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Friday Packet, December 17, 2010

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Calendar Reminder:
Dec. 20-Jan.3..........Winter Break – School closed – Office open, pls. call for hours
Jan. 4, Tue..............School Resumes, regular hours
Jan. 8, Sat...............Family Park Play @ Alta Plaza Park, 10am – 12 noon
Jan. 14, Fri..............Morning Drop-Off Coffee Social, 8:30 – 9:30 am
Jan. 17, Mon............School closed – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 20, Thu............Parent Education Evening – 6-8pm – please, read below
Jan. 28, Fri……….....…TAP applications due

From the Director’s Desk

It was a touching, cheerful and beautiful Winter Sing this morning with unexpectedly delightful moments. We can’t thank you enough for all that you do for MCH, for all the good food and good cheer you brought to the celebration and not to mention the generous gifts to all of us.

Thank you!

Happy Holidays!  May the magic of the season bring you happiness and joy!


It is with sadness and a heavy heart that we say good bye to a wonderful MCH family.  Audrey and Everett Villiger with their mom Stephanie and dad Pascal have moved to Piedmont in the East Bay, and Audrey and Everett will be attending Growing Light Montessori School in Oakland.  Both Stephanie and Pascal now work in the East Bay so this move makes logistical sense but we will miss them so. This will be a wonderful new chapter in the life of the Villiger family.  Please join me, the staff and the MCH community in wishing them the very best. 


Please join me in welcoming two new families to the MCH community. 

Sam Withers, with mom Constance and dad Bryon will be joining the Redwood Room. 

Rachel “Chiao Chiao” Lin with mom Ellie and dad Craig will be joining the Oak Room.

Both children have visited MCH and will start at MCH on January 4th.   Please join me in extending to both families a warm welcome.

Tuition Assistance Applications:  TAP applications are available in the office.  Completed applications are due on Friday, January 28.

Aaron B. Kwok Tuition Assistance Program

MCH maintains a Tuition Assistance Program that makes needs-based awards to help defray MCH tuition costs.  The awards are made on an annual basis to existing and prospective students.  The awards are funded from the operating budget and supplemented by fundraising efforts earmarked for tuition assistance and from other resources, as available each year.

MCH has a goal of promoting diversity and seeks to enroll qualified students whatever their financial circumstances. To decide the fairest and most equitable estimate of a family’s need, the school requests applicants to submit an Application for Tuition Assistance. The application requires a certification of financial means and must be accompanied by a copy of the family's most recent Federal Income Tax Form 1040 and all necessary schedules. All Tuition Assistance awards are reviewed annually and families seeking such assistance are required to file an updated Application for Tuition Assistance and supporting tax documentation each year. All financial information submitted will be held and reviewed in strictest confidence.  MCH does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, or national origin.

In terms of total funding, the committee’s goal is to fund approximately 5.5% of total tuition revenues.   Applications are reviewed using a consistent financial methodology that applies household income resources against tuition costs to define the level of need.  The TAP committee determines what percentage of defined need is funded for each applicant.

This proportion of revenue dedicated to tuition assistance is comparable to area preschools and will be reviewed (up or down) as applications continue.  It is encouraging to note that, since the ABK information form was added to the MCH application, the program has played a critical role in attracting families who otherwise would not have been able to attend our school.

From the Diversity Committee

Mark your calendars for the next Parent Education Night!

We Are More Alike Than We Are Different: Encouraging Our Children to Support Each Other’s Differences

On Thursday, January 20, 2011

From 6:00pm to 8:00pm

In the Fireside Room at MCH

We hope you can join us for an engaging discussion with Janet Green Babb, a pediatric physical therapist for over 25 years in San Francisco, and Todd Wanerman, a preschool teacher and administrator for over 20 years and co-author of Including One, Including All.

The MCH Diversity Committee

An interesting column for Montessori parents

Click here.