Have a great (slow) weekend

The first few days of school are a major milestone for your child. It’s a huge one for you, too. I still remember what it was like to drop our oldest son, Jakob, off in the (3-6).  He cried. A lot.  It went against all my parenting instincts to walk away before he had calmed down.  I knew how important it was to show him that I trusted the amazing teachers he was with, by telling him that I loved him and that he was in good hands, but then turn and go.  He was fine 10 minutes later.  I …

Sorting, tracing, scrubbing, exploring and puzzling – and that’s just the first day!

Students in our (3-6) program have begun the year in a flurry of activity. The Montessori works on the shelves provide numerous opportunities for children to develop fine motor strength, a deep understanding of math, various degrees of sorting objects and solving puzzles. Students not only learn countries’ shapes and where they are located on a map, but they also learn about the flora, fauna, exports, customs and culture as well. Each day, children spend a significant amount of time exploring the outdoors, where they learn the practical properties of physics by climbing small trees, running within the preprimary woods …

A new year is upon us.

Hello Friends, A new year is upon us.  I have always loved the school year cycle.  There seems to be something intrinsically human about it.  The rhythm of it..  Maybe it’s the midwesterner in me, but I love the way a school year follows the seasons.  The frenzy at the end of summer, the welcomed return of routine that comes with fall, winter’s rituals and important reminders around temporality and renewal, and spring’s confident bloom – no matter what.  You can never hold back spring. We look forward to seeing all of you as we begin a new journey into …

A New Journey Begins

Hello Friends, Next week a new journey begins.  The 21/22 academic year will be full of discovery, joy, and growth.  As you finish up your back-to-school shopping, we are busy preparing our beautiful learning environments in a way that embraces and informs your child.  Dr. Maria Montessori said, “The first aim of the prepared environment, as far as it is possible, is to render the growing child independent of the adult.”    As Montessori educators, we know that children yearn for independence. This can be a difficult transition.  It is a challenge to step back and watch your child struggle …

The Last Days of School

  “We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.” -M. Montessori Hello Friends, What an extraordinary year!  Each of you had a hand in making it a success.  Thank you.  We truly could not have done it without everyone working together.  When I think back to the first week of school, (it feels like a hundred years ago) I will never forget standing outside watching children play tag, climb trees, and fill the campus with laughter and joyful noise.  I …

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Senior Project Presentations 2021

New School Montessori 6th graders presented their senior projects to their classmates during school and then again over Zoom to the broader community of parents, relatives, alumni and friends. These presentations are the culminating moment of a year’s worth of research. Each 6th grader takes a deep dive into a topic of their choosing, learns how to cite sources, organize information, write a 3-chapter draft, edit, rewrite, repeat, until it is just right.  Then they condense the information into a 5-minute powerpoint presentation. Students rehearse how to stand confidently in front of their peers and strangers, speak clearly, and present …

Thanks

Hello Friends, I cannot believe we are almost at the end of the academic year. It is hard to put into words the level of gratitude I feel toward our parent, student, and staff community. Early in the pandemic, I wrote a lot about the meaning of community. How, at the core of it, we are asked to put others’ needs before our own. To think about the “greatest good for the greatest number.” To wear masks, avoid crowds, restrict travel, socially distance – not only for our own safety – but for the most vulnerable among us. Each of …

Students learn an important skill – saving a life

New School Montessori 6th graders have been learning and practicing an important life skill. Through the American Heart Association’s program for schools, our sixth graders practiced chest compressions on their individual mannequins to the beat of a song by the BeeGees called, “Staying Alive.” The rhythm of the song matches the frequency with which the hands-only CPR compressions are delivered. All the 6th graders agree that learning CPR was an excellent practical life skill.  

Painted peace rocks hidden throughout TNSM’s campus

Students in Emily Olexsey’s (9-12) homeroom painted peace rocks and placed them throughout TNSM’s campus. It is their hope that we will smile as we come across them. We can either enjoy these rocks in their original places or relocate them to another spot on TNSM’s campus to keep the surprises coming.  

Summer Activities to Promote Discussions About Diversity

I am back with Part II of my list of activities to help facilitate family discussions about diversity. This list includes things your family can watch together as well as local activities that your family can engage in that focus on diversity. Enjoy the summer! – Randi Burlew (Committee member)   Summer Activities to Focus on Diversity and Inclusion Please watch and discuss: Ages (3-6) These Sesame Street Videos (Color of Me Song; Beautiful Skin Song; Black History Month Compilation; Maya Angelou’s Name Song) Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices on Netflix Ages (6-9) PBS Kids Talk About Race and Racism Barbie …