Montessori Center School

Montessori Center School


Happy International Women’s Day!

Today, we reflect on the life and legacy of a woman who inspired students and educators to build a better world. A woman who made TIME’s list of the most influential women of the past century, Dr. Maria Montessori.

Montessori pioneered an understanding of the development of the child that continues to be supported today through neuroscience. Her research, educational approach and pioneering work for social reform is more relevant now than ever. The work of Montessori continues to motivate people to change the world for the better and has impacted the lives of children and teachers for more than a century.

Learn more about the life of Dr. Montessori in the link below.

On the blog this week: Practical Life during the Elementary years. When people think about Montessori schools, some of the most prominent materials that come to mind are the beautiful practical life opportunities in our primary environments. There are small wooden trays with pouring and transferring works. There are whole lessons dedicated to the arrangement of flowers. The children prepare their own snacks and wash their own dishes. They use special frames that teach them to tie, buckle, and snap.

Those practical life materials at the primary level are so important. They are also very visible, because they take on the form of a standard material on a shelf, so it can sometimes appear that practical life is a part of our education for children up to age six, but not after.

What happens when children reach the elementary years? Click the link below to learn more.

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All the Friday Feels: Auction Art Project Profile - Emerald Door “Little Free Library” Book Box

“Take a book, return a book.”

Inspire a love of reading and build community within your neighborhood with this beautifully customized “Little Free Library Box” by Emerald Door.
The “Little Free Library Box” has a stitched quilt pattern enrobing it to symbolize the interwoven connectedness of our lives. The quilt theme symbolizes the feeling of warmth that wraps around you, just like the Montessori-style of teaching fosters the warmth and depth of true friendships to occur. The sides of the box are hand-painted book covers that Emerald Door students chose as their quilt square. The front door of the library book box is covered with printed book pages. Lastly, a love of learning is reflected within the representation of the library book box itself.

All guests will have an opportunity to bid on this project during the live auction portion of our April 9th event.






A special thank you to UltraAnalog Corporation for your support as an event sponsor for our April 9th Auction Benefit! UltraAnalog Corporation is Santa Barbara County's premier outsourced IT leadership & solutions architecture consultants. They design and deliver IT solutions, including custom JAVA/PHP/C++/.NET software development, tailored to your business requirements and corporate initiatives. Their local and national clientele includes small businesses, Fortune 50 Enterprises, law firms, dental offices, maxillofacial offices, medical offices, large-scale restaurant franchisees and district-wide educational institutions. Learn more about UltraAnalog Corporation here:

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MCS’s Auction Committee invites parents and friends to contribute donations for the silent and live auctions. Auction items can be trips, unique experiences, dining, vacation homes, jewelry, hotels, services, unique goods, gift certificates, etc.

Additional ways to support:

2.) Become an Event Underwriter - Underwriting is an immediate way to help with event expenses by making a family donation.

3.) Become an event sponsor. We have several sponsorship packages, each having its own set of marketing benefits.

4.) Advertise in the auction program. Ad sizes range from a business card to a full-page, all in full color. Consider giving a special shout-out to a faculty/staff member, graduate, or individual business.

The deadline to become a sponsor or underwriter is TOMORROW Friday, March 4.
For more details, please visit:

Please contact Kathy Kelley, [email protected].
Tickets are now on sale for MCS’s Annual Auction Benefit! The Auction is our school’s signature fundraiser and most anticipated social event of the year. You don’t want to miss it! The evening begins with cocktails and hors d' oeuvres, a silent auction, followed by dinner, a live auction, and dancing to music from The Academy. Bid on the items during the silent auction and live auction for a chance to take home some fabulous items and unique artwork that each classroom worked on together. This fun adults-only event is a chance to get out for the night, mingle and meet other MCS parents, and support the school. Get your tickets today via the link below. Giddy-up!

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On this #MontessoriMonday, we feature the Rajvaidya family and the Burkett family. Rashmi and Prashant have a son in Upper Elementary. Robin and Brian have two daughters in Pre-Primary and Primary.

Rashmi says, "MCS has been an excellent learning environment for both our children. Our older son started at age 2 in Pre-Primary and graduated from MCS after completing 6th grade, He was there for 10 years and would go back in a heartbeat! Our younger son started at Primary level and is currently in the Upper Elementary at MCS and loves his school very much!

In our decade of being there, we can confidently say that MCS prepares children not just in the foundation of academics but in building important life skills that really shape their personality in so many positive ways. The attention to detail in developing every aspect of their skillset in a fun, exciting, and meaningful way has been so amazing to experience. The teachers are patient and take their time to cater to each child's individual needs fostering an environment of compassion and nurturing. The kids in the mixed-age classrooms imbibe these learnings not just in school but outside as well. MCS has provided invaluable tools to our kids to navigate the demands of everyday life and challenges. It has taught them valuable lessons in teamwork, collaboration, mentorship, communication, time management, and conservation. We truly believe that the school raises creative, conscious and aware custodians of the future.”

Robin says, "Selecting Montessori Center School has been the best decision we have made as parents, hands down. The teachers are truly gifted in their ability to nurture, engage and inspire children. They have been an invaluable sounding board and support system for our family throughout the years. Our children are cared for as whole children, with individual needs academically, socially, and emotionally... There is no greater gift! At ages two and five years old, our girls are curious learners, independent and self-assured, all qualities that have been fostered at Montessori Center School. We are forever grateful!"
On Saturday, April 9, 2022, MCS will be holding our annual Auction Benefit. This year's theme is, "A Night in the Old West."

Please consider helping our school in one of the following ways:

-Donate an item, service or unique experience. All donors will be recognized in our event program, and those providing donations valued at $1000 or above will be have their business logos featured onscreen during the pre-event show.

-Consider underwriting an aspect of the event. Costs for producing this event add up; invitations, mailing, printing, videography and more.

-Become an event sponsor. We have several sponsorship packages, each having unique benefits.

-Advertise in the auction catalog. Ad sizes range from a business card to full page. Ads are full color.

The deadline for becoming an event sponsor or underwriter is Friday, March 4.

Click the link for more information.

This week marks the launch of our Gardening program in collaboration with @exploreecology. We would like to thank all of our generous donors who contributed to our cash call at our auction last year for making this possible. #EducateEngageEmpower #FamilyandCommunity #RespectforAll #TogetherWeCan #MontessoriCenterSchool
Today we profile two alumni of MCS: Vanessa and Devin. Vanessa (top image) and Devin (bottom image) went to MCS as children and now have children at school. Devin has a son at the Primary level (ages 3-6) and Vanessa has two children in both Primary and Pre-Primary (ages 18 months to 3 years).

"I am both a graduate and now a parent at MCS. The school does extraordinary work cultivating curiosity, creativity, kindness, and a love of learning in both of our children. Every aspect of the program is thoughtfully designed with purpose and respect for the innate intelligence of children. The teachers are expert, caring, joyful, and highly communicative with us as parents. I know that our children are benefitting from world-class early education every day, and it is wonderful getting to see them discovering the world in this way." -Vanessa

"When I was 3 years old, I started at MCS with Margaret! To this day, I still remember how my positive experience was with the smaller class, and how using the MCS curriculum allowed me to accelerate my development at a very young age. MCS creates a positive environment in school with all the kids. With smaller classes and a teacher's assistant, learning is fun and hands-on development. Every child learns at a pace they feel comfortable with! My wife and I were very excited to learn Margaret was available in Gold Door to continue her legacy with our son Luca! I highly recommend MCS for any parent looking for the best learning experience for their children. MCS is an excellent choice for all ages." -Devin


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Goleta, CA 93117
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Photos from Montessori Center School's post 05/17/2022

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."

Timeline photos 05/16/2022

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].

Support for Krista Williams, organized by Megan Gage 05/13/2022

Support for Krista Williams, organized by Megan Gage

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

Photos from Montessori Center School's post 05/10/2022

Registration for our summer camp closes this Friday, May 13! Our summer program is open to all. Visit our website to download the brochure.

Photos from Montessori Center School's post 05/09/2022

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."

Photos from Montessori Center School's post 05/03/2022

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.

Photos from Montessori Center School's post 04/29/2022

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.

Photos from Montessori Center School's post 04/26/2022

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.

Photos from Montessori Center School's post 04/22/2022

“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.


Photos from Montessori Center School's post 04/15/2022

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

Photos from Montessori Center School's post 04/15/2022

"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.

Photos from Montessori Center School's post 04/14/2022

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.

Photos from Montessori Center School's post 04/10/2022

Auction Benefit 2022. Thank you to our event sponsors, underwriters, volunteers, supporters and attendees! We hope you had an enjoyable evening!

Timeline photos 04/08/2022

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:

Photos from Montessori Center School's post 04/07/2022

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!

Photos from Montessori Center School's post 04/01/2022

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.

Photos from Montessori Center School's post 03/31/2022

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

Photos from Montessori Center School's post 03/30/2022

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

Photos from Montessori Center School's post 03/29/2022

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

Photos from Montessori Center School's post 03/28/2022

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

Timeline photos 03/25/2022

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.

Timeline photos 03/25/2022

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.

For more information about Mammoth Moving and Storage, please visit

Photos from Montessori Center School's post 03/24/2022

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

Photos from Montessori Center School's post 03/23/2022

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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401 N Fairview Ave, # 1
Goleta, CA

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