Montessori at MVM Thursday 12/17

Deepening Our Collective Understanding

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A Note from MMCI

Just a few more weeks remain in 2015!

If you were hoping to use your donation to MMCI for tax purposes, now is the time get it in before the end of the year!

It's also a great time to choose a monthly pledge and start off your donations for the New Year. Choosing the monthly option makes giving easy and painless. These donations help fill the gaps in funding from FCPS.

Support Monocacy Valley and Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter Schools by donating online or returning the paper form to MMCI (black mailbox in the inside hallway at the main entrance of the school).

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Dear MVM Families,

This afternoon, please check your child's Thursday folder. Students in grades 4-8 will have PARCC scores in their folders in sealed envelopes. We our proud of our students' hard work on these tests and on our teachers' hard work throughout the year!

A parent's guide to understanding the scores is linked below.

The focus of this Thursday's newsletter is Montessori in the public sector. We hope that with the upcoming winter break and some time away from the daily routine you will deepen your understanding about Montessori and the gift of having your child attend our school: a Montessori public charter school.

We also spotlight Daniel Pink, author of many books, including one on motivation. He will be at the Weinberg in February. Read more below.

Finally, consider making an end of year donation to our non-profit, Monocacy Montessori Communities Inc., that oversees both MVMPCS and CCMPCS.

Focus: What is Public Montessori?

We hope you enjoy learning more about what a Montessori public school is.

  • Full three-year cycles in classrooms, beginning at age 3
  • Three-hour, uninterrupted work periods at all levels, with minimal interruptions for co-curricular classes
  • Minimal use of supplementary material at the Primary (ages 3-6) level
  • Trained Montessori teachers (called "guides") in every classroom
  • A full compliment of Montessori materials in all classrooms
  • Montessori trained/experienced leadership

Visit the website below for more information on Montessori in the public sector, videos on Montessori, and information on Montessori public schools across the nation.

Hands On Learning

How many public Montessori schools are there in the US? 507

Charter Schools One Step Closer to Big Win with Senate Passage of ESSA


Washington, D.C. – As the U.S. Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) today with overwhelming bipartisan support, charter school advocates are one step closer to a big victory in achieving their slate of priorities, including critical updates to the federal Charter Schools Program. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law as early as this week.

“This is an exciting moment for the charter school movement,” said Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools...Read the rest of the article below.

Please Note: Hearing and Vision Screening

Hearing and Vision Screening will take place January 5th, 2016 for all students in Pre-K, K (if not previously screened in Pre-K), 1st, 8th and any new students from out of state. Maryland State Law mandates this screening.

Any parent that does not want their child tested must put this in writing to the health room. All written requests need to be submitted to the health room by December18th.

Please make sure if your child wears glasses that they have their glasses with them on screening days. If you have any questions please contact the health room at 301-668-0667.

Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

Daniel Pink at the Weinberg in February!

Daniel Pink is the author of several provocative, bestselling books about business, work, and behavior, and acknowledges what Maria Montessori figured out years ago.

“Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined, and connected to one another. And when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and richer lives. Maria Montessori figured this out a long time ago. "

“I am not a Montessori scholar at all, but I know that at the heart of it is self-direction and letting kids follow their own curiosity, not dictating things, not bribing them or threatening them, but allowing self-direction as the pathway to understanding and excellence."

“Montessori is at the heart of an approach to motivation that the science shows is both more humane and more effective. Every school, educator, and parent can learn from this enduring and successful approach.”

Daniel Pink is an expert on innovation, competition, and the changing world of work.

His books are reshaping how organizations operate and how individuals channel their creativity and navigate their lives.

Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us explores research showing why people of all ages who are intrinsically motivated—who do what they do because of enjoyment of the task itself—routinely outperform those who are motivated by external rewards.

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We're getting the FCPS free email subscription service tool, Find Out First, at MVMPCS!

Last month, Dian Nelson from FCPS contacted charter schools with the news that Find Out First is an in-kind service provide to charters for no additional fee.

The administrative staff at MVM will be trained to use Find Out First (FOF) and families will have the opportunity to sign up for FOF notifications from MVM. Those who sign up will receive communications (including news, updates, and reminders) from our school via FOF.

We strongly encourage you to sign up for Find Out First, as we will no longer send paper copies of the newsletters home.

In addition , we will continue using S’More to send more personalized communications to our families only, as this email distribution list is comprised only of families of our current students.

A link to FCPS Find out First Frequently Asked Questions document is below.