Lower El Visits Gilcrease Orchard

Last week the Lower Elementary classes went on a fun- and sun-filled field trip to Gilcrease Orchard, 60 acres of fruits, vegetables and good old-fashioned dirt right here in Las Vegas.

Vickie Winkel, Head Teacher from E2, reports:

“We had such a great time on this field trip! We had the chance to pick Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples. We were pulled around the farm by a big tractor — what a great hayride! We stopped halfway through the ride and did a “hay bale” maze — the kids loved it! We also visited the refrigeration room where they store the things they grow on the farm, learned about the compost piles and visited the cider press room.”

For tons of adorable pictures, make sure to check out the Classroom News (for FMS Parents only).

Of course, Lower El doesn’t get to have all the fun! This week, Upper Elementary is having the times of their lives, learning all about marine biology at the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI). The last we heard, they successfully landed on the island and are now happily exploring the institute as well as the ocean depths — we recently received a picture of a freshly caught eel! Next week, watch for a report from Amy Sandqvist with more details.

What do children get out of Montessori?

Tim Seldin, the president of the Montessori Foundation, discusses the question “What do children really get out of a Montessori education?”

[callout1]”What children get out of Montessori is an incredible sense of self worth … it gives children a sense of joy, a sense of celebration … [the ability to] think for themselves.”[/callout1]





Don’t Miss the Book Fair!

Don’t miss out on the chance to snap up some great new books at the FMS Book Fair. All proceeds support the PTO.

FMS Multipurpose Room

Wednesday, October 3 — Friday, October 5

7:45am – 5:30pm

Stopping by campus for a parent-teacher conference? Check out the book selection while you’re here, and feel free to bring your child along. From 11:30am to 5:30pm on Wed. through Fri., a parent volunteer will be reading books to the children at the outdoor amphitheater. You know you need some new bedtime story material!

Let’s Save the Libraries!

Because of the decline in property assessed value and related tax revenues, libraries in the city of Henderson have had to cut staff, hours, programs and materials. Without an increase in the library tax rate, two libraries will have to close completely and further reductions and eliminations will occur.

The proposed annual tax increase of $.02 (2 cents) will help offset the 30 percent loss of library revenue and help keep the libraries open and functioning at their current level.

Tom Fay, Executive Director of the Henderson Libraries (and an FMS parent), will speak about the “Saving the Libraries” tax at the FMS amphitheater on Tuesday, October 2 at 2:45 pm. All FMS parents and their acquaintances are welcome to attend. See you there!

 Click here to learn more. 




Redirecting Children’s Behavior Workshops

We are excited to announce that Certified Parent Instructor Dr. Maria Cavalle will again be offering informative parenting workshops at Foothills Montessori School.

If you are interested in attending any of the workshops, you can sign up at the Front Office, or contact Dr. Cavalle at (760) 807-4144 or drmariacavalle@gmail.com.

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[h3]Fall/Winter Schedule[/h3]


From Sassy to Respectful: Raising Respectful Kids

Monday, October 8 (9:00-10:30am)

$20/person, $35/couple


Handling Sibling Rivalry

Monday, October 22 (9:00-10:30am)

$20/person, $35/couple



Effective Communication Between Parent and Child

Monday, November 5 (9:00-10:30am)

$20/person, $35/couple


Teens: You Gotta Love ‘Em

Friday, November 30 (9:00-11:00am)

$25/person, $40/couple



Take the Hassles Out of Homework

Date: Monday, December 10 (9:00-11:00am)

$25/person, $40/couple


What to do When Your Kids Drive You Crazy

Monday, December 17 (9:00-10:30am)

$20/person, $35/couple



Teaching Children Self-Control

Monday, January 28 (9:00-10:30am)

$20/person, $35/couple


DragonRidge After Care Camps

For your convenience, DragonRidge Country Club is now offering fun half-day and full-day camps to keep your child active after school, on half-days, and on school breaks. Activities include tennis, soccer, yoga, football, basketball, dodgeball, kickball, swimming, crafts, games, theme days and more. All camps are led by certified instructors who pick up your child from Foothills Montessori for your convenience. Dates coincide with the Foothills Montessori School calendar.

DragonRidge Country Club is located in MacDonald Highlands, down the street from Foothills Montessori. To sign up, contact DragonRidge Tennis and Athletic Center at (702) 407-0045.

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Are You in the Loop?

Check out the latest issues of the PTO LOOP!

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After School Studio Programs

Learn piano, play soccer, or practice your French! Choose from among several enriching after school studio programs. To sign up or for more information, please call 702-407-0790 or visit the front desk.

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Catered Lunches Come to FMS

We are pleased to announce that beginning on Tuesday, September 11, Foothills Montessori will begin offering catered lunches every week from Tuesday to Friday.

Selected vendors are Panda Express, Chef On The Go and Jesse’s Pizza and schedule is as follows:

Monday: None

Tuesday: Panda Express

Wednesday: Chef On The Go

Thursday: Chef On The Go

Friday: Jesse’s Pizza

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[h3]Please make note[/h3]

  • Panda Express requires a one=week notification; forms are due on the Tuesday prior to the date you are ordering.
  • Jesse’s Pizza and Chef On The Go forms are due on the Monday of the week you are ordering.

If you have any questions, please call the front office at 702-407-0790.

Google Honors Maria Montessori

Last Friday would have been the 142nd birthday of Maria Montessori, the first female doctor in Italy and the founder of a system of education that is now practiced in an estimated 20,000 schools worldwide.

Google.com, the all-powerful search engine, is the Internet’s most-visited site (close rivals with Facebook, natch); an estimated 700 million saw the Google doodle celebrating Montessori’s birth last Friday (August 31, 2012). Perhaps one of them was in India, searching for the latest movie times; or in England, looking up their favorite Paralympic athlete. Perhaps the sketch of traditional Montessori materials made them search for — what else — “What is Montessori?”

In case you are curious as well, Montessori is a method of education that emphasizes independence, freedom within limits, stimulating hands-on learning, mixed-age classrooms and safe and natural environments. The child is respected as an individual who has an innate drive to discover the world around her; thus she is given space to explore and experiment. She is allowed time to focus on a subject that interests her and to work for an uninterrupted period of time, enabling her to fully complete the task and feel a fulfilling and empowering sense of accomplishment.

In other words, the teacher more often follows the child than the other way around. This room for growth has nurtured many a young dreamer. Notable alumni include Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the co-founders of Google; precocious young diarist Anne Frank; famous chef and personality Julia Child; former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales; Nobel Prize Winner and celebrated author Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Washington Post editor Katherine Graham; “Founder of Modern Management” Peter Drucker; accomplished young actress Dakota Fanning; Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos; Prince William and Prince Harry; respected pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton; and many more … including the bright young graduates of Foothills Montessori!

Google co-founders Brin and Page have often credited the Montessori method with contributing to their success. “I think it was part of that training of not following rules and orders and being self-motivated, questioning what’s going on in the world, doing things a bit different,” Page stated in a 2010 interview with ABC (watch the video clip here).

Maria would have been proud of this sentiment and encouraged it in her own pupils. ““Discipline must come through liberty,” she wrote. “We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined. We call an individual disciplined when he is master of himself.”

Montessori herself went against the grain, defying gender constrictions  that tried to prevent her from entering medical school and realizing her dreams. Her perseverance allowed her to become the first female doctor in Italy. She then went on to create what was at the time (and indeed, still is today) a highly forward-thinking educational system that drastically differed from conventional norms. Not one to bow to unjust authority, her schools in Italy were temporarily shut down when she refused to have her students dress in fascist uniform and give the fascist salute under Mussolini’s regime.

Fortunately, the world was more than eager for Montessori’s refreshing approach to the classroom and to life. She quickly gained international recognition, was thrice nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and gained such prominent supporters as Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and Helen Keller.

Foothills Montessori School is proud to bear her name and espouse her philosophies. We believe that, married with 21st century technologies, caring and qualified faculty and endless enrichment opportunities, this ideology provides the best environment for young minds and active bodies. Students are taught to follow their passions and nurture their ideas, just as Montessori did.

So happy belated birthday, Maria. You are an example of a true leader, and your enlightened methods have made the world a better place.

Curiosity still not satisfied? See, we told you learning is addictive. Check out more on Maria Montessori here and on her method of education here.