Weekly Update 12/20/18

Message from the Head of School

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.(Is 9:6-7)

Dear Parents,

This is our last Weekly Update of 2018. It has been a pleasure to journey through 2017 with you! All the staff at RMS wishes you and your family a very blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year. Looking forward to celebrating Epiphany with you on the 3rd.

God bless,

Sean P. Garvey
Head of School
Renaissance Montessori School


Important Info for Movie Night Tonight!

Tonight, Thursday, December 20, Elementary will be hosting a Movie Night!  Movie Night will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the animated version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”  The next movie shown will be the cartoon, “Charlie Brown Christmas,” and is projected to begin around 6:10 p.m.  Lastly, the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be shown around 7 p.m.  The last movie will run until shortly after 9 p.m. at which time the event will conclude.

Though this event is being held in the auditorium at RMS and hosted by RMS students, RMS staff is not advocating for these movies as being age or developmentally appropriate for all.  Please use your best judgment as to whether or not you want your own children to see any of the three films being offered. You are welcome to come for any or all of the movies.

There will be no admission charge, but we will have baskets for cash donations.  All proceeds will benefit the Elementary spring production. Thank you in advance for supporting our thespians.

In regard to food, you must have pre-ordered pizza to receive it.  The children will have cookies and popcorn and water available for sale.

Please be advised that each family is responsible for the behavior of their own children.  If a parent cannot stay for whatever reason, the family must have made arrangements in advance with another family to chaperone each child present.  There will not be a staff member on hand; Mrs. Paula Hugo has graciously agreed to be the point of contact during Movie Night, should any issues arise.

Come in comfortable clothes, and feel free to bring pillows or blankets to get cozy!

January 17th is Now Parent-Child Night

January 17th, originally scheduled as Six Going on Seven Parent Night is now Parent-Child Night. Save the date for this popular evening and have your child show you their environment! Look for a sign up to come early in January.  Feb 5thwill now become Six Going on Seven and cover the signs of readiness and transition process from primary to elementary

Jan/Feb Pizza Form Available

The January/February Pizza Form is now available. Orders are due with payment no later than the Wednesday before each Friday. The form is below or always at the top of the Weekly Updates.

January/February Pizza Form

Upcoming Events

  • 1/03/19 - Epiphany Celebration for RMS Families

  • 1/04/19 - School Resumes

  • 1/07/19 - Montessori Monday - 8:30 AM

  • 1/08/19 - Tuesday Atrium Resumes

  • 1/09/19 - Wednesday Atrium Resumes

  • 1/09/19 - Parents Guild Meeting 8:30 AM 


Freedom and Discipline Resources

Thanks again to all the families who were able to attend our Parent Afternoon. We enjoyed the collaborative discussion! As promised, here are some resources for further study on this expansive topic, as well as some key phrases we use here at the school.


Freedom Discipline Podcast
Obedience Podcast
Self-Discipline Poscast
Quotes for Reflection
Aid to Life Website
If Gentle Discipline Isn't Working, This Might Be the Reason Podcast

Examples of Language We Use

It seems like you are not in control; you can borrow some of my self-control until you find yours again.

I think you might have forgotten,  ____  (Ex. we carry a pitcher with 2 hand)

I can see that you are not ready to ____ (carry a pitcher) right now. When you are ready, you can try again.

You can move your body or I can move your body for you.

You may not know this, but ___  is rude (or disruptive, etc.)

We can ____ once ____ is done. 

I'll know your ready to ____, when I see you ____.

Saying the feeling out loud but not offering a solution. You seem really frustrated. That must be really hard.

Important Research Participants Needed

Dr. Angeline Lillard is looking for participants for an important study she is conducting on Montessori education. Dr. Lillard’s research work is very highly regarded and we want to be of assistance in any way that supports that work.Please click here to see the attached flierand take the survey if you can, so that we can realize the dream of adding to the body of desperately needed Montessori research.

Un-Trim a Tree

This year we are beginning a new tradition of Un-Trim a Tree to provide families with an opportunity to help enrich their child's environment. Here's how it works:

  1. Choose a tag from the tree outside the Parent Lounge any time between now and Christmas break.

  2. Purchase the item for the environment listed.

  3. Wrap and label the gift and return it to under the tree. 

  4. The gifts will be opened by the children in the environments after Epiphany.

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