Weekly Update 5/9/19

Message from the Environments

Message from the Young Children's House

Young children are born to move and their movement and balance is so integral to basic neurological function. In the YCC we are introducing Bal A Vis X movement into our environment to help improve rhythm, balance and cognitive function through specialized exercises and games. Bal A Vis X is an acronym for Balance/Auditory/Vision/eXercises. We want to be able to give the children another opportunity to engage the mind and body together. This week we begin with a balance board and a bean bag clap. The balance board exercises stimulates cognitive processing activity and the bean bag clap introduces rhythm and auditory patterns. 

Message from the Children's House

We are so excited to be in this Easter season full of joy and new life. We are spending much of our time outside tending the outdoors and enjoying the peaceful work environment of chirping birds, shady trees, and fresh air. We are looking forward to the growth and companionship these next few weeks will bring.

Message from Elementary

What a busy and exciting week in Elementary!  The first communicants are preparing to receive Our Lord at Mass on Friday.  To that end, the children have been "entering in" to this important work by embroidering the red crosses on their white garments, decorating their candles, and discussing the aspects of Reconciliation, which they will receive on Thursday morning.  Please continue to pray for them as they journey with the Good Shepherd!

In other news, the opera is really coming together!  Children brought costumes on Monday, and the older students have been rummaging through our Persephone costumes box to piece together odds and ends that will work for Harlequin.  If you have not sent your child's costume in yet, please do so.  We will be notifying you in the next few days if you need to send in a fee so that we can order online.

The opera will have a dress rehearsal, open to parents and young children, on Friday, May 24th at 10 a.m.  The actual performance will be at 6 p.m. the same day.  We are starting to focus on acting now that we know all of our songs!  Mrs. Finnarty, the Caputos' grandmother, has agreed to be our accompanist, so things are really moving in the right direction. 

Message from Erdkinder

Please join us for the Erdkinder's power point presentation on the book titledIsabel of Spain: The Catholic Queenby Dr. Warren H. Carroll. [Dr. Carroll's wife, Anne Carroll will be attending!] 
Queen Isabel of Spain was an amazing monarch, mother, wife, and she did so much to change history as we know it. You are not going to want to miss this! 

When: Tuesday, May 28th, arrive at 6:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. The power point presentation will start at 7 p.m. and everything should be wrapped up by 8:30 p.m. 
Where: RMS (12625 Fitzwater Dr, Nokesville, VA 20118) in the Erdkinder Building.


End of the Year Schedule Details

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

Elementary Opera –  May 24th  

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 an hour.

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

Elementary Pool Party – May 28th

The children would like to continue our tradition of having a pool party for the Elementary class during the last week of school, and Dr. R has kindly helped us to organize it.  It will be on Tuesday, May 28 at Sudley Club (8613 Rixlew Lane, Manassas).  Arrival will be at 8:15 a.m. at RMS.  We will shuttle children over to the pool for a 10:30 a.m. arrival, so we need drivers to accommodate our 36 students.  Please note that if you would like to meet us at the pool with your children rather than coming to school first, that is fine, butwe would like a heads-upin advance so that we do not arrange more drivers than we actually need.

Graduation –  May 30th  1:30 PM

Graduation will take place in the auditorium and is open to whole community. Families should arrive between 1:15 and 1:30 and are welcome to stay for cake in the cafeteria after the ceremony.

Sending Up – May 31st 11:10 

This is an in-school ceremony only. You will receive an invitation if your child is moving up.

No End of Year Potluck 

Given all the fun activities the children will be enjoying at the end of the year, we have decided to break tradition and not have an end of year potluck. Pick up will be at half day as always.There will be no Later Pick Up on the last day so all children should be picked up by 12:00 PM.

Academic Calendar for 2019-2020

The Academic Calendar and Phase-In Schedule for the 2019-2020 year are linked below. Please look at them carefully as we have made some changes to our usual schedule for the upcoming year.

Academic Calendar 2019-2020
Phase-In Schedule 2019

Upcoming Events

  • 5/9/19 - First Confession and Ceremony of Light

  • 5/10/19 - First Communion 11:00 AM - All Saints

  • 5/19/19 - Farm Brew Live Guild Event

  • 5/21/19 - Last Day of Tuesday Atrium

  • 5/22/19 - Last Day of Wednesday Atrium

  • 5/24/19 - Elementary Opera, Dress Rehearsal 10:00 AM and Performance 6:00 PM

  • 5/27/19 - No School - Memorial Day

  • 5/28/19 - Elementary Pool Party

  • 5/28/19 - Erdkinder Presentation 6:30 PM

  • 5/30/19 - Ascension Thursday - Mass at All Saints 8:30 AM; 9:45 Late Start

  • 5/30/19 - Elementary Graduation 1:30 PM

  • 5/31 - Last Day of School - 11:45 Half Day Pick up for All Programs


Fresh Egg Sale!!

Erdkinder’s chickens are still at an almost 100% production rate! After we supply our customers, we will be selling our super healthy soy-free, non-GMO, pasture raises eggs for only $3 a dozen at dismissal. We accept checks made out to RMS or cash. We would also very much appreciate more egg carton donations - we are almost out!

Prayer Requests

Fusco Family

Erica Fusco, the Tuesday morning assistant catechist and the mother of RMS staff Miss Emilia and Miss Sophia, as well as Michaela in our Elementary class, was in a serious car accident over the weekend. She has broken vertebrae and other injuries and will have a long recovery. Please pray for her and the family as they support her and each other during this time. 

Constantine Family

Margie Petersen, the aunt of Theresa Constantine in our Erdkinder program, died suddenly over Easter. Please pray for the repose of her soul and for the family to be lead to the best decisions for the her orphaned sons Matt and Mark.

Rolling Admissions

If anyone you know has not yet applied to our school, please note that we are still accepting applications for our Toddler and Primary programs until they are full. Tours can be scheduled at this link: https://www.renaissancemontessorischool.org/schedule-a-visit


May Pizza Form

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

May Pizza Form 


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 

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