AMS News Archive

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  • May

    Gaines Creek Adolescent Community Commencement 2022  

    Thursday, May 26
    7:00 - 8:30 pm
    Gaines Creek Campus
    5677 Oak Blvd, Austin, TX  78735
    Everyone is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
    Parking Information:
    The Oak Acres Neighborhood continues to be unavailable for parking.
    Please carpool if possible.
    Parking details will be shared via email
  • Pre-Order Your 2021-22 AMS Yearbook Today!

    The yearbook is now available for pre-order and is available in both hardcover ($47) and softcover ($40).  There are no shipping costs (delivered to AMS) for yearbooks ordered by May 31st.
    The 114-page yearbook includes
    • Individual student photos by school photographer Carli Rene
    • Candid photos for all 16 communities
    • Passage to Adolescence & Commencement photos
    As in previous years, you may pick up your yearbook from the main office this summer or at the start of the 2022-23 school year.  You will receive an email when the books are available for distribution. 
    Place your order by May 31st.  After that date, the only option will be ship-to-home with an additional $10/book for shipping & sales tax.
  • April

    Start Dates for the 2022-2023 Traditional School Year

    Click here to view the 2022-2023 Traditional Year and ADAY Calendars
    August 15, 2022Full-Cycle Children’s House, Full-Cycle Early/Upper Elementary, & Returning YCC* 
    August 17, 2022Gaines Creek Full/Mid-Cycle
    August 18, 2022Mid-Cycle Children’s House and Mid-Cycle Early/Upper Elementary
    August 19, 2022Gaines Creek Beginning-Cycle 
    August 22, 2022Beginning-Cycle Early/Upper Elementary
    August 22 - 24, 2022Children’s House Beginning-Cycle (start dates will be communicated)

    Children’s House extended day begins August 22
    * New YCC children will have their start dates communicated
  • Sunset Trail Lost and Found 

    Is your child missing a coat, jacket, or other clothing items?  Please stop by the main office and check the “Lost and Found.”  Unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of the month, April 29th.
  • Join Us for 'Coffee with Grae'

    8:45 am on Friday, May 6th
    Sunset Trail Clubhouse (behind the main office) 
    A Montessori Summer!
    Summer will be here before you know it!  Receive ideas and tips about how to settle into summer with children of all ages.  Multiple staff members will present IN-PERSON including Grae Baker, Head of School, Jinny Gonzalez, Director of Early Childhood Education, Frances Fitzpatrick, Director of Elementary Programs, and Leslie Grove, School Counselor.  
    Space is limited so we ask that you RSVP only if you are able to attend. Please register here
  • February

    Community Update - Newly Revised Operating Plan 2/23/22

    Good afternoon, Austin Montessori School community:
    Thank you to all who attended (or later watched) our community meeting last week where we discussed pending changes to our operating plan and COVID protocols and our transition into a new phase of living with the virus.  If you have not yet viewed the presentation and subsequent discussion the recording is available here.  The slideshow from the meeting is linked below.  
    Last Friday, Austin reached Stage 4 criteria, and community spread continues to fall.  As a result, the Operating Plan has been updated to reflect a change in COVID-19 protocols.  Please refer to the plan for changes to our protocols around masks, exposure, Going-Outs and trips, and parents on campus.  The most notable change is that masks are now optional for children and adolescents at all levels.  A summary of all the changes to the plan can be found in the slides linked below.  In the meeting, many of you requested guidance on speaking with your children about masks.  Leslie Grove, our school counselor, summarized her helpful suggestions from the meeting for your reference.  
    As we have throughout the entire pandemic, the AMS Risk Management team, with the guidance of our team of medical experts, will continue to respond to any new variables or changes in the landscape by adjusting our protocols accordingly, in either direction.  As always, thank you all for your grace, resiliency, and flexibility in supporting your children's development in our school.  
    Kind regards,
  • January

    The Upper Elementary Experience ~ Recording and In-Person Tours

    Frances Fitzpatrick
    Last week, Grae Baker, Nadine Gardener, Emily Curry, and I had the pleasure of presenting The Upper Elementary Experience at Austin Montessori School. If you were unable to attend or were only able to participate in part of the presentation, here is the recording for you to enjoy the program at your convenience; password: AMS123. To protect the privacy of our students, we ask that you please not share this link.
    After you have viewed the presentation recording, please feel free to schedule a time to visit the Upper Elementary classrooms
    We appreciate your interest and efforts to take the time to acquaint yourself with this important and exciting time in your child’s life. We look forward to a day when we can have more in-person parent gatherings and shared experiences.

    Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have.

    Kind regards,
    Frances Fitzpatrick
    Director of Elementary Programs

  • The Early Elementary Experience ~ Recording and In-Person Tours

    The Early Elementary Experience ~ Recording and In-Person Tours
    Thank you for joining us for The AMS Early Elementary Experience last evening. Here is the recording of the presentation and the password is AMS123. To protect the privacy of our students we ask that you please not share this link.
    The video Grae recommended last night is Collaborative Learning in the Elementary Environment.
    Additionally, please use these links to visit our Early Elementary Elementary communities:
  • Invitation to Re-Enroll for the 2022-23 School Year

    Dear Austin Montessori School families,

    Today begins our re-enrollment period for current AMS families for the next school year. We are pleased to invite you to re-enroll your child at Austin Montessori School for the 2022-2023 school year. 

    During the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, Austin Montessori School has continued to strive to fulfill our mission of preparing in-person environments for toddlers, children, and adolescents that support the development of the whole human being. This is an education not merely focused on academic achievement but directed at enabling students to grow to their full potential and become active global citizens. Our heartfelt desire is that your family remains a part of our school community.  

    Your re-enrollment contract is now available in your myAMS portalTo suitably plan for the 2022-2023 school year, we must receive your completed re-enrollment contract by Monday, February 7, through myAMS. 

    We are limited in the number of openings available for new applicants in many of our communities. After the re-enrollment contract deadline, available spaces at each level are offered to qualified applicants in the waiting pool. If an enrolled family is not prepared to sign their child's re-enrollment contract by the due date of February 7, the contract expires. Extensions to this date are not available. If a currently enrolled family decides they would like to re-enroll their child after the contract has expired, the family must contact the Admissions Office. A re-enrolling child will receive priority admission if a space remains available. If you have specific questions regarding your child's contract, please get in touch with Sveta Pais.

    By signing this contract, the parent accepts the policies and guidelines outlined in the AMS Parent Community Handbook and Partnership Agreement and the AMS Operating Plan. We ask that you review these documents thoroughly prior to signing your child's re-enrollment contract. Please submit the completed contract in myAMS and the $300 registration fee due for each application submitted (maximum $600 per family). A copy of the completed contract will remain in your myAMS portal in the "Files and Forms" section. 
    Thank you for making Austin Montessori School your home. We are committed to providing the best possible developmental environment for your children and adolescents. 


    Grae Baker
    Head of School

    Sveta Pais
    Director of Enrollment Management
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