Since the last week of March, Virtual Montclare has been in full swing offering daily zoom classes and bi-weekly zoom classes with our specialists. Our teachers are providing both synchronous and asynchronous learning for our students through instructional videos, daily emails, and a learning resource library!
Not only have our teachers been connecting with their students, but parent-teacher conferences were also conducted via zoom. We’ve had a number of community events including a zoom concert and our annual Town Hall, with an upcoming virtual workshop on Coping with Anxiety While We Parent, Teach and Work from Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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We were priviledged and honored to have Montclare Mom and Full Bloom Project co-founder, Zoe Bisbing, talk to us about her meaningful work at our last Professional Development Day. The Full Bloom Project is a research-informed body-positive parenting resource “designed by parents, for parents.” Their mission “is to teach parents how to transform their home environment into a place where children can naturally boost immunity to our appearance-obsessed culture, so they can channel their precious resources towards more meaningful purposes; in other words, “fully bloom.”
Zoe’s Full Bloom workshop provoked deep conversations about preconceptions and deeply-rooted habits that help reinforce poor body image in children and in ourselves. Conversations that will continue well into the future. Please visit their website to learn more about “body positive parenting.” They have an informative PODCAST as well featuring excellent guests and topics.
Each new school year is an opportunity for growth! Montclare Director, Cathy Makropoulos, attended a meaningful leadership summit last summer where she learned about the United Nation’s 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to transform our world:
We were all inspired, and as a school, we have stopped ordering plastic cups and bowls and beginning this month, all students are bringing reusable water bottles to school. Our Montclare Parents Association has a textile collection bin in our lobby; the contents of which are brought weekly on Fridays to our local Green Market and donated to GrowNYC! One of our parents created this adorable marker recycling bin in our lobby! Crayola’s ColorCycle initiative recyles any markers (even dry-erase and highlighters).
We will continue to seek new ways of supporting a more sustainable, inclusive world, while educating our students and ourselves about our global responsibility.
More to come!
Montclare Director, Cathy Makropoulos, was invited by Bright Start Foundation to be a Vice Chair on the Advisory Council, as well as present a workshop at their 1st Bright Start Conference whose focus is primarily on the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA region) in Abu Dhabi in November.
The Foundation’s objective is to “Improve Health Care and Well-Being for Infants and Children in identified Geographical areas and with special focus on the First Five Years of life.”
The 1st Bright Start Conference for the MENA region marked an important milestone towards introducing best practices on Early Childhood Development and equipping participants with practical strategies and tools to enhance their knowledge and skills in order to:
*Deliver the best developmentally sensitive, evidence-based education, stimulating children’s cognitive, emotional, social and physical development
*Support & empower parents to give their children the best possible start in life.
During Cathy’s time at the conference she participated in an Early Leadership Forum on Parental Engagement and Involvement Strategies, and conducted a workshop ‘Establishing an All-inclusive Program’ that focused on harmonized, meaningful and holistic approaches to at-risk children ages 2-5. The session outlined clear steps so that administrators can implement effective intervention processes in their schools through effective leadership and practice.
This gave the attendees an opportunity to reflect on and define their own leadership identity and journey while providing Cathy with an opportunity to showcase Montclare Children’s School and the wonderful work we do.
We are delighted to share that the Middle States Association (MSA) has granted us an accreditation for seven years, with a mid-term review report due in the third year of accreditation! This has been an intensive, multi-year process for our school and it involved each and every member of our staff and members of our parent community.
The Designing Our Future protocol provides an accreditation option for schools that can demonstrate: (In addition to meeting the 12 standards)
This MSA accreditation process served as an authentic professional development experience, and having been granted accreditation for seven years is a validation of our community’s hard work!
Sasha Wilson, Associate Director, and Jenny Bruce, Communications Director, presented a workshop on Design Thinking and Innovation in the Early Childhood Classroom in Scarsdale at the WAEYC Fall Early Childhood Conference, Scarsdale, NY! With a focus on creative problem solving and Design Thinking, there was a lot of inspiration and community in the room – Some amazing teamwork! 🌟 The participants had fun and so did the presenters. This is Sasha and Jenny’s 3rd Workshop Presentation. Previously, they presented at NYSAIS TWC (Teaching With Technology) Conference, April 2019 and FETC, Orlando, January 2019!