International Faculty: Talking Canada with Sabine Howe and Melanie Leyden

International Faculty: Talking Canada with Sabine Howe and Melanie Leyden By Al Daniel The first week of July packs a double dose of North American national festivals. Besides our own country’s Fourth of July, the first of the month marks the anniversary of Canada establishing its modern identity. Besides their near-simultaneous celebrations of forming their...

MCS Families – Jen Tobolski

MCS Families – Jen Tobolski By Al Daniel If any schools are going to have faculty members looking up to their peers the way newer and younger students are expected to shadow theirs, a Montessori setting is bound to be one of them. In the early phases of her now 13-year tenure as a Lower...

Mindfulness in Nature

Mindfulness in Nature By Melanie Leyden Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds blow their freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off you like falling leaves. —John Muir, Nature Writings Nature can awaken us. The...

MCS Families – Michelle Reader

MCS Families – Michelle Reader By Al Daniel Doors, roofs and walls can be a nuisance to the Herbert-Reader family. Fortunately for their sake, those barriers tend to feel thin, and are a complete nonfactor regularly enough to satisfy their outside yearnings. The Montessori Community School offers its fair share of open-air activity. The likes...

MCS Students to Participate in JUST TRYAN IT

MCS Students to Participate in JUST TRYAN IT By Al Daniel Update: All four Team MCS participants completed the 2019 Just TRYAN It triathlon within 38 minutes or fewer. Patrick Soher finished third in the male age group of 11 and 12, clocking in at 24 minutes and 50 seconds. As a whole, MCS raised...

Recipe for Dirt

Recipe for Dirt By Shelly Lyons Being a resource teacher at MCS, I have many opportunities that I never had as a lower elementary classroom teacher. My favorite one is spending time with all of the students and teachers at our school. I love knowing everyone and seeing all of the different classes in action....

MCS Families – Keturah Russell

MCS Families – Keturah Russell By Al Daniel Keturah Russell’s kids were doing their own laundry by second grade. When Morgann Russell ’14 was a student in the Montessori Community School’s Lower El program, where her mother started teaching in 1992, then-program director Judy Martell touted household chores as one key to honing one’s independence...

MCS Families – Rochelle Hayes

MCS Families – Rochelle Hayes By Al Daniel Along the Durham-Chapel Hill borderline, the names Hayes and Hale mesh with Montessori education like Ben and Jerry with ice cream. Like Disney and Pixar with computer-animated family blockbusters. Like Barnes and Noble with book sales. They represent one family, unequivocally happy where they are and showing...

Mindfulness in Lower Elementary

Mindfulness in Lower Elementary By Jennifer Tobolski “Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” ~ mindful.org Mindfulness is the art of mindful meditation. The general practice is a reminder for people...