It’s such an odd feeling to go to school these days.  For 32 years, this building has been filled with children.  Laughing, crying, joyful, angry, challenged, proud, and every feeling in between as each child grew and learned.  Learned to take care of him- or herself, learned what it means to be a good friend, learned patience and responsibility, and yes, learned all those academic skills for which many parents seek us out.  This has been my experience entering this building for 27 years. 

But today, as I do a walk-through to make sure everything is OK, I realize that while the building and property are fine, it’s not really.  Everything is empty, quiet, cold - nothing is moving.  Sure, it’s like that during the Breaks, but there’s an end in sight, work is happening to keep us moving forward, knowing the children and their families will shortly return.  I reassure myself this can’t go on forever, the children will return soon… but not too soon, for their sake.  It doesn’t assuage the ache in my heart and, I know, the hearts of my staff.

All around me, Spring is here.  The flowering trees have graced us, the wildflowers and others are blooming. Everything that looked so dead over winter is back, carrying out their promise to return.  So we carry on: we keep the grass cut, beds weeded, enrollment packets have gone in the mail, plans for fall are under way.  We press on to that happy time when we can be together again.

The staff and students at Village Montessori School have been inspired to launch a fun community outreach effort.  While visiting Florida last spring, Ms Jacobi (Room 7 teacher), while taking a nature walk with her daughters, noticed some decorated rocks placed strategically on the path, ground, and in the trees. When she inquired of some local residents, she was told that all over town people were decorating rocks, writing motivational sayings on them, then hiding the rocks. The purpose was for other people around town to find the rocks then re-hide them in another location. It was a fun and simple way to spread hope, love, and cheer to the people around town and beyond.

At VMS, the older children have decorated rocks, added positive sayings, and have hidden a few around East Village and other parts of the community. What if, while you were out on your daily walk around the neighborhood, you came across a little nugget of inspiration?  If so, please take a photo and share it on our Facebook page at or search @vms20886 from your Facebook page. Feel free to move the rock to another location, just for fun! We are looking forward to seeing where our rocks travel. We hope these rocks bring a little cheer to Village residents and others.

Happy October! One of the nicest months at VMS, October is filled with settled classes, great work, energizing cool weather and fun Fall events. Each classroom has their own take on those activities so be sure to read your teacher’s newsletter carefully.  But first, looking back at September…

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