Weekly Updates

Weekly Update 9/5/2019

Message from the Principal

Do not tell them how to do it. Show them how to do it and do not say a word. If you tell them they will watch your lips move. If you show them, they will want to do it themselves. -Maria Montessori

Dear Parents,

The first week of the year has gone by quickly! I am enjoying getting to know the new children and hearing from those returning about how they spent their summer. Though only able to formally observe once so far, I have had many small opportunities to see and hear about the work that is happening during this orientation phase of the year. I have been particularly struck by so many children working to imitate the care, grace and courtesy modeled not only by the adults in our environments, but by the other children as well. We have so many wonderful leaders in our school who show with their actions they are ready to work.

As we did last year, our Weekly Updates will include short messages from each of our environments. These small "blurbs" are meant to be a glimpse into the classroom and will help keep you connected to what is happening here at school. I hope you enjoy reading them each week.

God bless,

Kristina Fox
Principal
Renaissance Montessori School

Message from the Environments

MESSAGE FROM THE YOUNG CHILDREN'S HOUSE

We’ve begun our first full week of school and the youngest children are adjusting to their carefully prepared space outside of home. The youngest children are in the sensitive periods of order, movement, and language, which are the three most important things in their life at this time. As they discover new materials, learn routines and boundaries, and be in community among their peers, they are also building their concentration.
 
Concentration requires more than just being busy, it engages all the senses. In order for us to aid the youngest child’s concentration, observation is essential to help us see their interests and what the youngest child is trying to master. I recall making an announcement to parents on the first day of Phase-In “. . . our biggest work is to observe the child . ..”  The Phase-In schedule has not only benefited the toddlers, but it has benefited the parents, Mrs. Clune, and I as it has allowed us to observe the youngest children together. What a gift it has been so far and we look forward to learning more about your child in the coming weeks! 
 

MESSAGE FROM THE CHILDREN'S HOUSE

At the beginning is a good place to be. The children have started their year beautifully as they adjust to their new classroom. During each of these orientation days, they have received so much new information that will aide them in the weeks and months ahead. We have been learning each other’s names and how to introduce ourselves, how and where to bring our Montessori materials when we want to use them, how to wait politely when someone else has what they want, or when the adult is with another child. The children have been laying the table for breakfast and serving themselves and then waiting patiently to eat together as a community. I've seen such lovely examples of generosity towards each other, like pouring a friend a glass of water from a pitcher that is heavy, and older children washing the dishes for all of their classmates. Together, we are preparing the foundation of our classroom that will support each child as they receive lessons and can relax in a space where they know what to expect and know what is expected of them. These are hard things, and they are doing it! I am thrilled to be sharing it with them!
 

MESSAGE FROM ELEMENTARY

In Elementary, we have been struck by how happy the children are to be back together and by their eagerness to build community with the newest members of our class. This is a time of orienting for us all - of getting back into the rhythm of early mornings, productive work periods, and long school days. We are, in many and diverse ways, restoring our stamina, which dipped over the restful summer months.

We are offering various “aids to concentration,” including finger crocheting, embroidery, booklet binding, cutting, and planting. These activities help the children to bridge the gaps throughout the day of intense academic work and presentations. The children enjoy these “breaks,” which are used quite specifically and purposefully to increase the child’s capacity to focus and to give some processing time for all the challenges faced each day.
 

MESSAGE FROM MIDDLE SCHOOL

“'I have calmed and quieted my soul," Psalm 131:2. The more our hearts are peaceful and untroubled, they can receive the movement, light, and help of the Holy Spirit. On the contrary, worry, agitation, and anxiety close us off from grace" Fire and Light, Jacques Philippe.

We are off to an amazing start. Starting something new, whether as an adult or child, is hard. However, the Holy Spirit is alive and well in the Middle School and already peace, laughter, and spontaneous singing is happening. The first week we explored our campus and continued to set up our environment. We have made breakfast together and the children will be prepared calzones for lunch. 

This week also began our Khan Academy mathematics learning. as well as the story of Irena Sendler, Life in a Jar. There are many more learning opportunities happening in and outside the classroom; ask the to children fill you in! 
 

An Important Announcement About SCRIP

As announced in a separate email, we have decided that beginning this year, the Family SCRIP Contribution will become a Family Mardi Gras Contribution.

The program will work much the same as SCRIP did, but instead of earning down the fundraising goal with SCRIP, families can earn it down with Mardi Gras sponsorships or by selling Mardi Gras raffle tickets. We believe that this will help our community focus all our fundraising attention on the Mardi Gras, the amazing event that so many of our parents already spend so much time making a success.

To read the full announcement letter,click here.

Substitute Elementary Catechists 

Our Elementary Catetchist, Mrs. Jennifer Miller, has to have surgery on her foot and will need to be home recovering for three months. Please pray for her and her family as they plan for an early October surgery.

We are pleased to have Mrs. Danuta Coble and Mrs. Erica Fusco as substitute catechists while Mrs. Miller is on medical leave. These ladies are both experienced catechists and long time members of our RMS community and will be wonderful caretakers of the Elementary Atrium. Mrs. Miller will return after Christmas.

Upcoming Events

  • 9/13/19 - Mardi Gras Meeting 8:30 AM

  • 9/16/19 - Parent-Infant Begins

Reminders

Pick-Up Authorization Form

As a reminder, to ensure your child’s safe departure from school, we require a completed form listing the name(s) of individuals authorized to transport your child. Children will only be released to authorized persons, soplease notify the school of any changes in transportation arrangements. These changes need to be communicated to the office; please do not make these type of arrangements with a teacher or teacher’s assistant, as they must be logged and carried out through our office.If you have arranged for an authorized person to pick up your child for the first time, please notify them that they will be asked to furnish legal identification when they arrive. Then will they be allowed to depart with your child.

To add authorize others to pick up your child, please fill out the form linked below. The form is also always available in the RMS Parent Page section of our website.

Pick Up Authorization Form

Reporting Absences

To help us insure the safety of your children, please report all absences to the office before 8:30 AM each day your child will be out. To report an absence, you can:

  • Email the Absent Line at absent@rmsmail.org

  • Call the Absent Line at 703-594-7032

Pizza Fridays Are Back!

Back by popular demand, Pizza Fridays at RMS. Below is the order form to purchase pizza for your child on Fridays. All pizzas are extra cheese from Domino's.Orders are due no later than the Wednesday prior to the Friday you want pizza. You can order for the full two months or any week at a time. We cannot accept any orders after that date for the Friday order.

There are also copies of the Order Form available in the office or there is always a link at the top of this Update.

Sept/Oct Pizza Form

"Staff Children"

We are so pleased that so many of our staff members have chosen to have their children at RMS as well. Because we have such a large number of "Staff Kids" this year, it may be confusing to other children when they see their peers entering the building at odd times. It might be helpful when you see that happening to remind your children that these staff kids enter under the care of their parents and sometimes follow different guidelines outside of school hours.

Community Events

Daughters of the King

Your middle and high school aged daughters are cordially invited to participate in “Daughters of the King” at Seton School on Saturday, September 28th. It is open to middle and high school young ladies regardless of where they go to school.

It’s a day of faith building activities, dinner, inspiring keynote speaker, fashion show and entertainment. The day also includes self-defense instruction and even a few amusements this time!

More information and link to register,CLICK HERE.

Please register by Friday, Sep 13th! Registration includes a great t-shirt, so signing up after the 13this okay, but not ideal! If you have any questions, please contact:kimberly@dalrymple5.com

Weekly Update 5/23/19

Message from the Principal

We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.~Dr. Maria Montessori

Dear Parents,

I can hardly believe that this is the last Weekly Update of the 18-19 school year! What a wonderful year we have had. I have enjoyed watching the growth in the children as they have worked diligently this year. I know I speak for all the staff here when I say that we have been blessed to grow personally by working along side the children this year. 

My prayer for every member of our community is a safe and restful summer and I look forward to preparing for another year with you and your children next year.

God bless,

Kristina

Message from the Environments

Message from the Young Children's House

It will be great fun next fall, when our new and returning toddlers arrive to the glorious sight of a full pumpkin bed. One of the garden beds in the Young Children’s Yard received Pumpkin seeds this week! We will take good care to water them before school is out. I will also be adding Pumpkins to the Children’s House garden, so our rising toddlers will have a full and joyful experience of the vines there, too!  In fact, a few of our friends had a chance to preview the Children’s House with me this week, since I spent a little time there myself. It was wonderful to see how seamlessly they entered, I gave a couple lessons and let them enjoy! They are ready to move up next fall, and their shepherdess (small ‘s’) is looking forward to moving with them. 

Message from the Children's House

Miss Annie has been out this week for a family wedding and Mrs. Ashton has been helping in the Children's House this week. It has been a great opportunity for her to get to know the children she will be working with next year. 

Message from Elementary

It's Tech Week!!  There is still so much to do to prepare for our performance this Friday!  The children have been working very hard, both as a community and individually, to make this production the very best it can be.

This week, we have already seen some amazing examples of children stepping up to meet the needs and challenges of this kind of work.  We have witnessed reluctant students rising to the occasion when required, and it has truly been inspiring!  There has also been a fair amount of anxiety and nerves already, so please do whatever is necessary at home to support the children through these inevitable hurdles.  Being in front of an audience demands a level of vulnerability and openness that puts many of us out of our comfort zone, so give some pep talks, soothe some fears, and CHEER LOUDLY when you come!

Message from Erdkinder

Erdkinder is working to finish the summary of Isabel of Spain's life and achievements. The ability to summarize accurately requires skill and practice. This is a perfect project to learn this important skill. The organization of the summary into a story that makes sense and is convincing and compelling is the next task. Sequencing facts in a logical order, providing the script or story all require the use of clear reasoning and communication. This is the challenging task the adolescents are working on. It is remarkable how well they are rising to it! They are firing on all cylinders and proving to be remarkable young adults. 

Update on Erica Fusco

Thank you to everyone who has been praying for Erica and the Fusco family. Her surgery went well and she is recovering even better than expected. Please continue to pray for a quick and complete recovery. If you would like to sign up to take them a meal, you can visit: https://takethemameal.com/meals.php?t=HAKT6635&v=4838c4f026

Ascension Thursday Schedule 

As a reminder, next Thursday is Ascension Thursday. Please join us for the 8:30 Mass at All Saints. Drop-off this day is 9:45 AM.

Sport Vision Camps Cancelled

The Sports Vision Soccer Camps scheduled to take place on our fields in June have been cancelled and have not been rescheduled. For more information on their other camps, see their website at: https://sportsvisioncamps.com/

Upcoming Events

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

  • 5/24/19 - Primary Mother's Day Picnic

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

  • 5/28/19 - Elementary Pool Party

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

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

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

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

Reminders

End of the Year Schedule Details

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

Elementary Opera –  May 24th  

1. There is a 10:00 am show for the children in our school. All families are welcome to attend this show, even those with no children in the opera. The show will take about an hour.

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

Elementary Pool Party – May 28th

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

Graduation –  May 30th  1:30 PM

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

Sending Up – May 31st 11:10 

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

No End of Year Potluck 

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

Academic Calendar for 2019-2020

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

Academic Calendar 2019-2020
Phase-In Schedule 2019

Community Events

There are several camps run by members of our local community for children of varying ages. Here are links to information for those who may be interested.

Calligraphy Camp/Workshop
Baseball
Camps at Seton

Rolling Admissions

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

SCRIP

Reminder: All SCRIP profits you earn before June 1st are applied directly towards your Family SCRIP Contribution charge in TADS. You can order scrip weekly at www.shopwithscrip.com and drop off your cash or checks by Tuesday. If you haven’t set up an account yet, our enrollment code is 8F91287E14129.

Remember that if you want to earn that $300 quickly, it is best to set up a PrestoPay account because you can purchase and use electronic SCRIP immediately from your handheld device or home computer, no more dealing with dropping off checks and waiting a week for your cards to arrive.

Forgot to place an order? No problem, there is a SCRIP binder in the office with an array of cards for purchase. Simply go into the office and Kristina will help you through the purchase process. Any questions or problems please contact Rosanne Garvey at rosanne505@verizon.net or 703-447-9229.

Please Log Your Volunteer Hours

As we near the end of the year, please make sure to log all your volunteer hours in Track It Forward before May 15th. Those families who have uncompleted service hours after this date will be billed at $10/hour on your June invoice.

You can log your hours in two places:

1. RMS Website Volunteering Page 
2. Track It Forward 

Weekly Update 5/16/19

Message from the Environments

Message from the Young Children's House

A couple months back, our Montessori Monday topic was the Pathway to Reading, and one of the most important gifts you can give your child starting from birth is to read quality books. Just as we don’t want to fill our babies bellies with Skittles, we also don’t want to offer the equivalent in literature. Surrounding your child with quality books is excellent preparation for a lifetime love of learning and reading. Many parents ask their teachers, what can I do with my child over the summer? THIS!  This is it, and if you can do it out in nature...even better! At the parents request, I have compiled a list of quality books for the child ages 0-4 in the first plane of development that will be sent home with your child next week. Your first plane child loves repetition and will want to hear the stories again and again! Enjoy!

Message from the Children's House

We found baby rabbits in the primary yard! In a little burrow, some of the children discovered a few tiny bunnies and have been watching as they move around together. We have been researching how to give them space and precautions to take so the mother will continue coming back. However, yesterday we discovered one of them was dead. The children immediately planned a small funeral and helped Miss Mary bury it. They tended to the grave and continue to pray for them. We are so blessed to be so connected to the outdoors and present for these moments - happy and sad!

Message from Elementary

In Elementary, the community has been listening to stories after lunch and then writing a response to what we have heard.  This week, we read a tale from the 1300s, from feudal Japan, about a samurai warrior and his brave daughter.  The children were invited to write about a time that they felt brave.  One of our fifth years wrote, “A time in my life that I felt brave was when I was in Persephone, and in the Nutcracker, or being on stage at all.  I would always get butterflies and want to give up, but I was willing to go on stage and do the best I could.  So when I did that, I felt brave, and now I am not afraid to put on a show, and I feel and am much more confident now.”

This is why we do what we do!  We offer the children opportunities to stretch themselves on stage, and they certainly grow in the process!

Please come to our Opera on Friday, May 24 at 10 a.m. and again at 6 p.m.  It gets a little better every day that we rehearse it, and we are excited to put it on for you!

Message from Erdkinder

Erdkinder traveled to Douthat State Park for a two night stay last week. The students planned and paid for the trip with their own business money! They stayed at the "Great Lodge," a large log cabin situated on top of a mountain, built in 1936 form trees felled from that mountain and local stone. The cabin is modernized and well maintained. 

It was a beautiful retreat, "far from the madding crowd" and all other distractions of our highly "connected" culture. We cooked meals, hiked around the lake, swam and rented boats to row on the lake. The weather was perfect for the two days, but it rained when we left. It was a great trip!

To end the trip we woke early and drove 3 hours to attend and sing for the RMS First Holy Communion last Friday. It was a sacrifice we were happy to make, but as soon as it was over we went home to catch up on our sleep!   


Parents Guild Farm Brew Live Event

Join the RMS parents (and kids if you choose) from 5-7 at Two Silos on the corner of Prince William Parkway and Route 28.  Last time was a blast--join us for one last RMS gathering before the end of the school year.  

Two Silos features an outdoor fireplace, a Peterson's ice cream truck with specialty ice cream and drinks, a playground, corn hole, fire pits and several different food options. They do ask that you do not bring in outside food and children must be with their parents the entire time. 

We will try to meet in the area near the fireplace. Check it out: http://farmbrewlive.com

End of the Year Schedule Details

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

Elementary Opera –  May 24th  

1. There is a 10:00 am show for the children in our school. All families are welcome to attend this show, even those with no children in the opera. The show will take about an hour.

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

Elementary Pool Party – May 28th

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

Graduation –  May 30th  1:30 PM

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

Sending Up – May 31st 11:10 

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

No End of Year Potluck 

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

Academic Calendar for 2019-2020

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

Academic Calendar 2019-2020
Phase-In Schedule 2019

Community Events

There are several camps run by members of our local community for children of varying ages. Here are links to information for those who may be interested.

Calligraphy Camp/Workshop
Baseball
Camps at Seton

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5/28/19 - Elementary Pool Party

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

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

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

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

Reminders

Prayer Requests

Fusco Family

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

Constantine Family

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

Rolling Admissions

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

SCRIP

Reminder: All SCRIP profits you earn before June 1st are applied directly towards your Family SCRIP Contribution charge in TADS. You can order scrip weekly at www.shopwithscrip.com and drop off your cash or checks by Tuesday. If you haven’t set up an account yet, our enrollment code is 8F91287E14129.

Remember that if you want to earn that $300 quickly, it is best to set up a PrestoPay account because you can purchase and use electronic SCRIP immediately from your handheld device or home computer, no more dealing with dropping off checks and waiting a week for your cards to arrive.

Forgot to place an order? No problem, there is a SCRIP binder in the office with an array of cards for purchase. Simply go into the office and Kristina will help you through the purchase process. Any questions or problems please contact Rosanne Garvey at rosanne505@verizon.net or 703-447-9229.

Please Log Your Volunteer Hours

As we near the end of the year, please make sure to log all your volunteer hours in Track It Forward before May 15th. Those families who have uncompleted service hours after this date will be billed at $10/hour on your June invoice.

You can log your hours in two places:

1. RMS Website Volunteering Page 
2. Track It Forward 
 

Parents Guild Farm Brew Live Event

We invite you to join other RMS parents (and kids if you would like) at 2 Silos/Farm Brew Live in Manassas in the afternoon on May 19. (Exact times TBD.) Come enjoy the afternoon with us--Two Silos features an outdoor fireplace, a Peterson's ice cream truck with specialty ice cream and drinks, a playground, corn hole, fire pits and several different food options. They do ask that you do not bring in outside food and children must be with their parents the entire time. We will try to meet in the area near the fireplace. Check it out:  http://farmbrewlive.com