MSR NEWSLETTER

June 2019: WELCOME TO 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR

Posted by lpost on 2019-06-08 13:14:21


We want to welcome our new and returning students and families to Montessori School of Ruston for the 2019-2020 school year. I hope you will find Montessori School of Ruston to be a community of families who share a common vision of children as stewards of hope for the future. Our staff is ready to engage your child in learning experiences that will inspire joy, wonder, and a sense of purpose in each of them. 

As we enter our 34th year of Montessori education in Ruston, Louisiana, we give thanks for the many ways our school is growing and improving. MSR’s scope of programs for students in kindergarten thru eighth grade is expanding to include formal instruction in music, outdoor education, and coding in addition to P.E., Spanish and art. Five MSR staff members are beginning their Montessori certification this summer and two more are completing their certification and returning to share their knowledge and passion for the child with our school. Our entire faculty continues to deepen their knowledge through professional development opportunities and collaboration with one another. And of course, we are all learning from our students every day.

Our school is happy to welcome some new staff members and some returning staff members to new positions. Dr. Amanda Walker will be using her Doctorate of Curriculum and Instruction and passion for Montessori education to serve our school in her new role as Instructional Coordinator. Mrs. Amanda Serio will be nurturing your child's sense of wonder in the Outdoor Classroom as our Outdoor Education Specialist. Mrs. Hannah Buxton is joining Mrs. Katie Guinn and will be using her degrees in Secondary Literature and Library Science to engage our Middle School students conversations about literature, the power of words, and writing. Finally I am certain many of you have already noticed Mrs. Angie Biscomb being in the office more than usual. Mrs. Angie, our 2018-2019 MAPS chair, previous board member, and supportive parent, has stepped on board as our business office coordinator. Please be patient with us as we use the summer to get everyone established in their new roles. I, along with the rest of our staff, are confident in the abilities, skill sets and dedication these wonderful ladies will bring to our school.   

We will be contacting you regarding your child's enrollment information to ensure we have all the information needed in place and correct. Class rosters are being finalized and your child's teacher will be contacting you no later than June 30th to notify you of supplies, important dates, classroom procedures, and if requested a time to meet and see the classroom. Please use the calendar to keep updated on events and dates. We make every effort to keep the calendar updated on our website. If you see we've missed something please call! 

I cannot stress the gratitude we have for our students…your child…each amazingly unique and gifted in their own way. They are the reason we are here and it is a cornerstone of the MSR experience for our school to function as a community where staff, board members and parents work together as partners to serve the child. We look forward to building relationships with each of you this year and are excited about the work we will do together! Thank you for being a part of our beautiful school and allowing us to serve you.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Lisa Post


2018-19 School Year!

Posted by lpost on 2018-07-17 08:56:23


June 2018

Dear Parents,

We are looking forward to a wonderful 2018-19 school year!  This letter includes important information regarding registration. We ask that you read through it thoroughly and contact us with any questions.  Please complete all registration forms and return to the school by Monday June 25, 2018.

Forms may be completed and returned the school in person, by postal mail or email.

If mailing forms, please address to:
Angela Meeds
700 Woodward Ave
Ruston, LA 71270

If emailing forms, please send to:
SchoolofficeMSR@gmail.com

TUITION PAYMENTS AND OPTIONAL SERVICES

  • Tuition is payable in 10 monthly installments (July through April).  Please find and complete the ACH form to set up ten automatic, monthly payments from your checking account.  Payments will be deducted on the 1st of each month – July through April.
  • Tuition is payable in full by July 1, 2018.  Families paying the annual tuition in full by this date will receive a 5% discount.
  • Please see the Tuition and Fee Schedule sheet for details regarding prepayments and sibling discounts.
  • A supply fee of $275 is due by September 1, 2018 and can be paid at any time between now and then.  Many parents opt to send a post dated check with their registration forms to cover this fee.
  • Extended care is available every morning from 7:30am and every afternoon until 5:30 pm.  Please see the Extended Care options and fees form for payment options and fee details.

MAPS FEE
Our school’s parent teacher group, MAPS (Montessori Active Parents and Staff) charges a family fee of $25 due by July 1, 2018.  This fee covers membership and provides every student with a water bottle for use at school as well as a family subscription to Tomorrow’s Child Magazine.  Each issue is filled with articles that address the questions parents most often ask about Montessori schools and Montessori in the home.

HEALTH RECORDS
NEW STUDENTS must have a health appraisal form completed.  We are required to have updated immunizations records for all students prior to August 15, 2018.

CHILD INFORMATION FORM, PAYMENT CONDITION FORM, RELEASE OF LIABILITY FORM, AND HELATH FORMS MUST BE TURNED IN.  In case of an emergency or urgent notice, it is important that we can quickly reach you.  Please keep your child’s information sheet updated throughout the year with any phone, address, email changes, or persons authorized to pick up your child.  We will not release your child to anyone other than those listed on your child’s info form (unless special arrangements have been made through the school office).

PARENT –TEACHER WORK DAY
Help us out by marking your calendar for Parent-Teacher Work Days that are set for Saturday, August 4 and Saturday, August 11.  Our work day on August 4 will occur in conjunction with our Back to School Rummage Sale to be held at the country club, and parents may work at the school or assist with the Rummage Sale.  We will begin around 8am.  Parents who are unable to attend either workday are charged a $75 contribution fee which helps cover the cost of supplies needed repairs and maintenance.  Our community looks forward to these days together preparing our school for the upcoming year.  It is a great time to reconnect and meet new friends.  Please leave "little helpers" at home for this event.

CALENDAR
A copy of the 2018-19 school calendar is available.  It is also available here.  Our school follows the Lincoln Parish School Board for any weather related closings.

PARENT HANDBOOK
An updated digital copy of Montessori School Parent Handbook will be emailed to all parents.  Please read the handbook carefully.

PERMISSION TO POST PHOTOGRAPHY
We often post pictures of our students on our website, Facebook page, Instagram and on promotional materials.  Please complete and return the form giving us permission to use photographs of your child for these purposes.


If you have questions regarding any of the forms or information in this newsletter post, please contact us by phone at 318.251.1590 or email schoolofficeMSR@gmail.com.  We will return your call or email you as soon as possible.

We look forward to working with you and your child in the 2018-19 school year!

Sincerely,
Dr. Lisa Post


Please note, the deadline for returning registration information is June 25, 2018 and should include the following:

  1. Official banking form for tuition withdrawals (ACH form). 
  2. Extended care sign-up 
  3. Health Form (Immunization records or updates with the State Seal)
  4. Child Information Form (for EACH child enrolled at MSR)
  5. Liability Release form
  6. Time and Talent Survey
  7. Parent Service Hour Contribution form
  8. Permission to use photography form
  9. Copy of Social Security Card (NEW Elementary Students ONLY)