Welcome to the Catalpa Class! - Monday, July 29, 2019

This morning classroom of 3-6 year old children make up the Catalpa classroom. We feel grateful to know children from all over the world each with their own interests and personalities. It is the mixed age multicultural composite that makes the classroom so rich.

The classroom is carefully designed and divided into sections; Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, Science, Culture and Art. Children have the opportunity to work where they wish and are given formal presentations from each area. The Montessori materials in the classroom are aimed to create independence, self-discipline, concentration, motivation, and sensitivity in the child and throughout the environment. Through the materials the children experience the spontaneous joy of learning and once they begin with the concrete they are better able to grasp the abstract interpretations. 

We look forward to seeing you at Orientation on Monday, August 12.

Important Announcements
Orientation Info 2019 - Monday, July 29, 2019

Dear Parents,

It's almost time for school to resume! The teachers return August 5 to begin preparing the classrooms. Our first all-school event of the year is a Parent-Teacher Work Day on Saturday morning, August 10, 9:00 a.m. to noon. Come prepared to clean, paint, and move stuff! This is a great time to meet and get to know the teachers and other parents in our school family. The Calendar of Events is available on the MSGL website ( and has important school dates.


Children new to MSGL or to their 2019–2020 classroom/teacher have been scheduled for a classroom orientation visit on Monday, August 12. See your email orientation time(s).


MSGL bookbags will be distributed. Your child’s materials and mail from the school will be carried via these bookbags, so please be sure your child carries it every day. Please bring a pair of “inside” shoes for your child (croc-like slip-on shoes are ideal) to wear in the classroom and an extra set of weather appropriate clothes, in the case of bathroom accidents. These will be stored at school.

On Monday, August 12th, come to the office for your parent orientation with the office staff. We will discuss policies, procedures, and parent involvement at the school along with what it means to be a corporation member at MSGL.

Children start school on different days so we can do a better job of orienting them to the classroom. This ensures a more peaceful year for everyone! See your email for your child's start day and time.

Remember, all enrollment forms, including a certified copy of your child’s birth certificate, must be completed by Arbor's first day of classes. Arbor will not be able to begin class until we have all the necessary information. If you did not receive these forms, please contact the office at We appreciate receiving these early so we will be better prepared for the beginning of school.

Cindy Garwood

Executive Director

Family Picnic Postponed - Saturday, August 30, 2014

We really thought it was going to rain! Our picnic that scheduled for Friday, August 29th has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 11th.

Time: 5:30 - 7:00
Place: MSGL playground

Bring a picnic for your family and blankets or lawn chairs. Water, lemonade, and cups will be provided.

Family Picnic Postponed until Monday, May 19th - Friday, May 16, 2014

Due to heavy rains and a very soggy playground, the Family Picnic will be postponed until Monday, May 19th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.

Raffle tickets for a brand new Apple iPad Air will still be on sale today and through Monday. The winning ticket will be chosen on Monday night at 7:00 pm. You do not need to be present to win. Tickets are 1 for $10 and 3 for $25. Tickets can be billed to your account. Don't miss out on this amazing chance to win an iPad!
Race day packet pick up - Friday, April 4, 2014

THANK YOU for particupating in the MSGL: A Heathly Community to Grow Family Fun Run 1K and 5K race! We are excited to see youtomorrow morning.  You are welcomed to stop by Fleet Feet this evening between 3:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. to pick up your shirts and race packets.  If you are registered to run the 1K and bought a t-shirt your bag is at Fleet Feet.  If you registered for the 5K your bag and bib are ready for you at Fleet Feet.  You may pick your bags up tomorrow morning at the race.  Registration and packet pick up begins at 8:00 a.m. at the shelter by the large parking lot off Salisbury Street, across from Universtiy Farms next to the West Lafayette Famers Market.  

Thanks again for your particupation and you may still encourage your friends to come and register the day of the race.  We so look forward in seeing you at our frist annual fun run!  

Thank you again! 

Spring Break - Friday, March 14, 2014

MSGL is closed March 17-21 for Spring Break.


We look forward to seeing you (and maybe some Spring flowers) on Monday, March 24th!




Closed - Wednesday, March 12, 2014
-Montessori School of Greater Lafayette - Closed on Wednesday.
Plumbing problems have been compounded by the inclement weather. 
1st Annual MSGL 5K and Family Fun Run - Tuesday, March 4, 2014
It is time to register for the 1st Annual MSGL A Healthy Community to Grow Family Fun Run and 5K

Click here to register! 


How do I register?
Registration for the 5K and Family Fun Run is easy! Just go to ACTIVE.COM and type MSGL 5K.

How much is the entry fee?
The fee for the 5K run is $20. This includes a t-shirt. The Family Fun Run 1K is FREE, but you should register at ACTIVE.COM.

Can I order a t-shirt if I’m not running the 5K?
Yes. T-shirts are $10 each. You may order a t-shirt by registering for the free 1K on ACTIVE.COM.

Can I show up to register for both the 1K and the 5K on the day of the race?
Yes, but you must do so by 8:45 a.m. on race day.

Can MSGL families be billed for the race?
No, you must register on ACTIVE.COM.

Can I walk the 5K at my own pace?
YES! This is a family-friendly event. We welcome walkers, walkers with strollers, joggers, and runners. This is a great event for your first 5K!

Can I bring my dog?
No, sorry. Our very much loved furry canines must stay at home for the event.

When and where do I pick up my race packet?
Packet pick-up will be at the West Lafayette Fleet Feet store on Friday, April 4th from 3-7:00 p.m. Fleet Feet is located at 500 Sagamore Pkwy West in the University Square Shopping Center near Sunspot, Jos. A. Bank, and Chico’s.



Go to to register your family!  You may also find the link to register on our school website at

If you would like to volunteer for this event and would like to be on the 5K committee, please email Anita Trent at  Your time can be used against your required service hours!


50 ways to Say "Good Job" (Without Saying "Good Job") - Saturday, March 1, 2014

There was a time when parents were told to praise their child’s every move as a way of building their self-esteem.  Not knowing exactly how to do this, many parents resorted to the phrase “good job.” This generic phrase has long lost its motivating incentive.  Unfortunately, many parents and teachers continue to use this phrase when interacting with their children.  The phrase itself is not bad, however, it’s extremely overused and it usually does not accomplish the job of building a child’s self-esteem.

One way to build a positive self-esteem is to use phrases that put the emphasis on qualities and actions that the child possesses. You do not have to praise everything your child does, says or creates.  Think of your words as your child’s inner-voice.  You want them to learn things about themselves and maybe even repeat these phrases even when you are not around.

In case you’re stuck, here are some suggestions.
 Alternatives to “Good Job”:

1. You worked hard on that project

2. You put a lot of detail into your picture

3. That took a lot of patience

4. Your studying really paid off

5. That shows dedication

6. You are really getting good at printing your name

7. You colored the sky blue and the house purple (describe what you see)

8. That took a lot of imagination

9. You are so brave

10. You really demonstrated good sportsmanship tonight

11. How creative

12. You guys worked together to repair the fort, great teamwork!

13. You are so responsible

14. Speaking up for a friend shows a lot of courage

15. Can you tell me more about your drawing?

16. I noticed that the towels were folded so neatly

17. Thank You!

18. You can do it

20. Returning the money you found shows that you are honest

21. You were very respectful talking to Mrs. Johnson tonight

22. High-Five!

23. This is a big test, you are managing your study time wisely

24. You did it!

25. You are learning to balance on one foot

26. Amanda smiled when you gave her that toy

27. You’ve been working hard on this book report tonight

28. Hugs

29. You are feeling so excited

30. Which part do you like the best?

31. Can you show me how you built this lego tower?

32. Sharing your ice-cream with your sister was a very considerate thing to do

33. That is a tough piano piece, you are making a lot of progress

34. You are skipping around the living room

35. You finished your first chapter book!

36. You set a good example for the other students in the class

37. Wow!

38. This “A” shows just how much time and effort you put into this project

39. All of the books are put back onto the shelf

40. You finished that in record time

41. Thank you for being so patient with your sister

42. That was very thoughtful

43. I’m amazed by your ability to write such moving poems

44. You are thinking through your choices

45. You are strong

46. We couldn’t have done it without you

47. You are using your imagination

48. What a beautiful smile

49. You did that all by yourself!

50. When in doubt, make an observation about something they did or a character trait they demonstrated in that situation.

Notice how many times you use the phrase, “Good Job” with your kids this week. Next, try to replace a few of those statements with one of these suggestions. Observe your child’s response. Do you notice a sense of personal accomplishment? Do you hear them repeating these phrases when you’re not around? Good job!


Delayed - Tuesday, February 11, 2014
All AM classes begin at 9:00 am. No Early Arrival program available today, Tuesday, February 11, 2014. 
Closed - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

All classes cancelled on Wednesday, February 5th due to dangerous road conditions.

Delay - Monday, January 27, 2014
All Morning classes begin at 9 am. No Early Arrival.  
Classes cancelled on Tuesday, January 28 - Monday, January 27, 2014
All classes cancelled on Tuesday, January 28.  
Delayed classes - Friday, January 24, 2014
All Morning classes will begin at 9:00 am. No Early Arrival and no Parent Infant classes this morning on Friday, January 24.  
2 hour delay - Tuesday, January 21, 2014
MSGL is operating in a 2 hour delay this morning. There is no Early Arrival class. All morning classes will start at 10:30 am.  
Welcome back from winter break! - Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Due to hazardous weather conditions MSGL is closed on Monday, January 6th, Tuesday, January 7th, and Wednesday, January 8th. Please subscribe to MSGL on for more immediate notifications from MSGL.


Teachers and staff return Monday, January 6th.

Students return on Tuesday, January 7th.

Please remember to bring nap room supplies if your child stays for nap in the afternoon. Also, consider re-stocking your child's supply of extra clothing.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

How can I find out if classes are delayed or cancelled? - Sunday, December 8, 2013

During snowy weather and other emergencies it is sometimes necessary to close the school or delay the start of classes. You will not be notified personally, but there are many ways to find out if there is a weather-related delay. 

1.) Log in right here at A delay or cancellation will be posted here on the News page as soon as a decision to delay is made.

2.) Sign up for EventLink ( It is free and notifies you via email if there is a delay. 

3.) Like the Montessori School of Greater Lafayette on facebook at

4.) Follow us on Twitter @MSGL_org.

5.) Elsewhere on the web, check out for its list of closings and delays.

6.) Local TV station WLFI, news channel 18, will announce closings and delays as they receive them, but they are sometimes delayed. 

7.) If your power is out, try the radio in your car. These local stations announce closings/delays:

WASK 1450 am
WGLM 106.7FM
WBAA FM 101.3 

 Because MSGL is not dependent on bus transportation, we may be open with no delay even when most of the county schools are under a delay. If the school closes during school hours, families will be notified via EventLink, email and/or phone calls.

Tuition is not adjusted nor is the school calendar extended due to emergency closings. 

Food Finders - Tuesday, November 19, 2013
MSGL Gives Back would like to remind you of the opportunity to donate food to food finders.  Barrels are in each MSGL building.  We are also collecting new hats and gloves for the recipients of the West Lafayette backpack program.  Hats and gloves can be given to Anita or to the office.  We will be collecting through Monday, December 2nd.  A full report will be offered to all parents in January regarding our efforts.  Thanks!  
facebook - Thursday, August 1, 2013
Class Lists - Thursday, January 10, 2013
New updated class lists are now available under the documents section.