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The Power of Community Service

During your child’s Montessori years, we lay the foundation for responsible citizenship. Children learn kindness, respect, and empathy which are important internal strengths that connect them to others. Character building strengths like honesty, responsibility, fairness, and compassion are the kind of human qualities that foster responsible and innovative citizens who question why
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Choose Kindness

Current neuroscience and social science research suggests giving or receiving kindness changes the brain. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it; instead, kindness is best learned by feeling it so that it can be reproduced. Fostering kindness on a daily basis builds
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Safe Social Media

Our VMS community is buzzing with conversation around digital citizenship and safe use of social media.  Eileen Calandro, a Social Media Educator, shared a lively and informative parent workshop plus two powerful assemblies for our third through eighth grade VMS students. I was struck by two impactful, yet simple messages: Talk
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Listening

The word “listen has the same letters as the word “silent”.  Now that I am a grandparent, I realize more than ever the power and importance of listening to children. What a difference it makes when my granddaughter (or truly any person) believes what they have to say is valid
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The Montessori Difference

Last Wednesday, I attended a VMS reception for new VMS parents. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know everyone.  Many great conversations took place that evening, yet one conversation in particular really resonated with me. A new VMS parent asked an alumni parent, “What is the most important difference a Montessori
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Welcome Back

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year at VMS. This year at Valley Montessori School, we are celebrating 40 years of educating and inspiring students! VMS began as a dream for Elizabeth Marshall, our founder, who opened the first VMS primary class in Livermore with six children in 1976. It’s amazing
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