Thoughts from the Head

Chores and More  

Every now and then an email arrives in my inbox that grabs me from the opening paragraph and even makes me smile. A recent article from Wendy Calise, Head of School at Countryside Montessori School and Director of Montessori Teachers Institute for Professional Studies, in Chicago, did just that. The title is “Three Ways to Raise Standout Young Adults” and here’s the opening paragraph:

“Want a sure-fire way to raise responsible and resourceful children? Good news: It’s not rocket science, and it doesn’t require you to be a Super-Parent. It requires you to consider only three things.”

Who wouldn’t say “yes” and then want to know the three things! One of the “things” is chores, which Wendy refers to as “things to do that contribute to your family life,” another nod to viewing chores as community service to the family and involving children in that work. She also explores, “New Age Parenting Myths” and then reframes each one by including “NOT” in each one. Have I struck your imagination yet? This is a quick read that is thought-provoking and will probably make you smile and/or laugh out loud as well. Read the full article here.

-- Pam

Did you know?
Maria Montessori

Today is Maria Montessori's Birthday! 

Maria Montessori was born August 31, 1870. On this special day, let us reflect about how someone born 148 years ago was able to create such an ingenious and enduring method of learning that is touching our lives in such a positive fashion today. We are so grateful for her insight and passion which we carry forth in our daily lives. Happy birthday Maria Montessori!


Read Tomorrow's Child Online  

One of the benefits of being a member of our community is your free membership in The Montessori Family Alliance which provides online access to the current Tomorrow's Child magazine and a searchable database of every article in Tomorrow's Child so you can find information at a moment's notice. Please create your account to take advantage of this benefit. 


Late to pick up? Call us

Pick Up Reminder  

Please remember to call the front office if you are running late to pick up your child at the end of the school day. If you are not here when carline ends, staff members have been instructed to sign children into Extended Day for drop-in care, for which there is a $20 fee per child.


After School Activities

After School Activities

After school activities will begin after Labor Day! A current list is now available online so please register your child if you are interested in participating.

Please remember, we will no longer be able to collect payments at the front desk for after school activities. Program providers should instruct parents on how they will collect payment for their services. 

Upcoming Events
Labor Day Student Holiday

Labor Day School Holiday, No Class or Holiday Care 
Monday, September 3

We want to remind you that there is no school or Holiday Care on Monday, September 3, in observance of Labor Day. Enjoy the 3-day weekend!

Backyard Bash

Backyard Bash Committee Meeting  
Tuesday, September 5, 8:30 am - NOTE DATE CHANGE

We will have the second meeting for the Backyard Bash at TMA on Tuesday, September 5, at 8:30 am, after drop off. I have created a private Facebook group so we can include information for parents who cannot attend the meetings. Just click on the link, then click Join, and you will be automatically accepted. We need all of the help we can get!

-- Lisa Rebstock

Grandparent's Day

Grandparent's Day 
Friday, September 7

Elementary—8:30, 9:20, 10:10, or 11:00 am
Early Childhood—11:30 am - 12:15 pm

We invite grandparents to visit their grandchildren in our Early Childhood and Elementary programs:

  • Early Childhood — We would love for grandparents to join the fun during our outdoor activities and enjoy a walk through our Wildscape.
  • Elementary — We invite grandparents to observe our morning Elementary Enrichment program. Grandparents should arrive at the beginning of any of the first 3 classes of the day (8:30, 9:20, or 10:10 am) or join students for lunch/recess at 11:00 am.

Please have grandparents stop by the front desk to obtain a visitor sticker, then we will guide them to the appropriate classroom. We are sure the children will love to see their grandparents at school!

Little Medical School

Little Medical School at TMA 
September 8,15, & 22, 1:00-3:00 pm

A parent has organized an opportunity for Extension and Elementary students to participate in the Little Medical School's the ABC's of Dog Care program at TMA. The class will meet for two hours on 3 Saturdays in September and the cost is $150 per child. You can sign up online to participate.

Donohue Shortridge

The Secret to a Happy Child (& Parent)
Donohue Shortridge Parent Development Opportunity 

Wednesday, September 12, 5:00-7:00 pm

Do you want to find out the secret of having a happy child, and thereby a happy parent? Join us on Wednesday, September 12, from 5:00-7:00 pm, to hear Donohue's advice on how to accomplish this seemingly herculean task with ease. 

Donohue Shortridge has a masters degree and AMS credentials at both the Infant/Toddler as well as Early Childhood levels. She's been a Montessori guide, a teacher educator, a Montessori mentor and resolute explicator of the fundamentals of Montessori philosophy. She specializes in staff development workshops as well as in-class observations and feedback. She also conducts parent night sessions at Montessori schools

Please RSVP to Ashley. Dinner and childcare will be provided free of charge, so please be sure to include the names of those attending, whether childcare is needed, and note any dietary restrictions.

Download Upcoming Events Directly to your Calendar

Labor Day School Holiday - No Classes, Extended Day, or Activities
Sep 3 2018 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
Backyard Bash Committee Meeting
Sep 5 2018 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM (CDT)
Grandparent's Day
Sep 7 2018 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CDT)
The Secret to a Happy Child (& Parent) Donohue PDO
Sep 12 2018 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)
North Texas Giving Day
Sep 20 2018 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
Peace Day
Sep 21 2018 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
Annual Meeting
Sep 27 2018 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)
Journey of Discovery
Sep 29 2018 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
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