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Our HistoryCommunity School was founded in 1991 by three montessori teachers, who wanted to establish a school in a home style environment. In this prepared environment as in the classroom, they wanted teachers/staff and children to be nurtured and have a love for learning together.
The house/school building has lots of natural light from large windows and a spacious backyard where students can experience nature and ample area for playground equipment. We are able to enjoy the outdoors during playtime and also enjoy eating lunches outdoors.
To quote one of our former 9 yr. old students,
"I leave my home, my parents drive me to school. And when I walk into the kitchen at Community School I know I'm home again."
The Mission of Community SchoolEach school has its own personality. We at Community School want ours to be dynamic, evolving entity that reflects the hearts and minds of all of us. Our evolution is based on believing in and living our commitments:
ProgramsCommunity School is a Montessori environment. We have a Primary class with 3-6 year old students and an Elementary class with 6-9 year old students. This multi-age classroom setting creates a family setting for younger and older child to interact. We currently offer a group music class once a week. Spanish class is offered twice a week with songs, typical vocabulary, Spanish literature, and dialoging.
This Montessori environment consists of five areas:
EventsThroughout the whole year we have activities for parents and students.
The school year starts with a swimming party for new and returning students and their parents.
Open house is a time for parents to visit the school in the evening to meet the teachers and for students to show their school work to their families.
Lunch with grandparents is an occasion for grandparents to visit the school and have a meal with in the shady backyard.
Butterfly Parade is an annual Halloween celebration. The tradition Community School has is the primary classes make butterfly wings to parade in around the play ground. The elementary make masks to join in the parade. Volunteers help to decorate the jungle gym as a bat cave, make a fruit salad with jello, make punch and serve food and eat with us and enjoy the parade. Everyone is welcome for all or part of the party.
Stone Soup- Each year around Thanksgiving we have our annual Stone Soup Celebration. Students bring ingredients for the soup and read the book Stone Soup. Afterwards all are invited to enjoy the meal and give thanks.
St. Jude's Trike-A-Thon- Each year we participate in the St. Jude's Trike-A-Thon to help raise money for the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Student's will gather family and friend sponsors to help raise money for this event. It is an all week event where they learn about bike safety and student's celebrate at the end of the week by bringing their bikes to school to ride. It is a wonderful way to teach children about giving back to the community.
Easter Egg Hunt- Around Easter we have an Easter Egg Hunt in the backyard. The elementary kids hide eggs for the primary kids to find and the primary kids hide eggs for the elementary kids to find. It's always fun for the kids and they get to keep what they find!
Elementary Graduation and Sleepover- At the end of the school year, the third years or other elementary students leaving to go to new schools have a graduation ceremony where they can give a speech and celebrate the next step in their journey. After the ceremony all elementary students are invited to stay for the sleep over where they get to eat, have fun, and even perform in the talent show.
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