Montessori Unit


This Montessori Page and the pages dedicated to each level, SSM, PS, and K, feature classroom highlights and previews, school reminders and dates, and home connections.  Pages are updated regularly, so check back frequently for new information!

Don't miss that classes pages are now directly below on this page.  Just find the tab for your level and see what's happening! 

Pages are under construction as we begin these first few days but will be up and running fully soon!


Tues. 9/24 - Ancillae Moms & Dads Volunteer Fair 7:00 p.m.
Thurs. 9/26 - Compass Diversity & Inclusion Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Fri. 9/28 - New Parents' Coffee 8:00 a.m.

Teachers' Favorite Books




Peace Day


School Day
School begins at 8:00 a.m. and dismisses at 3:10 p.m. Half-day Preschool children and half-day Stepping Stones into Montessori children dismiss at 12:30 p.m. Students in grades 1 to 8 who arrive at school after 8:05 a.m. are to enter through the McCoy Center lobby and report to the Receptionist, where their names will be removed from the absentee list. These students will be marked late unless they are arriving by bus. Extended Day hours are 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. and 3:10 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

To report a child late or absent, parents are to call the absentee line (215-885-1637) before 8:00 a.m. and indicate the reason in the case of an absence. Upon returning to school from an absence, the student is to present the school's absentee note signed by a parent or guardian to the homeroom teacher. The Absentee Note is available under the Parents portal of our website in Parent Resources > School Info.

Private Transportation: Cars are to use the proper entrance and exit on the Church Road side of the property and follow the procedure below for arrival and dismissal throughout the school year.

  • Cars with Grades 1 to 8 students ONLY drop off at the Link between 7:45-8:00 a.m. and pick up in the Child Safe Zone at 3:15 p.m. 
  • Cars with PS and K students ONLY drop off and pick up at Sacred Heart Center ramp between 7:45-8:00 a.m. and between 2:45-3:00 p.m 
  • Cars with students both in SSM, PS, K and Grades 1 to 8 drop off in Child Safe Zone between 7:45-8:00 a.m. and pick up at Sacred Heart Center ramp at 3:10 p.m.
  • Half-day Preschool students will dismiss at the Sacred Heart Center ramp at 12:30 p.m.
  • Half-day Stepping Stones into Montessori students will dismiss from the SSM lobby at 12:30 p.m.
  • Any student (SSM-grade 8) arriving before 7:45 a.m. (when teachers are present to receive students) should be dropped off at the Student Dining Room for early care.

First Day of School!

Montessori Inspiration

"“There is no description, no image in any book that is capable of replacing the sight of real trees, and all of the life to be found around them in a real forest.

Maria Montessori

Class Pages


Stepping Stones-September

In the Classroom

Monthly Themes: Apples, Orchards, Making Friends, School Routines, Transportation, Pledge of Allegiance, Circle Time

Season: Fall

Color: Red

Shape: Circle

Letter: A

Science: Apples and seeds

Religion: Morning Prayer

Songs, Books, Prayers

Songs: "Wheels on the Bus"

Books: First Day of School, Eye Spy Colors, Ten Apples Up on Top

Felt Board: Apples 

Happy Birthday!


Schedule Info

Tuesday- Music

Wednesday- Spanish

Thursday- Gym

Special Dates & Events

Contact Us

Mrs. Beth Mahan
Ext: 200 VM: 351

Mrs. Nicole Giorgione
Ext: 390

Mrs. Barbara Caffey
Ext: 340


Preschool - September

Monthly Message

Welcome back!

Practical Life

" The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one's self."  ~ Maria Montessori

Sensorial Area

  “The senses, being explorers of our world, open the way to knowledge.”    ~ Maria Montessori 

Math Area

“Children display a universal love of mathematics, which is par excellence the science of precision, order, and intelligence. “  ~ Maria Montessori 

Culture Area

“Within the child lies the fate of the future.” ~ Maria Montessori

Language Area

“Our aim therefore is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as the enthuse him to his inmost core.”              ~Maria Montessori

Science Area

"We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry." ~ Maria Montessori

Contact Us

Clare Brown    x 339
Karla Russek   x 385

Megan St. John  x 373
Karen Vizza    x 342

Marianne Egner   x 341
MaryBeth Scher   x 346


Specials teachers:  
Gym- Aleah Conlin
Art- Lisa Viola
Music- Matthew Esposito
Spanish- Dena Brown

Show And Tell

We appreciate your assistance in making this a fun experience for your child. Make a game out of finding an item that fits into our weekly theme. Please talk with your child ahead of time about what could be shared about this item with his/her classmates.

Sept. 20 - Red
Sept. 27 - Sign of Fall
Oct. 4 - Square
Oct. 11 - Begins with "T"

See the full Show and Tell Calendar.


To Start our day:

Spirit of Life, we thank you for our new school day.
St. Raphaela Mary, Pray for Us.


Before lunch:

Thank you dear Jesus. This day is for you.
We ask you to bless all we think, say, and do.


Artist of the Month


Kindergarten - September

Monthly Message

Welcome Back!

KA Highlight

KB Highlight

KC Highlight

Writing Lab

Kindergarten children visit the writing lab in ½ cluster groups three times a week. The Fundations program is incorporated into these sessions. Fundations is a reading program that uses a systematic and explicit approach to reading and spelling words with phonics.  The skills taught through Fundations, are laying the necessary foundations for your child to become a fluent, independent reader.


Contact Us

Bevin Bodnar   ext. 396

Chrissy Ragg   ext. 395

Marianna Farrell   ext. 394

Writing Lab 
Angela Olbrich   ext. 345

World Travels

Creature Feature


Work Choice Spotlight


Specials teachers:  
Gym- Aleah Conlin
Art- Alexia Perrine
Music- Matthew Esposito
Library- Karen Sabatino
Spanish- Dena Brown
Religion- Jane Diorio

On Wednesdays, Kindergarten rotates through afternoon enrichment classes taught by each Kindergarten teacher: Sign/Spanish (Bodnar), Religion (Ragg), and Yoga (Farrell).