Feel-Good Fundraising: Summit for the Planet Walk-a-thon and Festival Offers Healthy Family Fun and Nonprofit Support

Garbed in costume-like fashions made from colorful plastic packaging, aluminum foil, assorted paper products, re-purposed fabric and more, about a dozen children, ages 7 to 17, strutted confidently across the stage during last year’s Summit for the Planet ‘Trash Fashion’ show. The…

Third Graders Enjoy Spring Blooms!

Third grade students happily planted 60 bulbs last fall with the help of parents McKenzie Keith and Dave Willoughby.

“No easy task in that hard pan soil!,” commented third grade teacher Hamsa Heinrich. It’s the second time Heinrich donated a sack full of daffodil bulbs, in hopes the flowers will eventually naturalize on the hill above the Courtside classrooms.

Recently, the students enjoyed the blooms, which are full spring glory!

Discovering History: Fourth Graders Study World Explorers

Dispatched on faraway quests to secure riches and territory for their countries of origin, and fueled by curiosity and courage, the discoveries of early world explorers in the western hemisphere are a standard piece of the fourth grade social studies curriculum at Mount Madonna School (MMS). Recently fourth grade students shared their Explorers Project research in presentations to their classmates, and it was evident that the students had been fully engaged in learning about the explorers’ lives and exploits.
‘We learned about Danish explorer Vitus Bering,’ explained fourth graders Amirah Ibragimchayeva and Addy Catterall-Pendleton. ‘Bering went to sea as a teenager and later joined the Russian navy. He led several dangerous expeditions.’ The Bering Strait, the Bering Sea, Bering Island, Bering Glacier and the Bering Land Bridge have since all been posthumously named in his honor.

New Family Referral and Sibling Incentive Program

Mount Madonna School’s New Family and Sibling Incentive Program provides a tuition discount to current Mount Madonna School (MMS) families who refer new families to MMS. The program includes referrals that result in newly enrolled students who join the school at any point during the school year, and it is intended to offer our current families a way to help grow the School community while also making it financially easier to send their children to MMS.