The Power of Ten

by Village Montessori School







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The Power of Ten

by Village Montessori School

2016 has been an eye-opening year: we have seen great polarity, some of the worst of humankind, so much heartache and human suffering. Yet, there have been great triumphs. Great shows of strength. Solidarity. Defiance in the most positive and loving sense.

Never has our wish for our children been stronger, that they grow up learning peace and kindness, humility and acceptance. That they are loved immeasurably throughout their lives. That their peers are accepting and celebrating of diversity.

We believe it is the desire of every parent that their children be armed with the strength and skills to reach their full potential whether to become a great leader, a nurturer, a scholar, a quiet but mighty presence in all the lives they touch. As parents we make small decisions every day that (hopefully) usher our children into their futures as the people they want to be, discovering their interests, talents, and asserting who they truly are.

For us, the teachers and parents at Village Montessori School in the Broad Ripple Village in Indianapolis, we believe the small community we have created, and the experience of which our children are an essential part each and every day, not only benefits our individual children, but our entire society for the people our children will become. At our school, our children guide their daily learning. They lead by example. They work carefully and compassionately in their small community with their hearts forward. Day by day, they are becoming the ones we will one day count on to lead and shape our society.

We know children who receive a Montessori education tend to outpace their peers in academic achievement however there is so much more that is needed for our children to truly thrive. Forbes Magazine identified the following 10 traits that are essential to succeeding in the 21st century workforce, all of which are being molded daily at Village Montessori School:
1) The Ability to Relate to Others: “Sometimes being able to relate to others simply means that you’re willing to agree to disagree with mutual respect.”
2) Patience with Others
3) Knowing How and When to Show Empathy
4) Good Judgment: “[Good judgment] is a key people skill that comes directly from learning, listening to others and observing the world around you”
5) The Ability to be Supportive and Motivate Others.
6) The Ability to Keep an Open Mind: “To create trust and respect in others.”
7) Awareness of Body Language
8) Proactive Problem Solving
9) Leadership Skills
10) Good Manners

Our wonderful school has been guiding the fundamental early years of education for Indianapolis children since 2010. The number 10 is the foundation of a number of the beautiful learning materials with which our children interact while self-directing their learning. As we near the end of an incredibly powerful year, we are asking you to support a truly magical place that values compassion, patience, peace learning, and teaches students a passion for social justice. We are simply requesting a small gesture within your own means between $11 and $50 that shows you share our vision for our children and our future society. Please find inspiration in the photos and videos of our children learning and interacting in their school community. I believe we all could learn from their example.

To echo the sentiment of Road Dahl, “Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Please share this campaign and make an end-of year donation to Village Montessori School PACT to help us purchase new materials, maintain the upkeep on our school environment (building and grounds), and provide the continuing education to our teachers that directly benefits our students.

On behalf of our children and our whole community, Happy Holidays and thank you for your support!

FUNders (40)

Shannon Dockter

Gift $50

Barb and Fred Parker

Gift $50

Abigail Frantz

Gift $50

Becky Chambers King

Gift $30

Theresa Vernon

Gift $29

Dr. Robert and Carol Williamson

Gift $100

Annette pychinka

Gift $50


Gift $23

Melissa Hehmann

Gift $50

Kathy Lause

Gift $20

Rachel Patten

Gift $15

Julie Crow

Gift $35

Kathy O'Brien

Gift $25

Anne Williamson

Gift $75

Eva Brewer

Gift $50


Gift $50

Abby Ristine Smith

Gift $20

Larry Dockter

Gift $41


Gift $50


Gift $50


Gift $27

Nancy Johnson

Gift $43

Kirsten Anim

Gift $21

Terry Johnson

Gift $19

Nancy McClelland

Gift $44

Parker Ross

Gift $45


Gift $25

Brian Dockter

Gift $40


Gift $200

Erika Haverstick

Gift $20


Gift $26

Laurie Blake

Gift $12

Tracy Chandler

Gift $100

Annie Skinner

Gift $24

Anne Schollenberger

Gift $50

Margaret Wiltrout

Gift $40

Karen Wiltrout

Gift $100

Amanda J Stevens

Gift $100

Amanda Paul

Gift $30


Gift $25


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Abigail Frantz said:

Village is a very special place. :)

Dec. 27, 2016, 4:37 p.m.

Theresa Vernon said:

in honor of Leo Hehmann!

Dec. 22, 2016, 4:37 p.m.

Kathy Lause said:

Montessori education is becoming more and more important in this world we live is crucial to keep it accessible to all!.

Dec. 20, 2016, 2:21 p.m.

Rachel Patten said:

My favorite year of school for Troy Patten!

Dec. 19, 2016, 11:23 p.m.

Julie Crow said:

Village Montessori is a precious resource for the children in our community. I support their mission 100%.

Dec. 19, 2016, 6:54 p.m.

Kathy O'Brien said:

Our Granddaughter absolutely LOVES her new school.

Dec. 16, 2016, 10:37 a.m.

Anne Williamson said:

Deeply grateful every day for Village Montessori!

Dec. 15, 2016, 2:54 p.m.

Abby Ristine Smith said:

Amazing school... Changing the world.

Dec. 13, 2016, 10:35 p.m.

Nancy Johnson said:

This s is a great school$

Dec. 10, 2016, 8:40 p.m.

Nancy McClelland said:

44 = Double Sailboats! This is how old I turned this year. As a Montessori child myself, I still see the beauty in little things. ;) I am thrilled beyond compare that my nephew gets this same opportunity.

Dec. 10, 2016, 5:31 a.m.

Parker Ross said:

I've attended a private university, a public state university, a catholic HS, a public middle school, and Montessori school K-5th grade...I have seen all the education system has to offer and I can without a doubt say that I am who I am today Bc of the lessons I learned in Montessori school! By far my favorite, I'll never forget how much fun I had learning.

Dec. 9, 2016, 5:29 p.m.

Erika Haverstick said:

I have heard so many wonderful things about your school! I love my son, Grayson, and think children have such natural wisdom. It's beautiful. I chose 20 because it was easy to remember for my checkbook. Hahahaha....

Dec. 8, 2016, 10:19 p.m.

Annie Skinner said:

We are so grateful for our child's experience at VMS! We can't wait to see what the future brings.

Dec. 8, 2016, 9:02 p.m.

Tracy Chandler said:

We support Village Montessori School because we adore Ruby Wiltrout!

Dec. 8, 2016, 7:10 p.m.

Anne Schollenberger said:

I love Village Montessori School! Everyday I am amazed by what these kids are doing here.

Dec. 8, 2016, 4:20 p.m.

Margaret Wiltrout said:

We have experienced the good work & pure joy of Village Montessori with both our grandson and our granddaughter. We couldn't have asked for a better start to their lives.

Dec. 8, 2016, 4:01 p.m.

Amanda J Stevens said:

Village provided THE best Montessori experience I've ever had.

Dec. 8, 2016, 8:37 a.m.

Amanda Paul said:

My son is a first year student at VMS and I couldn't be happier with the school.

Dec. 7, 2016, 5:09 p.m.