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MSOE established both a lending library and Week-end book backpack program to encourage literacy activities in the home.  The MSOE Parents Association helps to plan and implement fund raising events for annual graduation ceremony activities, they are also partner with MSOE staff to conduct its annual book fair to raise money to purchase books for the classrooms.  They are also involved in our Annual Chocolate Festival Fund raiser, volunteering their time to sell tickets and participate in the baking competition.

Parent/Teacher Professional Development Training

MSOE offer at least three professional workshops for teachers and parents.  These training sessions cover topics such as the curriculum, assessment, first aid, CPR, medical administration, behavior modification techniques, special needs training, and DCF mandated reporter training.  Workshops on child supervision, Montessori workshops and formal coursework, workshops on NAEYC ethical conduct, classroom standards and curriculum and assessments   are also open to parents.

How to Help Your Child Get the Most Out of Every Day

  • Make sure your child gets enough rest
  • Help your child to arrive promptly at school
  • Limit TV watching
  • Read to your child every day
  • Avoid over-programming your child. Like adults, children need “down time” to relax.

Opportunities for Parents

MSOE encourages participation from all families. Volunteers are an integral, important part of our school. Their efforts, time and enthusiasm help to ensure the success of our fund raising and school events and enhancement projects.

Opportunities for volunteering are flexible enough to suit your schedule.  Parent Volunteer forms are sent to all families with information on each committee. Whether it’s a one-time event, such as reading a story or teaching a song, or on-going committee work, volunteering is a great chance to meet new people and further the Mission of the School. Review the school calendar for school events.

Guide to MSOE Opportunities for Giving Back

For many families, the Montessori School on Edgewood may be their first experience with a private school. Private, non-profit schools rely on support from their families and friends to help meet fund raising goals that are used to support operating expenses and financial aid programs. All gifts, large and small, are very meaningful. Gifts of time, expertise and talent are equally valuable. If you are interested in helping in this way, please call the Director at 203-772-3210

Resources for Parents

American Montessori Society
This website provides information about the Montessori philosophy and classroom. It also has valuable information for families about how to support their children’s learning and development at home.

Video about Montessori in the classroom:

Dr. Maria Montessori’s handbook to download:

2-1-1 website:
2-1-1 is Connecticut’s comprehensive phone-based service that provides information and referrals to community services, child care options, crisis intervention.

Care 4 Kids helps low to moderate income families in Connecticut pay for child care costs. This program is sponsored by the State of Connecticut’s Department of Social Services (also called DSS).

Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic:
Clifford Beers is a mental health clinic serving children and families in the Greater New Haven area. 

ACES Area Cooperative Educational Services:
Support for students with special needs.

ECAT—Early Childhood Assessment Team:
Supports students age 3 to kindergarten. This team evaluates preschool- aged children to determine if they qualify for special education services.

New Haven School Readiness Program:
School Readiness is a State funded pre-k program established is 1997 to increase the number of children who have an opportunity to attend a quality pre-k program. MSOE is a School Readiness site.

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