MMS Email Update          February 24, 2019

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From Ms. Christina Miller

By Christina Miller
President, Millhopper Montessori School, LLC

Art education, with all the strands, are necessary skills in and of itself but also enhances all the core subjects. Today the STEM subjects are garnering a lot of attention to succeed in the 21 st century but recent brain research has shown these skills are best developed with a combination of education in the arts (STEAM).

When people initially think of art, they usually conjure up thoughts of paintings and sculptures. Given a little more time, music comes to mind as well as literature, poetry, dance and other performing arts. In theme-based learning, components of all these strands unite, not only for the artist-creator-performer but as well for those responding to works of art, becoming inspired and building their own creativity vicariously.

Creativity is not only problem solving but the expression of one's impressions. Two things are needed. First children need many impressions, experiences and examples of art in which to internalize. Second, they need experiences in all the art forms as well as Math, Engineering, Technology and Science. In this article we will look closely at the effects of integrating the arts into the STEM curriculum.
To read Ms. Christina Miller's entire article from Neighbor's Magazine to be published in April, please click HERE.
Movie on the Lawn

Please join us for our Movie on the Lawn featuring Ralph Breaks the Internet on Friday, March 1st!
The lawn opens at 5:30 pm  and the movie starts at dark.

Purchase tickets for the movie and dinners now.
(Dinners are only available by pre-purchase.)
Concession snacks also available for purchase at the event.
Visit for more information.

We Need Volunteers! Click here to sign up.
Five Points of Life Kids Marathon

Congratulations to our students and to coordinator, Coach Chelsea Jones for their participation in the annual Five Points of Life Kids Marathon last weekend! 

Millhopper Montessori School won 3 of the 4 categories to recognize school participation! We were recognized for:
Top Percentage Middle School
Top Percentage Elementary School
Most Participants from Middle School

The goal of the Kids Marathon is to promote good health and physical fitness by giving kids the opportunity to run or walk an entire 26.2 miles, just like marathoners! Kids complete 25 miles, one at a time, during the months prior to the marathon, logging each mile on a log sheet.
National Geographic Geography Bee "GeoBee"

Our participants in Millhopper Montessori School's first National  Geographic Geography Bee "GeoBee" enjoyed a pizza lunch this week!

The Natio nal Geographic GeoBee is an annual competition designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world.  Students in grades four through eight from nearly 10,000 schools across the United States competed in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic GeoBee Champion.

Westin took first place, Stuart came in second and Sivan took third place.  Westin will advance to the next level of competition, a qualifying test to determine state competitors. Up to 100 of the top test scorers in each state become eligible to compete in their State GeoBee. The winners of the State GeoBees receive an all-expenses-paid trip to National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., next May to participate in the GeoBee national championship, competing for cash prizes, scholarships and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll. Learn more at
The National Geographic Society developed the National Geographic GeoBee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Over more than three decades, 120 million students have participated in the GeoBee.

MMS families - our main fundraiser is coming soon! We can't wait to celebrate with you at the Fun Run on March 21st. Make sure to save the dates and think about who you will ask for pledges!  Our school has a goal to raise $10,000 for Preschool and Elementary Playground Equipment and STEM Materials. Our students will participate in a multi-day fitness based fundraiser where they will learn skills to improve their character through this year's theme: MINDSPARK MYSTERY LAB. Help us reach our goal this year by connecting with sponsors!  Visit  for details.


Dear Parents,

Please remember to have your child wear athletic  style shoes or sneakers that fully enclose the foot to  school (no boots, Mary Janes, Mary Jane sneakers,  ballet shoes, deck shoes, mules, wedges, penny  loafers, sandals, dress shoes, crocs, flip flops...).

The shoe must tie or have Velcro so that the shoe  fits snugly on the foot. 

Without appropriate shoes, the children will not  be able to go onto the west playground. 

Thank you for your help in keeping the children safe.  Please let me know if you have any questions. If  you are not sure if your child's shoe meets the  school's policy, please see me.

Ms. Amilda Fitzmaurice-Clark

From the Parent Handbook
Dress Code: Preschool & Preschool/
Kindergarten Classes

Athletic style shoes/sneakers, that fully enclose the  top of the foot and the heel, are required at all times  for safety reasons - NO exceptions.

MMS School Calendar
Spotlight Kids

Click on the links below to see what's happening in your child's class!
at MMS!
to download the brochure for summer camps at Millhopper Montessori.  We offer camps for students ages 2 years old through 8th grade. But hurry - space is limited!
AmazonSmile is a way for customers to support MMS PTO through purchases on the site.  
Start at
and Amazon will donate a portion of the price of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice.

Signing up is easy! 
Here's how to shop AmazonSmile:

1. Visit  
2. Sign in with your credentials
3. Choose Millhopper Montessori School PTO  as your charity
4. Start shopping!
Collect box tops from many different items that you purchase and bring them to your child's classroom.  
Each box top logo earns our school 10¢ - which we can use for anything at our school!
Find out more here:
Master Chef Junior 
is searching for competitors in our area!

We are in search of children who LOVE to cook, ages 8 to 13 years old (as of April 1st, 2019,) who are excited to compete for a huge cash prize and the coveted title of MasterChef Junior!

We are trying to spread the word as best we can so that Florida is properly represented and everyone in the area knows about the opportunity.   
  • If you have any questions, please email HERE.
  • Parents, you can help your children apply HERE
  • Please visit the FAQ page HERE.
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