On Tuesday, July 16th, Primary SQ students will go to Terhune Orchards in support of our "In the Garden" theme. Students will participate in the Read-and-Pick program, where they will learn about blueberries and then pick their own 1/2 pint to take home. Students will also have time to feed the animals and enjoy apple cider and an apple from the farm!
On this day, the students will depart from school at 9:10 a.m. and travel to Terhune Orchards in Princeton, NJ. They will enjoy their activities and snack and return to school at 11:00 am. After they return, they will eat regular lunch at school.
What to bring/wear: - Wear weather-appropriate clothing - Apply and bring sunscreen - Lunch upon return to school. Bring regular lunch (or order SmartLunch as usual).
On Friday, July 19th, Elementary SummerQuest students will visit the Princeton University Art Museum to complement their summer theme of Cultures of the World. They will explore African and French art, and participate in related activities. Each child will receive a passport sticker depicting the visit.
On this day, the students will depart from school at 10:00 a.m. and travel to the Art Museum on the Princeton campus. After their visit, they will return to school at 12:00 p.m., and will eat lunch at school.
What to bring/wear: - Wear weather-appropriate clothing - Lunch upon return to school. Bring regular lunch (or order SmartLunch as usual).
Did you miss the most recent Common Ground Speaker?
A Summary of the talk by Michelle Morrison
The Art of Community
On October 30th, Charles Vogl, author of ‘The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging’, spoke at the Hun School to an audience of parents, heads of school, and faculty on the topic of belonging. Mr. Vogl stated that we are living in one of the loneliest times as humans, particularly among adolescents and young adults. He shared a ritual he started while a student at Yale that brought people together to get to know each other and build community as well as his work researching how ancient to modern cultures develop community. From that research, he wrote his book on belonging. Mr. Vogl led the audience through activities that built connections between strangers in the room and took the audience through the seven principles of belonging, which revolve around having: Boundary, Initiation, Ritual, Temple, Stories, Symbols, and Inner Ring.
Mr. Vogl ended his talk with a call to action to each of us to do the work of building stronger connections in our families and communities and for schools to examine how they do and do not meet the seven principles. The Parent Association officers, faculty, and staff of Princeton Montessori School will work to do this examination and brainstorming in hopes we can take Mr. Vogl’s good message to heart and go even further in ensuring everyone who is a part of this community feels seen, heard, welcome, and nurtured by community.
If you care to learn more, check out his book:
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood.