Elementary-age students practice the independence and confidence they’ve built throughout the year in a new setting with new challenges at Camp Ernst. Students receive encouragement and cheers of support from teachers, classmates and parent chaperones as they wobble across rope bridges, glide through treetops on zip lines and rope swings, ring bells on climbing walls, paddle kayaks, and more. It’s a wonderful time to get to know one another better on this 2-day and 1-night adventure while watching students’ confidence soar as they reach one milestone after another.
This is a day of celebration for students and staff. TNSM’s Director grills turkey hot dogs and the elementary students enjoy classroom-specific activities and give a talent show to one another.
Preprimary students and parents enjoy a lovely picnic lunch provided by TNSM. Bring blankets to spread on the ground of the (3-6) play yard. Following the lunch, we will have a brief Step Up Ceremony to honor the kindergartners’ time in preprimary and to advance them to 1st grade. Both the lunch and the celebration should be over by 1:00.
All preprimary children will need to be taken home at 1:00. Ex-Day will not be available for preprimary children that day.
Staff begin to prepare materials and spaces for the beginning of school.
New School Montessori parents are invited to attend a 2-hour presentation about positive discipline for children.
- The event will be held in the Growing Room. Childcare for TNSM-aged children will be provided.
- RSVP to Jeff Groh by July 27.
On Sunday, Aug 12th TNSM will be bringing in a talented presenter for our New School parents to hear about a new program we are implementing at TNSM. “Positive Discipline in the Montessori Classroom”.
Positive Discipline is based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikus, both contemporaries of Maria Montessori, and is designed to teach adults how to create an environment where young people learn to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. Based on the best selling Positive Discipline books by Dr. Jane Nelsen, it teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults.
All teaching staff will be participating in two full-day workshops on Aug. 13th and 14th. Parents are invited (and strongly encouraged) to attend the Parent Education night on Aug. 12th in the Growing Room from 6:00 to 8:00. We will provide childcare.
Not only will this workshop be a wonderful introduction to how TNSM approaches positive culture building within the classroom, but it will help build a bridge between home and school concerning conflict resolution techniques that many parents will find helpful.