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 including our famous speaker panels. If you preregister for the speakers you will earn extra raffle tickets. You also earn them by attending any of our entertainment sessions! Just email us and you will receive tickets at the door! We hope to see you at the Resource Fair!
1. Tell us about your business/non profit and how it benefits local families?
Bridgeview Montessori School provides a Montessori alternative to local public and parochial schools. Although the Montessori philosophy is over 100 years old, its tenets are in keeping with today's STEM and project-based focus.
2. Where is it located?
We are conveniently located at the base of the Sagamore Bridge at 885 Sandwich Road, Sagamore, MA
3. What is your favorite thing about our community?
I love how family oriented our community is. At our school, we see grandparents, aunts, uncles and, of course, parents all having a hand is the education of the child.
4. How else do you get involved with the community?
Bridgeview Montessori pairs with a local organization for a three-year cycle to help that organization in whatever ways it needs. In the past we have partnered with the Bourne Head Start and the Maya Childcare Cooperative that is a local organization that supports a Guatemalan preschool for children of working moms. Most recently we have begun our partnership with the National Marine Life Center in Buzzards Bay. So far we have raised over $700 to donate to the center. We will be presenting them with a check in January.
5. What do you think are the biggest challenges facing parents in our community?
Parents today want authentic experiences with their families. It is hard for that to happen with the overabundance of technology in our society. Parents also want to be assured that their children are being served in the school setting. Sometimes communication with everyone involved in a child's program can be hard. Here is a place where perhaps technology could be helpful, but we find that families really crave face to face meaningful conversation.
6. What is your favorite memory or story over the years involving you and your business?
Bridgeview Montessori became a non-profit organization in 2008. At the time, the school was faced with dropping enrollment due to a floundering economy. One of the most poignant memories I have is of a 2008 faculty meeting when our dedicated faculty decided to "dig deep" and do whatever needed to open our doors and continue to provide a stellar school experience. Living through that hard moment makes our current thriving learning community that much more resilient and powerful.
7. What advice would you give parents and caregivers in our community?
Keep your schedule for your children reasonable. Let your children be bored and figure out what to do next. Unplug and try to be in the moment with your children. Play with water.... read a long chapter book. Get really dirty.
8. Do you have any specials, events, or anything else taking place this upcoming year that our parents should know about?
For those interested in a Bridgeview Montessori education or Montessori in general, the best thing to do is to contact our Assistant Head of School, Suzanne Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if you are just curious, visit our website, www.bridgeviewmontessori.org, take a look, have a conversation.
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