Montessori Academy of Lancaster

August 25, 2020

So GREAT To Be Back!

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.....And off we go!!!

After a fabulous summer, practicing wearing masks, social distancing, hand washing and sanitizing, we're excited to report that we all stayed safe and healthy. Our staff and students practiced mindfulness and consideration of others by doing their part in following the new guidelines. Great job done by all!


Our school students are ready to start their classes after a very long period of time away. Today we welcomed back our elementary and kindergarten friends. As you can see from the photos above, you can still see a smile through the masks, though we're all looking forward to the day when they will not be necessary! Words cannot express the joy we feel at being together again!

Fun No-Touch Activity in Upper Elementary - Takes Team Work to Make the dream Work!

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Welcome Back!

Dear Families,


Welcome to the 2020-2021 School year! We were so happy that so many of you were able to visit your child’s classroom on Thursday and Friday of last week. You saw how each classroom teacher has mindfully arranged the classroom to allow for more “social distancing” and less sharing of materials while still maintaining a beautiful Montessori classroom environment. We are so fortunate to have a very flexible group of dedicated teachers!


This year, we are excited to welcome a few new teachers to our school! We certainly will miss those teachers who are not returning this year and wish them a healthy year as they spend time with their families. We will highlight new staff in future Newsletters so you can learn more about them as well.


Some of our Toddler and Upper Elementary friends will be able to work in our brand new classrooms this year!! We are so sorry that we were not able to have a “ribbon cutting” ceremony and invite everyone to see our amazing new space. However, please stay tuned for that event (hopefully very soon!) In addition to the new classrooms, we have a magnificent 6,000 square foot multi-purpose room which all our friends will have access to as the year progresses!


This year will be remarkable and memorable! And yes, it will feel different from a typical year at the Montessori Academy of Lancaster. We love to “build community” with our families, but, at the moment, doing that in person has been prohibited. We will strive to stay connected with you through emails, phone calls and when necessary zoom sessions.


I urge you to read the Toddler Parent Handbook and Primary & Elementary Parent Handbook which are posted on our website. We have added a “Covid-19” piece that is very important for you to read as well.


Thank you for your continued support of our amazing school!


I wish everyone a happy, safe and healthy school year!!

-Karen Rubenstein

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Drop off and Pick Up Procedure Changes

Things will be a little different this year and we appreciate everyone's cooperation as we implement and refine our drop-off and pick-up procedures.


Drop Off Procedures:


  • Please place your child's name card on your car visor
  • Stay in your car
  • Unbuckle your child and have their belongings gathered and ready to go
  • If you need to speak to your child's teacher, please schedule an appropriate time to have a phone or zoom meeting.
  • Any student who is dropped of at the school before 8:15 am MUST be contracted for the beforecare program. We are NOT permitting drop-ins at this time.
  • Elementary car line begins at 8:15 am. If your elementary student has siblings in primary or toddler programs, please arrive at 8:30 and your students will go directly to their classrooms after the health screening procedures.
  • If a parent has multiple students in any combination of programs or classrooms, they may drop off at the earliest time or later.
  • If a parent is early for their drop-off time, they will be asked to park and return at their designated time. YOU MAY NOT bring your child to the class side door, unless LATE for drop-off times.
  • If a parent is late for their drop off time, they will be asked to park and bring their child to the designated classroom’s private side entrance. The parent will not be permitted to enter. The student must have their temperature checked before the parent leaves.


Pick Up Procedures:


  • Stay in your car
  • We will open the door and help your child inside the car
  • If your child cannot buckle independently, please drive into the lower parking lot and assist your child with buckling.
  • If you need to speak to your child's teacher, please schedule an appropriate time to have a phone or zoom meeting.


Please observe the DO NOT ENTER signs prohibiting entrance from the lower parking lot to the upper parking area. This area is used for cars exiting the car line. Also be sure to be careful if pulling out of car line around another vehicle and be sure to monitor crosswalks for staff and students walking from the parking lot.

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Sign Up For Remind

In addition to our newsletters and emails, we want to give parents the opportunity to sign up for the Remind App that allows you to receive text messages for important, timely school notifications for things such as school delays and closures, or if your child becomes ill during the day or messages from the school bus companies (if relayed to us), etc. Please use the instructions and links below to sign up for each of your child's classes Remind notifications.

On your iPhone or Android phone, open your web browser and go to the following link(s):


Toddler 1 - Ms. Josie: https://www.remind.com/join/39cdgbg

Toddler 2 - Ms. Skye: https://www.remind.com/join/276heg

Primary 1 - Ms. Kathi: https://www.remind.com/join/73ec7h

Primary 2 - Ms. Madhu: https://www.remind.com/join/6hk39c

Primary 3 - Ms. Karie: https://www.remind.com/join/6k83fk

Primary 4 - Mr. Ben: https://www.remind.com/join/8kbbk7

Primary 5 - Ms. Olivia: https://www.remind.com/join/ckfh9d

Primary 6 - Ms. Susanne: https://www.remind.com/join/3f4f32

Lower Elementary - Ms. Stacy & Ms. Chris: https://www.remind.com/join/a37ffe7

Upper Elementary - Ms. Kortney & Ms. Becky: https://www.remind.com/join/96edh8


Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app.

*You will need to be approved by the class/school before you will begin receiving messages.

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Celebrating the 150th Birthday of Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori was born on August 31, 1870, in the provincial town of Chiaravalle, Italy. Her father was a financial manager for a state-run industry. Her mother, raised in a family that prized education, was well schooled and an avid reader—unusual for Italian women of that time. The same thirst for knowledge took root in young Maria, and she immersed herself in many fields of study before creating the educational method that bears her name.


Beginning in early childhood, Maria lived in Rome, growing up in a paradise of libraries, museums, and fine schools.


Maria dedicated herself to advancing her child-centered approach to education. She lectured widely, wrote articles and books, and developed a program to prepare teachers in the Montessori Method. Through her efforts and the work of her followers, Montessori education was adopted worldwide.


As a public figure, Maria also campaigned vigorously on behalf of women’s rights. She wrote and spoke frequently on the need for greater opportunities for women, and was recognized in Italy and beyond as a leading feminist voice.


Maria Montessori pursued her ideals in turbulent times. Living through war and political upheaval inspired her to add peace education to the Montessori curriculum. But she could do little to avoid being ensnared in world events. Traveling in India in 1940, when hostilities between Italy and Great Britain broke out, she was forced to live in exile for the remainder of the war. There she took the opportunity to train teachers in her method.


At war’s end she returned to Europe, spending her final years in Amsterdam. She died peacefully, in a friend’s garden, on May 6, 1952.

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Credible Resources For Coronavirus Information

After an all private-school meeting at the IU13 today, our director has the following credible resources to share with you for information. We will continue to update you on any new information we receive.


PA Department of Health (PA DOH)

Center for Disease Control (CDC)