Seeking Individuals to Serve on the MSNV Board of Trustees

Dear Parents,

Like many independent schools, MSNV is governed by a Board of Trustees. Our members are elected at our Annual Meeting each May. To prepare for our upcoming election, the Governance Committee is now seeking individuals who may be interested in serving on the Board.

The MSNV Board of Trustees meets approximately ten times a year. In addition, each trustee is expected to take an active role on at least one of the following committees: Advancement, Finance, Governance, or Head Support & Evaluation. Board service is an opportunity to be a part of the future of MSNV and to deepen your family’s connection to our school.

The Board strives to retain a diverse membership comprised of parents and community members. In considering candidates, we consider affiliation with the school, level of involvement in school life, professional experience, skills, diversity, strategic orientation, and the capacity to support the school financially. Although no one factor is determinative, we are most interested in candidates who are passionate about promoting the mission and vision of MSNV.

What areas of expertise could you bring to the MSNV Board of Trustees? Our interests include, but are not limited to, expertise in: Accounting/Financial Management/Banking, Media & Public Relations, Facilities Management/Engineering, Project Management, Legal Services, Information Systems/Technology, Risk Management, Strategic Planning, Land Use Planning/Management, Fundraising, Diversity & Inclusivity, Non-Profit Governance, Human Resources, Community Engagement, and Education.

If you are interested in joining or have additional questions about the MSNV Board of Trustees, please contact myself,  or Shane Blake, chair of the Governance Committee, . Interested candidates will be asked to complete an application process.

Sincerely,

 

 

Daniel Cornette, President

MSNV Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Welcome back from MMUN 6th Graders

Our MSNV Elementary sixth graders returned this weekend from an action-packed few days in New York City representing Kenya in the Montessori Model United Nations. See more photos from their adventure on our Facebook album.

Camping trip for MSNV Valleybrook families

MSNV Valleybrook families, if you’re interested in camping, please don’t forget to sign up to take part in the camping trip taking place on Saturday, May 6, 2017.  Learn more and find the sign-up link in the March 9, 2017 issue of our MSNV weekly bulletin. 

The MSNV Valleybrook camping trip, while organized with and for MSNV families, is not sponsored by the Montessori School of Northern Virginia (MSNV).

Outdoor Explorer Program

 

MSNV families, you are interested in participating in an Outdoor Explorer Program (for children ages 5 and older) to explore, hike and camp with other MSNV families, please contact Christina Perucci and Thea Bartha.

The Outdoor Explorer Program, while organized with and for MSNV families, is not sponsored by the Montessori School of Northern Virginia (MSNV).

MSNV Upper Elementary Compose “Open Up Your Gates”

 

MSNV Upper Elementary children (ages 9-12) have been working on composing their own songs with justice themes. Here is one student-composed piece by a student-led band entitled “Open Up Your Gates.” (Lyrics below)

Lyrics are written by Sarah Baumgarten

All alone, that’s how I feel sometimes
And I bet that you do too
How would you feel, if you sat moping like an outcast
In front of the doors to your real you
 
That’s why I’m saying open up your gates, unlock all your doors!
Let your people in, they’ve been here before!
Everyone else too, black and white and rouge
Tear down all your walls, to let you and you and you in
 
Stop excluding them, I won’t bug you when,
You open up your gates and let poor people in
I won’t stand for hate, so baby don’t be late
Open up your gates, and let your people in
 
Open up your gates, unlock all your doors!
Let your people in, they’ve been here before!
Everyone else too, black and white and rouge
Tear down all your walls, to let you and you and you and you…

Fusion Academy Tysons Parent/Community Education Night “Anxiety 101: Why, What and How to Help”

Fusion Academy Tysons is excited to host Sharyn Hunt for a Parent/Community Education Night on March 14, 2017 from 6:30 pm – 08:00 pm to speak about “Anxiety 101: Why, What and How to Help.” The conversation will focus on understanding and exploring strategies to help your child cope with stress and anxiety at home and in school.

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Art of Legacy Exhibit featuring pieces by MSNV art teacher Barbara Januszkiewicz

Next week’s Art of Legacy Exhibit will feature pieces by our after-school art teacher, Barbara Januszkiewicz. See location, times and more information here.


How do you mend a broken heart, Acrylic on metal panel with resin, 42×44, by Barbara Januszkiewicz.

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Presentation on “The Emotional Lives of Teens: Perspectives from Brain, Mind, and Body”

The McLean School and the Stixrud Group present: “The Emotional Lives of Teens:  Perspectives from Brain, Mind, and Body” on Wednesday, March 8 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Dr. William R. Stixrud will discuss how factors such as gender, social media, academic competition, and insufficient sleep are affecting the inner life of teens, and present suggestions to parents and educators for promoting healthy emotional development in teenagers. Click here for more information.

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Kind Kids Lead to Healthier Communities

“Skills like kindness, cooperation, and empathy are sometimes dismissed as “soft” skills in education—nice to have, but not essential to success in school or in life. Developing “hard” skills like math and reading can seem far more practical and important—hence our education system’s rigorous focus on teaching and testing them. But the recent study, published last month in the American Journal of Public Health, turns that thinking on its head.” An interesting article that supports our practice of Grace&Courtesy in our Montessori classrooms and also underlines the importance of our Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. Read more here.