Montessori Happenings

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Montessori School of Flagstaff Cedar Student's Charity Work Impresses

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The following is an excerpt from Flagstaff Family Food Center Volunteer Director, Michael Van Ness' correspondence with the school,

"On behalf of the Flagstaff Family Food Center: Food Bank and Kitchen I want to say "Thank You!" for having your students come and build emergency food boxes with us this morning. I seldom see such dedication and focus from the ADULTS who come and volunteer with us - it was a pleasure to host."

A group of students from Montessori School of Flagstaff's Cedar Middle School spent time at the Flagstaff Family Food Center packing emergency food boxes for those in need. From the photos and Mr. Van Ness' response it is clear that all those involved had a great time for a great cause.

Montessori Students Clean up Urban Trail

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It was hard to get lost along a segment of the Flagstaff urban trail near Coconino High School while it was littered with seventh and eighth graders during a trash cleanup last Friday morning.

The students of the Montessori Schools of Flagstaff Middle School sported their brightest vests and most comfortable shoes to collect the empty beer bottles and left-behind dog droppings that were scattered along the Sego Lily Trail, which winds up the hill behind the high school to the crest of McMillan Mesa.

“It’s pretty fun, but it’s sad that there’s a lot of trash out here,” said Kevin Willden, a seventh grader at the school.

Every seven weeks, the students rotate for a chance to sit on a planning team – made up of a group of four – to research, make phone calls and strategize a community service project. So far, they have made sandwiches at the Northern Arizona Food Bank and landscaped at the other Montessori campuses.

“We haven’t done too many yet but it’s really fun,” said seventh-grader Alyssa Prager. “It’s a fun way to end the week.”

The Sego Lily Trail was previously known as the Sixth Avenue Trail; the new name reflects the presence of sego lilies, a small, white wildflower native to the West.

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International Peace Day

peaceIn celebration of International Peace Day, Switzer campus held their annual Peace ceremony. Students designed and hung flags adorned with symbols and pictures of peace, and sang "Light a Candle for Peace".

B1 Masterpiece Art

Many thanks to Julie Lancaster and Jennifer Morris for a great Masterpiece Art Lesson. Students were treated to the art of Claude Monet and the rewards of painting in plein air.

Virtues: Cooperation is Key!

One of the first weeks of school, we talked about the importance of the virtue of cooperation. We use cooperation in nearly every aspect of our classroom, from working on lessons together to keeping our classroom organized and clean. We use cooperation when we listen to each others ideas and come up with the best solution. Without cooperation, our classroom environment wouldn't be the peaceful place we know! 

To demonstrate cooperation, the children attempted to get two balloons into a tub using two yardsticks. When just one person tries this, it's a very difficult task! Balloons end up going everywhere! But when two people use cooperation, it's much easier to get the balloons into the tub! Here are some photos from our fun cooperation activity:

Classroom Highlights from August

The Westside Campus is busy with children excited to be back in the classroom.  Here are a few highlights from the past two weeks:

  1. The children explore color mixing the primary colors blue and yellow to make the secondary color green.
  2. Each child will have the opportunity to take home the “All About Me Bag” and present their meaningful items to their new friends. This is a time where we get to learn more about our classmates, practice the art of speaking to a group and learn the importance of asking questions.
  3. One of the major focuses at the beginning of the year is handwriting.  The children use various types of tools to practice fine-tuning their skills.
  4. In our classrooms we sing skip-counting songs, rote counting songs and use Montessori Materials to help reinforce this concept.

A Visit to the County Fair

The Montessori Charter School of Flagstaff took their first outing to the Coconino County Fair Friday, August 30th. Students explored the fair in small chaperoned groups, traveling from building to building learning about animals, crafts, arts, and science. There was a little entertainment too in the form of a ventriloquist, music, and comedy!

This is always our first field trip of the season, and we can always count on MCSF students to represent our school with honor and integrity.

 

Becoming Buddies: A1 and B2 Bond

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At Switzer Mesa, classrooms from Upper Pod are paired with a Lower Pod classroom as buddy classes. The intent is to have a mentoring relationship to foster a sense of camaraderie and move the Montessori philosophy beyond our individual classrooms and into our small campus community. On a recent Friday morning, A1 students and their B2 buddies met for the first time when the Upper Pod came down to read to Lower Pod students. I'm sure everyone was a bit nervous at first, but as you can tell from these engaged learners and big smiles, they eased into their roles just fine!

A1: Hard at Work!

Welcome back to school!

A1 got right back into the swing of things during the first week of school! See the photo evidence below!

We're looking forward to a great year!

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!

Welcome to all new and returning families of the Sunnyside Campus! 

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 Please make sure you are continually visiting our site to check for updates and information! We will post newsletters and reminders, along with photos and information about what's happening in our classrooms.

We're looking forward to a successful schoolyear!

ADMINISTRATION: Ms. Patti

FRONT CLASS: Ms. Bethany with Ms. Ali & Ms. Carly

BACK CLASS: Ms. Felisa with Ms. Blair & Ms. Katie

PRIMARY-AGED LUNCH/LATE DAY: Ms. Michelle, Ms. Murphy, Ms. Brittany & Ms. Elizabeth

YOUNG CHILDREN: Ms. Cindy with Ms. Sina, Ms. Ellen, Ms. Lauren & Ms. Emma

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Enrichment Programs

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