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Volume 1, Issue 5                                  June 2015

MSOE Newsletter
Message from Matt Simberg, M.Ed.


As I reflect on our first school year at Montessori Seeds of Education I can't help but think to myself what a difference a year makes.  If someone told me this time last year that I would be sitting here writing in my final issue of our first school year's newsletter, I don't think I would have believed them.  Overall, it went very smoothly and a lot has been accomplished.  We have been welcomed with open arms and settled into our community in Merchantville.  The students have enjoyed almost daily trips to have recess at two different parks.  Art, music, gym, and drama have been permanently incorporated into the curriculum.  Ms. Brin created an intimate and close knit primary community, which will be more than double for the 2015-2016 school year.  

Thanks to Ms. Brin, in the spring, we also started gardening/farming with our new plot at the Merchantville Community Center.  The whole school will benefit from this educational experience.  Throughout the year there have been additions and there will be even more students in the elementary programs for the 2015-2016 school year. The upper elementary initiated a weekly newsletter called the Seedling. There was also the successful participation of the Montessori Model United Nations conference in New York City.  Additionally, the whole school went camping in May.  We successfully ended the school year with the MSOE Seedling Spectacular at Ms. Nicole's studio.  It was there that we exhibited the children's art work, sang, and celebrated the year, as well as the children transitioning from elementary to adolescence.  There are more exciting things to announce for this next school year as well.



Academically speaking, Ms. Patty will be incorporating Spanish for the toddlers through adolescents.  The elementary will have a typing tutor program for the upper elementary.  We plan on incorporating more cooking experiences for the different programs.  Two of our students are planning on participating in the International Youth Earth Summit, a new program initiated by Judith Cunningham, which will take place in November.  We will also be participating in the MMUN again.  As there is more to share, I am excited to do so with our continually growing community.  In the meantime, I'd like to ask all of you to keep the following in mind.

We would like to incorporate a social night, either once a month or once every two months.  It can be bowling, or we are open to other suggestions.  Also, it might be nice to begin a book club with the topic relating to Montessori.  Additionally, we would like to include educational community nights.  The idea for this is to give lessons and or have discussions relating to education and or learning both at home and at school.  My goal here is to have fun and to help bridge any gaps between home and school.  One way we will start to do this is by sending a questionnaire home in August.  We are asking the parents to fill it out.  Then we will compile a database strictly for the parents.  This database will show each other what strengths, jobs and or hobbies each of us has.  The goal here is to open up an opportunity for parents to reach out to each other based on common interests and or strengths.

In conclusion, this year went by very fast, was very exciting and I am very much looking forward to next school year.  We have a great opportunity to grow together and expand, to share what great experiences we have at Montessori Seeds of Education.  Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm.  As always, I am available if you have any questions or suggestions.  We hope you have a safe, exciting, and relaxing summer.


Elementary Update
by Matt Simberg, M.Ed.  

To the parents of the 2014-2015 school year,

I want to thank you for your support and a very successful first year.  It was an honor to be a part of your children's growth and to see them mature throughout the year.  We learned and laughed a lot together.  There were a lot of new things that were experienced, and having those experiences with your children was also an honor.  Let me know if you have any questions with the summer reading (please see the link below), and please help your child where you think it is appropriate.  The reports on the books are due on their first day of school.  If you have not noticed, the calendar for next school year is on the website. You can access it by clicking here.

To the new incoming parents for the 2015-2016 school year,

I'd like to officially welcome you to the Montessori Seeds of Education elementary program.  We are excited to have you be a part of our wonderful program.  There are a lot of great lessons and experiences waiting ahead for your child.  I hope to help make this as easy and as smooth a transition as possible for you and your family.  We also look forward to having you be a part of our social and community events.  Additionally, we post events on Facebook and in the newsletter that we think your family might enjoy experiencing outside of school.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I look forward to seeing you all in September!


Primary Update
by Brin Burnham

I am so happy with how the first school year went.  The children explored and learned about so many different things.  Since the class size was smaller this year, I had a whole different and more intricate perspective on getting to watch the children mature throughout the year.  They grew so much with their classroom skills as well as working together forming their community.  In doing this, proof continued to show itself by how well the new students that visited throughout the year were welcomed into our work cycle and community.  It will be nice to have so many of the students that visited to come back with us for the fall.  Furthermore, it was an exciting spring; starting our first garden, harvesting and enjoying our first vegetables. Planting for a fall harvest and planting a garden of flowers for the pollinators. Happy summer to all! 


MSOE Photos
Please click on the link to view a special page of downloadable photos of your children as well as a video album and a collage. 

Summer Reading
Here you will find the summer reading list for your child. The reading grade equivalent is meant to be a guide and not an objective judgement of your child's ability to fluently read that particular book.  Parents of lower elementary children, please check and help your child follow the directions.  Upper elementary parents, please use your judgement as to how much to help your child follow directions or reminding them where they may have forgotten to do something. I f you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at


Project Me: Summer Strategy Kit
Here is a great summer strategy kit full of printable and thoughtful activities that you and your children can do to help you plot out all aspects of your summer.


MSOE on Great Schools and Facebook

Over the course of this year, we have received a lot of positive feedback from our current families regarding their authentic Montessori experience at MSOE. Our testimonial page is included in our Introduction Packet, which gives prospective parents a well-rounded overview of MSOE. However, many parents look to independent websites for objective reviews when considering a new school.  One such website is

MSOE needs continued reviews to increase our SEO rating for area searches of Montessori schools. We would greatly appreciate it if you could take a moment to write a positive review.  It will only take a few moments, and you can access the website by clicking HERE

Also, if you have not already done so, please rate and or like our Facebook page!

Thank you so much for your support!!!
In Our Next Issue
  • Beginning of year update
  • Enrollment Update
  • Gardening Update
  • Upcoming events



Matthew Simberg, M.Ed.
Montessori Seeds of Education