Weekly Updates

Weekly Update 3/21/19

Message from the Head of School

“You aspire to great things? Begin with little ones.”~St. Augustine

Dear RMS Parents,

I love the quote above from the Doctor of Grace, St. Augustine. It reminds me of the work the children do every day; the little efforts at greater self-mastery, and all the hidden work we can’t see. It reminds me of the work our amazing staff does everyday; the deliberate moments of patience and kindness they extend to all the children throughout the day. It reminds me of our beautiful little school itself; a great aspiration made up of little things.

Speaking of little things (or people), this is just a quick reminder to take advantage of our referral program! Share your enthusiasm for RMS with your friends and get a tuition discount when they enroll. All the details are below!  And thank you in advance.

God bless,

Sean

Sean P. Garvey
Head of School
Renaissance Montessori School

Messages from the Environments

MESSAGE FROM THE YOUNG CHILDREN'S COMMUNITY

This week the children have experienced new culinary delights! Dried figs and creamy tomato basil soup (with chunks of tomato) has been served at snack to enjoy with their daily bread! 
Twelve months to three years is prime time for introducing new foods. Children need to experience a new food 12 to 15 times before their taste buds will recognize it. So, if you are trying new things at home, and getting poor responses. . . keep at it a little longer, knowing if they say they don't like it and they have tried it a dozen times, then they really don't like it! Enjoy!

MESSAGE FROM THE CHILDREN'S HOUSE

We have been tending and planting in the flowerbed. We are beginning to see the sprouts and buds and can't wait to see the colors when they start blooming! We enjoyed celebrating St. Patrick's Day, dancing and singing. On St. Joseph's day, we enjoyed bread baked in our own oven by two of the older children. In celebrating these yearly feasts, markers of time passing, we begin to be aware of the patterns and rhythms of each year. 

MESSAGE FROM ELEMENTARY

Dr. Montessori reminds us that, “The mind works by itself, moved by a power within.”  While we seek to inspire the children with our rich presentations, we also offer opportunities to work with the hand while the mind is processing.

To that end, we have introduced button sewing and embroidery in Elementary. Several of our students are already quite experienced, so our projects are increasingly complex with each passing day. In the second-plane classroom, we do not offer practical life activities in the same way they are offered in the Children’s House, namely as activities unto themselves. Living in community requires that we engage in practical life tasks, such as washing tables before lunch or at the end of the day, taking care of the plants, and polishing articles in the Atrium. Rather than having a table scrubbing option as a work on the shelf, we offer handwork that can aid in the child’s concentration. Many children use it as a way to settle themselves interiorly or as a reset between challenging academic work. The work is satisfying to the children (and the staff) and clearly builds community, as children chat as they embroider.

If you have any handworks about which you are particularly passionate, please come in and share them!

MESSAGE FROM ERDKINDER

This week Erdkinder will welcome Mr. Jared Seff - an accomplished visual artist and high school teacher of art from Savannah. 

Title of Workshop: The Master Study and Portraiture

Objectives:

  • To learn to discover and reveal beauty in design through looking at a formidable masterpiece portrait. 

  • To learn and practice different modes of drawing: Matrix, envelope, planar, and tonal

  • To familiarize oneself to the history of portrait and to form a relationship with one specific piece.

  • To be able to visually breakdown a composition. What makes it tick? 

So each student will choose a Masterpiece portrait and learn by trying to reproduce it. We are excited and grateful for this gift. 

RMS Community Yard Clean Up Day

Join us for a Yard Party on Sunday afternoon, March 31 from 2:30-4:30. Bring the kids and your yard tools---we have lots of jobs for all ages that can be done to beautify our property.  This is a great way to earn Volunteer Hours, and it will be fun to get our families together to take care of this amazing property.  Adult and kid beverages provided.  More details to follow.

Volunteer Needed for Yearbook Layout

We are looking for a parent to help us put together a yearbook. We plan to use a Shutterfly template so no major layout or computer skills are needed. We would work with you to provide pictures and text needed. If you can help, please reach out to Miss Fox in the office.

Lost and Found Will Be Donated 3/22

Our Lost and Found, which is located on the shelf in the Parent Lounge, is overflowing! There are LOTS of uniform fleeces and other items that might belong to you. Please stop in to claim your child's items. All items still in the Lost and Found on March 22nd will be donated to charity.

New Tenant on Campus

We are happy to welcome Pampas Fox Catering to our campus. The old school kitchen is being refurbished and Pampas Fox will be cooking out of it on a regular basis. They have their own parking and entrance in the alley so we will not see much of them, but the owners, Jorge and Lucia Bruno, are long time members of the local Catholic community and we are pleased to have them put the kitchen to good use!

Siena Academy is looking for a Head of School

Siena Academy is a small Catholic Montessori School in Great Falls, Virginia. The ideal candidate must be a faith-filled, practicing Catholic with a strong commitment to the Catholic philosophy of Montessori education and experienced in the Montessori method. Applicants must possess educational, managerial, communication and leadership skills. 
The start date for the position is July 1, 2019. To apply, please complete the application process outlined on the Office of Catholic Schools website https://www.arlingtondiocese.org/Catholic-Schools/Careers/  For more information, email Danielle at office@sienamontessori.org

Upcoming Events

  • 3/26/19 - First Communion Meditation 6:30 PM

  • 3/31/19 - RMS Grounds Clean Up 2:30 - 4:30 PM

  • 4/1/19 - Montessori Monday 8:30 AM

  • 4/2/19 - First Communion Meditation 6:30 PM

Reminders

How to Earn a $500 Tuition Credit

Many of our families have come to RMS because they've heard from an existing school family how happy they are at Renaissance. These personal referrals are the best marketing any school could ask for and we want to reward you for them!

With open enrollment beginning,now is the perfect time to to make a referral through our “Referral Bonanza” program.

Here's how it works:

  1. Talk to your friends and family with young children and encourage them to schedule a visit by calling the office or through our online scheduler at https://www.renaissancemontessorischool.org/schedule-a-visit/. We will be sending home a flyer for you to hand to a family you think might be interested as well!

  2. Any referred family that decides to apply after their observation and visit will have their application fee refunded.

  3. If a referred family is admitted and decides to enroll, the referring family will get a $500 tuition discount.

If you feel you don’t need that discount but your referred friend does, you can gift it to them!

Weekly Update 3/14/19

Message from the Head of School

“Faith in action is love. And love in action is service.” - St. Teresa of Calcutta

Dear Parents,

I want to express my deep gratitude to the RMS Gala team, led by Co-Chairs Paula Hugo and Sarah Klump, for the tremendous work they did in making our annual fundraiser not only profitable, but beautiful and enjoyable to all who attended. The love expressed for the RMS community through this service is inspiring and appreciated beyond what words can express. Thank you!

God bless, 

Sean
 
Sean P. Garvey
Head of School
Renaissance Montessori School
 

Messages from the Environments

MESSAGE FROM THE YOUNG CHILDREN'S COMMUNITY

The Atrium is an entrance into God's heart and each presentation is a sensorial gift to the children. The youngest children of our RMS community live in the reality of the Kingdom, and it is expressed each day with great joy! Lent is upon us in the liturgical life of the Atrium, and the children within it continue to be sensorially prepared to receive the Paschal mystery, "Christ has died, Christ is risen." They have heard that the Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep, worked with the puzzle map of the Land of Israel, a place where Jesus lived and walked this same earth, and broken and shared their daily bread at the community meal. 
 

MESSAGE FROM THE CHILDREN'S HOUSE

In the Children’s House we have been working hard on respecting others and helping our community to be peaceful. We have been practicing communication, respect of boundaries and and working on the idea of a respectful “No, thank you.“ At this young age, this means language like “Will you have snack with me?”, “Please step away from my work”, “Please don’t ...” and “May I give you a hug?” We are working on how to communicate our own preferences and requests in a kind manner. These skills, if we can achieve them now, will be invaluable when we get older.
 

MESSAGE FROM ELEMENTARY

The Elementary community has begun to prepare for our spring opera! This year, we will be doing “Harlequin.” Like last year’s production, this opera was written and composed by Sanford Jones of Youth Opera International. It is the story of a young boy who wants to go to the carnival in town to celebrate Mardi Gras but is too poor to afford a costume. Harlequin’s friends help by each offering a bit of their own costumes so that he can join them.

The older children have been watching a DVD sent to us by Mr. Jones of another school’s production to get an idea of what “Harlequin” will entail, and there are many animated conversations daily about casting. We will get the CDs with the music next week!
 

MESSAGE FROM ERDKINDER

Erdkinder's small business Fructus Terrae {fruit of the eartth} is selling a new product! We have organic Seed Potatoes grown from our own "potato mountain" last year. If planted during March or April, these seed potatoes will produce a large harvest of Red, Yellow and Purple Fingerling Potatoes. One bag costs $ 3.00 and will plant a 10 foot row. Instructions included! 
Available for pick up at dismissal. Who Doesn't love potatoes? Happy St. Patrick's Day! 
 

Lost and Found Will Be Donated 3/22

Our Lost and Found, which is located on the shelf in the Parent Lounge, is overflowing! There are LOTS of uniform fleeces and other items that might belong to you. Please stop in at Parent Night or during the day to claim your child's items. All items still in the Lost and Found on March 22nd will be donated to charity.
 

Montessori Math Parent Night Tonight!

Thursday, March 14
6:30 Social Time
7:00 Presentation


This evening is open to friends of RMS as well so invite a friend that might be interested in learning more about Montessori!

Montessori and STEM are often seen as mutually exclusive. Sometimes the focus on all the amazing developmental, emotional and spiritual benefits of a Montessori education can mean the superior academic benefits get lost!

However, Dr. Montessori saw that all humans are born with a mathematical mind and the method she developed allows children to maximize this potential.Come and see how Math materials and presentations in a Montessori environment can unlock the child's natural ability and what Dr. Montessori called the "universal love of mathematics."
 

Middle School Informational Meeting Tonight!

As previously announced Mrs. Mary Pat Blanchette, our current school nurse, has agreed to take on the task of rebuilding our adolescent program to more fully meet the needs of our families. The program will now be a middle school offering only, with a balance between the work of the hand and a classical approach to education.

We would like to offer an informational session for all parents and children interested in the program. We will speak more to the plans for the new program and have time for questions from the community. 

This meeting will take place immediately before the next Parent Night from 5:30 - 6:30 PM, Thursday, March 14th, in the auditorium. 

 

Upcoming Events

  • 3/14/19 - Middle School Information Meeting 5:30 PM

  • 3/14/19 - Parent Night 6:30 PM

  • 3/15/19 - SCHOOL IN SESSION - No Teacher In-Service

  • 3/18/19 - Montessori Mondays 8:30 AM

  • 3/19/19 - First Communion Meditation 6:30 PM

Reminders

How to Earn a $500 Tuition Credit

Many of our families have come to RMS because they've heard from an existing school family how happy they are at Renaissance. These personal referrals are the best marketing any school could ask for and we want to reward you for them!

With open enrollment beginning, now is the perfect time to to make a referral through our “Referral Bonanza” program.

Here's how it works:

  1. Talk to your friends and family with young children and encourage them to schedule a visit by calling the office or through our online scheduler at https://www.renaissancemontessorischool.org/schedule-a-visit/. We will be sending home a flyer for you to hand to a family you think might be interested as well!

  2. Any referred family that decides to apply after their observation and visit will have their application fee refunded.

  3. If a referred family is admitted and decides to enroll, the referring family will get a $500 tuition discount.

If you feel you don’t need that discount but your referred friend does, you can gift it to them!

Weekly Review 3/7/19

Message from the Head of School

“If one is to do good, he must have a little courage, be ready for sacrifice, deal affably with all and never slight anybody.”   - St. Don Bosco

Dear Parents,

I love Saint Don Bosco, and he is one of our school’s unofficial patron saints. I thought the quote above was a wonderful one from him, both for the season we’ve just entered, as well as the work we’re engaged in at the school, and the life we’re all trying to live. 

We have a Parent Night upcoming next week that you will not want to miss – the topic will be the always compelling math materials throughout the planes. We look forward to seeing you there, and exploring the magic of Montessori math.

Sean

Sean P. Garvey
Head of School
Renaissance Montessori School

Messages from the Environments

MESSAGE FROM THE YOUNG CHILDREN'S COMMUNITY

Thank you so much to Laura Osmer-Demuth, Sarah Klump, Sharon Storey, and Claire Nguyen of our Young Children's Community who spent so much time helping our school auction! We are thrilled to have won the Toddler plate at the auction so we can display it at our school! If you missed it, we are going to hang it in our new resource center, off the main office. I am looking forward to growing and living each day together in this beautiful Montessori way. As the children grow up, I hope to acquire many more pieces of their art to display and remember them by year after year!

MESSAGE FROM THE CHILDREN'S HOUSE

A number of the children have been working on the bead chains recently. The bead chains are presented, along with the golden beads, as concrete experience of numbers, their qualities and operations. The bead chains in particular give an experience of the patterns of skip counting and impressions of how numbers increase when squared or cubed. The particular beauty of these materials is that the children are able to see the qualities in their complete form, as a whole, then able to "dissect" and investigate the special qualities in the units they are made up of. 

MESSAGE FROM ELEMENTARY

Lent has begun, and the children have chosen various ways to prayerfully enter into the season. They enjoy planning prayer services for small groups and for the whole class. We will be sharing the daily readings each morning and praying the rosary each afternoon. The community members are invited, but not obligated, to attend. It is important in a Montessori Elementary environment that children are free to choose how to respond to offerings given. Free choice expresses true love, so we are particularly careful to respect the child's freedom in regard to the spiritual life.

MESSAGE FROM ERDKINDER

This last fortnight we have been constructing the presentation of our historical research project. The title for our presentation will be "The Princes in the Tower: A 500 year old unsolved mystery - UNTIL NOW." We will ask viewers of our presentation to read through the evidence and collect clues and then try to deduce our conclusion before revealing our conclusion to them. This has been an exciting project.

How to Earn a $500 Tuition Credit

Many of our families have come to RMS because they've heard from an existing school family how happy they are at Renaissance. These personal referrals are the best marketing any school could ask for and we want to reward you for them!

With open enrollment beginning,now is the perfect time to to make a referral through our “Referral Bonanza” program.

Here's how it works:

  1. Talk to your friends and family with young children and encourage them to schedule a visit by calling the office or through our online scheduler at https://www.renaissancemontessorischool.org/schedule-a-visit/. We will be sending home a flyer for you to hand to a family you think might be interested as well!

  2. Any referred family that decides to apply after their observation and visit will have their application fee refunded.

  3. If a referred family is admitted and decides to enroll, the referring family will get a $500 tuition discount.

If you feel you don’t need that discount but your referred friend does, you can gift it to them!

Montessori Math Parent Night

Thursday, March 14
6:30 Social Time
7:00 Presentation


This evening is open to friends of RMS as well so invite a friend that might be interested in learning more about Montessori!

Montessori and STEM are often seen as mutually exclusive. Sometimes the focus on all the amazing developmental, emotional and spiritual benefits of a Montessori education can mean the superior academic benefits get lost!

However, Dr. Montessori saw thatallhumans are born with a mathematical mind and the method she developed allows children to maximize this potential.Come and see how Math materials and presentations in a Montessori environment can unlock the child's natural ability and what Dr. Montessori called the "universal love of mathematics."

Middle School Informational Meeting

As previously announced Mrs. Mary Pat Blanchette, our current school nurse, has agreed to take on the task of rebuilding our adolescent program to more fully meet the needs of our families. The program will now be a middle school offering only, with a balance between the work of the hand and a classical approach to education.

We would like to offer an informational session for all parents and children interested in the program. We will speak more to the plans for the new program and have time for questions from the community. 

This meeting will take place immediately before the next Parent Night from 5:30 - 6:30 PM, Thursday, March 14th, in the auditorium. 

From the Guild

Our monthly Guild meeting is this coming Wednesday, March 13 right after drop off.  We will be discussing the Gala - what worked and what didn't and how to move forward for next year.  All voices are welcome; we would love feedback both from those who attended/helped, and those who didn't. We will also be discussing nominations for next year's Guild positions.  Please join us from 8:30 - 10 in the Parent's Lounge. 

Upcoming Events

  • 3/12/19 - First Communion Meditation 6:30 PM

  • 3/13/19 - Parent's Guild Meeting 8:30 AM

  • 3/14/19 - Middle School Information Meeting 5:30 PM

  • 3/14/19 - Parent Night 6:30 PM

  • 3/18/19 - Montessori Mondays 8:30 AM

  • 3/19/19 - First Communion Meditation 6:30 PM

Reminders

Please Review RMS

In our digital world, parents often look for online reviews when considering the best school for their family. We'd like to encourage you to post a review about your experience at RMS. We believe that we offer something unique in our area and we'd love for you to share your RMS story.

New Pizza Form Available

The March/April 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.

March/April Pizza Form

Calendar Change Due to HVAC

As announced via email this week, we are excited to announce that RMS will be getting a new HVAC system. Not only will this help us better regulate the temperature in our environments, but it will save us money in the short and long term.

As you might imagine, in a campus our size, replacing the HVAC is a large project. We have been informed by the contractor that they need two weeks with no children in the environments to complete the work. In order to keep the impact of this time as minimal as possible, we have scheduled the work to be done around Easter, when we are already out of session for 10 days. We do, however, need to add days to this break to give the contractors the time we need.

So, please note the following calendar changes!

  • Teacher In-Service Day scheduled for March 15th will now take place on Monday, April 15th.

  • April 16th and 17th there will be NO SCHOOL but to use these days productively, they will now be Parent-Teacher Conferences. 

Please reach out with any questions you may have!

Weekly Update 2/28/19

Message from the Head of School

The life of a teacher, as I know from personal experience, is very challenging and demanding, but it is also profoundly satisfying. It is more than a job, for it is rooted in our deepest convictions and values.     - St John Paul the Great

Dear Parents,

The quote above reminds me not only of the work of teachers in schools, but the work of parents as teachers as well. During this time of year, when much of the growth that is happening in nature, and in our children, is hidden, I am grateful for the way our adult community, both the staff here and the parents, remains committed to this challenging and demanding work we collaborate in! The growth we will see in future will be satisfying! 

Sean

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 House we are gearing up for Spring’s arrival! We have been composting for several weeks and set up our tumbler in the back garden. We have several bulbs poking out of the garden beds already and there are more inside that we are watching grow. I am a perennial gardener, and this week thought of my favorite motto about little perennial plants when first welcomed into the garden: ‘First year sleeps, second year creeps and third year leaps!” In comparing this favorite phrase to children and their development, we can think about how much sleeping happens the first year, between their first and second year more of their person is created but 70% of their development is hidden, until the third year when we see the leaps! First plane environments are set up in a 3 year cycle and when we are living together in the Montessori environment each day, we see the beauty of this development and the glimmers of this person constructing himself!

MESSAGE FROM THE CHILDREN'S HOUSE

Some of us have just begun sandpaper letters and it's very exciting! We have played lots of games with the sounds and now are thrilled to begin knowing their forms.

MESSAGE FROM ELEMENTARY

We have engaged in many areas of study in Elementary this week: the transcontinental railroad, Ancient Rome, the atmosphere and how it protects the earth, division of fractions, the volume formula of pyramids, homonyms, and succulent plants (just to name a few!).  One of the signs of a thriving second-plane Montessori community is when you look around and see children engaged in many different kinds of independent work.  The children’s diverse interests and strengths inspire their peers to learn more about topics that may otherwise not intrigue them.  While the Guide offers particular presentations to stoke the fires of enthusiastic work, the children are truly fanning the flames in their daily studies with one another, and it is truly a sight to behold!

If you have the time, please come and observe.  We are always happy to welcome parents and family members.

MESSAGE FROM ERDKINDER

Our community is so pleased to have completed our sculpted Nativity Set for the RMS Gala! Mr. Marsh showed us how the simplest household items can be used to make something beautiful. We hope you enjoy.

Re-enrollment Deadline Tomorrow!

Re-enrollment for the 2019 - 2020 academic year is due tomorrow, March 1st.Your re-enrollment decisions, whatever they be, are critical to our planning efforts, so your effort to complete this process in a timely fashion is very much appreciated.

If you have not received an invitation to re-enroll directly from TADS, please let us know. As always, you will need to submit a $100.00 tuition deposit per child ($50.00 for Parent/Infant). We will continue to use a streamlined process so after you have enrolled each of your children, you will be led directly to your payment agreement.

The enrollment form, the deposit and the payment agreement will need to be set up prior to the March 1st deadline,after which open enrollment begins and the deposit requirement becomes $500 per child instead of $100.

Please Review RMS

In our digital world, parents often look for online reviews when considering the best school for their family. We'd like to encourage you to post a review about your experience at RMS. We believe that we offer something unique in our area and we'd love for you to share your RMS story.

Upcoming Events

  • 3/1/19 - Re-enrollment Deadline

  • 3/2/19 - RMS Gala & Mardi Gras Auction

  • 3/4/19 - Montessori Mondays

  • 3/6/19 - Ash Wednesday - Mass at All Saints / 9:45 AM start time

Reminders

New Pizza Form Available

The March/April 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.

March/April Pizza Form

Calendar Change Due to HVAC

As announced via email this week, we are excited to announce that RMS will be getting a new HVAC system. Not only will this help us better regulate the temperature in our environments, but it will save us money in the short and long term.

As you might imagine, in a campus our size, replacing the HVAC is a large project. We have been informed by the contractor that they need two weeks with no children in the environments to complete the work. In order to keep the impact of this time as minimal as possible, we have scheduled the work to be done around Easter, when we are already out of session for 10 days. We do, however, need to add days to this break to give the contractors the time we need.

So, please note the following calendar changes!

  • Teacher In-Service Day scheduled for March 15th will now take place on Monday, April 15th.

  • April 16th and 17th there will be NO SCHOOL but to use these days productively, they will now be Parent-Teacher Conferences. 

Please reach out with any questions you may have!

Weekly Update 2/14/19

Message from the Head of School

We teachers can only help the work going on, as servants wait upon a master.
 -Maria Montessori

Dear Parents,

The quote above is one of my favorites, because it starkly highlights the counter-intuitive approach Montessori discovered about human development. It demands of us all a healthy dose of the virtue of humility, as we are reminded that we are merely serving a process we did not create and cannot force. It’s a truly humbling thought, in the best sense of that term.

Our annual Gala is fast approaching, and we’re really counting on all of you. PLEASE make plans to attend and register today, and don’t forget to bring your wealthiest and most generous friends. It’s always a wonderful time with great people, so we look forward to see you there!

God bless,

Sean

Sean P. Garvey
Head of School
Renaissance Montessori School

Messages from the Environments

MESSAGE FROM THE YOUNG CHILDREN'S COMMUNITY

One of the developmental needs of our youngest children is using their hands in various ways: their grasp, crossing the mid-line, hand-to-hand transfer, carrying objects and trays, and using two hands together. We encourage repetition of these skills by repeating tasks over and over, swapping out materials that look different, but help the children practice these skills. One of my observations this past week has been the improvement in their pincer grip as they pick up the knobs on the puzzles. They are more refined than the beginning of the year. The pincer grip is preparing the hand for writing, in years to come. The thumb, pointer finger and the middle finger, come together to pick up small items and knobs. Notice your little ones at home, and model this movement for them as they are working towards mastery of this, inviting them to "watch!" 

MESSAGE FROM THE CHILDREN'S HOUSE

This week in the Children's House, there has been a lot of work on practical life. Preparing snack, doing dishes, and cleaning up after lunch have kept us busy even when the weather is too cold and wet to go outside. There is also a lot of excitement about Valentines Day, with lots of practice cutting and writing in the creation of notes to exchange!

MESSAGE FROM ELEMENTARY

In honor of Abraham Lincoln's birthday this week, we have been hearing the story of his life and of the impact he had on our nation. The children have been writing reports and doing further research to learn more about this famous American. Children in the second plane love to hear about those who have gone before us, and it never ceases to amaze us how often the children's responses include gratitude and thanksgiving for the contributions of others. These kinds of studies also makes them ask: What can I do to be an agent of change today? They love the lives they currently live, and they are starting to recognize that we would not have some of the things we enjoy without a community of people in the past who shaped our world. In addition, the third years have been listening to the biography, "Who is George Washington Carver?" and have been astounded at his selfless generosity and of his quiet leadership of the poor farmers he encountered.  Later this week, we will remember Saint Valentine, as well!

MESSAGE FROM ERDKINDER

Erdkinder has discovered that training chickens is much harder than you might think. Some are very slow to use their brand new roosts. These chicken ladies chose at first to roost on the under chassis of our trailer! So now we have devised our version of a baby fence, which prevents them from getting under the new coop and gives them no other choice than their brand new roosts at night. It is a work in progress and the weather has not helped. Next up they need to figure out their new nesting boxes. The adventure continues!!

Help Us Promote the Gala on Facebook

Are you on Facebook? We are asking that all parents help RMS promote our Gala by liking the page and sharing the posts. You can find the Gala page here: https://www.facebook.com/RMSMardiGras

Please Review RMS

In our digital world, parents often look for online reviews when considering the best school for their family. We'd like to encourage you to post a review about your experience at RMS. We believe that we offer something unique in our area and we'd love for you to share your RMS story.

It's Box Tops Time

The deadline for sending in our spring Box Tops is fast approaching. Please turn in any Box Tops you have collected to the basket in the office by Friday, Feb 22nd!

Upcoming Events

  • 2/8/19 - Elementary Open House

  • 2/15/19 - NO SCHOOL Teacher In Service

  • 2/18/19 - NO SCHOOL Teacher In Service

  • 2/20/19 - Parents Guild Meeting 8:30 AM

  • 2/22/19 - Primary Parent Child Night

  • 3/1/19 - Re-enrollment Deadline

  • 3/2/19 - RMS Gala & Mardi Gras Auction

Reminders

Re-Enrollment Begins Friday, February 8th

Re-enrollment for the 2019 - 2020 academic year will begin Friday, February 8th.Your re-enrollment decisions, whatever they be, are critical to our planning efforts, so your effort to complete this process in a timely fashion is very much appreciated.

This week you will receive an invitation to re-enroll directly from TADS. As always, you will need to submit a $100.00 tuition deposit per child ($50.00 for Parent/Infant). We will continue to use a streamlined process so after you have enrolled each of your children, you will be led directly to your payment agreement.

We are pleased to announce that for the second year in a row, the Board of Directors has decided to keep tuition rates as is for the 2019 -2020 academic year. 

The enrollment form, the deposit and the payment agreement will need to be set up prior to the March 1st deadline, after which open enrollment begins.

New Refund Policy 
School expense budgets are set on an annual basis, and based on projected enrollment.Accordingly, there are no refunds once the decision to enroll has been made. Withdrawal of a child at any time after enrollment will include a three month payment penalty.The only exceptions are if the school determines that an enrolled child would be better served in a differently structured environment, and that RMS is unable to serve that child or if the family moves out of the area. In such cases, the tuition agreement will be adjusted accordingly, to account for time attended and time remaining in the school year. Special cases will be reviewed by the School's Board of Directors.

Primary 
We will continue to offer a single Primary environment for 2019-20. This means that spaces will be limited. 

Elementary
Our Elementary has an active waiting list. All currently enrolled students, both in Elementary and moving up from Primary, are guaranteed a spot until the March 1st deadline.

After March 1st, we will begin accepting applications for any available openings in Primary and  Elementary and cannot guarantee spots for re-enrollment.

Financial Aid
If you applied for aid before the February 1st deadline, you will receive your determination before the March 1st enrollment deadline. Please DO enroll and pay the deposit for your child(ren) as soon as possible but DO NOT sign a payment agreement before receiving your determination. Agreements will be updated when aid decisions are made and you will be notified of your award.

Lastly, I would ask that if you know with certainty you will not be re-enrolling, please let us know as quickly as possible. This greatly helps us as we plan for next year.

Should you encounter any problems with the forms, don't hesitate to contact TADS Parent Support at 800.477.8237, Monday through Friday 7 to 8 Central time.

Parent - Child Nights Rescheduled

The children were disappointed to not be able to show their parents their environments when the Parent - Child Night was cancelled due to weather. We have rescheduled the event as follows:

Primary

The Primary Parent-Child night will now beFriday, February 22 from 6:30 - 8:00 PMand will follow the same format as previously announced. You can see more details and sign up for a slot to attend at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094EA8AE2CA13-primary

Parents Guild Outing February 15th

Feb. 15 is a day off of schooland the Guild is planning an outing for the kids!  We are thinking of meeting atUptown Alley in the Manassas Mallhttp://www.uptownalleymanassas.com  If we get a group of 10 we can reserve our place. For 13.99, each person gets 1 game of bowling with shoes, and a $10 game voucher or a game of laser tag, two slices of pizza, cookie and a drink. There is also a package without food for 11.99. We have to reserve and pre-pay. If you would like to participate, please contact Tyra Nuar with names and ages. tajm2211@gmail.com

Calendar Change Due to HVAC


As announced via email this week, we are excited to announce that RMS will be getting a new HVAC system. Not only will this help us better regulate the temperature in our environments, but it will save us money in the short and long term.

As you might imagine, in a campus our size, replacing the HVAC is a large project. We have been informed by the contractor that they need two weeks with no children in the environments to complete the work. In order to keep the impact of this time as minimal as possible, we have scheduled the work to be done around Easter, when we are already out of session for 10 days. We do, however, need to add days to this break to give the contractors the time we need.

So, please note the following calendar changes!

  • Teacher In-Service Day scheduled for March 15th will now take place on Monday, April 15th.

  • April 16th and 17th there will be NO SCHOOL but to use these days productively, they will now be Parent-Teacher Conferences. 

Please reach out with any questions you may have!