Important Dates 2015-16
Classes Begin – Wednesday, September 9
Staff In-Service – Monday, October 12 (NO SCHOOL)
Conferences – Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24 (NO SCHOOL)
Thanksgiving Break – Wednesday, November 25–Friday, November 27 (NO SCHOOL)
School Resumes – Monday, November 30
Winter Break – Monday, December 21-Friday, January 1 (NO SCHOOL)
School Resumes – Monday, January 4
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Monday, January 18 (NO SCHOOL)
Staff In-Service – Friday, February 12 (NO SCHOOL)
Presidents’ Day – Monday, February 15 (NO SCHOOL)
Conferences – Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18 (NO SCHOOL)
Spring Break – Monday, March 21-Friday, March 25 (NO SCHOOL)
School Resumes – Monday, March 28
Staff In-Service – Friday, May 27 (NO SCHOOL)
Memorial Day – Monday, May 30 (NO SCHOOL)
Last Day of School/Toddler & Children’s House – Thursday, June 9
Sixth Grade Graduation (10 am) & Last Day of School/Lower & Upper Elementary (12:00 noon dismissal) – Friday, June 10
Families new and returning are invited to TMS for a chance to gather together. Fun activities help to “break the ice” and provide a chance for families and children to get to know each other. Your child’s completed Emergency Form is your “ticket ” to this fun, informative event.
Over the course of the year, parents of toddlers are invited to meet with the Toddler Guides to learn about the Toddler program and learn more about raising Toddlers.
Every September, classroom guides share information with parents about classroom routines and school “nuts and bolts”. Parents receive school materials and can ask questions about the curriculum. (Adults only.)
In October, families come together for an afternoon of food, fun and fall activities for children. Volunteers are always needed to help with food and drinks, set up and clean up, and any crafts.
Journey & Discovery
Each autumn, TMS offers a Montessori experience unique to parents. Attendance is a requirement for all parents new to our community. It is also offered as a refresher to returning parents. Its focus on the Montessori environment helps in demonstrating how learning is structured in our classrooms. (Adults only.)
Every year, a professional photographer comes to photograph each child. Information is sent home regarding photo package choices and are returned to school with the family’s choice and payment prior to Picture Day. Volunteers are needed for this event.
The Book Fair is held at our local Barnes & Noble in the fall. Parents are encouraged to attend the performances by Elementary children and any guest readers. Purchases at Barnes & Noble, either at the store or online, go to benefit the TMS Library. All school families are invited.
In the winter, an evening is set aside at TMS to celebrate our international community through food and entertainment. Families are encouraged to dress in their national styles. Volunteers are encouraged to help with this event.
Family Community Service Day
The Buildings & Grounds Committee occasionally organizes family service projects related to the school building or grounds. Projects can include parents and children. Adults have an opportunity to model participation in community service to TMS children and build pride in the school and neighboring community. Past projects have included clearing and wood-chipping trails in the Pine Run Nature Center, weeding and planting, and renewing sandboxes and play areas.
Special Persons’ Days
Three specific days are reserved each year for the purpose of inviting grandparents, aunts or uncles and other special friends to visit their Children’s House, Lower Elementary or Upper Elementary grandchildren (or nieces or nephews) at TMS. These adult guests are invited to be in the classrooms at TMS, meet Guides and learn more about the Montessori method.
The Upper Elementary students provide entertainment for the whole family each spring. Other Elementary performances by are held informally throughout the year in response to the curriculum.
Spring Social & Auction
Our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Spring Social & Auction is a social and auction all in one affordable evening. It provides a fun way to raise money for the school. Don’t miss this opportunity to bid on great auction items and benefit TMS at the same time. Adults only.
Ever-popular with the children and run by the Upper Elementary, Bingo Night is a family-fun evening of bingo, food, raffles and prizes. Volunteers are needed for this event.
All families are invited for a picnic outdoors. Students and families have an opportunity to celebrate another great school year! Volunteers are needed for this event.
Also known as “Field” or Color Days, these are for the benefit of TMS students. One Color Day is for Toddler and Children’s House students who enjoy fun, age-appropriate activities. Another Color Day is filled with activities to challenge Elementary students in using teamwork and problem-solving skills. Volunteers are needed.
Sixth Grade Graduation
In June, the Board of Trustees, faculty/staff, school families and guests of sixth graders attend a ceremony that marks the culmination of the sixth grade experience at TMS. The Kevin Wallace and Arnold Frank Zeleznik Citizenship awards are also presented.