Head of School's Letter

Welcome to the Head of School's Letter

I believe that communication is vital to the success of every organization. ASM is no exception! I write to our families frequently to inform them on a variety of topics that I consider important. These letters will give you a glimpse of who we are as a school community, what I value as a school leader, and the direction in which ASM is headed.



Failure as a Prerequisite for Success

January 16, 2020

“The recipe for succeeding in any given field is hardly a mystery: good ideas, hard work, discipline, imagination, perseverance and maybe a little luck” writes David Noonan in Scientific American. Oh, and let’s not forget failure, which Dashun Wang and his colleagues at Northwestern University call “the essential prerequisite for success”. Five years ago one […]

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Developing Practical Life Skills

January 9, 2020

Practical life is everywhere! Coordination, order, concentration and independence (COCI) are initially developed in the Practical Life area of the Children’s House classroom, though can be observed throughout our Montessori environment. Coordination – Fine and gross motor coordination are developed through the many works in a Montessori classroom. Pouring water from a teapot into a tiny […]

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American Red Cross Blood Drive at ASM

January 2, 2020

ASM is hosting its fifth American Red Cross Blood Drive today from 2:00-7:00 p.m. in the American Room. I am thankful that ASM is able to assist the Red Cross in its efforts to save lives. Hosting a blood drive is supportive of our mission, philosophy and sense of who we are as a community. […]

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The Season of Giving

December 12, 2019

The season of giving is upon us and I am grateful that the ASM community exemplifies this spirit in so many ways! Community service projects have been led by our parents, students, and faculty and staff. Our generosity will benefit those in need whether they are the recipient of a holiday toy or a warm […]

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Kindness Counts

November 21, 2019

This is the time of year when we reflect upon all for which we are thankful. I am grateful each day to be among a community of learners where kindness, respect and gratitude are emphasized and part of our culture here at ASM. Lower Elementary students began the year by reading the book “Have You […]

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Honoring our Veterans

November 7, 2019

Nearly 100 years ago, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 as Armistice (truce) Day. The year was 1919, 12 months to the day after fighting stopped between the Germans and the Allied soldiers during WWI on “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.” Congress later passed a resolution that designated Armistice […]

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Spanish Cultural Exhibit: Day of the Dead

October 31, 2019

If you have walked through the hallway this week I am sure you noticed the vibrant Day of the Dead, (Día de los Muertos) exhibit. Although sad when someone dies, death is viewed as a natural part of the cycle of life. This holiday is a happy occasion on which Spanish-speaking families in a multitude of countries, […]

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Diwali Celebration

October 24, 2019

ASM is fortunate to be a community rich in diversity. Our families form a tapestry that is woven from a variety of cultures, experiences and interests. To celebrate UN Day, elementary and middle school student ambassadors gave presentations on China, India, Kenya, Poland, Puerto Rico and Ukraine. Lower Elementary students were treated to a delicious […]

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Seeds of STEM

October 17, 2019

How do young children solve problems using the engineering design process? Children’s House faculty and staff delved deeply into this question during last Friday’s professional day. Mia Dubosarsky of Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) STEM Education Center engaged our staff in a day of creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking. Engaging hands-on with the Seeds of STEM curriculum, […]

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Middle School Students Impact the Community

October 10, 2019

Students delight in helping others and they feel good about themselves when providing even a simple act of kindness! Service to others fosters empathy and enables our children to have a greater understanding of the world beyond them. I loved hearing about the child who invited the new student at school to join her friends […]

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