Many have asked if we have special requests from teachers. The answer is yes!
Requests for materials or program opportunities are included in the “Wants-n-Wishes” Campaign wish list. You may sponsor a request by designating this in your donation to the campaign.
Legacy Fund for Teacher Professional Development
This is a new fund in the life of the School. Its first honoree is Marsha Stencel, for whom professional development has been a key priority in her 37 years of directing our first-class school. What better way to show your appreciation of Marsha AND our talented Montessori teachers? Your gift provides opportunities for Montessori training and attendance at educational conferences. Last year, teachers attended a Brain Development conference in NYC, the American Montessori Society Annual conference in Florida, the National Science Teachers Conference, and the Model United Nations Program teacher workshop; in addition 3 teachers received honorariums for their training in Montessori Accreditation for Children at Risk (Reading). Click here to donate.
Four students, ages 3-10, who would not otherwise be able to enjoy a safe and enriching summer, will be invited to spend the summer in our SummerQuest program at no cost to the family. Give a summer of a lifetime to a child in need. Each family who donates $1500 or more will have an engraved stone added to the SummerQuest Rock Garden on the patio. $4000 per student or $16,000 total (shares of $250). Click here to donate.
Elementary and Middle School Cultural Field Trips
These experiences are highlights for students and teachers, and correspond to the students’ curriculum. Teachers select a venue that compliments the children’s curriculum and students spend the day enjoying a new experience with their friends. $1500 for each of 3 trips per program (shares of $500). Click here to donate.
Full sponsor receives 6 reserved front row seats and 1 page acknowledgement in the program. Your donation supports the artistic dance and voice consultants, lighting, and Operetta logo t-shirts for each student. $5000 (shares $500). Click here to donate.
Junior I Musical Sponsor
Full sponsor receives 6 reserved front row seats and 1 page acknowledgement in the program. Your donation supports the artistic talents of Mr. Mitnick, lighting, and t-shirts for each student. $4000 each (shares of $500). Click here to donate.
Montessori Model United Nations Program
Sponsor the 6/7th grade Middle School students for an experience of a lifetime! Students will participate in the Montessori Model UN in April and will stay overnight in New York City for 3 nights while they compete in this national program. Montessori Model United Nations will prepare our 6/7th grade students for a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. Students will step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization’s agenda. While playing their roles as ambassadors, student “delegates” make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the Model UN conference rules of procedure – all in the interest of mobilizing “international cooperation” to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world. The insights the students gain from their exploration of history, geography, culture, economics and science contribute to the authenticity of the simulation when the role playing gets under way, and guarantees a lively and memorable experience. $10,000 (shares of $1500). Click here to donate.
Three assemblies are selected each year for Primary, Elementary, and Middle School students. Previous and current assemblies have included Wonders of the Rainforest, Skateboard Science, Chinese Acrobats, The Magic of Math, and Russian Folk Dancing. These special events spark the children’s interest in their curricular subjects and bring their imagination to life. $3000 (shares of $250). Click here to donate.
Iris Garden – Wish Fulfilled!
Consider the gift of a donation towards the development of an Iris Garden outside the Imaginarium Art Studio. It is through real life experiences that children will learn to paint the world. $1000 Click here to donate.
Classroom Material Requests
Each year teachers request over $25,000 in materials to enhance their program. These requests are granted based on Wants-n-Wishes donations. Last year reference books and videos were added to the Elementary program; Geography and Math materials for Primary; and computers, iPads and cameras were purchased for Elementary and Middle School. The toddler teachers are hoping to add new outdoor tables and riding toys to their program this year. Click here to donate.
Infant and Toddler Carpets - Wish Fulfilled!
The time has come for new carpeting in these five rooms. Amazingly, our current carpets have lasted 16 years! Your donation will upgrade the rooms for years to come. $2,000 per room (shares of $300). Click here to donate.
Middle School Archery Range Improvements
Middle School and Elementary students love using the archery range. What’s needed is a storage shed and simple improvements to the range to make it more user friendly and convenient for all. $2,000 (shares of $500). Click here to donate.