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Chasing Childhood with Lenore Skenazy
October 14, 2021 at 7 p.m.

Join us for a virtual presentation by Lenore Skenazy and a panel discussion about the themes highlighted in the film, Chasing Childhood. Panelists will be Ms. Skenazy along with our own Michele Shane, Head of School, and Trisha Short MA, LPC, IMH-E (II), School Counselor. 

Prior to the discussion, please sign up to watch Chasing Childhood. We have purchased access for our families to screen the film from home with a special code. The film will be available to watch beginning October 8, 2021. Please set aside time now in your busy schedule to watch the film and participate in the discussion. 

To learn more about the dynamic and engaging Lenore Skenazy (AKA "America's Worst Mom"), check out her website, the organization she co-founded, and her recent article in the The Guardian. 

Watch Trailer and Sign Up for the Access Code


Montessori Up Close

Montessori 101 with Michele Shane, Head of School
Required for all new families

Thursday, September 30, at 4 p.m.

Join Michele for an introduction to the history, culture, and mission of our school and gain a deeper appreciation for the Montessori method of learning. 

Join us on Zoom

Montessori Up Close Recordings

Fostering Independence with Megan Andrews, Primary Guide
For families with children ages 2.5 to 5 years
Zoom recording

Toilet Independence with Jenny Lamble and Jeanette Kania, YCC Guides
For families with children under the age of three
Zoom recording

Assessment with Sandra Besselsen, Elementary Guide
For families with kindergarten and elementary age children
Zoom recording


Healthy Sleep Habits with Britny Tollstam, Nido Guide
For families with infants and young toddlers.
Zoom recording

Recommended Resources:

For articles and videos on the Montessori approach to learning, visit

Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents, by Maren Schmidt

Together With Montessori, by Cam Gordon

Montessori Madness, by Trevor Eissler 

Paula Lillard has written multiple books on Montessori, which are also recommended.

While not Montessori specific, these parenting books align well with our approach: 

Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline, MD and Jim Fay

How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Identifying Child Abuse

Our staff participated in a virtual training with the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center on November 18 because it is important for all of us to understand signs of abuse, use proper terminology with students, and know how to respond if a child is talking to you about an experience they have had. Please refer to this handout that was presented during the training. 

britt.jpgBuilding Anti-Biased Anti-Racist Families
October 6 with Britt Hawthorne
When we commit to collectively talking about fairness, equality, and justice with young children, we begin to envision a world in which not only children but all people are treated with dignity; free from the burden of unfair assumptions based on a single characteristic. It becomes a world where we actively challenge racism and bias each and every day. 
Zoom recording (Access Passcode: !XaE8233) 

Digging the Wells of the Future, with McKeel Hagerty
April 13, 2021
We recorded this thoughtful and inspiring presentation by McKeel Hagerty to share with our whole school community.

Here is the book list that was recommended during the conversation:

The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly

What’s the Future by Tim O’Reilly

Futureproof by Kevin Roose

Road to Character by David Brooks

Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 

A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger