Engagement Plan

Characteristics of school and community:

Northern Lights Montessori School is nestled in the heart of downtown Redmond and Redmond Town center. It is an independent school that runs year-round with roughly 100 students that attend ranging from pre-school to 2nd grade. Many families with students who attend are Redmond natives and work for top software companies around the area such as Microsoft and Schakra Inc. Our classrooms provide ample space for students to work, explore and learn. Our school has many parent volunteers who enjoy spending their time in their child’s classroom, connecting with the staff as well as fund materials for after-school activities. The schools as well as the community are tightly connected in improving the learning as well as lifestyle for the students of Northern Lights.

Rationale for resource selection:

We are a school that provide and make sure all students are nurtured and receive top notch education. Parents are always pleasantly surprised of the quality education their child receives. Northern Lights make a great effort to enforce a sense of community, family, and school involvement to increase engagement. Since these students come from well off families, the primary focus and desires from these families is to make certain their child is exposed to recreational, yet educational sites that help to further enhance the private school lifestyle and learning development of their child through exposure of critical landmarks of the community and working alongside to ensure commitment of engagement with the community at large.

Resources:

School website

http://norlightsmontessori.org/

Our school website provides information for parents regarding any updates in the school or classroom happenings.

Kids Quest Museum

http://www.kidsquestmuseum.org/

Northern Lights and Kids Quest in Bellevue are partnered up to provide science education for students every year around May. Students are given opportunity to explore and play with water wheels, air and velocity with handmade airplanes and much more.

Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center

http://www.pps.org/great_public_spaces/one?public_place_id=75

Many school events such as talent shows and graduation ceremony are held at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse. Being that this public structure is old and historic, it gives students a chance to learn more about their city and the history of the building. Old Redmond Schoolhouse provides a sense of “place”. The community of Redmond has a strong attachment to the building as it provides not only history, but utilized by organizations for meetings, family socials, business luncheons, potlucks, reunion and social gatherings.

King County Library System & summer program

http://www.kcls.org

This is a great place for kids and families to connect. The summer program features many hands-on activities for kids to be stimulated and engaged throughout summer.

Redmond Fire Station

http://redmondfireandrescue.org/

Northern Lights often invite firefighters to come into our classrooms to educate the students on fire safety towards the beginning of the year.

RYPAC- A Center for Teens

http://redmond.gov/cms/one.aspx?objectId=4187

The Redmond Youth Partnership Advisory Committee (RYPAC) is a program for teens within the Redmond community. This program offers opportunity for youth to develop leadership abilities as well as deliver humanitarian projects within the community.

Boys & Girls club

http://positiveplace.org/Pages/Home.aspx

Redmond is fortunate to have this recognized program in their community. Boys and Girls Club of King County helps students succeed academically, build good character and citizenship in young community members, as well as encourage healthy lifestyle.

YMCA works

https://www.ywcaworks.org/Page.aspx?pid=441

YMCA works, located conveniently in Redmond offers low-income families transitional housing and other services for families in need. Our school supports YMCA works and often times parents of students support by donating goods to help the community. Twice a year, we take a field trip to this site to drop off goods and reconnect with members of the community. This gives us a good opportunity to teach Northern Lights kids the value and purpose of giving back.

Friends of Youth Center

http://www.friendsofyouth.org/

Friends of Youth is also another program that Northern Lights as well as the community support. This program assists youths and teens from homelessness as well as assisting young people the right path to choose once after high school.

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