Head of School’s Message
“Of all things love is the most potent.”
– Maria Montessori
Dear RMS Parents,
It’s hard to believe we’re less than a week away from the beginning of the holiday season, where we bring the year to a close among family and friends, reflect on our blessings and take an inventory of how we can do better in the year to come.
I love the quote above because it is literally true. God, who is Love, is omnipotent. We, in our small way, are most powerful, most efficacious, most persevering when we are motivated by love; when we will the good of the other. There’s no more powerful force on earth.
Parent Night Rescheduled
It was an experiment to schedule Parent Night on the day before Thanksgiving break, but we are already hearing that many of you will not be able to make it due to travel or holiday plans. Because these nights are so crucial, we’ve decided to reschedule to the following week.
The Parent Night scheduled for November 21 is now November 28! With perfect timing for the beginning of the liturgical year, the topic will be the Atrium. Come and learn more about the spiritual development of the child as a preparation for Advent.
Join Us to March in the Christmas Parade
We are excited to be invited to participate in the Nokesville Community Christmas Parade! March your calendars for Saturday December 9th at 4:00 to come and march with us as we join a Nokesville community tradition. The Parents Guild is planning a float, candy, carols and more. Stay tuned for more details!
School Picture Orders Due
School portraits are ready to be viewed online and deadline to order is fast approaching. All orders will be accepted via online proofing (log in codes were sent home on picture day). If you are missing your codes please feel free to contact Stacie directly at Stacie@artbystacie.com. Orders placed by November 17th deadline will be delivered to school for ease of pick up. All orders placed prior to the deadline will have a 10% earlybird discount automatically taken off at checkout. Any print orders placed after the deadline will be subject to standard print pricing & shipping fees.
Confirmation Dates Announced
The dates for 2018 confirmation have been announced and RMS has been scheduled for May 21. Parents of confirmandi receiving with RMS, please mark your calendars now!
- 11/22-24/17 – Thanksgiving Break
- 11/28/17 – Parent Night #2 – New Date
- 12/7/17 – Family Dance 6:30 – 8:30
- 12/9/17 – Nokesville Christmas Parade
Share Shutterfly With Friends and Relatives
Did you know that anyone can use our schools’ Shutterfly and Tiny Prints storefront? Have a friend in Peoria or a cousin in Petaluma, they both can use our schools’ renaissancemontessori.shutterflystorefront.com website to order gifts and cards! Please consider sharing our link on Facebook, with family and friends. The more people who use our link, the more money that is earned for the school. Happy sharing!
Boys and Girls Basketball Opportunities
RMS students once again have the opportunity to join the Holy Family Academy basketball teams. The season fee is $150 per family. More information on their season, including game schedules, can be found at http://www.hfaathletics.com/
Middle School Boys
The MS Boys team will be coached by Steve O’Keefe. Practices will be Mondays and Wednesdays in the RMS Gym at 3:45. Games begin December 15th. The game schedule can be found at http://www.hfaathletics.com/JH-Boys-Basketball. For more information, contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girls Grades 6-12
RMS girls in grades 6-12 are welcome to join the HFA girls basketball team. For more information, please contact HFA Athletic Director Patrick Storey directly at email@example.com.
New 3:00 Dismissal Procedures
In an effort to increase the safety of the 3:00 carpool, we are adjusting the way we dismiss the children. All the children, including from the Erdkinder, will now be dismissed from the garden area and will be released to their cars as a family, with older children helping their younger siblings safely to their cars.
To keep the line moving and so that there are not children walking through a moving line of cars, if your child forgets something and you choose to allow them to retrieve it, please exit the parking lot and drive around to park in the lot to the right of the building. When carpool is over, your child can then enter the building with the staff and find their missing items. Of course, allowing the child to feel the consequence and go without the item until the next day is a great choice as well.
Special Toddler Discount
$500 OFF Toddler Community Tuition – plus we’ll refund your application fee
As part of the Renaissance Community of Families and Friends, you are eligible to enroll your child in the January – May semester of our Toddler Community for the discounted price of $1375. That’s less than $8 an hour to give your child a Montessori head start.
Don’t have a toddler? Refer a friend to give them your discount and get a referral rebate when they enroll.
From the Nurse
We are well into cold and flu season and many of our families have already suffered. Here is a short video that is kid friendly on colds and flu germs and how to help protect yourself. Let’s all work together to help keep our community healthy!
Save the Date for a Contra Dance
Back by popular demand, we will once again be hosting a family Contra dance. The date for this event is December 7 from 6:30-8:30. Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more details.