Dear Seward Families,

Here we are in the last quarter of this school year! In these last few weeks, we turn our focus to reflection and celebration to bring closure to all the experiences we shared throughout the year. The energy, excitement and emotion that comes with this time of year can manifest in many ways. We will do our best to ensure that our students have a joyful and engaging end of the school year and provide lots of opportunities for students to celebrate successes, reflect on their learning and finish the year off strong. 

In the month of May we celebrate teacher appreciation. Although May 8 through May 12 is the official week designated for this, it is always a good time to reach out to a teacher to share your appreciation. Teaching is incredibly complex work and we have an amazing teaching staff here at Seward Montessori. Please show them a little extra love this month with a kind word of encouragement or gratitude as we celebrate our teachers and acknowledge them for all they do! 

Other things to look forward to this month include our Children’s House registration event on May 4 and our end of year family celebration event on May 19. We look forward to these opportunities to welcome new students and families as well as continue to build connections as a community!

On May 19th, we will host Shark Fest, our final Seward Family Night of the school year. This event will focus on what it means to be a Seward Shark and we will share our new Seward Montessori School Vision, Mission, Commitment and Values statements. The process of rewriting these statements has been a collaborative work in progress over the last year and half. Thank you all for your input along the way! I am proud to have co-created these statements with our community and thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate this work and share these statements at our last family night of this school year. The new Seward Vision, Mission, Commitment and Values are the foundation for our work next year and beyond.

We’ve accomplished a lot this year and I’m very excited about the work ahead as we continue to move towards ensuring our children and families have the best Montessori experience possible in their time at Seward.

In partnership and gratitude,
Ana Bartl