Last year MSH had great success with our Enjoy the City fundraiser orchestrated by our very own Adrianna. We are doing it again and need your help.
We sell our Enjoy the City coupon books for $20. They come with hundreds of coupons for vendors in and around the Montgomery area. The book value is easily recovered after using only a few coupons. But, beyond that, every book you purchase helps MSH meet its budgetary obligation. This year, more than ever, we need your help raising money. This is a well packaged coupon book that ensures your success in representing our school in the Montgomery area.
Today, we are sending one Enjoy the City coupon book home with each student along with an envelope for tracking and collecting orders. We are sending this single book home on consignment. If you decide not to purchase or sell this book, please return it by the order deadline of Friday, October 9, 2015.
For the class that sells the most books per student, we will have a celebration pizza lunch d...
We have begun our third full week of school. Things are settling down and routines are coming alive. During the first several weeks of school, considerable energy is spent facilitating the safe space necessary for the children to find their footing and feel comfortable learning. If you are interested in learning more about this period known as the Montessori Normalization Period, you can read our blog post or talk to your child’s teacher. The Normalization Period is well worth the time and energy as it pays substantial dividends over the remainder of the year.
In celebration of the International Day of Peace, Montessori School at Hampstead will hold our 3rd annual Peace Parade on Monday, September 21st. Please join us at the school from 9 am-10 am to see the students walk in the parade, sing songs, and read poetry.
As you know, a core mission of our school is promoting peace. We strive to create an environment of mutual respect, empathy, and understanding to help promote safety and peace within the classroom and beyond. We believe strongly that empathy and understanding are the most direct paths to a peaceful future for our students and families.
For participation in the parade, please have your child at school by 8:30 am.
This week, all Montessori School at Hampstead students began French. Once each week our Early Childhood students (Toddler & Primary) will have French once each week. Elementary and Secondary students will have French class twice per week. French, this year, is taught by Mai Dehart and the Hampstead Library is allowing us to use their meeting room as needed. Mai is fluent in English, German, French, Arabic, and Spanish. Should you want to communicate directly with Mai, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Au revoir!
Bricks for Kids is another great extracurricular activity offered to our students. During this first six-week cycle, the students will work on building and learning about animals via the creative bricks we know as LEGOS. The older students will build things like spiders and seals, while the younger students will work on pattern recognition through animals like kangaroos and other zoo animals. Montessori School at Hampstead students aged 3-12 are eligible to sign up.
Classes for three- and four-year-olds run every Thursday from 3 pm-3:45 pm beginning Thursday, September 10. This class meets once a week for six weeks and costs $60.
Classes for five- through twelve-year-olds run every Thursday from 3:45 pm-4:45 pm beginning Thursday, September 10th. This class meets once a week for six weeks and costs $72.
We’ve reached out to Coach Jan, the resident tennis pro at the Hampstead Tennis Pro Shop. He is interested in working with MSH to schedule tennis classes for students similar to his offerings in the past. These classes would likely be offered at 3:30 pm twice a week and they typically run for six weeks. The cost of the six-week cycle has yet to be determined, but would be in the $125 range. Classes would be offered for our Elementary and Secondary students and students would need to provide their own racquets. Coach Jan is amazing and we are lucky to have access to him as members of the Hampstead community.
We are currently assessing the viability of offering such a program AND WE NEED YOUR INPUT. Would your child be interested in signing up for such a program? Would you be interested in helping to shuttle a group of students to and from the Hampstead tennis courts? Please email the front office and let us know what you think.
You’ve spoken and we are listening. As a way to make paying your invoices more convenient, we are now accepting credit card payments through FreshBooks. If you pay your invoice via Freshbooks’ credit card service, your account will be charged the exact transaction fee we are charged for using the service. That fee will appear on the subsequent invoice to the one you are paying with the credit card. If you pay with your Visa or MasterCard, you account will be charged $0.30 plus 2.9% of the transaction total. If you pay with your American Express card, your account will be charged $0.30 plus 3.5% of the transaction total.
We will continue to accept cash, checks, and online check payments without assessing an additional fee per transaction.
The September 1, 2015 invoices have gone out. Beginning with these September invoices, the contractual late fee of $35 will be automatically added to late invoices. To ensure you receive all communications from Freshbooks (our invoicing system), please check your spam or junk-mail folder for any invoices that might be trapped in email purgatory. Also, your enrollment contract outlines the payment plan you selected. As always, please let us know if you have any questions.
To help minimize the risk of incurring a late fee, we’ve activated the credit card transaction system within Freshbooks. However, should you pay with a credit card rather than cash, check, or electronic check, your account will be assessed the exact transaction fee that we are assessed in running your transaction as explained in detail below.
We’re excited to begin a new school year in all our curriculum areas, including our farm program. The farm program begins in September and will look a little different this year from how it has in the past. We will continue to have access to the farm and all that it has to offer for our students, but our student’s time on the farm likely won’t start until sometime after September.
As exciting changes take place at the Hampstead Farm, we are overwhelmingly grateful for the support and consideration being shown our school by the community. The Hampstead Community is investing time and energy in MSH, and are a fundamental, essential support to our school and a vital and indispensable component to our identity. We will continue to enjoy unfettered access to the Hampstead Farm and are enthusiastic to take part in shaping the future of the Farm. As transitions at the Hampstead Farm take place this fall, we will be conducting farm classes in the classroom and elsewhere in the community, in a...