Weekly Update 9/20/18

Message from the Head of School

The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, ’The children are now working as if I did not exist.’
               ~Maria Montessori

Dear Parents,

One of the central paradoxes of Montessori is the simultaneous importance of the prepared adult in the classroom, and their aim. On the one hand, the teacher is the guide and directress of the child in the environment, introducing the world to them, and modeling for them the way to navigate it. On the other, their ultimate goal is to slowly remove themselves from between the child and the work, and reduce the child’s natural dependence on them. It requires a very delicate balance of being fully present to the child but never in the way. It is analogous to our work as parents. Yes, our mission is to protect our children, but it is also to promote their independence and self-reliance, and reduce their dependence on us.

In other news, we’re thrilled to announce our new Wednesday afternoon Atrium.  The Catechesis is the heart of the work we do here, and it’s thrilling to be able to offer it to more and more of our extended community. PLEASEhelp spread the word!

God bless,

Sean P. Garvey
Head of School
Renaissance Montessori School

Messages from the Environments

Message from the Young Children's Community

Toddlers thrive on regular rhythm. They like the predictability of knowing what is happening and what is coming next, this provides them with a feeling of safety and security. As we have entered into the first week of full days, the rhythm and regularity of our routine brings great comfort to our Young Children's Community. They are enjoying baking each day, practicing on the toilet, community snack, gathering for songs and stories and prayer table. We are ending each day in the garden, as the weather permits. Please bring in rain boots for your child if you haven't already. We will wear them in the garden each day!

Message from the Children's House

In the Children’s House, we are excited to have new outdoor opportunities including a jungle gym and a shed for supplies. We are enjoying the fruits of our garden and planning for even more next year. On a sad note, Cousteau, our Betta fish, died this week and we will find a place for him in our garden. When we are ready, we will plan for a new fish to join us. 

Message from the Elementary Community

The Elementary children are truly enjoying our history studies!  We remembered the anniversary of the writing of our national anthem together by hearing the story of Francis Scott Key. The older students have been analyzing the poem as a group, focusing on parts of speech.  We also started our new writing program, led by Mrs. Clune, which focuses on ancient civilizations (with the fifth and sixth years). The younger children have been exploring geometry, particularly types of polygons and triangles, with great excitement.  We are looking forward to welcoming observers soon!

Message from the Erdkinder

Here are a few things you may not know about our community [in Latin]:

  • What we try to do: Ora et labora [You pray and you work.] We often sing together during morning prayer.

  • How we try to do it: Non Impera sed Servi [You do not boss, you serve.] This is our motto.

  • Our company name: Fructus Terrae [Fruit of the earth.] 

  • Our flock of 34 Golden Comets produces delicious soy-free, non-GMO eggs which are available to buy. See below.

  • Every day at noon we sit down for Prandium [our communal lunch] and then have a short break we call Post-prandium.

Visitors are welcome by arrangement with the office. Thank you!

Family SCRIP Contribution

With a little planning, it is easy to work SCRIP into your day to day purchases and make your $300 profit goal!

Rosanne Garvey is the SCRIP coordinator. She can be reached at 703-447-9229 or by email atrosanne505@verizon.net.

SCRIP is a fundraising program which asks retailers to participate and sell us gift cards at a reduced rate. For example, if you purchase a $100 Lands End gift card through SCRIP, they charge us $86 for that card and the school makes $14. There are countless retailers to choose from: airlines, hotels, clothing, fast food, gas, groceries; even Uber participates!!

To start ordering or buying SCRIP, simply visit www.shopwithscrip.com and set up an account. Make sure that spending is linked to RMS by entering our enrollment code - 8F91287E14129. Once you have an account, you can peruse the hundreds of retailers that participate and decide how best to use SCRIP within your family.

The easiest way to use scrip is to set up a "Presto Pay" account, which draws money directly from your bank and gives you access to SCRIP cards immediately from your phone, or to print from your home computer. Many, but not all, retailers participate in this format which is called SCRIPNow! PrestoPay uses the same safe electronic ACH that banks use and is secured by a 4 digit pin which you must enter every time you use it. There is a $0.15 charge per transaction when you use PrestoPay.

If you do not set up a Presto Pay account and would rather get physical gift cards,you can place your order on the website and bring a check to school by Tuesday made out to RMS. Orders are placed on Wednesdays and the check must be deposited before an order can be placed. The order takes a few days to ship and Rosanne can get your cards to you by the following Tuesday. 

Lastly, we have a SCRIP binder which is kept in the office. You are welcome to purchase SCRIP cards directly from the binder with cash or check. Please mark on the front of the binder what you have taken and whether you paid by cash or check.

Feel free to call or email Rosanne with any questions.

Facebook Group for RMS Parents

Are you on Facebook and want to connect with other RMS parents that way? Join the RMS Parents Guild Facebook group. Find it at HERE.

Eggs for Sale

Erdkinder will be selling our eggs again to the community of RMS. Here are some facts about our eggs.
Our eggs are:
● Soy Free
● Non-GMO
● Cage Free/Pasture Raised
● Carefully Inspected
● Delivered fresh to your car door (during the academic year)

Are you interested in buying our eggs? If so, how many dozens per week would you buy?
Please email Fructus Terrae at ~ fructusterrae@rmsmail.org

Community Event

Holy Family Academy is once again having theirMichael Pennefather Memorial 5K and Color Fun Run. The event is Saturday, October 13th and promises fun for the whole family. See the attached flyer for details.

5K Flyer

Upcoming Events

Reminders

Toddler Pick Up and Drop Off


Parents of toddlers have the option of going through the carpool line and we will pick up or drop off your child from the car or you may bring your toddler to the door of the environment. If you want to walk your toddler to or from the toddler building, please park in the lot first so as not to block the carpool line.

Volunteer Opportunity

Would you like to get some volunteer hours in at home? We are looking for a digitally savvy parent to layout the 18-19 RMS Family Directory. If you can help with this, please contact Kristina.

New for 18-19 - RMS Absentee Line

RMS now has two easy ways to report your child absent.

  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 and report your child absent before 8:30 AM each day they will not be attending school. To ensure the safety of all our children, we will be calling the parents of all children not at school and to confirm the absence if we have not heard from you on the line above.

Pick Up Authorization 

If you would like to give permission to a member outside your immediate family to pick up your child from school, please follow the link below (also available on the Parents Page). For the safety of all, please make sure to call the school EACH time someone besides you is going to pick up your child. 

Pick Up Authorization Form

Carpool Safety Reminder

This is a reminder that it is very important that cars do not pull around to leave the line unless directed by a school staff member. We have children, including toddlers, that walk or are escorted to buildings on both sides of the carpool line so extra vigilance in this matter is appreciated!

Pizza Fridays


We are continuing the ever popular Pizza Fridays this year! Since this first week is Phase-In, the first Pizza Friday will be September 14th. Below is the pizza form. 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

Weekly Update 9/13/18

Message from the Head of School

“The hands are the instruments of man's intelligence.”
       ~Maria Montessori 

Dear Parents,

Welcome to week two!  The children are settling in to their rhythm, and there is a deep peace beginning to be felt.  Even better, we’re almost through Phase-In.  Based on the peace and concentrated work we’re already seeing, it was well worth it.  So THANK YOU! 

The quote above is one of the most astoundingly prescient insights Dr. Montessori ever had in my opinion.  A hundred years ago, it may have been obvious that man often expressed his intelligence through his hands.  But it wasn’t obvious at all that man’s hands are the way he builds his intelligence.  With modern brain scan technology, we’re seeing more and more just how correct she was – the brain is literally BUILT through the hands.  Pediatric Neuropsychologist Dr. Steve Hughes has some wonderful material up about this very topic, and I’ve included a short video herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkimfG12ZN8.

Make sure to keep an eye out for the new programs we’re announcing.  In our continuing effort to find more ways to share this Montessori journey with our families and the extended community, we’re launching a series of new offerings, designed to be flexible and easy to participate in.  Very few of us can make the time to become Montessori trained, but our hope is to make it easier and more accessible.  We’ve already announced “Montessori Mondays” and the “Sewing Class” which will be held in our new Handcraft Studio, and there will be more to come.  We look forward to seeing you there!

God bless,

Sean P. Garvey
Head of School
Renaissance Montessori School

Messages from the Environments

Message from the Young Children's Community

The youngest children are quickly adjusting to their new environment outside of home. Some are sad to say goodbye to mom at the door, but rest assured they settle very quickly into their morning. We have already established a routine and they are discovering the many ways available to care for their environment themselves.

I observed a child enjoying handwashing say, "Oh! There are so many bubbles!" when she noticed they covered the bowl, the table and the floor. Another time, upon discovery of a large spill, several children were enthralled with the simple task of watching water absorb into a sponge and the trickling sound they heard when it was squeezed into a bucket. They all peered into the bucket in fascination as the water accumulated at the bottom. We have been baking everyday and the children pour the ingredients into the bowl and take turns mixing and kneading the dough. Beyond the individual pleasure of participation in these activities, they are already experiencing collaboration and care for one another.

Message from the Children's House

We are so happy to be back together in our Children's House. We are enjoying reentering our space and loving the time with our friends and materials. Here is a link to a video we took surreptitiously. It is password protected for our community only with the same password we use for the Parents Page. https://vimeo.com/289537729

Message from the Elementary Community

We are expanding our horizons in our new classroom. Though we miss being upstairs (especially our lockers!), we feel like we have more freedom downstairs. We can work with people of all ages more easily now because the bigger and smaller tables are mixed. We can walk freely into the Atrium to work and pray whenever we want. We love that we are getting new presentations everyday. We are especially enjoying the poetry studies. It is good to be back at school together! 
Submitted by the fifth and sixth grade girls

Message from the Erdkinder

Preparing for Hurricane Florence!

The Erdkinder team has been planning and executing protection for our 34 chickens during the rainy weekend ahead! Three students climbed on top to the domes in order to re-cover them and make the chicken roost more rain proof. 

Toddler Pick Up and Drop Off


Parents of toddlers have the option of going through the carpool line and we will pick up or drop off your child from the car or you may bring your toddler to the door of the environment. If you want to walk your toddler to or from the toddler building, please park in the lot first so as not to block the carpool line.

Volunteer Opportunity

Would you like to get some volunteer hours in at home? We are looking for a digitally savvy parent to layout the 18-19 RMS Family Directory. If you can help with this, please contact Kristina.

Upcoming Events

  • 9/17/18 - Montessori Mondays 8:30 AM

  • 9/26/18 - Parent Guild Meeting 8:30 AM 

  • 9/27/18 - Sewing Class Begins

Reminders

New for 18-19 - RMS Absentee Line

RMS now has two easy ways to report your child absent.

  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 and report your child absent before 8:30 AM each day they will not be attending school. To ensure the safety of all our children, we will be calling the parents of all children not at school and to confirm the absence if we have not heard from you on the line above.

Pick Up Authorization 

If you would like to give permission to a member outside your immediate family to pick up your child from school, please follow the link below (also available on the Parents Page). For the safety of all, please make sure to call the school EACH time someone besides you is going to pick up your child. 

Pick Up Authorization Form

Carpool Safety Reminder

This is a reminder that it is very important that cars do not pull around to leave the line unless directed by a school staff member. We have children, including toddlers, that walk or are escorted to buildings on both sides of the carpool line so extra vigilance in this matter is appreciated!

Family SCRIP Contribution 

You may have noticed a new charge in your June 2019 TADS Invoice named “Family SCRIP Contribution”. This charge is due June, 2018, but in actuality, it is a charge designed to never be paid!  Here’s a brief explanation.

As you all probably know, SCRIP is a way for families to fund raise for the school via the money they already spend on other things (clothes, groceries, gas, movie tickets, whatever).  For example, if you buy $50 of movie tickets using SCRIP, you get $50 of movie tickets AND the school gets $4!  So it’s a great way to use the dollars you spend elsewhere to help the school raise money and keep tuition as low as we can.

In regard to the new “Family SCRIP Contribution” charge, every month you’ll get a report of exactly how much your SCRIP purchases have contributed to the school, and before the charge comes due, all those contributions will be credited on your agreement.  A mere $25 a month in contributions eliminates the charge altogether!

In addition this year, credits can be earned by attending Parent Nights!  Each Parent Night you attend gets you up to $20 in credit toward this charge! 

To get started earning credits, contact our SCRIP coordinator, Rosanne Garvey, at rosanne505@verizon.net or call her at 703-447-9229.

Pizza Fridays

We are continuing the ever popular Pizza Fridays this year! Since this first week is Phase-In, the first Pizza Friday will be September 14th. Below is the pizza form. 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

Later Pick-Up Service

We are pleased to offer again this year a Later Pick-up option for the 3:00 pick up. This service allows you to pick up your child(ren) as late as 4:30 PM for a fee of $5.00 per child per day. To sign up in advance, please simply email or call the office the days you plan for your child to attend. 

At 3:15 PM, all children still present will be moved to the Later Pick Up Service. When picking up, please sign them out with the adult in charge. Later Pick Up will be charged to your TADS account each month.

Digital Online Calendar for 18-19

The 2018-2019 RMS Academic Calendar is now available in digital form as a Google Calendar. The calendar can be viewed online in the RMS Parents Page section and can also be accessed through the link in the head of these Update emails. 

You can also add this calendar to your digital device. Simply copy and paste this address into any calendar product that supports the iCal format. 

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/rmsmail.org_a1dp6jua8ed94o0aq3tmfa18hg%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics 

Weekly Update 9/6/18

Head of School's Message

Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war
-    Maria Montessori


Dear RMS Parents,

Welcome to the new school year! We are all excited to have the school filled with children again. It is how this place should be.

The quote above is an auspicious claim, and one that we don’t usually associate with the purpose of education. However, it is something that is true, especially when we consider that true peace begins with an interior peace. That can be hard to maintain in this hectic world, but it is what we strive for ourselves, bring about with the rhythms of the day, and work to model for the children.  

As during every year, we begin the year with Phase-in, a careful introduction to the environment and the community, which builds up the stamina and familiarity of the children in the context of the new rhythm of the school year. It can be hard on us adults, but it is really helpful for the children, so thank you for your patience as we work through it.

And may the “peace that surpasses all understanding” attend us through this entire school year.

God bless,

Sean P. Garvey
Head of School
Renaissance Montessori School
 

New for 18-19 - RMS Absentee Line

RMS now has two easy ways to report your child absent.

  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 and report your child absent before 8:30 AM each day they will not be attending school. To ensure the safety of all our children, we will be calling the parents of all children not at school and to confirm the absence if we have not heard from you on the line above.


Pick Up Authorization 

If you would like to give permission to a member outside your immediate family to pick up your child from school, please follow the link below (also available on the Parents Page). For the safety of all, please make sure to call the school EACH time someone besides you is going to pick up your child. 

Pick Up Authorization Form
 

Carpool Safety Reminder

This is a reminder that it is very important that cars do not pull around to leave the line unless directed by a school staff member. We have children, including toddlers, that walk or are escorted to buildings on both sides of the carpool line so extra vigilance in this matter is appreciated!
 

Pizza Fridays

We are continuing the ever popular Pizza Fridays this year! Since this first week is Phase-In, the first Pizza Friday will be September 14th. Below is the pizza form. 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
 

Later Pick-Up Service

We are pleased to offer again this year a Later Pick-up option for the 3:00 pick up. This service allows you to pick up your child(ren) as late as 4:30 PM for a fee of $5.00 per child per day. To sign up in advance, please simply email or call the office the days you plan for your child to attend. 

At 3:15 PM, all children still present will be moved to the Later Pick Up Service. When picking up, please sign them out with the adult in charge. Later Pick Up will be charged to your TADS account each month.
 

Digital Online Calendar for 18-19

The 2018-2019 RMS Academic Calendar is now available in digital form as a Google Calendar. The calendar can be viewed online in the RMS Parents Page section and can also be accessed through the link in the head of these Update emails. 

You can also add this calendar to your digital device. Simply copy and paste this address into any calendar product that supports the iCal format. 

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/rmsmail.org_a1dp6jua8ed94o0aq3tmfa18hg%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
 

Family SCRIP Contribution 

You may have noticed a new charge in your June 2019 TADS Invoice named “Family SCRIP Contribution”. This charge is due June, 2018, but in actuality, it is a charge designed to never be paid!  Here’s a brief explanation.
 
As you all probably know, SCRIP is a way for families to fund raise for the school via the money they already spend on other things (clothes, groceries, gas, movie tickets, whatever).  For example, if you buy $50 of movie tickets using SCRIP, you get $50 of movie tickets AND the school gets $4!  So it’s a great way to use the dollars you spend elsewhere to help the school raise money and keep tuition as low as we can.
 
In regard to the new “Family SCRIP Contribution” charge, every month you’ll get a report of exactly how much your SCRIP purchases have contributed to the school, and before the charge comes due, all those contributions will be credited on your agreement.  A mere $25 a month in contributions eliminates the charge altogether!
 
In addition this year, credits can be earned by attending Parent Nights!  Each Parent Night you attend gets you up to $20 in credit toward this charge! 

To get started earning credits, contact our SCRIP coordinator, Rosanne Garvey, at rosanne505@verizon.net or call her at 703-447-9229.

Volunteer Opportunity

Would you like to get some volunteer hours in at home? We are looking for a digitally savvy parent to layout the 18-19 RMS Family Directory. If you can help with this, please contact Kristina.
 

Upcoming Events

  • 9/6/18 -Parent Coffee & Montessori Basics, Part 1 – 8:30 AM
  • 9/7/18 - Parent Coffee  & Montessori Basics, Part 2 – 8:30 AM 
  • 9/10/18 - Parent/Infant Begins / Normal Schedule for All Environments
  • 9/26/18 - Parent Guild Meeting 8:30 AM 

Weekly Update - 5/17/18

Head of School's Message

The child is not an empty being who owes whatever he knows to us who have filled him up with it. No, the child is the builder of man. There is no man existing who has not been formed by the child he once was. - Maria Montessori

Dear Parents,

I’m pretty sure it is still Spring according to the calendar, but it sure does feel like Summer already.  Let’s hope the humidity holds off at least for a while.

We’re all looking forward to the Elementary community’s performance of “Persephone”.  Based on the rehearsals I’ve chanced upon, it seems like it will be an amazing event. I hope you can all make it!

God bless,

Sean P. Garvey Head of School Renaissance Montessori School

Schedule for the End of the Year

As we approach the end of the year, there are several events we would like to invite you to participate in.

Elementary Opera –  May 25th   1. There is a 10:00 am show for the children in our school. All families are welcome to attend this show, even those with no children in the opera. The show will take about 1:15.

2. The main showing will 6:00 PM in the Auditorium. All family and extended family and friends are welcome. In lieu of tickets, donations will be accepted to cover the royalties and other expenses for future productions.

Graduation –  May 31st  1:30 PM 1. Graduation will take place in the auditorium and open to whole community. Families are welcome to stay for cake in the cafeteria after the ceremony.

Sending Up – June 1st 11:10  This is an in school ceremony only. You will receive an invitation if your child is moving up!

End of Year Potluck 1. 11:45 – 12 – Please park and come to the carpool line so we can dismiss your children directly to you. There is no later pick up this day so if you can not attend the picnic, please come to pick up your child before 12:00. Please be aware that you will be in charge of your children throughout the afternoon.

2. Below is a Sign Up Genius for the needs for the potluck, including food, paper products, set up and clean up. We are looking forward to celebrating summer with you all.

RSVP and SIGN UP HERE

Joseph Pearce to Speak Locally

Our friends at Aquinas Learning and the Cardinal Newman Society are hosting author and speaker Joseph Pearce to speak on "A Matter of Life and Death: The Battle for a True Education” on Friday May 25th from 6:30 -8:00. More information can be found at https://tinyurl.com/ychxoh5o.

Upcoming Events

  • 5/25/18 - Elementary Opera 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM
  • 5/28/18 - No School, Memorial Day
  • 5/31/18 - Graduation 1:30 PM
  • 6/1/18 - Last Day of School - Half Day followed by Picnic

Reminders

Early Access Pricing Extended to June 1st for Camp Renaissance!

Get early access pricing now!

Mornings Only Children ages 3-6 attend Montessori Mornings, where they will experience the full Primary Montessori environment with a trained Directress and Montessori materials. This program is open to both current Montessori students and those with no Montessori experience.

Children ages 6-12 attend weekly specialty activities according to the schedule below.

Or Stay All Day! All Camp Renaissance weeks include afternoons of fun actives such as team building, water play, library visits, nature exploration, arts and crafts and cooking. Come for the morning specialty, stay for the fun afternoon community. Your children will come away with new skills and new friendships!

Get early access pricing now!

Weeks*  Ages 3 – 6  Ages 7-12
 7/9 – 7/13   Montessori Mornings  Golf
 7/16 – 7/20   Montessori Mornings  Music
 7/23 – 7/27   Montessori Mornings  Hand Crafts
 7/30 – 8/3   Montessori Mornings  Soccer
 8/6 – 8/10   Montessori Mornings  Basketball
 8/13 – 8/17   Montessori Mornings  Drama

To make Camp Renaissance a reality, we need to meet a minimum number of children attending. To that end, we'd like to offer our special pricing for signing up early. These are huge discounts over last year's pricing!

  • Six one-week sessions from July 9 - August 17
  • 8:30 AM - 11:30 Mornings Only - $195/week
  • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM Full Day  - $295/week
  • Receive an additional 10% discount for signing up for all six sessions!

Academic Calendar for 18-19

The Academic Calendar for next year is now available. It can be downloaded from the link below.

It is also available in digital form as a Google Calendar. The calendar can be viewed online in the Documents and Info section and can also be accessed through the link in the head of these Update emails.

You can also add this calendar to your digital device. Simply copy and paste this address into any calendar product that supports the iCal format.

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/rmsmail.org_a1dp6jua8ed94o0aq3tmfa18hg%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

Academic Calendar 2018-19

Local Writing Camp

Mr. Tim Heisler is again offering a summer creative writing camp. It will be a fun opportunity to polish up skills mid-summer and possibly come to a new understanding and love for writing. More information about the camp can be found in the flyer below.

Writing Camp Flyer

Help RMS with your Shutterfly Orders

Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduations, weddings and gifts for any other momentous occasion (like the sun coming out!) can be found at our Shutterfly link. Shop from our link http://renaissancemontessori.shutterflystorefront.com/and 13% of your total purchase is donated to our school.

Please Log Your Volunteer Hours

As we near the end of the year, please make sure to log all your volunteer hours in Track It Forward before May 25th. Those families who have uncompleted service hours after May 15th will be billed at $10/hour on your June invoice.

You can log your hours in two places:

1. RMS Website Volunteering Page 2. Track It Forward 

SCRIP

Don’t forget to order scrip weekly at www.shopwithscrip.com and drop off your cash or checks by Tuesday. Mr Garvey will collect them curbside or you can put them directly into the SCRIP box in the office. If you haven’t set up an account yet, our enrollment code is 8F91287E14129.

Remember that if you want to earn that $300 quickly, it is best to set up a PrestoPay account because you can purchase and use electronic SCRIP immediately from your handheld device or home computer, no more dealing with dropping off checks and waiting a week for your cards to arrive.

Forgot to place an order? No problem, there is a SCRIP binder in the office with an array of cards for purchase. Simply go into the office and Kristina will help you through the purchase process. Any questions or problems please contact Rosanne Garvey at rosanne505@verizon.net or 703-447-9229.

Weekly Update 5/10/18

Head of School's Message

“Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.” ― Maria Montessori

Dear Parents,

Happy May!  The weather has been beautiful, and let’s hope it continues so.

If you haven’t already, make sure to sign up for our exciting Summer offerings. We’ll be extending our ‘early bird’ pricing, so don’t miss out!

Also, if you have any paperwork (agreement setups, etc.) I’d like to encourage you to take a moment and get it all squared away. Just think of it as “Spring Cleaning”. Thank you!

Sean

Sean P. Garvey Head of School Renaissance Montessori School

Early Access Pricing Extended to June 1st for Camp Renaissance!

Get early access pricing now!

Mornings Only Children ages 3-6 attend Montessori Mornings, where they will experience the full Primary Montessori environment with a trained Directress and Montessori materials. This program is open to both current Montessori students and those with no Montessori experience.

Children ages 6-12 attend weekly specialty activities according to the schedule below.

Or Stay All Day! All Camp Renaissance weeks include afternoons of fun actives such as team building, water play, library visits, nature exploration, arts and crafts and cooking. Come for the morning specialty, stay for the fun afternoon community. Your children will come away with new skills and new friendships!

Get early access pricing now!

Weeks*  Ages 3 – 6  Ages 7-12
 7/9 – 7/13   Montessori Mornings  Golf
 7/16 – 7/20   Montessori Mornings  Music
 7/23 – 7/27   Montessori Mornings  Hand Crafts
 7/30 – 8/3   Montessori Mornings  Soccer
 8/6 – 8/10   Montessori Mornings  Basketball
 8/13 – 8/17   Montessori Mornings  Drama

To make Camp Renaissance a reality, we need to meet a minimum number of children attending. To that end, we'd like to offer our special pricing for signing up early. These are huge discounts over last year's pricing!

  • Six one-week sessions from July 9 - August 17
  • 8:30 AM - 11:30 Mornings Only - $195/week
  • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM Full Day  - $295/week
  • Receive an additional 10% discount for signing up for all six sessions!

Academic Calendar for 18-19

The Academic Calendar for next year is now available. It can be downloaded from the link below.

It is also available in digital form as a Google Calendar. The calendar can be viewed online in the Documents and Info section and can also be accessed through the link in the head of these Update emails.

You can also add this calendar to your digital device. Simply copy and paste this address into any calendar product that supports the iCal format.

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/rmsmail.org_a1dp6jua8ed94o0aq3tmfa18hg%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

Academic Calendar 2018-19

Upcoming Events

  • 5/10/18 - Ascension Thursday - Mass at All Saints 8:30 AM
  • 5/31/18 - Graduation
  • 6/1/18 - Last Day of School - Half Day followed by Picnic

Local Writing Camp

Mr. Tim Heisler is again offering a summer creative writing camp. It will be a fun opportunity to polish up skills mid-summer and possibly come to a new understanding and love for writing. More information about the camp can be found in the flyer below.

Writing Camp Flyer

Reminders

May Pizza Form

The May Pizza Form is now available below and in the office. Please make sure to place orders no later than Wednesday prior to the Friday you are ordering for.

MAY PIZZA FORM

Help RMS with your Shutterfly Orders

Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduations, weddings and gifts for any other momentous occasion (like the sun coming out!) can be found at our Shutterfly link. Shop from our link http://renaissancemontessori.shutterflystorefront.com/and 13% of your total purchase is donated to our school.

Please Log Your Volunteer Hours

As we near the end of the year, please make sure to log all your volunteer hours in Track It Forward before May 25th. Those families who have uncompleted service hours after May 15th will be billed at $10/hour on your June invoice.

You can log your hours in two places:

1. RMS Website Volunteering Page 2. Track It Forward 

Spring Parent Teacher Conferences

Conferences are here and there are still lots of slots open. Please don't forget to schedule!

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.

Elementary North Star Southern Cross Toddler

Erd Kinder Conferences – Contact Dr. Rubin directly to schedule.

SCRIP

Don’t forget to order scrip weekly at www.shopwithscrip.com and drop off your cash or checks by Tuesday. Mr Garvey will collect them curbside or you can put them directly into the SCRIP box in the office. If you haven’t set up an account yet, our enrollment code is 8F91287E14129.

Remember that if you want to earn that $300 quickly, it is best to set up a PrestoPay account because you can purchase and use electronic SCRIP immediately from your handheld device or home computer, no more dealing with dropping off checks and waiting a week for your cards to arrive.

Forgot to place an order? No problem, there is a SCRIP binder in the office with an array of cards for purchase. Simply go into the office and Kristina will help you through the purchase process. Any questions or problems please contact Rosanne Garvey at rosanne505@verizon.net or 703-447-9229.