Agenda | Next 7 Days

February 21, 2019
  • Violin students: Parent Observations

    February 21, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Crescendo

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  • School Spirit Day 2018-19

    February 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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February 22, 2019
  • Piano students: Parent Observations

    February 22, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
    Crescendo Room

    Parent Observations for Piano Students located in the Crescendo room. Please arrive by 5:00 pm.

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  • UE Storyteller Visit: Maria LoBiondo

    February 22, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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February 25, 2019
  • Toddler Lunch: Pasta with Marinara

    February 25, 2019

    Pasta with marinara sauce and parmigiana cheese. Served with seasonal fruit.

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  • PSO BRAVO! Ensemble visit

    February 25, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    R Crescendo [Built In speakers, DVD player, Microphone, Projector, Pull down screen]

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February 26, 2019
  • Toddler Lunch: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

    February 26, 2019

    Grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. Served with seasonal fruit.

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  • Parent Coffee & Conversation

    February 26, 2019 @ 8:45 am - 9:45 am
    R Infinity [Apple TV, Projector]

    (meeting before TASK begins) All Elementary and Middle School parents are invited to enjoy a cup of coffee with the HOS and ask their questions re: the Middle School program

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  • TASK-Community Service Event

    February 26, 2019 @ 12:00 am - February 27, 2019 12:00 am

    Upper Elementary and Middle School students will assist parent volunteers in assembling 300 lunch bags for TASK.

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February 27, 2019
  • Toddler Lunch: Black Bean Burgers

    February 27, 2019

    Black bean burger with sweet potato fries. Served with seasonal fruit.

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  • Pizza Lunch - PRI/ELEM/MS

    February 27, 2019

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  • Winter Fitness - MS

    February 27, 2019

    MS: 2:30-3:45pm Location: Crescendo

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  • Winter Fitness - LE, UE

    February 27, 2019

    LE Group #1: 9:00-9:45amUE Group #1: 10:00-10:45am UE Group #2: 11:00-11:45am LE Group #2: 1:30-2:15pm Location: Crescendo (all groups)

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Coming of the Universe

Upper Elementary 3rd Year Students Perform

The Great Lessons

The Great Lessons are Montessori’s unique approach to organizing the elementary curriculum into five big themes.  These themes introduce the key events in the history of our Universe.  These lessons are called the “Great Lessons” because they are special, dramatic introductions to key curriculum themes and are shared with the students during the first few weeks of schools.  They launch all later study in astronomy, physics, chemistry, geology, geography, biology, archaeology, history, and peace education. Their purpose is to spark a sense of awe and wonder about the universe and propel students’ curiosity forward toward their individual and group work in the key curriculum areas. They also are impressionistic as they stay with children long after they are given. They are the amazing stories of our universe, our human story, and the miracle of life. The Great Lessons consist of the following presentations and connected curriculum work from those lessons:  The Beginning of the Universe and Earth, The Coming of Life, The Coming of Human Beings, How Written Language Began, How Numbers Began.

The oldest students in the Upper Elementary classroom continued the tradition of taking what they have learned from the Great Lessons and interpreting it in a dramatic story. Third Level Upper Elementary students created a play based on what they learned and presented it to their younger elementary peers. Throughout their elementary years students will study The Formation of the Universe The Coming of Life, The Coming of Human Beings, The Story of Numbers, and The Story of Language

A follow-up lesson from the first and second great lessons was given to the Level 1 students. They gathered in the Crescendo Room to create a visual timeline starting with the Big Bang which occurred 13.8 billion years ago to the appearance of Early Humans about 3 million years ago.  This lends a wonderful opportunity for the children to witness the events that took place on Earth before humans inhabited the planet.

About PMonts

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.

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