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Montessori By Remote – A Temporary, New Normal

Montessori By Remote – A Temporary, New Normal

By Tierney Dewan-Saperstein

 

Here we are, together, navigating remote Montessori learning. Let me begin by saying, I am choosing to see this period in life as a gift…the gift of time that many of us seldom have.

Looking ahead, we want to give you a “primer,” of sorts, so that you can assess your spaces, actions and expectations. What are the most important things you can do as parents to help ease some struggles and give some great opportunities to your children?

  • Give them time. You aren’t having to rush the morning to get to school, or hurry home for lunch or dinner. Instead, you are free to let your child take as long as possible to focus on the daily life tasks. Your children can work through their frustrations and you can observe patiently as their tenacity comes forth.
  • Let them concentrate. If you find that your child is focusing their attention on something (as long as it is not hurting themselves, hurting others or hurting the environment), let them work. This means don’t say anything to them – even if it is to celebrate them or encourage them.
  • Assess your spaces. Are there ways in which your child can be involved in family life (towels for drying a spill, putting laundry into the washing machine, a stool or such to reach the kitchen counter)? Are hooks low enough (for coats and brooms)? Can they reach their things (dishes, clothing, work)? Undoubtedly you’ll find opportunities to make changes to your spaces to fit your child’s needs.
  • Observe your child. They show us what we need to know! This will be extremely helpful to you when you choose to make changes in the spaces or with your child’s daily life activities.  It will also be lovely to share with your child’s guide when you connect next. You can share your observations and can talk through them.

Keep checking back. We’ll be offering more encouragement, support and even a little entertainment.

Please know, we are here for you, and we are wishing you all the very best during these “interesting” times.

 

Hershey Montessori School Announces its 2020 Gala, TIMELESS

Hershey Montessori School Announces its 2020 Gala, TIMELESS

The Hershey Gala is Hershey’s most extravagant fundraiser of the year.

The planning is well underway! This year’s gala, Timeless, will take place on Saturday, May 2nd, at the Union Club of Cleveland.

Please mark your calendar for this incredible evening.

Contribution opportunities are still available and include:

  • Being a financial sponsor of the event
  • Donating a desirable item to our silent and/or live auction
  • Placing an ad in the Hershey gala program
  • Bringing us your ideas – we like to think outside of the box!
  • Offering your time, talent, treasure, or ties

Your attendance and financial support will enhance the lives of Hershey students from birth through graduation as the funds raised go directly to benefit these children by covering expenses that tuition does not.

Questions and sponsorship requests may be directed to Julie Loxterman, Development Coordinator, at jloxterman@hershey-montessori.org or by calling 440-357-0918 ext. 64. Sponsorship opportunities will remain open until filled!

We look forward to our Timeless celebration with you! Click here to learn more.

 

Join The Hershey Gala Facebook Group to stay connected!

 

All proceeds go directly to benefit Hershey students by covering expenses that tuition does not.

Hershey Students Learn the Power of Positive Thinking

Hershey Students Learn the Power of Positive Thinking

 

Hershey Montessori School’s Upper School students recently welcomed local guest speaker Marvin Montgomery, a motivational speaker and sales trainer with more than 30 years of experience.

Hershey students were enlightened as Montgomery shared insights throughout his presentation, “The Power of Positive Thinking.” Montgomery demonstrated how having a positive attitude can change a person’s outlook on life. Students and staff alike enjoyed his inspirational speech as they laughed and participated with Montgomery’s examples and provided stories of their own.

Students were able to see how their outlook impacts their outcome. If they wake up in a bad mood and expect to have a terrible day, that is most likely what will happen. However, if they wake up expecting to have a great day, it is more likely to be a great day.

Montgomery stressed the importance of looking on the bright side and finding the positive in every situation. The students were able to relate to how their outlook on events in their life had impacted the outcome of a situation.

Hershey Montessori School staff and students thank Montgomery for his simple, yet profound, tips. Everyone walked away with food for thought on how to approach each day and the events of their life.

“Change is a great thing,” Montgomery said, “Don’t just go through the motions. If something is bothering you, change it.”

 


 

We Invite You To Refer Your Friends and Family!

We Invite You To Refer Your Friends and Family!

Our first ever referral drive has kicked off and we are asking you to tell your friends about us!

We want to share more Montessori with more families who value quality education the same as you do. We believe you can help us find them.

Hershey meets the usual checklist that many families look for in a school, such as individualized attention, great teachers, an excellent education, and a safe school environment. However, Hershey also offers a personalized academic pace based on the natural development of the whole child, scientific teaching methods, stress reducing connections to nature, meaningful social connections, and a strong emphasis on critical thinking and community.

It’s not surprising that parents often cite the intentional community we create as one of the most compelling reasons to enroll. That is why we are seeking referrals from those who know and love Hershey. Families who share the same goals for their children create a community that benefits everyone – children, parents, and teachers alike.

Over the last 40 years our parents and students have been our best source for growing our community. Sharing good news and stories about Hershey Montessori School to trusted family, friends and neighbors has helped to create and build upon the close-knit Hershey community that we all cherish.

In gratitude for every referred visitor who tours our school, we are placing the name of the referrer in a quarterly drawing for a basket filled with beautifully handcrafted items made by our microeconomy students at our Huntsburg campus, along with a Hershey Montessori apparel item.

Growing together means that we will get to experience more of what is so beautiful to Hershey – our connections.

Each year, we are moved by the outcomes we see in our students as they grow and develop as creative and resilient human beings. Now more than ever, we are compelled to provide more Montessori to more children. Help us to reach more children and adolescents with the Montessori methods and ideals that we all know and love: grace, peace, respect, unity, and the like.

We hope you will share in our passion for this growth.Hershey open house visitor day

Tours and visits can be scheduled online or by contacting Lakisha Wingard, Director of Admissions, at 440-357-0918, or Robyn Dill, Administration & Admissions Manager, at 440-636-6290, or by emailing admissions@hershey-montessori.org.

Let’s grow our community together!

 


 

Hershey Alumni Return, Provide Support to Students

Hershey Alumni Return, Provide Support to Students

Members of the graduating classes of 2018 and 2019 recently returned home to Hershey Montessori School for its annual Alumni Day. 

The graduates hosted a panel discussion with current students where they reflected on their time at Hershey and answered questions about life after high school. The graduates went on to share valuable insights regarding their transition to college, making new friends, and various tips to help students as they continue their own journey in the years to come.

The alumni were also gracious in their time as they participated in a Q&A session with Hershey parents via video conference.

We are grateful to all who were able to join us for this informative, heart-warming, welcome home event.

Many thanks to Mathematics, Business and Microeconomy Guide, Jennifer Snead, for organizing this event, and to all of the alumni for taking the time to share their wisdom with the Hershey community.