Primary Summer Camp | June 12th – August 18th

Primary Summer

 

 

This year, we are offering a summer camp experience to our primary children. Each day of the week will have a different theme with activities based around that theme as laid out below.  While this is not a Montessori program, we will hold to some of the principals of a Montessori education, such as supporting students to be independent and treating each other and our environment kindly.

Monday: Arts and Crafts

Tuesday: Water Play

Wednesday: Weekly Theme

Thursday: Water Play

Friday: Group Games

Primary Registration Sheet

 

Contact our office for more information

517-336-0422

Elementary Summer Camp| June 12th – August 18th

Elem Summer

This year, we are offering a summer camp experience to our elementary children. Each week will have a different theme with activities based around it as laid out below. There will be one teacher who will be present throughout the whole summer, but each week, a new expert teacher will join to teach us about new areas of expertise. While this is not a Montessori program, we will hold to the principals of a Montessori education, such as supporting students to be independent and treating each other and our environment kindly.


Elementary Summer Registration Form

June 12th – 16th – Art of Baking with Ms. Maria

Bake and create! Does your child love to bake delicious treats and make their very own art masterpieces? Join Ms. Maria for a week of Art and Baking.

 June 19th – 23rd – Fiber Arts Camp with Ms. Shannon

During Fiber Arts camps, the students will work with fabrics and yarns in different ways. The week’s projects will include:  dying fabric multiple ways (natural plants, Shibori, Sharpies, and Glue Batik) and then using the altered fabric to make a bag to take home; learning the knit and purl stitches and making a scarf, bracelet, or belt; weaving a wall hanging from fabric and yarn.

June 26th – 30th –  Water Week with Ms. Alyce

Water week will be spent exploring water in as many ways as possible. We will be doing crafts with water, cooking, experiments with water and of course playing with water! Time will also be spent discussing water conservation and what we can in our everyday lives to save water. One day of the week will be spent at the Aquatic Center in East Lansing. Be prepared to GET WET!

July 3rd – 7th – “Regular” Camp Week

Students will spend time around the school getting to play group games, getting wet, doing art projects, and other “regular” camp activities! While these weeks don’t have a theme, they will still be full of summer fun.

July 10th – 14th – Woodworking with Mr. David

In the woodworking class the children will learn how to hammer, saw, measure, plan, glue, sand, and finish their projects.   We usually have a project of the day and children are encouraged to make projects of their own design. We have lots different dimensions of lumber and fasteners which students will learn to shape and turn into what they want. You may sign up for one week, or both.

July 17th – 21st – More Woodworking with Mr. David

In the woodworking class the children will learn how to hammer, saw, measure, plan, glue, sand, and finish their projects.   We usually have a project of the day and children are encouraged to make projects of their own design. We have lots different dimensions of lumber and fasteners which students will learn to shape and turn into what they want. You may sign up for one week, or both.

July 24th – 28th – Kids on the road (bike camp) with Ms. Mandi

This camp is reserved for children 8 and older who are strong bike riders.  We’ll be learning about bike safety and maintenance as well as biking throughout our community during the week including the library, MSU children’s garden, and the dairy store.  We will have a final long journey on Friday where we will bike to Potter Park Zoo for the morning and Hawk island for swimming in the afternoon where students will be picked up by parents.

July 31st – Aug 1st – Plot to Plate Camp with Ms. Mandi 

Students will be working in the school gardens and green house as well as the kitchen for this camp.  We’ll work with seed starting, harvesting, and weeding.  We’ll use the food from the garden to prepare yummy snacks and experiment with salad dressings, baking, chopping skills, and trying new foods.  We’ll try our hand at garden art and visit a farmers market and a community garden as well.  Students will leave with their own herb garden.

Aug 7thrd – 11thth – Regular Camp Week

Students will spend time around the school getting to play group games, getting wet, doing art projects, and other “regular” camp activities! While these weeks don’t have a theme, they will still be full of summer fun.

Aug 14th – 18th – Art of Baking part II with Ms. Maria

Bake and create! Join us to extend your creativity from part one of this class, or join us for the first time. We will be doing a whole new set of creations exploring the overlap between baking and art.

School Donations for Volunteer Time

In need of completing volunteer hours? Don’t have time to dedicate?

Stepping Stones is asking for the following donations;

Casa Needs

  • Blankets (for nap program) x 2 = 1 hr
  • Our newest Toddler Casa is in need of a Potty chair , 6 chairs and plates. Please follow the links provided for the items.
    (the volunteer time is based on cost of item for our toddler casa)
  • Ms. Lorie’s Primary Casa is in need of a mini refrigerator. The casas recently stopped working and is need for snack foods. Volunteer hour will be based on value of refrigerator or we will also welcome this as a donation.
  • Our Lower & Upper Elementary Casa’s are in need of bird seed, which they use to help with observing and identifying birds. Please follow links provided below (the volunteer time is based on cost of item)

School Needs

  • Printer paper = 1 hr
  • Dish soap x 5 = 1 hr
  • Paper towels x 5 = 1 hr
  • Tissues x 5 = 1 hr
  • Cleaning wipes x 5 = 1 hr

 

As a reminder Stepping Stones is a non-profit organization. These items can be purchased as tax exempt if bought for the school. Please contact the office for more information.

 

Open Position – Head of School

 

Position overview:

Stepping Stones Montessori in East Lansing (SSMEL), is an established Midwest non-profit, independent school seeking a passionate leader who will: enhance student educational experience, lead experienced classroom guides, build a strong community, and effectively perform administrative and financial functions.

 

School information:

SSMEL serves students from 18 months through 6th grade, and is committed to Montessori education. SSMEL is one of three independent Montessori schools in the area, and benefits from a vibrant community of Montessori Educators. We distinguish ourselves by maintaining a warm, community oriented environment, and promoting social justice & service to our community both inside and outside of the building.

 

SSMEL was founded 34 years ago as one classroom in a rented space. Since then, the school successfully led a capital campaign and built its own building in 1999. The school now serves around one hundred students, with two toddler, two primary, one lower elementary and one upper elementary classroom. SSMEL recently purchased new land is looking for a leader to guide the school both philosophically and financially as it enters this next phase of growth.

Position description:

Lead the school in education/pedagogy to ensure Montessori curricula/philosophy. Support classroom guides in the development and implementation of Montessori curriculum and assist them in achieving the mission of the school, including conducting/selecting programs and materials for pedagogical development. Coordinate school programs: enrichment/co-curricular activities (e.g., Art, Music, Language), extracurricular activities, before/after-school programs, and school summer programs. Work collaboratively with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, meeting with them monthly, leading committees, etc…

 

Build a strong montessori community of faculty, staff, families, and institutions, including establishing/maintaining communication with each family, responding promptly and professionally to concerns, and providing constructive solutions to address issues. Be the primary source of communication about the school with parents, faculty, staff, Board members, prospective families, and the community.     

 

Work with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to manage school operations by welcoming students and parents, orienting and evaluating faculty and staff; preparing and adhering to the school budget, maintaining finances, ensuring that classrooms are properly staffed to meet legal requirements; ensuring compliance with all state and federal legal requirements and Montessori accreditation.

Requirements/qualifications: Candidates with a minimum of BS/BA in education and/or a Masters in Public Administration are preferred. Previous experience with leadership, operations and community building is highly desired. A candidate who can work collaboratively as part of a diverse team and who has a deep knowledge and understanding of child development is essential. Further, candidates with Montessori certification and experience are valued by the committee. Salary is commensurate with experience.

 

Application and timeline. Review of applications will begin February 15th, 2017 and the position will remain open until filled. Interested persons should apply to the position via email to ssmboard@gmail.com. Applicants must submit a cover letter including information about your leadership philosophy, a curriculum vita/resume, and the names of three individuals who can provide references.

Instructions: Questions regarding the position may be directed to the search committee chair (ssmboard@gmail.com)