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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.

 

 

Coffee with Cindy

Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 9:00 a.m.

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

 

 

 

Silent Journey and Discovery

Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 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 10. 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.

 

 

 

Toileting 101 (Toddler Level)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 10:00 a.m.

Conference Room

Come hear about all the ins and outs of toileting!  Our wonderful Toddler teacher, Ms. Machelle, 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 19, 2019, 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. Ms. Stacie, 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 25, 2019, 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".  Attendees will receive a goodie bag filled with a selection of practical, child-sized materials to take home after the presentation, with the option of adding How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin.

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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, with the option to add How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin for an additional $5.  Childcare is available to all current MSGL students and their siblings ages 2 to 10. 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 2, 2019, 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 refrain from cell phone use while with your child and note that food and drink should not be taken into any of the classrooms due to severe allergies.

Childcare not available

 

 

 

Alumni Panel

Monday, October 14, 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 10. 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.

 

 

 

Manners Matter

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 4:00 p.m.

Spruce (Building A)

Want to learn more about how we practice manners in the classroom and how you too can bring up kind and courteous citizens of the world?  Join Ms. Machelle and Ms. Chloe for afternoon tea in the Spruce room to discuss this timely topic.  Bring your thoughts and questions on specific situations with your children.

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Childcare not available

 

 

 

Montessori Math

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

Begins in Maple Room (Building A)

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 10. 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 Informational Meeting

Monday, January 27, 2020, 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. Intended for parents only.

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Childcare not available

 

Lower Elementary Informational Meeting

Monday, February 3, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Hickory (Elementary House)

Elementary teacher, Stacie Seipel, will discuss the transition from Kindergarten to Lower 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. Intended for parents only.
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Childcare not available

 

Upper Elementary Informational Meeting

Monday, February 10, 2020, 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.  Some works will be set up to help guide the overview.  This meeting is open to any interested parents. Please come prepared to discover Upper Elementary at MSGL. Intended for parents only.

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Childcare not available

 
 

All School Open House

Monday, February 24, 2020, 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

Friday, May 8, 2020, 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 refrain from cell phone use while with your child and note that food and drink should not be taken into any of the classrooms due to severe allergies.

Childcare not available