I missed art class…
and my art teacher Sonya (Taylor Moore). I love how we can be creative and free… Once a year, the whole school will make art to fill the cafeteria with color and fun. And we have a song to go with it.”
Madilyn Matthias RMS grade 4
“I miss going to the playground with my friends.”
Landon Foss RMS grade 3
“I miss my friends. I miss playing with them at recess, sitting with them at lunch, and working with them.”
Ella Klingelheber RMS grade 4
“When I get stuck, my friends help me. And when my friends get stuck, I help them.”
Perry Fulton RMS grade 4
“What I miss most are my teachers. They teach me all the stuff I need to know. They are always supportive and kind.”
Jade Morey RMS grade 3
“One of the things I miss most about school is art. Art is my favorite subject. You can do lots of fun stuff like paint a lot of pictures.”
Annabelle Matthias RMS grade 2
“I miss Monica (Gucwa, teacher) because she is so nice.”
Charlotta Bentley RMS grade 3
“I really like math. I miss doing math games at school and learning new lessons.”
Azalea Lindner RMS grade 1
“What I miss about school: spelling. It was fun because Ms. Gabriela Bentley made up funny sentences to go with words.”
Ina Spiropoulos RMS grade 2
“I miss going to school. I miss going outside.”
Augusta Walker RMS grade 1
“I really missed the last week of school. It is amazing because of field day, BBQ day, and because you get to say goodbye to all your teachers.”
Monet Grillo RMS grade 4
“Paying attention to the little things in life really matter right now. For example, paying attention to the governor’s laws can help protect us all… Little things like social distancing and wearing a mask can help us get through this sooner.”
Micah Morey RMS grade 5
“I have learned that little things can be big things to the heart. I have learned that being home from school is hard, but you got this!”
Florence Serson RMS grade 2
“Who knows, maybe online school will be the future of learning. Maybe in ten years or so we will all be home for school and never go in except for social gatherings and parties. Maybe office workers will just have home offices and just stay home, just like schools. But … there is an aspect of social interaction that comes into play here. People need to see other people, we are not all hermits.”
Oliver Skagen RMS grade 7
Ross Montessori School is a publicly-funded charter that does not operate under the umbrella of the Roaring Fork School District. Therefore, it is not required to follow RE-1COVID campus closure measures. The school has selected a plan for their particular learning models that fits the needs of their 313 students in grades K-8.
RMS opened on August 17 for on-campus learning with a Face-to-Face plan with the option to enroll in a Learning-from-Home model. The plan is fluid and may change throughout the school year, depending on the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the broader community.
NOTE: The deadline to enroll in the RMS Learning-from-Home model for next semester is October 1, 2020
School Safety Protocols:
• All students wear masks – two masks packed every day.
• To limit contact, parent involvement is limited to off-campus activities.
• The only adults allowed on campus are faculty and staff.
• Any child showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be immediately isolated and sent home.
• Contact, quarantine, and isolation measures are in place in case of a confirmed COVID case within the school.
• Student exclusion from school is required if a household member is diagnosed with COVID.
• The school has developed a hybrid model combining On-Campus and At-Home learning should local case numbers rise.
RMS celebrates its 15th school year in 2020-21.
From RMS Board of Directors VP, Karen Bradshaw upon awarding the Ross Montessori Founders Day Award to Head of School Sonya Hemmen:
“Sonya Hemmen’s leadership is the backbone for Ross Montessori School. She steps up and handles anything necessary to ensure the continued operation of the school. The unanticipated transition led by Sonya and delivered in March following the onset of unexpected COVID-19 regulations was exceptional. Sonya’s leadership kept our teachers engaged and performing, which led to continued student engagement and learning.”