Planting the Seeds

Planting the Seeds

“We must clearly understand that when we give the child freedom and independence, we are giving freedom to a worker already braced for action, who cannot live without working and being active.” – Dr. Maria Montessori

Please take a look here at the selection of some of the careers that alumni have pursued. It makes sense that the Hershey Montessori School alumni have pursued such varied interests. Hershey Montessori School encouraged us to pursue what we loved and what we were curious about and there were opportunities to be as involved as we wanted. We had the freedom to explore and dive deeper in those interests.

The first time I was involved in the recording of music, it was for a CD of meaningful songs that the students and staff were making my eighth grade year at the Huntsburg Campus. That was a seed that grew into eventually receiving my bachelor’s degree in Audio Production and my master’s degree in Media Management. Thanks to the musical experiences given at an early age both by my parents and by Hershey Montessori School, then with the exposure to recording music as an adolescent, the seeds were planted that grew into my passion for music marketing. I am currently a Marketing Coordinator at Provident Label Group, a division of Sony Music, in Nashville. At Hershey Montessori School, I was encouraged to be myself and embrace my curiosity. Being encouraged to ask questions and dig deeper as a student sparked a life-long custom of diving into subjects that interest me.

In a TED talk about Montessori, the speaker talked about how the Montessori pedagogy holds art and science at the same level of importance as math and language – and that “teachers are there to guide to meet each individual’s strengths and each individual’s needs” – how amazing is it that our teachers were there to meet our strengths and needs in an environment where art, science, math, and language are of equal importance? No wonder the alumni have pursued such varied interests! It was encouraged from day one!

As the Alumni Coordinator, it is an honor to continue to hear stories of how alumni continue to be impacted by their Montessori Education in their work today. Justin Weinbaum who attended Hershey Montessori School from 1981 to 1990 shares,

“It’s been a long time. Over 25 years, by my count, since our class left the Upper Elementary to go out into the world, er, Junior High. Still, even this far out, I thank my Montessori education daily for what it provided me. I am a Research Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. That’s the title – in practice what I do is collaborate with other researchers to advance knowledge and produce technologies that can help people with health problems. I also work every day with students at the University helping them to formulate their research ideas and present their work to others. Every bit of this has been informed by my Montessori experience. I love working with others, just as I did in our Upper Elementary performance of “The Hobbit.” I love the thrill of discovery, just as I recall from hikes at Penitentiary Glen with my classmates. And I love teaching, and seeing my students “get it,” just as we all taught each other about math, history, and language at our classroom tables. Your education at Hershey Montessori is an investment that will pay off over your lifetime.”

Special thanks to Justin for contributing! We would love to hear your story – how Montessori is continuing to impact you in your careers and lives! If you’d like to contribute, please email me at mwebster@hershey-montessoti.org.

Sincerely,

Makella Webster

Hershey Montessori School Alumni Coordinator

 

Announcing our Annual Giving Drive for 2016-2017.  Your gift makes every step possible!

Announcing our Annual Giving Drive for 2016-2017. Your gift makes every step possible!

Please consider being a part of our Annual Giving Drive this year. Your gift is your “vote” for the school and the school’s mission.  As we apply for grants, foundations and corporations want to see that our community is on our side.  Each and every gift to the Annual Fund makes a big difference in reaching our goal of 100% participation – no matter the size of the gift!  We are so very grateful for your support.

If your pledge is received by November 10th, you will be entered to win $50 to spend at the Hershey Arts Fest on November 12th!  You can pay your pledge online or by check anytime up to June 1, 2017 – or set up a monthly payment plan online if you prefer.

In order to create access to high quality Montessori education for as many families as possible, Hershey Montessori School intentionally keeps the tuition costs as low as possible. We look to our community fundraising efforts to help make up the difference. Your gift will help pay for important items such as the beautiful classroom materials, salaries and professional development programs for the talented staff that work with the children – and so much more. Please consider a gift today

Visit our Hershey Montessori Donation Page online to donate now: http://bit.ly/HMSDonate

Thank you so much!

 

Giving while shopping!  Smile.Amazon, Boxtops, Giant Eagle and more!

Giving while shopping! Smile.Amazon, Boxtops, Giant Eagle and more!

These programs support Hershey Montessori School by allowing our parents to donate while shopping, searching and clipping!  Just follow the provided instructions and links to turn your normal every day shopping activities into donations to Hershey:

We are thankful for the support of local and national programs that support Hershey Montessori School.

Smile.Amazon – Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the price of your eligible purchases to Hershey Montessori School whenever you shop on Smile.Amazon.  Use your Amazon Prime membership or usual login and start shopping! Your Hershey Montessori School Parent Contact is:  Sheila Harvat at SAH061473@aol.com

Heinen’s – Are you a Heinen’s Tasteful Rewards Member? If so, a percentage of your grocery bill can be donated to Hershey every time you shop. Register your card. Your card must be reregistered every fall. Your Hershey Montessori School Parent Contact is:  Sheila Harvat at SAH061473@aol.com

Giant Eagle – Do you use a Giant Eagle Advantage Card? If so, a percentage of your sales can be donated to Hershey every time you shop. Register your card. Our school code is 2344. Each time you shop Hershey receives award points to use toward technology devices, classroom supplies and materials. Your Hershey Montessori School Parent Contact is:  Sheila Harvat at SAH061473@aol.com

Box Tops for Education – Collect “box top” labels from General Mills products and send them into the office.  Check out the Box Tops for Education webpage for activities and coupons!  Your Hershey Montessori School Parent Contact is:  Kim Hrenko at kimberlyhrenko@hotmail.com

GoodSearch.com – Use goodsearch.com as your search engine to generate funds for Hershey! Goodsearch.com, powered by Yahoo!, works like any other internet search engine. For each search you perform Goodsearch.com will donate to a cause. Join, choose Hershey Montessori as your cause, and start searching!

An Invitation to view:   MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED

An Invitation to view: MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED

Please join us for a free screening of the award wining film “Most Likely To Succeed”

Hershey Montessori School, Concord Campus, 10229 Prouty Road, Concord Twp, Ohio on Tuesday, November 1st at 6:15pm,

RSVP via Eventbrite:  RSVP  or directly to Cindy Guest at rsvp@hershey-montessori.org

What is this film?

Most Likely To Succeed is the best film ever done on the topic of school — both its past and its future. The film inspires its audiences with a sense of purpose and possibility, and is bringing school communities together in re-imagining what our students and teachers are capable of doing. After seeing this film, you’ll never look at school the same way again.

“From two leading experts in education and entrepreneurship, an urgent call for the radical re-imagining of American education so that we better equip students for the realities of the twenty-first century economy.

Today more than ever, we prize academic achievement, pressuring our children to get into the “right” colleges, have the highest GPAs, and pursue advanced degrees. But while students may graduate with credentials, by and large they lack the competencies needed to be thoughtful, engaged citizens and to get good jobs in our rapidly evolving economy. Our school system was engineered a century ago to produce a work force for a world that no longer exists. Alarmingly, our methods of schooling crush the creativity and initiative young people need to thrive in the twenty-first century.

Most Likely to Succeed presents a new vision of American education, one that puts wonder, creativity, and initiative at the very heart of the learning process and prepares students for today’s economy.”   Tony Wagner

Be inspired by the possibilities…

Childcare will be offered for Hershey Montessori School families, second plane (elementary aged) children only.  Please email Cindy Guest at cguest@hershey-montessori.org to confirm childcare.

Here is the link to preview the movie.  You can see why we are excited to provide this opportunity to our community and public.

This movie appeals to parents, educators, entrepreneurs, innovators, third plane (adolescent) students and anyone interested in how we can bring our children’s education up to the demands of the innovative society we live in today.

Please share this invitation with your friends and family.  The public is welcome.  Limited childcare available for Hershey Montessori School families only – please contact Cindy Guest at cguest@hershey-montessori.org to RSVP and reserve childcare.

 

Hershey Arts Fest

Hershey Arts Fest

Hershey Art’s Fest – Saturday, November 12th, Concord Campus 9am to 4pm

Join all our artists and craftspeople and shop these incredible goods for unique gifts and treasures.

Bring your family and friends for this enjoyable day!

Only $3 entry (ages 6 and under FREE!)

There will be delicious baked goods, snacks and refreshments offered all day by our wonderful parent

volunteer bakers. The café will be serving up items that can be enjoyed by the whole family:

  • Famous Mac & Cheese
  • Luisa’s homemade Salsa
  • Slow cooked Pulled BBQ Pork
  • Fresh Popped Popcorn
  • Homemade Baked goods

We look forward to seeing you there to celebrate great arts, crafts, delicious food and our wonderful community!

Thank You!

Parents and Staff only:  Donate to Annual Giving before end of day Nov 10 and you are entered to win $50 to spend at the Arts Fest:  Donate Now

 

We met the Challenge!

We met the Challenge!

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We continue to invite you to donate to the Hershey Montessori School Capital Campaign as we move toward our ultimate fundraising goals but we wanted to take a moment to thank all the families and friends as well as the Elliot-Montminy Family for the amazing outpouring of support for this campaign during the Elliot-Montminy Family Challenge Grant time frame.  Thanks to you, we raised $40,000 for the Hershey Montessori Capital Campaign!

The campaign benefits both campuses of the school. The campaign’s goal is to cover the costs of construction for the upper school classroom building on the Huntsburg Campus for the new 10th, 11th and 12th grades, provide program and capital improvements for the Concord Campus as well as initiate a study to most effectively respond to increasing enrollment in a long-term, strategic way. The campaign also will raise additional funds for the endowment to increase sustainability for the whole school and to expand financial aid.

This is a historic campaign as once successful, Hershey Montessori School will be the first school in the world to offer a complete continuum of Montessori education that most closely replicates Dr. Maria Montessori’s vision which includes an option of a residential component for adolescents on a working farm.

Donate online here or read more about Giving.