We welcome this warmer weather with open arms! We also welcome this season as we see growth blooming all around us. During this time, we see students blossoming with maturity as they see the next grade level ahead. 3rd years beam, when told they look more like upper elementary students and our 6th graders, are preparing for middle school. In this newsletter, you will see ways we continue to look for growth as we head into the final months of the school year!
As always, we thank you for your teamwork in educating your child!
We know we ask numerous times throughout the year for monetary donations to support the growth of our school. In our Montessori Moment this month, you will learn about our service learning and how you can find a great upcoming free opportunity to support our school. We appreciate all you can do to help us provide the best learning environments for our students and staff.
We wish you all a peaceful and fun spring break! We look forward to seeing everyone back on the 17th!
Head of School
Science Olympiad is going to the State Competition!
We are so proud of how hard this group of students has worked this year to compete against 26 other schools! This was the first year our school competed. Island Montessori placed 6th overall, which secured them an invite to the state competition on April 21- 23rd at NC State University. Families will travel with their students to compete in events against schools across North Carolina.
This is a tremendous honor and success for our students, and we are so proud of their commitment and dedication to this program!
A special shoutout to Ms. Tara for her coaching, guidance and support for each student participating. She has been passionate about getting this program started for our school.
We hope to support our students and families with the cost of this travel for this event. If you want to donate to support, please click the link below.
Service Learning - A Montessori Foundational Component
When we think of the lessons of grace and courtesy in the Montessori environment, we often think of teaching and modeling socially acceptable behaviors and expectations. Another aspect is the emphasis on learning to give back to humanity and the earth. In essence, it’s learning to serve others.
Community Service (also called Service Learning) projects integrate the academic and behavioral lessons learned with the Montessori concept of Cosmic Education. By teaching civic responsibility, children of all ages learn the value of being contributing members of society. They see firsthand that they are able to strengthen the bonds within their own communities. The power of the service transforms both beneficiaries and students.
It was Dr. Montessori’s vision that a peaceful world created by children would make the world a better place. Montessori teachers know that by performing community service, we are helping develop and educate the whole child. Students learn the joy of giving of themselves and develop compassion because of these real, practical life volunteer experiences. After all, we've been teaching service and service learning all along. We model and teach our Montessori students to be stewards and caretakers of the Earth and its inhabitants. By doing so, we create caring, empathetic students capable of thinking beyond themselves.
© North American Montessori Center
Service Learning at Island Montessori can be observed in the following ways:
Children's School and Lower Elementary:
-Beginning a recycling program
-singing and working with local nursing homes
-Island Montessori farm(tortoise and bee care)
-passion projects(grant writing and implementation)
-Off-site service learning
--- Rise Up Farms
-Passion Projects(grant writing and implementation
-Island Montessori Farm Care(tortoises and bees)
-Reading with younger students
-Supporting teachers and office staff with school jobs
This month we will dedicate a whole week to school-wide service activities. We will be kicking off the week with a Saturday Serve with Work on Wilmington April 22nd. Click here to sign up!
Classrooms have been planning and researching how they want to participate. Stay tuned for more information on how you can help your student's classroom serve our school and the community around us.
Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship
In March, our focus in classroom guidance was internet safety and digital citizenship. Students spend a LOT of time online today, so it is important that they know how to keep themselves safe while doing so. Students learned about the importance of privacy, asking for permission before providing information, knowing who you are talking to, being kind online, and avoiding “digital drama.” Middle school students held discussions about the benefits and drawbacks of social media as it relates to their mental health. Because there are drawbacks and benefits to it, it is important that teens find a healthy balance of social media use. Without healthy balance, students can feel anxious, isolated, or depressed. They should look out for a “red flag feeling,” meaning that they should have the awareness of when they are having negative feelings based on social media use and this feeling should let them know that it is time to take a break.
Common Sense Media is an excellent resource for families, linked below. Take some time to browse the great resources, guides, tips, and much more to help keep your child safe and healthy while online!
Next month, classes will be doing followup activities from our Career Day happening on April 4th!