Weekly Updates

Weekly Update 1/10/19

Message from the Head of School

“The child who concentrates is immensely happy.”
-    Mari Montessori

Dear Parents,

Welcome to winter!  May the winds soon cease to blow.

During the winter months there are many challenges; cold and flu season, rampant cabin fever, short days and cold early morning risings. But there are many opportunities as well for deeper concentration activities; quiet time by a fire, family reading time, and a whole host of others. As we fight the winter blues, it’s important to make the most of those as well.  

Keep an eye out for a very exciting launch announcement about our new neighbor, CCMA!

God bless,

Sean

Sean P. Garvey
Head of School
Renaissance Montessori School

Messages from the Environments

MESSAGE FROM THE YOUNG CHILDREN'S COMMUNITY

The Young Children’s Community has been celebrating Epiphany everyday this week with several processions, songs, bells and opening the lovely gifts from our families! At prayer service we have read the birth of Jesus from the Gospel of Luke several times, and each time, when we get to the part of the Shepherds, someone gets up to get the Good Shepherd figure out of the sheepfold and place it on the prayer table. It is a joy to be able to share these little connections with your children and our dear Lord. Thank you so much for the compost bucket and Mini mule mugs, which were put to immediate use! Our little bakers will enjoy the popover pan for baking; it is a thrill to see the biscuits rise! And, you might not think it, but they will love to journey out to the yard, to empty the small composting bucket into the large composting tumbler for our outdoor spring garden!  They are such busy little workers! 

MESSAGE FROM THE CHILDREN'S HOUSE

The children were all so excited to receive some lovely Giving Tree gifts from the parent community and have loved using them in the environment!


MESSAGE FROM ELEMENTARY

The highlight of our week thus far has been the building of a model of a river. Using a pre-constructed frame given to us years ago by a previous guide, the sixth years sculpted the model using cling wrap, balled paper, and clay. The other children were very intrigued by the process and enjoyed observing. When completed, we will use the model to show the flow of water and its capacity to carve the landscape over time. We will also label the parts of the river. These materials come at the beginning of a study called "The Work of Water," which will continue for several weeks.

MESSAGE FROM ERDKINDER

The Erdkinder is having a roost built on a trailer in order to house our chickens. Mr. Alan Constantine, father of Theresa Constantine, has taken charge of the donated materials and built the main structure.The students are assisting Mr. Constantine in finishing it. We cannot wait to have our mobile roost! It will help us use our chickens to fertilize our land and it will give them many more pasture areas. 

Parent-Child Night Is Next Week!

The Primary and Elementary Environments are pleased to invite you to Parent-Child night next Thursday, January 17th from 6:30 - 8:00. This is a chance for your child to show you what they do each day at school, a time to demystify their work, and to answer questions such as what are the "metal insects" and what does sandpaper have to do with learning to write and read. 

Please click the link below and sign up for only ONE slot for each environment you have children in. Each child may bring just 2 parents/guests in with them. If you have more people interested in coming, they are welcome to come and take turns in the classroom. Expect to spend between 20 to 30 min with your child(ren) while they show you their favorite materials.

SIGN UP FOR A SLOT

This evening is for the children and parents, and we ask that siblings not enter the environments so the parent can focus the individual child and to keep the rooms from getting too crowded. We will have a staff member in the gym for siblings to wait. 

Elementary children will have another opportunity to show their parents work in the environment at an Open House opportunity during Catholic School Weeks. Stay tuned for details.

As this format or time is not an ideal toddlers, Mrs. Ashton invites you to join a Parent-Infant class on any Monday to come and see your children in their environment.

Erdkinder will have other opportunities to show their families their work and their environment later in the year.

Important Notice from the Elementary

Starting tomorrow, the elementary class will be going outside for at least 15 minutes every day. The only reason we will not is for extreme cold, hail, or lightening. Please help your children to dress appropriately for spending up to a half an hour each day, including outerwear and shoes/boots.

Staffing Change

It is with sadness we say good-bye to Sloan Seelbach, who has been a wonderful assistant in many of our environments and our shuttle driver this year. We wish Sloan all the best in her future endeavors! Beginning Monday the 14th, Mrs. Deborah Britten will be driving the RMS shuttle. Make sure to say hi and give her a warm RMS welcome.

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

  • 1/16/19 - Parents Guild Meeting 8:30 AM - Rescheduled from 1/9/19

  • 1/17/19 - Parent Child Night 6:30 - 8:00 PM

  • 1/18/19 - NO SCHOOL March for Life

Reminders

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.

Resources

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.

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 

Reminders

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.

Resources

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.

SCRIP for Gift Giving

Find gifts for everyone on your list while earning down your $300 SCRIP minimum with the holiday gift guide. Shop gift cards from over 750 top brands and restaurants, including Panera, Chipotle, Starbucks, Best Buy, Amazon, Nordstrom, The Home Depot, Gap, Lands End and more. Whether you buy the gift cards to give as presents to family and friends, or to use them to buy your gifts—RMS earns with every gift card purchased. It’s simple, it’s thoughtful and it’s truly the gift that keeps on giving. 

Shop the gift guide atShopWithScrip.com/GiftGuide

Weekly Update 12/13/18

Message from the Head of School

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

Dear Parents,

We move closer and closer to the joyous season of Christmas, the birth of the Prince of Peace, announced by the host of Angels "Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.".

The quote above is an auspicious claim on the behalf of “education”, far grander a claim than the mere acquisition of academic know-how. And yet it is very true; “good will” is the prerequisite to peace, and “education” in the broadest sense, is how we learn to develop and form our will.

May we all grow closer to Christ during the season of Advent, and be prepared to welcome Him at Christmas.

God bless,

Sean P. Garvey
Head of School
Renaissance Montessori School

Messages from the Environments

Message from the Young Children's Community

As parents, we notice how toddlers love to help out! It is slower, requires more supervision and a lower expectations, but once they have mastered the basic skills they can do more and more independently. Each day I am seeing increased awareness and purposeful choice in the practical life area and children are beginning to notice that all important last step...clean up! They are carefully searching for crumbs to sweep or drips to wipe during clean up (at the same time they are still fascinated with the initial flood of water dumped out of a pitcher or basin!)

We are also seeing lots of success in toileting. If you are not already participating in this at home and curious how to set up, please go towww.aidtolife.orgor order Sarah Moudry's book Toilet Awareness.

Message from the Children's House

In the Children’s House, we have been enjoying the beginning of advent, especially the prophecies for each week. Through the prophecies, and the associated works and songs, the children have been thinking about the journey of Mary and Joseph and who this Child is that all are waiting for. One thing that has especially caught the attention of the children is the word  “Light”, and they have been contemplating this as these winter days contain more darkness. 

Message from Elementary

This week and next in Elementary, we are doing math assessments. We use these tests for a few reasons: for information gathering purposes, to offer a more formalized test-taking scenario for experience, and to direct future presentations. We will be using the same test to re-evaluate students’ progress in the spring.

Message from the Erdkinder

Last Saturday, the Erdkinder led RMS in the Nokesville Christmas Parade 2018. RMS students and families followed the Erdkinder’s “Living Nativity “ scene built on our farm truck and decorated with lights. We sang Silent Night” and “Angels We Have Heard on High” beautifully. Our very own Solomon Terza and Gianna Dow played Joseph and Mary. We even had a live goat, Natia, provided by Kate Wolf, who also drove the truck. Thanks so much to Mrs. Sweeney and Mrs. O'Keefe for the speakers and amp, antlers, hot chocolate, candy canes and overall coordination. A great time was had by ALL!

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.

Resources

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.

Elementary Presents "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

On Wednesday, December 19 at 2 p.m., students in the Elementary class will be presenting “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”  Nicholas Miller and Luke Wood are the directors of this production, which should run about half an hour. Parents, grandparents, and extended family are welcome!  (If your child has a part in the play, costumes are due Monday, December 17.)

Montessori Monday Cancelled on the 17th

Because of a schedule change, we have to cancel the Montessori Monday scheduled for December 17th. We’ll resume the normal 1st and 3rd Mondays schedule in January. So sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Pizza Date Correction

The date for the last Pizza Day in December is listed incorrectly on the order form. Our last day of school in December is the 20th soPizza Day will be the 20th, not the 19th as listed.

Children's Holy Hour Today

Looking for ways to help your children prepare spiritually for Christmas?  There is an Advent Holy Hour for Children today, Thursday, December 13th from 4-5 p.m. at All Saints Church.  Fr. Noah Morey has graciously agreed to preside as he did last year. Gather outside the library at All Saints and draw/write letters to Jesus from 4-4:20 p.m.  After that, process into the main sanctuary led by Fr. Noah who will expose Jesus in the monstrance for adoration. The balance of the hour will include saying a decade of the rosary, listening to an Advent reflection by Fr. Noah, presenting letters and drawings to Jesus on the altar, and concluding with benediction.   The format lends itself very well to children ranging from toddlers through school age really uniting in some beautiful prayer time.  

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.

Upcoming Events

  • 12/19/18 - Elementary presents "A Charlie Brown Christmas" 2:00

  • 12/20/18 - Last day of school in 2018

  • 12/20/18 - Elementary Movie Night Fundraiser 

Reminders

House for Sale Near RMS

One of our community members has a house listed for sale in the RMS vacitinity if anyone is looking to more closer. Details can be found here: 
https://www.homesnap.com/VA/Catlett/3306-Daffan-Drive?a=67858600

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.

SCRIP for Gift Giving

Find gifts for everyone on your list while earning down your $300 SCRIP minimum with the holiday gift guide. Shop gift cards from over 750 top brands and restaurants, including Panera, Chipotle, Starbucks, Best Buy, Amazon, Nordstrom, The Home Depot, Gap, Lands End and more. Whether you buy the gift cards to give as presents to family and friends, or to use them to buy your gifts—RMS earns with every gift card purchased. It’s simple, it’s thoughtful and it’s truly the gift that keeps on giving. 

Shop the gift guide atShopWithScrip.com/GiftGuide

New Montessori Association to be Housed at RMS

We are very excited to begin a partnership with the newly created Cultural and Catechetical Montessori Association. The mission of CCMA is to empower cultural renewal by promoting the work of Maria Montessori and Sofia Cavaletti in revealing the truth about the human person. CCMA will be opening a Cultural and Catechetical Center in the annex space here at RMS (where Elementary was the last two years). 

We will be working closely with CCMA both in furthering its mission and also opening the center here on our campus. You may have noticed that we have begun to pull the gate between the spaces to get the children used to remaining on this side of the building. CCMA will have its own entrance on that side of the building. 

Stay tuned for all the exciting details on programming offered by CCMA!

Weekly Update 12/6/18

Message from the Head of School

Joy, feeling one's own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for the human soul.
                                    ~Maria Montessori 

Dear Parents,

Happy Advent, and Happy St. Nicholas’ Day!  The quote above put me in mind of how wonderful this season in particular can be.  We put time and effort in to showing each other our love and appreciation for each other, with little bits of chocolate, or a simple gift given in an Advent Angel.  There are no gestures that, whether given or received, make us more fully human.  May we carry this spirit throughout the year.

On another note, we had a wonderful Parent “Night” Friday afternoon, tackling the immense topic of “Freedom and Discipline” and how they relate to one another.  We’ll be sending out some resources to the entire community to continue the conversation, so keep a look out for those.

And lastly, if you haven’t already participated in our Mission Support drive, please do consider doing so.  All gifts are fully tax deductible, and the end of the year is a wonderful time to rack up a few write-offs!  (A HUGE thank you to everyone who has already given!)

God bless,

Sean P. Garvey
Head of School
Renaissance Montessori School

Messages from the Environments

Message from the Young Children's Community

We have joyfully entered Advent in the Young Children's Community . . . The candles are lit! At the beginning of the week we introduced Advent in the Atrium at our Montessori Monday Morning, sharing with parents how we enjoy the greatest mysteries with the youngest children and how a little bit more of the mystery is revealed as the child grows from 18 months to 15 years!

We have shared with them the geography of the land of Israel, the infancy narratives of the Annunciation and Nativity, and the first prophecy Isaiah 9:2. In each presentation the most essential message is pulled out for them to enjoy! With this change in our liturgical year brings lots of new songs too! Enjoy!

Message from the Children's House

The highlight of the week for the community in the Children's House was our Advent procession. We all enjoy carrying something, changing the cloth to purple for preparation, placing our items on the table and of course, signing! Advent in our Children's House is always a time of joyful preparation.

Message from Elementary

Last Thursday the whole Upper Elementary (19 children) traveled to Westmoreland County in the northern neck right on the Rappahannock River for a gleaning opportunity for the St. Lucy Projecthttps://www.ccda.net/Need-Help/Food/. Gleaning is collecting of crops after the fields have been commercially harvested. This farmer was one that tithes a percentage of his harvest, leaving several acres unharvested to allow local food pantries to glean the leftovers.

Cauliflower was the vegetable du jour. The children learned how to handle 7” harvesting knives, to identify good heads of cauliflower, to chop the head, to peel extra leaves, and to carry the heavy baskets to the truck. Their harvesting was able to fill the three bins to distribute at the St Lucy Project in Manassas. Even with all the difficult physical labor, delayed lunch and cold conditions, the children wanted to stay and glean longer. So many of them remarked how they really feel so much joy doing this work. They know that even without seeing the recipients, they feel satisfied knowing they are helping those less fortunate to eat.

A special thanks to Mrs. O’Keefe for help with driving and the Nguyen family for loaning their bus for the trip.

Message from the Erdkinder

Erdkinder trip to Staunton VA started with a visit to Saint Francis cathedral.


Pizza Date Correction

The date for the last Pizza Day in December is listed incorrectly on the order form. Our last day of school in December is the 20th soPizza Day will be the 20th, not the 19th as listed.

Children's Holy Hour

Looking for ways to help your children prepare spiritually for Christmas?  There is an Advent Holy Hour for Children on Thursday, December 13th from 4-5 p.m. at All Saints Church.  Fr. Noah Morey has graciously agreed to preside as he did last year. Gather outside the library at All Saints and draw/write letters to Jesus from 4-4:20 p.m.  After that, process into the main sanctuary led by Fr. Noah who will expose Jesus in the monstrance for adoration. The balance of the hour will include saying a decade of the rosary, listening to an Advent reflection by Fr. Noah, presenting letters and drawings to Jesus on the altar, and concluding with benediction.   The format lends itself very well to children ranging from toddlers through school age really uniting in some beautiful prayer time.  

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.

SCRIP for Gift Giving

Find gifts for everyone on your list while earning down your $300 SCRIP minimum with the holiday gift guide. Shop gift cards from over 750 top brands and restaurants, including Panera, Chipotle, Starbucks, Best Buy, Amazon, Nordstrom, The Home Depot, Gap, Lands End and more. Whether you buy the gift cards to give as presents to family and friends, or to use them to buy your gifts—RMS earns with every gift card purchased. It’s simple, it’s thoughtful and it’s truly the gift that keeps on giving. 

Shop the gift guide atShopWithScrip.com/GiftGuide

Nokesville Christmas Parade - Come Walk with Us!

We are excited about participating in the local parade this year, and the Nokesville Community is equally excited that we will be joining in. Let's make a great showing!  Please click on the Evite below and let us know how many of you can walk with us.  Alannah Sweeney, mom of Johnny in Primary, has loads of parade experience with the Boyle School of Irish Dance, and has graciously agreed to organize us. The Erdkinder will lead us in singing, and it will be a lot of fun for all.  

The parade is at 4 pm on Saturday, Dec. 8 and we need to meet at Brentsville High School at 3PM. It isn't a long parade so we hope you can fit it into your day.

Let us know!  http://evite.me/w7N5euUbhQ. The invite also has more information for you if you click on the "message from the organizer" tab.

From the Guild

Meeting Minutes

The Parent's Guild had a feedback discussion on RMS parent's nights. The upcoming December 8th Nokesville Parade was discussed. RMS will meet at 3:00 PM at Brentsville High School before the road closes at 3:30 PM. Gala preparation is in full swing, with an emphasis on experiences over physical items for the live auction. 

Upcoming Events

  • 12/08/18 - RMS Participating in Nokesville Christmas Parade 3:00 PM

  • 12/17/18 - Montessori Mondays - 8:30 AM

  • 12/20/18 - Last day of school in 2018

  • 12/20/18 - Elementary Movie Night Fundraiser

Reminders

New Montessori Association to be Housed at RMS

We are very excited to begin a partnership with the newly created Cultural and Catechetical Montessori Association. The mission of CCMA is to empower cultural renewal by promoting the work of Maria Montessori and Sofia Cavaletti in revealing the truth about the human person. CCMA will be opening a Cultural and Catechetical Center in the annex space here at RMS (where Elementary was the last two years). 

We will be working closely with CCMA both in furthering its mission and also opening the center here on our campus. You may have noticed that we have begun to pull the gate between the spaces to get the children used to remaining on this side of the building. CCMA will have its own entrance on that side of the building. 

Stay tuned for all the exciting details on programming offered by CCMA!

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!

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!

Weekly Update 11/29/18

Message from the Head of School

“To let the child do as he likes when he has not yet developed any powers of control is to betray the idea of freedom.” 
-    Maria Montessori

Dear Parents,

Winter is upon us, and no mistake. Bundle up! We are in the final planning stages for our HVAC replacement; please keep it in your prayers!

We’re very excited to be hosting our next Parent ‘Night’ this Friday, and hope to see you all there. The topic is “Freedom & Discipline” as requested by you on our last survey, hence the quote above. The paradox that is ‘freedom’ is widely misunderstood in our culture these days, and it is the very heart of what we are endeavoring to do, as families and a school. So there really is no more important topic we could be covering.  

We’re also experimenting with shifting the day (Friday instead of Tuesday) and time (directly after school) of this Parent ‘Night’, and offering child care as well based on your feedback. The RSVP response has been very positive so far, and we’re hopeful we’ll break all kinds of attendance records on this one. Looking 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

In the Young Children's Community mealtime is a special opportunity for connection as well as nourishment. The children set a beautiful table with seasonal flowers and wait behind their chair for everyone to be ready so we sit down together. This week we have been cutting into a butternut squash, chopping apples and baking them to serve with our daily bread. Yum! 
 

Message from the Children's House

The children planned, prepared and served food for our Thanksgiving lunch. Along with their lunch, they enjoyed fresh cut salad, homemade bread and fruit salad.
  
 

Message from Elementary

We talked this week in Elementary about what it means to "hit your stride" in a run. At the beginning, your muscles might cramp, or you might struggle to regulate your breathing. After a few minutes, however, you will settle into a rhythm and begin to enjoy the work. This is the point at which we find ourselves in our school year, and it is truly wonderful! The children know how to be here, what it means to generate productive work, and how to respond appropriately to presentations given. We are seeing the fruits of a community of experienced Montessori children, working in harmony, and it is a gift to simply step back and watch it all unfold! Please come and observe when you can!
 

Message from the Erdkinder

We have been very busy with our chickens in the Erdkinder. Mrs. Wolf helped us build new roosts for them as well as showed us how to clip the wing of a chicken in order to avoid their escaping over our fence. She also taught us how to carry chickens in the way that allows them to stay calm.
  
 

Parent Night THIS FRIDAY - Please RSVP

Thank you to all who participated in our latest survey on Parent Night; it was our highest interest survey to date! 

The results of the survey are in and you overwhelmingly indicated that an earlier time with childcare available would help you attend these important collaborative sessions. So, we'd like to try it and our next Parent Night will become a Parent Afternoon.

Details:

  • Friday, November 30th, 3:30 - 5 pm

  • Later Pick-up will be extended until 5.

  • Charge for Later Pick-up will be the usual $5 per child or $15 for a family of 3 or more.

  • RVSP required. Please reply to this email to RSVP to attend this earlier session and indicate the number of children you will be putting in Later Pick-up.

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.

SCRIP for Gift Giving

Find gifts for everyone on your list while earning down your $300 SCRIP minimum with the holiday gift guide. Shop gift cards from over 750 top brands and restaurants, including Panera, Chipotle, Starbucks, Best Buy, Amazon, Nordstrom, The Home Depot, Gap, Lands End and more. Whether you buy the gift cards to give as presents to family and friends, or to use them to buy your gifts—RMS earns with every gift card purchased. It’s simple, it’s thoughtful and it’s truly the gift that keeps on giving. 

Shop the gift guide at ShopWithScrip.com/GiftGuide
 

Nokesville Christmas Parade - Come Walk with Us!

We are excited about participating in the local parade this year, and the Nokesville Community is equally excited that we will be joining in. Let's make a great showing!  Please click on the Evite below and let us know how many of you can walk with us.  Alannah Sweeney, mom of Johnny in Primary, has loads of parade experience with the Boyle School of Irish Dance, and has graciously agreed to organize us. The Erdkinder will lead us in singing, and it will be a lot of fun for all.  

The parade is at 4 pm on Saturday, Dec. 8 and we need to meet at Brentsville High School at 3PM. It isn't a long parade so we hope you can fit it into your day.

Let us know!  http://evite.me/w7N5euUbhQ. The invite also has more information for you if you click on the "message from the organizer" tab.
 

From the Guild

For Small Hands

Want to mix some fun educational gifts in to your Christmas list this year? There are For Small Hands catalogs available in the Parent Lounge and the Office or you can shop online at www.forsmallhands.com/.  Don't forget, if you order from For Small Hands, use code #169697 and RMS will get credit towards items for our environments!
 

Meeting Minutes

Our next meeting is December 5th at 8:30 AM. If you'd like to catch up on what we covered at the last meeting, you can find the minutes HERE
 

New Montessori Association to be Housed at RMS

We are very excited to begin a partnership with the newly created Cultural and Catechetical Montessori Association. The mission of CCMA is to empower cultural renewal by promoting the work of Maria Montessori and Sofia Cavaletti in revealing the truth about the human person. CCMA will be opening a Cultural and Catechetical Center in the annex space here at RMS (where Elementary was the last two years). 

We will be working closely with CCMA both in furthering its mission and also opening the center here on our campus. You may have noticed that we have begun to pull the gate between the spaces to get the children used to remaining on this side of the building. CCMA will have its own entrance on that side of the building. 

Stay tuned for all the exciting details on programming offered by CCMA!
 

Upcoming Events

  • 11/30/18 - Parent Night 3:30 - 5:00 PM

  • 12/03/18 - Montessori Mondays - 8:30 AM 

  • 12/05/18 - Parent Guild Meeting - 8:30 AM

  • 12/08/18 - RMS Participating in Nokesville Christmas Parade 3:00 PM

  • 12/17/18 - Montessori Mondays - 8:30 AM

  • 12/20/18 - Last day of school in 2018

  • 12/20/18 - Elementary Movie Night Fundraiser

Reminders

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.
 

RMS Students Invited to Join HFA Baksetball Teams

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.
 

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!
 

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!