Weekly Message Oct 2




Weekly Message

Volume 1 | Issue 9
October 2, 2020
“The child who concentrates is immensely happy.”
— Dr. Maria Montessori in The Absorbent Mind



The first Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Committee meeting will be October 5th at 4:00pm. The purpose of this committee is to develop and promote strategies and best practices within the realms of diversity and equity.  We welcome staff and parents to join.  If interested, please contact Kim Elliott at kelliott@lhuf.org or click here to Ask to Join the committee.


The music program is excited to announce that through the work of our PFA and the United Arts Council, Sterling will host a Bluegrass Residency during the week of October 5 - 9.  During that week, our K-6 students will have 2 classes with Mr. Charles Pettee.  Please note that students CAN and SHOULD attend BOTH music classes for next week!  Charles will be hosting exciting classes showcasing Bluegrass Music.  Students will learn about the style of music, composers and performers of Bluegrass, several instruments used in Bluegrass music, and have opportunities to sing along from home.  

We hope your students will join both sessions for their class.  Zoom links and times will be going home through the classroom teachers.  

You can watch a brief preview of Mr. Charles with the attached file (link)



Please join us for Gardening Week to keep our campus looking beautiful! This year our gardening efforts will look a little different, but the result will be the same– - lovely spruced up gardens all over Sterling. Volunteers can sign up for time slots at specified gardens from Monday, October 12th through Sunday, October 18th HERE.  Please note that any pavers or fencing will need to be done by Todd/Facilities so that they match and meet regulations.  Also, garden boxes need to be wood, not plastic.  Thanks!

If you can’t make it at the specified times, you can review the desired donations and consider purchasing a requested item. If you arrive for your designated time, and your task has been completed, there will be a list of additional tasks taped to the main office door. Feel free to contact nicolemkumar@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you to all that have already signed up!!  Happy weeding and planting!

Sterling’s Parent Faculty Association (PFA) is still seeking volunteers for other community projects.  Please complete this survey and get involved!





October 12th 4:00 All Parents Welcome

“Montessori in the Home”- While home and school are distinctly different environments for our children, there are many easy ways to support their growth at home that are consistent with their Montessori experience here at school. For this gathering, we want to help you to support this growth in creating an environment that guides your child to be responsible, self-regulated, show initiative, independent and confident.   Zoom link will be provided closer to the date.


Wednesday, October 7th - Upper Elementary Families:  "Supporting your learner at home.”

  •  4:00pm - Families in D14, C14, D16, D10
  •  5:30pm - Families in D20  D12, D18

Thursday, October 8  - Lower Elementary Families:  "Developing the Independent Child"

  •  4:00pm All B Building Families
  •  5:30pm  All C Building Families

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9808045777?pwd=NzcyQ3FkNkFTNkpOaWhZZ2NkUTBPdz09


Monday, October 5th - DEI Committee Meeting @ 4:00pm

October 12th - 18th - PFA’s Garden Week

Monday, October 12th - Community Coffee Chat @ 4:00pm

Tuesday, October 13th - PFA Monthly Meeting @ 4:30pm

Wednesday, October 21st - LHU Board Meeting @ 6:30pm


Keep track of all on the Event Calendar






Ellie Shameli - Children’s House PRL Teacher

“I’ve been an educator for almost 30 years. Teaching is not my job, it’s my passion and that’s what I live for.  Three years ago my husband and I had an opportunity to move here to be closer to my three beautiful grandchildren, students of Sterling for many years. My first “real life” exposure to Montessori was through watching my grandchildren and seeing first hand how differently they approached new experiences, how they interacted with adults, and how they loved to explore.  I could see how valuable the Montessori method is to a young child.  I was able to see how this child-centered approach to education fosters confident, enthusiastic and self-directed children.  I wanted to be a part of this magic. An Assistant opportunity in Children’s House became available and I applied.  That first year showed me how a Montessori education shapes a young person.  25 children working purposefully and independently with hands on materials, just like mini scientists, comparing, contrasting, deciding, exploring and learning. Children’s House is the foundation.  


When COVID happened and the pause button was pushed, the world froze.  I am a person who finds the silver lining in everything and instead of looking at this pandemic as a negative I spent my energy finding all of the positives that would come out of our unprecedented circumstances.   In July I was faced with another opportunity, an opportunity to pilot a Preschool Remote Learning (PRL) class.  Sterling was not going to just offer a Remote option for preschoolers, we were going to offer a MONTESSORI preschool experience.  I am proud and honored to be the lead teacher of this PRL class. I work hard planning Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Art, Music, Math, Geography and Science lessons for the children. Even though we are remote and interacting through a camera the children and families in my class are connected and building the necessary trust and partnership that supports the social, emotional and academic growth in each child. This experience has been the most amazing experience of my life, and it’s proof that, “The child brings us great hope and a new vision.” -Maria Montessori.

Sterling Montessori Academy & Charter School
202 Treybrooke Drive
Morrisville, NC 27560
919.462.8889 | (F) 919.462.8890



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Orders can be placed now for yearbooks by visiting www.jostens.com.  Books are $45. For more information, click here.


(3 and 4-year old programs available)

2020/2021 Preschool Application

2021/2022 Preschool Application

Be sure to view our virtual classroom tour and sign up for a Zoom Informational Session before you apply.


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For general information about Sterling Montessori's admissions and lottery process, please visit our Charter Admissions page.


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