Montessori News

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Our Own Living Legacy! 
Alice Renton named AMS Living Legacy
Alice Renton will be honored as the AMS 2017 Living Legacy at the AMS Annual Conference at the Town and Country Plaza in San Diego, March 9-12, 2017.
Many of you know Alice as an inspirational presenter of Montessori Philosophy, as a sensitive and supportive mentor to new teachers, and as a specialist resource for multi-cultural and bilingual education. Alice holds both AMS and AMI teaching credentials. We are delighted that she will receive this prestigious recognition. She has been and continues to be a bright light in the Montessori sky and we are deeply proud that she has received this well-deserved honor.


AMS Annual Conference 2018 in Denver
Time flies, so plan ahead for the 2018 AMS National Conference which will come to the Sheraton Denver Downtown from March 22-25, 2018. There will be presenter and volunteer opportunities, as well as invitations to showcase local schools on Thursday tours. Save the dates for your 2017-18 school calendars! There were over 4,000 attendees and 100 exhibitors at the recent AMS Annual Conference in Chicago.

Listings accepted for Rental Housing for next year’s MECR summer students
Do you have a room, apartment, or house that would be suitable for one of our summer students? To list your rental on our website at no charge, complete the posting at Housing. Questions? Contact us at or at 303-494-3002.

Complete 3-6 Classroom Inventory for Sale! Please click HERE for more information.

My name is Annette Crosiar. I am the founder of Hearts and Hands Montessori School located in Belgrade Montana. I am selling our property, and additionally, the Business, materials and furniture, etc are also for sale. It is my hope that this facility will continue on as a Montessori program. For more information please go to the following link:
Property For Sale, Belgrade MT

For information on the CHS Waiver Process please click HERE

Fall Conference
Our Montessori in the Mountains Retreat was a great success! Over 350 Montessorians met in a lovely mountain setting to learn, relax and renew. The overwhelming feedback we received was that people felt inspired by new ideas and warmed by friendships, old and new.


St. Vrain Community Montessori Students
Upper Elementary Students, Logan Wilson, Eva Holwick, and Maeve Moran-Vanderhoeven, were a part of a lovely presentation at Montessori in the Mountains. They shared the entraprenerial and philanthropic work of Upper Elementary Students at St. Vrain Community Montessori who run a store called Upendo Emporium which supports Upendo School and students in Tanzania. The Students run the store, which features African crafts and school supplies among other items, and send their profits to Tanzania. They also exchange letters with the children at Upendo, which helps them learn about children in another culture and better understand their global standing. Please see the listing below to hear more great news about Upendo.
Great News From St. Vrain Community Montessori School!
In the spirit of celebration, St. Vrain Community Montessori School (SVCMS) in Longmont would love to share some of their own celebratory news with the Colorado Montessori community. The Upper Elementary students at SVCMS are celebrating 3 years of operation of their student-run store, Upendo Emporium! Founded in 2012 to benefit their sister school, Upendo School, in Usa River, Tanzania, our students have built a thriving business that exemplifies the spirit of Montessori both here in Colorado and in Tanzania. For more information on this wonderful endeavor, please click HERE.

Kayla, A graduate of the Montessori School of Evergreen, came to MECR twice this year to sell her Cards for Caring. Please see the following excerpt from The Wild Animal Sanctuary Newsletter to celebrate her success as a young Montessori Philanthropist. Click HERE

Food Drive Continues!
April 2015
During the summer of 2013, one of our wonderful EC Students, Lisa Lamb, spear-headed a food drive at MECR. We are thrilled to report that our students are continuing this wonderful work and so far we have donated 1150.5 lbs of food as well as $115 in cash donations to Harvest of Hope Pantry in Boulder. Harvest of Hope is working hard to help those affected by the recent flooding in our area. We will continue in these efforts to give back to our local community. Thank you, Lisa!

Great Article on the Growth of Public Montessori Schools in the U.S, from 1975-2014
Click HERE to read.