Back in the Saddle

Parkside Community School - Austin Texas Montessori School

 

Happy Birthday to Maria Montessori! Thanks to her genius, we have been educating the whole child and sending intelligent, compassionate, and creative citizens out into the world for over 27 years! We celebrate her contributions every day, but we’re giving her special accolades as we begin a new school year – our fifth on this campus! And despite the extreme heat, the whole campus is buzzing, and we’re ready to switch this school year to Full Steam Ahead!

 

We are kicking off our community events with Simple Gifts on Friday, September 7th from 8:45-9:15am, followed by our Community Picnic on Saturday, September 8th from 11am-1pm. We’ll be welcoming new families and reconnecting with returning families, and all friends of Parkside are invited to join us. In addition, we would love to see you at our Fall Campout at Pederernales Falls State Park October 12-14th.

 

We are so fortunate to not only have the best children in the world here at Parkside, but also the best families and friends. We could not make our school the beautiful, vibrant place it is without help from all of you, and your support is incredible. If you have a special skill or talent, or you just want to spend some time helping around campus, we’d love to have you! Contact the front office, and we’ll be happy to find a place to put you to work. 

In addition, we’ll once again be participating in Amplify Austin this spring as our primary fundraiser for the year. We’d like to offer heartfelt thanks for your past support, and if you are considering a gift to Parkside in the near future, please contact Courtney Moore for more information. Know that your generosity is deeply appreciated and will help us continue to educate and nurture Austin’s children for generations to come. 

Finally, we share this guide for all of us to begin again the wonderful work of growing and teaching children: 
 
You are a Marvel
by Pablo Casals
 
Each second we live
is a new and unique moment of the universe, 
a moment that will never be again . . .
And what do we teach our children? 
We teach them that two and two
make four, and that Paris is
the capital of France.  
 
When will we also teach
them what they are?  
 
We should say to each of them:
Do you know what you are?
You are a marvel.
You are unique. 
In all the years that have passed,
there has never been another child like you. 
Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers,
the way you move.  
 
You may become a Shakespeare,
a Michelangelo, a Beethoven.
You have the capacity for anything.
Yes, you are a marvel. 
And when you grow up,
can you then harm another
who is, like you, a marvel?  
 
You must work
we must all work
to make the world
worthy of its children.  
 
Enjoy these last days of summer, and we hope to see you soon. Thank you again, friends, for your generosity and your belief in us.
Parkside Community School
“We love the education our children receive...it's nurturing, loving, inspirational, disciplined, respectful, and challenging. We also enjoy the sense of community and family that is always present.”
Christie Horne