The 5th grade students at Merchantville Elementary School had the opportunity to use the Fatal Vision® goggles, which simulate eyesight of a person under the influence of alcohol. Sgt. Frank Talarico, Merchantville’s LEAD Officer, incorporates this activity as part of the program. The Fatal Vision® Impairment Simulation Goggles are a hands-on awareness building tool that allows people to experience with a sober mind what it's like to be under the influence of alcohol. Participants experience how alcohol impairs a person's balance, vision, reaction time, and judgment. Simple activities with the Fatal Vision® Goggles such as walking a line, one-leg stand, reaching out to grab a set of car keys, or tossing a ball become important aha moments as the particpant realizes how susceptible they are to potentially dangerous consequences of impairment. It was a fun and enlightening experience for the students and teachers.
Merchantville School continued to promote reading today by holding a "Hallway Read-In". All students brought a book into the hallway and read for 20 minutes. We hope that students continue practicing their reading skills outside of school and in lots of different locations.
Merchantville School launched our "Lunch Buddies" program this week. Students from the elementary school were paired with Jr High students to eat lunch and converse. The older students take pride in being models for the younger students. This program will rotate students and mentors on a weekly basis. School-based “Bigs” meet with a child or “Little” at their elementary school during their lunch hour. We ask “Bigs” to meet with their “Little” once a week, during the school year for at least two semesters. The meetings only take place on school grounds. Matches will play games, talk, enjoy sports or crafts 1:1 or occasionally, work on homework!
The Montessori Seeds of Education was founded on September 2, 2014. It is a is a non-profit 501(c)3 private school in Merchantville, NJ offering authentic Montessori programs for families with children ages 18mo-15 yrs old. Our mission is to create a mindful, collaborative, and authentic Montessori experience for families.
- Maintaining our AMI recognition
- Providing a curriculum aligned with AMI guidelines for children 18 mo - 15yr
- Offering educational opportunities for families through staff presentations, Collaboration Nights, and guest speakers
- Developing a high school program in coordination with local universities, museums, and other resources
- Creating opportunities for an international, multicultural experience where children from other countries can attend our school
- Building a network of multiple schools throughout the world with feeder high schools in major metropolitan areas
- Collaboration with local Universities/Colleges to create an undergraduate program for future AMI Montessori Teachers
On March 14th Merchantville students stood together with school pride on the National School Walkout Day. Students decorated the lawn with art work promoting school pride. Students stood together to promote a safe school environment for all. Merchantville Chief School Administrator J. Scott Strong said his district, which is a self-contained pre-K-to-eighth-grade building, divided up the messaging for younger and older kids. Their solution was to create, with student input, a school pride day to reflect on values of safety and kindness. Younger students formed a heart in the gymnasium, while older ones stood outside, linking arms to “stand together for Merchantville.” http://www.njpen.com/national-school-walkout-lifts-student-voices-calls-for-unity/
- To educate our children within the Catholic tradition in a manner faithful to the magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church
- To build a culture of academic excellence for our students
- To build and instill a culture of virtue in our students
School is almost here and through Konstella, the Merchantville PTA wants to make sure you are set to have all the information you need at your fingertips! One of the first quick and easy things you can do is to assign your child/children to their appropriate homerooms. To do so, click on your name at the top left of the screen, click on "your children", click on "join classroom", and find your child's homeroom teacher from the list. Joining a classroom is super important to stay informed of upcoming events - sometimes specific to your class or grade.