Montessori News

To share school / professional news with our Montessori community, please send a brief announcement to info@mecr.edu. If appropriate, you may attach a 1-page pdf or a photograph to illuminate your news. Please be sure to include contact information in case we have questions.

MECR News: APPLICATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
May, 2014
Apply now for Cohorts beginning in June! Applications can now be found under the Prospective Students tab. Questions? Contact us at info@mecr.edu or at 303-494-3002.
Did you know? We are …
- Moving from printed brochures to a more functional website?
- Adding a Parent/Infant component to our Infant and Toddler course?
- Learning about Montessori in Tanzania through personal experiences of 3 Early Childhoon instructors?
- Exploring our Universe through field trips during our elementary courses?
- Reaching out to the community through MECR food drives? (See related story, below)
- Offering workshops and retreats for professional development?

Michael Gurian: The Minds of Boys & Girls: Helping Our Sons & Daughters Do Their Best in Life & School
Saturday, September 6th
CLICK HERE for more information.

Listings now being accepted for Rental Housing for MECR summer students
May, 2014
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 info@mecr.edu or at 303-494-3002.

Two Classrooms for Sale!
May, 2014
The Montessori School of Lakewood will be closing at the end of this school year. They have two classrooms for sale. The classrooms are very complete and in exceptionally good condition. If you know anyone who might be interested, please contact Janice Kruse at janicekruse@aol.com or 720-320-3724.

Introducing the First Public Montessori School in Ft. Collins! Fort Collins Montessori School
May, 2014
This first year they will have 2 EC Classrooms and 1 Elementary I classroom. Their facility at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church at 1900 Taft Hill Road provides a peaceful, calm and safe environment while they seek their permanent facility. FCMS is recruiting students for EC and Elementary I. If you are interested or know someone who is, please visit their website at: www.fortcollinsmontessori.org

Introducing an exciting new book by Dr. Dee Joy Coulter:
Original Mind: Uncovering Your Natural Brilliance

April, 2014
Original Mind takes us on an odyssey back to our “beginner’s mind” and into our many undeveloped potentials. Through fascinating research, insights, stories and engaging practices largely overlooked by other “brain science” books, neuroscience and learning pioneer Dee Joy Coulter challenges us to question the conventional definitions and limitations of our minds, and then to move beyond them. This delight-driven odyssey explores a vast landscape of untapped dimensions of consciousness.

MECR News: Food Drive Feeds Many!
Summer 2013
This past summer, one of our wonderful EC Students, Lisa Lamb, spear-headed a food drive at MECR. We are thrilled to report that so far we have donated 375 lbs of food as well as $115 in cash donations to Harvest of Hope Pantry in Boulder. HarvestofHopePantry.org 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!
MECR Food Drive Continues . . . .
March, 2014
At the recent Spring Workshops, participants donated 100.5 pounds of food for Harvest of Hope, a local Food Pantry that provides healthy supplemental food to Boulder families and individuals in need of food assistance within a safe, welcoming and non-judgmental environment.

Three current MECR instructors presented at the 2014 AMS Annual Conference in Dallas,
March 27-30, entitled Montessori Unity in Diversity

Divide & Conquer! A Math Refresher for Teachers of Elementary Students Presenter: Betsy Lockhart, Instructor EI-II, Elementary Coordinator
Working with Toddlers: Behavior is Communication Presenter: Melody Patton, Instructor I&T, Infant & Toddler Coordinator
Grammar Work As a Doorway to Inclusion, Community, & Communication Presenter: Jean Rashkin, Instructor EI

Dot Thompson, former Director at MECR, was elected to the Teacher Education Action Commission (TEAC) for a three year term
March, 2014
She joins Melody Patton, I&T Instructor and Coordinator, and Merrie King, current Director, as members of this leadership group.

MECR Alumnae Published in Montessori Life
March 5, 2014

In the Spring 2014 edition, search for these articles and these friends:
• Prairie Boulmier, Looking at How Children Succeed through a Montessori Lens
• Julie Bragdon, What Every Family Should Know about Montessori
• Rose Henson, Bringing Montessori Home (book reviews)
• P. Donohue Shortridge, Your Smartphone or Your Life

RAFT (Resource Area For Teachers) Offers Discount Materials, Kits and Workshops!
March, 2014
RAFT recognizes the value teachers bring to the community, so we do everything we can to deliver the most innovative and affordable hands-on learning programs and materials. Teachers spend hundreds – some even thousands – of dollars of their own money every year on materials for their classrooms. At RAFT, we turn your dimes into dollars with tons of useful items available at 80-90% off retail prices every day. Come to RAFT to fill your head with ideas, line your shelves with materials, connect with other teaching professionals, and recharge your emotional batteries. We provide innovative teaching ideas, kits and workshops supporting Colorado’s new education standards with a special emphasis in STEM. For more information and locations, click www.raftcolorado.org.