SUNNYSIDE MENNONITE MONTESSORI SCHOOL
Sunnyside Mennonite Montessori School endeavors to:
Sunnyside Mennonite Montessori School endeavors to:
- Use Montessori methods and values to educate, with a focus on the wonders of the world and life as part of God’s creation
- Support families as they nurture their children’s development
- Provide opportunities for parent involvement
- Maintain a meaningful relationship with Portland Mennonite Church, our sponsoring organization.
Haley began working in Montessori Schools in 2012 as a rhythm and movement teacher for preschools in Chicago. After teaching at many schools, parks, gyms, and studios, she recognized the sustained peace and learning that the Montessori environment had to offer and decided to focus her energy toward that effort. In 2013 she moved to Portland to attend Montessori Northwest where she earned her AMI Primary diploma as well as her M.Ed. in Montessori Education (from Loyola University Maryland). During the 2014-2015 school year she worked as the lead guide and school director at Bluebird Montessori inSilverton, OR. Although Haley has shifted her career away from dance she continues to be fascinated by the the relationship between our thoughts and our physical selves. She is still making dances, currently experimenting with choreography for film and video. She is very much looking forward to working with the children and families of SMMS and getting to know the community.
Tammy Miller attended Puget Sound Christian College and then Hair Styling school before she enrolled in assistant Montessori training at Montessori Institute NW. She’s been teaching at SMMS since 2005. Married to Randy for over thirty years with three children: Rylan, Braden, and Elise. All three attended SMMS. She enjoys time with friends and family, watching Elise play basketball, listening to music, gardening, walking and going to the gym.
The Sunnyside Mennonite Montessori School is operated by the Portland Mennonite Church as a service to the community and church families. The school provides quality early childhood education using the methods of the American Montessori Society.
Our aim is to help the child develop a sense of security and identity. The teachers share a genuine love and concern for each child as an individual, helping the child to be tolerant, creative, cooperative, imaginative and to show initiative and independence. We want to help each child grow physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually.
Is SMMS a religious school?
SMMS began as a Christian preschool over 30 years ago and is still a ministry of Portland Mennonite Church. However, the preschool today does not have a specific religious curriculum and is inclusive of other faiths. The children sing table graces before lunchtime, and during the Christmas season the Advent story is presented. Religious traditions of students’ families are shared as well.
What does it mean that SMMS is ‘Mennonite’?
At SMMS, we are Mennonite in the way we treat one another. Mennonite beliefs and practices vary widely, but following Jesus in daily life is a central value, along with peacemaking. At SMMS, the teachers, parents, and children are encouraged to treat one another with respect and grace. Learn more here.
How old does my child have to be before s/he can join SMMS?
SMMS offers classes for children ages 3-6 years old.
What is the application process?
You can schedule an observation time by calling the school at 971-266-0701. Applications are available at that time upon request. Limited scholarship funds are available to families needing financial assistance. There is an annual non-refundable $50.00 registration fee to hold your child’s place in the school.
If I start my child with 3 days, would I be able to add more days as s/he gets older?
Parents may choose a 3-day (Tues-Thurs) or 4-day (Tues- Fri) program for their child with all kindergarten children attending 4 days. The 4-day program is open only to returning four and five-year old children. Additional children may join the Friday class as space allows and at teacher discretion.
What time is school?
Children arrive to school between 9:00 and 9:05 AM. Children need to be picked up promptly at 12:30 PM.
Do you prepare meals and snacks for the children or do we bring our own?
You are responsible to send a healthy lunch with your child to school. In addition, a healthy snack is also provided every day. Each family contributes a week’s worth of snacks throughout the year.
How is discipline handled?
Children can be as happy when they are learning as when they are playing. An authoritarian type of discipline is harmful to development but to abandon discipline is not the alternative. It is possible to achieve a self-discipline and this has been spontaneously demonstrated by children themselves; therefore, we use a natural and logical consequence approach to discipline in the class.
What’s the average class size?
Maximum class size is 24.
Does the school have an outdoor space and how often is it used?
Yes. The children have time outside everyday weather permitting. There is an outdoor play structure onsite.