Talking with Children about Race

Talking with Our Children about Race A Conversation with Frances Aboushi Thursday, June 6, 2019 7:00 pm We are excited to announce that educator and speaker Frances Aboushi will be joining us at the Co-op on June 6th to lead a conversation on race and children. We'll hear from Frances and discuss how we as care-givers, and educators can effectively talk about race with our children.  By engaging in this dialogue we will each walk away from the event with a more nuanced understanding of what informs our children's socialization around race and how to effectively speak to them about the [...]

2019-05-31T15:57:40-04:00May 31st, 2019|

Head’s Blog – Hum of Happy Learning Replaced by Meaningful #dayofsilence

One of our hallmarks as a school is our sound:  the constant hum of conversation/giggling/chatting generated by happy students learning. Today at the Coop, we also had silence, led by our upper school’s Queer Student Alliance to help us support GLSEN’s nation-wide and student-led Day of Silence.   Since they couldn’t talk to me today of course, QSA members told me during their planning a couple of weeks ago what they understood and why they wanted Coop students to be part of the Day of Silence.  They have been learning that members of the LGBTQ community feel silenced by simply [...]

2019-04-17T09:04:09-04:00April 12th, 2019|

Take the Kindness Challenge

Montclair Cooperative School, Montclair Film and Partners for Health invite you to celebrate compassion through a series of films, challenges and events that raise awareness and encourage compassion, empathy, and kindness.   Throughout the month of April, students are encouraged to perform and post acts of kindness to #MFKindnessChallenge -  and encourage others to do the same!  These can be simple acts like walking a neighbor's dog, volunteering at a food pantry, or simply writing a nice note to a friend or family member. One good deed can create a domino effect and improve the days of dozens of people!   [...]

2019-04-08T08:30:20-04:00April 8th, 2019|

Head’s Blog – Developing Resilience and Responsibility

A teacher gets frustrated because she gives Child A a direction one, two, three, four and more times and Child A seems to ignore it. Child B has a meltdown and sobs uncontrollably because s/he was tagged during a recess game, refused to go “out,” and then heard several kids yell, “Hey! You are out! Go out!” The classmates report it to the teacher and now the tagged child feels even worse. These kinds of behavior moments are everyday occurrences in schools. And… (I’ll give you the educator’s inside scoop: both Child A and Child B completely understand cognitively that [...]

2019-03-14T16:14:14-04:00March 7th, 2019|

2019 Co-op Community Benefit

The Co-op Community Benefit is the single largest fundraising event for the Co-op! Please join us in the spirit of cooperative giving for a night of community, fun, and good food. As you know, tuition does not cover the cost of a Co-op education in its entirety. We rely on your generosity to enhance the wide range of programs we offer to our students and faculty. Tickets for the event are available NOW on our event website at We look forward to seeing you on April 13th.

2019-02-07T12:33:36-04:00February 8th, 2019|

Parent Ed – Lifelong Learners Series Presents…

Max Stossel, an award-winning poet, and filmmaker, named by Forbes as one of the best storytellers of the year will comes to the Co-op on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.  Save the date! Max Stossel is also the Head of Education for the Center for Humane Technology, an organization of former tech insiders and CEOs dedicated to realigning technology with humanity's best interests. He is coming to the Co-op to offer us support as 21st-century parents facing the challenges of technology. To reserve your place, order tickets using the form below or at

2019-02-15T12:52:15-04:00February 6th, 2019|

Co-op Collects for Victims of Walnut St. Fire

Co-op families are collecting donations of clothing for the victims of a terrible house fire that broke out on Thursday, November 15, on the corner of Walnut and Valley Roads. The home was occupied by 10 tenants, including an 8-year-old boy.  No-one was hurt but the fire consumed the entire home, and all the occupants' personal belongings were destroyed.  Containers have been set up at the school to collect donations of: Socks, underwear, t-shirts in sizes Men's L and XL,  Women's small,  and children's clothes for the 8-year-old boy. Work clothes size L and XL for men Toiletries and gift [...]

2018-11-19T10:59:00-04:00November 19th, 2018|
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