Take Your Parent to School – RSVP Links

Take Your Parent to School!
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 and Thursday, February 7, 2019

Let your child give YOU a lesson! We hope you will enjoy this unique opportunity to spend time with your child in the classroom.

Please RSVP for the event you wish to attend:

Children’s House

Ms. Marketa
Tuesday, 2/5/19 at 3:00pm:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F044BA8AB2BABF85-take1
Thursday, 2/7/19 at 3:00pm: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F044BA8AB2BABF85-take2

Sr. Jamie
Tuesday, 2/5/19 at 3:00pm: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F044BA8AB2BABF85-take3
Thursday, 2/7/19 at 3:00pm: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044ba8ab2babf85-take4

Ms. Shannon

Ms. Lydia

Ms. Emily

 

Elementary

Mr. JR

Sra. Sarah

 

Mr. Brad
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – A Day ON, Not a Day OFF

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – A Day ON, Not a Day OFF

Since 1994 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life has been honored not only with a holiday but also with opportunities for folks to engage in community service in his memory.

https://www.nationalservice.gov/serve-your-community/mlk-day-service

With our theme for the year of Service and Stewardship in mind, we have cultivated a list of opportunities to serve the greater Baltimore community on MLK Day. Below, you will find a list of local service opportunities to help connect your family to meaningful opportunities.

  • Civic Works – Current parent Dana Stein’s “urban peace corps” non-profit in Baltimore City that has hosted MLK Day service projects since at least 2002. 
    Monday, January 21, 2019

    8:30am-12:00pm  (Rain or Shine)
    Volunteer with Civic Works’ Real Food Farm, Community Lot Team, and Elder Services teams! Join us as we focus on creating access to safe spaces and green spaces.
    https://civicworks.com/programs/mlk-day-service/
  • The 6th Branch 
    Monday, January 21, 2019
    8:30am-1pm
    Hosted by the New Broadway East Community Association and organized by The 6th Branch.  Projects include several light demolition, overgrowth removal, and large scale trash clean-up projects on multiple sites in the Broadway East community.  
    https://the6thbranch.z2systems.com/np/clients/the6thbranch/event.jsp?event=4160&
  • Jewish Volunteer Connection 
    Sunday and Monday, January 20 and 21, 2019
    Times vary
    A variety of projects for all ages (3 months+) including singing with senior citizens, packing “blessing bags” for the homeless, serving meals to the hungry, acting as a camp counselor, and community clean ups.
  • Glen Mar Church 
    Monday, January 21, 2019
    8:30am-4:30pm
    A range of family-friendly service opportunities for ages 5 to 105. The activities help with food security, community development, public health, and support the morale of service members. There will be 18 on-site and a couple of off-site activities. Free child care is available from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  
  • Friends School of Baltimore
    Monday, January 21, 2019
    8:30am-1:30pm
    Food packaging, cooking, health kits, visiting with seniors, community clean ups, and more.
Other Opportunities:
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture – MLK Day Celebration
Monday, January 21, 2019
11:00am-4:00pm 
$5 – Celebrate the holiday with musical performances, theater readings, a book discussion with Dr. King’s barber, films and craft activities for the family. Kaiser Permanente will provide an array of resource services for the community including free health screenings.
Recommended Course of Action in an Active Shooting Situation

Recommended Course of Action in an Active Shooting Situation

Greenspring Montessori staff recently underwent training in how to respond in the event of an active shooter on a school campus. We would like to share a basic overview of the strategies covered during our training, especially because they are counter to what some of us have learned in the past. These are the guidelines being taught by Homeland Security and local law enforcement agencies.

EVACUATE
If you can evacuate the building, do so even if this involves jumping from a second story window. An active shooter has a 70% hit rate when targets are stationary. So even if a shooter is nearby, do not hide – RUN.

BARRICADE
If it is not possible to evacuate, barricade the door to the room you are in with furniture and anything you can find. If possible, attach a belt to the doorknob so that the door cannot be opened easily. Shooters will often pass by rooms that cannot be easily accessed.

BE ACTIVE, NOT PASSIVE
If an active shooter is in the room with you, throw objects at the shooter. The shooter’s aim and concentration will be interrupted, which will save lives.

 

Greenspring Parents:

Are you interested in attending a parent training on this topic? If enough parents express interest, we are happy to bring our trainer back to share this information with our parent community. We would need to hold this session on a weekend when students are not on campus. Please email Margaret at mjarrell@greenspringmontessori.org if you are interested in attending a training session.

The Art of Concentration

The Art of Concentration

The ability to concentrate and focus is at the core of satisfying and successful experiences in many aspects of life. As adults we need to attend to what we’re doing, whether it be the details of a graph we’re explaining at a meeting, the particulars of a recipe, or the art of active listening to the people we engage with every day. This ability has many new challenges in times we live in. Children must be equipped with the ability to concentrate and Montessori education does so much to address this need.

While concentration at the Children’s House level often looks like a student sitting alone with her work, engrossed in the task at hand, successful concentration looks a little different for the Elementary and Adolescent Community student. The Elementary child must learn to work collaboratively with others. This partner and group work means the child will be engrossed in their work, stop to talk to a friend for a few minutes, and then continue working. The ability to be interrupted and return to focused work is an incredible asset as an adult and the Montessori student practices this skill throughout the work cycle as he or she interacts with classmates during work and participates in lessons.

Similar to the Elementary student, the Adolescent Community student often works on projects in groups. Concentration for Elementary and Adolescent Community students means fully engaging in the projects and work. This is done when enough choice is given so that students can take ownership and invest in their work. In contrast, when everyone is given the same thing to do, some students will inevitably be more invested than others. However, students who are invited to choose within a particular assignment or project, tend to focus more because they are more engaged. Students are also focused when the work is challenging, but not so challenging that they give up.

The ability to focus on the present moment and attend to one’s work is challenging given the busy lives children lead, as well as the distraction of so many pinging and buzzing devices. At Greenspring, we support the students’ ability to concentrate with frequent opportunities for self-reflection that are built into the day. In Lower and Upper Elementary as well as Adolescent Community, students reflect on best practices after each work period, and often write in their work log about the work cycle. The process of reflection offers many insights into the child’s experience. Studies show that regular mindfulness-focused activities support concentration. 

Home Challenge:

Challenge yourself to stand back and observe your child the next time he or she is focused on a project. This could be as simple as tying a shoe or as complex as building a Lego invention. See how long they are able to work independently to overcome the challenge and resist the overwhelming urge to swoop in and help. Be mindful of how often you are drawn to ask questions, fix the perceived problem, or otherwise distract from this process. A child’s ability to concentrate is a beautiful thing to observe!

Spring Music Enrichment

Spring Music Enrichment

This spring, students at Greenspring Montessori School have been busy in music enrichment!

After learning Hot Cross Buns on the piano, the upper elementary class was challenged to figure out how to play the song with glasses! They found all of the correct pitches by ear, and worked together to figure out exactly how much water each glass needed.

Elementary Keyboarding Lessons

Elementary Keyboarding Lessons

The Lower Elementary classes took out children’s books from the library and were given the challenge of telling the story through music. Some students added sound effects to their story while others morphed their story into a song!

A History of Sports at Greenspring

A History of Sports at Greenspring

For 5 years now, Greenspring Montessori has been playing in the Baltimore Athletic Conference in various sports competitions with other area independent schools. Our flagship team was a result of a student/parent effort to bring the opportunity of interscholastic competition to Greenspring. With a good handful of players and a tremendous parent coach, Greeenspring Mustangs came on the scene with a boys basketball team!

The final sprint at a cross-country meet in the fall

Since that start, we have continued to grow the opportunity – sport by sport and season by season – to today’s co-ed basketball, soccer, cross-country, and track teams. Our teams compete with other co-ed, boys, or girls teams year-round and bring the challenge, excitement, and fun to our community throughout the school year.

The annual Students vs. Parents soccer game

Our players are made up of the girls and boys from our Adolescent and Upper Elementary Communities. We begin in the fall with a soccer team and a cross-country team, with some athletes participating in both! This season, we played 9 games against 7 different schools highlighted by all-around individual and team growth. The icing on the cake was a final game victory over the parent/staff team!

In November our students move from the fields to the gym for basketball. This year our team is made up of 4 boys, 3 girls, and endless energy and work ethic. We hope you get the chance to come to a home game and cheer us on!

In the spring, we take up track and travel to new venues for meets with multiple other schools. In past years, many students have taken this opportunity to try something completely new, as the format of the track meets is teaching first, competition second. A student can come to a meet and watch, or compete in any or all of the 8 events. Athletics at Greenspring Montessori School is fun for all!