Sands Montessori
Whoever touches the life of the child touches the most sensitive point of a whole which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future. --- Maria Montessori

 Sand's News 2014/2015


October 20       SCHOOL IS OPENED
October 23        Special College
                        Preparatory Program
                           (SCPP) Test
October 24        Report Cards distributed
October 25        9 -12 - Special Guest
                          Dr. Jonathan Reynolds

Oct. 25-Nov. 1   Magnet Kindergarten Lottery

November 4       NO SCHOOL

Special Guest - October 25, 2014

Who writes history? Which people get included? Who gets excluded? Learning history isn't just about learning facts, students should also be introduced to the current debates in the field. Dr. Jonathon Reynolds, Professor of History at Northern Kentucky University, will be giving a guest lecture to 6th grade social studies students to address questions of historiography as they relate to the study of ancient Egypt. Please join us on Friday, October 25th, at 9:30am in the Cafetorium if you too want a chance to benefit from the knowledge of this dynamic and engaging scholar.

To read more about Dr. Reynolds' background, go to:

To hear an interview with Dr. Reynolds on Cincinnati Edition, go to:

Sarah E. LytleLanguage Arts and Social Studies Teacher
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     Sands Montessori School (Preschool-6)

Principal Julie Ayers

Assistant Principal Talli Flanigan

A magnet school offering the Montessori teaching style 

Note from Principal Julie Ayers

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Vision: Sands Montessori is a community of capable, empowered, responsible, and lifelong learners.

Mission: Sands Montessori, a Cincinnati Public School, educates the whole child to be a lifelong learner and a responsible contributor to our global community.  We do this through culturally integrated education that nurtures the relationship between child, parent, school and community.

Message from our Principal:

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year!  I wish to extend a special welcome to all our new staff, students and families!  We are excited to have you join our community. 

We look forward to working with each of you to achieve our shared goal of helping every child succeed in a setting that is safe, respectful, nurturing and challenging.  K-6 students first day of school is Monday, August 25, 2014.  Free Breakfast is served at 9:00am in the school cafeteria and the start of the school day is 9:15am.  The doors close at 9:10am as students should be in their home community, unpacked and prepared to begin prior to 9:15am.  Please feel free to contact our office with any questions you may have at 363-5000. 

As indicated, the state accountability system continues to change.  To learn more about the specific changes and additional measures, please visit the Ohio Department of Education website.  It is essential that we continue our efforts to support all students and close existing achievement gaps. If you are interested in becoming a trained volunteer tutor, please contact Mrs. Robin Appino who is our parent volunteer tutor coordinator at  

The success of our school is the result of close partnerships between our school and our community.  Parental involvement is essential for student success.  We have many opportunities for you to be a part of your child’s education.  Please contact your child’s teacher to learn specific ways that you can help your child and all of our students here at Sands Montessori. The Sands Montessori Parent Organization (SMPO) is very active and supports our school in a multitude of ways. I encourage you to become a member of our SMPO.  Mrs. Cara Alpren is our SMPO President for the 2014.15 School Year.

 Thank you for giving us the opportunity to work with your children.  It is a tremendous responsibility and one that we do not take lightly.  Our collaborative spirit reinforces our belief that Sands Montessori is indeed a great place to learn! 


Julie E. Ayers 

Important Reminders

Parent Communication

Communication with parents is extremely important to the staff at Sands Montessori.  We communicate regularly with parents through scheduled conferences, telephone calls, and shared weekly student work contracts.  Your child’s progress is important to us and therefore we want to schedule focused time for parent communication.  We ask parents to schedule teacher conferences or classroom visitations in advance with their child’s classroom teacher.  Staff is responsible for instructing and monitoring students within their care so we kindly ask that you refrain from On the Spot” conferences which can be distracting and disruptive to our learning environment. 

Student dismissal changes must be in writing and presented to the classroom teacher first thing in the morning.  For emergency changes, please contact the main office prior to 2:30pm.  Our office staff will notify students/teachers of emergency changes at the end of the day so as not to disrupt learning.  Families should not call the office and change dismissal routines on a regular basis as this is challenging for students and staff.  Our student’s academic day is from 9:15 to 3:45.  It is important for students to be in attendance for a full day unless they are sick.  We appreciate parents making every effort to schedule appointments for students outside of the school day.

Parents can find information about our school events in the SMPO Reporter, parent bulletin board, parent center, or on our school website. We encourage all parents to sign up for Power School, the District-wide computer accessed information system which will allow you to view your child’s grades and progress toward the learning objective.  Contact your child’s teacher or our main office for further information.

Finally, individual teachers will also share with parents their best means of daily communication utilized in their classrooms.

Observing Classrooms or Volunteering

Visitors are always welcome at Sands Montessori.  Upon entering the building, ALL visitors must report to the office to explain the purpose of their visit, to sign in and to obtain a visitor’s pass.  We are proud to share our students work. In order for the educational process to ensue, please follow these guidelines:

·       Please make an appointment to observe or volunteer at least one day in advance. Too many observers can be disturbing to our children. Also, if you are volunteering or tutoring, the teacher will need time to prepare work for you that will be beneficial to the children and enjoyable for you.

·       Stop at the office first and sign in at the front desk indicating your destination. You will be given a badge to wear while you are in the building.

·       In the classroom, enter quietly and sit in the space designated for you by the teacher.

·       Do not interrupt children or staff while they are working. Wait until an appropriate break to ask the teacher any question you might have.

·       Remember that as an observer or volunteer, you are bound by the same code of ethics as any other adult at Sands Montessori. You are not free to discuss any child's behavior or personal information with anyone else. Please do not ask staff members questions about children other than your own.

·       If you would like to discuss your observation or a classroom issue with the teacher, please request a conference time or a phone call. The teacher will not be able to engage in a lengthy discussion during the school day.

·       To minimize distractions during the school day, forgotten items (homework, lunch etc.) or needed supplies/notes must be delivered to the office.

Thank you for supporting the teaching and learning process by following these procedures.  We appreciate your understanding and diligence in helping us to maintain our excellent program.



State Online Practice Tests

Here are two important sites for teachers, students, and parents.  They are sites with practice tests for the new online testing program in Ohio.
New State Online Reading and Mathematics Practice Tests

New State Online Science and Social Studies Practice Tests