The complexities of celebrating one-day or month-long holidays

Article written by Allie Blocksom Precht and Clauda López – members of the Diversity & Community Engagement Committee (D+CE) and expresses their views. At TNSM, we are grateful to have this D+CE forum that allows opportunities for members of our community to share their own beliefs, always with the goal of  expanding our understanding of each other’s experiences and points of view. The Diversity & Community Engagement committee members have engaged in vulnerable and open conversations around a number of topics from world events, legislation being formed in our very own state that could impact our families and children, and …

Honoring and celebrating women’s history and contributions

Article written by Claudia López, Diversity and Community Engagement  (D+CE) Committee Member (D+CE) and expresses her views. At TNSM, we are grateful to have this D+CE forum that allows opportunities for members of our community to share their own beliefs, always with the goal of  expanding our understanding of each other’s experiences and points of view. The Diversity and Community Engagement Committee has been working together with TNSM staff to develop a cultural calendar to coordinate different curricular and extra-curricular activities for our TNSM students and community. We know March is the month when we especially honor and celebrate women’s history …

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This is your cause. It is our cause.

This article is written by Hope Miller, TNSM parent and member of the Diversity and Community Engagement Committee (D+CE) and expresses her views. At TNSM, we are grateful to have this D+CE forum that allows opportunities for members of our community to share their own beliefs, always with the goal of  expanding our understanding of each other’s experiences and points of view. March is my happy month. My wife and I had our first date in March—14 years ago. We got married in March—11 years ago. And I was born in March—an undisclosed number of years ago. The weather hints at …

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 …

Students in (6-9) created prints using Gelli plates

New School Montessori elementary art teacher, Robin Hartmann, worked with students in 1st-3rd grade on what she calls “Mark Making.” Students began by rolling paint onto a Gelli plate and then used everyday objects like a comb or a leaf to leave a pattern on the Gelli plate’s surface. Students could create a more complicated print by layering colors and/or various textures. Once they had the design looking the way they liked, they placed a sheet of white paper on top, pressed it down firmly and then peeled it off the plate so that it absorbed the resulting printed image. …

What has gotten you thinking lately? 

Are there articles, websites, videos, books, or organizations that have helped you to think differently about issues of inclusion, equity, and diversity?  Or ideas that you have come across and realized were a blind spot you had never even considered before? This week, I am hoping to turn this section of the newsletter on its head and ask you, the readers, if you have any resources to share?  One of the things that drew our family to TNSM is the Montessori focus on peer learning and the openness to learning as a community.  Especially after these times where our in-person …

Preprimary students led the school in an Olympic closing ceremony.

At The New School Montessori, we had our own closing ceremony for the 2022 Winter Olympics Games. Children in our 3 preprimary classrooms have been studying the different continents and made flags for each participating country. The closing parade was joyous and triumphant and was attended by many spectators from the (6-9) and (9-12) levels as the children processed through each learning environment, flags waving and crowds cheering! What an impactful way to study geography and to have “Fun with Flags.”  

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Diversity of all kinds in farming is best for our world!

Article written by Rachel Lwin, Diversity and Community Engagement  (D+CE) Committee Member As we come to the end of February and head into my personal favorite time of year, gardening season, I have been thinking about those people who have and are still working to shape a more resilient approach to agriculture. Unequal access to fresh food persists, especially for people of color. The Great Migration of African Americans out of the Southern states into urban centers of the North cut off access to farmable land. That, coupled with decades of discriminatory loan practices and uneven treatment by the USDA …

Making quill pen(cils)!

Children learned about the many forms of writing and the different utensils used throughout history. As a souvenir for Montessori’s 4th Great Lesson, children constructed their own version of a quill pen(cil). Needless to say, we’re all grateful for the modern writing tools we have today! The 4th Great Lesson begins in ancient Egypt with the early writings of the Phoenicians and how their written language helped influence the Romans and the alphabet they created that we use today. People used to write on clay or wax, but with the use of parchment, the hollow shaft of specially prepared bird …

Making Valentine’s Day cards for neighbors and delivering baskets to Ronald McDonald House

As part of their 100-Day celebration, 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders came together to make 100 Valentine’s Day cards and delivered them to our TNSM neighbors. They had a blast delivering the cards, and the 50 degree temperature was a wonderful bonus! The class also celebrated Valentine’s Day by creating gift baskets for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. TNSM Families contributed items that help make a stay in a new place more comfortable with packaged snacks,  small toys, books, art supplies, blankets, stuffed animals, cozy socks, toothbrushes, chapstick, etc. Once the items were collected, the children worked together …