What’s Happening Right Now…

Cookies are piling up on the credenza. The students are so proud of their culinary creations and are excited to share with Fire Station One and at the Winter Festival tomorrow at 5:00 at the main building. For parents still feeling social, PAC will be holding a parent social at Union Market after the winter Festival from 6ish- a little before 8ish. Childcare is available for $5.00 an hour (per child) at the main building but spaces are limited. Please contact front desk if you would like to sign up for childcare.

Amanda’s Primary: A PIII student helps a second year student use the moveable alphabet to compose a sentence about their art. One child tries the geta (a wooden flip flop from Japan) ad practices walking around the classroom as quietly as possible. This is quite a challenge with wooden shoes on a wooden floor.

Toddler:  A child delicately places their jacket on the floor and the sleeves are carefully positioned.  The child places their hands in the arm holes and flips the jacket over their head.   Upside down!  The child takes the jacket off and goes through the same process of laying it out on the floor for a second time.   This time after the flip, the hood stays on their head so the child knows this attempt was successful.   The child joins the line to head out the door for playtime in the brisk morning air.=

Upper Elementary and Middle School: Students are gathered around a hundred cans of donated food. They build a data sheet together by identifying calories per ounce, nutritional content,  weight, and expiration dates. The data leads to much discussion. A student researches the history of tin cans and minimum number of daily calories for a child in school. All food is then loaded into the decorated school van. They’ve coined “Put the can in the van!” slogan for the food drive to help Central Virginia Food Bank. https://feedmore.org/

Infant: An infant sits on the floor with a wooden box in their lap.   The child opens the drawer and discovers a soft purple ball inside.  The drawer is closed and the ball disappears.  It opens again and the ball reappears.   Or was it there the whole time?  Another infant toddles across the room towards the mirror on the wall.  The child uses the mirror to check themselves out while practicing their newest skill….Fish face

Venessa’s Primary: A PIII student has returned from Kindergarten time and is assisting a younger friend with rolling their blanket. Another student is exploring with nesting dolls (Matryoshka) from Russia finding the largest and the smallest. A small group gathers around the table to finish their snowmen for the Winter Festival this Friday!


Lower Elementary: Students gather around the bus stop on 19th and Broad Street patiently waiting to hold their signs on the way to the Library of Virginia. Passengers read their signs “Thank you Rosa Parks” and “The mother of Civil Rights”. A student responds to the museum exhibit. “We would not all be together if there was not emancipation”.

Calendar Update: (Please check Central’s website for a downloadable 2015-2016 calendar) http://centralmontessori.com/calendar/

December 11 Winter Celebration and Sing-a-Long. Perfect for children three years and older but everyone is welcome. We sing seasonal songs, enjoy student performances,  eat and drink delicious seasonal recipes  our families have baked (or bought) and a warm heart. More information will be sent out closer to the event.

December 11 Parent Social at Union Market 6-8 pm  This is PAC organized social event for our parents at Central. Join us at Union Market after the Winter Festival and share some light snacks and some seasonal beverages. It’s a great opportunity to meet or catch up with the Central community. Child care can be available for $5.00 an hour at the school. Spaces are limited so please sign up for childcare at the Front Desk.

December 21- January 1 Winter break School is closed (except to Winter Package families)

***If you are signed up for Winter Package the days open are: Dec. 21, 22, 28, 29, 30 & 31****

January 1 New Year’s Day: School is closed to all

January 18th Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Volunteerism School is closed. Get out and volunteer!

Janary 29-30 Silent Journey- This is recommended for new parents and beneficial for all parents.  Teachers and parents come together to receive an 8 hour comprehensive overview of a Montessori program from the child’s perspective.  This is a “must see” for all parents who truly desire to know and understand the intricacies that make Montessori a much sought after educational experience for children from toddler-hood through elementary.  Reservations required.

January is a conference month.




Your article motivates me to organize my own class schedule. Thanks for sharing! I am looking forward to comprehensive over viewing of a Montessori program from the child’s perspective.

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