Focusing on the beginning of a new year with our growth in 2011, has been a great time of reflection and has also played an integral role in building our Montessori Tides community in order for Fall 2012 enrollment to thrive. We are taking necessary and as many effective steps as possible in getting the word out and demonstrating that we are ready to welcome new students through our doors. You might have noticed we are working at updating and revising communication vehicles such as website, newsletters, and advertisement. We seek plans to upgrade our outdoor learning environment to a more authentic Montessori environment like that of our classrooms. But contrary to other school systems, Montessori Tides idea of attracting and retaining students is really about attracting families.
To close our growth series, we frame not only where we are but where we are going in the community. To start we would like to convey our school community has never, nor will we ever be a community who details our growth based on numbers. In all our effort it is not the number of heads we are looking to see grow. It is a sense of belonging in the community that we are looking to grow into. In other words, we are striving to nurture a community of families who match our commitment to trans-formative education, so families can grow together creating a stronger sense of connectedness. Thus, Montessori education can remain authentic.
As I seek to mark the growth in the community as a whole, I mark belonging. What I’ve observed within these walls is because of this strong since of belonging each child feels, Montessori Tides is privileged to have an opportunity to provide the foundation for lifelong learning in every child who walks through our doors. As 2012 unfolds we are seeking to draw the whole family into this experience of belonging.
Below are a few detailed marks supporting a stronger sense of belonging found in our community and each one is directly tied to family support:
- Montessori Tides Children Foundation (MTCF) growth has brought positive endeavors into our community. Currently the foundation is actively bringing our school families together through fundraising events. But the goal is much broader. We see the foundation as a catalyst in which money is raised for non-profit and a vehicle to bring positive encouragement for parents to actively support both their child and the program on a whole, realizing that their personal investment is a key ingredient to success in any endeavor. We invite YOU!
- Community Snack is nurturing the child’s need and freedom to eat healthy and wholesome foods. Child participation is a priority in order to establish a lifelong foundation of healthy eating habits in each student. We believe food is not only best for you, but also tastes best, when it is prepared together, ate together, and provided by our families. Thanks to our parents support, children are growing in grace and courtesy and taste buds are being enlightened as children enjoy a wide variety of wholesome foods.
- Grants have enabled our school program to provide experiences we may not otherwise of gotten. Field trip grants allow the children to have direct connectedness with their studies outside the school community, and the garden grant has given our school a full garden, all the classrooms get to participate in caring for. For the elementary programs the garden provides hands-on application and a direct connectedness to botany studies. Firsthand, children are discovering the different plant cycles and how to distinguish the difference between a flower and an edible plant. Thank you to our parents and volunteers, our school grants has enriched us beyond measure.
As children and parents discover they belong in our school community a significant impact is rising within our walls and is running beyond them.