If you are interested in enrolling this fall, we encourage you to complete an Observation and submit an application as soon as possible. Once we receive your application, your child will be placed on a waiting list. For more information, see the ‘Admissions’ page. Hasta pronto / À bientôt!’
As we announced via email yesterday, we held our campus-wide Emergency Drill
IMS will run an Emergency Drill tomorrow, Wednesday, January 16th and it will be campus-wide. It will test our emergency procedures as they relate to any type of menace on campus, such as extreme weather, a stray animal or an unknown person. The response to any of these is to move all students, staff and visitors to a safe area where they can take shelter. Thus, tomorrow we will drill two of our Emergency Plans, one immediately after the other: the Emergency Move Inside Plan and the Emergency Shelter-in-Place Plan.
As you may have noticed by the above description, the language IMS is using in our emergency plans has changed subtlety. While IMS diligently continues to adopt/review policies and plans to protect students, staff and visitors of our school from situations that might menace us, we have adopted more neutral and positive language in planning, preparing, describing and executing our emergency plans. We encourage the IMS community to embrace this philosophy and avoid using disturbing terminology or concepts with children who are too young to understand.
An optional part of the Admissions process is attending an Information Session, hosted by the Head of School, Dr. Kateri Carver-Akers. Attendees will learn about IMS and have the chance to ask questions.
Space is limited but we would love to have you, so please email; firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-401-4343 to reserve a space. You can even come at 9:00am to do an Observation in one of the classrooms (a required part of the application process) prior to the info session, which is at 10:00am.
All Info Sessions are from 10:00am – 11:00am on the following dates:
January – Thursday the 31st
February – TBA
March (last session of the year) – TBA
Now you can support IMS Online with any major credit card, debit card or bank account.
IMS depends upon fundraising as a necessary part of its budget to support scholarships, make improvements to our facilities and grounds, and minimize tuition costs. Feel free to adjust the donation amount as desired. We appreciate your gift!
Other Ways to Give
Please contact our Head of School, Dr. Kateri Carver-Akers at 919.401.4343 919.401.4343 if you would like to make a capital, scholarship or in-kind donation. You may send a check at any time to our Durham address (at right) in support of our school and we can give you tax deduction information.
Thank you for your support.
The Whole Foods Market School Scrip Program is a method of fund raising for the schools, allowing them to realize a 5% profit on the amount of scrip that is purchased and subsequently sold to parents. These monies are for scholarships, school program supplies, etc. Scrip is offered in $20 increments only and there is no set limit on the number of scrip purchased by the school.
We are excited to announce that The International Montessori School is now a participant in the Whole Foods Market Scrip program! If you shop at Whole Foods, you can help IMS raise money AT NO COST TO YOU and with just a little advanced planning. For every dollar you spend at Whole Foods, IMS will receive back 5%.
Here’s how it works:
- IMS will purchase and resell to you Whole Foods Scrip Certificates. They are available in $20 increments and you use these certificates just like cash to pay for your purchases. If your purchase amounts to less than $20, then the cashier will give you your change in cash. IMS purchases these $20 certificates for $19 so the school makes $1 for each one sold. I know that doesn’t sound like much but it can add up quickly if many families use them. Another local pre-school about our size made almost $800 on these certificates alone last year!
- Email the office email@example.com and let them know your general interest and approximately how many certificates you think you would like to order on a one-time, weekly, or monthly basis. After assessing interest, we will likely purchase a block of certificates and make them available through the Office. You can either pay by check when you pick them up or we will add the cost to your next monthly invoice.
- Keep in mind as well that with the holidays approaching, these make great gifts for your mail carrier/baby sitters/newspaper carrier/teachers/etc.
- Scrip may be redeemed at any Triangle Whole Foods Market location for purchases. Change is given if the purchase is less than the face value of the scrip.
Last week, you received an email reminding you to support your school through loyalty programs with several local grocery stores. In addition to Harris Teeter and Whole Foods Market, Weaver Street Market (WSM) also participates in a loyalty program. For those of you who may not know, WSM is a community-owned store in Carrboro, Southern Village (Chapel Hill) and now, in Hillsborough. WSM also owns Panzanella Restaurant in Carrboro.
Here is how it works. Go to the customer service counter (or a cash regist
If neither parents speaks the language at home, this will not affect how your child learns a language since all children are in a sensitive period for a second language up until about 10-12 years old. However, when there is no representative of that language in the home environment, it simply takes longer to acquire the language. IMS provides enough language acquisition support at school that it should not be a problem if the parents do not speak French or Spanish. There are ways you can help even if you do not speak the second language. You can support your child by asking questions and being interested and involved in what (s)he learns. It is important not to be too demanding or have unrealistic expectations because every child develops at his/her own pace.