Montessori Academy of Lancaster

December 13, 2019

Acts of Kindness, Winter Program, Food Drive, Reading, Lunch Program & Weather Delay and Aftercare Information, and January 2020 Calendar

Virtue for the month of December: Generosity

Generosity is giving and sharing freely without the expectation of something in return. It is one of the best ways to show love and friendship.

Please send a virtue voucher when your child practices generosity at home. During the month of December, it is especially important to teach and practice this virtue so children can feel the joy of giving as much (or more) than receiving!

A Special Message from Ms. Karen

I am a huge fan of Mister Rogers. Growing up in Pittsburgh, Mister Rogers neighborhood was my neighborhood! I had the opportunity to tour at WQED television studio, meet Fred Rogers and see the puppets and props in person which, as a child, was very exciting!

My love of Mister Rogers neighborhood was passed on to my 2 boys. Like it or not (and sometimes they were not as thrilled as I was), we watched the show on a pretty regular basis. The validation of feelings and expression of kindness was the thread woven through most of the episodes. Mister Rogers was not afraid to touch on some of the “difficult” topics of the day. When I had to explain the death of my mother to my 4 year old son, I turned to Mister Rogers book “Talking to Children about Death”. When we moved from Southern California to Lancaster, I referenced his wonderful book about “Moving” to help my younger son understand what was happening. I trusted Fred Rogers to have the words necessary to validate a child’s feelings and help them work through the challenges.

When terrible things happen that affect young children, Mr. Roger’s advice to those children is “Look for the helpers”. The adults in a child’s life are those special helpers, whether it is parents, grandparents or teachers.

When watching an episode of Mister Rogers Neighborhood, I think there was the feeling that he was talking directly to the viewer. He modeling kindness and taught empathy for generations of young children. We need more Mister Rogers today!!

I would like to share one such example of a kindness that is rare today! Our Elementary friends have an opportunity to participate in after school clubs. I am privileged to oversee the “American Girl Doll Club”. (I think I love it at least as much as the participants!). Yesterday was our last meeting for this semester. We had a “Pajama Party” theme and I planned on serving pizza. As you know, we buy our school pizza from La Piazza so I also contact them for “special events”. I placed our order a couple of weeks ago. When it was time for the pizza to arrive, it came in a different pizza box. The delivery person explained that they had an unfortunate accident at the restaurant and were not able to fulfill our order, so they took it upon themselves to purchase pizza from a competitor, deliver it to our school, send an extra pizza and NOT charge us for the order!! Wow! I am still amazed! Giuseppe and Nicole Gambino, the owners of La Piazzza, whose daughter attended our school through her Kindergarten year, are just those people! Rather than disappoint a group of children, they came up with a solution that not many businesses would have chosen! I am grateful that we have an opportunity to work with their family!! I am hopeful that one day soon, these acts of kindness occur so often that we don’t even speak of them because they are just the way things are!!

As we approach the holidays and the New Year, I will continue to reflect on you, the wonderful families that have become a part of our Montessori family.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful children with us!

Wishing you a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year!


Toddler Winter Program

Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 6pm

2750 Weaver Road, Lancaster, PA 17601

Join us for a wonderful “sing along”. Due to the space limitations, we must limit attendance to immediate family members.

Winter Program 2019

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Primary and Elementary Rehearsal

Wednesday, Dec. 18th, 4:30pm

The Junction Center, 1875 Junction Road, Manheim, PA 17545

Students should arrive by 4:30 pm. See the map above for details on drop off and parking. We ask that parents drop off their children then go park if they choose to stay.

Primary & Elementary Winter Program

Thursday, Dec. 19th, 6pm

The Junction Center, 1875 Junction Road, Manheim, PA 17545

Please drop your child off first and then go park in one of the two side parking lots. Please enter through the side glass doors next to where you dropped off your child(ren).

We ask that parents drop off and find their seats immediately or wait in the lobby area. There is limited space in the pre-performance room so we need to keep traffic to a minimum.

Seating will begin in the lower areas first before the center will open the balcony seating. Please fill in the seats so we can make room for everyone to sit together as much as possible.

After the children perform, they will return to their "waiting" area until all the students have given their performances. After all students have performed, your children will be released to you so you can watch the grand finale slideshow together.

Pajama Day - Early Dismissal

Friday, Dec. 20th, 9am-12pm

2750 Weaver Road, Lancaster, PA 17601

Please remember that dismissal is at 12 pm - there are no afternoon classes, enrichments, clubs or aftercare. Wishing you a wonderful winter break! See you on January 6, 2020!!

Elementary Class Food Drive

Our Elementary class officers have been collecting non-perishable food for the Lancaster County Food Hub as a Community Service project. We collected 84 pounds of food so far….which is incredible- we will collect until Dec. 18th.

We appreciate all of your donations as we help families have enough food during these long winter days.

Thank you!

Newbery Club

Every January, the American Library Association awards the Newbery Medal for excellence in children’s literature. This award most typically goes to a chapter book. This year we are going to have a Newbery Club to read several 2019 books and discuss their merits according to the criteria of the award. Our committee is comprised of fifth and sixth year students. On the third Monday in January, the ALA will announce the award. Can our club guess the winner(s)?

Ms. Steph, our librarian, has selected 15 titles that are receiving Newbery “buzz.” Even if your child is not in the club, you can bet these are great books to read over the winter break! Check out some of the titles below

New Lunch Program!

Don't forget to sign up for the new lunch program (Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays supplied through Silantro)!

Below is a menu for the month of January. Everything is gluten free, dairy free, nut free, sesame free, and no added sugars.

  • Monday: Organic Brown Rice (w/Grilled Chicken or Grilled Tofu) & Edamame Beans & Corn
  • Tuesday: Coconut White Rice (Contains Coconut Milk) (w/Grilled Steak or Grilled Tofu) & Steamed Broccoli
  • Thursday: Organic Brown Rice (w/Grilled Chicken or Grilled Tofu) & Diced Cucumbers
  • Friday: Coconut White Rice (w/Grilled Chicken or Grilled Tofu) & Sweet Potato Fries

You MUST order by DECEMBER 19th for the first week of January meals.

To Order Weekly Please click HERE

Weather Delay and Closing Information

Please note that the Montessori Academy will post any weather delays, closings, and early dismissals as soon as the determination has been made to do so. Our information is posted on WGAL (and sometimes it takes a while for them to update their website due to receiving calls from all of the different schools districts and counties it serves.) So, you should also follow the Montessori Academy's Facebook and Twitter pages for posted information.

The schedule for a 2 hour delay is as follows:

  • Beforecare begins at 9:30 am
  • Elementary classes begin at 10:30 am
  • Toddler and Primary classes begin at 11:00 am
  • All students are lunch friends and should bring a lunch with them.
  • Morning students will dismiss at 2:00 pm
  • Afternoon and all day students will dismiss at 3:00 pm
  • Aftercare begins at 3:00 pm, unless notified that it is closed.

Early dismissals will be dependent upon the weather and public school closings.

If your child takes public school transportation, please follow your school district's closing, delay and dismissal information regarding bus pick up and drop off times or cancellation of busing.

You and your child's safety is our top concern so if you feel the weather is too dangerous, please use your judgment and do not travel in conditions you are not comfortable with.

Thank you!

Aftercare Program

As the holiday season and winter weather sometimes make it necessary to have your children stay a little longer after school hours, we are happy to have them join us in the Aftercare program. Due to staffing ratios, we are not always able to accommodate, so please contact us 24 hours in advance to check availability and reserve your space. Below is some information about our policies and rates.

Extended Day & Occasional Use

Aftercare is available. It is necessary to give a 24-hour notice to the school to ensure space is available due to staffing ratios. The hourly rate with 24 hours notice is $10.50. If there is less than a 24-hour notice the rate is $15.00 per hour. If you find that you will be regularly using the aftercare program, please contact the billing office us to make contracted arrangements.

Overtime Charges

If your child is picked up between 5:30 and 5:45PM, the billable overtime charge is $15.00 per child for the first 15 minutes. After 5:45PM, the billable overtime charge is $30.00 per child per 15 minutes. The business manager will provide a bill for “overtime” charges to each family, payable upon receipt. Please contact the school if you are running late to make staff aware of extenuating circumstances.

January 2020 Calendar

Monday, January 6, 2020 - BACK-TO-SCHOOL

1/20 - No School

1/23 - Montessori Education Open House Night