Throughout the school year, Ithaca Montessori School hosts several fun-filled family events for the IMS community. These events help build our sense of community and are a treat for our children.
For event dates please click on School Calendar.
IMS Fall Festival
The fall festival is a chance for us all to come together to celebrate the changing on the season from Summer to Fall. It is an event that we all look forward to all year, and plan accordingly. From making leaf designs, masks or bracelets with our art materials, to Face paintings that explode with color on children’s faces, To scooping out a giant orange pumpkin and tasting a treat from our bake and savory stall, It is a hub of excitement and a place where we can all spend time talking and getting to know each other better.
We encourage all parents to come to this wonderful event, and we also put out invitations to our community. This event is open to everyone! Because of this, we also like to hold an Open house on this day to show new families our wonderful classrooms and philosophy. Lead Teachers from each program will hold tours and give all the information you will need.
Below you will see some pictures from last years Fall festival. This years fall festival was October 14th 2017. from 10 am to 12 pm. See below for some of the pictures we were able to capture of this fun and loving event!
Fall Festival 2017
Family Fun outside, Collecting Leaves, Scooping Pumpkins, Bobbing for Gourds!
Families and friends all ready to smile at our Photo Shoot
Nate and Kate were the Entertainment this year. Bringing singing and juggling to all new levels for us all at IMS! Click on their link below to find out more about thsi wonderful family entertainment group!
Thank you Nate and Kate! Please come back again!
Fall Festival 2016
Some Decorations from the Fall festival.
Some of the wonderful treats we serve at the Fall festival. Many are brought in by parents.
At the Fall Festival we like to have many different activities, This is our Arts and Crafts tables
IMS Friendship Lunch
The Friendship Lunch is a time we can come together and say a BIG Thank you to all the families of our community! Our annual pre-Thanksgiving community feast is held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
With so many of our families coming from different countries, this is a wonderful occasion to try cuisine from around the world. In the past we have had such delightful foods from around the world such as Schnitzel, Curry, Spring rolls, Mediterranean Salads and much much more. IMS provides traditional Thanksgiving foods for this meal. Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, mixed roasted vegetables, Gravy and stuffing.
This is a favorite IMS tradition for students and families alike! Once food is served and families take seats, Staff are welcomed to join their community and this is where we all get a chance to talk and become a stronger group. Sharing stories and laughing about events in our lives. The luncheon can last up to two hours and once we are shared and are ready to go we ask families only one thing. To enjoy their Thanksgiving safely.
Similar to our Fall Festival, this is a fun way to celebrate our community and gather together in the winter season! This has only been an event at IMS over the past few years, but has become such a wonderful event that it has now become a much looked forward to event In past years we have had raffles to win items donated by staff and IMS community members.
Open house is also available to the community. This is a great way to meet and talk with our Teachers, to be able to see our classrooms and the work space the children are able to use.
IMS End of the Year Cookout
Even though our school is a 12 month program, With summer school Approaching and Primary children getting ready for their next adventure, we like to hold a End of Year cookout to say a Big thank you for such a wonderful year. The cookout consists of IMS staff hosting a cookout for the entire IMS community. We serve a whole array of food for families to eat. There are vegan and vegetarian options, Watermelon, Beans, Salad, burgers, Hot dogs,everything a good BBQ needs. where we will hold the event is decided closer to the time but we have held it at Cass park, Stewart park and even on school grounds. The cookout is normally a buzz of excitement and happiness, Children having fun running around and parents being able to chat with their teachers and other parents as much as they would like. It is a beautiful way to end the year and start the summer program for Primary.
Here are some pictures from years past:-
end of year 2017
Some pictures of our staff cooking. They do enjoy being able to BBQ!
Our Staff all in their Ithaca Montessori T shirts ready to welcome families
End of year 2016
Rob and Sarah, Our Cooks for the BBQ
Getting food ready for families.
A few pictures of our community enjoying the afternoon