Thoughts from the Head

A Montessori Moment of Historic Proportions

I love this time of year! The weather gets cooler, the leaves begin to turn colors, and our elementary students present a living Timeline of Historical Figures. In early October, elementary students choose a historical figure to research and “become” for a day. The Timeline event begins with 1st-6th grade students coming to school in character costume, lining up in chronological order, and stepping up to a microphone to introduce themselves as their historical figure in front of a large crowd of parents and grandparents. After everyone has been introduced, children, parents, and grandparents return to classrooms where the children share their research in more detail. Following classroom presentations, some of the classes visit the Early Childhood classrooms.

This year’s timeline spanned the 13th century BCE through present day; it began with King Tut and ended with Sergey Brin. Our children so inspire me! I never cease to be profoundly moved as I observe children who choose to be historical figures who don’t match their individual gender or ethnicity. If only the world were more like our Montessori students! Living proof of Dr. Montessori’s quote that, “The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.” Nice to experience a sighting of hope, isn’t it?

I also want to acknowledge the tremendous amount of parent support for this event. Observable support included more than 100 parents and grandparents who attended the event, parents (Kelly Nejati, Amit Patel, Kyle Stewart, and Leon Williams) who assisted in setting up and restoring the MPR, and a group of moms (Kelly Bergstrand, Allison Butz, Samin Correa, Elizabeth Reep, Holli Jetsel, Erin Morgan, Vikoriia Hestilow, Victoria Liguez, Mary Ann Heugatter, and Brenna Tung) who sorted and organized the many props and costumes from Dusty’s. Heartfelt thanks to all of you as well as a sincere apology to any parent I’ve forgotten to acknowledge!  

-- Pam

Historical Timeline 2018
Historical Timeline 2018
Upcoming Events
Portrait Proofs are Here!

Portrait Proofs are Here!
Order by Friday, November 2

Portrait proofs have arrived! Please follow the ordering instructions noted on the proof sheets and return to the front office along with your payment no later than Friday, November 2. If you choose not to order, kindly return all proofs. If you would like to have your child's portrait retaken, please mark "RETAKE" in large letters across one of the proof sheets. Retakes will be on November 13 during group photo day.

EC Family Trip

Early Childhood Family Trip
Friday, November 2, 2018

The Annual Early Childhood Family Trip plans have been finalized for November 2. All Early Childhood families will go to Cedar Hill State Park for a long hike and enjoy a picnic lunch. The natural setting will be a great extension of our Zoology, Botany, and Outdoor curriculum areas, providing the opportunity for parents and children to identify leaves, trees, birds, and mammals. You should have received an invitation through Bloomz from your teachers. Deadline to RSVP is today! Please note, no Early Childhood/EC Extended Day classes will be held on this day.

Backyard Bash
Saturday, November 3, 2:00-5:00 pm

The Backyard Bash is a TMA community event that invites everyone to have a great time. This year's Bash will be a free event on Saturday, November 3, from 2-5 pm. We will have food, snacks, and lots of fun backyard games as well as an inflatable obstacle course, petting zoo, musical entertainment, and the opportunity to make people plates for a small fee. You can also catch the Grand Opening of the Fall Book Fair. It will be a great community event!

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. We have 3 levels of support, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. All levels provide:

  • Thank you on social media
  • Signage at the Backyard Bash
  • VIP parking in front of the school during the Backyard Bash

The Gold and Silver levels sponsor an activity or a food/entertainment booth. Contact Lisa to become a sponsor!

We will need lots of help the day of the event. Sign-up opportunities coming soon!

-- Lisa Rebstock

Fall Book Fair
Early Childhood Resource Room
Grand Opening at the Backyard Bash: November 3, 2-4 pm
November 5-9

The Fall Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon! The Book Fair will be located in the Early Childhood Resource Room with the Grand Opening at the Backyard Bash on November 3, from 2:00-4:00 pm. It will also be open the following week, November 5-9:

  • Monday-Friday: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Monday & Tuesday: 3:15 - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday-Friday: 3:15 - 5:00 pm

We need volunteers to help us! Sign-up by the Library. 

You can also shop at the Online Book Fair beginning November 3! Online shopping is available through November 23.

Did you know?
Parking Lot Safety

Parking Lot Safety
Speed Bumps Coming Soon

With an eye to safety, we will be installing 2 new speed bumps in our parking lot which will be located before the north and south pavilions. Hopefully, these will serve as gentle reminders to slow down, observe the traffic signs, and stay alert while driving in our parking lot. 

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Download Upcoming Events Directly to your Calendar

Early Childhood Family Trip
Nov 2 2018 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
Backyard Bash
Nov 3 2018 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
Fall Book Fair Grand Opening
Nov 3 2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
Fall Book Fair
Nov 5 2018 8:00 AM - Nov 9 2018 5:00 PM (CST)
Group Photos & Individual Portrait Retakes
Nov 13 2018 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CST)
Board Meeting
Nov 14 2018 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (CST)
Early Childhood Thanksgiving Feasts
Nov 19 2018 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM (CST)
Elementary Thanksgiving Feast
Nov 20 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 21 2018 8:30 AM - Nov 23 2018 3:30 PM (CST)
PDO: Who's the Boss?
Nov 29 2018 5:00 AM - 7:00 AM (CST)
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