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MMS Monthly E-Newsletter |  January 2017

Dear MMS Families,

Thanks to all who helped us end 2016 on such a positive note!  It was wonderful to see families enjoying our annual Book and Bake Sale and Winter Concert. 

It has been wonderful to talk with many of you following your classroom observations.  Observation times are available for all classrooms.  If your child is at a transition point (Primary moving to Lower Elementary, Lower Elementary moving to Upper Elementary, Upper Elementary moving to Middle School), this is a great time to come in for an observation of his/her next classroom environment.  The students will have an opportunity to explore and experience their future classrooms during our step-up days in May.

Our re-enrollment process begins this week for returning families and opens to new families March 1.  If you know anyone who may be interested in joining the  Mountaineer Montessori School community, please encourage them to call Beth to schedule a tour.

Best wishes,  Jennifer

Thank you to all of the MMS families and friends who donated to the 2016-2017 Annual Fund campaign. For the third year in row we exceeded our $25,000 goal, while also increasing the total number of donations! The continued generosity of our families, alumni, staff, and board members made this year's campaign a great success and ensures a bright future at MMS. 

Annual fund donors:
  • Anonymous
  • Frank Baer, II
  • Benjamin and Sarah Bailey
  • David Bailey and Hollie Hubbert
  • Robert Bastress and Blaire Malkin
  • Thomas and Ellen Beal
  • Jennifer and David Carriger
  • Cary and Pierre Charbonniez
  • Chris and Kristi Childress
  • Clifton and Katie Clark
  • Chad Cordell and Danielle Maness
  • Jeffrey and Keri Darlington
  • Mary Claire and Matt Davis
  • Crystal and Brandon DelGiudice
  • Enybe Diaz and Brandon Merritt
  • Abby and Anthony Fiorelli
  • Tara Fought
  • Beth George
  • Paul and Julie Meeks Greco
  • David and Kenley Hanna
  • Amy Harries and Ryan Morgan
  • Lindy and Matthew Hoeft
  • Paul and Rayan Ihle
  • Pamela and Mihai Istrate
  • Joseph Jenkins and Susana Duarte
  • Mary and Greg Jenkins
  • Scott Johns and Briana Cicero-Johns
  • Diana Johnson
  • Nancy Johnston
  • Barrie Kaufman
  • Anna Keffer
  • Karen Kelly
  • Maria Leon Kershner
  • Gloria Lopez
  • Julie Margolis
  • Katie and Michael McFadden
  • Rebecca Moore
  • Karen Morris
  • Susie Newhouse
  • Diana Panucci and Aric Margolis
  • Meredith and Aaron Parry
  • Bren Pomponio
  • Maimoona Qamar
  • Jack Rogers and Elizabeth Scharman
  • Bradley and Kristin Schmalzer
  • Kristie and Donald Simmons
  • John Slicer
  • Sally Fish Smith
  • Ron Sowell
  • Darlene Spangler
  • Laura Thaw
  • Benjamin and Meredith Thomas
  • Samantha Van Den Berghe-Lynch
  • Jason Wandling
  • Jason Winesburg
  • Elizabeth Wheatley
  • Beth and JoEllen Zacks
  • Lola's Pizza
  • Southern WV Nephrology Associates, Inc.


In preparation for the 2017-2018 school year, letters of intent have been mailed to all families.  We are excited to start planning our 41st year, and invite you to join us.  We ask that current MMS families return letters of intent by February 28.  Open enrollment begins March 1.   If you have any questions, please call or email Jennifer at 304.342.7870 or

Please note that an Application for Enrollment is required for new siblings.  Please see Beth for an application.


The online financial aid application process will open February 1, and applications are due by March 30.   Please note that applications for financial aid must be completed online through our website (, using the FAST program.  Click on Admissions, then Financial Aid.  Financial aid applications for the 2017-2018 school year must be completed in full and submitted to FAST by March 30, 2017.  A new FAST application must be completed each year, regardless of prior financial aid awards. 

Board Meeting | Monday, February 13, 2017 | 6:00 pm
We meet in the art room.  Everyone is welcome.
NO SCHOOL | February 18 - 26
School resumes on Monday, February 27. 
Primary Parent Education Night | Tuesday, March 7  | 5:30-6:30 pm
Middle School Parent Education Night | Tuesday, March 7  | 5:30-6:30 pm
Lower Elementary Parent Education Night | Tuesday, March 14  | 5:30-6:15 pm
Upper Elementary Parent Education Night | Tuesday, March 14  | 6:15-7:00 pm

Be a kid again at Montessori Journey and Discovery, Charleston Gazette-Daily Mail, 1-7-17

Montessori school presents ‘Journey and Discovery’ event, Charleston Gazette-Daily Mail, 1-6-17

Mountaineer Montessori planning ‘Journey and Discovery’ experience , Metro Kanawha, 12-28-16
Elementary and Middle School parents: Thank you for taking the time to complete our Middle School Survey. 

Your input is so valuable in helping us make decisions that impact the future of our middle school program.   

Once site selection has been completed, we will send all the details - stay tuned!

The American Montessori Society (AMS) is the foremost advocate for quality Montessori education, setting the professional standards that inform Montessori education as practiced in AMS-accredited schools and taught in AMS-affiliated teacher education programs.

A not-for-profit organization based in New York City, with nearly 13,000 members worldwide, AMS is also a hub of all things Montessori: an information center for its members, the media, and the public; a voice in the public policy arena; and a mobilizing force for the global Montessori community, through support services, research, and professional development events.


Decisions to delay or cancel school due to weather conditions will be made by 6:00am.  Parents will be notified immediately via email and a Facebook post/website update will be made.  If you have not received an email by 6:15, you may assume school will be open according to the regular schedule. 

After sending emails and posting on Facebook/website, we will contact the news stations.  Please understand that we cannot control the speed with which the news stations post our information.  Thank you!
Mountaineer Montessori School
308 20th Street, Charleston, WV 25304
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