Referral Bonanza

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/.

  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 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!

Faculty and Staff 2019-2020

Dear Parents,

As you know, this is the time of year when we begin planning for next year. I have been in conversation with each of the staff members, assessing and evaluating the projected needs of the community and the opportunities in which the adults can best serve the children. I would like to share with you the results of these discussions.

Primary: Through observation, Dr. Montessori recognized that self-construction happens before the age of six, so our Primary Program is the cornerstone upon which our school has been built. We have decided to use the gifts the Lord has given us, namely two AMI-trained Primary directresses, to make this community as strong as it can be. Miss Annie has been a constant guiding force in our Children’s House for several years, and she will be joined by Mrs. Jen Ashton full-time in that environment. Both women are also trained in the Catechesis of the Good Shephed, and we have every confidence that together they will lead the children closer to the Good Shepherd and to reaching each of their own full potentials.

Toddler: Mrs. Ashton’s service of the youngest members of our community has been an answer to prayers and is something for which we are truly grateful. This year, Mrs. Nguyen has been orienting to this work alongside Mrs. Ashton and has graciously agreed to continue on in this capacity in the fall, as the lead of our Young Children’s Community.  

Elementary: Mrs. Luetkemeyer and Miss Emilia Fusco will be returning as Guide and Assistant in Elementary, and Mrs. Miller will be returning as Catechist. The community has come a long way in terms of establishing the kind of culture we have hoped to create, and we see only good things in store for our second-plane students and the staff who work with them.

Erdkinder: After three years at RMS, Dr. Rubin will be moving on to other ventures. We owe her a debt of gratitude for founding our Adolescent Program, and we wish her all the best in her future work. We are very excited to announce that Mrs. Mary Pat Blanchette, our current school nurse, has agreed to take on the task of rebuilding this program to more fully meet the needs of our current 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. Mrs. Blanchette hopes to be a facilitator and liaison for the adolescents between the work they do on campus and what lies beyond: spiritually, socially, and academically. A registered nurse and former middle school teacher, Mrs. Blanchette will, through inspiring guest speakers and real-world experiences, support the children as they move toward taking their places in society as productive, thoughtful adults of virtue and integrity. Mrs. Kate Wolf will be returning to continue to guide the outdoor and animal work and as Catechist for the middle school children. (We will be holding a gathering, details to be announced, for prospective students and their families as soon as possible!)

Administration: Mr. Garvey will continue on as Head of School with myself as Principal. Miss Sophia Fusco will be getting married and moving out of state, so Miss Mary Arnold will work in the office as our floater assistant. We are grateful to Miss Sophia for her versatility and are sure that Miss Mary, with two years of experience in the Children’s House, will be able to function beautifully in this new role.

We are truly blessed each year to have an amazing community of families and staff, because relationship is what makes this school thrive and the longer we are in it together, the farther we can go to see this vision of Catholic Montessori realized. We are grateful for your trust in us and are looking with hopeful enthusiasm at the years ahead.

God bless,
Kristina

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!

Weekly Update 2/7/19

Message from the Head of School

A three-year-old educated according to Montessori pedagogy, becomes a master of his hand and undertakes with a joy a variety of human activities.   
              - Maria Montessori

Dear Parents,

Re-enrollment time is upon us, and even in the depths of February we turn our minds to next Fall. Please take a moment to declare your intent for next year. It is a big help to our planning, and is sincerely appreciated. And if you have any questions as you go through the process, please don’t hesitate to bring them to your child’s directress or the administration. We’d be happy to help!

Sean
 
Sean P. Garvey
Head of School
Renaissance Montessori School
 

Messages from the Environments

MESSAGE FROM THE YOUNG CHILDREN'S COMMUNITY

The children in the YCC welcome back warmer temperatures and are enjoying the sunshine this week! We have spent lots of time outside playing in the sandbox, kicking and chasing soccer balls, visiting the chickens, and preparing our newly fermenting compost! We are excited for the return of spring and will begin preparing our garden and planting seedlings in the weeks to come! Also, I wanted to make sure it was recognized by all that our toileting friends are enjoying much success! 
 

MESSAGE FROM THE CHILDREN'S HOUSE

The children have been enjoying the warm weather and beginning to plan for our garden and outdoor space this spring. In the Children’s House, we have spent a lot of time washing, polishing and flower arranging, and have delighted in the collaborative work of making our space beautiful. Some of the children have been working to make books of their own, synthesizing many skills and interests of theirs.
  
 

MESSAGE FROM ELEMENTARY

In our first full week after so many snow days, delays, and early dismissals, the Elementary children have been eager to settle into work. It has been a peaceful and productive work week! We have also been enjoying the beautiful weather, and we like spending the end of our days outside together. A highlight of this week has been an exploration of measuring height versus wingspan. Even Ms. Fox joined in the fun!
  
 

MESSAGE FROM ERDKINDER

Bianca Barber and Gianna Dow, the Chief Executive Officers of our egg business (Fructus Terrae), have been busy overseeing our chickens’ move into their deluxe new home. They need time to acclimatize and training. Thank goodness for the warmer weather! 

 

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 be Friday, February 22 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM and 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
 

Elementary Open House This Friday

The Elementary would like to offer a parent Open House on Friday, February 8th during school hours. You can see more details and sign up for a slot to attend at: 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094EA8AE2CA13-elementary3
 

Upcoming Events

  • 2/8/19 - Elementary Open House

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

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

Reminders

Parents Guild Outing February 15th

Feb. 15 is a day off of school and the Guild is planning an outing for the kids!  We are thinking of meeting at Uptown 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!