The Montessori School of Northampton
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A New Member of Our Community!
Congratulations to Aurelia Smith in Children’s House 3 and her family, Elyse and Phil, as they welcome baby Orion to their family.
Welcome Back Esther!
Esther Harris began her phase-in yesterday as she spent an hour in Little Children’s House. She will be in Children’s House 2 tomorrow during lunch time and will continue this phase-in  for first few weeks after vacation.  As we walked down the hall to Little Children’s House we were greeted by Desmond, and Layla who said with glee, “It’s Esther!”  It is so nice to have her back!
Come Play in the Snow-Saturday, February 14th, 1-3pm
MSN’s land across the street
This is Paul (dad of Arianna, LE 1), and I don’t know about you but I love it when my kids and your kids are all in a place and playing.  They have fun. I have fun chatting with other awesome grownups. Life is good! If that sounds like fun for you, please Join Arianna and I as we build some giant snowpeople and snow creatures on Saturday, February 14th from 1-3 pm.  We will be on the school’s land across the street (think location of Peace Day celebration/field for elementary gym).
See you there!
Montessori Week 2015
The week of February 22nd begins Montessori Week around the world!  We will be kicking it off on Tuesday, February 24th with a math workshop by our own Johanna Greenough.  The workshop begins at 5:15 pm, includes childcare and pizza.  Please take a moment and sign up for this educational event.
Survival Center Donations
Thank you for your wonderful donations!
Middle School Exploration Session
Notes from the Meeting held Friday January 30th are available here. The meeting was led by Susan Swift and Elizabeth Dunaway with Deb Thompson, Jennifer Meltzer and Laura Frogameni. Twenty two people were in the audience.  We covered topics such as the timeline for creating the program, why Montessori for teens and shared reports from schools members of the Board have visited.  Check out these You Tube videos to see Montessori middle school programs in action:
MSN Gala Meeting
Join Becky Bennett, Gala Chair, and Kelly Minton, Director of Development, this Sunday February 15th at 6:00 p.m. at MSN in LE2. They will be hosting a meeting to talk about the Roaring ’20s Gala scheduled for May 7th, 2015. We invite anyone who wishes to volunteer to join us on Sunday. This event, now in its 16th year raises funds to support our scholarship program. There are many volunteer opportunities, both large and small, with a focus on the following areas:
  • Planning
  • Promoting and marketing
  • Night-of set up and clean up
  • Collecting and organizing donations for the silent auction
Food and refreshments will be served.  Please direct RSVPs (by the end of the day 2/13) and/or questions to Becky Bennett at (413) 320-0135. You may call/text or send an email to
Financial Aid
Financial aid applications are due to School & Student Services by Sunday, February 15th, for first round consideration.

School Vacation
The school will be closed Tuesday, February 17, through Friday, February 20, for winter break. We will be offering childcare during vacation. Registration and payment were due by Friday, February 6th.  Please note that we will not be serving pizza during vacation mini-session.

Curriculum Day School Closure
We will be closed on Monday, February 23, for a curriculum day. The school will reopen on Tuesday, February 24th.
Death in the Family
As some of you are aware, July Siebecker’s (Canyon, LE2) father died last week.  I know you join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to July, Michael, Canyon and Toren.  If you would like to help the family, please email me at
Upper Elementary Variety Show-March 12th 2-3pm,
Upper Elementary Classroom. Save the Date!
Come early for pick up on Thursday, March 12th, and join families and friends of our Upper Elementary students as they put a variety show!  So much talent, we look forward to their show.