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At Springmont, we’re proud of our school and like share the accomplishments of our students, alumni, faculty and staff. Here you’ll find information about Springmont including recent school news, articles about our curriculum and other interesting items.  For additional press or media information, please contact Julie Strickland jstrickland@springmont.com or 404.252.3910.

Springmont Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!

January 17, 2023
By Julie Strickland

Dear Families,

Yesterday, my children and I participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day event at the Atlanta History Center.  During our visit, we had the opportunity to listen to a presentation from the last surviving original Freedom Rider, Charles Person, and Freedom Rider, Flonzie Brown-Wright.  Each spoke of their relationship with Dr. King and their role in the Civil Rights movement throughout their lives.  It was inspiring to hear their stories, as well as their call to action for all people to continue Dr. King’s legacy of non-violent social change, to one day achieve The Beloved Community, signified by the end of poverty, racism, and militarism worldwide.  Dr. King believed every person was endowed with a role to play in accomplishing this vision.  For society to reach this goal, Dr. King’s work cannot only be celebrated on one day or during one month of the calendar year.  It is daily work.  It is more than community service.  It is education.  It is service.  It is action.  It requires intentional and thoughtful commitment.  Each of us needs to commit to education, service, and action in order to make progress toward the vision of The Beloved Community.  As January is the month for New Year’s resolutions, perhaps you might consider Martin Luther King Jr. Day as an opportunity to create a resolution for how you and your family will contribute to social change.  I invite you to reflect on where you are currently – how are you continuing to educate yourself and your children; do you make service a priority; are you generous with your resources; do you advocate for the needs and rights of others who are different from you?  On this day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day and leading into Black History Month, I encourage you to make a resolution for yourself and your family regarding how you will educate yourselves, serve others, and take action together in the coming year.  

For more information regarding The Beloved Community and Dr. King’s vision, please click here https://thekingcenter.org/about-tkc/the-king-philosophy/.  For family-friendly service opportunities consider exploring Pebble Tossers https://www.pebbletossers.org.  Explore the Center for Civil and Human Rights for opportunities to take action https://www.civilandhumanrights.org/initiatives/.

Respectfully,
Megan


As a follow-up to last week’s article about opportunities for service and learning in celebration of Dr. King, we wanted to highlight some of the wonderful efforts shared with us by members of our community!  It’s not too late to share your family’s initiative – email photos and info to jstrickland@springmont.com. 

• Toddler parents Yeminjal Nicholas and Thea Patrick and Lower Elementary student London Patrick volunteered with the Westside Future Fund at the Tuskegee Airmen Academy.  
• The Maiwand family organized a neighborhood cleanup! 
• The Sandvi family visited with residents of the Campbell Stone senior home in Buckhead.
• The Simmons family made lunches for the Atlanta Mission shelter! 
• The Sanders family picked up nearly 5 bags of trash, pulled up privet, and cut back other invasive weeds along the Comet Trail Extension in Smyrna.
• The Hakerem family visited the Atlanta History Center.
• The Clark Family continued their tradition of volunteering each MLK Day with Open Hand Atlanta, delivering meals to individuals with nutrition-sensitive chronic diseases.  
 

Don't Miss Friday's Bake Sale

January 17, 2023
By Julie Strickland

Nathalie's Upper Elementary Class is busy in the kitchen this week as they prepare to host a Bake Sale this Friday, January 20, beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the Pavilion. They are raising funds for their upcoming trip to Chattanooga, which will include a visit to the Bessie Smith Cultural Center and an overnight at Springmont's Landschool in North Georgia. Customers can look forward to coconut macaroons and pies featuring artisan crusts!  Cash only, please. 

Toddler Parent Education: Toddlers...Terrific or Terrible? - Feb. 1

January 17, 2023
By Julie Strickland

All Toddler Parents are invited to join us for our Toddler Parent Education event, Toddlers…Terrific or Terrible?, on Wednesday, February 1, 4:30-5:30 p.m., in Zaiba’s Classroom.

We’ve all dealt with power struggles and temper tantrums, and the words whiny, defiant, clingy, moody and selfish are sometimes used to describe toddlers but so are eager, affectionate, curious, playful and trusting! Toddlers are rapidly developing skills in so many areas - language, motor, cognitive, and emotional. And while this learning and exploration is an exciting time for your child, coping with the incessant curiosity and its time-consuming nature can be exhausting and sometimes frustrating for parents. Join Toddler Teachers Zaiba Farooqui, Toshia Johnson, and Remzije Shala to talk about why Toddlers are both terrific and terrible and what you can do to support your children and yourselves!


• Due to very limited on-campus parking, we ask that each family bring just one vehicle to campus
• Half Day & School Day students should be picked up at their regular dismissal times. All Day students may remain in class until 6:00 p.m.
Complimentary childcare, including a light snack, is available for pre-registered Toddlers 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Remzije’s classroom.
• Unfortunately, siblings cannot be accommodated in our complimentary care, but Elementary and Middle School students may be enrolled in Extended Day.
 

Kindly click the link in your emailed invitation or Springmont Weekly News to RSVP and reserve childcare by January 30!
 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

January 09, 2023
By Julie Strickland

“Not everybody can be famous, but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.”

As we approach next Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which commemorates and honors his life, legacy, impact, and achievements, we encourage the Springmont community to take time to honor and celebrate Dr. King’s story and legacy with your family and by joining others around the nation for a day of service.  

Acts of service can include the entire family and be as simple as collecting stray trash in your neighborhood or local park or assisting or visiting an elderly neighbor. There are also opportunities to join the efforts of local organizations such as those listed below.  

While students will be engaged in learning about Dr. Martin Luther King in class with their teachers, there are also many local opportunities for families to learn about and celebrate his legacy.  Below are links for programs around Atlanta this weekend and Monday, January 16.

We hope you will take advantage of one of the opportunities listed above and share a photo and brief comment regarding your experience for us to share with our community, along with activities taking place in our classrooms, in next week’s Springmont Weekly News.  Please consider sending a photo along with a few words to jstrickland@springmont.com!

Finally, parents may wish to join Britt Hawthorne, a New York Times best-selling author and Montessorian, who will be discussing her book: Raising AntiRacist Children: A Practical Parenting Guide at a virtual book talk on Tuesday, January 17, at 7 pm. Learn about raising inclusive antiracist children in an informed, actionable, and accountable way. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Click here to register.
 

Our Springmont Community Dinner is February 4!

January 09, 2023
By Julie Strickland

We are excited to invite all families to attend the Springmont commUNITY Dinner on Saturday, February 4, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church! This is a well-loved Springmont tradition and a unique opportunity for our whole community to gather together to enjoy a short musical program, as well as a potluck-style dinner.

Performance
Music Teacher Dr. Carissa Gibson is coordinating a wonderful program!  
• Due to their age, Toddlers and younger Primary students will remain in the audience with their parents and are encouraged to sing along and observe the program in preparation for future programs!
• Five- and six-year-old Primary students are working with Carissa to learn a song they will perform on stage with Brenda and Livia’s Lower Elementary classes.
• Patricia’s Lower Elementary class will perform a skit based on the book Scribble Stones by Diane Alber.
• Upper Elementary and Middle school students will join together and also perform a song.
• The finale will include Candle for Peace, a song uniting the entire community! Look for the lyrics to be shared in the evening’s program.

Potluck-Style Dinner
• A potluck-style dinner will follow the performance. Families will be asked to bring an entree, appetizer, side dish, or salad that is meaningful to their family, and everyone will be invited to sample the dishes. Foods may be homemade or purchased. Springmont will provide serving utensils, water, and dessert! 
• Families will be provided with 10” x 12” aluminum food pans, which will be sent home with students on Thursday, February 2. If you have more than one enrolled student, you may receive more than one pan, but you only need to fill one pan unless you bring extended family. Please bring your dish at the temperature at which it should be served. 
• Labels that allow families to indicate the contents of their food pan, including alerts for potential allergens and dietary restrictions, will be provided. New this year, we encourage families to share the recipe for their chosen dish and why it is meaningful to their family! Recipes will be gathered for a Springmont commUNITY Cookbook!
• One buffet line will include a greater concentration of vegetarian items. 

What else should my family bring?
• In keeping with Springmont’s core value Stewardship of the Environment, we ask that families consider bringing their own reusable eating utensils, plates, and cups/water bottles. Bringing these items (and taking them home to wash and reuse afterward) is a practical way to reduce the amount of waste provided by a community event of this size. Earth-friendly cups, utensils, plates, and napkins will also be available. 
• This year we will be collaboratively creating floral centerpieces for the dining tables. If you would like to bring your own unique flower stem, please feel free to do so! We will also have a variety of blooms for each attendee to add to their table’s centerpiece. 
• Our cultural diversity is a wonderful gift to our school community. Families are encouraged to come dressed in authentic cultural attire if they wish.

What else do I need to know?
• There is no need to RSVP.
• Please plan to arrive at the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church (3180 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305) no later than 4:15 in order to park in the BLUE or GREEN lots, drop off food with the volunteers, create the commUNITY centerpieces, and be seated for the performance. 
• At arrival (4:15), five- and six-year-old Primary students and all Elementary and Middle School students will join their teachers backstage to prepare for the performance. Younger students will remain with their parents.
• For safety reasons and out of respect for our venue and the other activities taking place simultaneously, we ask your help in ensuring that all students remain in our designated space and under close parental supervision at all times, including in the buffet area, during dinner, and afterward. An activity will be available at the dining tables, and children, supervised by a parent, may use the outdoor playground.
• The event will conclude by 6:30.

Volunteers are still needed! Many hands make light work. If you can help with set-up (3:00 - 4:30 p.m.) or clean-up (6:30 - 7:00 p.m.), please let us know! 

Questions? Email Julie Strickland
 

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