Weekly Update 4/4/19

Messages from the Environments

MESSAGE FROM THE YOUNG CHILDREN'S COMMUNITY

The Kingdom of God, it grows and grows... In the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, we share five of the most essential Kingdom parables: The Mustard Seed, The Precious Pearl, The Leaven, The Growing Seed, and The Hidden Treasure. In the Young Children’s Community, we find the most essential moment of each of these most essential parables and live them out each day. All year the children have been looking at the jars of different kinds of seeds that we keep on display in the classroom. When we show them the Mustard Seed, they are amazed how much smaller it is than any of the others. We live the Leaven as we stir the yeast into the flour to make dough for our daily bread. We live the Precious Pearl through stories and surrounding the children with beauty and precious items purely for their enjoyment, just as our Creator does for us! We occasionally place a special and beautiful item on the prayer table or snack table to live out the Hidden Treasure. Now, as we prepare our outdoor garden beds we are also preparing our hearts to enjoy the parable of the growing seed.

 

MESSAGE FROM ELEMENTARY

This week, the sixth years were given the opportunity to visit Richmond, thanks to Paula and Tim Hugo. Their day includes a guided tour of the House, Senate, and Capitol.  The oldest children in our community are really eager to stretch their wings and to see the world beyond the classroom, and we are grateful to the Hugos (and to Mrs. Wood who helped chaperone) to make it possible!

Harlequinrehearsals are happening daily now!  The children are learning their songs and are getting more and more comfortable with the story and their roles within it.  We are still looking for an accompanist, so if you have any leads on one, please let us know!

MESSAGE FROM ERDKINDER

Erdkinder is working on the amazing story Isabel of Spain - The Catholic Queen, written by Warren H. Carroll. We are enjoying illustrating and summarizing her saintly life. Isabel was recently named a Servant of God.

Spring 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. 

Use the links below to schedule a conference.Please be aware that because of the HVAC work going on in the building during conferences, the Parent Lounge and other indoor spaces are not available for children not participating in a conference.Thank you in advance for your prompt arrival.

Toddler
Primary
Elementary
Erdkinder

Montessori Mondays Series Complete

Our Montessori Mondays series has been a lovely addition to the Parent Education offerings here at RMS and we are so thankful for the time together. The series is now complete for the year. We look forward to offering something similar again next year.

Save the Date for the Elementary Opera

We have set a tentative date for the Elementary Opera of Friday, May 24th in the evening. Please save the date. Also, if you plan to be out of town that weekend and your child will not be able to be there that evening, please let us know now so that we can adjust roles if needed.

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 
 

Upcoming Events

  • 4/9/19 - First Communion Meditation 6:30 PM

  • 4/10/19 - Parents Guild Meeting 8:30 AM

  • 4/15/19 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day

  • 4/16/19 - NO SCHOOL - Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • 4/17/19 - NO SCHOOL - Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • 4/18 - 28 - NO SCHOOL - Easter Break

Reminders

New Tenant on Campus

We are happy to welcome Pampas Fox Catering to our campus. The old school kitchen is being refurbished and Pampas Fox will be cooking out of it on a regular basis. They have their own parking and entrance in the alley so we will not see much of them, but the owners, Jorge and Lucia Bruno, are long time members of the local Catholic community and we are pleased to have them put the kitchen to good use!

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 Update 3/28/19

Message from the Head of School

Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed. ~Maria Montessori 

Dear Parents,
 
Happy Spring! Thanks to all of you who have let us know about your decision for next year. If you haven’t been able to do so yet, please take a moment to let us know. It drives all of our admission decisions and planning for the year to come. Thank you in advance, and if there’s anything we can help with, please reach out!
 
I love the quote above. To me it captures the essence of the Montessori difference, and the counter-intuitive approach that it demands on the part of the adults in the child’s life. I also like to remember what it implies, that we SHOULD help a child with a task at which he feels he needs help, while leaving as much room for them to grow into their new capabilities. It’s a delicate balance to strike, not just with children but with all the people in our lives.
 
Speaking of tasks we need help with, I hope you’ll all be able to come out to our Spring Yard Clean Up this Sunday!  See all the details and RSVP link below. Many hands make light work, as the saying goes, and it will be a great chance to spend some time together!  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 children in the YCC have been enjoying a rich experience of Practical Life and Language throughout the year, but recently I’ve noticed an explosion of language!! Daily we share stories, sing songs, and play little games, exposing them to spoken language. Maria Montessori suggested playing lots of language games with children, after they have normalized in the classroom through practical life, and it is spot on what I am seeing, which is so fun! There is an increase interest in classified objects and cards, which introduce children to the names of things out in the world (this week we have had fun with breeds of dogs), sound games help the children hear that words are made up of individual sounds and we isolate those sounds for children to hear clearly. A new game that we are introducing is the command game, which makes a game out of following instructions! (Now that is sneaky, isn’t it!) Better yet, I hear children clearly expressing themselves when they are upset, or need to work without being interrupted, and using such lovely manners at the community snack table! Next Monday at Montessori Mondays at 8:30 we will explore how this exposure to rich spoken language lays the foundation for a joyful pathway to reading. Open to all parents.
 

MESSAGE FROM THE CHILDREN'S HOUSE

With the beginning of Lent, we have brought out the City of Jerusalem again. This is a beautiful topographical map of the city of Jerusalem with removable landmarks and walls. When the child is introduced to this, he works with it, putting the pieces together, and exploring the layout of the city, all while hearing the story of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. At this age, whenever we tell the child the story of the crucifixion and death of Jesus, we always also remember His resurrection. The young child feels these things so deeply, we cannot leave him hanging without the fulfillment and hope of the resurrection.
 

MESSAGE FROM ELEMENTARY

In Elementary, we are moving right along with our spring production, “Harlequin.”  The children decided that they wanted to cast the play themselves, which took longer than it might have if the staff had done it, but was a great opportunity to learn about how challenging it is to make - and live with! - these decisions.  We had casting guidelines from Mr. Jones about the roles, and we followed them and carefully considered, as a community, how to begin to put together a cohesive cast.

We have a piano, but a few of the keys no longer work.  Is there any chance anyone has a lead on getting a working, tuned piano (or full-sized electronic keyboard) for RMS?  Please let us know if you might be able to help!
 

MESSAGE FROM ERDKINDER

The results of our drawing workshop with Mr. Jared Seff are amazing. After an introductory talk, Mr. Jeff had each person choose a master portrait to copy. He then gave us time to attempt to copy it ourselves. Then he demonstrated several techniques. The second afternoon we set up a second attempt after having received instruction. The transformation was remarkable. It was very empowering and we were encouraged to continue using these new techniques! Here is an example of one of the masterpieces chosen and a before instruction and after instruction attempt at copying.

  
 

RMS Community Yard Clean Up Day Sunday!

Get your volunteer hours in!

Join us for a Yard Party on Sunday afternoon, March 31 from 2:30-4:30. Bring the kids and your yard tools---we have lots of jobs for all ages that can be done to beautify our property.  This is a great way to earn Volunteer Hours, and it will be fun to get our families together to take care of this amazing property.  Adult and kid beverages provided.  

We will especially need rakes, clippers and sheers, trimmers for bushes, edging shovels, wheel barrow and a chain saw and power washer.

Please RSVP HERE
 

Spring 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. 

Use the links below to schedule a conference. Please be aware that because of the HVAC work going on in the building during conferences, the Parent Lounge and other indoor spaces are not available for children not participating in a conference. Thank you in advance for your prompt arrival.

Toddler - Coming soon.
Primary
Elementary
Erdkinder
 

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 
 

Upcoming Events

  • 3/31/19 - RMS Grounds Clean Up 2:30 - 4:30 PM

  • 4/1/19 - Montessori Monday 8:30 AM

  • 4/2/19 - First Communion Meditation 6:30 PM

  • 4/9/19 - First Communion Meditation 6:30 PM

  • 4/10/19 - Parents Guild Meeting 8:30 AM

  • 4/15/19 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day

  • 4/16/19 - NO SCHOOL - Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • 4/17/19 - NO SCHOOL - Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • 4/18 - 28 - NO SCHOOL - Easter Break

Reminders

New Tenant on Campus

We are happy to welcome Pampas Fox Catering to our campus. The old school kitchen is being refurbished and Pampas Fox will be cooking out of it on a regular basis. They have their own parking and entrance in the alley so we will not see much of them, but the owners, Jorge and Lucia Bruno, are long time members of the local Catholic community and we are pleased to have them put the kitchen to good use!
 

Siena Academy is looking for a Head of School

Siena Academy is a small Catholic Montessori School in Great Falls, Virginia. The ideal candidate must be a faith-filled, practicing Catholic with a strong commitment to the Catholic philosophy of Montessori education and experienced in the Montessori method. Applicants must possess educational, managerial, communication and leadership skills. 
The start date for the position is July 1, 2019. To apply, please complete the application process outlined on the Office of Catholic Schools website https://www.arlingtondiocese.org/Catholic-Schools/Careers/  For more information, email Danielle at office@sienamontessori.org
 

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 Update 3/21/19

Message from the Head of School

“You aspire to great things? Begin with little ones.”~St. Augustine

Dear RMS Parents,

I love the quote above from the Doctor of Grace, St. Augustine. It reminds me of the work the children do every day; the little efforts at greater self-mastery, and all the hidden work we can’t see. It reminds me of the work our amazing staff does everyday; the deliberate moments of patience and kindness they extend to all the children throughout the day. It reminds me of our beautiful little school itself; a great aspiration made up of little things.

Speaking of little things (or people), this is just a quick reminder to take advantage of our referral program! Share your enthusiasm for RMS with your friends and get a tuition discount when they enroll. All the details are below!  And thank you in advance.

God bless,

Sean

Sean P. Garvey
Head of School
Renaissance Montessori School

Messages from the Environments

MESSAGE FROM THE YOUNG CHILDREN'S COMMUNITY

This week the children have experienced new culinary delights! Dried figs and creamy tomato basil soup (with chunks of tomato) has been served at snack to enjoy with their daily bread! 
Twelve months to three years is prime time for introducing new foods. Children need to experience a new food 12 to 15 times before their taste buds will recognize it. So, if you are trying new things at home, and getting poor responses. . . keep at it a little longer, knowing if they say they don't like it and they have tried it a dozen times, then they really don't like it! Enjoy!

MESSAGE FROM THE CHILDREN'S HOUSE

We have been tending and planting in the flowerbed. We are beginning to see the sprouts and buds and can't wait to see the colors when they start blooming! We enjoyed celebrating St. Patrick's Day, dancing and singing. On St. Joseph's day, we enjoyed bread baked in our own oven by two of the older children. In celebrating these yearly feasts, markers of time passing, we begin to be aware of the patterns and rhythms of each year. 

MESSAGE FROM ELEMENTARY

Dr. Montessori reminds us that, “The mind works by itself, moved by a power within.”  While we seek to inspire the children with our rich presentations, we also offer opportunities to work with the hand while the mind is processing.

To that end, we have introduced button sewing and embroidery in Elementary. Several of our students are already quite experienced, so our projects are increasingly complex with each passing day. In the second-plane classroom, we do not offer practical life activities in the same way they are offered in the Children’s House, namely as activities unto themselves. Living in community requires that we engage in practical life tasks, such as washing tables before lunch or at the end of the day, taking care of the plants, and polishing articles in the Atrium. Rather than having a table scrubbing option as a work on the shelf, we offer handwork that can aid in the child’s concentration. Many children use it as a way to settle themselves interiorly or as a reset between challenging academic work. The work is satisfying to the children (and the staff) and clearly builds community, as children chat as they embroider.

If you have any handworks about which you are particularly passionate, please come in and share them!

MESSAGE FROM ERDKINDER

This week Erdkinder will welcome Mr. Jared Seff - an accomplished visual artist and high school teacher of art from Savannah. 

Title of Workshop: The Master Study and Portraiture

Objectives:

  • To learn to discover and reveal beauty in design through looking at a formidable masterpiece portrait. 

  • To learn and practice different modes of drawing: Matrix, envelope, planar, and tonal

  • To familiarize oneself to the history of portrait and to form a relationship with one specific piece.

  • To be able to visually breakdown a composition. What makes it tick? 

So each student will choose a Masterpiece portrait and learn by trying to reproduce it. We are excited and grateful for this gift. 

RMS Community Yard Clean Up Day

Join us for a Yard Party on Sunday afternoon, March 31 from 2:30-4:30. Bring the kids and your yard tools---we have lots of jobs for all ages that can be done to beautify our property.  This is a great way to earn Volunteer Hours, and it will be fun to get our families together to take care of this amazing property.  Adult and kid beverages provided.  More details to follow.

Volunteer Needed for Yearbook Layout

We are looking for a parent to help us put together a yearbook. We plan to use a Shutterfly template so no major layout or computer skills are needed. We would work with you to provide pictures and text needed. If you can help, please reach out to Miss Fox in the office.

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 to claim your child's items. All items still in the Lost and Found on March 22nd will be donated to charity.

New Tenant on Campus

We are happy to welcome Pampas Fox Catering to our campus. The old school kitchen is being refurbished and Pampas Fox will be cooking out of it on a regular basis. They have their own parking and entrance in the alley so we will not see much of them, but the owners, Jorge and Lucia Bruno, are long time members of the local Catholic community and we are pleased to have them put the kitchen to good use!

Siena Academy is looking for a Head of School

Siena Academy is a small Catholic Montessori School in Great Falls, Virginia. The ideal candidate must be a faith-filled, practicing Catholic with a strong commitment to the Catholic philosophy of Montessori education and experienced in the Montessori method. Applicants must possess educational, managerial, communication and leadership skills. 
The start date for the position is July 1, 2019. To apply, please complete the application process outlined on the Office of Catholic Schools website https://www.arlingtondiocese.org/Catholic-Schools/Careers/  For more information, email Danielle at office@sienamontessori.org

Upcoming Events

  • 3/26/19 - First Communion Meditation 6:30 PM

  • 3/31/19 - RMS Grounds Clean Up 2:30 - 4:30 PM

  • 4/1/19 - Montessori Monday 8:30 AM

  • 4/2/19 - 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!