• Native American Heritage Month Door Showcase

    November is Native American Heritage Month, and in recognition of the month, classes, administration and staff chose Native American and indigenous community change makers. After much research, learning, and creating, the lives and accomplishments of these people are honored on doors and in community spaces. Over the past week and into next week, classrooms are touring campus to learn more about important Native Americans and indigenous peoples in other countries. Doors will be up through November 30, and we hope you get a chance to stop by and learn more about these incredible people!
    Here are some highlights:
    Early Childhood 1 – John Herrington (Chickasaw Nation), first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to fly in space
    Early Childhood 2 – Ria Thundercloud (Ho-Chunk Nation and Sandia Pueblo), dancer
    Early Childhood 3 – Bronwyn Bancroft (Bundjalung, Australia), aboriginal artist
    Lower Elementary 1 – Valerie Segrest (Muckleshoot), nutrition educator
    Lower Elementary 2 – Maria Martinez (San Ildefonso Pueblo), potter and artisan
    Upper Elementary – Quannah Chasinghorse (Navajo Nation), model and actress
    Middle School – Qualet (Quileute), cultural preservation
    Outdoor Education – James Rasmussen (Duwamish), environmentalist
    Animal Care and Behavior – Lozen (Apache), clairvoyant and expert horse rider
    Garden – Three women ancestors from the Duwamish tribe
    Office Lobby – Various women from the past and present
        - Jessica Hernandez (Binnizá & Maya Ch'orti'), indigenous scholar, scientist, and community advocate
        - Louie Gong (Nooksack), founder of Eighth Generation
        - Land Rights Issues and Deb Haaland (Pueblo of Laguna), first Native American to serve as cabinet secretary
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  • Admissions is Now Open for 2024-25!

    Come meet us and learn all about Cedar River Montessori admissions for students from 3 years old through middle school! Virtual admissions meetings are now open - submit an admissions inquiry above to begin.

    We look forward to meeting you and your family this fall!

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  • Students Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., His Work, and His Legacy

    Throughout January, our students at all levels are learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and exploring the values and actions in his work and in the work of those he inspired. Books have been the source of much of the learning! Last week, one early childhood classroom listened to his “I Have a Dream” speech on tape and then made paper cutouts of people holding hands in unity. The students colored their people using different skin tones and then hung the people on their classroom windows for all to see.
    Lessons on activism came to life with upper elementary students making posters and writing speeches to advocate for something that is important to them. Some of the topics they chose included the Earth, Climate Change, Black Lives Matter, Women’s Rights, Animal Rights, Neurodiversity, and LGBTQIA and Pride.
    After reading the books Young Martin Luther King Jr. (by Joanne Mattern) and The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. (by Christine Platt), one early childhood classroom decided they wanted to advocate for change at school in three ways: have different snacks, bring back birthday treats, and be included in elementary celebrations and activities. Another class joined in the efforts, and the teachers explained how to organize a peaceful protest. Both classrooms prepared “applications” to protest, which they presented to the Head of School. Once the protest applications were submitted, the students made posters to express their perspectives artistically, and on Friday afternoon, they staged a peaceful protest walk out.
    Our middle school students have been learning about some of Dr. King’s lesser known contemporaries and their work in the Civil Rights Movement. They watched episodes from the documentary Eyes on the Prize (check it out!). In one of the most moving experiences to honor Dr. King, second grade student Eri orated – from memory – one of Dr. King’s last speeches, “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?”, originally given to students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia in 1967.  Eri presented this speech in its entirety to the middle school classroom, and then recited an excerpt to both Lower Elementary classrooms. You can watch Eri’s presentation to Middle School here and to Lower Elementary here. Her hard work paid off, and the middle school students complimented her impressive confidence and courage.
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