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!


Wednesday, Oct. 31st – Student Holiday -Staff Development Day

Thursday, November 1st- All Saint's Day -Holyday & Holiday

Wednesday, November 7th - Picture day Kindergarten and Stepping Stones - please return order with payment

Thursday,  November 8th - Picture Day for Preschool- please return order with payment

Sunday, November 11th-  Pasta Supper - see oce for more information 

Thursday, November 15th - SSM Thanksgiving Feast

Thursday, November 15th - Holiday Sip and Shop - see oce for information

Wednesday November 21st - Friday November 23rd - Thanksgiving Holiday

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


October Highlights


Thank you for making our Halloween activities such a special TREAT for your children. We appreciate your time from prep work, to making costumes, to joining us for the SSM trip or 8th grade bazaar, and so much more.  We are grateful for our wonderful parents. 

Class and Individual Picture Days -
Wednesday November 7th - Kindergarten and Stepping Stones 
Thursday, November 8th - Preschool.  
Please watch for picture envelope.  If interested in ordering pictures, please return envelope with payment by picture day.  All children will be in class picture. 

Join us for a fun family night  at the Pasta Supper on Sunday, November 11th. 

2018 theme

At school we will journey together in gratitude by: letting our friends and teachers know that we are grateful to be able to spend the day together, praying, saying thank you, learning how to say "Thank you" and "You're welcome" in sign language and Spanish, taking care of our room and materials in gratitude of our beautiful classrooms.

At home, we can journey together in gratitude by: sharing at the dinner table one good thing that happened in our day, by making a gratitude prayer and adding one thing each night that we are thankful for to our prayer, making a gratitude list and read the full list at the end of the month, making thank you cards with a special message to give to relatives on Thanksgiving day. 

Montessori Inspiration

"The needs of mankind are universal. Our means of meeting them create the richness and diversity of the planet.  The Montessori child should come to relish the texture of that diversity."Maria Montessori

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 and Turkeys

Religion: Bible Stories and Gratitude

Songs, Books, Prayers

Songs: "A Turkey is a Funny Bird"

Books: Our First Thanksgiving

Felt Board: The Little Ren Hen


Happy Birthday!

Schedule Info

Tuesday- Music

Wednesday- Spanish

Thursday- Gym

Special Dates & Events

SSM Special Dates 2018-2019

Stepping Stones Feast                     
November 15th  9:30 AM
Please RSVP to our Feast.

Contact Us

Mrs. Beth Mahan
Ext: 200 VM: 351

Mrs. Nicole Giorgione
Ext: 390

Mrs. Barbara Caffey
Ext: 340

Fall Fun


Preschool - November

Monthly Message

Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us each day.  We look forward to November being a time to share, learn, and discover with our senses.  

Themes:  Fall, Leaves, Secondary colors, Gratitude, Pumpkins, 5 senses, 

Our area boxes will highlight work choices in each area of our classroom.

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


Friends With Frames

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- Brittany Flanigan
Music- Gen Black
Spanish- Dena Brown

PSB - Mon- GYM Tues- ART Wed- ART Thurs- MUSIC Fri- SPANISH



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.

November themes:  Fridays
2nd-  Something with a scent
9th - Something hard or soft
16th- Something I am thankful for
30th- Something red or green


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.

Prayer Corner

October is the month of the Rosary. We are learning about Mary. Children are introduced to the Hail Mary and Rosary in our Prayer Corner. 





Artist of the Month

Wassily Kandinsky was born in Russia in 1866.  Music and color had a huge impact on Kandinsky's paintings.  His paintings were made up of color and shapes alone because he did not believe his paintings needed to be a particular subject.  Kandinsky was one of the founders of abstract art.



Kindergarten - November

Monthly Message

November continues our study of fall. We will talk about gratitude as we learn about the first Thanksgiving.  Skills we are working on include beginning and ending sounds, patterns, greater than  & less than numbers. We continue our study of birds by moving from the identifying penguins to learning more about the habits of our own backyard feathered friends.  In music, the children will begin to practice songs for our Christmas celebration. 


KA Highlight

Learning the life cycle of a pumpkin.


A month of pumpkins! 

KB Highlight

Sharing our bible song that starts our religion class each week. We will continue through November to focus on Old Testament stories.

KC Highlight

We practiced our fine motor skills while having Halloween fun!

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.



Learning our punctuation marks!

Contact Us

Bevin Bodnar   ext. 396

Chrissy Ragg   ext. 395

Marianna Farrell   ext. 394

Writing Lab 
Angela Olbrich   ext. 345

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. Children are welcome to bring in pictures, artifacts, and books that connect to our travels which will be displayed for the month on our windowsill display and shared at circle time.

Creature Feature

Our creature feature this month is the Turkey. Turkeys are birds who roost at night.  When a turkey is nervous it head can turn blue, white or red and when it's calm their head is usually gray or violet. Ask your child what other fun facts they are learning about turkeys!




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 Cards and Counters 

The Cards and Counters are a part of the Montessori math curriculum and are used to strengthen the child’s understanding of numbers and quantities from 0 – 10. Its purpose is to highlight the knowledge that each number is made up of separate quantities, to verify that the child has mastered his/her understanding of the sequence of numbers and to strengthen the concept that separate units come together to form each number.


Specials teachers:  
Gym- Aleah Conlin
Art- Alexia Perrine
Music- Gen Black
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).