SUMMER PROGRAMS 2020
Open Enrollment for children new to MCS will begin on March 16, 2020.
SUMMERS AT MCS
The MCS Summer Programs offer full-summer, all-day options to families looking for a fun and enriching summer adventure for their children. Our summer programs also offer the flexibility of selecting specific dates (within guidelines set forth in the MCS summer policies).
Summer programs are available for Preschool and Elementary students and for continuing Two-Year-Old students, or Two-Year-Olds enrolling for the upcoming school year.
*Priority is given to children who will be continuing with MCS in Fall 2020. Enrollment will be confirmed with an email from the Director of Admissions. If space is unavailable, families will be notified as soon as possible.
Dates for the 2020 Summer Program are as follows:
*Elementary program (students entering grades 1-5): June 8 - August 14, 2020
*Preschool & Kindergarten program (3-5 year-olds): May 26-August 14, 2020
*Two-Year-Olds program: May 26-August 14, 2020
School will be closed on the following dates:
Thursday, June 11, 2020 (Kamehameha Day)
Friday, July 3, 2020 (Independence Day holiday)
2020 Summer Application and Brochure COMING SOON!
2019 SUMMER ELEMENTARY PROGRAM
Lower Elementary (students entering grades 1-2)
Upper Elementary (students entering grades 3-5)
This Summer’s Focus: “The Hawaiian People”
Discover new worlds and learn more about our island home this summer, at Montessori Community School! Our popular Summer Discoveries program offers elementary students the opportunity to expand their horizons, stretch their imaginations, and challenge their physical skills. Fun and fascinating field trips supplement and extend classroom activities.
With a curriculum divided into two-week sessions, students can experience the complete program or enroll in select, two-week sessions. Each session is designed with a stand-alone curriculum that is also complementary, for students who enroll for the entire summer.
Here are just a few of the topics that will be explored in captivating detail:
Origins of the early settlers and their fundamental needs
Navigation and astronomy * The Hawaiian Monarchy
Ecology and environmental studies
Rituals, traditions, holidays, and games
Field studies at the Royal Mausoleum/Queen Emma Summer Palace, Bishop Museum, Mānoa Heritage Center, and other weekly destinations and hikes round out this summer’s adventures!
The elementary summer curriculum will also include:
Literature * Drama * Writing Projects * Art Activities * Hands-on Math & Science
Crafts * Cooking Projects * Swimming pool excursions (August sessions)
Weekly Excursions * “The Daily Running Program”
STEM with Mr. Bob
Upper Elementary students, will explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
using new iPads, CleverBots and Lego to learn coding, robotics, movie making and more!
SUMMER EARLY EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Preschool & Kindergarten
There’s so much for preschool-aged children to see, do, and learn in the Hawaiian Islands Explorers program this summer! Our young explorers will learn about the animals - native as well as introduced species - that share our island home! Fun and educational classroom activities will be supplemented by regular excursions and even a special guest speaker or two.
Children in the Preschool & Kindergarten program must be able to use the bathroom with complete independence (diapers, training pants, or Pull-ups are not allowed at any time in the preschool program).
Here’s just a small sample of what your Hawaiian Islands Explorer can look forward to this summer:
enjoying fascinating field trips, such as the Waikiki Aquarium, Sea Life Park, and more
making their own bird feeders using natural materials, and other fun projects
becoming mini-scientists as they perform simple experiments
exploring the hidden mysteries of the miniature world of insects
creating Monk Seal puppets and other imaginative crafts
. . . and so much more!
(NOTE: The Two-Year-Old summer program is only for continuing MCS students, or new students who will be entering MCS in the fall.)
Love, Warmth, Security, & Fun are key aspects of the Montessori Community School Two-Year-Old Summer Program for children
ages 2 to 3 years. Children in diapers are accepted, but children entering the MCS Preschool & Kindergarten Program in the fall should possess independent toileting habits.
Love . . . for the child from staff who are trained to meet the special needs of this developmental phase.
Warmth . . . in a nurturing environment which allows freedom and movement while the two-year-old develops his skills.
Security . . . in a consistent routine. As trust is built, the child is better able to develop social skills and independence.
Fun . . . for the child as he explores with the classroom activities indoors and out, while forming new friendships with other children.
SUMMER EXTRA-CURRICULAR FORMS AND FLYERS
2019 SUMMER PROGRAM ENROLLMENT FORMS
(IMPORTANT NOTE: These programs are offered by MCS as a service to families enrolled in our Summer Programs and are conducted by independent contractors who set their own policies and fees. Any questions regarding the policies of these programs should be directed to the individual program providers.
ALL ELEMENTARY (GRADES 1-5)
SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL SUMMER STUDENTS
Montessori Community School often enrolls international students in our summer programs. Our programs provide students an opportunity to experience local and American culture, language, and curriculum. However, parents should be aware that we do not provide specific English language instruction, and classes are conducted entirely in English. Please see the program descriptions below for specific entry requirements.
ELEMENTARY PROGRAM (for children 6 to 11 years of age, entering grades 1-5):
Our elementary summer program offers a blend of classroom instruction, with a particular focus on hands-on math and science activities as well as writing, art and cooking projects, and outdoor activities such as hikes, a daily run, and frequent off-campus excursions.
Students who enroll in our summer elementary program must be currently enrolled in an International school, where classroom instruction is conducted in English, unless English is the primary language spoken at home.
PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM (for children 3-5 years of age):
The program for preschool 3-5 year-olds focuses on nature studies, with a wide array of hands-on activities in the classroom as well as regular off-campus excursions.
Students who enroll in our summer preschool program do not need to be able to speak fluent English, but for safety’s sake and for the child to have a positive experience in our program, he or she must at least understand, follow directions, and express basic wants and needs in English. It is also our expectation that parents must be able to communicate with the school in English.
Here are some further points to keep in mind:
Formal English language instruction is not part of our summer curriculum.
In the elementary program, most activities involve reading and writing in English. Other curriculum areas, such as math, arts and crafts, and outdoor activities would be less dependent upon the English language. Students will receive maximum benefits from our elementary program if they have basic English reading and writing skills.
For their safety, all international students should have an adequate understanding of basic English so they can follow rules and guidelines, both at school and also while attending off-campus excursions.
Parents should also be able to communicate to the faculty and staff in English, without the assistance of a translator. In cases of emergency, or even to explain daily classroom routines and schedules, it is critical that our staff be able to clearly communicate important information to the child’s parents in a timely manner.
Special Information: Program Entrance Requirements for International Students (Please have all required records translated into English.
1. TUBERCULOSIS CLEARANCE:
A negative Tuberculosis (TB) Clearance is required for all students new to Montessori Community School. The clearance must be
performed by a U.S. licensed health practitioner (MD, DO, APRN, or PA) on or after the student’s first birthday (12 months of age or older), and must consist of one of the following acceptable clearance methods:
a) Negative Risk Screen.
b) Negative TB test (TB Mantoux skin test for any age or QuantiFERON Gold-in-Tube (QFT-GIT)/ T-
SPOT blood test for 2 years and older).
c) Positive TB test and negative chest x-ray.
Parents who do not want skin tests for children under 5 years of age need a physician letter stating the skin test is medically contraindicated.
No exemptions to the TB clearance requirement are allowed.
Without a tuberculosis clearance, children are not permitted to start school.
All new students must submit a current record of all health requirements (Form 14) prior to enrollment.
Additionally, students new to our preschool program must have a U.S. licensed physician complete, sign, and date the DHS Form 908.
3. BIRTHDATE VERIFICATION:
In order to verify your child’s age, a copy of your child’s birth certificate must be submitted prior to the first day of school, and will be kept on file in the school’s office. If you are arriving from overseas, the school must also obtain a copy of your child’s passport. In some cases, a copy of the parent’s passport may also be required in order to verify your status.
4. PHYSICAL EXAMINATION:
A physical examination, completed within one year prior to Hawaii school entry and performed by a U.S. licensed practitioner (i.e. MD, DO, APRN, or PA) must be submitted.
5. EMERGENCY INFORMATION AND RELEASE FORM:
The Emergency Information and Release Form, attached to the application form, must list local (Hawaii) telephone numbers and addresses.