Parkside Blog

  • The Parkside Party of the Year is just under three weeks away! Here is how you can celebrate with us:

    – Come to the Open House on campus on Saturday, April 9th from 10am-12pm! RSVP HERE – Come to the Anniversary Party at the library on Saturday, April 9th from 7:30-10pm! Buy tickets HERE – Donate an Item to our silent auction HERE – we need more items to raise more funds! – Sign up to Bid in our silent auction HERE – Bidding [...]

  • This summer, Parkside will be the site of several camp opportunities, with something for everyone, Primary through Upper Elementary! Each of these camps is presented by the people and organizations listed below, so all questions and other communications should be directed to the contacts for each specific camp. Parkside is acting as the host site only, but we are excited to see so many children enjoying our campus this summer!

    Montessori Summer Series with Shannon Sheppard – for current Parkside Primary [...]


    We are so excited to announce that we have a date for the best party of the year – Parkside’s 30th Anniversary! On Saturday, April 9th, we will celebrate Joe and Claire’s 40+ years of dedication to Montessori education and 30+ years of love, support, and Simple Gifts at Parkside. You won’t want to miss the chance to say thank you to the guests of honor and reconnect with Parksiders from across the years, so make sure to SAVE [...]

  • Further proof you’ve made the right choice for your child’s education! A new paper published in Frontiers in Psychology provides more evidence that a Montessori education may be superior to traditional methods of education, especially on measures relating to students’ long-term psychological health and well-being. Renown Montessori researcher, Angeline Lillard, and her team found their study to be “one more data point in a growing body of research suggesting Montessori pedagogy is better for humans than is the common model.” [...]

  • 01.06.22


    Casa dei Bambini

    January 6th is a historical date on the Montessori calendar as it marks the opening of the first Casa dei Bambini in 1907.   What those first Case dei Bambini demonstrated so clearly, while Maria Montessori was developing her ideas, is that the environment is one of the major players in her approach. Click the link to learn more about what happens inside a Montessori classroom (links to information by program) and see how beautifully these unique environments serve children.

  • 11.23.21


    Ghosts and Giving

    It’s hard to believe the fall semester is nearing its end! Over recent weeks, we’ve been enjoying beautiful weather and special events on campus, some old and some new. The Elementary children once again presented two wonderful “living wax museums” for Ghosts of the Past, and we were all delighted and impressed with their work. We always leave having learned something and looking forward to next year. A few of the ghosts who stopped by were Beverly Cleary, George Washington, [...]

  • We had a glorious morning with so much to celebrate! We started with Simple Gifts, where we love to sing and dance together – including a few special songs for Halloween and Joe and Camille’s birthdays. The children made banners and cards for Joe and then we gathered on the patio for one more surprise for both Joe and Claire. In honor of their 31+ years in creating, nurturing, and inspiring the Parkside community, and in recognition of their well-deserved [...]
  • One of the more common misconceptions about Montessori education is that we let children run free to do what they please all the time. It is true that we let the children make choices for themselves, but those choices are made within carefully crafted parameters. In this one-pager from Montessori Thrive, you can learn more about how we do this at Parkside and how you can do it at home.

  • The 31st school year at Parkside is underway, and all systems are a go! We have welcomed back 97 children to our campus and to the open arms of our incredible guides, so the classrooms are humming with activity, and happiness abounds. As we begin the second year of pandemic-era operations, we see again the capability and flexibility of the children, and we feel the trust and support of our community. We know this makes a difference in our work [...]

  • 06.16.21


    We Did It!

    We planned, prepared, and then persevered through this Year of All Years, and learning, growing, and FUN happened in spite of it all! We are more grateful than ever for our Parkside community for the commitment, support, and trust it took to get to this point. And the children! What a marvel they are! In any moments of doubt or worry, they showed us over and over again what adaptability looks like, and we took advantage of the many opportunities [...]

“I once asked my son, Harrison, to name the best thing he learned from his two years at Parkside. Without hesitation, he said, 'Parkside taught me how to love.' ”
Richard Cole