We had a wonderful first phase in day with some of our 2019-2020 MSR students. We can't wait to meet the rest of our new and returning students in the morning! If you haven't had a chance to read up on some of our new staff in my emails this summer please read about them here. Please remember tomorrow Friday August 16th is a half day! Students will need to be picked up at 11:30am.
New staff include Mrs. Randi Boone as school secretary, Mrs. Angie Biscomb as Business Office Coordinator, Mrs. Amy Crittendon as music specialist, and Mrs. Hannah Buxton as Middle School Language Instructor. Returning staff moving to new positions include Mrs. Amanda Serio as Outdoor Education Specialist, Mrs. Amanda Walker as Instructional Coordinator, Mrs. Naomi Chaput as After Care Coordinator, and Mrs. Rachael Lary as Lower Elementary Guide and Mrs. Monique Gourd as Lower Elementary Guide.
I also want to recognize all of our staff who started or completed Montessori certification this summer. Montessori training at any level is a great work and requires much time and commitment. Please congratulate Mrs. Erin Morrow (Infant/Toddler) and Mrs. Morgan Fuller (Primary 3-6 year old) for completing their Montessori Certifications. Mrs. Amanda Walker (administrator), Mrs. Rachael Lary (Elementary I), Mrs. Monique Gourd (Elementary I/II), Ms. Kelcie Valentine (Infant/Toddler) and Mrs. Savannah Blake (Primary 3-6 year old) have all started their training and will be completing their training requirements throughout this school year and summer 2020. MSR is proud of and thankful for all of these faculty members and their dedication to Montessori education!
Please review MSR’s 2019-2020 Academic Calendar at a glance and keep for your scheduling purposes. A more detailed calendar is also available digitally on the school’s website at rustonmontessori.org. (It's accessed via the link on the top left corner of the homepage). Important upcoming dates include Back to School Potluck this Friday August 16th at 6pm at Lincoln Parish Park, Pavillion L4, MSR's first full day of school on Monday August 19th, Toddler Parent Meeting Saturday August 24th from 10am to 11am, Primary Parent Meeting Monday August 25th from 6pm to 7:30pm and Elementary/Middle School parent meeting Thursday August 29th from 6pm to 7:30pm.
ENROLL YOUR CHILD IN EXTENDED CARE IF YOU PLAN ON THEM COMING EARLY OR STAYING LATE!!
MSR offers extended care programs to all students. We will be staffing these programs according to the number of children enrolled. We offer drop-in care ONLY when we can accommodate appropriately with staff. Please review the included information regarding extended care and complete the online form to enroll your child if you plan to utilize this program. Our school lunch program will begin following Labor Day in September.
ARRIVAL, PICK UP AND PARKING
Elementary and Middle School: Morning and afternoon car line are available. Morning car line is 7:50am to 8:05am. Afternoon car line is 3:00pm to 3:10pm.
Primary and Toddler: Please park and walk your child into school in the morning. Please park and walk into school to pick up your child in the afternoon.
Morning drop off is 8:15am to 8:30am. Afternoon pickup is 2:15pm to 2:30pm.
Half Day: Toddler pick up is 11:20 to 11:30am. Primary pick up is 11:30 to 11:40am.
PLEASE ADHERE TO DROP OFF AND PICK UP TIMES. THEY ARE SET IN ORDER TO ALLOW FOR MAXIMUM PARKING AND TO ALLEVIATE CONGESTION DURING CAR LINE.
I am extremely grateful for the outpouring of help from our parents over the last two weeks. We had an extremely large number of volunteers on both parent work days help with getting the school spruced up. We also had parents continue to come to the school and volunteer time late into the night helping us finish up the last remaining projects to get the school completely ready for the students!
Also, I again want to thank each of you for choosing Montessori and specifically Montessori School of Ruston. Montessori education is beautiful, purposeful and as one staff member says, “the education children deserve.” Thank you for prioritizing your child and their development – and for allowing our staff at MSR to serve you and your child this year. I look forward to seeing everyone soon and remain hopeful for the year ahead!