Weekly Update 11/8/18

Message from the Head of School

The teacher must derive not only the capacity, but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. The teacher must understand and feel her position of observer: the activity must lie in the phenomenon.
                                                         ~Mari Montessori 

Dear RMS Parents,

We’re well on our way to Christmas, if you can believe it. Only a few weeks from Thanksgiving, and before we can blink we’ll be at Christmas break.

With that in mind, I wanted to encourage you to make time to come observe in your child’s classroom environment, if you haven’t already. It is the foundation of all of Dr. Montessori’s insights and her method, and there is no better way to grow in this work, and understand what your child is doing as they construct themselves. The quote above mentions “the teacher”, but as we say “Parents are the primary teachers of their children”, so that quote refers to all of us. The more we observe, the better we know how to serve the child as this miracle unfolds before us. 

Thank you also to those of you who have already responded to our Mission Support appeal.  Your support is irreplaceable and greatly appreciated. If you haven’t already responded, it’s not too late to do so. We’re aiming for 100% participation, so please do take a moment to prayerfully consider what you can do.  Every gift helps.

God bless,

Sean P. Garvey
Head of School
Renaissance Montessori School

Messages from the Environments

Message from the Young Children's Community

This week in the Young Children's Community we welcome Mrs. Claire Nguyen from Children's House! We have all loved Mrs Nguyen for many years at RMS and so blessed to have her with us! Many of our toddlers who have older siblings already know her warm smile and gentle spirit well. 

Ms. Sloan is now serving in Children's House and will be a friendly and familiar face to your littles when the time comes for them to grow in the Children's House! We already miss her so much and want her to know, "We love you Ms Sloan!"

Message from the Children's House

In the Children's House this week, we welcomed Ms. Sloan as a full-time member of our community. She has been with us in the afternoons this year and will now be a second full-time assistant in our community. We look forward to getting to know her even better over the coming months. Our beloved Mrs. Nguyen will be spending her mornings with the toddlers but will visit us here whenever she can.

Message from Elementary

The sense of community and love of neighbor is alive and well this week in Elementary! Two Upper El girls offered a slideshow presentation to the community about their going-out to the African American History of Museum and Culture in DC. They showed photos they had taken of the exhibits and told stories about some of the things they had learned. Some of the content was difficult and required discretion, but the girls shared their experience with their peers with grace.

On November 6, the children heard the story of the history of voting. We identified who can vote and why it is important to do so. One of the Primary children listening to the presentation remarked, "We vote because we care about each other."  

The younger students heard another of the Great Stories this week, called the Coming of Life, in which we revel together in the vast preparation God undertook when filling the earth with His varied creatures. We highlight the creation of human beings as the moment when, out of love, God created a being made in His very own image and likeness. One of the children remarked, "Almost every day, I think to myself: it is amazing just to be alive."  Indeed!

Message from the Erdkinder

The language of Music is our second language in the Erdkinder environment. We study music and learn to sight sing (kind of like being in a band or symphony only our instrument is our voice.) We have been working on a three-part canon written by William Byrd called "Hey, Ho."

We are studying Byrd because he wrote music at the same time as Shakespeare was writing his plays and we are currently reading Richard III. Learning Elizabethan English and singing a song which would have been known and sung at that time is exciting and enjoyable! 

Last month, while reading about Columbus, we learned the ancient version of the Salve Regina chant which would have been sung by Columbus and his crew on their voyages during their prayers. We also learned a three-part song about Columbus that describes how Our Lady assisted them. The community loves to sing both this song and the chant, and were very happy to sing it for our friends at the nursing home. We hope to sing our new piece for them this week. 

Chick-fil-A Fundraiser Tonight!

Our next Chick-fil-a Spirit Night is tonight! This will be held at the same location as last time, the one off of Rt 28 near Super Target. 15% of the proceeds from RMS Families from 5-8 pm will go to RMS!

Come and grab some dinner or a snack and connect with other RMS families! Your children will come to the car wearing stickers to show at the counter so we get credit.

Students Invited to Swim with Seton

Any student 7th grade or older at RMS is invited to join the RMS Swim team. They will be practicing and going to meets with the Seton Swim team. Register at www.setonswimming.org. 

Seton purposely tries to keep their fees low so these fees don’t quite cover practice lane rental. The rest (meets, pizza, uniforms, swim bags, houses for states, buses to Richmond, officials training, coach and officials uniforms, computer and sound equipment, etc.) all come from donations. Parents will be asked to help where they can, at least committing to helping with timing at meets. They can also always use people who are willing to be trained as a stroke and turn judge.

Save the Date - Community Movie Night

On December 20th, the Elementary class is hosting a Movie Night! All proceeds will go to the Elementary spring production. The movies will be: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” from 5:30 – 6:00 PM “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown” from 6:10 – 6:40 PM and “It’s a Wonderful Life” from 6:50-9:05. More details to follow!

Upcoming Events

  • 11/8/18 - Chick-fil-a Spirit Night Fundraiser 5 - 8 pm

  • 11/14/18 - Parents Guild Meeting 8:30 am

  • 11/19/18 - Montessori Mondays 8:30 am

  • 11/20/18 - NO ATRIUM - Thanksgiving Break

  • 11/21/18 - NO ATRIUM - Thanksgiving Break

  • 11/21 - 23 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Reminders

Volunteer Hours Opportunity

We are looking for some volunteers to give some of their time to an exterior campus clean up for Fall. The work would include weeding, clearing debris and trash, and some raking. This could be done on your own time whenever available. Please contact Kristina if you are available to help!

November/December Pizza Form Available

We ask that you please hand these in, with payment included, no later than the Wednesday before each Friday. You can order for the full two months or any week at a time. 

PIZZA FRIDAY ORDER FORM

RMS Students Invited to Play Basketball with HFA

All RMS students in grades 6-12 are invited to join the Holy Family Academy basketball teams. They will have the following teams: MSG, MSB, HSG, HSB. Parents should contact Patrick Storey at athleticdirector@holyfamilyacademy.net  to sign up or ask any questions. They will send out more details very soon about upcoming practices and the game schedule. Most practices will be in the RMS gym.

Volunteer Hours and Tracking

Once again this year we are using Track it Forward to help parents easily find opportunities to volunteer and track hours. Returning families can continue to use the same account they had last year. New families will receive an invitation from the Track it Forward system. The email will contain instructions on how to log in and change your password. The email will be sent to only one parent and be a family account for both parents and any caregivers to log in to. If you don't receive this email (one per family), please let Kristina know! 

In addition to being able to see volunteer needs and track hours on the Track it Forward website, you can also do both in the "Volunteering" drop down of the parents section of the RMS website HERE. There is also a link to this page at the top of each weekly update for easy access. 

As always, we are here to help so let us know if you have any questions at all!

New Family Directory Available

The 2018-2019 RMS Family Directory is now available. It can be downloaded below and is always available on the RMS Parents Page of our website.

RMS Family Directory 2018-2019

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher conferences occur twice a year; once in the fall and once in the spring. The conferences provide parents with one-on-one time with the teacher, to share our joint observations of the child, so we can best acknowledge who they are and what they need next. Conferences can be scheduled during “office hours”, which are unique to the environment and directress.

In order to make these as fruitful as possible, parents need to have observed at least once in the environment before their conference.

Use the links below to schedule a conference. If there is an emergency and you are not able to make your scheduled time, please contact the office to let us know. Then reschedule through the sign up below for an available time. Thank you in advance for your prompt arrival.

Toddler
Primary
Elementary
Erdkinder

Weekly Update 10/25/18

Message from the Head of School

“None of us,… ever do great things.  But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”
           ~St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) 


Dear Parents,

Throughout my life and career, it’s always astounded me at what God makes happen through people working together. In the Gospels, all the most astounding miracles involve very ordinary people doing very ordinary things . . . very ordinary, very small, very simple acts. But they are radically faith-filled. Professional fishermen, casting their nets again after a day of failure, on the advice of a carpenter . . . Waiters filling stone jars with water, and then bringing a glass of it to the head sommelier to taste . . . A boy giving some Rabbi’s disciples his entire lunch . . . All simple, every day acts, radically inadequate to the miraculous outcome, but requiring a great leap of faith. This is how God works, and how we are blessed to participate.

This week we launched our Mission Support drive, so please keep a look out for a letter from me. I want to thank you all for prayerfully considering how you can participate, and help us continue and extend this beautiful work. You can also give through this link:DONATE HERE.

God bless,

Sean P. Garvey
Head of School
Renaissance Montessori School

Messages from the Environments

Message from the Young Children's Community

This week in the Young Children's House we have enjoyed opening our community to observers from our families and Elementary students. Our beautiful space is set up in such a way to invite the young child to have as much freedom and movement as  possible. At the same time, we are daily introducing limits and helping our children practice taking responsibility for their actions and choices with clear language and kind follow through. We acknowledge their feelings, keep them company through tantrums, reconnect when they are calm and start again. This friendliness with error and beginning again is important work that our children will experience all the way through their Montessori experience in the RMS community. 

Message from the Children's House

We are so blessed to receive left over flowers from Trader Joe's, picked up and delivered by many of you parents. We received many mum plants this week and decided to plan them. We were able to designate a space for a flower garden, mark it with a border, dig holes and plant the flowers. We are enjoying the fruits of our labors and the beautiful fall colors.

Message from Elementary

The Elementary children are finding ways to live out their faith, and not keep it confined to the atrium. The Elementary class now offers a prayer service with the Children’s House at the end of every school day, assisting the whole community to complete the day together in the auditorium. 

The Upper Elementary are also helping the community on Thursday afternoons at St. Lucy’s Warehouse, which is Catholic Charities’ distribution center for local food pantries in this area. Last week was the boys’ first turn to help. The highlight of this week was to tour and use the new walk-in refrigerator and freezer at the warehouse. The boys had so much energy and enthusiasm, staying positive during all their tasks, from hauling trash, folding bags, to sorting and packing food. The girls are looking forward to their turn this upcoming Thursday.

Message from the Erdkinder

Our environment is very excited to be reading Shakespeare’s Tragic History of Richard III — The Villain King. We are learning to read fluently with expression and preparing a recitation of some of the more beautiful soliloquies once we finish reading the play together. We have many budding thespians! 🎭

Living Souls Museum

Next Wednesday, October 31st, the Elementary will be offering a Living Souls Museum for all the members of our community. We invite parents, grandparents, and extended family to join us for an open house from 9 - 11 am.

November/December Pizza Form Available

We ask that you please hand these in, with payment included, no later than the Wednesday before each Friday. You can order for the full two months or any week at a time. 

PIZZA FRIDAY ORDER FORM

RMS Students Invited to Play Basketball with HFA

All RMS students in grades 6-12 are invited to join the Holy Family Academy basketball teams. They will have the following teams: MSG, MSB, HSG, HSB. Parents should contact Patrick Storey at athleticdirector@holyfamilyacademy.net  to sign up or ask any questions. They will send out more details very soon about upcoming practices and the game schedule. Most practices will be in the RMS gym.

Don't Throw Away Your Jack-o-Lanterns

If you have any left over pumpkins with or with out seeds please bring them in. The Erdkinder would love to have them for our chickens as they are very good for them. If you could please drop them off either in front of the Erdkinder door or the bench by door 3. Thank you so much! 

Upcoming Events

  • 10/29/18 - Picture Day

  • 10/28/18 - Parents Guild Farm Brew Live 5-7 PM

  • 10/30/18 - First Holy Communion Parent Meeting

  • 10/31/18 - Elementary Living Souls Museum 9 - 11 AM

  • 11/1/18 - NO SCHOOL - All Saints Day

  • 11/2/18 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher In-Service Day

  • 11/2/18 - Parents Guild Ticonderoga Farms Outing

Reminders

Volunteer Hours and Tracking

Once again this year we are using Track it Forward to help parents easily find opportunities to volunteer and track hours. Returning families can continue to use the same account they had last year. New families will receive an invitation from the Track it Forward system. The email will contain instructions on how to log in and change your password. The email will be sent to only one parent and be a family account for both parents and any caregivers to log in to. If you don't receive this email (one per family), please let Kristina know! 

In addition to being able to see volunteer needs and track hours on the Track it Forward website, you can also do both in the "Volunteering" drop down of the parents section of the RMS website HERE. There is also a link to this page at the top of each weekly update for easy access. 

As always, we are here to help so let us know if you have any questions at all!

New Family Directory Available

The 2018-2019 RMS Family Directory is now available. It can be downloaded below and is always available on the RMS Parents Page of our website.

RMS Family Directory 2018-2019

Parents Guild Upcoming Events

The Parents Guild has been planning some fun outings for both parents and kids.

Farm Brew Live

On October 28, 2018 from 5-7 we invite you to join other RMS parents (and kids if you would like) at 2 Silos/Farm Brew Live in Manassas. Come enjoy the evening with us--Two Silos features an outdoor fireplace, a Peterson's ice cream truck with specialty ice cream and drinks, a playground, corn hole, fire pits and several different food options. They do ask that you do not bring in outside food and children must be with their parents the entire time. We will try to meet in the area near the fireplace. Check it out:  http://farmbrewlive.com 

Ticonderoga Farms

On November 2, a day off of school,  we will head to Ticonderoga Farms for a fun and exciting day outside with family and friends. Beginning around noon we will gather (bring or buy lunch) at the farm and everyone can stay as long as they would like. Ticonderoga has goats, rolling tunnels and big slides, hayrides, giant jumping pillow, and all the usual farm festival fun. The cost is 10.95 for everyone 2 and older.  No need to RSVP; just show up and bring a friend!  
 http://www.ticonderoga.com/    

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher conferences occur twice a year; once in the fall and once in the spring. The conferences provide parents with one-on-one time with the teacher, to share our joint observations of the child, so we can best acknowledge who they are and what they need next. Conferences can be scheduled during “office hours”, which are unique to the environment and directress.

In order to make these as fruitful as possible, parents need to have observed at least once in the environment before their conference.

Use the links below to schedule a conference. If there is an emergency and you are not able to make your scheduled time, please contact the office to let us know. Then reschedule through the sign up below for an available time. Thank you in advance for your prompt arrival.

Toddler
Primary
Elementary
Erdkinder

Open for Observations

Observation is the foundation of this entire way, i.e. the Montessori Method, and observation of the child is essential for everyone in the child’s life. This is the way we discover who the child is, where they are in their journey and what they need next. All staff members participate in daily observations in the classrooms. We cannot stress enough how important it is for parents to observe their child both in the home and in the classroom.

All of our environments are now open for parent observation. We schedule observations for all environments at 8:50 AM and encourage you to plan to stay about 30 minutes. 

SCHEDULE A CLASSROOM OBSERVATION
 

It's Time for Box Tops

Please collect any Box Tops you may have and submit them to anyone at drop off or pick up or put in the box in the office for collection. Deadline for submission is Monday, October 22nd. Please contact Michelle Clune at michelleclune@yahoo.com if you have any questions.  Thank you!

If you'd like to catch up on what we covered at the last meeting, you can find the minutes HERE.

RMS Absentee Line for Late Arrivals and Early Pick-Ups

The new RMS Absentee Line has been working great for when children will be out. Thanks so much to all the parents who have already used it! 

We are asking that parents also begin to use this line to let the office know if you plan to be late or to pick up your children early. This notifies several us in the office so we can make sure to receive your message in time.

  1. Call the RMS Absentee Line at 703-594-7032 and leave a message.

  2. Send an email to the absent@rmsmail.org.

Load this contact information into your phone now!

Fitzwater Track Closure

Norfolk Southern Railroad has informed VDOT that they will be closing the railroad crossing on Fitzwater Drive on Tuesday, October 23rd for urgent repairs. The closure will last approximately 4 hours, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.  
Location:  Fitzwater Drive (Rte. 652) between Aden Road (Rte. 646) and Marsteller Drive (Rte.  772)
Date and time: October 23rd, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Alternate route: Use Aden Road to Colvin Lane to Valley View Drive to Bristow Road to Rte. 28 (see attached detour map)

In order to help families avoid the detour at 8:30 am, we will begin drop-off tomorrow at 8:10 am so you can get back over the tracks before closures begin. 

Tuesday Atrium families, unfortunately, will be caught at both ends so should factor in extra time for the detour.

Weekly Update 10/18/18

Message from the Head of School

“The development of language is part of the development of the personality, for words are the natural means of expressing thoughts and establishing understanding between people.”
     ~Maria Montessori 


Dear Parents,

Welcome to fall! The weather has finally caught up with the calendar.

I love the quote above, as it reminds us that the development of language is so much more than the acquisition of a vocabulary. Language, communication, involves our whole selves, and has a purpose, and that purpose is to establish mutual understanding. What a big, and life-long work that is! No wonder Montessori begins it even with the youngest, pre-verbal children.

It also reminded me of the Parent Night that we hosted Tuesday, and why I am so glad we covered the importance of learning how to give and receive feedback. It is the lifeblood of our partnership, and the key to all our relationships throughout our lives. I know it is difficult to make time to come out during the evening, so sometimes these Parent Nights can feel like a burden.  They are meant to be an enhancement, and in reality are an irreplaceable part of what will make your experience of Montessori as fruitful as it can and should be. I hope to see you all at the next one!

God bless,

Sean P. Garvey
Head of School
Renaissance Montessori School

Messages from the Environments

Message from the Young Children's Community

"The Good Shepherd calls his sheep by name and leads them out..." In the Young Children's Community we have been practicing waiting until their name is called. This is BIG work for the toddler!! The children have two opportunities each day to sit and wait for their name to be called (at the prayer table and when it is time to go out) that we are practicing each day, and they are doing it in the sweetest and most lovely way! They really want to do it!

They are also practicing walking in and on a line, and yesterday I overheard one child say over and over, "I'm doing it! I'm doing it! I'm walking on the line! Follow me!" I'm so grateful to have these little ones each day and looking forward to meeting with parents in the next couple of weeks. Please remember to sign up for conferences on Mondays through Sign up Genius.
Toddler Conferences

Message from the Children's House

We have been able to start our mornings outdoors and we are loving every moment of it! We have been preparing the gardens for winter, tending every part of our outdoor environment and are enjoying the change of seasons.

Message from Elementary

Our studies in Elementary this week have included the fundamental needs of humans throughout the ages. We talked about homes in particular and how people have found shelter in different climates and depending upon their particular needs. The children enjoyed building tee pees as follow-up work.

Message from the Erdkinder

This week the adolescents produced an elaborate visual description of the voyage of Ernest Shackleton and his crew on the ship “Endurance.” 

Volunteer Hours and Tracking

Once again this year we are using Track it Forward to help parents easily find opportunities to volunteer and track hours. Returning families can continue to use the same account they had last year. New families will receive an invitation from the Track it Forward system. The email will contain instructions on how to log in and change your password. The email will be sent to only one parent and be a family account for both parents and any caregivers to log in to. If you don't receive this email (one per family), please let Kristina know! 

In addition to being able to see volunteer needs and track hours on the Track it Forward website, you can also do both in the "Volunteering" drop down of the parents section of the RMS website HERE. There is also a link to this page at the top of each weekly update for easy access. 

As always, we are here to help so let us know if you have any questions at all!

New Family Directory Available

The 2018-2019 RMS Family Directory is now available. It can be downloaded below and is always available on the RMS Parents Page of our website.

RMS Family Directory 2018-2019

Parents Guild Upcoming Events

The Parents Guild has been planning some fun outings for both parents and kids.

Farm Brew Live

On October 28, 2018 from 5-7 we invite you to join other RMS parents (and kids if you would like) at 2 Silos/Farm Brew Live in Manassas. Come enjoy the evening with us--Two Silos features an outdoor fireplace, a Peterson's ice cream truck with specialty ice cream and drinks, a playground, corn hole, fire pits and several different food options. They do ask that you do not bring in outside food and children must be with their parents the entire time. We will try to meet in the area near the fireplace. Check it out:  http://farmbrewlive.com 

Ticonderoga Farms

On November 2, a day off of school,  we will head to Ticonderoga Farms for a fun and exciting day outside with family and friends. Beginning around noon we will gather (bring or buy lunch) at the farm and everyone can stay as long as they would like. Ticonderoga has goats, rolling tunnels and big slides, hayrides, giant jumping pillow, and all the usual farm festival fun. The cost is 10.95 for everyone 2 and older.  No need to RSVP; just show up and bring a friend!  
 http://www.ticonderoga.com/    

Upcoming Events

  • 10/29/18 - Picture Day

  • 10/28/18 - Parents Guild Farm Brew Live 5-7 PM

  • 10/30/18 - First Holy Communion Parent Meeting

  • 10/31/18 - Elementary Living Souls Museum 9 - 11 AM

  • 11/1/18 - NO SCHOOL - All Saints Day

  • 11/2/18 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher In-Service Day

  • 11/2/18 - Parents Guild Ticonderoga Farms Outing

Reminders

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher conferences occur twice a year; once in the fall and once in the spring. The conferences provide parents with one-on-one time with the teacher, to share our joint observations of the child, so we can best acknowledge who they are and what they need next. Conferences can be scheduled during “office hours”, which are unique to the environment and directress.

In order to make these as fruitful as possible, parents need to have observed at least once in the environment before their conference.

Use the links below to schedule a conference. If there is an emergency and you are not able to make your scheduled time, please contact the office to let us know. Then reschedule through the sign up below for an available time. Thank you in advance for your prompt arrival.

Toddler
Primary
Elementary
Erdkinder

Open for Observations

Observation is the foundation of this entire way, i.e. the Montessori Method, and observation of the child is essential for everyone in the child’s life. This is the way we discover who the child is, where they are in their journey and what they need next. All staff members participate in daily observations in the classrooms. We cannot stress enough how important it is for parents to observe their child both in the home and in the classroom.

All of our environments are now open for parent observation. We schedule observations for all environments at 8:50 AM and encourage you to plan to stay about 30 minutes. 

SCHEDULE A CLASSROOM OBSERVATION

It's Time for Box Tops

Please collect any Box Tops you may have and submit them to anyone at drop off or pick up or put in the box in the office for collection. Deadline for submission is Monday, October 22nd. Please contact Michelle Clune at michelleclune@yahoo.com if you have any questions.  Thank you!

If you'd like to catch up on what we covered at the last meeting, you can find the minutes HERE.

Donated Loom for Our Handcraft Studio

We are so excited about the new addition of the beautiful donated floor loom, with some of us in Elementary already with some ideas for weaving projects. The loom is a 45” wide four harness Nilus Leclerc floor loom made in July 1973 and in excellent condition. These looms and replacement parts are still in production, so it’s a very good one to have.

It will take a little time to do some cleaning, figuring out some of the ins and outs of the loom and weaving, and becoming familiar with warps, weaves, setts, dents, sleying and bearing and more. If you have any experience or know of anyone with weaving experience who would like to share their knowledge, please pass it on! 

As in taking on any handcrafts there is always the need for supplies.We will always have need of yarn. If you are looking to reduce your stash, please keep our weavers in mind! 

New After Hours Charge for Later Pick Up

Our Later Pick Up service after the 3:00 pick up begins at 3:15 when pick up is over andends at 4:30.All children need to be picked up from the school before 4:30 PM, as we do not have staff to cover childcare after that time. There is a $5 charge for every 5 minute interval we provide care after 4:30 PM.If you are going to be late, please call or email the absent line: 703-594-7032 or absent@rmsmail.org.

RMS Absentee Line for Late Arrivals and Early Pick-Ups

The new RMS Absentee Line has been working great for when children will be out. Thanks so much to all the parents who have already used it! 

We are asking that parents also begin to use this line to let the office know if you plan to be late or to pick up your children early. This notifies several us in the office so we can make sure to receive your message in time.

  1. Call the RMS Absentee Line at 703-594-7032 and leave a message.

  2. Send an email to the absent@rmsmail.org.

Load this contact information into your phone now!

Picture Day

Picture Day 2018 has been scheduled for Monday, October 29th. Please make sure to have your children here by 8:30 AM on as we will begin taking pictures immediately.

Elementary children should wear their uniform as usual. 

Toddler is not in session that day but if you would like a picture and to have your child included in the class picture, please bring them at 8:30; we will begin with Toddlers.

Below are more details ordering.

Photo Packages and Order Information
FAQ

Weekly Update 10/11/18

Message from the Head of School

“We must help the child to act for himself, will for himself, think for himself; this is the art of those who aspire to serve the spirit.”
-    Maria Montessori


Dear Parents,

The quote above captures, I think, one of the main paradoxes of parenting, and working with children in general. We have an indispensable role in a child’s development, but at the same time our aim must be to make ourselves less and less indispensable to the child, so that they can ultimately “act, will and think for themselves”. This is a delicate and difficult balance to strike, and takes an immense amount of prudence and patience, not to mention humility. But what rewarding work it is, as we see the children grow in independence and self-reliance!

Next week will be our second Parent Night, and we’re very excited to see you all there. The topic will be “Giving and Receiving Feedback” and we’ll be looking at how the children at each different stage of development are guided in learning this critical life-long skill. Also, don’t forget, if the content isn’t enough of an enticement to attend, we’ll have refreshments and good company starting at 6:30 pm, and you get $10 off your SCRIP target for each parent/care-giver attending! So even more of a reason to make the time.

Please RSVP so we are make sure to have enough goodies to go around!

God bless,

Sean P. Garvey
Head of School
Renaissance Montessori School

Messages from the Environments

Message from the Young Children's Community

In our Young Children's Community, our friends gather around the prayer table seated on a carpet square. I've been observing that when I start to hum or sing softly our Atrium gathering song, the children stop whatever else they are doing and come get their carpet square off the shelf, to sit around the table. Some of the older children are setting the prayer table, snuffing the candle is also a favorite, and all are enjoying their own relationship with the Good Shepherd.

Message from the Children's House

In the Children’s House, we have had a lot of practical life work happening. These whole body works have a beautiful settling and calming power. The children are entering work more deeply and beginning to develop concentration. 

Message from Elementary

One highlight in Elementary this week has been analyzing poetry. The older children are engaging in lively discussions about how words are being used in particular sentences and how to classify them according to parts of speech. They are also diagramming sentences with delight. Who would have thought grammar could be such fun?

Message from the Erdkinder

Last Saturday, four of our students ran concessions for the antique auction in the RMS gym. They worked great as a team and had lots of practice in applied math!

Parent Night Next Tuesday

We are looking forward to seeing you all next Tuesday for our first Parent Night of the year. Our social time begins at 6:30, with the presentation beginning at 7:00. These nights are a critical part of collaborating with you and your families and are a great way to connect with other parents as well. AND, you will receive a credit of $10 off your SCRIP goal foreachparent that attends! 

Please RSVP to admin@rmsmail.org.

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher conferences occur twice a year; once in the fall and once in the spring. The conferences provide parents with one-on-one time with the teacher, to share our joint observations of the child, so we can best acknowledge who they are and what they need next. Conferences can be scheduled during “office hours”, which are unique to the environment and directress.

In order to make these as fruitful as possible, parents need to have observed at least once in the environment before their conference.

Use the links below to schedule a conference. If there is an emergency and you are not able to make your scheduled time, please contact the office to let us know. Then reschedule through the sign up below for an available time. Thank you in advance for your prompt arrival.

Toddler
Primary
Elementary
Erdkinder

Parents Guild Upcoming Events

The Parents Guild has been planning some fun outings for both parents and kids.

Farm Brew Live

On October 28, 2018 from 5-7 we invite you to join other RMS parents (and kids if you would like) at 2 Silos/Farm Brew Live in Manassas. Come enjoy the evening with us--Two Silos features an outdoor fireplace, a Peterson's ice cream truck with specialty ice cream and drinks, a playground, corn hole, fire pits and several different food options. They do ask that you do not bring in outside food and children must be with their parents the entire time. We will try to meet in the area near the fireplace. Check it out:  http://farmbrewlive.com 

Ticonderoga Farms

On November 2, a day off of school,  we will head to Ticonderoga Farms for a fun and exciting day outside with family and friends. Beginning around noon we will gather (bring or buy lunch) at the farm and everyone can stay as long as they would like. Ticonderoga has goats, rolling tunnels and big slides, hayrides, giant jumping pillow, and all the usual farm festival fun. The cost is 10.95 for everyone 2 and older.  No need to RSVP; just show up and bring a friend!  
 http://www.ticonderoga.com/    


Lastly,  please sendbox tops into the office. Michelle Clune will be sending them in by Oct. 26--thanks for collecting them!  

If you'd like to catch up on what we covered at the last meeting, you can find the minutes HERE.

Donated Loom for Our Handcraft Studio

We are so excited about the new addition of the beautiful donated floor loom, with some of us in Elementary already with some ideas for weaving projects. The loom is a 45” wide four harness Nilus Leclerc floor loom made in July 1973 and in excellent condition. These looms and replacement parts are still in production, so it’s a very good one to have.

It will take a little time to do some cleaning, figuring out some of the ins and outs of the loom and weaving, and becoming familiar with warps, weaves, setts, dents, sleying and bearing and more. If you have any experience or know of anyone with weaving experience who would like to share their knowledge, please pass it on! 

As in taking on any handcrafts there is always the need for supplies.We will always have need of yarn. If you are looking to reduce your stash, please keep our weavers in mind! 

Upcoming Events

  • 10/15/18 - Montessori Monday

  • 10/16/19 - Regular Atrium Schedule Begins

  • 10/16/18 - Parent Night #1 6:30 PM

  • 10/29/18 - Picture Day

  • 10/30/18 - First Holy Communion Parent Meeting

  • 10/31/18 - Elementary Living Souls Museum 9 - 11 AM

  • 11/1/18 - NO SCHOOL - All Saints Day

  • 11/2/18 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher In-Service Day

Reminders

New After Hours Charge for Later Pick Up

Our Later Pick Up service after the 3:00 pick up begins at 3:15 when pick up is over andends at 4:30.All children need to be picked up from the school before 4:30 PM, as we do not have staff to cover childcare after that time. There is a $5 charge for every 5 minute interval we provide care after 4:30 PM.If you are going to be late, please call or email the absent line: 703-594-7032 or absent@rmsmail.org.

Open for Observations

Observation is the foundation of this entire way, i.e. the Montessori Method, and observation of the child is essential for everyone in the child’s life. This is the way we discover who the child is, where they are in their journey and what they need next. All staff members participate in daily observations in the classrooms. We cannot stress enough how important it is for parents to observe their child both in the home and in the classroom.

All of our environments are now open for parent observation. We schedule observations for all environments at 8:50 AM and encourage you to plan to stay about 30 minutes. 

SCHEDULE A CLASSROOM OBSERVATION
 

RMS Absentee Line for Late Arrivals and Early Pick-Ups

The new RMS Absentee Line has been working great for when children will be out. Thanks so much to all the parents who have already used it! 

We are asking that parents also begin to use this line to let the office know if you plan to be late or to pick up your children early. This notifies several us in the office so we can make sure to receive your message in time.

  1. Call the RMS Absentee Line at 703-594-7032 and leave a message.

  2. Send an email to the absent@rmsmail.org.

Load this contact information into your phone now!

Picture Day

Picture Day 2018 has been scheduled for Monday, October 29th. Please make sure to have your children here by 8:30 AM on as we will begin taking pictures immediately.

Elementary children should wear their uniform as usual. 

Toddler is not in session that day but if you would like a picture and to have your child included in the class picture, please bring them at 8:30; we will begin with Toddlers.

Below are more details ordering.

Photo Packages and Order Information
FAQ
 

It's Time for Box Tops

Please collect any Box Tops you may have and submit them to anyone at drop off or pick up or put in the box in the office for collection. Deadline for submission is Monday, October 22nd. Please contact Michelle Clune at michelleclune@yahoo.com if you have any questions.  Thank you!