We educate 1st - 6th grade and inspire a passion for learning!
Child-centered education: Montessori education is achild-centered approach to teaching that is very different from traditional models of education. Teachers carefully consider each student's individual developmental and education level in an effort to meet the needs of the "whole child."
Life-Long Learners: We strive to provide a stimulating work environment that naturally draws children to learning They are given the responsibility to choose what they want to work on and when. By allowing students to explore their own interests, their learning experiences are richer, more intense, and long-lasting. Consequently our students love school and become life-long learners.
Leaders: Our classrooms are multi-leveled. Older, more experienced students guide and mentor younger students socially and academically. This fosters a greater sense of responsibility and confidence. They participate in group activities both in school and in the wider community. Consequently, our students display unparalleled leadership qualities.
We do participate in collecting BOX TOPS. Please save them up and bring them in. Easy way to earn money for our school.
School closure due to weather conditions please remember that Kalispell Montessori School will close if Kalispell District #5 closes. Please listen to Bee Broadcasting radio stations and KOFI radio for announcements about school closures. The Flathead County School website also lists all school closures (they list both public and private schools) http://flathead.mt.gov/schools/closures.php
Kalispell Montessori does not have late start school days. The school is closed if School District #5 has a late start.
Drop Off and Pick Up
Students need to be at school by 8:30 a.m. for outside stretches and running however once the running path becomes snow bound students will not run until it is clear of snow and ice in the spring (it’s also a little more challenging to run in snow boots). Please remember that school is dismissed at 3:15 p.m. Students should not be picked up any earlier unless there are special circumstances. It can be very busy prior to dismissal and the teachers need to dismiss their classes as a whole group. We are responsible for each and every student so check out is essential to make sure all students leaving the school are accounted for. All students must check out withtheir teacher before leaving.
The first day of school is Tuesday, September 3rd. School starts at 8:30am and ends at 3:15pm.
Pizza Friday – every Friday. $4.00 comes with milk. Milk only .50
Fine Arts Start – Sept. 16Art, Music and Spanish Classes
Winter PE waivers and payment due Wednesday, Dec. 13.
An Elementary One student will bring home the Sharing Bag on Mondays. Sharing is Friday afternoons. If you miss sharing, please bring bag back on Friday so the next child can have a turn. Please bring an item that is EDUCATIONAL in some way (no toys!)
Elem. One Estimation Jar
On Monday or Tuesday your student may bring home the classroom estimation jar to be filled. Anything can go into the jar, however if it is food related there must be enough for ALL students (and teachers) to sample.
A minimum of 26 pieces. Your student can help but please keep the count a surprise for them too.
Community Helpers to Woodland
A community service we participate in is taking students over to Woodland Campus to help with young learners. For a couple of hours each Thursday morning, KME transports 4 students to Woodland starting at 9:00 am with a return at 11:00 am. This week’s helpers are Ilse Aiken, Shannon Brown, Will Rankin and Max Young.
Woodland’s Breakfast With Santa
The event is held at the Fairgrounds Expo Building on Saturday December 8th from 9am-12pm. Tickets are available at Woodland Montessori, Nature Baby Outfitters and at www.brownpapertickets.com
Advanced ticket sales are $10.00 each or $12.00 at the door.
Holiday Programon Dec. 12th @ Glacier High School Performance Hall
Students will need to be at Glacier High School promptly at 6:15 p.m. The program will start at 6:30 p.m.
Student attire:Think WHOVILLE! We will be performing “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The majority of students will dress in “wacky” colorful or holiday attire. Please feel free to get creative with hair, stripes, polka dots, etc. We ask that nobody dress as Santa or The Grinch. Christmas hats or headbands are also ok, as long as they do not block other students from view. Sixth year (and other various students- they will know soon) may have slightly different attire, which will be discussed at school. Ladies-no high heels. And gentlemen-no snow boots (GHS will not allow snow boots on the stage).
Holiday Program DVD Order Form in today’s folder
6th Year Students Bake Sale at Holiday Program
Bring your change to buy a plate of cookies at the Christmas Program on Thursday night. Cookies will be sold right outside of the theater at GHS. If anyone would like to donate some of their extra baking to the fundraiser please bring your goodies to school by Thursday morning.
Parents: Craft Day Sign-Up Due Dec. 13th
A few parents are needed to help with Craft Day the morning of Dec. 17th. You can submit a craft to facilitate at your own station or sign up to help out with another parent’s or teacher’s craft. Please turn in your sign-up sheet by Dec. 13th. This activity can be used for parent work hours. Reach deep into your “crafty idea” memory bank to help students with a project their families will cherish for years to come. Sign up form below.
Montessori Walk About
I know we’ve already said it, but thank you to everyone who helped support the Montessori Mile this year! Our Montessori Mile Committee met its fundraising goal for this event, profiting over $2,500. This would not have been possible without the committee’s hard work and the help of volunteers, participants and sponsors!
Parent-teacher conferences are happening soon! We are excited to share your child’s progress so far with you, to celebrate their strengths, accomplishments and the challenges and mistakes that are promoting greater learning for them this school year. Yes, I said we will even celebrate the mistakes and challenges!!!
With parent-teacher conference month coming up, I’d like to share a little bit about what our students have been working on here at school. No doubt you’ve heard all about wheat, the challenging works and seen the sourdough starter in E1. If your child is in E2, you have probably heard about the responsibilities and work load, planning, tales of Huck Finn or bits of afternoon Sentence Analysis or Geography lessons. Perhaps you saw your child do some works at Open House. Our math, language and cultural materials, and the expansive academic curriculum, are an important part of a Montessori education. However, there are a lot of things happening in the building that you might not see or hear about day to day, but they are just as important as the academic curriculum. Beyond and included in the processes involved in completing academic work, students are developing life skills within their environments. Here are a few things we work on daily, which can also be worked on at home:
We are working on embracing the art of making mistakes.
Mistakes are welcomed and even encouraged here. When an error occurs, hurray! A work or an interaction was attempted, which requires risk taking (vulnerability) and your child was up for the task. While children are working toward mastery of skills in academics, social, emotional and physical growth, there are bound to be errors along the way. The need for a safe place to practice taking risks and being supported in every attempt is vital for growth. Students are provided this space, guided by teachers through activities and a prepared environment, and they are also given the responsibility of contributing to it. Individual 1:1 conversations as well as weekly town meetings take place to support the community and its members in cultivating a positive, healthy environment together.
We are working on evaluating and acknowledging our actions.
Accepting responsibility for our actions is a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to growth! It might be more obvious when a teacher has marked a math problem that needs to be looked over and revisited. When it’s a peer interaction that didn’t go as planned or feedback from a teacher regarding behavior, those things might be harder to hear. Learning how to receive feedback and responding can open the door for growth! Without accountability, it’s hard to work on a problem and the undesired behaviors (and their outcomes) are reinforced. In the same way, learning how to reflect and acknowledge when we have had successful interactions or completed a work correctly is valuable for building positive habits. Affirmations may come from a teacher, parent or peer, but can also come from learning to reflect on your own work, acknowledging your own processes, evaluating their success and validating yourself.
We are working on being part of the solution.
A mistake was made. There was a conflict. Now what? No doubt, we parents and teachers have experience and wisdom to share. However, inviting the student to be part of the solution and to carry out his/her plan are the most important steps if we are looking for optimal growth. Knowing they can be trusted and will be expected to be part of the problem solving process is empowering. This may be a hard step for an adult who wants everything to go right. Or it might be hard at first if the child is used to having things done for them. Just remember, like anything, the more practice you give them (a.k.a. the more practice you have giving up some of the control), the better they will get at it (any task) independently. It communicates this message: you are capable. Through this practice they become more capable.
We areworking on seeking out resourcesandbuilding tool boxes.
Guiding and supporting is drastically different than solving the problem for them. At school we work on problem solving daily in a variety of situations. Jumping into problem solving is not always easy and it takes practice, time and patience to develop the ability to see a clear solution- if they could see it before, perhaps the mistake would not have happened. Or perhaps they saw options, but chose a path that didn’t work out. Helping students recognize their strengths and challenges, as well as what resources they have at their disposal, will help them in coming up with viable solutions to solve their problems and plan for future success. They made a mistake or need to solve a problem? Ok. Did they ask for help or clarification from an adult? Is there a material they can use to correct it or work at it? Can we find a helpful book? Is there a new habit that can be practiced as part of their routine (deep breaths, slowing down, acknowledging when something doesn’t feel right)? Is there a peer that does this thing well? If so, what is their strategy? Would they like some suggestions to choose from? Helping them learn to seek out resources will further nurture their internal desire and ability to problem solve.
Lastly, I know this is a lot to read through, so we appreciate you taking the time. I would especially encourage you to share any concerns or WINS your child is experiencing- whether about home or school! Your child’s growth is always a WIN for us and we are fortunate to be a part of every student’s education and pursuit of life-long learning! Our doors are always open to you!