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New Parent Orientation

A new parent orientation is conducted before Labor Day each year.
This meeting is held for parents that are new to our school and
will give them an overview of the functioning of the school
and the daily class cycle. It is an adult only function.

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Recommended Reading

Bennett, William J. (1995). The Children's Book of Virtues Simon & Schuster.
The stories have been chosen especially for a young audience to help parents introduce to their children the essentials of good character: Courage, Perseverance, Responsibility, Work, Self-discipline, Compassion, Faith, Honesty, Loyalty, and Friendship.

Tough, Paul. (2012). How Children Succeed: Grit,Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control.

Montessori, Maria. (1949). The Absorbent Mind. Madras,
India: Theosophical Publishing House. Order Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition through NAMTA. U.S.
edition can be ordered online through
Discusses the development of infants and young children from birth to three years. Gives a clear explanation of the basis of Montessori theory and method.

Standing, E. M. (1957). Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work. London: Hollis and Carter. Order through NAMTA.
Covers Maria Montessori's life, how she developed Montessori education, its theoretical basis, and the worldwide growth of the Montessori movement.

Lillard, Paula P. (1996). Montessori Today. New York: Random House. Order through NAMTA or from your local
bookstore. ISBN 0-8052-1061-X, 207 pages, bibliography, index.
Describes Montessori theory and contemporary American Montessori schools serving ages ranging from birth to adulthood.

Lillard, Paula P.; Jessen, Lynn L. (2003). Montessori from the Start. New York: Schocken. Order through NAMTA or from your
local bookstore. ISBN 0805211128. 304 pages.
What parents can do to help their youngest children in the process of self-formation.

Lillard, Angeline Stoll (1997). Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius. Oxford New York: University Press.
Order through Amazon or from your local bookstore.
ISBN 978-0-19-536936-6
An analysis of students' academic and social scores compares a Montessori school with other elementary school education programs.

Deak, JoAnn Ph.D. (2010). Your Fantastic, Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It. Little Pickle Press. This innovative and timely picture book teaches children that they have the ability to stretch and grow their own brains.

Bain, Ken. (July 13, 2012). Flummoxed by Failure—or Focused?

Tough, Paul. (September 7, 2012). Opting Out of the Rug Rat Race

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MCSH feels strongly about collaborating with parents to
support the young child’s growth. Touching base with the
head teachers in person or by phone is always welcome
throughout the year. There is one formal conference held in
January with the primary teacher and an additional conference
held before graduation for extended day students with the
extended day teacher.

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School Closings

School delays and closings are rare at MCSH. In the case
of extreme weather we will be listed with KDKA’s
school delay/closings.

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