MSNV Elementary Returns from 3-days at Echo Hill Outdoor School

“The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth.”

– Dr. Maria Montessori.

MSNV Hillbrook hallways are bustling again with active, happy students! Last Wednesday-Friday our entire MSNV Elementary visited Echo Hill Outdoor School (http://www.ehos.org), accompanied by teachers and parent chaperones. We’ve heard some wonderful stories of classes take took place in the sunshine and the rain, but you can experience the fun moments through these photos and videos Day 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty5EXHeCCeA and Days 2+3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RSsqF1VtFg made by our wonderful parents!

Inspiring Outdoor Exploration

Now that the warm temperatures are upon us, here are some articles that may inspire outdoor exploration and learning with your children.

 

Did You Know You Can Support MSNV When You Shop!

Support MSNV every time you shop! Sign up here https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-0718805 and then when you shop @AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a donation to Montessori School of Northern Virginia Inc.

“Artomatic” features MSNV After-School Art Teacher

“Artomatic” returns to Crystal City and includes work by our MSNV after-school art teacher, Barbara Januszkiewicz. Learn more about this fun, interactive and FREE event here: http://www.artomatic.org/

Also Ms. Barbara was featured in this month’s Arlington Magazine:
http://www.arlingtonmagazine.com/check-out-arlington-artist-barbara-januszkiewicz-walk/

Posts shared in “Around Town” are for information purposes only. These events are not directly affiliated with or hosted by the Montessori School of Northern Virginia (MSNV).

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.

Posts shared in “Around Town” are for information purposes only. These events are not directly affiliated with or hosted by the Montessori School of Northern Virginia (MSNV).