Archive for March 2020

Professional Development: Preparing for the Future

March 26, 2020

Tomorrow, March 6, ASM’s faculty and staff will gather for our scheduled Professional Development Day. Due to the onset of COVID-19 in the United States, we will spend the day planning for potential scenarios that may arise due to the virus. As we are seeing in other countries, school closure is one possible scenario. We […]

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Fulfilling our Mission: Innovative Learning in a Dynamic World

March 19, 2020

As you read this letter we are officially on day 4 of a state-wide school shutdown. Many of you have been directed to work at home. We have all been asked to practice social distancing protocols, which we are told is our best defense against the spread of COVID-19. Despite the loneliness we are all […]

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Continuity of Learning During School Closing

March 12, 2020

I have made the decision to close school, beginning on Monday March 16 through at least March 27. I am choosing to be proactive, due to the highly communicable nature of COVID-19, to best position our community to remain healthy. I will reassess the situation as it develops and communicate with you regularly. The timing […]

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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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Kindness Counts

November 14, 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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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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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 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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Montessori Model United Nations

March 21, 2019

Imagine being in seventh or eighth grade and taking on the thoughts and perspectives of people living in another part of the world. At this very moment, ASM middle school students are ambassadors along with students from over 100 countries at the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) conference in New York City! Last fall, our […]

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Science Fair: ASM students onto the Regionals!

March 14, 2019

As most of you know, I very much look forward to our Science Fair every year. I recognize and appreciate the tremendous amount of work that goes into each project. From selecting the topic, to testing hypotheses, documenting and presenting, there are many steps along the way. Setbacks and challenges are sure to occur and […]

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