You can support Springmont by doing something you are already doing - shopping for food and other items! Passive fundraising is a great way to help Springmont without spending any additional money! While Springmont does not ask students or parents to sell wrapping paper, popcorn or other items to benefit the school, we do appreciate your help with these programs!
NEW – Springmont has joined Box Tops for Education!
Download the app! Download the Box Tops app and scan your store receipt to automatically find participating products and instantly add cash to Springmont’s earnings!
We have already accrued over $1,000 through a special promotion (no purchase necessary) called Unlock Brighter Futures that is running through November. Parents and grandparents with the Box Tops app can win $10/day for Springmont.
Feel free to contact Springmont parent Maryam Sanders for more information or any questions about Box Tops. We’re excited to see what our collective efforts can do between now and when Box Tops mails Springmont a check in December!
Supporting Springmont via AmazonSmile is easy!
Go to smile.amazon.com. Choose Springmont as your charity!
You'll receive the same products, same prices, and same services but AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Springmont!
Earn Money for Springmont with Publix Partners!
Sign up for Club Publix. Then log into your account, click My Publix Partners, and select Springmont.
Pay with the Publix app or enter your phone number at checkout and a portion of your eligible purchases will be donated to Springmont!
I often wonder whether my articles shouldn’t be titled “At The Zoo” in light of the wide variety of animals here on Springmont’s campus. Of course, we have our favorite farm animals – the flock of chickens, goats Pickles and Pepper, and turkeys Franklin and Jenny, but did you know we also have bearded dragons, leopard geckos, frogs, parakeets, and fish? Having animals in classrooms is a cornerstone of Montessori philosophy because it teaches children about the interconnectedness of all things.
Feeding and cleaning up after pets (at home or in the classroom) helps children learn responsibility, self-confidence, and how to observe carefully, which serves them later in life when they study the sciences. They also learn to treat living things with respect and gentleness, which extends into their interactions with other people. Dr. Montessori noted that “Solicitous care for living things affords satisfaction to one of the most lively instincts of the child’s mind.”
This part of the Montessori philosophy is clearly embraced at every level at Springmont, including the Middle School that recently adopted two adorable sugar gliders! Bindi and Dundee came to us from someone who is relocating overseas soon. She is not a member of our immediate community but instantly recognized Springmont as somewhere her gliders would be well-loved and cared for! Her comment was, “they are the perfect pet for curious learners.”
Sugar gliders are marsupials native to Australia. Bindi and Dundee were captive-bred and are 6 years old. Sugar gliders have a long lifespan compared to other small creatures; they can live to be 12 years old! Sugar gliders make excellent pets for older children who can better handle the lively antics of these fantastic creatures. They are omnivores and can have a truly varied diet. They love most fruits and vegetables and will eat boiled eggs, chicken, and insects! Middle School students will have fun testing out new foods and figuring out what treats their new pets like best!
Bindi and Dundee currently reside in the Liberal Arts classroom, but once they have settled in, they will make the rounds to visit other classes so they can be formally introduced to everyone! See more photos on Facebook!
As we carefully and deliberately begin to resume some of our pre-pandemic offerings such as Early Care/Extended Day and our Elementary & Middle School Strings Program, we are excited to offer our first after-school Enrichment opportunity - Running Club for our Upper Elementary & Middle School students!
Upper Elementary and Middle School students interested in running are invited to join Andrea Restifo and Tiffany Orem Thursdays, September 30-November 18, 3:15-4:15 p.m. For safety reasons, enrollment will be limited to 12 students. Once enrollment reaches 12 students, we will start a waiting list and consider offering Running Club on an additional day.
Participation is contingent upon completion of a one-mile, timed run in 13 minutes or less. Regular attendance results in a progression of skills and is required as missed classes may adversely affect the experience of the group as a whole.
Masks will not be worn while running as students will be carefully distanced. Students will wear masks if they are not able to remain physically distanced (such as while traveling on the bus for off-campus runs).
$85 fee includes a keepsake technical shirt, snacks, and transportation expenses.
Registration is due by Friday, September 24, and is first-come, first-served.
Whether you chose Springmont for your child(ren) this year or many years ago, you made a wise decision! In addition to providing an environment that empowers students to be inquisitive, knowledgeable, and compassionate, Springmont students are also independent and effective. They are curious, self-directed, and eager to discover the world around them. Your children will grow up to have careers not yet invented and challenges we can't even imagine. Opportunities to explore and make responsible choices and age-appropriate mistakes help children to develop self-confidence and life skills beyond just academics. The Montessori experience you have chosen will help your children to become resilient, competent, and ready to thrive.
Click here to read How Montessori Education Creates Resilient, Competent Adults, a wonderful article by Christa Montague about why Montessori education is so uniquely effective.
Primary Picnic Tables - In addition to the outdoor eating spaces available to Elementary & Middle School students, we have added additional picnic tables for our Primary students. Classes are encouraged to eat outdoors whenever possible.
Hand, Foot & Mouth - Springmont has updated our Key Information Parent Handbook regarding Hand, Foot & Mouth disease. Due to the highly contagious nature of this virus, children with HFMD should remain at home and may return to school after being fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications and when open blisters in the mouth and on the skin have healed.
Runny Noses - We are aware that Atlanta's fall allergy season is upon us! Students with slightly runny noses are permitted to attend school so long as the discharge is clear, and they do not have any other symptoms or COVID exposure, and are able to wear their masks.
Notifications vs. Classroom Quarantines - In an abundance of caution and to promote transparency, Springmont notifies parents of positive cases of COVID-19 in their child's class. The decision to quarantine a class happens when the positive case exposes other students and adults during the positive case’s infectious period as determined by the Fulton County Board of Health epidemiologist. There are times when the positive case, because of timing and particulars of the situation, is unlikely to expose other students; in this case, we notify parents but don’t quarantine the class.
Police Officers on Campus - Beginning this week, we will have off-duty police officers on campus to help direct traffic on Long Island Drive during morning arrival. After carpool concludes, they will also patrol campus and offer classes opportunities for public safety presentations in the Pavilion.