Important Dates 2014-2015
Classes Begin – Wednesday, September 3
Staff In-Service – Monday, October 13 (NO SCHOOL)
Conferences & Thanksgiving – Monday, November 24–Friday, November 28 (NO SCHOOL)
School Resumes – Monday, December 1
Winter Break – Monday, December 22-Friday, January 2 (NO SCHOOL)
School Resumes – Monday, January 5
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Monday, January 19 (NO SCHOOL)
Staff In-Service – Friday, February 13 (NO SCHOOL)
Presidents’ Day – Monday, February 16 (NO SCHOOL)
Conferences & Spring Break – Thursday, March 19-Friday, March 27 (NO SCHOOL)
School Resumes – Monday, March 30
Staff In-Service – Friday, May 22 (NO SCHOOL)
Memorial Day – Monday, May 25 (NO SCHOOL)
Last Day of School/Toddler & Children’s House – Thursday, June 4
Graduation (10 am) & Last Day of School/Lower & Upper Elementary (12:00 noon dismissal) – Friday, June 5
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.
One evening each 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.)
TMS will usually host an event in the fall for parents only to share time together over food and drinks. For new and returning parents, Board of Trustees, faculty and staff. (Adults only.)
In October, families come together for an afternoon of food, fun and fall activities for children. The event is free and some things might be available for purchase. Volunteers are needed to help with food and drinks, set up and clean up, crafts and the bake sale.
Journey & Discovery
Each autumn, TMS offers a Montessori experience to parents. Attendance is a requirement for all parents new to our community. It is also offered to returning parents as a refresher course on our Montessori environment. (Adults only.)
At some point 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 Barnes & Noble on a Friday after school in December. Parents are encouraged to attend the performances by Elementary children and guest readers. Purchases at Barnes & Noble go to benefit the TMS Library. School families invited.
An evening each year, generally in the winter, is set aside to celebrate our international community through food and entertainment and held at TMS. 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 organizes a family service project related to the school building or grounds. Projects often include parents and their 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 flower beds, and renewing sandboxes and play areas. Volunteers are needed for this event.
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 — a social and auction all in one affordable evening, 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. Good food and drinks.
Ever-popular with the children and run by the Upper Elementary, Bingo Night is an evening of bingo, food, raffles and prizes. Come on out! Volunteers are needed for this event.
All families are invited for a picnic outdoors. Students and families have an opportunity to celebrate yet 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.