Weekly Update 3/14/19

Message from the Head of School

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

Dear Parents,

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

God bless, 

Sean
 
Sean P. Garvey
Head of School
Renaissance Montessori School
 

Messages from the Environments

MESSAGE FROM THE YOUNG CHILDREN'S COMMUNITY

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

MESSAGE FROM THE CHILDREN'S HOUSE

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

MESSAGE FROM ELEMENTARY

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

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

MESSAGE FROM ERDKINDER

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

Lost and Found Will Be Donated 3/22

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

Montessori Math Parent Night Tonight!

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


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

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

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

Middle School Informational Meeting Tonight!

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

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

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

 

Upcoming Events

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

  • 3/14/19 - Parent Night 6:30 PM

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

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

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

Reminders

How to Earn a $500 Tuition Credit

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

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

Here's how it works:

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

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

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

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

Weekly Review 3/7/19

Message from the Head of School

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

Dear Parents,

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

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

Sean

Sean P. Garvey
Head of School
Renaissance Montessori School

Messages from the Environments

MESSAGE FROM THE YOUNG CHILDREN'S COMMUNITY

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

MESSAGE FROM THE CHILDREN'S HOUSE

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

MESSAGE FROM ELEMENTARY

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

MESSAGE FROM ERDKINDER

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

How to Earn a $500 Tuition Credit

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

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

Here's how it works:

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

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

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

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

Montessori Math Parent Night

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


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

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

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

Middle School Informational Meeting

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

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

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

From the Guild

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

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

  • 3/14/19 - Parent Night 6:30 PM

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

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

Reminders

Please Review RMS

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

New Pizza Form Available

The March/April Pizza Form is now available. Orders are due with payment no later than the Wednesday before each Friday. The form is below or always at the top of the Weekly Updates.

March/April Pizza Form

Calendar Change Due to HVAC

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

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

So, please note the following calendar changes!

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

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

Please reach out with any questions you may have!

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