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  • Join Us for a Gaines Creek Coffee Shop ~ Friday, Sept. 20

    Friday, September 20
    7:30 - 10:00 am  (If possible, please join us between 8:30 - 10 am)
    Gaines Creek Adolescent Community, 5677 Oak Blvd.
    We are very excited to invite you to join us for our first Gaines Creek Community Coffee Shop on Friday, September 20th.  As you may know, the adolescent students invite the greater AMS community several times a year to come and have breakfast with friends in the Gaines Creek studio. The students will prepare the environment and offer breakfast, coffee, and teas.   You, our customers, play a very important part during these mornings. As you can imagine, the work the students put in to prepare for and execute the event never feels more real than when they have paying customers. So, thank you in advance for being a part of this business venture; it will also give you a glimpse into the lives of the adolescents, who start their morning extra early (at 6 am)  in order to be ready to serve you.
    Our special of the day this week will be Belgian Crepes, and we will also be serving breakfast tacos, coffee, orange juice, and milk.
    Please note that the time between 7:30 and 8:30 am is one of our busiest as it is when the Gaines Creek students and their parents are visiting for breakfast, so we ask that if your schedule allows, please join us between 8:30 and 10:00 am.
    We look forward to seeing you there!
    The Gaines Creek Community 
  • SAVE THE DATE: Fall Festival is Saturday, Oct. 26!

  • The AMS Connected Family Workshop: Building Communication Skills to Nurture Healthy Child and Family Development for Life

    Austin Montessori School is pleased to offer a parent-child communication workshop led by Head of School, Grae Baker, and Sveta Pais, Director of Outreach and Parent Engagement. This workshop gives parents the opportunity to form a learning community and forge strong relationships with fellow parents. Over six sessions, participants build life-long skills within the Montessori approach to communication and whole-child development. The AMS Connected FamilyWorkshop is a prerequisite for attending the 'Siblings Without Rivalry' Workshop, which will be offered in the Spring.
  • Families in Nature Update ~ Sept. 3, 2019

    As you may have read recently in the Weekly Bulletin, the AMS Families in Nature Community is preparing to kick off our fifth year! Participating in Families in Nature is a great way to create a wealth of memorable experiences with your family and to connect to other AMS families in a relaxed setting. Our activities provide enticing alternatives to screen time and help children to develop lifelong connections to healthy outdoor activities. Let us take care of the planning and spend more time enjoying all that living in beautiful Central Texas has to offer.
    Our AMS FIN community plans a variety of activities throughout the year with opportunities for families to play, learn, and volunteer together. A range of adventures suitable for families with children of all ages is planned this year, including family camping trips in the fall and spring semesters. Membership in Families in Nature is free. However, you do need to have a FIN account to register for our events.  If you are not yet a member, you can join Families in Nature for free on our website  Be sure to designate Austin Montessori School as your group.
    Swimming and Picnic at Emma Long Metropolitan Park -- Sunday, Sept. 8, 10 am
    Come beat the summer heat on the shores of Lake Austin!  We’ll build sandcastles, play in the water, and talk about our plans for the year.  Bring a picnic lunch! This will be our kickoff event and is open to all AMS families. RSVP to Mary Ann at
    Camping at Muleshoe Bend -- Friday, Sept. 20 - Sunday, Sept. 22
    Join us for camping at Muleshoe Bend, a beautiful LCRA park along the southern banks of Lake Travis.  There will be opportunities for canoeing, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, slacklining, and observing the night sky.  Our campsites also offer lots of room for games such as soccer or frisbee as well as plenty of places to relax in a hammock or camp chair and enjoy the scenery. Registration required.
    Camping and Trail Rides at Hill Country State Natural Area -- Saturday, Oct. 5 - Sunday, Oct. 6
    We’re excited to offer a one-night camping trip to the scenic and rugged landscape of Hill Country State Natural Area near Bandera. In addition to hiking and primitive camping, take the opportunity to explore the hill country vistas on horseback by taking a trail ride with Bandera Historical Rides. Registration required.
    We are currently making plans for many other activities this year including nature crafts, archery, tours of Canyon Gorge (dinosaur tracks!!), rock climbing, star parties, hiking, teeny tiny house building, more camping, and community service opportunities. For more information on Families in Nature and our upcoming events, visit our myAMS page (found under the Resources tab) or email Mary Ann at
    Mary Ann Collins, Charity Stukenborg, and Kelly Jarrell
    AMS Families in Nature Guides
  • Join Us for "Coffee with Grae"

    Head of School, Grae Baker, warmly invites you to an informal coffee morning and Q&A session. This gathering will be an excellent opportunity for parents to meet each other and participate in an open forum discussion regarding all things Montessori, child development, and Austin Montessori School.
    Upcoming "Coffee with Grae" dates:
    8:30 - 9:30 am, Friday, September 6 ~ 5002 Sunset Trail
    8:30 - 9:30 am, Friday, September 20 ~ Great Northern Casita
  • Summer 2019

    Dear Parents,
    Happy summer!  I hope everyone is settling into a safe and relaxing summer vacation.  Available now in the myAMS portal are updated class rosters and a letter from your guide.  Included below is a checklist of items for you to consider and complete in the portal for the 2019-2020 school year.  
    For the upcoming school year, we will be shifting all student medical information to an online database.  The healthcare management system we have adopted is called Magnus Health SMR (Student Medical Record). As this is a web-based system, you will have continuous access to your child’s health record as well as the ability to make updates when needed.  You will also have the option to take the digital health file with you after your child graduates. The Magnus system will also be able to handle permission forms, action plans (allergy, diabetes, seizure), and other school-related forms.
    You have access to your Magnus account via the button titled “Magnus Health” on the Resources tab from myAMS.
    Timely submission of health information and other forms is vital so that preparations can be made prior to the first day of school.  Regarding immunization records, we now require submission of all immunization records for each child, even if you have an exemption on file with the school for some immunizations.  Also, the school will continue to honor Exemption Affidavits but will no longer provide notary services for this form.  Please have them notarized by an authorized notary prior before submitting the form to the school. We encourage each family to have your children immunized in consultation with your pediatrician.
    Please reach out to us with any questions.  As a reminder, summer office hours are 9:00 - 2:00, Monday thru Thursday and 9:00 - 12:00 on Friday.  I hope everyone has a safe and happy summer!
    Kind regards,
    Grae Baker
    Head of School
    Checklist for 2019-2020 School Year

    LOG IN TO myAMS      
    • Click your name, click Profile, edit fields using the yellow pencil icon
    • Click your name, click Settings, click Privacy
    • Edit information you allow other constituents (other parents, etc) to view about you.  
    • Click on Children tab (upper left corner), select your child’s name, click Contact Card tab, edit fields using yellow pencil icon.
    • Update emergency contact information for each child. Please list multiple contacts the school can reach out to in an emergency.  This is also where you include contacts who have permission to pick up your child.
    • Click on the Resources tab, click the Magnus Health icon and follow the steps.
    • If you are having difficulty navigating the Magnus system, entering data online, or downloading the hardcopy cover sheets and forms, or if you have any other questions, please contact customer support at Magnus Health SMR by phone at 877.461.6831 or by email
    VIEW BULLETIN BOARD for your child’s community
    Each community has a Bulletin Board where important information is made available such as:
    • Contact information for your child's guide
    • Class Roster
    • Community Calendar of events
    • Downloads for Summer activities as well as school forms and resources
    • Sign-ups for Observations and Conferences are made available after school begins
    VIEW THE 2019-2020 CALENDAR
    • A detailed calendar view is available by logging into myAMS and clicking the "Calendar" tab at the top of the page.
    • If you have any questions regarding your Smart Tuition bill, please contact Sandy Bartholome, 512-892-0253 ext 12) in the Business Office. She will be your point of contact throughout the summer and next school year.

    Questions about myAMS?
    Contact:  Dawn Michal
  • Illness in the Community ~ Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

    Dear Parents,
    A child who attends the elementary program at our south campus has been diagnosed with Pertussis (whooping cough). The Health Authority of the City of Austin and Travis County has directed our school to share the information in the attached documents.  The information below is from the CDC.  Please read all of the information and notify the school immediately if your child is diagnosed with Pertussis.  
    From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
    Pertussis is an infection that affects the airways, and it can easily spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing. Pertussis can cause a severe cough that lasts for weeks or months, sometimes leading to coughing fits and/or vomiting. Anyone can get pertussis, but it can be very dangerous for babies and people with weakened immune systems. Family members with pertussis, especially siblings and parents, can spread pertussis to babies.
    1.  If your child has a cough:
    • Keep your child home from school and activities, such as sports or play groups. See items 4 and 5 about when your child can return to these activities.
    • Make an appointment with your child’s doctor as soon as possible and tell the doctor that your child may have been exposed to pertussis.
    2.  If your child has a weakened immune system, ask your child’s doctor to prescribe antibiotics to your child as soon as possible to prevent pertussis. Doctors should give antibiotics to a child with a weakened immune system if they may have been exposed to pertussis, even if he or she is not coughing.

    3.  If your child lives with any of the following people, ask your child’s doctor to prescribe antibiotics as soon as possible to your child, even if he or she is not coughing:
    • A woman who is pregnant
    • A baby younger than 12 months old
    • Anyone with a weakened immune system
    4.  If your child has been diagnosed with pertussis by his or her doctor:
    • Tell the school that a doctor diagnosed your child with pertussis.
    • School officials may request that you keep your child home from school and activities until your child has been on antibiotics for five days to treat pertussis.
    • Ask your child’s doctor for a note that states your child has pertussis.
    5.  If your child’s doctor says your child does NOT have pertussis:
    • Ask for a note from the doctor telling the school that your child’s cough is NOT pertussis and that your child can return to school and other activities at any time.
    Please make sure your family’s vaccinations are up-to-date. Protection against pertussis from the childhood vaccine, DTaP, decreases over time. Older children and adults, including pregnant women, should get a pertussis booster shot called “Tdap” to help protect themselves and babies near or around them.
    Dawn Michal
    Director of Operations
  • Start Dates for the 2019-2020 School Year

    Monday, August 19: 
    • Returning Youngest Children’s Community
    • Full-Cycle Children’s House, Early Elementary, and Upper Elementary
    • All returning Magnolia Cottage children
    Wednesday, August 21:
    • Mid-Cycle Children’s House, Early Elementary, and Upper Elementary
    • Returning Adolescents
    Friday, August 23:
    • New Adolescents
    Monday, August 26:
    • Beginning-Cycle Children’s House, Early Elementary, and Upper Elementary
  • Strategic Plan Unveiling is Tuesday, April 9!

    This a reminder to join us on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at our Gaines Creek Campus to hear Head of School, Grae Baker unveil our school's new long-range strategic plan.  Come see the culmination of 18 months of work that has led to a plan to guide the future of Austin Montessori School.  For those of you unable to attend, we will livestream the event.  A link will be sent out next week.  We hope to see you all there!
  • Order Your Community Photos by April 8 for Free Shipping

    Dear Families of Austin Montessori School,

    Happy Spring! 
    We're excited to let you know that AMS community photos are ready for viewing and ordering!

    We have several different print options available this spring; in addition to the 8x10 community photo we usually offer, we also have "silly" photos available for add-ons to your regular orders, as well as 5x7 prints of the same image available in the 8x10. Please note that the 5x7s are not available for order on their own, but only as an add-on to any order of an 8x10 print. In the gallery, you'll see the 8x10 options with a border and the name of your child's community printed on the border; the 5x7 prints have no border (just so you can tell which is which at first glance!)

    To visit and order your photos, please click here to visit the gallery.  Password: SpringAMS
    When you are in the gallery, please "heart" the images you want; you can then click to "buy now" and add the 8x10 print to your cart. You'll then choose the image for your 8x10 print from the images favorited in your cart (visible on the right side of the screen.) You can then choose the images for the 5x7 add-ons after the 8x10 has been added to your cart. 

    All orders placed through the end-of-day on MONDAY, APRIL 8, will incur no shipping feesand will be delivered to school to go home with your child. Orders can still be placed after that date; those prints will ship directly to your specified mailing address and will incur shipping fees. 
    Please let us know if you have any questions at all... have a great week! 
    Best wishes,
    Natalie and Katherine
    Heyday Photography
  • Volunteers Needed for Grandparents Day

    We are looking for volunteers to serve as tour guides on Grandparents Day which will take place on Friday, April 26th. There will be two sessions during that day: Session 1 from 8:30 - 11:30 am and Session 2 from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm.

    Please email Sveta Pais at to let her know if you can help, and if so, if you are available for one or both sessions. Thank you for your support!
  • AMS Benefit ~ Shop the Noonday Collection by March 31st!

    Shopping for a special person's birthday? Want to check your Mother's day present off the list? Look no further! Support handmade and fair trade by purchasing your gifts through this link: March AMS Benefit Noonday Collection
    All purchases made through this link by March 31st will support artisans in developing countries and 20% of all purchases through this link will be donated to Austin Montessori School.
    Questions?  Contact Noonday Ambassador and AMS Parent Amreen Rajabali at
  • Parenting Workshop "Siblings Without Rivalry" ~ Begins March 12th

    Austin Montessori School is pleased to offer a five-part parenting workshop, "Siblings Without Rivalry," led by Sveta Pais and Monica Pesoli. This workshop is based on the work of Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, authors of 'How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk.'
    Time: 8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    Location: 4912 Sunset Trail
    Dates:  March 12th, March 26th, April 2nd, April 16th, April 23rd
    In this workshop, parents form a learning community to explore the following areas:
    ~ Supporting siblings in expressing their feelings with equanimity when in disagreement.
    ~ Responding to children based on need, rather than equity.
    ~ Avoiding placing siblings in roles so that each child comes to become his or her whole self.
    ~ Collaborating with siblings so that they can move toward resolving their conflicts.
    **Please note:** A pre-requisite for participating in 'Siblings without Rivalry' is the 'How To Talk So Kids Will Listen' workshop OR The Austin Montessori School Connected Family Workshop. This workshop is offered free of charge, and the cost of books is indicated on the registration form. Space in this workshop is limited and we ask that you sign up only if you are able to commit to all or a majority of these dates.
  • Important: Re-enrollment contracts for the 2019-20 School Year are due February 8th

    To properly plan for the 2019-2020 school year, we must receive your re-enrollment contract by Friday, February 8, 2019.  The enrollment contract for your child can be reviewed and signed electronically through your myAMS account.  There is a $300 registration fee due for each contract submitted (maximum $600 per family).  This payment may be made online when you submit your contract or you may choose to make your payment with a check in the office.
  • AMS T-Shirts Now Available from the AMSPA

    The AMSPA is selling T-Shirts on the AMS website. The T-Shirts feature the AMS mandala created over 20 years ago and are available in men, women, youth and toddler sizes. If you would like to see sample shirts or check sizing, stop by the main office.  Each shirt is $20 with proceeds going to the AMSPA. Order your shirt online today!
  • Children’s House Gift Giving Guide

    The leaves are falling and the cooler weather is hinting of the holiday season approaching.  During this time of the year, parents of children who attend Montessori schools find themselves researching engaging and enriching items for gifting during the holidays.  Searching for toys that support the child’s development can be an overwhelming exercise for parents. We would like to offer AMS families a few ideas to use when selecting items for children’s gifts.  

    Holiday Gifting by Jinny Gonzalez, AMS Early Childhood Coordinator
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