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"Roots," Theme for the 2019-2020 School Year
Each year MSD chooses a theme that provides a wonderful integration point for curriculum, experiential learning, parent education, and service. Our approach is a hallmark of MSD and one that we embrace wholeheartedly! Our theme this year is “Roots.” One of our Faculty members commented, “The roots of a plant ground it to its surroundings and provide the pathways for nourishment that the plant needs to grow to its fullest potential. The stronger the root system, the more firmly in place the plant is held. Roots also grow themselves, searching for more nourishment and water to provide its growing plant, all the while developing a stronger foothold in the earth. As MSD prepares for its next exciting chapter, what better time to explore the roots of our school, the foundational fibers of who we are that keep us grounded in the values and characteristics that make us uniquely us?”
This year, we will be exploring the idea of roots in many ways – in and outside of the classroom. The Urban Farm will play a key role in this work for all students, Toddler through Middle School. Lessons in the classroom might include looking into the roots of the individuals and families that make up the MSD community, our city, and state, as well as the roots of our country. We imagine this will lead to in-depth cultural studies and celebrations of the many cultures that have come together to make the United States such a diverse country. In turn, this work will build on our important Equity and Inclusion initiative. I’m looking forward to seeing our year-long theme take root throughout the school year.
Roots seems like just the right theme for us in so many ways, not least of which is that we will be celebrating our 55th birthday this year. We must reflect in gratitude on our own MSD roots and the small group of dedicated parents whom, after reading about Montessori philosophy and having no Montessori school available in Denver for their children to attend, started our amazing school in 1964. Our roots truly run deep!
Tracy Collins Schwartz Endowment Event
Each year we commemorate the memory of Tracy Collins Schwartz, a former President of the Parent Association who passed away unexpectedly, with a special event designed to deliver an extraordinary experience for our students. Lasts year, we welcomed internationally recognized inclusion and diversity consultant, Dr. Derrick Gay, to the MSD campus. Dr. Gay worked with parents, educators, and students regarding global citizenship. There’s something sacred about the job of parenting. It’s sacred because not only are you working hard to get your child ready to take on the world, you are teaching them how to be a global citizen in it. At MSD, we’re on this journey with you. We know it’s a big job so we try hard to give you the tools to do it. To learn more about the Tracy Collins Schwartz Endowment (TCSE) Fund, click here.
Parent Education Series
MSD offers a series of unique adult education events during the school year. While the specific topics change yearly, Parent Education events always provide the opportunity to learn more about child development, best practices when it comes to teaching and parenting, and more about the hallmarks of the different MSD programs. There are morning coffees with the Head of School, as well as evening presentations about our curriculum. We offer six-week Love and Logic Workshops twice a year. We even have a Community Podcast Series! All Parent Education events are dynamic, engaging, and leave you wanting to come to MSD every day with your child. Click here to find out more!
We welcome all of our current parents, prospective parents, and members of the community to join us for these Parent Education Events (unless noted for current parents only). If you are interested in attending an event, please call 303-756-9441, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, to RSVP.
Eighth Grade Historic Boston Trip. Eighth-grade students travel to Boston in the spring and visit Plymouth, Salem, and explore the great legacies of Pilgrims, revolutionaries, academics, and literary giants. The Eighth grade works throughout the year on fundraising to help offset the cost of the trip.
Upper Elementary Keystone Trip. All Upper Elementary students (Fourth and Fifth Year students) spent three days at the Keystone Science Camp demonstrating courage and determination and bonding with their classmates as they camped out in the wilderness.
As part of our school’s commitment to professional development and to mission-driven curriculum and programming, our Faculty, Board of Trustees, and Administration all participate in a summer reading program. We invite you to check out some of our favorites: The End of the Rainbow by Susan Engel, Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky; Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells us About Raising Successful Children by K. Hirsh-Pasek and R. Golinkoff; Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth; Rising Strong by Brene Brown; No One Ever Taught Me How to Learn: How to Unlock Your Learning Potential and Become Unstoppable by I.C. Robledo; How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims; and UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba.
Montessori Continent Study Cycle. Each year MSD students collectively study a number of the continents. This year, the study is focused on the Americas. We look forward to the many events and experiences that will enrich our students' world view this year.