Join your fellow Montessori School Friends, Parents, Alumni & Trustees on our Annual Adventure!
Want to spend time with a group of fun, curious, and friendly travelers?
This educational tour guarantees to open your mind to new ideas and understandings and build lasting friendships with like minds.
Croatia is a tiny country nestled near Italy on the Adriatic Sea, and has been an unsung source of innovation, libation and historical intrigue for centuries. The tour, led by George and Krystyna Plasko, will be an experience you will never forget.
Madeline Levine will explore how the culture of affluent communities pressures both kids and parents into a narrow view of success, undermining our children’s healthy development, sense of self worth, and identity, and leading to epidemic rates of depression, anxiety, and self destructive behavior. Backed by cutting edge research, Levine proposes solutions for schools and families that are both practical and credible, urging us to move away from a hyper competitive, myopic focus on grades, test scores, and performance to a longer-term vision of success that values our children’s unique interests, abilities, and well-being. She reminds us that healthy child development progresses in stages and depends not just on achievement, but also on attention to attributes like resilience, adaptability, engagement, integrity, emotional intelligence, and health. She provides parents a toolbox to navigate the waters between loving involvement and harmful over involvement, with concrete, developmentally appropriate advice on how to help our children build a healthy sense of self throughout their lives.
Madeline Levine, M.A., PhD. is a psychologist with over 30 years of experience as a clinician, consultant and educator. She is a New York Times bestselling author of “The Price of Privilege” and “Teach Your Children Well” and is co-founder of Challenge Success, a project started at Stanford’s School of Education. Dr. Levine lives just outside of San Francisco with her husband and is the (extremely) proud mother of three sons.
The Middle School students enjoyed an overnight ski trip to Camelback Resort in the Poconos. Students ski or snowboard in groups of three and take responsibility for planning and leading the trip. A fun time was had by all!
Several new students have enrolled this winter and we would like to give you an opportunity to extend a welcome, especially to those in your child’s program. You will find contact information in the Student Directory in the “By Classroom” section. The directory is accessible from the Parents Only section of our website.
Infant: Anya, Max, Nathan, Orion, Laila, Audrey
Toddler: Goldfinch Room – Andrew & Shirley, Robin Room - Zoey & Mattias, Hummingbird Room - Anya & Sophia
Primary: Tulip Room - Saleem & Alborz
Junior I: Saanvi
In keeping with one of Maria Montessori’s philosophies of education, “Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”, the Junior II students traveled to NYC to visit the Mo Math Museum. Not only was it exciting to be within the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, but also to take part in the numerous hands on activities the museum had to offer. The students attended a program about the Mobius Strip, or the twisted cylinder, which is a surface with only one boundary component. The Museum is highly recommended and a fun time was had by all!
The Beat Goes On is an ongoing blog spotlighting some of our alumni.
Alison Hwong began at Princeton Montessori School when she was three, and graduated from 8th grade eleven years later in 1996. Since then she has not yet stopped studying or quenched her love of learning!
She matriculated from Princeton High School in 2000, and then earned a B.Sc in Neuroscience from Brown University. Her studying then took her to Belgium where she earned a MA from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, a research-intensive, internationally-oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied research. Not only is it strongly inter- and multidisciplinary in focus, it strives for international excellence, and also encourages personal initiative and critical reflection in a culture of idea exchange, cooperation, solidarity, and academic freedom. It sounds like a perfect match for one of our graduates.
Alison says, “I’m currently in my sixth year as an MD-PhD student at Harvard, which mostly means that, along with many of my old classmates, I really like school! My doctoral research in Health Policy focuses on how health innovations diffuse across social networks in low-resource settings. I have spent the last two summers in rural Honduras conducting fieldwork. My long-term goal - which is sometimes a challenge to remember after six years of graduate school - is to address health problems at the micro and macro level, as both a clinician and a policy researcher.”
Looking back on her Montessori years she reflects that “a Montessori education is excellent preparation for grad school! A grad student has to work within unstructured time, set clear goals, and think creatively. Princeton Montessori embodies the concept of ‘freedom within limits’ when it comes to learning, and teaches the balance of discipline and imagination - both key skills for a researcher.”
Maria Johnson, a certified Infant-Toddler Montessori teacher and a Parent-Infant specialist, brings her many years of experience, observations, and research to guide parents as they face the challenges and joys of parenting their infant.
This class runs for ten consecutive weeks and offers mutual guidance and support to parents in the beginning months of their baby’s life. Each week there will be one main area of focus as well as a time for general discussions on areas of concern to attendees. The weekly discussion topics will include nutrition, sleeping issues, safety of the environment, developmental milestones, health issues, and taking care of YOU.
Wednesdays • 9:00-10:30 am - March 5 – May 21, 2014
To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, the Parent Ambassadors and the Community Service Committee organized the second annual school wide food drive for TASK. Students from all programs decorated “Dinner Bags” and made Valentine’s to include in the bags. The Junior II students assembled 350 bags which Mrs. Aker loaded in her car and delivered to TASK. Thank you to all of our families, and especially to our Parent Ambassadors, for helping to make this school-wide event a success. Check out the Thank You post on the TASK website.