We are pleased to announce two important components of the Rogers Park Montessori School’s  ZOOOMVENTURES summer programming through July.

Summer Service is a collaboration to support our neighbors each Tuesday.

Summer Support is RPMS a faculty led Parent Education Series each Thursday

summer service

Same Zoom link each week
ID: 556 007 5764

Tune in on Tuesdays at 4:00 pm. Programs will be recorded and available to view on Friday mornings at 9:00 am on this page.

This summer we are colalborating with Common Pantry, a nonprofit food pantry founded in 1967 to combat food insecurity in Chicago. With 6 short conversations each week, we can help our children grow in compassion and respect for neighbors who struggle with food insecurity.

Each session will include a hands-on service activity to benefit Pantry clients - such as writing notes and cards, baking cookies, making a bookmark, donating a book, or potting an herb to offer homebound clients. 

June 23rd  WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR  (resource list below)


June 30th What is “Food Insecurity” and How Does it Happen?
Zoom Link and ID  556 007 5764

Project:  Neighbor Meals, Cookies, and Cards to support Pantry Clients

If your children will enjoy making cards for Pantry clients, bring simple art supplies and/or a printout of our “I Am Your Neighbor” coloring page with you to this week’s call.   Or, just bring yourself!    

We will be joined by special guests — rising eighth graders from the Aspen Classroom and an RPMS alumna who will share stories of creative ways they have supported the Pantry.    Everyone gets a chance to share — so if your kids joined us last week and have made a card or goody bag, come ready for a little show and tell!   Then we’ll set everyone loose to bake & create as we support the Common Pantry again this week!   

WEEK 1: Resources



Use simple art supplies and a bag to decorate with a July 4th theme as well as paper to make notes and cards.

Fill the bag with no more than 10 items such as:

  • sunscreen
  • sidewalk chalk
  • bubbles
  • candy or cookies (Something non-melting, such as Animal Crackers)
  • a nice toy: jump rope, ball, flashlight, butterfly net, etc.

Drop off Goody bags on the porch at  2104 W Waveland

on Monday June 29th and Tuesday June 30th

Children’s Goody Bags will be distributed to Common Pantry families July 1-

Week 2: What is “Food Insecurity” and How Does it Happen?

Project: Neighbor meals, cookies, and cards to

support pantry clients

WHAT: Discussion and hands-on service activity

WHEN: Tuesday, June 30th 4pm

           Recorded version Wednesday, July 1st

WHO: All ages are welcome!

                                 OUR PRESENTER


Amy Pagliarella is a founding member of “Common Kids,” the Pantry’s program for children and families. She has two sons who attend RPMS and enjoys working with RPMS students as they make and serve lunch at the Pantry each month. Amy will lead us in a short gathering time each week. She will keep the conversations appropriate for our youngest children and introduce projects that kids of any age will enjoy. She will follow up afterwards with details for easy contact-less drop-off of children’s  completed projects.

summer support

summer support

Zoom links are listed each week by presenter, below

Tune in on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm. Programs will be recorded and available to view on Friday mornings at 9:00 am on this page.

As part of our free summer programming RPMS is pleased to announce our Parent Education Series Summer Support for Parents!


July 2nd TEACHING TOILETING with Sarah Ball and Audrey Smith
Zoom ID: 694 739 2013 

Teaching Toileting is directed for parents of of our youngest students: toddlers and 1st year primary students. Joan Sarah Ball (Head Teacher - Redwood) and Audrey Smith (Assistant Teacher - Sassafras)  sd they hope to provide guidance on your child’s readiness for potty learning,  and to support you with tools to help them be successful in this momentous surge of independence.

June 25th DISCOVER YOUR PARENTING STYLE with Carol Martorano
Zoom ID 931 213 4039
Learn about the four basic parenting styles and how they compare in the areas of discipline, communication, nurturance, and expectations. The effects each style has on child development will be examined as well as how these effects present themselves in the classroom. Understanding your individual parenting style, as well as that of your spouse or partner, can help you support your children on their educational journey.

with Sarah Ball and Audrey Smith

Zoom ID: 694 739 2013
Teaching Toileting is for parents of toddlers and 1st year primary students. We hope to provide guidance on your child’s readiness for potty learning and to support you with tools to help them be successful in this momentous surge of independence.

July 9th TECHNOLOGY: TOO MUCH TOO SOON? with Carol Martorano
Zoom ID 931 213 4039

With the presence of digital technology in today’s culture, come learn about what children need in their lives for healthy and appropriate development. See how the development of digital technology over the past decade has impacted our routines and the lives of our children. Discover some guidelines for the use of technology in your home as well as alternative options for occupying your child’s attention when away from home, in the car, or at a social gathering

with Carol Martorano
Zoom ID 931 213 4039

Learn about different types of praise, as well as WHEN to use praise or rewards to help your child become a mentally strong individual. See the role that intrinsic motivation and natural consequences have in this process and what you can do to support your child.

with Sarah Ball and Audrey Smith

Zoom ID: 694 739 2013

Contributing to the Home is for parents of children of all ages-Toddler through Middle School! Your child is a contributing member of your household even at 2! We hope to guide you in laying the groundwork for ways to foster independence within your home and ease your workload too!

with Carol Martorano
Zoom ID 931 213 4039

Come discover how the process-oriented work of a Montessori classroom prepares your child for life through the development of traits such as self-control, self-esteem, grit, motivation, understanding and focus. Learn how you as a parent can support this development at home.


Carol Martorano has been working in the Montessori community since 1996, teaching ages 6-12 as well as serving as Director of  Education and Head of School. She has served on the board of directors of the Association of Illinois Montessori Schools for 11 years and is the parent of two children who attended Montessori through elementary school. She is currently the Oak Room teacher and 9-12 team lead.

Sarah Ball is the mother of a five-year-old and a trained early childhood Montessori educator. She has been working at RPMS for 16 years, the last six of which have been as the directress of the Redwood classroom.

Audrey Smith has been at RPMS for five years as an assistant in the Sassafras (toddler) classroom. She began her Infant and Toddler Montessori training last summer and hopes to finish soon! She has two children and is excited to talk about the ways in which Montessori philosophy sets the stage for  toddlers and young children to become confident and capable members of their families, school, and communities.

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