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Global Math Week: Second, Fourth, and Fifth Graders Learn About Exploding Dots

This month, MMS students in second, fourth, and fifth grade participated in Global Math Week, a grassroots program that shares fun and creative math activities with students around the world. Organizers aimed for ten million children in 2018! This year’s assignment is based on the theory of Exploding Dots, which is directly relevant to elementary […]

Posted on October 19, 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. […]

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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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Farm-to-Classroom Lessons: LE’s Economic Geography Studies

 This month, all Lower Elementary students will visit a farmers market on the Upper West Side. The trip aligns with an LE Montessori unit called “Economic Geography” that explores the interconnectedness of biological and social processes. Students come to realize that we all depend on each other: no one person, community, state, region or country […]

Posted on October 17, 2018 in

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Meet Ms. Singh and Ms. Vitus, Room D’s New Teachers

MMS is a tight-knit community, but we’re always excited to welcome new people. The newest teachers in Room D, joining Ms. Gamarra (now that Ms. Leithauser is on maternity leave), are Ms. Singh and Ms Vitus. We asked them a few questions to get to know her better. Ms. Singh What drew you to the Montessori […]

Posted on September 28, 2018 in

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Meet Dr. Koh and Mr. Litt, Upper Elementary’s New Teachers

Two teachers are joining the MMS veterans in Upper Elementary this year. Meet Mr. Litt, who is teaching fourth grade social studies and fifth grade language arts, as well as Dr. Koh, who is teaching fourth grade math, and fifth and sixth grade science.  Mr. Litt (1) Give us a preview of some of the things […]

Posted on September 27, 2018 in

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What It’s Like Being “Top Dog” at MMS

When I first started MMS and saw the sixth graders on stage performing or at community gatherings, I never thought that I would actually be in that position. Now that I am one of the “top dogs” at MMS, it is nerve-racking, but also kind of fun. Sixth graders are always one of the first […]

Posted on September 26, 2018 in

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Meet the New Lower Elementary Teachers (Interviews by Third Graders!)

This September, several new teachers settled into our Lower Elementary division, teaching MMS’ first, second, and third graders. To introduce them to our parent community, third graders Audrey, Susannah, and Veronika stepped up to devise some interview questions and speak one-on-one with their teachers.  Enjoy their interviews below!  Meet Ms. Kent (IC) Is this your […]

Posted on September 26, 2018 in

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Fifth Grade Science: Learning about the Scientific Process

Fifth graders kicked off their year in science by reviewing the scientific process and designing their own experiments. They first prepared a plate of milk and added a few drops of color dye. When a drop of detergent was introduced into the milk, the dye suddenly started to explode out in all directions. After observing this […]

Posted on September 24, 2018 in

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From the Kitchen: Learning Motor Skills in Food Prep

This month, Primary students will be busy choppers with our food prep work! Children are gaining skills useful in the kitchen by cubing cheese and slicing melon. We love this tool for young children to begin cutting in a safe and successful way. Pro tip: if your child is attempting to cut something round, for […]

Posted on September 21, 2018 in

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