Waiting List Families

Parents with children on the waiting list may also attend parent nights for our current families. Those parent nights are listed below. Remember if you attend three or more parent nights, your child moves to our priority group on the waiting list (those equivalent to a child moving to Lawrence who has previously attended a Montessori school).

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Upcoming Parent Nights for the School Year 2017-18

Double Feature - The Importance of the Kindergarten Year and Why Montessori Elementary?

Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 6:30 and 7:30

IMG_1023IMG_0827The presentation begins with a brief overview of the intangible benefits of the third year when the child is 5/6 years of age. This is when they literally blossom. Taking a child out of the program at this important juncture is like pulling the buds off a plant. Students are not separated from their younger counterparts as they are in a conventional school, but rise to the top tier of learners working on the advanced lessons. This is when self-esteem and self-confidence make their biggest gains.

At 7:30 begins “Why Montessori Elementary?” a window into the world of the Second Plane Child. We will begin with a short film (12 minutes) followed by introductions of our staff and then the best part of the program begins when our panel of graduates take the “stage.”

Why Montessori Erdkinder?

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM

What if there were a school…
…students built themselves?
…where grit, perseverance, and hard work were celebrated?
…where students helped each other?
…where community service was practiced everyday?
…where students went beyond the walls of the classroom to learn?

Hear from the students themselves. Meet the staff. Tour the classroom.

Toilet-Learning, Montessori-Style



Have questions like:

  • What is the best time to start toilet-training?
  • What about cotton underwear/diapers?
  • Should my child run around naked all day?
  • My grandmother said, her children were toilet trained at one, what is that all about?

Join us for a parent night focusing exclusively on toileting!

Past Parent Nights

Montessori 101 - Toddler and Primary

Thursday, August 31, 2017 • 7:00 PM

One of the most important parent nights of the year, Montessori 101 provides parents keys to unlocking the mysteries of the Montessori classroom.  Join our current families for this introductory Montessori parent night. Each toddler and primary classroom host their own informational evening for their parents. Meet the staff and get to know other Raintree families! Remember this is a parent-only event. Watch for registration.

The Silent Journey and the Journey of Discovery

Friday evening and Saturday morning, September 15 and 16, 2017


“The Silent Journey and The Journey of Discovery” is the consummate Montessori experience for parents to learn about what their child does in a Montessori classroom. Friday night will begin with light refreshments and a brief introduction before the silent part of the journey begins. Our staff will guide the group silently from the toddler community through the primary into the elementary and finally to the Erdkinder. Saturday morning you return for a delicious breakfast buffet followed by an introduction to the Journey of Discovery. You retrace your steps, but this time, you will have an opportunity to work with materials and get lessons from the teachers at each level.

At the end of the journey, our staff facilitate a discussion. You will leave happy, enlightened and joyful. Guaranteed! For more information, Silent Journey: A picture essay.

Montessori in the Home

Thursday, October 19, 2017 • 7:00 PM


This parent night will focus on how to encourage the already emerging sense of independence in the young child. We will give ideas with photographs, videos and handouts on how to create a child’s corner in every room in the house.

A short film will begin the evening followed by a roundtable discussion focusing on the already emerging sense of independence of the young child. This parent night is only for waiting list families and will be limited to encourage discussion.