The Best Way to Find out Is to Come See for Yourself

Interested to discover the benefits of a Montessori environment? If so, you are invited to our upcoming Open Houses Friday, January 23 from 9am-10:30am and Sunday, February 8 from 2pm-4pm. Join some of our current parents, teachers, and students as they share their thoughts on the St. Joseph Montessori School community. Interested parents can RSVP by emailing Dara Jackson, Director of Admission at djackson@cdeducation.org or at (614) 291-8601. Information on enrollment can be found here. We are accepting applications for 3-13 year-olds for next school year!

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Learn What the Magic is All About at Our Open House October 23rd

Prospective parents unite to come experience the magic of Montessori at our Open House on Thursday, October 23, 9:00-10:30am. SJMS parents, teachers, and students will be available to share insight on our beloved community. Interested parents can RSVP by emailing Dara Jackson, Director of Admission at djackson@cdeducation.org or at (614) 291-8601. More information can be found online here. We are accepting applications for 3-13 year-olds for next school year! IMG_4697 Resized

 

SJMS Receives $1000 Grant from Ohio Alliance for Arts Education

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education Logo in Color Sandra Matheny (SJMS Music Teacher) and Roxanne Holonitch (SJMS Art Teacher) have received a $1,000 grant to conduct a service learning project with the Hilliard Headstart Easter Seals Preschool. 6th graders from SJMS will be visiting preschoolers at the Hilliard Headstart once a month through the end of the year to conduct integrated art and music presentations.

At the heart of the school’s service learning project is a desire to benefit a population that is under-resourced and possess many special needs. Art serves as a medium for the children to communicate and connect that they would otherwise have difficulty doing.

6th graders from SJMS will not only enjoy creating a sock puppet opera, a helping hand tree, a parade, and a teddy bear picnic, but they will also be learning lifelong lessons in empathy, cultural awareness, and a sense of belonging in the community.

SJMS is grateful for the opportunity to conduct such meaningful service through the Franklin County Neighborhood Arts Grant program offered by the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE).

SJMS Winter Festival

This school-wide community fundraising event being held Sunday, December 8th between Noon and 4pm benefits the students of St. Joseph Montessori School (SJMS). St. Joseph is a private Catholic Montessori School consisting of pre-k through 8th grade students. The parent volunteer organization, Family Association, is responsible for all aspects of the fundraiser including soliciting sponsors, coordinator vendors for Ryan Hall, food sales, bake sale, crafts for the children, a visit from Santa, and a poinsettia/wreath sale. Erdkinder students (7th & 8th graders) are responsible for games that entertain the children and raise funds for their class trip.

Families and community members assist with the Festival by donating items, volunteering, or attending the spirited, family-oriented event. The Winter Festival is a major revenue-generating event for the school raising over $10,000 for the school last year.

Catholic Schools Week at SJMS

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You may have noticed posters around the school this week. Students made them to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. We highlighted themes of community, faith, knowledge and service.

Many classes have been reading and discussing stories related to these important characteristics of Catholic Montessori education. Some classes made cards for Ronald McDonald House families, the charity which the SJMS Family Association is supporting with service projects this year. In Art class, the primary students talked about spiritual bouquets. In Religion class, we talked about the varieties of "flowers" in God's garden, and how each type contributes to the overall beauty. Several classes made learning chains, symbolizing all the growth that happens in our community. Children wrote "I know statements" celebrating their learning goals, and linked them together to form an enormous paper chain. Children experienced the real benefits of service when middle school students visited Children's House, to read with and to the younger students.

We are grateful for the opportunities to grow and learn together at SJMS!