Montessori for Flint
October 2018 Newsletter
Meet Our Teachers!
We have a stellar team of teachers in Flint's Montessori program, and will be featuring them over the next few months in this newsletter. This month, we have a profile of Michele Stinson
A Profile of Michele Stinson
Ms. Stinson is the pre-Kindergarten teacher for Flint's Montessori program this year after serving as the K-1 teacher during our pilot year and working with students in grades 1-2 last year. In the picture above, she is working with a finger labyrinth in the Peace Area of the classroom. The finger labyrinth is an example of a material that kids (and adults!) can use to focus their attention and bring a sense of calm.
Ms. Stinson is a veteran teacher who has found a renewed sense of calling in the Montessori classroom. In her free time, she enjoys camping and the outdoors.
Montessori Corner: School is in full swing - Why no homework?
Montessori Schools do not usually assign homework. Dr. Maria Montessori believed that if the child's work is not dictated in class it follows that work not be sent home. For that reason, traditional homework is minimal and may vary at the discretion of the individual teacher. Our children spend their days in the classroom working and learning. Therefore in the evening they are encouraged to enjoy time with their family, helping around the house, and being outdoors.
The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.' - Maria Montessori
FCS Has Openings for Paraprofessionals for the Montessori Program
Company Change for Substitute Teachers
Easy Guide for Who To Contact
Concerns about specific student situations or classroom questions are best addressed first to teachers and, if not resolved, brought to the DTM Principal.
Teachers are unable to meet with families during arrival/dismissal—please arrange to meet with teachers before or after school.
Montessori for Flint can help families determine the right person to speak with if they are unsure or have questions about Montessori more generally.
Seeking Parent Involvement & Input
Free Children's Costume Swap
Saturday, Oct. 20th, 1pm
225 West Court Street
The Great Start Parent Coalition is currently collecting clean, gently used children's costumes, by donation. There is a donation box at the Flint Children's Museum if you are interested in contributing.
Questions - call Great Start Parent Liaison Autumn Bagley at (810) 591-5126 or email ABagley@geneseeisd.org.
Annual ForMar Harvest Festival
Saturday, Oct. 13th, 10am-3pm
2142 N Genesee Rd, Burton, Michigan 48509
Flint Winter Clothing Distribution
Friday, Oct. 19th, 10am-4pm
1225 Robert T Longway Blvd, Flint, MI 48503
Family Costume Party
Saturday, Oct. 20th, 4-5:30pm
1026 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI
Room 205. Games and fun for all – Come in costume and enjoy the start of the Halloween Season.
About Montessori for Flint
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.