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This month, we will profile some of our sixth grade graduating students who will answer a reflection question about their time at MCS.
What did you accomplish this year that you are most proud of?
"This year, I am proud of accomplishing my Year Long Project. I worked very hard on it and put a lot of effort into making it. It took a long time to make and was fun. I feel like it was a good end result and it is a good project. The hardest part of my project was my paper. Even though it was hard, it was still fun to do. I felt very happy when I was done and was very proud of myself."
What will you miss most about MCS?
"I will miss the way we are all bonded like family."
The Montessori approach treats learning as a holistic process, nurturing the development of the whole child by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual needs to prepare them for life.
We invite prospective families to join us next Saturday, May 21st to learn more about program for children ages 18 months to 12 years. RSVP to Alyssa Morris, [email protected].
Dear friends and families of MCS:
A GoFundMe has been established for Red Door Head teacher, Krista Williams, after the unexpected loss of her husband. All funds will go directly to Krista. Thank you.
Support for Krista Williams, organized by Megan Gage We would like to show our love and support for Krista after the unexpected loss of her husband… Megan Gage needs your support for Support for Krista Williams
Registration for our summer camp closes this Friday, May 13! Our summer program is open to all. Visit our website to download the brochure.
Our countdown to graduation has begun! This month, we will profile some of our sixth grade students who will answer a reflection question about their time at MCS.
Which one memory will you always remember about your time here?" My one memory I will always remember are the friendships I have made here. I will cherish my friends forever."
What will you miss most about MCS?
"One thing I will most miss about MCS is 'Capture the Egg.' We play on the field on Friday afternoon. All Mineral Door (aka Diamond and Emerald doors) comes together and makes two teams. I like that we can hang out with people that we never thought to hang out with. I will miss 'Capture the Egg' and the friends that I made at MCS."
There are many different reasons why families choose Montessori for their child. Some enroll when their child is young and stay the course. Others discover it a bit later on. Others, still, leave their Montessori school and end up returning a year or two later.
Why do parents gravitate toward this unique method of education? On the blog we outline a few of the main reasons we have seen frequently in recent years.
Today one of our Lower Elementary classes, Green Door, presented their special project to family, friends and peers for the annual Junior Invention Fair. Visit our stories to view additional images. We look forward to seeing Purple and Aqua Doors' presentations next week!
April 28 is ! Today we honor and recognize the real superheroes in our lives. Thank you to our dedicated faculty and staff who strive every day to nurture and develop our children to become positive forces to care for and transform our world. We also thank our superhero parents and caregivers who are incredibly supportive of our children and our school.
Today on our blog we talk about the Montessori work cycle.
A key component of Montessori is the uninterrupted work period. Each day, students are given an extended period of free choice which enables them to work at their own pace and without interruption. The ability for students to self-select their work leads to intrinsic motivation and sustained attention. Through this approach, the child learns that their independence is valued. They are given the time to truly learn deeply. Learn more via the link below.
“The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth.” -Dr. Maria Montessori
What better way to reflect on the importance of environmental stewardship than to spend time in nature. This week, our Upper Elementary students went on a three-day camping adventure to Santa Cruz Island. The students enjoyed hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and more.
Feel Good Friday!
A few more images from our Auction Benefit. MCS parents will be able to access a link to additional event images in Sunday's Weekly Word newsletter.
Photos: Cherish Photography
"A Night in the Old West" photo recap part 2! Thank you to our event organizers: Development Director, Kathy Kelley, Auction co-chairs Morgan McDonald and Nikki Murray, and our Auction committee. Our entertainment was tops! Line dancing, tastings, photo booth, rope tricks, and fabulous performances from Jake Detar and The Academy. The Academy Band
Photography by Cherish Photography.
Nothing but smiles! We love our MCS community.
A recap of our Auction Benefit, part 1.
A special thank you to MCS parents, Cherish Photography for capturing these beautiful moments. You can follow them on Instagram, @ photosbycherish.
Auction Benefit 2022. Thank you to our event sponsors, underwriters, volunteers, supporters and attendees! We hope you had an enjoyable evening!
A special thank you to Morgan Stanley for their support as an event sponsor for our April 9th Auction Benefit. Morgan Stanley is a global leader in financial services and works closely with individuals, families and institutions to help them achieve their goals. For more information, please visit: https://buff.ly/3Kw7Cpe
Our auction event is only two days away! Shop our online silent auction for beautiful gifts donated by our families including experiences, services, health & wellness items, and much more! Anyone can bid on our online silent auction items. Even if you can't make the event, you can show your support this way! Our online silent auction will run until April 9 at 6PM. Auction item winners will be notified by email.
Some of our silent auction classroom baskets and unique items include:
💚“Big Little Lies” Weekend Getaway in Monterey
💙East Beach Volleyball Academy Lessons
💚 A summer session at Camp Med-O-Lark in Maine
💙Diamond earrings from Wendy Foster
💚Date Night Basket from Diamond Door
💙National Parks Yeti Package from Navy Door
💚Beach Day Essentials from Emerald Door
💙Family Gardening Package from White Door
💚SB Family Memberships and Specialty Items from Blue Door
💙Pizza Kit by Gold Door
Visit the link and place your bid today!
Our Silent Auction is now LIVE and will run through Saturday, April 9 until 6 PM. There are over 50 items to bid on including weekend getaways, classroom baskets, dining, health and wellness, and entertainment.
Our silent auction is open to all! You do not need to attend the event to participate.
Silent Auction item winners will be notified by email after 6 PM on April 9th.
Art Auction Profile: Aqua Door's “Spring Blossoms”
“The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.”
-Josiah Martin, writer and poet
Inspired by the individualistic beauty and uniqueness that make up our collective group, the children of Aqua Door have collaborated to create a lovely piece of art. With the use of watercolor as our primary medium, each child handcrafted their own distinct design, then thoughtfully selected a grouping of three painted strips, as we created budding blossoms to fill the shadow box. This is Aqua Door’s inaugural year as a classroom and our project represents our experiences of new beginnings, love, and blossoming friendships. Guest can bid on this art project at our Auction Benefit on April 9.
Coordinated by: Katy Parker and Kelly Gould
Art Auction Profile: Purple Door's “Beauty in the Wind”
This colorful wind chime incorporates science, art, and the collaborative, cooperative spirit for which we love MCS. Each student designed their abstract creation and rendered it on a porcelain disk using permanent markers. They then sprayed alcohol over their design, allowing the various colors to mix and bleed together, blowing through a straw to guide the patterns created. Before the alcohol dried, it was lit on fire, burning away the top layer of ink to reveal the unique mix of color hidden below. The disks were finally attached to a piece of foraged driftwood, allowing each small, peaceful hurricane of color to move with its fellows in the wind. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on this item during our live auction on April 9th.
Coordinated By: Amy Toohey, Kimmy Sanchez, and Delaney Newhouse
Art Auction Profile: Red Door's “Puffin Rock”
Red Door used a printmaking technique to create their auction project. The children first learned how to create different line forms. Then, they drew those designs on pre-cut sheets of foam to create the Puffin, waves, and sun. Next, they inked the foam sheets with a brayer. The foam is pulled off the paper leaving a beautiful design!
Guests will have the opportunity to bid on this project during our Auction Benefit on April 9.
Dimensions: 30” x 22”
Coordinated by: Krista Williams and Sharon Liddy
Art Auction Profile: Blue Door's "Always Remember You Can Fly" Each child created their own Pollack-style drip painting. The paintings were sprayed with acrylic after drying to preserve the paint. We then used two differently shaped butterfly punchers to punch out an array of butterflies from the paintings. The entire class participated in sponge painting the canvas with different shades of blue and then the butterflies were folded at a 3D angle and glued onto the canvas. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on this project during our live auction on April 9. Dimensions: 24” x 36” Coordinated by: Amy Toohey, Katie O'Keefe, Meghan Stallworth and Zoë Makofske
A special thank you to Cresset for your support as an event sponsor for our April 9th Auction Benefit! Cresset is an independent, award-winning multi-family office and private investment firm with over $23 billion assets under management. They serve the unique advisory needs of entrepreneurs, CEO founders, wealth creators, and executives, as well as high-net worth and multi-generational families.
A special thank you to Mammoth Moving and Storage for your support as an event sponsor for our April 9th Auction Benefit! Mammoth Moving and Storage offers premium moving and storage services from households to hotels and offices.
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Art Auction Profile: Silver Door “Feathers in the Night”
Together the children of Silver Door created beautiful feather designs using liquid acrylic paints and metal necklace chains. The background was created to represent the night sky. They took turns pouring liquid black acrylic paint to cover the canvas. Once the canvas was covered in black paint, they poured three different shades of blue, white, and gold liquid acrylic paints over thin metal necklace chains. After the chains were covered in paint, we laid the chains out in a wavy design on the wet black paint. Once the chains settled, they slowly pulled the chains off the canvas and they watched the colored paint form into beautiful fathers on top of the black paint. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on this item during the live auction on April 9th.
Dimensions: 20” x 30”
Coordinated by: Kacy Cristofani and Tessa Burns
Art Auction Profile: Yellow Door's “After the Winter”
Yellow Door’s auction project is a mixed media piece depicting a field of daffodils. Daffodils traditionally represent rebirth and new beginnings after a long winter; our Yellow Door community has been through many changes and difficulties, and yet, we have come out stronger than ever. Children painted egg cartons to each create their own flower, and mixed acrylics to create the background of a blue sky. Finally, we melted crayons together to create waxen stems for our daffodils to bloom upon. While we know there will be more “winters” or challenges before us (as there always will be in life), we also know that together we will continue to bloom and bring beauty and strength into the world.
Dimensions: 36” x 24”
Coordinated by: Robin Deinhard, Josephine Lin, Paige Kriewald, and Jennifer Montague
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