“Education is a natural process carried out by the child
and is not acquired by listening to words
but by experiences in the environment.”
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, appreciation and gratitude have been hot topics of discussion amongst the elementary students. Since the Pink Tower Campaign is in full swing as well, the children have also been discussing the meaning of philanthropy and how they can give and volunteer throughout the CMS community. Students have been writing thank you notes to express their appreciation for parent volunteers and for the amazing gifts of performing arts experiences. Many have volunteered to be reading buddies with younger children, spent time and played games with residents at a local retirement community, and some students have even helped in the nap room with soothing Primary children to sleep.
Thanks to the continued philanthropic support of our families, faculty, staff, board, and children, our CMS community has many reasons to be grateful. Our contributions to the PTC have enriched student experiences and have enhanced our campus environments. Here are some excerpts from some appreciative elementary students:
“I am happy the tennis court does not have any more cracks.”
(Nathan, 3rd Year Elementary Student)
With funds from the PTC, we were able to repave the tennis court this year and add a basketball court. Now the students have an updated, smooth, safe space to practice and play.
“The performance inspired me to learn about acting and how they memorized all of those lines. I think acting is great! I thank the family that let us go to the lovely show.”
(André, 3rd Year Elementary Student)
Thanks to a philanthropic donation of a performing arts experience, Elementary, Adolescent, and non-napping Primary children were all able to see a performance of The Little Mermaid at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, as well as a variety of other performances including dance, music, the Symphony, etc.
“I am very glad about the Pink Tower Campaign because improvements are made, and we see many things happen. For example, we now have a CMS van! Philanthropy is important because the people who participate in helping our school are giving their money to a good cause. When you are giving your money to CMS, your money will be used for something really good. For example, in 2008 the Pink Tower Campaign raised enough money to get a gymnasium for our school!”
(Aleena, 3rd Year Elementary Student)
Elementary students feel a great sense of pride when contributing to their community. The more they give and serve, the closer they feel to their environment and the more love and care they exude in their work. Next week, they will be participating in a charity bake sale on Grandparents’ Day. The sixth graders are organizing and executing the sale, but all elementary children are welcome to contribute by baking and donating items to be sold. All proceeds will benefit a charity of the students’ choice. We look forward to seeing you all there!
As a teacher, I am very thankful for the wonderful gift of working with your children each and every day. This tenth year has been my favorite year teaching at CMS so far. I am so grateful for the tremendous diversity within my classroom. I have the honor and privilege of working with children ages six through eleven, all coming from different countries and cultures from all over the world. I am able to practice and implement a pedagogy I am incredibly passionate about, and thanks to the PTC I am able to participate in numerous professional development opportunities to strengthen and deepen my understanding of Montessori philosophy. I greatly appreciate this incredible opportunity that I have to help guide your children to develop into the extraordinary individuals they are destined to become. I hope you are all able to take some time this holiday to reflect on what you are truly grateful for. Have a very happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Blog Post Written By: Tina Lavi, Elementary Directress at CMS