Montessori For Flint

April 2019 Newsletter

ATTENTION: APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

The application is now live! Visit www.flintmontessori.org/apply to submit yours today.

Serving grades Early 5-4th grade for elementary


Note: Currently-enrolled Montessori students do not need to reapply.

Montessori pre-K has a separate application process. Pre-register TODAY through GISD (Genesee Intermediate School District)- Call (810) 591-KIDS or visit http://www.geneseecountypreschool.org and select Flint Durant Tuuri Mott-Montessori as your preferred site.

THEN call Flint Community Schools Early Childhood office at (810) 767-8018 to let them know you pre-registered for the Montessori pre-K.

Please reach out to flintmontessori@yahoo.com if you need further guidance.

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Thanks to families and students who contributed to the March Montessori for Flint open house. Thanks to all the guests who attended, we hope to see you next year!

Montessori for Flint Advisory

The Flint Montessori program is a partnership between the Flint Community Schools and Montessori for Flint. The monthly advisory meetings are an opportunity for families, the school, and community supporters to come together to guide planning, coordinate logistics, and identify next steps to keep the program and the partnership moving forward. If you are interested in providing your valuable input with this group and are able to commit to at least one year of monthly 1-hour meetings for the purpose of giving input and assisting with decision-making please contact Parent Liaison, Elizabeth Jordan at flintmontessori@yahoo.com or call (810) 610-7209.

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The April Montessori for Flint Advisory has been moved to April 26. We hope you can join us!

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Montessori for Flint is still seeking talented, dedicated individuals who are interested in being available as substitute teachers for the Montessori classrooms at DTM in 2018-19. Having at least 90 hours of college credit is a requirement, and knowledge of Montessori philosophy is strongly preferred. To register, contact EduStaff (formerly PESG) at (877) 974-6338 if you or someone you know is potentially interested. Please register as soon as possible. Contact Elizabeth Jordan at flintmontessori@yahoo.com or (810) 610-7209 for more info.
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Volunteers Needed!

A the Flint Montessori program grows and expands, we need additional parental/family involvement to help support clear and frequent communication. If you are able to assist with your "time, talent, or treasure" please contact Parent Liaison, Elizabeth Jordan at flintmontessori@yahoo.com or call (810) 610-7209 at your earliest possible convenience.

IMPORTANT UPDATE

We are getting ready for the 2019-20 school year, and want to provide current Flint Montessori families with important updates. All current Flint Montessori students (pre-K and elementary) are invited to continue in the fall with no need to re-apply. However, we do need to know your plans in order to know how many new students we can admit. Therefore, please contact Pam Mosher at pmosher@flintschools.org or (810) 760-5260 to confirm your plans by April 26, 2019.


We will offer pre-kindergarten through 4th grade in 2019-20.


Things to bear in mind regarding the Flint Montessori program for 2019-20:

• Our program is guided by a shared commitment between the Flint Community Schools,

Montessori for Flint community group, and families to have a true, public Montessori

program.


• In the coming school year, we anticipate that 100 percent of our teachers will have

completed their Montessori coursework and will have completed their Montessori

practicum or be on track to complete it within the year. This is consistent with

established practice for Montessori schools.


• In the coming year, Flint Community Schools and Montessori for Flint will invest in an

experienced Montessori consultant to serve as a mentor and guide for the program as

we focus on deeply rooting our program in Montessori practice.


The Flint Community Schools will be switching to a “balanced calendar” for 2019-20. This

means:


• The summer break will be shorter, with elementary classes starting in early August rather

than after Labor Day. There will be 2-week breaks (intercessions) every couple months

throughout the year.


• Freeman Elementary has been on a balanced calendar for the last two years, and that

change was associated with an increase in math and reading scores. This also means

that the school district has experience operating a balanced calendar.


• Some families have asked about what programming is available for students during

intercession. The Crim Fitness Foundation and YouthQuest program of the Flint &

Genesee Chamber of Commerce already partner with Flint Community Schools to

provide afterschool and summer programming. These programs have been adapted at

Freeman Elementary to fit a balanced calendar and will be adapted to serve the whole

district in the fall. In other words, Crim and YouthQuest activities will be available

during intercessions and summer break.


If you have questions about either the Flint Montessori program or the district’s switch to a

balanced calendar, please contact Pam Mosher, Supervisor of Early Literacy and Numeracy.

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Need Tax Assistance? Visit Michigan 211 for Genesee County VITA Tax Sites!

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Flint Handmade's 12th Annual Spring Craft Market is Saturday, April 27th from 10am-4pm at the Flint Masonic Temple!

Advocacy Opportunity: LEAP Parent Advisory

Healthy Start Lead Expansion Assistance Program Parent Advisory Group

Drive our work

Decide our direction

Shape recovery efforts


Share your story

Meetings every third Thursday.

Purpose: to connect lead-exposed children and families to screenings and support in order to minimize developmental delays.


Seeking parents of children exposed to lead from the Flint water system to be decision makers of our work to ensure L.E.A.P. is relevant and easily accessible to all.

Childcare and refreshments provided

Interested in joining? Call (810) 210-4316 or email flynn1m@yahoo.com

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YQ Biz Expo by YouthQuest

Saturday, May 4th, 10am-2pm

300 East 1st Street

Flint, MI

For the second year in a row, YouthQuest is hosting the YQ Biz Expo at the Flint Farmers’ Market. YouthQuest students will sell their own products which they have been planning and developing for the past several months.

Roughly 40 student-run businesses will sell their goods on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


https://www.facebook.com/events/628339427592551/
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Saturday, April 27th, 9am

221 East 2nd Street

Flint, MI

One of the fastest growing and most family fun events in Flint will be returning on Saturday, April 27, 2019. We have an interesting course, a great venue, and the event will be bigger and better than ever! Every finisher will receive a custom finishers medal. The 5K Run will be a timed event with age-group awards. The family friendly 1K Family Fun Run will remain a non-competitive event. The Flint Superhero 5K Run promises to provide more fun for the entire family.

More details here
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April Art Walk - Downtown Flint

Friday, April 12th, 6:30pm

815 Saginaw Street

Flint, MI

About Montessori for Flint

Montessori is a learning method that can be used throughout elementary and secondary school. Families in Flint, Michigan now have a free, public option to access high-quality Montessori education in elementary school.


Montessori for Flint serves as the advisory group to the Flint Community Schools' Montessori program. To be added to the advisory group email list, or to get more information, call (810) 610-7209.