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!
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.
As we foster independence at MSH, safety is our paramount concern. The main front office door and keypads are for adult hands only. Particularly if you are an Early Childhood parent, please watch your children’s hands around the front door. If your child wants to hold the door and is capable of doing so, please make sure hands and fingers remain well away from the hinge-edge of the door. Similarly, no students should know their family’s entry code. If your child knows your family’s entry code, please request a new one from Adrianna (email@example.com).
Teachers and admin also do our best to keep the half-door closed into the Primary and Toddler hallway. This safety measure ensures that children cannot come into the front office and prevents them from going to the front door unattended. Just as you would not hold the front door to allow a child to go outside on her own, please do not hold the half-door for a child. All children should be accompanied by a parent or staff member b...
This month we will have school picture days for all students. Your child’s participation in school picture day is completely voluntary, and any family may opt out. If you do not want your child’s picture taken, please contact the office. After the photos are taken, participating families will be able to review photos online prior to ordering photo packages through the photography company.
The schedule for picture days is below. Please note that some class picture days will stretch over two days. If this applies to your child’s class, please have your child dressed to be photographed for both days unless instructed otherwise by your child’s teacher. Photos will be taken from 8:30 am -10:30 am on each day listed.
We are creatures of routine and rhythm. We spend considerable mental energy working to anticipate the future or make our best guess as to how that future will affect us. As adults, the energy consumption tends to increase as we attempt to influence the future at deeper and deeper levels, typically with an eye toward minimizing personal tension and pain.
Trying to anticipate the future and our appreciation of rhythm and routine seem to be an inherent part of our humanity. When things change, it causes an imbalance and creates tension while we work to find equilibrium again. For children, those changes can be minor, such as changing the type of breakfast we eat in the morning, or they can be more significant as with the birth of a sibling.
The start of the school year represents a significant change to the way things have operated during the summer. Schedules change, meals change, time with parents and friends changes, and what constitutes fun changes. In a Montessori environment, the ti...