Montessori For Flint

February 2019 Newsletter

Sneak Peak inside a Montessori Classroom: Quantities (Mathematics)

Brook, from Mrs. Hartke's class, is working on the hanging bead stair. This math activity helps the children learn to associate the quantities 1 through 9 with their numerals.
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REVISION of ARRIVAL & Dismissal Procedures for MONTESSORI Elementary Students (K-3)

Beginning FEBRUARY 11, 2019

Morning Arrival - ALL Montessori Elementary students will enter through the Canopy Door and make their way to their classrooms where teachers will be waiting to greet them. The door opens at 8:40 a.m.

End of the Day Dismissal - Mrs. Orr and Mrs. Rinoldo-Hopkins will dismiss students from the Canopy Drop-Off area. They will walk with students outside and gather together in the pick-up area. If you are picking up your student before 3:40 p.m. please do so from the office.

Mrs. Hartke and Ms. Rodriguez' classes will dismiss from the Library with the other kindergarten classrooms.

ONLY Ms. Stinson's Pre-K classroom will continue to use the door next to her classroom for arrival and pick-up in GSRP.


Thank you for your help as we make this change.

Sneak Peak Inside a Montessori Classroom: Geometry

Cayalen is working on the geometric cabinet learning about the difference in size for 2D shapes. The geometric cabinet is a wooden cabinet with 6 drawers and a presentation tray. Each drawer and the tray contain 6 wooden divisions. In most of the divisions is a wooden inset with a knob. The inset and the bottom of the drawer are painted the same color blue. The square frames of the insets are a contrasting wood color and are removable.
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Sneak Peak inside a Montessori Classroom: Language and Literacy

Nala is working on the movable alphabet. Spelling the names of objects with CVC words. The Movable Alphabet is part of the Language Curriculum. The material primarily teaches children how to develop their knowledge of the alphabet and written language skills.
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Date Change: Montessori for Flint Parent Advisory

For February ONLY, the Parent Advisory which usually meets the third Friday of every month is rescheduled to Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 4-5pm in the DTM library because the Flint Community School District will be closed Friday when the meeting would usually convene.

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.

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 or (810) 610-7209 for more info.

Sneak Peak in a Montessori Classroom: Numeracy

Mrs. Hartke's class is working on the 100 board. In the middle picture, Al'Khidr is teaching Kalia and LG. He is showing them the numbers and how to put the tiles on the board. The 100 Board is a key Montessori Mathematics material that helps children move from the recognizing numbers 1-100, to sequencing.

Sneak Peak Inside a Montessori Classroom

Aliyah and Julia are working on the Trinomial Cube. The Binomial and Trinomial Cubes are Montessori Sensorial Materials. The Binomial Cube (which we covered in a previous newsletter here) is introduced first and then later the Trinomial Cube.

The blocks are color-coded and different sizes to represent the algebraic Binomial and Trinomial formulas. The purpose is to challenge the children to find patterns and spatial relationships.

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Montessori Parents/Guardians & Caregivers: We Need You

A the Flint Montessori program grows and expands, we are requesting additional parental/family involvement to help support clear and frequent communication. Please, if you are able to assist with your "time, talent, or treasure" contact Parent Liaison, Elizabeth Jordan at or call (810) 610-7209 at your earliest possible convenience.
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Dance Your Heart Out!

Saturday, Feb. 16th, 1-3pm

225 West Court Street

Flint, MI

The Genesee County Great Start Parent Coalition invites you and your family to come and enjoy family-friendly music, games and activities, cookie decorating, and more!

A great way to get out of the house and spend time together!

Free photo booth - get your picture printed on-the-spot!

Dress your best or come as you are. All families are welcome, this dance is especially for families with children birth to third grade.

More information here or call (810) 591-5126 or email Autumn Bagley at

Hope to see you there!

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

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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

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.