first day of school coffee
After dropping off your child(ren) on the first day of school, new and returning parents are invited to stay a little while to meet school staff and representatives from the Parent Network, as well as get acquainted with each other.
Parents of toddlers are invited to meet with the Toddler Guides to learn about the Toddler program, receive the Toddler Class Handbook and have questions answered before the start of the school year. (Adults only.)
In September, classroom guides share information with parents about classroom routines and school “nuts and bolts”. Parents sign up for conferences and receive school materials. (Adults only.)
Gather at TMS for food and drinks, and take a look at what’s new in the building. For new and returning parents, Board of Trustee members, 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 but there will be some things available for purchase. Volunteers are needed to help with food and drinks, set up and clean up, crafts and the bake sale.
Journey & Discovery
In 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.)
Every fall, a professional photographer comes to photograph each member of the student body. Information is sent home regarding photo package choices and are returned to school with the family’s choice and payment prior to Picture Day. Siblings have the option of being photographed together. 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.
In light of the international community represented at TMS, an evening to celebrate our diversity through food and entertainment is held at TMS. Families are encouraged to dress in their national styles. Volunteers are encouraged to help with this event. See our growing Food & Family Cookbook, which is based off this event!
Join other parents and families for a fun-filled event. Details TBD!
reading buddy night
Children gather with their parents for an evening of pizza and reading! Join the fun!
family community service days
In fall and again in spring, the Buildings & Grounds Committee of the Board of Trustees organizes a family service project related to the school building or grounds. Projects are planned to 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 set aside 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. Our 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 in the spring. Other Elementary performances by are held informally throughout the year in response to the curriculum.
spring social & auction
Our Spring Social & Auction will be held on March 15, 2014 — a social and auction all in one affordable evening! Don’t miss this opportunity to bid on great auction items and benefit TMS at the same time. Good food and complimentary drinks. Lots of new changes are in store! Location: at near-by Chestnut Hill College. (Adults only.)
Ever-popular with the children, 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 two days are for the benefit of TMS students. The first Color Day is for Toddler and Children’s House students who enjoy fun, age-appropriate activities. The second Color Day is filled with activities to challenge Elementary students in using teamwork and problem-solving skills. Volunteers are needed.
The 13th Annual Golf Outing will be held at the Blue Bell Country Club on Monday, June 2, 2014 and will benefit TMS. Participants are invited to join in a round of golf, a lunch and golf lesson, and/or cocktails and dinner. Contests and prizes are part of the fun. Reservations are paid for in advance. TMS invites sponsorships of this event to help support the school. Volunteers are needed, who coordinate all aspects of the event along with school staff. (Adults only.)
SIXTH GRADE GRADUATION
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.