Welcome to Six Rivers Montessori

Important Dates

December 8th Upper Elementary Forum 6:00-7:00
December 10th Lower Elementary Forum 6:00-7:00
December 18th Music Night 5:30

For a full schedule of instructional days and other important dates, please see our School Calendar page.

Our Vision

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Our broadest vision is of a world that lives in peace, and a world community based on interdependence and respect for all life and all people. Our vision for our school is a Montessori school community of supportive parents, dedicated teachers and staff, and joyful learners.

Our Mission

Our mission is to nurture students’ character, compassion, respect and curiosity; to cultivate their means to learn, to invent, and participate fully and joyfully in life independently and collaboratively; to sustain a quality Montessori holistic classroom environment within a farm-based learning community; to encourage a deep sense of interdependence and responsibility as caring, global citizens and stewards of the earth.

Passive Fundraising at SRM

Passive Fundraising is an easy way to support our school while making your regular purchases. There are several programs available to earn money while you shop. You can invite your friends and family to sign up, too!

  • North Coast Co-op Scrip: (buy cards for yourself, family or friends)
    A Fundraising member will be available on 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month after school to collect money for your gift card order.
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  • eScrip: (invite family and friends)
    Go to http://www.escrip.com/ to sign up and add SRM as your organization. Wildberries Marketplace is currently the only local merchant. If you make regular online purchases be sure to visit the eScrip Online Mall. You will need to register a credit/debit card.
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  • AmazonSmile: (invite family and friends)
    If you already have an account just use “AmazonSmile” as your affiliate link and choose SRM as your charitable organization. Everything on your account stays the same. Please see link https://smile.amazon.com/ for more information on how to register.
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  • Zazzle: (invite family and friends)
    SRM logo products; shirts, mugs, hats, totes http://www.zazzle.com/six+rivers+montessori+gifts Products shown on white to show off logo but you can customize the color of most products.

Garden Harvest

Garden Harvest
This week students reaped the rewards of their hard work of the spring. The Upper El students harvested beans while the Lower El harvested vegetables to make a salad, and veggie platters with pesto to share with the whole school.

Welcome Back!

SRM Garden
The school is Looking so lovely. The garden is blooming, the lawn is mowed, the windows are freshly washed, and the classrooms are getting organized. Thanks to all of our fantastic parent volunteers for all the help over the summer in keeping the school looking beautiful. We’re ready for another great school year!


Bird-A-Thon group photo
On Friday the Upper El went on a bird-watching field trip all over Humboldt Bay. They saw 77 species of birds! The bird-a-thon money they raised from this mini “Big Day” will be used for the Upper El classroom. Thanks to the Brown-Collier family for organizing this awesome outing! And thanks to all of you who sponsored a student!

See A List Of All 77 Birds

May Pole Dance

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Seasons Go ‘Round the Sun,
Seasons Go ‘Round the Moon,
Seasons Go ‘Round Planet Earth,
Spring is Now in Bloom.

Each year Six Rivers students participate in May Day celebrations, including the May Pole Dance.

Music Performance by Upper El Students

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Costumes, Music, Song, and Dance

The Upper El Students gave a performance on Thursday for the Lower El, giving them a chance to play the pieces they had composed for Chinese New Year. It was only a few minutes long, but the students beautifully showcased the time and energy they had put in this winter playing recorders, drums, and xylophones, plus singing and dancing. At the end they gifted the Lower El students with the seed packets they had made last week. Those seeds will come in handy in a couple of weeks when gardening starts!

Thousand Chain

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The Thousand Chain is really big work, so satisfying to finish, a practice in skip-counting, and a preparation for multiplication!

Tracking the Sun and Moon

Photo of students tracking their shadows.

Upper El Students Start the New Year With Astronomy

Wondering about all those chalk marks in the parking lot? Well, students took advantage of the bright winter sunshine to spend a few minutes each hour measuring their shadows. Then, back in the classroom, they graphed those measurements. In addition to this they are keeping a moon journal for the next month. I know we all have our fingers crossed that the rain will return, but meanwhile these clear skies make observing the sun and moon possible…and fun!

Each of Us is One Small Light

Children lighting candles
Shalom Chaverim (essentially…peace friends, until we meet again)

This week was full of music sung by the sweet voices of the students at Six Rivers: Christmas carols, “Shalom Chaverim” an Israeli folk song, and, of course, “Down with Darkness” in honor of the upcoming solstice. Whichever holiday your family embraces this season may you all have a happy one, go in peace until we meet again, and remember that we are each one small light.

Giving Thanks and Sharing a Meal

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Made possible…

By the children who grew the beans, and brought in the veggies for Stone Soup; By the parents who prepped food the night before; By the volunteers who helped the children cook; And, of course, by the teachers who provided the space and time for this beautiful tradition. We have much to be thankful for this holiday.

Art and Music

In Abundance This Week… and Every Week

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Art and music are an integral part of a well-rounded education. In addition to the daily art and music provided for the students, once a week the children have an art lesson, participate in handcraft, and make music together with xylophones and recorders.

A Special Performance

For a Neighborhood Preschool

Upper Elementary Students walked to Strongbridge Montessori this week and performed for their students. Six Rivers students composed original pieces on their recorders and performed both individually and together.
Recorder performance photo

SRM is now registered with eScrip

eScrip ad linkClick on the eScrip link to register and see what stores participate in the program. Wildberries is a local participant and there are hundreds of online stores to choose from.

Fantastic, Fun, Fieldtrips*

Sumeg Village Field Trip
New Lower El Students Went to Patrick’s Point and the Upper Elementary Went to the Sequoia Zoo.

Expanding learning beyond the classroom is an important part of a students’ education. This week the younger children toured the Sumeg Village, a reconstructed Yurok village. Sumeg Village was built by the Yurok using modern tools but with traditional materials and is used by the local Yuroks for education, ceremonies, and to share their culture with the public. After the tour the children made traditional necklaces with dentalia shells.

The Upper El Students spent part of their time at the Zoo on a tour learning about the mammals housed there. Part of their zoology curriculum is to explore many habitats, including those with animals living in captivity, and compare and contrast those environments.

The experiences of both trips will be drawn from throughout the year and beyond as the children develop their sense of place in their community and their responsibility to their surroundings.

*Ask your Upper El Student the name of the literary device used in the title.


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A Lesson in Quiet Observation, Life Cycle, and the Joy of Watching Them Fly Away

The Lower Elementary students had the pleasure of observing the life cycle of the butterfly while a pair of students worked on their butterfly research project. I think watching the butterflies fly away might have been the best part.

Six Rivers Montessori is a California Public Benefit Non-Profit school, incorporated in 2012. We do not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, creed, or national origin, including but not exclusive of non-discriminatory admissions of students and members, and equal use of all facilities.