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Giving Tuesday

There’s Black Friday (November 24), and then there’s Cyber Monday (November 27). And then, there’s Giving Tuesday (November 29). What, you maybe be asking yourself, is Giving Tuesday? And why is this man smiling? As the great jazz musician Miles Davis once told an inquiring record producer, “I’ll play it and tell you what it...

Chapel Hill Planning Commission

Dear Friends: I write not only to update you on our efforts to receive a Special Use Permit to expand onto our four-acre Green Property, but also to ask for your help. Next Tuesday, October 17, at 7:00 PM, MCS is scheduled to appear before the Town of Chapel Hill’s Planning Commission. The meeting will...

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Final Jeopardy

And now, it’s time for Final Jeopardy! Today’s category: Famous Movie Quotes Your Final Jeopardy answer is: “It’s not where you go. It’s who you meet along the way.” Parents, your children will have until tomorrow morning (Monday, October 2) at drop-off to provide me with the correct Final Jeopardy question. All contestants who provide me with a...

Our first week

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” I’m guessing that many of us are familiar with this quote from the Greek philosopher, Plato, since it is frequently called upon by those who need to deliver a message that speaks to “beginning” something…like a school year. But I’ll also bet that many more...

Welcome to the start of a new year

It is my honor to welcome to Montessori Community School’s 38th year. While this is only my second at MCS, it is my 37th at independent schools as a student, teacher or administrator, and I look forward seeing you and your children tomorrow when you arrive for the first day of the “New Year.” Last year when...

A Take on Personalized Learning

Montessori Matters May 28, 2017

In early March, when I communicated to you the news of our plans to have Keturah Russell come out of the classroom in order to assume fulltime administrative responsibility for our Toddler, Primary and Lower Elementary programs, I informed you that this particular change would necessarily lead to other changes that would require careful consideration,...

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Montessori Matters May 21, 2017

Less than a month ago, current parent Niha Wunnava brought to my attention a very worthwhile cause known as JUST TRYAN IT. With a mission of supporting families fighting childhood cancer, the charity was seeking individuals and teams of young people, aged 6-16, who would participate in a series of mini-triathlons at the Chapel Hill...

Introduction to Montessori Method

Montessori Matters May 14, 2017

The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child Carl Jung, the well-known Swiss psychiatrist and philosopher, penned these words many years ago, and I believe that they are appropriate sentiments on which to reflect as we look ahead...