Flint Community Schools Montessori

March 2018 Newsletter

We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. -Maria Montessori

Flint Montessori will be adding two classrooms at DTM next fall, and will serve Pre-K through 3rd grade.

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The Flint Montessori Elementary program is application-based. Applications will be accepted starting February 26, 2018 for the 2018-19 school year. Applications received by the Office of Centralized Enrollment by May 15, 2018 will be considered as a group based on established criteria. The application is available online to download and hard copies are available at the Flint Community Schools Office of Centralized Enrollment (923 E. Kearsley St.) and Durant Tuuri Mott Elementary. Students who apply between February 26 and May 15 will be notified of their acceptance to enroll or status on the wait list in mid-June.

Montessori Pre-Kindergarten- The Montessori pre-kindergarten program is the part of the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP). To begin the pre-registration process please visit www.geneseepreschool.org or call (810) 59-KIDS. Be sure to select Flint Durant Tuuri Mott Elementary Montessori-GSRP as your preferred program. (All Flint 4-year-olds exposed to the water crisis currently qualify for free pre-kindergarten through GSRP regardless of income.) Please let us know when you have taken this step so we can help guide you through the rest of the process by calling (810) 610-7209 or emailing the Flint Montessori Parent Liaison, Elizabeth Jordan at jordanel19@yahoo.com.
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Support the Program

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.

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March 2018 Montessori For Flint Advisory Meeting

Friday, March 16th, 4pm

1518 University Avenue

Flint, MI

Meeting will be in the school 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.

Still Seeking Subs

We are looking for people who may be interested in being available as a substitute teacher in the Montessori classrooms. Having at least 90 hours of college credit is required, and knowledge of Montessori philosophy is preferred. 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.

For The Family:

2nd Annual Parent Appreciation Luncheon

Thursday, March 22nd, 12pm

225 West Court Street

Flint, MI

Co-Hosted by Great Start Genesee and Weiss Child Advocacy Center/Priority Children, this annual luncheon, hosted in honor of Parenting Awareness Month in Michigan, has onsite childcare, a delicious meal, networking, games and giveaways. All Genesee County parents, with any-age children are encouraged to attend. The event is free. RSVP to (810) 591-5226 or bcase@geneseeisd.org
Another great upcoming opportunity is the second annual Flint Resilience Summit. Hosted by ReCAST, this summit is for the entire community and focused on trauma informed care. Find out more here.
Reach 4 the Stars is a book "freecycling" program operated by the Genesee County Great Start Families Coalition. They are always accepting donations of new and gently used children's books. Books are curated into boxes by age and interest and provided, free of charge to families across Genesee County without books in their home. Call (810) 591-5226 to schedule a donation or for more information.
Flint Family Fun! www.flintfamilyfun.com is a free, searchable calendar of family-friendly events and activities happening every day, across Genesee County. You can find out what is happening at Genesee District Library, Flint Public Library, Genesee County Parks, Rollhaven, the Farmers Market, the malls, and So Much More! Easy to access on your computer or phone, FFF was recently nominated, for the second consecutive year, for a Children's Champion award from Priority Children!

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.