Parents & Grandparents! Friends & Families! We have an opportunity to earn FREE materials for St. Croix Montessori School.

Bringing Montessori into the home is a way to help support the development of your child. Creating a home environment that encourages self-expression and learning accompanies the education your child receives at St. Croix Montessori.

Supporting Your Child Is Easy

When you order $25.00 or more in merchandise from the For Small Hands catalog, Montessori Services will send our school a merchandise credit voucher equal to 10% of the total merchandise ordered! This helps us greatly reduce the cost of our Montessori classroom materials – and pass those savings onto your children!

Additionally, if we collectively order $500.00 or more on the St. Croix Montessori’s Group Order form (found in our office), Montessori Services will send us a merchandise credit voucher equal to 15% of our merchandise total.

This is a great opportunity to earn FREE materials for our children at St. Croix Montessori School.

Ordering Tips

  • When you order, be sure to give St. Croix Montessori School’s name and address on page 32 or in the online section of the For Small Hands 2015 catalog.
  • Catalogs can be picked up from our school office and orders can be placed on page 32 or online. Great for birthday or holiday gifts!

 

Important Dates

  • To receive materials ordered by the Holiday season all mail in forms must be submitted by November 6th.
  • All mail-in orders (group and individual) are due by December 18th.
  • Online orders for this promotion are due at the latest on December 30th.

Feel free to submit orders anytime before the above due dates.

This is a great opportunity to earn FREE materials for our children! Let’s spread the word! Thank you for your support.

Family observations and conferences are an important part of the Montessori journey. Over the past few weeks, parents have been observing their children in their respective Elementary and Primary classrooms.

Reminder: Children do not report to school on Friday, Oct 30th!

Parent conferences are a time to learn about your child’s experiences in the Montessori classroom and their unique development. Parents should schedule a conference in the office or on our sign-up genius page (sent via email). If you are unable to attend a conference, please let us know! We are happy to schedule a time for you and your child’s teacher.

The Montessori Method is an approach to instruction that has the basic aim of freeing the learner’s potential of self-instruction or self-development in a prepared environment. The philosophy behind this aim is the belief stated by Maria Montessori (1870-1952) that no one can be free unless he is independent. It follows, then, that the thrust of the approach to instruction developed by Montessori is toward causing learners to become self-managing: self-motivated, self-disciplined and self-taught. … Actually, her method of instruction is just the visible and applied part of a comprehensive theory about child development and education. – Charles Galloway, Psychology for Learning and Teaching, New York: McGraw-Hill. 1976. pp. 409 – 410.

Parent Observations

It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the diversity of activity in a Montessori classroom. First time observers may be attracted to one child or a group of the oldest or youngest children. It is helpful to alternate observations between watching the entire class and focusing on a single child.

Somethings you may notice on an observation:

  • Children are learning in different ways. Some work cooperatively with the material. Some choose to work independently. Still others may walk around the classroom, seeming not to engage in anything in particular. This child, however, is absorbing and learning through observing his or her environment.
  • The levels of sound vary, with rises and falls throughout the day. There should be the normal classroom noise of children being together and the excited pitch of being excited about learning.
  • The way children speak to each other may surprise you. Listen for the level of respect as well as the “normal” childhood interactions. Do not be surprised if you hear a child tell another that they are disturbing their work.

Families are encouraged to schedule an observation throughout the school year!

Lights, Camera, Action! School Pictures Are Wednesday, November 7th!

Ms. Alda Anduze will once again be the photographer for St. Croix Montessori School Picture Day. Pictures begin promptly at 8:30am. Each student has the opportunity to take individual portraits.

Please stop by our office to pick up a photo information and order form. We ask that you complete and return your order forms by Monday, November 5th.

We look forward to capturing every child’s wonderful smile on Picture Day and we look forward to seeing you soon.

geographyOur classrooms follow the “prepared environment” philosophy of Dr. Montessori, so that children can freely follow their natural industry and drive to learn, guided by AMI-certified teachers.

What does that mean?

The Montessori classroom is an environment prepared by the adult for children. It contains “all the essentials for optimal development but nothing superfluous.” Guides carefully choose materials to invite children’s curiosity and self-discovery, as well as materials that reinforce their planned lessons.

According to AMI, “attributes of a prepared environment include order and reality, beauty and simplicity.”  Each area of the classroom is designed around a central purpose: mathematics, geography, practical life, language, music, botany, culture, etc. Everything is child-sized to enhance the children’s independent functioning.

A trained adult and a large enough group of children of mixed ages make up a vital part of the prepared environment.

St. Croix Montessori Families got together on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 to host a pancake breakfast for our USVI community. The turn out was fantastic and the fundraiser a success!

Special thanks to jazz musician Melvin for his beautiful and relaxing keyboards on the back porch.

Thank you all for contributing toward the installation of our new office and library, and the construction of new playground features!

9th Annual Taste of India Dancers
9th Annual Taste of India Dancers

St. Croix Montessori’s annual Taste of India Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction becomes more popular every year. Our signature event, the evening is the source of providing a diverse range of need-based financial aid as well as supporting the growth of our campus.

The 10th Annual Taste of India Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction

Saturday, April 2, 2016 | St. George Village Botanical Gardens Great Hall 

Join us for traditional Indian cuisine, dancing, fantastic auction items, live entertainment, henna and more at the St. George Village Botanical Gardens!

This highly anticipated event transports you to an elegant, Bollywood evening with a touch of Crucian flair!

Immerse Yourself In The Sights, Sounds, And Flavors Of India

Taste traditional cuisine – Samosas, Sahina, Phulori, Saag Chana Masala, Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Rogan, Malabar Fish, Navratan Korma, Baghara Baigan aur Aloo, Naan bread, Indian-inspired desserts, and so much more.

Be a little daring and visit the complimentary Henna station. Show off your style in a pose captured by QStudio’s photo booth.

Spend a little or spend a lot in the Silent Auction. Items ranging from treats to full-VIP class adventures!

What Your Support Means

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, every dollar is invested directly in the people and programs that serve the children and families enrolled in the school. All proceeds from the evening benefit St. Croix Montessori’s scholarship fund and our installation of a school library and nurse’s area.

Purchasing Tickets

Purchase your ticket today on Eventbrite!

Other Ticket venues: St. Croix Montessori School & Fashion Establishment

VIP Admission at 6:00P.M. Priority seating, two complimentary signature cocktails, admission to VIP Cocktail Hour, early admission to Henna Station and Silent Auction, and priority access to cash bar throughout the evening.

General Admission at 7:00P.M. Come enjoy yourself throughout the evening!

Cash Bar | Live Entertainment | DJ

Eventbrite - 10th Annual Taste of India Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction

2016 Taste of India Sponsors

We are immensely grateful for the generosity of our Sponsors and Donors!

Diamond Sponsor

Innovative VI

Gold Sponsors

Banco Popular
Denali Asset Management
Mr. Robert & Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Gosselink
Marshall & Sterling
The Mockett Foundation
The Prior Family Foundation

SCM Friend

Island Services Group
USVI Sotheby’s International Realty

Glimpse the festivities from our 9th Annual Taste of India

Our 9th Annual Taste of India took place on Saturday, March 21, 2015 on the gorgeous grounds of the former Queens Quarter Hotel in Mary’s Fancy. As part of the evening’s entertainment, a group of our school moms donned bright and decorative saris and performed a beautiful Indian traditional dance around the edge of the pool.

We invited our staff, parents and honored guests to join us in a photo booth for fun memories of the evening!

 

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Sign up now! We are excited to bring our children three new Afterschool Enrichment Programs:

  • Art Enrichment (Tuesdays)
  • Yoga For Littles
  • Fun With Our Voice

Art Enrichment (10 sessions)

This ten (10) week session will occur every Tuesday afternoon from 4:00-5:00PM at St. Croix Montessori, October 6th – December 8th 2015.

Children will learn how to express themselves through visual media and create artwork that speaks about current social and cultural issues. Children will learn art techniques over the course of multi-step art projects. The 10-week series culminates in a mini exhibition.

Built To Last, Niarus Walker (c)2014, mixed media

Instructor: Niarus WalkerLearn more about this talented SCM parent of Keren, (Elementary) and Rayna (Primary). Ms. Niarus Walker is a well established local artist, Central High School art instructor, Caribbean Museum of the Arts curator and designer.

Click here to see samples of Ms. Walkers’ artwork from past exhibits.

Enroll your child by Thursday, Oct 8th. Payment due in full by Friday, October 9th.
Dates: October 6th – December 8th.
Time: Tuesdays, 4 PM – 5 PM
Ages: 5 and up
Cost: $150.00. (This is a savings of $100.00 off the usual price!)
Sign-up: stxmontessori@gmail.com or 340-718-2859

Note: Children participating in Art will not be charged the $5.00/day aftercare fee. Basic Aftercare services will be included for our students from 3:00PM until the art program begins at 4pm.

Yoga For Littles! (3 sessions, or sign up per class)

Yoga has come to St. Croix Montessori Afterschool Enrichment! Expanding upon our children’s love of yoga, we offer this 3-class series in October 2015.

This fun and engaging Yoga Class will introduce children to Kemetic Yoga, an ancient practice from Egypt. Students will learn about the history of Ancient Egypt (Kemet) and also participate in activities that will enhance their learning, well being and overall nature.

Instructor: Shania Domingo, SCM mom of three, and yoga, theater and dance instructor.

Sign up for the 3-class series ($35) or per class ($15).
Dates: Friday October 9th, Friday October 16th, and Wednesday October 28th
Time: 3:30PM-4:30PM
Ages: 4 1/2 – 12
Cost: $35/series or $15 drop-in
Sign-up: stxmontessori@gmail.com or 340-718-2859

Fun with our Voices! (4 sessions)

This four-part series class will focus on the many fun aspects of singing, voice projection and utilizing the voice as an instrument.

Also led by Shania Domingo, students will learn about different styles of singing from around the world as well as basic strong structures, keys, notes and chords.

Dates: Friday November 6th, Thursday November 19th, Thursday December 3rd, and Wednesday December 16th, 2015
Time: 3:30PM-4:30PM
Ages: 4 1/2 – 12
Cost: $45/series
Sign-up: stxmontessori@gmail.com or 340-718-2859

Located on the beautiful island of St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands, St. Croix Montessori School was established in 2006. Our beautiful campus is tucked away in Estate Orange Grove on nearly one and a half acres of lush Caribbean flora and fauna. Perched on a small hill with an ocean view, our school is secure and protected, and yet it is easily accessible for busy parents.

Our spacious, sunny classrooms follow the “prepared environment” philosophy of Dr. Montessori, so that children can freely follow their natural industry and drive to learn, guided by an AMI-certified teacher. In this environment, children learn at their pace and develop concentration as well as self-discipline. Like flowers, they grow in their own time.