Welcome (back) to MSH!
Last week we welcomed old friends and new back to MSH for the start of the 2014-15 school year. Without a doubt, this is shaping up to be our best year ever. The reason for that is the amazing children and families who have returned and newly enrolled.
I’d like to thank families for sharing your children with us and choosing the gift of a Montessori education for your child. It is the strongest and most multi-faceted foundation you can provide for your child. I hope you will take time to view the video embedded with this post. These parents are so articulate in sharing the benefits of our program. We are affiliated with the American Montessori Society who produced this work and you will note the same materials and activities in the classrooms pictured that we utilize everyday. The concepts of independence, nurture, order, and collaboration are integral to the method and to our motto at MSH, “Growing in knowledge, respect, and creativity.”
The Montessori method focuses on the triangle of child, prepared environment and teacher as the basis for learning. At MSH, we think of the process as a circle encompassing the child, teacher, prepared environment and the child’s family. We look forward to partnering with you to make this year a journey of creativity, inspiration and joyful learning.
As we encourage collaboration between students in the classroom, we hope you will collaborate with your teachers, staff and other families. Any staff member at MSH can be reached by their first name @montessorihuntsville.org. If you check the school calendar, you will note official conference dates on October 24 and March 13, but we can schedule a conference at other times you need. You can also leave a note on the sign-in sheet if you would like for the teacher to give you a call.
Mornings are a time of focus and preparation as the teacher welcomes your child to class and to work. Circle times generally start around 9am. To protect the quiet focus of the morning work time we will pull sign-in sheets into the office at 9am and you can sign your child in there and a staff member will be happy to get your child safely to class. Sign out sheets will be returned to the teachers’ door at the conclusion of the work period which coincides with lunch time and toddler short-day dismissal
If you have a concern or question, that cannot be answered by the teacher do not hesitate to stop by the office. We have two wonderful office assistants who are also MSH parents, Adriane Castro and Karen Nielsen. Jennifer Stark and I will also be willing to help in any way possible. Our mission is to provide an environment that nurtures children to reach their fullest potential and maintain an open partnership with parents and families. Thank you for joining us on this mission.