Flint Community Schools Montessori

January 2018 Edition

Thank you to all who have given of yourselves to help deliver Flint's public Montessori program to 60+ families during 2017. It is a collective effort and your guidance, contributions, and support are invaluable.

February 2017 - Montessori Open House at DTM

The open house had a great turn-out with 30 families attending, 7 interest forms, and 3 on-site enrollments.


Expansion!

In 2017-2018 Flint Community Schools (FCS) added another elementary classroom and a new preschool to its Montessori program. Montessori for Flint welcomed two new educators in 2017, Ms. Starletta in the pre-kindergarten room and Ms. Amanda joined Ms. Michele at the Elementary level.


December 2017 - DTM Science Night


Jennifer Mason and Mathew Osmon volunteer staffed the Montessori table at DTM’s December 7, 2017 science night. Many Montessori families attended science night and many of the non-Montessori DTM families visited our table!

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Interested in exploring the possibility of Montessori for your family for the 2018-2019 school year?


Elementary- The first step in joining the Flint Community Schools Montessori Program is to complete an interest form. Enrollment in the K-2 Montessori program for 2018-19 is coming soon.


Pre-Kindergarten- In addition to completing the interest form. Families interested in the Montessori 4-year-old pre-kindergarten program should also complete a pre-registration form at www.geneseepreschool.org or by calling (810) 591-KIDS and select the "Flint Durant Tuuri Mott Elementary- Montessori GSRP" preferred option. Please notify us when you take this step so we can help you through the rest of the process.


Younger Kids- Families with infant/toddler or preschool-aged children may also complete the interest form to signal interest in Montessori options and receive additional information. While we do not yet offer a program for kids under 4, we are looking at the possibility of a program for 2-3 year-olds for next fall.



Did you know that Montessori for Flint is always accepting donations? Both monetary and material donations are graciously accepted. All donations are utilized to ensure that children in the program have the highest quality materials possible and that classrooms are able to operate with fidelity to the Montessori model. For more information or to make a donation, contact Elizabeth Jordan, Parent Liaison at (810) 610-7209.

January 2018 Montessori for Flint Advisory

Friday, Jan. 19th, 4pm

1518 University Avenue

Flint, MI

Meeting will be held in the Library


We need your help! Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for the next Advisory Meeting. This is the absolutely best way to get information, share ideas, help shape the future of Montessori for Flint and ensure sustainability of this high-quality programming for our children and our community.


All are welcome.

Your Assistance Requested

We are working to plan for substitute teachers. In order to be a substitute teacher, one must register with PESG (the company that coordinates subtitutes for Flint Community Schools at www.mypesg.com If you or someone you know is potentially interested please register as soon as possible. If there are potential substitutes who could be a good fit for the Montessori program but don’t yet have Montessori training, there are possibilities. Contact Elizabeth Jordan with questions or for more information.

Attending a Montessori preschool can help ensure that low-income students can keep pace academically with their peers, according to research led by University of Virginia psychology professor Angeline Lillard. Read More.


Meanwhile, in Grand Rapids, one retirement community is utilizing a Montessori-inspired environment to increase the quality of life for residents with dementia. Read More.

Special Thanks!

Ms. Starletta is thankful for the donations of loose parts and Kleenex for our classrooms.


Big thanks to Jennifer Mason and Mathew Osmon for staffing the Montessori table at DTM’s science night in December!

About Flint Montessori

Montessori is a learning method that can be used throughout elementary and secondary school. Families in Flint, MI now have a free, public choice to continue Montessori education in elementary school.