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MSD Transitioning to Online Learning

MSD is continuing to closely monitor news about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). On-campus instruction has been suspended beginning Monday, March 16th, which means that No School Camp for Wednesday through Friday of next week is cancelled. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held by phone. Please read the full communication from Tammy Squires, Head of School, for more information.
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Lower Elementary Musical

The Lower El. classes will present their musical, Jack and The Beanstalk, on March 5th at 12:30. The children have learned songs, memorized lines, figured out blocking, and designed the set. Family and friends are invited to the performance in MSD's Multipurpose Room!
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2020 PORCH-Durham Food Drive

Through March 6th, families can drop off food donations for PORCH-Durham in collection boxes at the arrival gate (for Early Childhood and Elementary), outside the Toddler building, or in the office. The students are helping to sort all food donations before delivery. Each level of students is asked to bring a different category of food from the PORCH "most needed items list." The Tuesday announcements list more details. For more information about the program, check out the PORCH-Durham website.
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Register for Summer Camp!

Registration for MSD Summer Camp 2020 is open! Check out the camp options for children 3 years old- rising 7th grade. Weekly themes include music, sports, theater, science, and more. We look forward to you joining us for a great summer!
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Join us for our Open House!

You and your children can explore our classrooms and playgrounds. Teachers and current parents will be available to answer your questions about the curriculum, philosophy, and culture of our school. If you are unable to drop-in during this time frame, please contact to set up a personal tour and classroom observation appointment!
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Warm Clothing Drive

One of our All-Day Toddler Assistant Teachers, Dayane Friedkin, is coordinating a warm clothing drive with the MSD Community Connections Committee as our fall community service project. Donations of warm clothes, gloves, scarves, coats, and shoes are needed in all sizes for all ages. Dayane meets with a group (Coffee com Amor) each weekend to serve a meal to homeless people in downtown Durham. In November, they will distribute the warm clothing donations. Please drop off all donations in the bin in the front office by Friday, Nov. 8th.
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Elementary Program Tour & Info Session

Join us for one of the Elementary Tour and Info Sessions (Oct. 28th 6-7:30pm or Nov. 11th 9-10:30am). Learn about Montessori in the Elementary years, ages 6 to 12. We will discuss Maria Montessori’s philosophy on the second plane of development and the highlights of the Elementary programs at MSD.
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Diversity & Inclusion Community Conversations

Community Conversations is an initiative of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at MSD. The goal is to create a space for conversations on topics salient to the community. We come together to share our questions, experiences and knowledge in order to support each other as parents, caregivers, and educators.

Our first conversation is scheduled for October 19th, 10-11:30am and will be about media and its impact. Please register to attend. We are also offering free childcare in the After School building. If you are unable to attend this gathering, we hope you can join us for future conversations and for the Spring Diversity and Inclusion Symposium.

If you are a parent or caregiver interested in leading a community conversation, please contact Diversity and Inclusion committee chair, SK Fishback at
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Happy International Peace Day!

In celebration, MSD has officially become a World Peace site. We commit to these five Peace Actions: seek peace within yourself and others, reach out in service, protect the environment, respect diversity, and be a responsible citizen of the world.
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