On behalf of everyone at Spruce Tree Montessori, our hearts go out to you and your family as we navigate a path not traveled before.
Acting with the best interests of the collective population in mind, we closed our physical campus effective Monday, 3/16, to students and will remain closed through May 1 in adherence to the Governor’s Health Mandate #8. We share in the uncertainty, the challenge, and the disruption that this unfamiliar time presents.
We are steadfast in our commitment to providing reliable educational service to our students and families, and we will do the best we can to offer academic guidance and resources via Zoom, email, and phone, for the duration of this closure.
Spruce Tree opened its first virtual classroom on Wednesday, 3/18, as a trial for our elementary students. We loaned school iPads and laptops to those who need them. We were so pleased with how well it worked to connect us with our students and how it appropriately served as a means to connect our students with one another. We successfully facilitated two full morning work cycles via Zoom Thursday, 3/19, and Friday, 3/20, as well as Circle Time for our Children’s House students (preK-K) that Friday.
A high elbow bump to our incredibly dedicated teachers for their flexibility and compassion.
We will embrace technology and the many (free) online resources available as a continued path forward for the students of Spruce Tree. We have printable ‘work from home’ packets available as well. This week and in the weeks ahead we will offer all aspects of our curriculum to our students via Zoom or in video on our YouTube channel… from core academics to culinary lessons, SEL and PE, all the while modeling our own love of learning. We’ll endeavor to learn new ways of doing things and be open to the trial and error that will make us all stronger, smarter and more resilient.
Our goal is, as always, to support our partnership with our parent community.
Thank you for your trust in us during this uncharted time along our journey together.
Be well, Fairbanks! ❤️🌲
Spruce Tree Montessori School is an independent Montessori school offering authentic Montessori education for children ages 2 1/2 – 12 years old. Spruce Tree provides an inspiring learning environment using proven Montessori techniques and approved Montessori materials. Our programs are guided by experienced Montessori educators holding Montessori teacher certifications from accredited Montessori teacher training institutions.
Montessori education nurtures the child’s natural desire to learn. Classrooms are active, but peaceful, engaging yet quiet. Students develop in a self-paced environment where socio-emotional and practical life skills are learned alongside academics.
Our mission is to create an experience that we all love.
Spruce Tree Montessori School is affiliated with the American Montessori Society (AMS) as a full-member school and has implemented a program in compliance with the AMS School Standards and Accreditation Criteria. All Lead Teachers hold Montessori credentials from MACTE-accredited Montessori teacher training institutions approved by the AMS and all classroom staff have or are working toward BS/BA degrees or higher. Our Head of School earned the Seton Montessori Institute’s esteemed School Administration credential (Jan 2017) – the first Montessori educator in Alaska to do so!
Our curriculum provides sound academic background for the establishment of critical thinking, problem solving and cooperative learning skills where enrichment programming in culture, foreign language, art and music are a part of the regular school day. Our goal is to support the development of each child in all areas – academically, socially, physically, and emotionally in an effort to educate the “whole child.”
Montessori represents an entirely different approach to education.