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!

Weekly Update 11/15/18

Message from the Head of School

“If freedom is understood as letting the children do as they like, using or more likely misusing, the things available, it is clear that only their ‘deviations’ are free to develop; their abnormalities will increase.”
~Maria Montessori 

Dear RMS Parents,

“Freedom” is one of most popular, and sadly most widely misunderstood, concepts in our culture today.  In our recent parent survey, the most popular suggested topic chosen by the participants was “Freedom and Discipline” in our Montessori context. In many ways it is the core of what our students are learning to handle, and that is why the quote above struck me as so perfect. 

Please note, we continue to do everything we can to make Parent Nights easier to attend for everyone, so we are experimenting with a new earlier time for the meeting, and adding a child care option based on the results of the survey.  A separate email with the details about these changes was sent yesterday, and PLEASE RSVP as soon as you are able so we can plan accordingly. We’re hoping for record turn out this time!

God bless,

Sean P. Garvey
Head of School
Renaissance Montessori School

Messages from the Environments

Message from the Young Children's Community

Grace and courtesy in the Young Children's Community is absorbed through modeling. In our environment the children are noticing! At snack we are passing our serving bowls and the children are serving themselves. One child said, "More bread, please." and another who was near responded, "I'll do it!" and got up from the table and served her friends more bread (with tongs)! Another time, one of our youngest in the community helped put on the shoes of a newer friend, who hasn't quite gotten the hang of it yet. She said confidently, "I help!"  These beautiful moments of Grace and Courtesy bring about peace in our day.

Message from the Children's House

We have been so happy to have Miss Sloan with us. She has begun baking bread with the children and we hope to continue this each day. We are looking forward to many new experiences with food preparation.

Message from Elementary

 In Elementary this week the children saw a series of demonstrations on the Three States of Matter (solid, liquid, and gas). In this presentation, the children heard again how all the particles of the universe obey their Creator simply by doing what He designed them to do. During this plane of moral development, the children leap in their minds from creation obeying God to the rules we as humans follow - or choose not to follow - and how this framework is all part of God’s perfect design.

Message from the Erdkinder

The Erdkinder Community has its own business selling soy-free non-GMO pasture raised eggs from our flock of chickens. Our business teaches the students valuable skills and they become well acquainted with micro-economic principles. This year we have earned enough money to pay most of the expenses for our first overnight trip to the American Shakespeare Theater to seeRichard the Thirdand for two nights in a cabin in Douthat State Park. We are very excited planning the menus for our meals and look forward to seeing the play we have just read performed. All the students have opted to sit on the special "gallant" seats situated ON the stage of the Black Friars Theater in Staunton. Not surprisingly, the guides have opted for the more conventional seating. Please pray for safe travels November 28 - 30th. Thank you Mrs. Ashton and toddlers for covering the care of our flock during that time!

Parent Night Time Change Nov 30th

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 colla 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.

School Photo Orders Deadline

School photo deadline has been extended to November 20th. All orders will be accepted via online proofing galleries (log in codes were sent home on picture day). If your missing your codes please feel free to contact Stacie directly at Stacie@artbystacie.com. Orders placed by November 20thdeadline will be delivered to school for ease of pick up.  Any print orders placed after the deadline will be subject to shipping fees. 

Upcoming Events

  • 11/19/18 - Montessori Mondays 8:30 am

  • 11/20/18 - NO ATRIUM - Thanksgiving Break

  • 11/21/18 - NO ATRIUM - Thanksgiving Break

  • 11/21 - 23 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

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

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.

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!

November/December Pizza Form Available

We ask that you please hand these in, with payment included, no later than the Wednesday before each Friday. You can order for the full two months or any week at a time. 

PIZZA FRIDAY ORDER FORM

Weekly Update 11/8/18

Message from the Head of School

The teacher must derive not only the capacity, but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. The teacher must understand and feel her position of observer: the activity must lie in the phenomenon.
                                                         ~Mari Montessori 

Dear RMS Parents,

We’re well on our way to Christmas, if you can believe it. Only a few weeks from Thanksgiving, and before we can blink we’ll be at Christmas break.

With that in mind, I wanted to encourage you to make time to come observe in your child’s classroom environment, if you haven’t already. It is the foundation of all of Dr. Montessori’s insights and her method, and there is no better way to grow in this work, and understand what your child is doing as they construct themselves. The quote above mentions “the teacher”, but as we say “Parents are the primary teachers of their children”, so that quote refers to all of us. The more we observe, the better we know how to serve the child as this miracle unfolds before us. 

Thank you also to those of you who have already responded to our Mission Support appeal.  Your support is irreplaceable and greatly appreciated. If you haven’t already responded, it’s not too late to do so. We’re aiming for 100% participation, so please do take a moment to prayerfully consider what you can do.  Every gift helps.

God bless,

Sean P. Garvey
Head of School
Renaissance Montessori School

Messages from the Environments

Message from the Young Children's Community

This week in the Young Children's Community we welcome Mrs. Claire Nguyen from Children's House! We have all loved Mrs Nguyen for many years at RMS and so blessed to have her with us! Many of our toddlers who have older siblings already know her warm smile and gentle spirit well. 

Ms. Sloan is now serving in Children's House and will be a friendly and familiar face to your littles when the time comes for them to grow in the Children's House! We already miss her so much and want her to know, "We love you Ms Sloan!"

Message from the Children's House

In the Children's House this week, we welcomed Ms. Sloan as a full-time member of our community. She has been with us in the afternoons this year and will now be a second full-time assistant in our community. We look forward to getting to know her even better over the coming months. Our beloved Mrs. Nguyen will be spending her mornings with the toddlers but will visit us here whenever she can.

Message from Elementary

The sense of community and love of neighbor is alive and well this week in Elementary! Two Upper El girls offered a slideshow presentation to the community about their going-out to the African American History of Museum and Culture in DC. They showed photos they had taken of the exhibits and told stories about some of the things they had learned. Some of the content was difficult and required discretion, but the girls shared their experience with their peers with grace.

On November 6, the children heard the story of the history of voting. We identified who can vote and why it is important to do so. One of the Primary children listening to the presentation remarked, "We vote because we care about each other."  

The younger students heard another of the Great Stories this week, called the Coming of Life, in which we revel together in the vast preparation God undertook when filling the earth with His varied creatures. We highlight the creation of human beings as the moment when, out of love, God created a being made in His very own image and likeness. One of the children remarked, "Almost every day, I think to myself: it is amazing just to be alive."  Indeed!

Message from the Erdkinder

The language of Music is our second language in the Erdkinder environment. We study music and learn to sight sing (kind of like being in a band or symphony only our instrument is our voice.) We have been working on a three-part canon written by William Byrd called "Hey, Ho."

We are studying Byrd because he wrote music at the same time as Shakespeare was writing his plays and we are currently reading Richard III. Learning Elizabethan English and singing a song which would have been known and sung at that time is exciting and enjoyable! 

Last month, while reading about Columbus, we learned the ancient version of the Salve Regina chant which would have been sung by Columbus and his crew on their voyages during their prayers. We also learned a three-part song about Columbus that describes how Our Lady assisted them. The community loves to sing both this song and the chant, and were very happy to sing it for our friends at the nursing home. We hope to sing our new piece for them this week. 

Chick-fil-A Fundraiser Tonight!

Our next Chick-fil-a Spirit Night is tonight! This will be held at the same location as last time, the one off of Rt 28 near Super Target. 15% of the proceeds from RMS Families from 5-8 pm will go to RMS!

Come and grab some dinner or a snack and connect with other RMS families! Your children will come to the car wearing stickers to show at the counter so we get credit.

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.

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!

Upcoming Events

  • 11/8/18 - Chick-fil-a Spirit Night Fundraiser 5 - 8 pm

  • 11/14/18 - Parents Guild Meeting 8:30 am

  • 11/19/18 - Montessori Mondays 8:30 am

  • 11/20/18 - NO ATRIUM - Thanksgiving Break

  • 11/21/18 - NO ATRIUM - Thanksgiving Break

  • 11/21 - 23 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Reminders

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!

November/December Pizza Form Available

We ask that you please hand these in, with payment included, no later than the Wednesday before each Friday. You can order for the full two months or any week at a time. 

PIZZA FRIDAY ORDER FORM

RMS Students Invited to Play Basketball with HFA

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.

Volunteer Hours and Tracking

Once again this year we are using Track it Forward to help parents easily find opportunities to volunteer and track hours. Returning families can continue to use the same account they had last year. New families will receive an invitation from the Track it Forward system. The email will contain instructions on how to log in and change your password. The email will be sent to only one parent and be a family account for both parents and any caregivers to log in to. If you don't receive this email (one per family), please let Kristina know! 

In addition to being able to see volunteer needs and track hours on the Track it Forward website, you can also do both in the "Volunteering" drop down of the parents section of the RMS website HERE. There is also a link to this page at the top of each weekly update for easy access. 

As always, we are here to help so let us know if you have any questions at all!

New Family Directory Available

The 2018-2019 RMS Family Directory is now available. It can be downloaded below and is always available on the RMS Parents Page of our website.

RMS Family Directory 2018-2019

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

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. Conferences can be scheduled during “office hours”, which are unique to the environment and directress.

In order to make these as fruitful as possible, parents need to have observed at least once in the environment before their conference.

Use the links below to schedule a conference. If there is an emergency and you are not able to make your scheduled time, please contact the office to let us know. Then reschedule through the sign up below for an available time. Thank you in advance for your prompt arrival.

Toddler
Primary
Elementary
Erdkinder