Weekly Update 4/11/19

Messages from the Environments


Observation...observation...observation! As we prepare for upcoming conferences, it is an honor to be tasked with the opportunity to observe your children. As the caretakers for the children in the YCC, we view ourselves as Assistants to the Children. We prepare an environment they can not yet prepare for themselves, we set the boundaries within that environment they can not yet set, and we provide them with a sensorial experience to develop language and skills that they need to be successful in their world. Yet, the children are doing the hard work of developing themselves and we are simply assisting them in that development...and so much loveliness has happened since last September!

Each day a new child is presented before us. One who has changed even since yesterday and it is our task to meet each one of them where they are when they walk in the door. Who is this child? And more importantly, who is this child in the eyes of God? Observation is the key to unlock this mystery. As the adults in their lives, no matter how much we love them, we can not turn them into something they are not. We know this with our minds, and love them unconditionally with our hearts, but seeking to understand and accept each child’s unique personality, quirks, and development timeline requires us to step back and observe them objectively and without judgement. 


We are enjoying the culinary arts! Recently we’ve been able to set up works and presentations allowing the children to bake and cook almost entirely independently. So far we have made mostly bread and quesadillas, but we hope to introduce more options soon. There is such a beauty and reward in this work of the hands, by which they are able to feed others.



With the help of Mrs. Blanchette and Mrs. Caputo, the Elementary children have begun demolition of the wooden bleachers in the outdoor space. Much of the wood is rotten, so it is a project long overdue. Preparations are also underway for the construction of raised beds. Spring has sprung, and the children are eager to spend time outside, whenever possible.


Fresh Egg Sale! Erdkinder’s chickens are at an almost 100% production rate! After we supply our customers for the Easter break, we will be selling our super healthy soy-free, non-GMO, pastured eggs for only $3 a dozen after school on Thursday and Friday of this week. We accept checks made out to RMS or cash. 


Reminder: All SCRIP profits you earn before June 1st are applied directly towards your Family SCRIP Contribution charge in TADS. You can order scrip weekly at www.shopwithscrip.com and drop off your cash or checks by Tuesday. 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.

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 15th. Those families who have uncompleted service hours after this date 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 Are Next Week

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. 

Use the links below to schedule a conference.Please be aware that because of the HVAC work going on in the building during conferences, the Parent Lounge and other indoor spaces are not available for children not participating in a conference.Thank you in advance for your prompt arrival.


Volunteer Opportunity

We are looking into hosting a fall community building event such as an Octoberfest or Family Fun Day here on our grounds. This event would be something simple with possibly a few activities for children, some food trucks or food and beer for purchase. Rather than a fundraiser, it would be an opportunity to come together as a community and invite families from the area to join us.

We are looking for two people to help coordinate this event. If you are open to this opporunity, please reach out to Kristina for more details.

Community Events

Journey of a Disciple Talk at Seton

On Tuesday, May 7th Seton will be hosting Jennifer Ristine, a consecrated woman of Regnum Christi for a reflection on Mary Magdalene's call to conversion, to accompany Jesus, and to mission. See the flyer below for details.


Upcoming Events

  • 4/15/19 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day

  • 4/16/19 - NO SCHOOL - Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • 4/17/19 - NO SCHOOL - Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • 4/18 - 28 - NO SCHOOL - Easter Break


Montessori Mondays Series Complete

Our Montessori Mondays series has been a lovely addition to the Parent Education offerings here at RMS and we are so thankful for the time together. The series is now complete for the year. We look forward to offering something similar again next year.

Save the Date for the Elementary Opera

We have set a tentative date for the Elementary Opera of Friday, May 24th in the evening. Please save the date. Also, if you plan to be out of town that weekend and your child will not be able to be there that evening, please let us know now so that we can adjust roles if needed.

Parents Guild Farm Brew Live Event

We invite you to join other RMS parents (and kids if you would like) at 2 Silos/Farm Brew Live in Manassas in the afternoon on May 19. (Exact times TBD.) Come enjoy the afternoon 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