What will you do with a few hours of free time? Take in movie? Enjoy a leisurely dinner at a table without sippy cups and without having to cut up someone’s food? Get caught up on holiday shopping? Or take a (much-deserved) nap?
It’s up to you as the MMS Parent Organization presents Parents Night Out on Saturday, December 14, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Our wonderful Plus Program professionals will be on hand to supervise as children enjoy pizza and Montessori-inspired fun. The cost is only $5 per hour. Reservations required.
While other schools are closed on December 10, Mountaineer Montessori School is filled with joyful learning today!
Mountaineer Montessori School will hold its annual book fair and bake sale on Dec. 11-12. Books and educational gifts, along with homemade seasonal and ethnic dishes and holiday treats, will be available for purchase 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, and 8:00-3:00 p.m. on Thursday. Shoppers can also peruse titles from the West Virginia Book Company and an array of wonderful educational items from Learning Odyssey. And don’t forget that our colorful “M” gear makes a great holiday gift! We have shirts, backpacks, car decals, tote bags and other personalized items featuring the MMS mascot character by Charleston artist Charles Jupiter Hamilton.
The book fair and bake sale is also an educational opportunity for your child. The new MMSPO Parent Newsletter offers some excellent tips on how to maximize this event as a learning, not just shopping, activity for your student. MMSPO December 2013 Newsletter
Mountaineer Montessori holds annual book fair and bake sale
Book and bake sale planned
In response to our strong enrollment and demonstrated interest from our families, MMS will extend its unmatched educational program through the eighth grade in an environment that meets the unique need of adolescent students. “Planting the Seeds for the Future” lays the groundwork for expanding the school’s curriculum beginning in August 2014. Through this campaign, we will engage business, community and educational leaders in this exciting program to build a new generation of leaders, innovators and thoughtful citizens who will shape the future of West Virginia. You can learn more here and in “Mountaineer Montessori plans middle school,” a front page article that appeared in the Charleston Daily Mail.
The campaign was launched on December 3, 2013, as Laurie Ewert-Krocker, who advises schools around the world on adolescent education, met with MMS parents and faculty and toured potential sites for the new program. Laurie, the founding head teacher of the Hershey Farm School in Ohio, widely considered the premier Montessori adolescent program in the country, and David Kahn, executive director of the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association, comprise the world-class consulting team guiding Mountaineer Montessori’s middle school expansion activities, including site selection, curriculum design and resource development.
Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates on this exciting project that promises to be a model for the future of education in West Virginia.
Mountaineer Montessori School will unveil a new middle school initiative, “Planting the Seeds for the Future,” at a special MMS Parent Meeting on “#GivingTuesday,” Dec. 3. The campaign lays the groundwork for expanding the school’s curriculum through eighth grade beginning in August 2014. MMS currently serves students ages 3 through sixth grade.
#GivingTuesday™ (#GT) is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season, following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations. The second annual Giving Tuesday is Dec. 3.
“#GivingTuesday is the perfect opportunity to present our ‘Planting the Seeds for the Future” campaign to MMS families and the community, said MMS Head of School Dana Gilliland.
Dr. Maria Montessori’s vision for adolescent education called for integration of knowledge and experience and opportunities for genuine contribution to the community. “The result is intellectual independence, an awareness of human connections and the strengthening of moral character,” Gilliland explained.
Community service has been a bedrock of MMS bedrock since its founding in 1976.
“Starting in the primary (preschool) grades, students develop responsibility and contribute to the well-being of their classroom, environment and the larger world,” Gilliland said. In recent weeks, for example, students launched a food drive for Manna Meal, participated as weekly “reading buddies” to Piedmont Elementary kindergarten students, baked dog biscuits for the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association and created custom cards for residents of the Heartland of Charleston Nursing Home.
“The Mountaineer Montessori Middle School, which will emphasize academic rigor, service and entrepreneurship, will take service to a new level and develop students who are role models and true stewards of land, our community and each other,” she said.
“Through this campaign, we will engage business, community and educational leaders in this exciting program to build a new generation of leaders, innovators and thoughtful citizens who will shape the future of West Virginia,” added Harry Bell, president of the MMS Board of Directors.
The Mountaineer Montessori Middle School program will be previewed at 6 p.m. on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 3, at the school, with a special presentation by advisor Laurie Ewert-Krocker, the founding head teacher of the Hershey Farm School in Ohio, widely considered the premier Montessori adolescent program in the country. Ewert-Krocker, a key designer and global consultant for adolescent programs, and David Kahn, executive director of the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association, comprise the world-class consulting team guiding Mountaineer Montessori’s middle school expansion activities, including site selection, curriculum design and resource development.
About #GivingTuesday: Last year, more than 2,500 organizations from all 50 states participated in the first #GivingTuesday. The collective efforts of partners, donors and advocates helped fuel a marked increase in charitable giving on GivingTuesday. Blackbaud processed over more than $10 million in online donations on Nov. 27, 2012, a 53 percent increase when compared to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in 2011. DonorPerfect recorded a 46 percent increase in online donations and the average gift increased 25 percent. For more information, go to www.GivingTuesday.org
MMS Primary II students, under the guidance of lead teacher Fran West, had tails wagging at the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association when they baked homemade dog treats for the shelter’s furry residents. How good were they? We hear that one student admitted to a taste test to ensure they were up to snuff. Their efforts received a warm thumbs up on the shelter’s Facebook page as well.
MMS November 2013 Newsletter A sneak peek at our middle school kick off session, nurturing gratitude in young children and exploring our Colonial roots are just a few of the interesting features included in the latest issue of the MMS newsletter. Enjoy!
Our friends from WOWK-TV visited MMS on November 12 to interview students organizing our food drive for Manna Meal. We’re collecting canned goods and other food for the soup kitchen located at St. John’s Episcopla Church, which serves the hungry in dowtown Charleston. It’s part of our long-standing partnership with Manna Meal and four decades of service to our community. You can learn more about the food drive here: http://www.wowktv.com/story/23950860/mountaineer-montessori-students-collect-donations-for-manna-meal-in-charleston-wv#.UoOM-tH7VaF.facebook
MMS was honored to welcome former First Lady Gayle Manchin, the president of the WV Board of Education, and other state leaders to our school on November 6. Their tour came on the heels of the “Excellence in Education: It’s Everyone’s Business” Summit, which was presented by the Education Alliance at the Civic Center. During their visit, Mrs. Manchin and other state leaders, including Senator/Dr. Dan Foster, Charlie McElwee and Newt Thomas, learned how public schools are implementing Montessori to enhance academic performance and develop 21st century workforce skills, toured our classrooms and received an update on MMS future plans. MMS has been lighting the way for excellence and innovation in education since 1976, and welcomes the opportunity to contribute to improvements for all children in West Virginia.