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Posted in: Early Childhood

Why We Can’t Wait for the All-School Winter Celebration

This year, MMS is uniting our winterfest concerts into one wonderful morning program celebrating our whole school on December 13. All students, from our littlest Stepping Stones to our sixth graders, will be performing on this day. The concert will focus on the theme “Making Connections,” which is exactly what our community has been doing […]

Posted on December 4, 2019 in

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Ms. Cruz and Ms. Gamarra: How This Dynamic Duo Leads the Early Childhood Division

With the kickoff of another school year, we want to reintroduce Karina Cruz and Magaly Gamarra, co-directors of Early Childhood Education (ECE) at MMS. They possess roughly 20 years combined at our school, mostly as classroom teachers. Ms. Gamarra is still one of Room D’s teachers, and Ms. Cruz formed part of the Room C […]

Posted on September 24, 2019 in

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All About Black Rock Forest—An Eagerly Anticipated Kindergarten Experience

One of the major highlights of kindergarten is boarding the yellow school bus to visit Black Rock Forest (BRF), a nature preserve in Cornwall, NY that students have been hearing about from older peers throughout their previous years at MMS. BRF is run by a consortium of schools, universities, and scientific and cultural institutions. The […]

Posted on September 23, 2019 in

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Dishing from the Primary Kitchen: January Edition

Primary students have been busy making vegetable kabobs that they enjoy with Chef Locke’s ranch dressing. Along with the cucumbers that the students cut into bite-sized pieces, they place halved cherry tomatoes on their kabobs. Some children have created patterns while building their kabobs or have meticulously put one piece of vegetable on a skewer.

Posted on January 29, 2019 in

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Dishing from the Primary Kitchen: December Edition

As the year progresses, food prep work becomes more challenging for our primary students. Each activity may contain multiple steps and combine more skills that strengthen and refine their fine motor abilities. Here are the two activities our students have been dishing out: Pears/Apples with Yogurt Sprinkled with Cinnamon Sounds fancy doesn’t it? Because it […]

Posted on December 20, 2018 in

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Dishing from the Primary Kitchen: Thanksgiving Edition!

All of the food and snack prep that the children have been doing came in handy for cooking and baking for our annual Thanksgiving feast. Imagine all the students helping measure out ingredients, mix batter, and chop vegetables just like you would in your home kitchen. Our classrooms smelled absolutely heavenly! Here is a recipe […]

Posted on November 29, 2018 in

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Steering the Explorers’ Ship

Explorers is our optional afternoon program for our four-year-old students. After learning in the mixed-age setting of our traditional Montessori primary classes with our Montessori-certified teachers, they’re introduced to a setting that’s a natural extension of the Montessori classroom. The children practice grace and courtesy particularly at lunch; they enjoy story time; engage in group […]

Posted on October 31, 2018 in

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From the Kitchen: Making Apple Sauce

 Fall is in the air and apples abound! Children are thrilled to be making their own apple sauce using roasted apples (sometimes pears) with a masher then topping off with grated cinnamon. Along with their favorite cheddar cheese cubing work, this new food preparation work is not only delicious but a bit more challenging […]

Posted on October 29, 2018 in

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A Book for Every Holiday

Okay, well maybe not every holiday! But as the season of celebrations approaches, MMS Librarian Ms. Mbaye has curated a list of books (skewed toward younger readers) about various holidays. If your child is curious about the holiday they celebrate–or perhaps one they’ve heard about–you can check out any of these books at the MMS library. […]

Posted on October 19, 2018 in

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Our New Buddy School in Kenya

 This summer, our art teacher Madame Garnier and Upper Elementary teacher Mr. Preston spent time at the Sere Olipi Primary School in the Samburu District 200 miles north of Nairobi. Their visit was coordinated through The Thorn Tree Project, which helps create bonds between U.S. schools and Kenyan schools. Mr. Preston first encountered this […]

Posted on October 18, 2018 in

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