As we begin our next 10 years, Hudson Montessori School continues to grow. This year we are excited to announce that we have become the first school in New Jersey to be nationally recognized as a STEM Certified Campus. This is quite an honor for any school, but doubly so for an elementary school. The process of attaining this certification was rigorous and took most of the last school year to attain. Five of our elementary teachers also received their teacher STEM certifications as part of this process. We are indeed proud of our staff’s efforts on behalf of the school so that we could reach this level of proficiency in what we offer our students.
We are also excited to be able to bring our programs to almost 300 students ages 2-12 this year. It is our privilege to be able to deliver a strong Montessori curriculum to so many students. Each of our five programs and thirteen classes are providing children with opportunities to actively engage in their learning process, and see for themselves the importance of knowledge and the joy it brings.
Another exciting addition this year is our new Technology Center that houses computers, 3D printers, a large laminator and other resources for students and teachers. This center, located in the center of our campus, provides greater access to equipment and resources to students and teachers alike. This space will provide an area for technology classes to be held, as well as housing a workshop for building and making.
As always, we are about to kick off our yearlong theme that will culminate in our Social Studies Fair this spring. This year’s theme is Art, Architecture, and Archeology. This will be an exciting theme as we delve into important facets of culture, design and artistic representations of human life across the world and through time.
We are eager for our students to explore all of the things that every classroom and program will offer, while giving them the opportunity to apply their knowledge in meaningful ways. We invite parents, friends, and community members to come and learn the wonderful things that are going on at Hudson Montessori School.
Gina Reeves, Director
International Peace Day
Our students joined hearts and celebrated Peace Day by the elementary students serenading each toddler, bridge-primary, and primary classrooms with the song, “Light a Candle for Peace.” The older students presented each younger students with a handmade origami Peace Crane as a symbol of peace and friendship.
September 21, was the actual day sanctioned by the United Nation to observe Peace Day. Also known as World Peace Day, Resolution 36/37 was passed and the General Assembly declared this day “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” This year is particularly significant: It is the 20th anniversary of the UN Resolution on the Programme of Action on the culture of Peace. This year’s theme is Climate. This year’s #peaceday theme draws attention to the importance of combating climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world.
Maria Montessori was a Leader in World Peace, and though many are familiar with her philosophy and methods, she was also known to be one of the most influential leaders and advocate of world peace. We celebrate her vision that through education, “the Montessori child learns to be a peaceful child. He then becomes a peacemaker as an adult.”
Pond Ecology and GeoCache
It was the perfect day to study Pond Ecology! Our Lower Elementary students observed various species found in a pond habitat! Using their dip nets, they caught some Killifish, Silverback side, shrimp and lots of invertebrates, such as the Water Beetle and Monarch Butterflies to name a few! They even observed a Blue Heron catch its lunch! We’re excited to continue our longitudinal study of the Hudson River this year. We will collect data from our beloved estuary home on October 22 as we look at the physical, chemical, and biological attributes of the river! https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/47285.html
Using handheld GPS (global positioning system) units, Upper Elementary students went on a virtual treasure hunt and discovered the richness and beauty of the Hudson River Estuary. Students learned about invasive species of the estuary, its vast resources, and its history. Here’s a fun fact they learned: The name “Communipaw” means “landing place on the side of river” given by the Lenape Indians.
A Case Study by Littlebits
We are honored to be recently featured at a littleBits blogs! Check out the most recent article published about our STEAM program!
Click on the link: https://littlebits.com/blogs/all/making-real-world-connections-in-steam
Parent Education Night
Ms. Susan and Ms. Caridad facilitated our first Education Night for our HMS community. Over 30 people attended the evening event in our 50 Regent Multipurpose Room to hear about Maria Montessori’s philosophy and educational theory. We will be hosting future parent education nights in the upcoming months. Upcoming Parent Education Night Dates:
Language – October 9 @ 6:30 PM
Practical Life and Sensorial – October 30 @ 6:30 PM