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Jun 29th 2017

June Construction Update

By |June 29, 2017|Capital Project|

In June, our building project hit full stride – we have seen walls literally pop up overnight! Although many of our families and staff are off for the summer, our construction continues on and it is great to see the amazing progress. The half of the Multipurpose Building that is being renovated was stripped down to the bones, windows, siding, and interior framing then took place in this side – making it even easier to picture the spacious, bright Toddler and Children’s House classrooms that are soon to occupy the space. In the east side, the cement floors were poured, [...]

Jun 2nd 2017

May Construction Update

By |June 2, 2017|Capital Project, News|

Though the ample spring rains have been trying at times, the project found a much more productive rhythm in May. After spending April in a battle of wills with the vein of Cockeysville Marble running through the site, rock breaking yielded to a considerable amount of grading and foundation preparation. The new addition’s configuration has taken form as footings have been poured—their purpose is to support the foundation and prevent settling, and the site has been cleared of all remaining intrusive elements—electrical and internet cables and less difficult sections of rock. On the interior, load bearing walls have been demolished [...]

Jun 2nd 2017

Professional Development at Greenspring

By |June 2, 2017|Adolescent Community, Children's House, Employment, Faculty, Lower Elementary, Toddler, Upper Elementary|

As we prepare for the end of the school year, the faculty at Greenspring Montessori are planning for an assortment of summer adventures. Fourteen members of our faculty will be attending Montessori trainings and conferences this summer, as part of our commitment to ongoing professional development. In Training: Shannon Brown, one of our Children’s House Guides, will be finishing her third and final summer at the Montessori Training Center Northeast in Connecticut to obtain her AMI Primary credential. She has been working at Greenspring Montessori since 1996 and she obtained her first Primary Montessori credential from our own Maryland Center for [...]

Jun 1st 2017

Spring Elementary Spanish Videos

By |June 1, 2017|Academic Programs, Lower Elementary|

Our Elementary Spanish classes worked on creative television shows in Spanish this spring. This approach allows students to dream up great ideas and execute projects allowing them to work on their Spanish speaking and vocabulary, filming, and technology.       To learn more about our Spanish Enrichment Program, please click here.

May 31st 2017

Upper Elementary Camping Trip

By |May 31, 2017|News, Upper Elementary|

The Upper Elementary community recently returned from a camping trip to Susquehanna State Park, a publicly owned recreation area located on the banks of the lower Susquehanna River, just north of the city of Havre de Grace, Maryland. The students camped, hiked trails, climbed trees, put on performances in the outdoor amphitheater, collected tinder and built fires, told stories at the campfire, played "night tag," awoke to birdsong at dawn (not everyone was happy about this), toured historic sites in the area, and played lots of games together under a "tent city" they built to get through the rain. Studies throughout the year [...]

May 30th 2017

Adolescent Community Odyssey Trip

By |May 30, 2017|Adolescent Community, News|

  Our Adolescents have recently returned from their Odyssey trip to Seacamp in Big Pine Key, Florida. Seacamp offers interdisciplinary field experiences designed to allow students to raise questions about the natural world, conduct investigations through free exploration, and practice the use of field observations in order to attempt reasonable answers to scientific questions.          Among their many activities during the week, Greenspring students studied the effects of environmental stressors on Cassiopeia (upside-down jellyfish) in their natural habitat, went to Mangrove Island to study mangrove communities, participated in a squid dissection to learn about the internal anatomy [...]

May 18th 2017

Warm Welcomes and Fond Farewells

By |May 18, 2017|Adolescent Community, Faculty, Lower Elementary, Toddler|

We are thrilled to introduce you to several new staff members starting at Greenspring Montessori in the fall: Sarah Prunier Law will be joining our team in the fall as the Lead Guide in our Dual Language Lower Elementary Community. A seasoned Montessorian, Sarah has over ten years of experience and is Montessori certified for Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, and for Adolescents. Sarah has a BS in Chemistry from William and Mary and a Master’s in Education from Loyola University. We are so fortunate to be bringing Sarah’s wealth of experience to our team! Allison Kevan will be joining us as a Lead [...]

May 16th 2017

Changes to the Toddler Program Structure

By |May 16, 2017|News, Toddler|

As the school year draws to a close, we are beginning to look toward the fall and all of the exciting possibilities a new year has to offer. The construction on the new Multipurpose Building is well underway and we are all looking forward to getting into the new and improved classroom spaces! Our Toddler team of guides and assistants has become a very strong and cohesive unit, and made a concerted effort to work together to plan for another great school year. With that in mind, we are excited to share with you some staffing “shifts” that will take [...]

May 4th 2017

Sixth-Year Adventure Trip

By |May 4, 2017|News, Upper Elementary|

Eight sixth-year students got the chance to celebrate moving up and moving on by going on an overnight trip to Dewey Beach, DE on April 24th & 25th, chaperoned by Mrs. Charlotte & Mrs. Cortney. The student-organized trip included plans for trips to the beach, a local boardwalk, and visiting an escape room. It rained the entire trip, so the students exercised their flexibility and changed things up. They spent quality time together playing games, watching movies and cooking in the beach house. Although they didn't completely escape the escape room, it was a great bonding experience!       [...]

May 4th 2017

Peace Education for All Ages

By |May 4, 2017|Adolescent Community, Lower Elementary, News, Upper Elementary|

Written by Margaret Jarrell, former Greenspring Elementary Guide “The child is capable of developing and giving us tangible proof of the possibility of a better humanity. He has shown us the true process of construction of the human being. We have seen children totally change as they acquire a love for things and as their sense of order, discipline, and self-control develops within them.... The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.” - Dr. Maria Montessori Peace education is a major component of the Montessori classroom. Maria Montessori saw the education of young children as the human race’s opportunity to [...]