Montessori for Flint

October 2018 Newsletter

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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?

If you are new to Montessori for Flint you may have noticed your student isn't coming home with homework and you might be wondering why.

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

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FCS Has Openings for Paraprofessionals for the Montessori Program

We are looking to recruit up to two people to serve as paraprofessionals in the Montessori program. Please contact Pam Mosher for more information at (810) 760-5260 and see the posting at

Company Change for Substitute Teachers

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. If you could be a good fit for the program but do not yet have Montessori training there are training options available. Contact Elizabeth Jordan at or (810) 610-7209 for more info.
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Easy Guide for Who To Contact

There may be times when parents/families have individual questions/concerns about the program or your child's class and we want to help them understand how to get assistance.

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

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 or call (810) 610-7209.

Free Children's Costume Swap

Saturday, Oct. 20th, 1pm

225 West Court Street

Flint, MI

This FREE annual event is open to all Genesee County families. Costumes are first-come first-serve. You do not need to bring costumes in order to receive free costumes. One costume per child limit.

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

Annual ForMar Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct. 13th, 10am-3pm

2142 N Genesee Rd, Burton, Michigan 48509

Here at For-Mar we have been celebrating the fall season for over a full decade with our Fall Harvest Festival. Come join us for hayrides, contests, crafts, cider making, treehouse time and more! Hayrides are every 45 minutes, call to reserve your hayride time. Make sure to pre-register for one of the follow hayride times: 10:15am, 11:00am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2:00pm or 2:45pm. For families, all ages and abilities.Cost: $1 per person, $2 with hayride. Pre-registration is required by 10/11/18.

Flint Winter Clothing Distribution

Friday, Oct. 19th, 10am-4pm

1225 Robert T Longway Blvd, Flint, MI 48503

Clothing, shoes, boot, and blankets for men women and children for Flint area residents in need.

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 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.