Head of School’s Letter

United Nations Day Celebration

Posted by Joanna on October 28, 2016

Imagine for a moment that Maria Montessori was here at ASM today! She would have seen her legacy come to life through our community observance of United Nations Day. The UN’s world-wide initiatives for peace, sustainable development and humanitarian support go hand-in-hand with the tenets of Dr. Montessori’s philosophy.

Our morning began with the colorful Children’s House Parade of Nations. It was simply beautiful to hear our students singing songs about living together in peace and harmony as we gathered around the flagpole. In addition, many of you visited classrooms to share stories of your ancestors, homeland and customs.

Our students have been working over the course of the past month to gain an understanding of the United Nations and its mission. Children’s House students made country flags and learned about the United Nations’ role in keeping world peace. Lower Elementary work included country studies and the creation of flap books which you can view in the American Room. They were also treated to a delicious international luncheon hosted by LE parents! Students in Upper Elementary learned about the UN’s sustainable development goals and collaborated in groups to create posters, now on display in the library. Our curriculum culminates in middle school where students have begun the immense body of work required to participate in Montessori Model United Nations. Representing the republics of India and Myanmar, students are studying challenges of those countries and will write position papers as representative delegates.

Dr. Montessori would have been delighted to see the wide range of diversity in our school community this morning! ASM is enriched by the beauty and breadth of our collective cultures and traditions. Our children are learning the important work of becoming peacemakers and I have no doubt that they will make the world a better place.

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