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Montessori Explained Series

The Montessori Explained Series is a program filled with parent development events during the year that focus on Montessori practices and curriculum.  This series gives parents the opportunity to participate in discussions, learn more about child development, and engage with their peers.

 

Silent Journey and Discovery

Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

Begins in the Office

Have you ever wished you could experience Montessori through a child's eyes?  We would like to offer you the next best thing.  This is your opportunity to see the classrooms as your children do and to use the same materials they use to develop their bodies, minds, and spirits.  The Silent Journey and Discovery will take you on two guided tours of the school, starting as an infant and progressing through the Toddler, Preprimary, and Elementary classes.  The first tour is silent, spending time in each room looking, but not touching.  The second tour is where you get to discover, use the materials, ask questions, and take part in the teacher's presentations.  We will wrap up by gathering together for refreshments and discussion.

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New families to MSGL are strongly encouraged to attend.  Registration is limited to the first 36 families. Childcare is available to all current MSGL students and their siblings ages 2 to 9. The cost for childcare is $10 per child and includes age appropriate activities and pizza. Reservations MUST be made for childcare. Once you have signed your child up for childcare, you will be billed. Food and staffing are based on registration numbers. Childcare cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the event. Thank you for understanding.

 

 

 

Coffee with Cindy

Friday, August 31, 2018, 9:00 a.m.(date changed from August 24)

Conference Room

Join our Executive Director, Cindy Garwood, for some coffee, conversation, connection, and calming expertise on those "beginning of the year jitters".  Cindy has been at MSGL since 1998, first as a parent and now as Executive Director.  Her daughter Chloe, who started at MSGL at 4 years old, now teaches the Maple class.  Cindy is the perfect person to ask "How will Montessori help my child?"

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Childcare not available

 

 

 

Toileting 101 (Toddler Level)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 9:00 a.m.

Conference Room

Come hear about all the ins and outs of toileting!  Our wonderful Toddler teacher, Ms. Dena, will share her knowledge about developmental readiness and how to support toileting at home.  She would love to answer all of your when, where and why questions.

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Childcare not available

 

 

 

First Grade 101

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m.

Conference Room

Special Morning event for parents of first grade students (and students new to the Hickory Elementary program). Now that school has started, we know that many parents will have more specific questions about academic and social transitions to the Elementary classroom. Stacie Seipel, Elementary co-teacher, will be available to explain the ins and outs of activities specific to Elementary. Please come prepared with questions.

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Childcare not available

 

 

 

Bringing Montessori Home

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

Maple Room (Building A downstairs)

How do you begin to create a Montessori environment in your home?  We can help!  Our teachers will demonstrate activities you can use to prepare your home environment to nurture your child's independence.  You will get hands-on presentations to help you help your child "do it myself".  Everyone who attends will receive a book of activities and a selection of practical, child-sized materials to take home after the presentation.

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This event is open to the public and limited to the first 36 families to sign up.  There is a $25 supply fee per family for the take-home materials.  Childcare is available to all current MSGL students and their siblings ages 2 to 9. The cost for childcare is $10 per child and includes age appropriate activities and pizza. Reservations MUST be made for childcare. Once you have signed your child up for childcare, you will be billed. Food and staffing are based on registration numbers. Childcare cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the event. Thank you for understanding.

 

Delicious Donuts for Dads

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

All Classrooms

(Refreshments available in the Conference Room due to severe allergies in multiple classrooms)

Calling all Dads, Uncles, Grandpas, or other male role-models to take a break from your usual morning routine and let your child guide you through a morning at MSGL.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see the classroom through your child's eyes and have them present one of their favorite works to you.  Donuts and light refreshments will be available in the Conference Room for you to enjoy after your visit.  Stop by and grab a bite to eat before you start your day!  Please do not take food or drinks into any of the classrooms due to severe allergies.

Childcare not available

 

 

 

Freedom, Discipline, Respect: Designing Better Transitions for Children

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

Maple Room (Building A, downstairs)

Does your child have unexpected reactions to activities you might deem routine?  Our children can be overstimulated by our fast world.  They don't always have a solid footing with our concept of time.  The world is a huge mystery, full of enormous unknowns.  As the guiding adults, the organization of their world and explorations need to be made thoughtfully.  Please join Cynthy Scruggs, a certified Montessori Preprimary teacher, to talk about helping children have less anxiety as they transition through the day.  Cynthy has been teaching for 30 years and would love to discuss ways to help you design a supportive environment at home to make transitions easier for your child.

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This event is open to the public and limited to the first 36 families. Childcare is available to all current MSGL students and their siblings ages 2 to 9. The cost for childcare is $10 per child and includes age appropriate activities and pizza. Reservations MUST be made for childcare. Once you have signed your child up for childcare, you will be billed. Food and staffing are based on registration numbers. Childcare cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the event. Thank you for understanding.
 

 

 

Montessori Math

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

Hickory (Elementary House)

Montessori math materials are some of the most inviting and beautiful pieces you will find in your child's classroom.  They are made to inspire curiosity in the child while helping to expand concentration and build confidence through repetition and independence.  Join us as we explore Montessori math materials from Parent/Infant (12 months) through Upper Elementary (9-12 years old).  Each family will receive a wonderful book by Michael Duffy called Math Works where he gives concise explanations of Montessori math materials.  You will also have the opportunity to ask questions, get presentations on materials, and complete a work!   

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This event is open to the public and limited to the first 36 families. There is a $10 fee per family for the Math Works book. Childcare is available to all current MSGL students and their siblings ages 2 to 9. The cost for childcare is $10 per child and includes age appropriate activities and pizza. Reservations MUST be made for childcare. Once you have signed your child up for childcare, you will be billed. Food and staffing are based on registration numbers. Childcare cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the event. Thank you for understanding.

 

 

 

Alumni Panel

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

Hickory (Elementary House)

All parents are invited to come and listen to a panel of Elementary graduates as they respond to questions posed by the audience about "life after Montessori."  High school students, college students, and young professionals who graduated from the Elementary program at MSGL return to reflect on their experiences in Montessori.  This evening was designed to answer questions about transitioning to more traditional academic environments following Montessori as well as the lasting effects of an MSGL education from those who know it best – our graduates.

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This event is open to the public and space is limited.  Childcare is available to all current MSGL students and their siblings ages 2 to 9. The cost for childcare is $10 per child and includes age appropriate activities and pizza. Reservations MUST be made for childcare. Once you have signed your child up for childcare, you will be billed. Food and staffing are based on registration numbers. Childcare cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the event. Thank you for understanding.

 

 

 

Kindergarten Open House

Monday, January 28, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

White Oak (Building B)

Extended Day teacher, Mary McKay, will discuss the activities that are special to the five-year-old in the preprimary program (morning and/or afternoon 5 days a week) as well as the Extended Day program (for Kindergarteners only).  This meeting is open to all, and is of special interest to parents of kindergarten-eligible children. This is an informational meeting intended for parents only.

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Childcare not available

 

Lower Elementary Open House

Monday, February 4, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Hickory (Elementary House)

Elementary teachers, Emily Frazier and Stacie Seipel, will discuss the transition from Kindergarten to Elementary along with the activities that are unique to the students in the Montessori Elementary classroom.  This meeting is especially designed for parents of first-grade eligible children, but is open to any interested parent.  Please plan to join us as we discuss this program.
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Childcare not available

 

Upper Elementary Open House

Monday, February 11, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Hickory (Elementary House)

Executive Director, Cindy Garwood, and Elementary teacher, Emily Frazier, will discuss activities exclusive to the Upper Elementary at MSGL.  There will be light refreshments and some of the Upper Elementary work will be set up to help guide the overview.  This meeting is open to any interested parents. Please come prepared to discover what Upper Elementary looks like at MSGL.

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Childcare not available

 
 

All School Open House

Monday, February 25, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

This is an opportunity for families in the community to see our campus and visit the various classrooms.  All the teachers – for Toddler, Preprimary, and Elementary classes – will be available to answer your questions.  Board members will also be available to give tours.  Please invite your family and friends to visit MSGL!
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This event is open to the public.  Childcare not available

 

 

 

Morning Muffins for Moms

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

All Classrooms

(Refreshments available in the Conference Room due to severe allergies in multiple classrooms)

Calling all Moms, Aunts, Grandmas, or other female role-models.  Join us for an early Mother's Day treat and let your child guide you through a morning at MSGL.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see the classroom through your child's eyes and have them present one of their favorite works to you.  Muffins and light refreshments will be available in the Conference Room for you to enjoy after your visit.  Stop by and grab a bite to eat before you start your day!  Please do not take food or drinks into any of the classrooms due to severe allergies.

Childcare not available