Weekly Update 10/26/17

Head of School's Message

“The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.” -    Maria Montessori Dear RMS Parents,   You should have received an email telling you about our “Referral Bonanza” (reminder below). I do hope you will each take a moment to tell your friends with young children about Renaissance, and encourage them to schedule a visit. Of all marketing tools, word of mouth is the most potent and important. Parents care what other parents think, and rightly so.

If you don’t have any friends with young children, take a moment and give us a review on Great Schools by clicking HERE.

Thank you and God bless,


Referral Bonanza

Don't miss out on a chance to get $500 off your tuition! This is how it works:

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

We’re ramping up our marketing effort, and anticipate getting close to full enrollment by next Fall, God willing. So now is the time to get your friends to come and see what Renaissance is all about. And don’t forget we have rolling admissions in Toddler, and the possibility of January starts for Primary. So don’t wait to encourage your friends to “come and see”.

Reminder About Early Pick Up Procedure

It is important for the progress of the child for them to be given consistency and the daily opportunity to complete a full work cycle in the environments prepared just for them here at school. It can be disruptive to both the work of the child and to the environment for a child to leave early. We recognize that this situation can sometimes be necessary, and if an unavoidable early departure is required, we have a procedure that allows us to work together to minimize disruption.

  1. Communicating your plans to your child(ren) in advance allows them to be prepared for a change in their routine. This is especially important for young children.
  2. Communicate to the office via email or phone, before 8:30 AM if at all possible, that the child will be picked up early.
  3. Plan to arrive about 10 minutes early to give your children time to put away their work and gather their things. A primary child might need even a bit more time.
  4. When you arrive at the school, ring the bell and come to the office. We will call your child(ren) from their environments when you arrive.
  5. Sign them out in the binder reserved for this.

Thanks for your help as we work to together to serve the needs and safety of the children entrusted to us.

New Pizza Lunch Order Form Available

The November - December pizza lunch order form is now available! Remember, you can order pizza for the whole month or you can order any week. Just make sure to hand in your form the Wednesday before the Friday of the week you want pizza. The form is HERE as well as always at the top of these weekly emails.

Help With Videos

Do you have equipment or skills to create and edit videos? We are looking to create some promotional materials and would love your help! Contact Kristina at kfox@rmsmail.org if you can help (or know someone that would be willing to donate their time.)

Upcoming Events

  • 10/31/17- Elementary "Living Souls" Museum 9 - 11:30 AM
  • 11/1/17 - No School - All Saints Day
  • 11/2/17 - Picture Day


Classroom Wishlists Now Online

We've heard from parents that they would love to know what kinds of things could be donated to help enhance the work of their child's environment. We've created a section on the website to help you. You can find the RMS Wishlist under the Support Tab of the website or follow the link below. Thank you so much for your generosity!


Earn Money for RMS With Your Shutterfly Orders

Renaissance Montessori is thrilled to announce we are now participating with Shutterfly and Tiny Prints fundraising storefronts – both storefronts give the school 13% of your total purchase. For each purchase you make from either one of these brands, 13% will be donated to our school!

In need of Christmas cards, mailing labels, or personalized items (with or without pictures), shop through our site! Wedding or anniversary presents needed…shop through our site! Simply click the link renaissancemontessori.shutterflystorefront.com, click which brand you want to shop, and shop away. As soon as you make a purchase, the school’s revenue shows up on our fundraising page.

How To Support Us:

  1. Go to our storefront -  renaissancemontessori.shutterflystorefront.com (Also found under the Support tab on the RMS website.
  2. Click through to Shutterfly.com or Shutterfly.com/Tinyprints and start shopping
  3. Make a purchase

That’s it, it is that easy AND you can still use any discounts that are being advertised on the Shutterfly site. Feel free to share this email with all your friends and family, the more people who purchase, the more our school earns!

Picture Day Details

This year's picture day is fast approaching. As a reminder, please make sure to have your children here by 8:30 AM on November 2nd as we will begin taking pictures immediately.

Below are more details ordering.

Photo Packages and Order Information FAQ

Living Souls Museum

Our Elementary community is hosting a "Living Souls" museum on October 31 from 9- 11:30 a.m. Children from Elementary will be dressed up and ready to tell you about the saint or soul whom they are portraying, ranging from Our Blessed Mother to Babe Ruth. We welcome parents, grandparents, and extended family to join us for this open house event.

SCRIP Update

Don't forget to order scrip weekly at www.shopwithscrip.com and drop off your cash or checks by Tuesday. Mr Garvey will collect them curbside or you can put them directly into the SCRIP box in the office. 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.

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.

Elementary North Star Southern Cross Toddler

Erd Kinder Conferences Times - Contact Dr. Rubin directly to schedule. Monday 10/09  and 10/ 16 3:15 - 3:45 3:45 - 4:15 Wednesday 10/11 and 10/ 18 3:15 - 3:45 3:45 - 4:15