neW parent orientation
All parents new to TMS are invited to meet the Head of School, chair of the Board of Trustees and Parent Network chair for an overview of our school, Montessori education and life in an independent school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
reading buddy night
Children gather with their parents for an evening of pizza and reading! Join the fun!
The Auction has traditionally been a major fundraising event for TMS. New this year is an Online Auction that went live from March 15-24, 2013. Take a look at the Auction website here!
Click here for an auction sponsorship form and letter.
Click here for an Auction donation form and letter.
Click here for a suggested list of Auction procurement items.
To see more details on our website, click here.
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.
The 12th Annual Golf Outing will be held at the Blue Bell Country Club on Monday, June 3, 2013 and will benefit TMS. Golfers participate in an afternoon and evening of lunch, a round of golf, 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. Click here to learn more!
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.
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.
All families are invited for a picnic outdoors. Students and families have an opportunity to say good-bye and wish one another a happy summer. Volunteers are needed for this event.
SIXTH GRADE GRADUATION
The Board of Trustees, faculty and staff and families 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.