With the Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair rapidly approaching we will be sharing blog posts on our participating sponsors, vendors and nonprofits. You will find out more about these amazing businesses and what they offer to our community. They will be sharing their services, advice, what challenges face our community as well as upcoming events they will be having. Make sure to check out our virtual program and resource guide ahead of the event so you can plan for what you want to see! We hope to see you at the Resource Fair!
Bridgeview Montessori School
1. Tell us about your business/non profit and how it benefits local families.
Bridgeview Montessori School, located on beautiful Cape Cod at the base of the Sagamore Bridge, serves children 2.9 to 12 years old in our Children's House, Elementary I and Elementary II. Adhering to the principles set out by Maria Montessori, we celebrate the individual and differentiate instruction to serve a range of learners. We are a small school by design which allows us to be organic and thoughtful about each and every thing we do.
Our teachers are Montessori trained educators who have dedicated their professional lives to guiding students to be the best they can be, academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with each other, they actively seek professional development, and they strive to create a family / school partnership for each individual who shakes their hands while entering our classrooms.
Our families are diverse. We have working parents, military parents, single parents, grandparents raising their grandchildren, and LGBTQI parents. Some parents apply for and receive financial aid; some parents pay full tuition. Some parents are familiar with independent school culture and Montessori specifically; some are new to Montessori and to private school. Some parents choose to have their children here from 2.9 through 12 years old, some see us as a preschool, and some come to us after having been disappointed with the traditional schooling provided by their towns. These varied backgrounds and experiences add to the richness of our community.
Central to this vibrant community are our students. Each individual who walks through our doors does so with the raw material needed to implant, grow and blossom in our environment. That student may be a math wizard, a dinosaur fan, an avid reader, a soon to be toilet trained two year old. In any case, these students learn what they are good at and learn where their growing edges are. ….. They become emboldened.
In a society where childhood can be rushed, technology is everywhere, and frenetic schedules are more the norm than the anomaly, Bridgeview Montessori is vital for those families and educators searching for that safe port in the storm. We have created an environment where everyone feels safe to do his or her best work and safe to share those growing edges that we all have. We know that if our passions are celebrated, we are freer to explore and improve our areas of weakness. We learn to ask for help and to receive help. We learn to give encouragement and support. We feel our importance and know we can make good choices. Our school grows as we as individuals grow.
2. Where is it located?
Bridgeview Montessori is located at 885 Sandwich Road in Sagamore. We are at the base of the Sagamore Bridge on the Cape side.
3. What is your favorite thing about our community?
The young families in this area are discriminating, always looking for just that right product or experience to enhance the life of the family. We strive to have our children have experiences that are authentic. Looking for sea glass, eating a fresh shucked oyster or visiting one of our wonderful small town libraries are part of the daily lives of our Cape families. We love how hardworking families are to be able to provide the very best experiential learning and growth for the children.
4. How else do you get involved with the community?
For three year cycles, Bridgeview Montessori picks an organization to support through outreach. We feel it important that these organizations have a local component so our children can see and learn exactly how their efforts help. Bridgeview Montessori is in its third year helping to support Maya Childcare Inc. This organization with it's board in MA. is a non-profit corporation that works to improve the lives of children living in poverty in Guatemala. Every donation received goes directly to supporting the Acorn Childcare Center in Guatemala...... A board member from the organization visits our school each year to talk about our work together. Before Maya, we were supporting our local Bourne Head Start Program. Next year, we choose a new organization.
5. What do you think are the biggest challenges facing parents in our community?
We think that parents have lots of choice today but are also always reminded not to over-schedule their children. I believe young families must feel pressure from both sides.... help your child explore to find his/her passions; don't over-schedule your child; let children enjoy childhood. I think at Bridgeview Montessori, children get what they need..... so many parents supplement their child's school experience by providing myriad activities. A Bridgeview education can be a just right fit with very little supplementing.
6. What is your favorite memory or story over the years involving you and your business?
There are so many. Although seemingly trivial, memories created while at recess are some of my personal favorites. An educator for over 25 years, I still find recess with children to be one of the most compelling times of the day. Watching energy, creativity, problem solving, self expression, cooperation and imagination flourish each day what keeps me involved with this vibrant community of learners. How many of us get recess? I am lucky that I do every day!
7. What advice would you give parents and caregivers in our community?
Choose your child's school, products, and activities with care so that they enhance rather than dominate. Family time is really the biggest gift. Everything else should be carefully selected to add richness but not replace unstructured time spend together ...... in the moment.
8. Do you have any specials, events, or anything else taking place this upcoming year that our parents should know about?
To learn about our school, we always suggest seeing us in action. To make this easy for families, we have planned Welcome Wednesday events and Tuesday Tea Information Sessions. These are easy drop in events that will give you a sense of how we serve children and families:
Also, look for information about our Montessori Toddler Playgroup starting this winter. See www.bridgeviewmontessori.org for more information about this program and our school in general.
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