Dear Salem Montessori Parents,

I am delighted to be writing to you as the official Head of School. The summer has been filled with planning and anticipation. I have appreciated the help and support of all of the wonderful staff. The teachers here and their commitment to children are truly remarkable.

We are thrilled to welcome Emma Broburg as our music teacher. She will be leading us in the Music Together program in the classroom and monthly family sings. Francesca Griffith is returning to Salem Montessori to complete our Older Toddler teaching team. Bios of all staff are updated on our website. A school calendar is also here. For those of you interested in the infant-parent class, it will begin on October 1. You can sign up here.

Parent Orientation will be on Thursday, August 22. New parents will be invited to come at 5:30 for a detailed down-on-the-ground orientation to the logistics of the school. Any returning parents are welcome to attend this part if they wish. At 6:30 we will begin a school-wide meeting for all parents. This will include some remarks from me as well as time for parents to meet their teaching team and look around in the classrooms. We plan to be done by 7:45 to allow time for you to attend our first parent social of the year at Incendiary Brewery.

In the next few days you will receive an email from your classroom teacher with the schedule for orientation week. This will have the details you need for the start of the school year. If you have not completed your Salem Montessori School Forms now is the time. This is essential information needed for the start of school. Your child will not be able to start school if we do not have these forms on file.

Building partnerships and friendships with other families is an important aspect of our school. Please take a moment to make sure all of your information in our new directory is correct.  You can simply edit it on the document linked above.


Thursday August 22

5:30 – New parents hear about procedures and look over parent handbook, ALL ARE WELCOME.

6:30 – Welcome to the new school year and updates followed by time in classrooms.

8:00 – Optional social gathering at Incendiary Brewing 486 N Patterson Street. (More details to follow!)

Other important dates

September 10, 9:15 – Coffee for parents sponsored by Parents Council.

September 15, 5:00 – School-wide Family Picnic in Salem Square.



Julie Smith

Head of School

Salem Montessori School

One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.

Maria Montessori