Becoming a Going-Out Chaperone

Becoming a Going-Out Chaperone

As part of the Elementary experience at Greenspring Montessori School, students often organize their own Going-Outs. Unlike a field trip, which is usually organized by the teacher and requires whole class participation, a Going-Out is organized by a student or a small group based on what they are researching. Once a student has exhausted the resources in the classroom and the school library, they may look into other community resources. Students pick a place to visit, a professor to meet, or an activity to do, then they research the cost, reach out to the organization to schedule a time, print out directions, and organize a parent volunteer to drive. The students are in charge of every detail of the outing, giving them true ownership of their work. Afterward, many students present what they learned to the entire class in a way that speaks to them. It could be a play, a formal presentation, a book that they create, or something entirely new!

If you are a parent, friend, or relative interested in volunteering, we encourage you to become a Going-Out chaperone. The parent volunteer is there to ensure safety, but leaves the logistics and execution of the trip entirely to the students, even if they make mistakes along the way. Being a Going-Out chaperone is a perfect opportunity for you to learn first-hand about our Elementary program through the work of the students.

To learn more about the requirements to become a Going-Out chaperone, please follow the steps below.

Requirements:

  1. Watch a recorded Going-Out Orientation video above.
  2. Complete this GoogleForm with your availability and other required information.
  3. Print, complete, sign, and submit via scan, mail, drop-off to the school (Chris Youngston Gray) a Motor Vehicle Record Permission Form with a photocopy of your driver’s license. 
  4. Bring your completed State of Maryland LiveScan Pre-registration application (Agency Authorization #9000034783), your state issued ID (drivers license, etc), and payment* to:

Absolute Investigative Services 

604 E. Joppa Rd.
Towson, MD 21286
410-828-6460

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm
Cash or debit/credit card only – No checks accepted Background checks (fingerprinting and childcare approval) total approximately $55 – if you would like to have the school reimburse you for your background check, please contact us and we would be happy to arrange payment for you.

To submit your paperwork or for assistance with logistics, contact:

Chris Youngston Gray, Advancement Assistant, 410-321-8555 x110 or cyoungstongray@greenspringmontessori.org

Next steps:

Once the requirements are met, you will be added to a list of possible chaperones. As needed, students initiating a Going-Out will reach out to the volunteer to request their assistance chaperoning.

Greenspring Awarded the Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grant

Greenspring Awarded the Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grant

The American Montessori Society Peace Committee has awarded the Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grant to Greenspring Montessori School and a partnering parent group to fund a project that promotes peace education.

This grant was created by the American Montessori Society Peace Committee to honor the memory of Ursula Thrush.  Dr. Thrush’s extraordinary dedication to fulfilling Maria Montessori’s vision for peace through children inspired many Montessori educators to include peace education in their classrooms and communities.  Among her numerous achievements, Ursula founded the Maria Montessori School of the Golden Gate in San Francisco and helped establish The Science of Peace Task Force and the Montessori Peace Academy.

Greenspring Montessori’s grant submission was prepared in partnership with a group of Greenspring Montessori parent volunteers who have been gathering to discuss their own challenges and aspirations for their children as it concerns diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging.  In addition to supporting one another, the parent group felt called to support the school in providing whatever education, resources, materials, and open dialogue was needed to support Greenspring in becoming the embodiment of peaceful society Maria Montessori and Ursula Thrush envisioned.

“The Peace Seed Grant Committee is impressed with the originality of your project and the deep thought that has gone into it.  We are pleased to award this grant for a project that is consciously working toward understanding and further Social Justice among the many teachers, parents and students at your school.  We are also impressed with the 19 different languages that are already a part of the school.  The timing of this project is excellent!”  -Award letter from Lesley Nan Haberman, Sonnie McFarland, and Judi Bauerlein

The Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grant will support the school to:

1. Provide an introductory professional development workshop for Greenspring Montessori School staff to clarify what diversity, equity and inclusion is, how it is relevant to their work, and to begin to explore why diversity, equity and inclusion learning is critical to deepen their understanding of and ability to provide proper support for the varying needs of Greenspring Montessori School’s diverse student base.

2. Offer a workshop to Greenspring Montessori staff and parents on identifying and combating unconscious and implicit bias.

3. Offer a workshop to Greenspring Montessori staff and parents on age-appropriate best practices for talking with your children about race.

The grant activities will begin in fall of 2019 and will be complete by January 2020.  These activities are a small subset of a larger body of work in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging that the school is committed to carrying out in the years to come.