• Our 2023-24 Admissions Events Open in October!

    We are excited to announce that registration for our 2023-24 admissions season events is now open! If you would like to learn more about Cedar River Montessori's Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle School Programs, please submit an admissions inquiry through our website. Our admissions events will open in October, and the new student application deadline for 2023-24 will be January 31, 2023.

    Please visit Admissions for more information about the process, financial aid, tuition, and more.

    We look forward to getting to know you and your family this fall!

    Melinda Woodard
    Director of Admissions
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  • The First Day

    The first day of this school year felt like the most "average" first day of school in several years. That's a huge accomplishment, and so much gratitude to everyone who got us here.  Thank you to all the staff for their hard work preparing for these moments. Thank you to all the parents and family members for trusting us with your children. And thank you to all the students for bringing your whole selves to our school. 

    I don't know how each of you felt at the end of the day, but I went home tired and happy. It's going to be a great year.
    I want to share some Values stories from the first few days of children on campus:
    Interconnection when students learned they had new "name twins" at school (Emelia/Emmy and Emelia/Emmy, Rose and Rose). It was in the older siblings who walked their younger siblings to class, and greeted them enthusiastically at the end of the day. There was so much Joy in these interconnections!
    Advocacy for a new upper elementary student when a teacher noticed them sitting alone and asked some returning students to invite the new student to the table. The returning students welcomed this responsibility with enthusiasm and were intentionally inclusive.
    Respect for the emotions and sensitivities of young children as they entered our school building for the first time. Many of these children are having their first school experience and are full of strong emotions. The adults and the children were so understanding of those who are having a hard time.
    And joy. That was everywhere. It was in the music that Benny created on the drum. It was in EC 1's freeze dance at dismissal. In the children's laughter and shouts and giggles. It was in the exchanges between teachers who found humor in the things that went sideways. It was in everyone's smiles and warm greetings.

    What stories can you share with our community? How do our school values show up in these stories?
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  • Sharing and Autonomy in Young Children

    by Matt Bronsil, Montessori Cool Things (FB page)

    Someone in another group mentioned they have 3 children: 1, 3, and 6. Said she is having trouble with her children sharing with and respecting another 3-year-old that lives in the space. I typed this reply:
    I wonder what the conversations about sharing and kindness are. I am not saying you are definitely doing this, but I hear it a lot. So if this doesn’t help you, it might help someone else here.
    Imagine a neighbor comes over and says, “You know. I want to get to Mexico this week. Can I use your credit card and car?” You would, I am guessing, say no. If not, have any vacancies for rent? I could sure use a neighbor like you. 😉At the same time, if your neighbor came over and said, “Man. My wife is in the bathroom. We just found out we are out of toilet paper. Can we borrow a roll and we’ll get you back tomorrow?” you would probably help out.
    The point is this: even adults have limits of what we share and don’t. But as adults, we think children sharing means they share everything. That is because we do not see their toys in the same way we see our own possessions. But they do. We often say children cannot touch our stuff, but we often tell children they have to let anyone use their things. Because of this…
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  • Celebrate TOGETHER at our Upcoming Gala on March 26!

    Join Cedar River Montessori as we come back TOGETHER to celebrate our community!

    Donations and Ticket Sales Close Soon - Visit Our Online Gala Headquarters for All That You Need!

    Together Gala

    Green River College - Lindbloom Union
    12401 SE 320th Street, Auburn, WA, 98092
    Saturday, March 26, 2022 | 5 PM Doors
    Negative Quick Test at Door | Masking Required when not Eating/Drinking
    PNW Cocktail Attire
    Hosted Bar * Live Music * Full Dinner * Games * Other People IRL!
    Fred Granados, Auctioneer Extraordinaire
    Music by the Blue Wave Band
    Paddle Raise to Support our Virtual Barn Raising!
    Our barn has supported generations of animals on our campus for more than 40 years, and now it could use some support from us! This year's Paddle Raise will weatherize the barn for our animals while improving its educational function for our students.
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