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Head's Corner January 2, 2018

Dear Summit Families and Friends,

Welcome back!  We trust that the Winter Break was relaxing and restorative for you and your family. Many parents commented this morning that getting back into routines was a relief, but also that the break was highly enjoyable. One comment that I have heard frequently today from both staff members and parents alike was that they appreciated the opportunity to “unplug” and relax with family.  As we stack our “to do” piles ever higher with projects and deadlines, we tend to push aside the very real need to unwind, “unplug”, and just be. Personally, I had an excellent amount of family time, read two novels (unheard of), caught up on many things, and reacquainted myself with the art of just being through attending a yoga retreat. So restorative!

The children are excited to be back. They are settling into familiar routines with ease and pleasure. Observing the Children’s House children move into their work cycle and delight in connecting with familiar friends and materials was a particular pleasure this morning. The children are happy to see each other and eager to learn. Perfect!

January is a very busy and productive portion of the children’s learning cycle each school year.  With the year solidly under way, routines well established, and engagement at a high level, January is a peak time for teachers to move children forward into new challenges and to deepen the work cycle that has already been established. January, being the mid-point of the year, is also an important time for teachers to assess student progress and to report that progress to you.

Teachers are now in the process of writing and editing first semester progress reports with the goal of mailing and emailing them to you by no later than February 2. This will give you time to review and process the content of the reports prior to our next set of Parent-Teacher Conferences, to be held on Thursday, February 8 and Friday, February 9.  We trust that this will be a meaningful process for you, one that brings you much closer to understanding your child’s development in all domains and gives you the opportunity to discuss progress toward goals set at the year’s beginning.  If there are areas of concern, we are here to address them and to help.

January is a busy month for us in other ways. This Saturday, January 6, thirteen Summit faculty and staff members will attend the annual Montessori Schools of MA conference to be held at Dean College in Franklin. We anticipate the participation of over 500 Montessori educators from all parts of the state and other New England states.  What a great opportunity to learn, share, and engage with other Montessorians!  We are proud to have such a strong representation from Summit at this important annual event.  

As a reminder (see article below) next Wednesday, January 10 from 6:30-8 pm we will host a “Next Schools” presentation at Summit during which Admissions Directors from area independent schools and parents of Summit alums will share their perspectives on the long view of Montessori education and how our grads fare when they are “out there” in the larger world. Please RSVP here!! to join us for this informative meeting and to sign up for free child care! We encourage you to attend regardless of your child’s age.

Also, Summit’s Board of Trustees will host a “Meet the Board/State of the School” evening on Thursday, January 18 from 6:30-8:15 pm (see article below). Please join us to meet your Summit Board of Trustees, learn about what they do, and participate in meaningful conversation regarding the future of Summit Montessori!

As always, we have a great deal planned for the winter months at Summit. We hope to see you in our classrooms and at parent events; it is always our privilege to work closely with you in the best interests of your child.

Warm regards,

Martha Torrence
Head of School