The Annual Gala, hosted by Friends of the Montessori Academy of Chicago (FOMAC), supports the Academy and its faculty and staff. FOMAC provides additional funding for extracurricular programming and materials for the children. In the past, FOMAC has contributed to the works in the classrooms, the music program, and improvements to the back gym.
A portion of the funds raised at the Gala is used to provide Teacher Education Grants. These grants ensure the Academy continues to develop and attract talented teachers and provide a diverse, multicultural learning environment that is crucial to the continued success of our children and the school. By attending the Gala and participating in the silent auction and paddle raise, FOMAC can grant more student scholarships. The more scholarships we grant, the greater the impact the Academy community can make to the growth, happiness, and independence of children in Chicago.
The International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations in 1981 and was celebrated for the first time in September of 1982. Twenty years later in 2002, September 21st was declared the official annual date. The United Nations envisioned Peace Day as a time devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people. Today, in each of our classrooms the children are taught to use the “Peace Rose” for conflict resolution. Our celebration of the International Day of Peace highlights the importance of peace education inherent within the Montessori Curriculum.
Each year the Academy commemorates the International Day of Peace with a Peace Parade. During this event students, faculty, and staff march around the block and host a small ceremony around the Peace Pole, located in the Elementary Garden. Students sing “Light a Candle for Peace” and Elementary students present Peace Poems and short stories, expressing what peace means to them. Parents, family, and friends are welcome to participate in this fun community celebration.
Each year before our Summer Break, the Academy hosts an All School Picnic for faculty, staff, and families. This event is an opportunity for our community to come together to have some fun in the sun! The picnic is B.Y.O.P (bring your own picnic) and is a great opportunity for families to spend time as a community and interact with new parents and children. The Academy closes at 4:00 PM on the day of the picnic so that everyone can attend together. This event is an amazing celebration of the Academy community and a great send off for our 4th of July break!
The Montessori Journey and Discovery event provides an opportunity for parents to experience the school firsthand and discover the amazing things that an authentic Montessori program has to offer. During this event, parents have the freedom to view the classrooms in sequential order from Infant through Upper Elementary, without the presence of students. As most parents did not attend a Montessori school as a child, this event provides parents with a better understanding of their child’s school day. This is a truly wonderful way to explore the materials in the Montessori classroom, receive lesson presentations from lead teachers, and have an enlightening discussion on what it all means. Most importantly, this experience will illuminate how the curriculum is connected throughout the levels.
The Academy is pleased to provide a range of seminars open to Academy parents, prospective families, and the community at large. Led by our accomplished Academy faculty, these seminars offer valuable information on the Montessori educational approach. Parent Enrichment seminars are typically offered once or twice per month during the regular school year.
In partnerships with Scholastic and Barefoot Books, the Academy hosts the Annual Academy Book Fair each fall and spring. Upper Elementary students help run this event by working the cash register, offering book suggestions, and assisting with the set-up and take-down. Academy faculty work with parent volunteers to help run the book fair both before and after school.