Celebrating 150 years of Dr. Maria Montessori

Dr. Maria Montessori’s 150th birthday is August 31, 2020. During the fall 2020 season, MCS will honor the life and legacy of Montessori through classroom activities, virtual events, digital content, fundraising, and more. Read on to learn more about the ways in which we will celebrate the global contributions of this esteemed and extraordinary individual.

Donate - Our Sustainable Future

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has brought the need to find new ways to work in service of our faculty, students, staff and ourselves. MCS is taking necessary actions to ensure the school is safe for our students, faculty and staff. This involves investments in our facilities, operations, technology and instruction.

This year, your tax-deductible donation to our Annual Fund will allow MCS to continue to adapt to urgent and emerging needs as they evolve, as well as sustain our commitment to academic excellence. Please click on our “Get Involved” button to learn more and donate today.

We are grateful for your support to our Annual Fund during this difficult time. Please feel free to contact our Director of Development, Kathy Kelley, k.kelley@mcssb.org with any questions.

Share: Your Montessori Story with MCS!

Maria Montessori’s 150th birthday year is a unique moment to celebrate the impact of Montessori education around the world. We would love to hear your story. We welcome MCS students, alumni, teachers, parents, staff or family members to let us know the impact that a Montessori education has had in your life.

Participants will have their story profiled on our website and social channels throughout the year. Select stories may also be highlighted in a Montessori testimonial video that we will be producing at the end of the year. Please share your story with us here !

Honor: Celebration of Life Ceremony

On August 31st, our community will partake in a Walk Around the Sun to honor Dr. Maria Montessori’s 150th birthday. Elementary students may choose to participate in a voluntary 150 step walk.

Honor: World Peace Day, September 21

Montessori was a peacemaker and was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. In solidarity with the United Nations, MCS will join individuals and communities to observe a minute of silence at 12 noon in all time zones across the globe. You may use this moment of silence to meditate on or imagine peace. This “Peace Wave” becomes a global act in which all can take part in.

Learn: My Hand in Your Hand

MCS will join Montessori children around the world to learn the song, “My Hand in Your Hand” by Kate Oliver.
We invite MCS families to learn and perform the song at home, then record and share the performance with us! You are welcome to be as creative as you wish with a vocal, instrumental or artistic expression of the song. You may also sing the song in another language of your choice. Please send video clips of your recordings to l.ldebeule@mcssb.org. MCS will post the video clips on our website and social channels so we can share with the community at large.

You may listen to the song here and access the sheet music here.

My Hand in Your Hand 

My hand in your hand, 
Come stand next to me. 
My land is your land, 
It’s plain to see.

We could together all around the world, 
Join friends forever, every boy every girl. 
It could be so easy and I don’t  understand
Why we don’t just hold onto each other’s hands? 

Come on let’s try it – let’s hold onto each other’s hands!

Grow

A special tulip in honor of Maria Montessori has been commissioned in The Netherlands as part of the global celebration of Maria’s 150th birthday. MCS has ordered the limited edition tulips to plant throughout our campus gardens in November.

Create

In partnership with our art teacher, Suzanne Hawtrey, students will work on Montessori-themed art projects during the fall season.

Listen and Learn

MCS will be partnering with individuals who embody Dr. Maria Montessori’s values to host virtual speaker events over the course of the school year.

Confirmed Virtual Speakers:

Dr. Ann-Louise T. Lockhart, PsyD, ABPP
 September 24th, 4PM 
“Worry, Stress & Anxiety: How Do I Regulate Myself and My Kids?”

Ann-Louise T. Lockhart, PsyD, ABPP, is a West Indian woman, a wife of 22 years, a mom of 2 kids and has over 15 years of experience as a pediatric psychologist.

Dr. Lockhart specializes in working with clients who present with medical diagnoses and are seeking alternative solutions. She also serves as a parent coach for parents who have kids with ADHD, anxiety, and behavioral concerns. She also helps high performing professionals and athletes overcome mental blocks that impact their peak performance. Dr. Lockhart works closely with medical subspecialists, pediatricians, allied professionals, and school personnel.

Dr. Lockhart has spoken nationally at schools, conferences, online podcasts, summits, and corporate workshops for topics about anxiety, co-regulation, ADHD, executive functioning, and racism. She has been interviewed and quoted in multiple online and print publications, including The New York Times, New York Post, PureWow, MSN, Fatherly, San Antonio Magazine, Veronica Beard, and Therapy for Black Girls podcast.

She is a freelance writer for PureWow and a contributor for The Gottman Institute.

October 21st, 7 PM
“In the Kitchen with Dr. Organic Mommy – Lunchbox & Snack Ideas”

Dr. Natasha Beck is a mom of three kids and two fur babies. Beck has a BA in Neuroscience and Psychology from USC. Beck has a Masters in Public Health, specializing in child and family health, and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology specializing in pediatric neuropsychology. Beck is also certified in leadership education in neuro-developmental disabilities from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Beck shares her knowledge on the topics of parenting, healthy eating and non-toxic living.

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