Montessori For Flint

July 2018 Newsletter

Welcome New (and Returning) Families!

Reminder to new families to ensure your paperwork is submitted to the Flint Schools Administration Building before July 16, 2018 in order to hold your secure your spot for the 2018-19 school year.

Returning students and families, if you were in the program last year, you are in for next year and no further action is needed on your part.

Interested families who have not yet applied, please see below for information about joining the Flint Montessori Program.

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Joining the Flint Montessori Program

Though the initial application window for the Early 5/K-3 program for the fall has closed, if you have not yet applied, you can still do so and the application will be considered after those who applied before the May 15 deadline. If you applied before that deadline you should have been notified of your status.

If you have a student who will be 4 years old by September 1, 2018 and you are interested in the Montessori pre-Kindergarten program, you can pre-register by calling 591-KIDS or going online to visit Michigan Preschool. Be sure to select Flint Community Schools-DTM Montessori as your preferred option. Once you have done that, please call Flint Community Schools early childhood office at (810) 767-8018 (the pre-K application process has multiple steps, and doing both of these things will help ensure a smoother process).

If you have already applied and informed Flint Community Schools, you can expect to start hearing back in early August. If they would like help and/or guidance for the Pre-K application process you are encouraged to contact Parent Liaison Elizabeth Jordan at

Your Assistance Requested!

New shelves have come in and need to be assembled. We had one work session this past Monday-- thank you to Ms. Aikins! We hope to get the remaining seven shelves that have come in so far put together on Monday, July 16 from 1:00-4:30 pm. If you have an hour or two to spend helping us, please let Elizabeth Jordan know at or (810) 610-7209. If you have a drill with a hex head bit (like an Allen wrench), please bring it with you.

Early Childhood Education is the Key to the Betterment of Society - Maria Montessori

Montessori For Flint July Advisory Meeting

Friday, July 20th, 4pm

1602 University Avenue

Flint, MI

Advisory meetings are open to all parents/guardians as well as teaching staff and Flint schools administration. Those who are interested are welcome and encouraged to become involved by attending if you are able. Advisory meetings are held the third Friday of each month at 4pm. Meetings are usually in the Durant Tuuri Mott school library (1518 University Ave - entry through the main entrance) ***Please note, the July meeting will be hosted at an alternate location, the Flint Children's Museum. Thanks to our partners at the Flint Children's Museum for allowing the group to utilize their space.*** Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for the next Advisory meeting. Meetings are the best way to get information, share ideas, help shape the future of Montessori for Flint, and ensure sustainability for this high-quality programming for our children and our community.

Materials Needed for 2018-19

We are stocking the practical life activities in the new Kindergarten and existing Pre-K classrooms. Special objects needed include old silver pieces and leather shoes, jackets, or other items for polishing. We can also use everyday objects from around your house like various locks with keys or working flashlights to take apart and reassemble. If you have items to contribute, please contact Elizabeth Jordan at or (810) 610-7209. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Needed: Quality Substitute Teachers

Montessori for Flint is seeking talented, dedicated individuals who are interested in being available as subsititue 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, visit PESG (the company that coordinates subs for Flint Community Schools) at iif 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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Below, Brene Brown shares further insight about the importance of boundaries and how they interface with empathy and compassion.

Local Resource Corner

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The Coalition is particularly seeking children's books written in Spanish for a partnership with MTA for Rides to Wellness, which services many families who speak Spanish as their first language. Thank you, in advance, for your contributions to Reach 4 the Stars: Raising Great Readers.
Flint Family Fun

For more resources and fun things to do as a family this summer, visit Flint Family Fun!

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.