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COVID-19 Fundraiser

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As all of our Montessori families know, our teachers have been working hard to prepare the best distance learning option we can during the COVID19 pandemic. The Montessori philosophy traditionally places less emphasis on technology and more on hands-on work, in-person collaboration, and dynamic problem-solving; however in this current age, we’ve all been forced to be flexible and learn new ways of doing things. This includes how we engage our community of families and how we provide opportunities to support the school. Unfortunately, this year we will be unable to host our Annual Fall Carnival Fundraiser. In the past, this fundraiser provided the additional resources needed to offer students an exemplary Montessori education. In addition to cancelling our major fundraising source, we also have a new host of needs stemming from the pandemic. As a result and in response to the enthusiasm and support we felt from parents at the Town Hall meeting last month, we humbly announce the Montessori School of Flagstaff COVID Fundraising campaign.

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2020-2021 Distance Learning Plan

As a public charter school, Montessori School of Flagstaff is required to submit a Distance Learning Plan to the Arizona Department of Education, detailing our instruction and services available to our students.

Per Governor Ducey's Executive Order, Montessori School of Flagstaff is providing on-site support services for our K-8 charter students during school hours at our Switzer Mesa campus. This option is available for students whose circumstances require educational options beyond those provided by our Distance Learning program. We emailed parents regarding the details of these services before our August 17 start date. If you would like more information, please contact the Switzer Mesa campus. 

2020-2021 School Year Updates

Hello Montessori School of Flagstaff families!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently offering distance learning beginning August 17. Please continue to check your email for updates from teachers and administration regarding the details of the distance learning plan. 

Thank you for your flexibility, understanding and support as we navigate this together!

Bugs Bugs Bugs!

Students from Lower Elementary got up close and personal with our six-legged friends this week. We feel so fortunate to have parents with such varying areas of expertise! The students enjoyed learning new facts about their insect friends, as well as getting to view and even touch many species of insects. Another great presentation from our parent community!

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B-1 Trail Cleanup

By: Shaniya, Sixth Year Student, B-1

"On November 7th, 2018, the class of B-1 hiked the trail behind the school to pick up some litter. Since littering is horrible for the environment, the class of B-1 took bags of trash bags and picked up loads of trash. We also found some homeless peoples' places so we stayed away from those areas. Some kids climbed rocks to pick up some trash. Some of the items were small, but some items were huge. For example, we once found a Tidepod box and an old tire! We filled about three to four trashbags! When we were walking down the walkway, we traveled off the trail a few times to discover more trash. Probably the best memory of this "trip" was the idea that we helped the planet a little. The worst memory would be the cacti, hands down the worst thing to run into while walking. Overall, we all had a great time and it was fun for all!"

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A3's Plant Election

"The A3 lower elementary students did a lesson on the election process to decide which seeds to sprout in a windowsill garden. Students queued, signed their names on our voter registration record, and voted in our private voting booth. We first had a primary election to narrow choices down to three.

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Mystery History Day

Each October, the elementary students from the Switzer Mesa Campus undertake a top secret task: they must learn all they can about an individual of their choosing, only to be revealed on October 31st! This is the annual Mystery History celebration, where students research a historical figure and become that person for a day.

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A1 Traditions Build Community

By: Ms. Kristen, A1, Switzer Mesa 

There is a lot to say about traditions, but in my opinion there are little other places like a Montessori classroom in which traditions build community. Take for instance the first writer's workshop lesson I do each year with first grade students. Each year we begin with "small moment" stories by writing about a shared event. And each year I create a small moment by (shh) "accidentally" spilling a bucketful of markers right before the lesson. Each and every year the older students giggle and say the same thing. "Ms. Kristen, how come you always spill the markers?"

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Montessori Philosophy

Montessori PhilosophyThe Montessori Philosophy encourages children to develop their observation skills through activities that use the five senses, kinetic movement, spatial refinement, small and gross motor skill coordination, and concrete knowledge that leads to later abstraction.


Arizona School Tax Credit

Arizona School Tax CreditThe 2015 Arizona School Tax Credit lets your donation go directly to a public school of your choice! A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of your tax liability. Any Arizona taxpayer may contribute, regardless of whether your child is attending school.

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Enrichment Programs

Montessori Schools of Flagstaff Enrichment ProgramsTo meet the needs of working parents, we offer a before- and after-school program designed for children 18 months–12 years. The older children can sign up for the many special classes offered after school such as drama, art classes, and music lessons.

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