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MMS Monthly E-Newsletter | November 2018
Dear MMS families,

We're introducing a number of new features to the M newsletter this month, including updates on our "Specials" programs, staff profiles and board reports. It's part of our commitment to keeping you informed on the many important developments at your child's school. We encourage you to take a few minutes to read them's an exciting time at MMS!

Best wishes, 
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Parent University | Wednesday, November 14 | 5:30-6:30 pm
Plus is available for MMS students. Please RSVP to Beth at meet in Upper Elementary I.
Photo orders due | Wednesday, November 14
POSTPONED Polish Dinner to support 6th Year Montessori Model UN | originally scheduled for November 15. Please watch for the new date
Annual Appeal "Spreading our Wings" | November 16-December 31
Students will bring coin boxes home on Friday, November 16 to kick off the 2018 end of year appeal. Watch your mailboxes for more information!
Thanksgiving Break/School Closed | November 19-23
School resumes Monday, November 26
Board Meeting | Monday, December 10 | 6:00 pm
Everyone is welcome. We meet in Upper Elementary I.
Book and Bake Sale | Wednesday and Thursday, December 12 & 13 | 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Click HERE to volunteer for this event - we need folks to make and deliver baked goods AND to help with the sale tables.
Early Dismissal/Winter Concert | Friday, December 21
New Year's Break | December 24, 2018 - January 1, 2019
School resumes Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
MMS faculty members were in the first group of educators in the nation to be trained in the latest edition of the Wilson Reading System. Alasha Al-Qudwah , Jennifer Carriger , Lindy Hoeft , Kathryn Rhoads and Darlene Spangler completed the intensive three day training this summer. Wilson is a multi-sensory, research-based reading and spelling program that supports students and adults with dyslexia and other learning differences. By participating in ongoing professional development opportunities, MMS faculty learn from and connect with national experts and peers and bring the latest research and best practices back to our classrooms.

The Wilson Reading system is offered as part of MMS Learning Services. All elementary students participate in twice-yearly academic screenings and receive additional support as needed from a team of professionals led by Jennifer Carriger, WV Learning Disabilities Association Teacher of the Year (2014) with Specialists Lindy Hoeft and Darlene Spangler. MMS is one of the few independent Montessori schools in the country to offer specialized learning services.
Several new teachers and staff have joined the MMS education team in new or expanded roles this year. They include a PhD scientist, a graduate of the Sorbonne in Paris and an Eagle Scout! We encourage you to visit our website and read the profiles of these wonderful additions our school as well as those of the dedicated and talented returning staff.

Please join us in welcoming:
Dr. Emily Beal
Middle School Specialist
Isabelle Bournigault
Primary II Lead Guide
Emily Capece
Upper Elementary II Lead Guide
Ben Cohen
Primary III Assistant
Maggie-Sue Dickens
Plus Assistant
Bayli Hanshaw
Plus Assistant
Sarah Halstead
Middle School Lead Guide
Stephanie Spradling
Primary II Assistant
Angela Walker
Primary I Assistant
Board members were elected at the MMS Annual Meeting earlier this fall. Please join us in congratulating new directors Mary Claire Davis, Jennifer Preston and April Taylor and returning director Hollie Hubbert. We also thank departing board members Holly Bailey, Abbey Fiorelli and Jack Rogers for their years of service to our school. Meet all of the MMS board members here.

The Board has been busy updating our " MMS@50" strategic plan to guide our school as we experience continued growth and move towards our 50th anniversary. An all-day retreat with consultant Peter Piche, held in late October, helped us identity opportunities and challenges and position MMS for a bright and strong future. Stay tuned!


"Spreading Our Wings,”  the 2017-18 Annual Report, is out! It highlights major milestones reached over the past year and a preview of what's ahead.

The donor list included in the report has been updated, and you can find a revised copy here . If there are further additions or corrections, please contact JoEllen Zacks at, so they can be made before the next printing.

We are so grateful to everyone who invested in our mission over the past year...your support enabled MMS to make many improvements in our facilities, including those highlighted the short video here:
Thank you to our students, families and community supporters - the 2018 Race for Education, Away We Go! , was a great success! So far, we have collected over $8,500 in race sponsorships. The Race for Education supports our Financial Aid program and allows for the purchase of Montessori materials for the classrooms.

Special thanks to Race for Education coordinator Diana Johnson , parents Ryan and Shelley Whittington and Club K-9 for our race t-shirts, and our friends at the University of Charleston for hosting the race on their beautiful lawn.
Find more Race photos on Facebook and Instagram !
The MMS yearbook has been discontinued this year. Although the book was very favorably received, sales were not sufficient to sustain a project of this magnitude. Parents may purchase books from prior years through TreeRing . As always, families are welcome to use any MMS photos posted on social media to create their own picture books for their children. Thanks to everyone who has supported and enjoyed the yearbook over the past three years!
Thank you to the many parents and friends who have made special contributions to our school. Special thanks to:
  • Linda Winter, for volunteering in the office.
  • Primary parents, for providing healthy and delicious snacks for the children.
  • Pam Istrate, for providing owl pellets to Upper Elementary II
  • Parent Drivers, who make our off-site learning experiences possible!
  • Lower Elementary II Parents, for volunteering to paint the classroom this weekend! Volunteer link HERE

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