Join Hershey Montessori School at Love Fest Chardon Square on July 22, 2017!

Join Hershey Montessori School at Love Fest Chardon Square on July 22, 2017!

July 22, 2017, Saturday, from 2:00pm to 10:00pm on Chardon Square

The best in up & coming music from Indie Rock to New Age Folk and always FREE to the people.

Hershey Montessori School will have a booth at LOVE FEST Chardon Square!

Festival opens at 2:00pm in the open air of Chardon Square:

Drumming circle to kick off the festival: join in! * Soul of the Rose merchandise * tye dye * henna * face painting * installation art & art gallery * painting lesson for the kids * musical themed vendors * Fun Bus * Food Trucks * World Record Holder Bubbleologist *and of course, AMAZING music:

The Pistolettes
Vertical 48
String Machine
Able
C-Level
David Loy and the Ramrods
All is Harvest
The Skies Above Us
Emily and Ivory
Prof. Postman and the lab techs
Bro Dylan
Nick Jordan

At 8:30pm Love Fest continues at Geauga Theater

Essential Groove
Beams
The Tom Katlees
Mason District

For more information, view  LOVEFEST on Facebook!

Plus, family and friends (over 12 years old) get the insiders view to the festival by being a
LOVEFEST volunteer.  Fill out the volunteer form here!

Or, contact Hershey’s own Cassie Ciarlillo directly at cassandra.ciarlillo@gmail.com

SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017!  ALL ARE WELCOME!

SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017! ALL ARE WELCOME!

Saturday JULY 15, 2017, any time from 10 am to 3 pm in the Hershey Montessori School ringside tent.

Special byo lunch gathering from 11 am – 1:00 pm –  Beverage station at the tent all day!

Free Parking and Free Admission (simply RSVP with name and number of guests to rsvp@hershey-montessori.org or call 440-357-0918 to be placed on the free admission list)

Bring family, friends, children’s friends, guests of all ages

JOIN US! ALL ARE WELCOME !

The Hershey VIP tent is available from 10 am to 3 pm offering ringside seating to watch competitions or as a home base to explore the event!

  • Plan to join friends in the tent between 11:30am and 1:00pm  for a lunch gathering.   Bring a picnic lunch and utensils, or check out the many delicious food trucks. Feel free to bring snacks to share!
  • beverage station will be provided at the Hershey tent throughout the day!
  • Activities for children of all ages – free pony rides, arts and crafts, face painting and more!
  • Look no further for boutique shopping, select Cleveland food trucks, artwork, canine competition, and abundant entertainment. The show begins at 8am daily.
  • PLEASE RSVP so that your name and guests will be on the free entrance list.  Email rsvp@hershey-montessori.org or call the office at 440-357-0918.

Rain or Shine—join us for the fun at:

Cleveland Metroparks Polo Fields, 3841 Chagrin River Rd., Moreland Hills

(at the corner of South Woodland Road (OH-87) and Chagrin River Road)

View the full flyer here!

 

Thank you Sow True Seeds!

Thank you Sow True Seeds!

Upper Elementary classroom students enjoy growing from seed, harvesting a beautiful crop and enjoying a healthy, organic salad.  This year’s garden program was supplemented thanks to a generous donation of seed from Sow True Seed!

Passive House Design

Passive House Design

You’ve been hearing about the Passive House approach to the new Upper School building on the Huntsburg Campus. In fact, Hershey Montessori School’s Upper School will be the first school in the Midwest designed with Passive House Institute United States (PHIUS) criteria.  Here’s a little information to clarify all the hype about this environmentally friendly and energy saving technology.

What is Passive House?

Simply put, “Passive house (German: Passivhaus) is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.”  (ref Zeller, Jr., Tom. Beyond Fossil Fuels: Can We Build in a Brighter Shade of Green?, New York Times, September 26, 2010, p.BU1)

Passive Building Principles

Passive building comprises a set of design principles used to attain a quantifiable and rigorous level of energy efficiency within a specific quantifiable comfort level. “Maximize your gains, minimize your losses” summarize the approach. To that end, a passive building is designed and built in accordance with these five building-science principles:

  1. It employs continuous insulation through its entire envelope without any thermal bridging.
  2. The building envelope is extremely airtight, preventing infiltration of outside air and loss of conditioned air.
  3. It employs high-performance windows (typically triple-pane) and doors.
  4. It uses some form of balanced heat- and moisture-recovery ventilation and uses a minimal space conditioning system.
  5. Solar gain is managed to exploit the sun’s energy for heating purposes and to minimize it in cooling seasons.

Image credit:  By Passivhaus_section_en.jpg: Passivhaus Institutderivative work: Michka B (talk) – Passivhaus_section_en.jpg, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9586761

The Development of Passive House Principles

Passive principles were pioneered in the 1970s by North American building scientists and builders with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Canadian government. In the late 1980s the German Passivhaus Institut (PHI) built on that research and those principles, and developed a quantifiable performance standard that continues to work well in the Central European and similar climate zones. The PHIUS website offers an excellent history lesson here.

Passive House Applications

Passive building principles can be applied to all building typologies–from single-family homes to apartment building to offices and skyscrapers.

Passive design strategy carefully models and balances a comprehensive set of factors including heat emissions from appliances and occupants–to keep the building at comfortable and consistent indoor temperatures throughout the heating and cooling seasons. As a result, passive buildings offer tremendous long -term benefits in addition to energy efficiency:

  • Superinsulation and airtight construction provides unmatched comfort and even in extreme conditions.
  • Continuous mechanical ventilation of fresh filtered air assures superb air quality.
  • A comprehensive systems approach to modeling, design and construction produces extremely resilient buildings.
  • Passive building is the best path to Net Zero and Net Positive buildings. because it minimizes the load that renewables are required to provide.

The Performance Standard

In practice, the PHIUS Technical Committee and PHAUS members building projects have learned that a single standard for all North American climate zones is unworkable. In some climates, meeting the standard is cost prohibitive, in other milder zones it’s possible to hit the European standard while leaving substantial cost-effective energy savings unrealized.

Consequently, the PHIUS Technical Committee worked on adapting the performance metric to North American climate zones, using the European metric as a baseline.  An overview of those climate zone specific standards is available here.

Why did we do it?

Hershey Montessori School is committed to care of the environment, and thus committed to implementing as environmentally friendly and sustainable construction principles as possible.  We are proud to be the first school in the Midwest to be designed with the cutting-edge standards of the Passive House Institute of the United States.  PHIUS building criteria will create significant savings in operation costs and reduce energy consumption and provide an excellent model for other public buildings.

For more information on Passive House design, visit the Passive House Institute United States website.