LHMS Newsletter


Big Room Teachers Announcement

We are thrilled to announce our new teachers for The Acorn Room next year. Natalie Ferrao and Megan Chester.

Online Reviews

Please write an online review/testimonial for Long Hill Montessori School on google business. It doesn’t have to be a ballad or dissertation. It can be as simples as “Love Long Hill Montessori School - At 2.5 yrs old my daughter was telling me she did aboriginal artwork” or “After 2 days of my son being home sick, he was happy to report that his “white blood cells are winning because I’m feeling better! It is amazing how they are learning to connect and carry it into their own lives at Long Hill Montessori School.”

We feel there is no such thing as a 'negative' review since we have the option publically reply. If there was a mistake, we can own up to it and be honest about how it happened and what steps we are taking to correct the issue and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

For each online review/testimonial, you will be entered to win a FREE camp session.

Please find link to Google® review and Facebook® review tutorials directly below. We are truly grateful and blessed to have such loving and supportive families. Thank you!

A special thanks to Jessica Faust, Michael Flynn, Jody Nicastro, Danielle Hotra, Katherine Lauber, Sondra Goettelmann, Kristina Brusco and Alumni families for their beautiful testimonials.

School ~ Home Connection

Creating Calm Tip #6:

Peace Corner:

You asked, we listened ~ preparing friends for Kindergarten that are moving on

While all children respond to transitions differently, the simple answer is that your child will do just fine. From the earliest ages, Montessori schools focus on helping children develop a high degree of self-motivation, coping skills for dealing with new situations, and a strong sense of respect and responsibility, all skills that will serve them well in a public school setting.

Most parents’ concerns are focused on two primary areas: academics and socialization. A few parents who have made the transition have said their child was bored at first, and ready to move onto the next concept before the rest of the class. They wonder why everyone in the class needs to do the same thing at the same time. But most have said their children adapted well to their new setting fairly quickly, making new friends, and succeeding within the definition of success understood in their new school.

Research seems to back up this anecdotal evidence. A longitudinal research studysupported by AMI tracked 400 students in Milwaukee. Half the students received only public school education from kindergarten to graduation; the other half attended Montessori schools through 5th grade before transitioning into the public school system. The two groups were carefully matched in terms of gender, ethnicity and family financial status. At the end of the study, which was conducted between 1997-2007, test scores and GPAs were compared.

Perhaps it won’t come as a surprise to Montessori advocates that the children who had received Preschool – Grade 5 Montessori education not only outperformed the other student group in math and science test scores, but also graduated with higher GPAs. The conclusion of the study was that early Montessori education had a long-term impact on later public school performance. At the very least, students transitioned excellently on an academic level.

In terms of socialization, the fact is that leaving a familiar classroom or school behind will likely cause feelings of sadness for students of any age. When they leave a Montessori school, children will miss their guides and schoolmates as well as the buildings, playgrounds and materials they knew so well. The new environment already has a social structure in place, which presents a challenge as the child works to figure out where he or she fits in.

However, from the time they were toddlers, Montessori-educated children have learned the core values of respect for self, respect for others and respect for the environment. Their mixed-age-group classrooms have allowed them to interact with a more diverse social circle than most other kids their age. And they have been encouraged to interact peacefully with others using conflict resolution and social interaction strategies. Research studies have also shown that Montessori students demonstrate a greater sense of fairness and justice, and are more likely to choose positive responses for dealing with social dilemmas. These skills serve them extremely well as they move into their new classrooms and begin making new friends.

In the majority of situations, the children make a healthy and eventually happy transition from Montessori to traditional schools. That being said, parents need to do their part by carefully investigating schooling options. Many districts offer interesting charter school choices, and some parents will pick a private school. Each family will have to make the decision that’s best for their child, and be ready to give them some extra support as they make the transition.

You asked, we listened...topics to follow in upcoming newsletters... stay tuned

  • loosing graciously
  • perfectionists - learning it's okay to make a mistake
  • Backtalk
  • importance of multi-steps direction

Memorial Day - School Closed

Monday, May 30th, 8:30am-3pm

158 Central Avenue

Long Hill, NJ

September/October tuition due for the 2016-2017 School Year

Wednesday, June 1st, 8:30am-3pm

158 Central Avenue

Long Hill, NJ

End of Year Performance

Thursday, June 9th, 9-10am

158 Central Avenue


Testimonials for LongHIllMontessoriSchool.com

Please email your testimonials to Kendra Morris, kendra_okonski@yahoo.com. Thank you!

Special Visitors to The Oak Room

We are thrilled to announce 2 very special visitors to Long Hill Montessori School Friday afternoon; our good friend, Heather O'Rourke from Channel 7 WABC-TV New York Eyewitness News Team and her pet therapy dog, Rocco!

Pet therapy has beneficial effects on overall health and wellness. Research has shown that it has the potential to: encourage communication, lift spirits, lessen anxiety, provide comfort, stir fond memories and increase socialization. As well as, lower blood pressure, lessen depression, diminish overall physical pain, speed healing and decrease isolation.

We’re excited for these therapeutic visits to Long Hill Montessori School.

Please sign the standard release form posted outside The Oak Room. The release form states “I understand that dealing with animals, despite the greatest care and caution, presents an element of risk. I release Creature Comfort Pet Therapy and Long Hill Montessori School from liability for any claims by me or any third party in connection with my child’s participation.”