taught to students past and present. It got me thinking about the man himself and the Civil Rights Movement of course, but also his wife and civil rights activist, Coretta Scott King. Hers is a name that has rolled off my tongue countless times in my former work as a librarian because she has a family of book awards named after her. The …

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Hilda Rothschild introduced the Montessori method at TNSM and throughout Cincinnati

Did you know that this woman, Hilda Rothchild, who is recognized as the Mother of the Montessori movement in American brought the Montessori method to The New School over 50 years ago? Hilda Rothschild left Germany when the Nazis came to power, and she moved to France where she studied with Dr. Maria Montessori. In 1941 Hilda fled Paris and settled in Cincinnati where she spent the rest of her life introducing Montessori methods to schools in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. In 1965, Hilda founded the country’s first Montessori teacher training school at Xavier University. Not long after The New …

Did you know about the Annex’ history?

The New School Montessori has 3 buildings on our campus that house various programs: the Mitchell Mansion, the Annex and the Ginkgo House. The Annex has a multifaceted history in the life of TNSM. It was originally a church that the students of St. Thomas Aquinas School attended, and maintained a small congregation after The New School began in 1970. Eventually the building was purchased and renovated with the help of our dedicated parents and staff, to accommodate our growing community. It was the learning space for the 9-12 program, but moonlighted as the space where events like Senior Projects …

Students share important stories about ancestors

New School Montessori students in 1st-3rd grade spent a lot of time learning about family stories and important ancestors in their family’s history. Over the holiday breaks, they struck up conversations with their relatives and selected a person and a story to focus on and to create a presentation they would give to their classmates. In November, as preparation, the teachers told students about the power of storytelling and the connection it creates in many cultures and traditions. One such event is El Dia de los Muertos where the lives of those who have passed on are celebrated and remembered. …

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Essay written by Allie Blocksom Precht, member of Diversity + Community Engagement Committee I often (guiltily & too simply) tie Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with his profound quotes and excerpts from his memorable “I have a dream” speech delivered at the March on Washington at our nation’s capital. I recognize this merely condenses his work, impact and memory to a video clip–words on a page or Instagram post where there deserves to be so much more.  There is work I need to do to educate myself about the history of the civil rights movement which includes the work …

Why Am I Repelled by Mindfulness: It’s Not What You Might Think

“Simply said, you make soul by living life, not by retreating from the world into ‘inner work’ or beyond the world in spiritual disciplines and meditation removes …. [but rather by leaving behind] the Cartesian split between inner and outer—good soul inside and the world, the flesh, and the devil outside ….”                                                                            —James Hillman, We’ve Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy—and the World’s …

Learning more about Kwanzaa

Article written by Portia Dyrenforth, TNSM parent and Diversity and Community Engagement Committee member This year I decided it was time to update my very cursory knowledge of Kwanzaa. I remember learning about it during elementary school when a parent gave a presentation to our class, but to be honest, I don’t know much beyond the very basics. After spending some time down an internet-rabbit hole, I know a little bit more and have a lot left to learn. In the spirit of this busy time of year and incremental learning, I wanted to share two short video clips that …

Jewish Festival of Lights speaks to a universal truth about light 

Essay written by Hope Mille (TNSM parent and Diversity and Community Engagement member) As I write this, it’s the first day of December and the third day of Hanukkah. It’s the time of year when I bemoan the fading light. Although I don’t observe Hanukkah, I appreciate the miracle of the light. (Well, technically, the oil was the miracle.)  Syrians took control of Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE, persecuted the Jewish people, and desecrated the Second Temple. After regaining control of Jerusalem during the Maccabean revolt, Jewish people rededicated the Second Temple by lighting a candelabra. While there was only enough …

The coming of humans

New School Montessori (6-9) students were told Maria Montessori’s story of the Third Great Lesson: The Coming of Humans. The class talked about what makes humans different from other animals, highlighting our hands, thumbs and minds. Having an opposable thumb increases the types of work we can do with our hands. And our complex brains allow for higher order thinking, feeling and reasoning. Just think of all the ways we can use our hands and brains to show love and care for others. Students created booklets about what makes them human and molded miniature brains from clay as a souvenir …