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! 


Fri. 11/1  All Saints Day Holyday and Holiday 

Wed. 11/6 Picture day for SSM & K

Thurs. 11/7 Picture Day for PS

Thurs. 11/7  Compass Diversity and Inclusion Meeting 6:30 pm

Sun. 11/10 Pasta Supper

Teachers' Favorite Books

The Pilgrim’s First Thanksgiving By Ann McGovern

Thanks for ThanksgivingBy Julie Markes

Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington  

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

Who Will Carve the Turkey This Year?   By Jerry Pallotta

 Dr. Pompo's Nose by Saxton Freymann

A Plump and Perky Turkey  by Teresa Bateman



Fire Safety


Thanks for making our Halloween day a real treat for the children! See below for Halloween happenings.

Picture Day is on Wed. November 6th for SSM & K  and on Thurs. November 7th for PS.  A picture envelope came home in your child's bag.  If you are ordering pictures, please send in the envelope with payment and order before picture day to help us with our record keeping. 


Montessori Inspiration

"Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment."

Maria Montessori

Partner Sharing Mission Bingo

Class Pages


Stepping Stones - November

In the Classroom

Monthly Themes: Giving Thanks, Pilgrims, Native Americans, Corn, Turkeys, Setting the Table

Season: Fall

Color: Brown

Shape: Rectangle

Letter: D, E, F, G

Art Medium: Stamping with Paint

Science: Corn

Religion: Bible Stories and Gratitude

Songs, Books, Prayers

Songs: "A Turkey Is A Funny Bird"

Books: Our First Thanksgiving

Felt Board: The Little Red Hen


Happy Birthday!


Schedule Info

Tuesday- Music

Wednesday- Spanish

Thursday- Gym

Special Dates & Events

See all Special Days 19-20 here!

Thanksgiving Feast

Time: 9:30 AM
Date: November 21, 2019
Location: Stepping Stones' Classroom


Contact Us

Mrs. Beth Mahan
Ext: 200 VM: 351

Mrs. Nicole Giorgione
Ext: 390

Mrs. Barbara Caffey
Ext: 340


Preschool - November

Monthly Message

November's theme of Daring to Explore the Possibilities will lead us in our exploration of the senses this month. Children will dare to become independent, try new things, and keep trying tasks that may seem difficult. We will continue to look at nature as the fall leaves come down. November is a time for us to give thanks to God for our world, our families, our friends, and our school. 

Monday, November 18th,  please have your child send in one piece of a fruit or vegetable that  s/he enjoys to eat.  The children will prepare this item at school on Tuesday and share with classmates at our PS lunch as we celebrate and give thanks for our preschool community together.

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

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.
Nov. 8 - something with a scent
Nov. 15 - something hard or soft
Nov. 22 - something you are thankful for

See the full Show and Tell Calendar.


Specials teachers:  
Gym- Aleah Conlin  Mon: PSB PSW  Fri.:  PSR
Art- Lisa Viola Tues.: 1/2 PSB, PSW. Wed. 1/2 PSB, PSR
Music- Matthew Esposito. Tues:  PSR Thurs.:  PSB, PSW
Spanish- Dena Brown Wed.: PSW  Fri. : PSB, PSR

Practical Life

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

This area of the preschool environment assists in refining the movements of the child through activities such as pouring, sponging spooning, and stringing.  The child will practice the “Practical” tasks in life such as our button dressing frame, screwdriver board, polishing a mirror, sweeping, and cutting cucumbers.  As the year progresses, the tasks grow in refinement and complexity to increase concentration and a growing sense of order. Materials are sequenced so that each new activity challenges the child to focus and organize to complete the task at hand.

Sensorial Area

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

This area of the preschool environment assists in refining our senses through isolation of individual senses.  Children will discriminate by size, color, shape, sound, smell, and touch. The children will recognize similarities through matching and differences through grading.  Variations and extensions of the materials will deepen the senses to see relationships as the children build patterns and designs.

Math Area

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

This area of the preschool environment develops the “mathematical mind” of the child.  Through concrete experiences for quantity, the child learns the meaning of a number and then makes the association with the numeric symbol for that quantity. The tactile experience of the sandpaper numbers allows the child’s sense of touch to support the visual representation of each number. After mastery of the numbers to 10, teens and tens are introduced.  Using the base of 10, children are invited into higher quantities and introduced to functions of addition and subtraction. Children are also introduced to the concepts of time, money and graphing.

Culture Area

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

This area of the preschool environment exposes the child to an understanding of our world.  Starting with the whole and moving into smaller parts, the children first learns our world is made of air, land, and water.  The lands have been given names called continents. Within these continents, we explore the cultures, wildlife, natural treasures, countries, people and celebrations.  The children are exposed to the fine artists connecting with their weekly art class. This area develops the sense of our place in our world- to care for it and for each other.  We are all part of the world community.

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

This area introduces several disciplines of science:  botany – our study of plants, zoology -- our study of animals, physics -- our explorations and discoveries,  health – our study of our bodies and senses. It is an area of discovery and wonder as we take a closer look at the world around us.

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

This area develops the various components of language that lead a child to be able to communicate as well as understand what is being communicated. The readiness skill to recognize differences and similarities, sequence and retell a story, understand position, and classify assist in a growing comprehension in both visual and auditory instruction.  In preparation for reading, all materials of the environment organize in a left to right, top to bottom layout to prepare the brain for tracking print. Children use multiple senses as they are introduced concretely to the symbol and sound relationship of letters. As this relationship develops, children will begin to blend the sounds to form words- a phonetic approach to reading readiness.   Children also experience extensive vocabulary in all areas of the environment. Many activities involve matching and labeling using the written word – a whole language approach to reading readiness. Children are moved at the pace in which they are prepared to be successful and gain confidence in expressing ideas and approaching the start in their reading journey.

Frames with Friends


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.



Kindergarten - November

Monthly Message

From pumpkins to penguins, Kindergarteners were busy learning and exploring in October.  We look forward to all this new month brings...

Contact Us

Bevin Bodnar   ext. 396

Chrissy Ragg   ext. 395

Marianna Farrell   ext. 394

Writing Lab 
Angela Olbrich   ext. 345

KA Highlight

Cluster A is creating community by cutting, gluing and decorating together!

KB Highlight

Hear your children singing our opening song for religion class with Mrs. Diorio.  Children are listening to stories from  the Old Testament.  Ask your child about the story of David and Goliath this week.

KC Highlight

Learning about the planets has been so much fun. Creating the glittery stars and practicing the Planet Song have been great tools to help remember all the new vocabulary.

See below for more KC activities.

World Travels

Our travels land us in Australia for the month of November. The children will be learning where Australia is located on the globe, that Aborigines are native to Australia, and the unusual animals that are unique to the continent and much more. Children are welcome to bring in artifacts, books, and items that connect to our travels which will be displayed for the month on our windowsill display. We would like to invite our parents to come in and share your travels or heritage during the month we are studying the continent. 

Creature Feature

Each month in Kindergarten, an animal is featured.  Children will be exploring turkeys this month.  



Thank you for the wonderful mountains

Thank you for the wonderful oceans

Thank you for the wonderful snowflakes

Thank you for the wonderful flowers

Thank you for the wonderful vegetables

Thank you for the wonderful trees

Thank you for the wonderful rain

Thank you, thank you, thank you GOD!


Work Choice Spotlight

The Moveable Alphabet is cutouts of the lower case letters that allow your child to handle the actual letter shape.  The Moveable Alphabet is fun for the child to practice alphabetic order, beginning sounds, ending sounds, middle sounds and the formation of entire words.  When your child has mastered six to seven letter sounds using the Sandpaper Letters, we introduce those same letters from the Moveable Alphabet.  For example, the c, a, and t.  Your child will learn how to use these letters to form the word cat.


Specials teachers:  
Gym- Aleah Conlin       Mon.: KA  KC   Fri.:  KB 
Art- Alexia Perrine Tara Carlos  Mon.: KC Wed.:KB Thurs.: KA
Music- Matthew Esposito   Wed.: KA KB KC
Library- Karen Sabatino   Thurs. KA KC. Fri.:  KB
Spanish- Dena Brown    Mon.: KB Tues.: KA KC
Religion- Jane Diorio    Mon.: KB Tues.: KA KC

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

Writing Lab

Our theme for November is We dare to explore the possibilities. We discussed what new and challenging things we would like to try this month and drew a picture of the new skill onto a magnifying glass or an explorers hat.