FUN(draiser): Iron Giant Matinee at New Parkway Theater to Benefit Urban Montessori Charter School


Sunday June 8th at 12:30

at the New Parkway Theater

474 24th Street, Oakland

Come out for our last FUN(draiser) of the year!

We will be screening the cult classic children’s movie The Iron Giant, the story of a 9 year-old boy who makes friends with a giant robot that came from outer space.

Admission $8 per person. UMCS will keep ALL of the money from ticket sales!

Bring your family and friends!

For more information about the movie, visit these links:

Common Sense Media (guide to age-appropriateness):

 IMDB (film summary):


El Gigante de Hierro

Domingo Junio 8 a las 12:30 p.m.

En el New Parkway Theater

474 24th Street, Oakland 

Sal para nuestra última recaudación de fondos del año! 

Proyectaremos la película de culto de los niños clásicos El Gigante de Hierro, la historia de un niño de 9 años de edad, quien se hace amigo de un robot gigante que vino del espacio exterior. 

Entrada $ 8 por persona. 

Traiga a su familia y amigos, UMCS mantendrá TODO el dinero de la venta de entradas!


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Family Fun(draising) Day + Playdate at Chipotle in Alameda on Saturday, March 1 / Recaudación de Fondos Familiar, Sábado, 1ro de marzo

"Eat and Earn" event at Chipotle in Alameda's South Shore Shopping Center on Saturday, March 1 from 4 to 8 pm. Mention UMCS and show them your flyer — on paper or on your phone. 

Click this link to download the flyer:

Pre-Eat Playdate: UMCS families will be at nearby Washington Park from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. before heading over to Chipotle. Washington Park is located at 740 Central Avenue, in Alameda. Look for us by the play structure! (Playdate canceled due to rain)

Recaudación de Fondos Familiar, Sábado, 1ro de marzo

Evento "Coma y Cobre” en Chipotle en el Centro de Compras de South Shore de Alameda se llevará  a cabo el 1ro de marzo de 4-8 pm. Mencione UMCS y enseñenle esta hoja. Haga clic para bajar la hoja (o vea en sus carpetas o la oficina):

Playdate Antes de Comer: Familias de UMCS estarán en Washington Park de 3:00 a 5:00 p.m. antes de ir a Chipotle. Washington Park esta localizado en 740 Central Avenue, Alameda. ¡Encuéntrenos en la estructura de juegos! CANCELADO

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Mindful Impact Partnership Brings Mindfulness Training to Urban Montessori Charter School

Mindful Impact, an Oakland-based organization that offers mindfulness training to predominantly underserved communities in an effort to promote social justice and educational equity, is coming to Urban Montessori Charter School.

Funded by an anonymous grant, the Mindful Impact program will provide mindfulness training to UMCS' faculty, staff and 230 students, beginning on February 18, 2014. Parents will have an opportunity to be exposed to the curriculum at our Spring Parent Night on February 26, 2014.

There is a sizeable body of research that shows that teaching children self-regulation skills improves academic outcomes. This partnership will enable us to equip children with a greater range of self-regulation skills. The Mindful Impact lessons will be a welcome addition to our social-emotional curriculum.

Montessori schools teach basic sitting and walking meditation lessons called "The Silence Game" and "Walking the Line." The opportunity to provide students with more mindfulness habits, skills and practices through working with Mindful Impact is a logical partnership.

Photos of UMCS kindergarten students practicing one of Maria Montessori's "Silence" lessons, in October 2013:



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"Living Montessori: The Parent Perspective" ~ American Montessori Society (Video)

In this video, parents describe why they love Montessori education.

Thank you to the American Montessori Society for compiling and sharing this material!

Living Montessori: The Parent Perspective from American Montessori Society on Vimeo.

Classroom footage captured at Princeton Montessori School in Princeton, NJ. Thank you to Princeton Montessori School as well as to these schools, whose current parents are represented: Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, The Caedmon School, Christopher Academy, Metropolitan Montessori School, Twin Parks Montessori Schools.

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Building Equity at Urban Montessori

Dr. Maria Montessori, the creator of Montessori education, was dedicated to helping all children achieve their highest potential.

She developed her teaching method from working with young people with special needs in a mental institution, and with those living in low-income communities, in Lorenzo, Italy. Over the years, Dr. Montessori had the opportunity to teach — and to train teachers — in Asia, Europe and the United States. She saw those educators achieve great results applying her methods with many different types of students in many different countries.

Here at Urban, we strive to implement the Montessori method with a much more diverse group of students in a single school setting than Dr. Montessori ever saw in her day.

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School Songs

Every morning at Urban Montessori, at the start of our school day, we gather in a circle.

Our morning circle is an opportunity for our students to settle in to the rhythm of the day, as well as a time for Ms. Jill to address the whole student body, noting what we've accomplished as a community and what we might need to work on, as well as a time for teachers and parents to make announcements of upcoming events.

And every morning, we sing.


Here are the lyrics to our songs:


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Montessori Apps for Kids?

Montessori is necessarily a hands-on, physical manipulatives, real-life-experience-based educational practice.

The thought of "an app for that" does seem contradictory.

However, if adults and kids want an opportunity to explore Montessori principals on a touch screen, these links are a good starting point for activities that would support the learning that takes place at school.

While some may have better physical interaction and responsiveness than others, there are many high-quality learning apps for all devices that encourage multi-sensory experiences, and self-directed and independent play. 

The majority of these apps complement what happens in the classroom — except for the My Playhome series. My Playhome encourages fantasy play which is not usually incorporated into a Montessori elementary curriculum. That said, the series is great for encouraging co-play and narrative skills for kindergarteners and parents together. 

The Reading Rainbow subscription, also linked below, is a great way to supplement instruction for struggling and emerging readers. Kids LOVE this app. Invest in the subscription: it's cheaper than buying three books at the store and you receive books all-year-round.

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The UMCS Annual "Direct Ask" Campaign Has Begun

Dear UMCS Family,

It has been an amazing experience getting to know you and your child(ren) this year! I feel fortunate to be in such a supportive community. With your help, UMCS has been busy living its mission to provide quality Montessori education that develops creative and compassionate urban citizens.

At our Gratitude Celebration, students shared their literary and performing arts skills with the community for the first time. They’ve expanded their creative capacities by participating in a school-wide design thinking initiative to re-imagine their classroom libraries. In class meetings, they practice problem solving skills and making good choices. All day long, they exercise their compassion muscles at peace tables, in classrooms and on the playground. It’s moving to see these exciting activities as our school continues to evolve!

One way you can have a significant impact on our unique mission is to donate to the Annual Campaign.

Funds raised in this campaign cover operating expenses at UMCS; they help fund professional development for teachers, Montessori materials, and the visual and performing arts.

In our first year, the school community raised $30,000! This year the goal is $46,000, which represents a significant increase over last year. However, it can be reached and exceeded with the help of dynamic community members like you.

No gift is too small — we are aiming for 100% community participation!

Families may donate online at or by cash or check, delivered to our school office or to the Annual Campaign volunteers at the table in the hallway after school from December 2 until Dec 21.

Options are available to pledge to pay over time, and the school will make an automatic draft from your bank account or debit/credit card.

Donations received by December 31, 2013 can be applied as a 2013 tax deduction.  

Your support does not have to end with your donation; please share the UMCS website link above with your friends, family and networks.

Thank you in advance for your commitment to UMCS and for your participation in this "direct ask" for your contribution to the 2013 Annual Fund.

Together we can achieve great things!


Be well,

Jill Stansbury

Head of School


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Great Gifts for Montessori Kids

What games, toys and books do Montessori kids like?

A few ideas are listed here, recommended by some of our current K-through-3rd grade students and their families. Please add your favorites in the comments field below. 

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Family Fun(draising) Day at Phil's Sliders in Berkeley


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UMCS Family Fun(draising) Day at Phil’s Sliders

Asista a el Día de Recaudación de Fondos con su Familia en Phil’s Sliders

Monday, November 11, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.



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