From our Head of School
Dear Parents of DCS Montessori,
As we close another great year at DCS Montessori on a beautiful day in Colorado, I want to express my deepest thanks for all of our collaborative efforts to provide our students with an excellent Montessori educational school year. I am honored to continue as Head of School at DCS Montessori where it is the community of our teachers, staff and you, the parents, who come together to make this experience happen for our students. I know the smiles, tears, laughter and burning internal light of contentment and satisfaction we see on your children’s faces is why all of our staff come together to do this Great Work, and why when thanked – our staff feels equal thanks – for you sharing your amazing children with us.
This year at DCS Montessori, where the time just flies (because we are having fun!) there is much to reflect upon…from our 6th Grade Outdoor Ed at YMCA in Estes or the Middle School Fall Retreat at Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA, OR Amazing MEF Events like the Fall Festival, hugely successful FUN RUN or the MEF dinner’s out at Freddy’s or Panera or the Ice Cream Social at Cold Stone, where the MEF funded Brand New Primary Playgrounds AND the completion of the Middle School Greenhouse!! OR our Library’s amazing Bookaneer Book Fair adding hundreds of new titles to our school, OR our Middle School students serving up Breakfast at Applebee’s to the many Community Lunches our MS students prepared for one another, to great Parent Education opportunities like the DCSM Book Club (Thank you Shanan Sailsbury and Amy Goodrich), or our monthly Cougar Coffees (thanks Amy Goodrich and Kelly Martin!!), and our 5th Annual DCSM University (thanks to all our participating Staff Members) where we grow in our own Montessori journey, to GREAT student presentations/projects at Lower El Interest Fair, at Upper El Mystery History, at Middle School’s National History Day and Ms. Nicole’s STEM Science lessons, at Ms. Ryoko’s International Tea Party, or the Upper El CSI Fair, or the Middle School’s Blue Origin Rocket project taking DCS Montessori to SPACE, to great After School Programs like Yoga, Robotics, Pottery, Lego’s (Bricks for Kids), Self-Defense, Keyboarding and many more including our AWESOME Dance Team (who rocked a great performance to close out the year too!), to wonderful Music performances like the 2nd grade “Day the Crayons Quit”, 5th grade concert “From the Mind of a Child”, to the Colorado Children’s Chorale performing at an assembly, and closing out the year with our Kindergartener’s belting out “This little light o” mine”, to great field trips including the Puppet Theatre for Kindies, Lower El to the Botanic Gardens, Young Ameritowne, and Upper El statistics math at the Sky Sox, and Girl’s STEM Conference for Middle School, to awesome assemblies including Amazing Animals assembly for animal rescues, “Power of One” Anti-bullying assembly, DC Libraries Page-to-Stage Alice in Wonderland, Cartoonist “Want to be a Superhero” Anti-bullying assembly, Rm. 8’s Theatrical Alice in Wonderland performance (Thanks Dr. Ahmed Koheil!!), and Spellbinder story visits, to DCSM students enjoying the thrill of competition in Middle School Cross Country, Basketball and Ultimate Frisbee, Upper El Debate tackling the great questions of our times, AND our Battle of the Books teams bringing home another Trophy-topped season, to the great service learning opportunities including the Library Coat Drive, the book fair book donations, to Middle School service work at CALF, to service and learning our 7th graders participated in at Crow Canyon and our 8th graders completed in our first international school travel in Ecuador, to the many celebrations like Upper El’s Stone Soup, Groove Auto Grant Awards Ceremony for Middle School Greenhouse, Library Parties for our great student year of reading accomplishments, and the Apple Awards recognizing DCSM Staff for their hard work, to the celebration of DCSM’s 20th Anniversary – including Montessori-styled student-led historical tours, and a great Alumni get together at Vitality Bowls – IT WAS AN AMAZING YEAR AT DCS MONTESSORI!
Special thanks to volunteers who made reading and spelling happen throughout the school!! Thanks to our awesome School Accountability Committee (SAC) members who help set our annual improvement goals, our Montessori Education Foundation (MEF) who continues fundraising efforts (New Elementary playground next on their list!!), and all our fantastic Library volunteers who give Ms. Holly the lift she needs to make our Library second to none!!
Thank you to all the families that voted in our Board of Directors Election. We’d like to congratulate and welcome our new Directors – Katie Dunker, Faisal Salahuddin, Jessica Wood and Jason Dozois. We look forward to their contributions over their two-year term!
We know at DCSM, it is the synergy of our great Staff, great students, with help from our great parents (YOU!) that makes our Montessori school, second to none!
Have a wonderful summer, and see you in Fall!!
DCS Montessori, Head of School
“Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.” – Dr. Montessori