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Weekly Newsletters (Scroll down to find these important updates)




Captrust grants $10,000 to Sussex Montessori School 

LEWES – A new public charter school providing free Montessori education to needy children in western Sussex County is the beneficiary of a $10,000 grant from Captrust. Cathy Seeber, vice president of Captrust in Lewes, presented the grant check to Jessica Crampton-Bradley, a Lewes resident and board member of Sussex Montessori School. “This is a wonderful start to our efforts to introduce Sussex Montessori to coastal Delaware donors who care about education,” said Bradley….  {Published August 25, 2021}

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Sussex Montessori School receives $17,500 grant from Highmark Delaware

SEAFORD – Supporting the needs of uninsured and underserved families and reducing health care disparity are primary goals of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware. That commitment led to a recent $17,500 grant from the health insurer’s grant fund, Blueprints for the Community, to Sussex Montessori School, which brings quality education and support services to a diverse enrollment of young students from western Sussex County…  {Published February 11, 2021}

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WSFS Grant Helps Sussex Montessori Provide Alternative Approach to Education

SEAFORD — When work for the Sussex Montessori School began in conjunction with Montessori Works in 2013, the goal was to establish an innovative educational opportunity through an affordable Montessori school in Sussex County, Del….  {Published December 14, 2020}

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November is Kindergarten Registration Month!

Join us, along with First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney in promoting early and on-time kindergarten registration.

“Families should know that kindergarten registration is not a one-step process, and there are advantages and opportunities that come with starting early—opportunities that can help give children the best possible start to the school year. A good start to kindergarten helps set kids on a path to future success, including the all-important benchmark of grade-level reading.”
-First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney 


Please Note:  New SMS Kindergarten applicants are required to pre-register at the district/feeder school that serves their home address. For questions or assistance about pre-registration and choice applications, please contact our school office at 302-404-5367.

Watch Message from First Lady Carney



Delaware State News: Sussex Montessori School hailed as a trailblazer

SEAFORD — Scientific, researched-based education initially planted in Italy at the turn of the 20th century is occurring at Sussex Montessori School — a public charter elementary school that opened its doors in September with free education in grades K-3…  {Published November 18, 2020}

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WMDT- 47 News: Sussex Montessori School making progress on construction and renovations

SEAFORD — Sussex County’s newest school is nearing completion. Phase one of construction for the Sussex Montessori School is now complete.  The school teaches grades kindergarten through sixth grad, and opened this past September. This is very exciting for students and for the parents in the community as well…  {Published November 18, 2020}

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Press Release: Trinity Foundation donates $50K to new Sussex Montessori School

The Trinity Foundation continues to support the local community by presenting Lisa Coldiron, Head of School for Sussex Montessori School, a $50,000 contribution that will benefit capital efforts to open in Seaford, Delaware. {Published June 23, 2020}

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Sussex Living: Sussex Montessori School perseveres with plans of fall opening

SEAFORD — The leaders at Sussex Montessori School are preparing to open for the school’s first year in the middle of all the changes caused by the coronavirus restrictions.  {Published May 27, 2020}

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Sussex Montessori Weekly Newsletters



Caution, Children At Work ⚠

September 24, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – When the going gets tough, we get to WORK!  Check out these highlights from a productive Week Three!




It’s Been a Good Week Two !!  👍

September 17, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – Lots of Smiles, Friendly Faces, and Happy Students!  Check out these highlights from our incredible Week Two!



We Made It!!  😃

September 10, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – We made through our first week of school! Check out these highlights from our eventful Week One.




The Final Push  🌌

September 3, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – It’s the final week of summer break and things are finally quiet…for the moment. SMS First Day of School is just around the corner!!”




Rockin’ Around the Clock! ⏰

August 27, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – Time is moving fast and we’re “Gettin Er Done”!!  The hustle and bustle continues on Dairy Lane as teachers prepare for incoming students!”




The Countdown Begins 🕖

August 20, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – It’s another good Friday and we’re counting down the days to our glorious [re]union!”



T.G.I.F. 😁

August 13, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – Today is the Last Day of Teacher Training, Woo-Hoo! The preparation continues and we’re excited about the upcoming school year….”




Ramp It Up Friday!  💫

August 6, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – The campus is buzzing with activity as we prepare to welcome our family and friends back to school this September…”




Moving Full Speed Ahead! 🚦

July 30, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – Things are ramping up on SMS campus as construction, teacher training, and tutoring continue and high pace…”


Happy Friday! 🐸

July 23, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – It’s another fantastic summer week at Sussex Montessori and there are many good things to come…”



Sunny Days and Summer Prep!  🌞

July 16, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – It’s a bright sunshiny day at SMS! Click for school updates and important message from Lisa Coldiron, our Head of School…”


Freedom Friday!  💃

July 9, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – Let Freedom Ring!  What does freedom look like in the Montessori Classroom?”


Happy July!  🔅

July 2, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – Summer learning continues at SMS. Click for details and other updates…”




Learning and Fun in the Sun!  🌞

June 25, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – Check out these six Montessori-inspired activities your family can do to keep the littles one learning this summer!”



Happy Friday! 🙋 

June 18, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – Goodbye teachers, hello Summer! See what’s coming ahead…”




Bittersweet End 💚 Summer Begins!! 

June11, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – The 2020-2021 school year has officially ended and summer begins!  Check out some of the highlights of our final week.”


The Best Day Ever!! 👍

June 4, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – Check Out Field Day 2021 at Sussex Montessori, deemed by students as “the Best Day Ever!’  Click the link for photos and highlights!



Spring Harvest Continues  🌽

May 28, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – Spring Harvest continues at SMS and students are reaping the benefits of outdoor exploration and learning! Click for photos and highlights!



Spring Harvest at Sussex Montessori 🌾

May 21, 2021

“MAILCHIMP –  It’s all about healthy food, healthy learning, and healthy children at SMS!! Click to view these adorable photos and highlights of our week!!



Explore the World at Sussex Montessori 🌏

May 14, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – Happy Fantastic Friday!! Click for photos and highlights of our adventurous week!



Who’s the G.O.A.T!?!  🐑

May 7, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – See what makes Sussex Montessori School so Great!! Click for photos and highlights of our outstanding week!”



Joy in Discovery and Learning!  🐾

April 30, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – Montessori students find great joy in exploration, innovation, and learning! Click to view photos and highlights of our remarkable week!


Celebrating Earth Day!  🌎

April 23, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – Montessori students recognize Earth Day and commemorate the place we all call Home.  Plus, get the latest on events, news and more!”


Happy Sunshine Friday! 🌞

April 16, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – Montessori students shine bright in the classroom! See what they’ve learned, created and contributed…Get the latest on events, news and more!”


Hoppy Friday! 🐰

April 2, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – Hoppy Friday Friends!  Spring Break is here and a lot of exciting things have happened this week!! Click here for the news, highlights, and updates…”


Wellness Friday 😌

March 26, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – May you learn, grow, and be whole!  Click here for groovy Montessori news, highlights, and updates…”


Happy Fri-Yay!  Catch Me Outside…🍀

March 19, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – It’s Friday…YAY!  Lots of fun, outdoor learning happened this week!  Click here for Montessori news, highlights, and updates…”


Open Up to Life 🌱

March 12, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – Spring Season is almost here and things are blossoming at Sussex Montessori School.  Click here to learn more…”


Progress is our Priority

March 5, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – We’re dedicated to student growth and progress. Here’s how you can help.”


Here’s What We Love…?

February 26, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – We love our Students, Teachers, Families, and YOU! There are many things we love at Sussex Montessori! Take a look inside, perhaps you’ll agree!”


It’s Friday…Can You Feel It

February 19, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – They’re so many good things happening on SMS campus, we can’t help but feel GREAT! Check out this week’s highlights, news, updates and more!”


LOVE Is All You Need ?

February 12, 2021

“MAILCHIMP –  A little Montessori love is all the world needs and we’ve got plenty of it at Sussex Montessori! Check out this week’s learning highlights, news, updates and events…”



We LOVE Fridays at Sussex Montessori! ?

February 5, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – “Oh Friday, how we love thee!  It’s been a great week of learning and growth.  Check out this week’s highlights. Register for or  Ribbon Cutting next week!  Plus get other news…”



Friday HIGH-Day! ?

January 29, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – Happy Friday Friends!  it’s been a week of many HIGHS in learning and development. Check out this week’s highlights, news, events and updates…”


Our Kind of Friday!

January 22, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – Happy Friday Friends!  What an incredible week it’s been…Check out this week’s news, upcoming events, important updates, and highlights…”


And The Good Work Continues!

January 15, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – Hybrid students are back and it’s been a wonderful week of learning! Check out this week’s news, upcoming events, important updates, and highlights…”



Happy New Year !! ?

January 8, 2021

“MAILCHIMP – It’s a New Year and New Day….let’s start it off right!  Check out this week’s news, upcoming events, important updates, and highlights…”


Happy Holidays from Sussex Montessori!! ?

December 17, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – Tis the Season to be Jolly! We Wish You and Yours a Wonderful Holiday Season!  Check out this week’s news and highlights…”



Hybrid Learning Continues Till The Holidays!! ?

December 11, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – As we gear up for the holidays, kids are still learning and loving it!  Check out these important updates and highlights!”


Keep Building, Finish Strong!! ?

December 4, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – It’s the last month of year 2020 and we’re determined to Finish Strong! Check out these Montessori news and highlights!”


It’s 4 for 4 Friday!! ?

November 27, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – 4-Day hybrid learning begins Monday, followed by Giving Tuesday, Enrollment Wednesday and… the link 4 more!”


Did Someone Say…..Ribbon Cutting!?!  ✂

November 20, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – It’s A Great Cause for Celebration! Get highlights of the Nov 18th Building Dedication, Enrollment Updates, Student Achievements, Giving Tuesday, School Closings and so much more…”


They’re Baaaack!!  SMS Return Week 2020! ? 

November 13, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – The students are back in their new classrooms and teachers have welcomed new friends!  Check out Highlights, Important News, Updates, and more…”


Happy Friday!!  It’s Time to Move! ?

October 30, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – The Move to our New Classrooms has Begun!  Check out Highlights, School Closings, Important News, Updates, and more….”


Fall Into Montessori! 

October 23, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – The Seasons are Changing at Sussex Montessori!  Be a part of the shift and check out these important news and highlights….”



It’s Raining Montessori! 

October 16, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – Raining Outside? Let Us Shower You with Montessori Joy!  Check out these highlights and updates….”


Sweet Montessori Joy!   ?

October 9, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – It’s Friday and the end of a Fantastic Week Four!  Check out these highlights and updates….”


Oh The Joy of Montessori!   ?

October 2, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – Happy Friday, Friends!  It’s a wonderful ending of a joyous and happy Week Three!  Check out these highlights…”


Happy Flow With It Friday ? 

September 25, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – We’re riding the waves and getting into the Montessori Flow!  See highlights of our second week of school, plus important school updates and more…”



Happy Friday!! We Did It! 

September 18, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – What an Amazing First Week of School!  Check out some of the highlights of Opening Week. Plus get updates on construction and more…”


Can you believe it? 3 More Days!! 

September 11, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – Get answers to your pressing questions and important information to get you ready for Opening Day….”



10 More Days?

September 4, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – 10 More Days until School Begins….We are EXCITED and we hope you are too!!  Here’s a few details and reminders to prepare for Opening Day….”




Happy WONDERFUL Montessori Friday! ?

August 31, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – So many WONDERFUL things took place this week. Here are just a few highlights! PLUS, we’ll celebrate the 150th Birthday of Dr. Maria Montessori!….”



Oh, For the Love of Montessori ?

August 21, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – Click if you love Montessori!  Check out the latest updates and important details….”


A Plan to Move Forward…

August 14, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – Our Opening Plan for the fall has been approved and released.  Get the details plus questions to answers and important…”


Good Things are Happening…

August 7, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – Good things are happening at Sussex Montessori! Be part of the excitement! Get the latest in construction, school opening, and more…”



Fridays are Fantastic at Montessori!!

July 31, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – We hope you’re having a FANTASTIC Friday!  Check out the latest in construction, school opening, and more…”



Encouragement Loading….

July 24, 2020

“MAILCHIMP –  Keeping our friends updated, enlightened, and encouraged…”


Montessori Education = Life Preparation

July 17, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – We’re at the heart of PLANNING & PREPARATION season!  Click for updates on school opening, enrollment, construction and more!…”


Summer’s Hot, Hot, Hot

July 10, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – Happy Friday! Montessori Summers are Hotter than ever and here’s why…”


Special Edition **Meet the Teachers**

July 3, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – We’re rolling out the green carpet for our AMAZING new team of teachers and staff! Here’s your chance to meet them…”


It’s Fab Friday

June 26, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – A lot of FABULOUS things have happened this week. Check out the recent gift we received, PLUS updates on construction…”


Happy, Healthy Friday

June 19, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – Stay Healthy by Staying Active…”


Live and Learn in Peace

June 5, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – Peace-filled message from the heart of our Head of School…”


Did You See It?

May 29, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – Sussex Montessori in the News…Plus, updates on construction, enrollment, and more…”


Good News Friday

May 22, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – Get the latest in Montessori news and updates…”


Fridays are Fascinating with Montessori

May 15, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – Every day is a day to be Imaginative.  Creative…”


Thank Goodness it’s Friday!

May 8, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – The month of May is full of celebration and appreciation…”


Our Team is Growing!

May 1, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – A Yale Graduate.  A Sussex County “Country Gal.”  Meet the newest staff members of Sussex Montessori School…”


Education Update – Message to Sussex Montessori Parents

April 24, 2020

– Important education updates and message from the Head of School in response to the state’s decision to close schools through the academic year


Discover JOY in Your Day

April 17, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – If you’ve ever lived in a community with young children, one thing you might vividly recall is children at play….”


It’s Good Friday – Create Good Memories

April 10, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – A perfect day to create wonderful memories…”


Planting Seeds of Hope and Goodness

April 3, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – Spring season is here!  Flowers are blossoming…”


We’ve Got This

March 27, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – Seaford resident and Sussex Montessori student, Zola Santos…”


Shut Down Wednesday/Building Closed

March 25, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – Our hearts are still open…”


Parent Decision Day

March 20, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – Today is the final day…”


Don’t Freak Out Friday

March 13, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – It’s a Germ-Fighting, Fear-Repelling, Family-Fun Friday!…”


Monday March Madness at Sussex Montessori

March 9, 2020

“MAILCHIMP – It’s Game time!! Construction is in full swing…”


It’s Lottery Day!

January 29, 2020

MAILCHIMP, Today is Lottery Day!   We’re pretty excited and quite anxious to see how the chips will fall…”


Groundbreaking News

February 28, 2020

“MAILCHIMP- What an EXCITING Day it was yesterday at 24960 Dairy Lane!!!  Governor John Carney along with..”


Delaware State News

Groundbreaking sets new Sussex Montessori School in motion.

SEAFORD — Local, county and state officials and congressional liaisons joined Sussex Montessori representatives along with several families whose children are among the 263 young students that will be attending the school when it opens this September.”  {Published Feb 28, 2020}



New Charter School in Sussex County

SEAFORD, Del.- Bancroft Construction and Sussex Montessori School have announced the beginning of construction on the free public charter school that will open in 2020.”   {Published Jan 28, 2020}

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Delmarva Life TV

We Learn About Sussex Montessori, A New Public Charter School In Seaford That Is Free.

“Lisa Coldiron, Head of School for Sussex Montessori and Kaneisha Trott, Community Engagement Specialist at Sussex Montessori School are in the Studio with Lisa to talk about this exciting opportunity for students and families.”  {Produced Jan 3, 2020}

Watch the interview here


New Sussex Montessori School in Seaford Earns 7.6 Million Dollar Loan from USDA

SEAFORD, Del.- The USDA awarded Sussex Montessori Public Charter School a loan to begin construction in January. Sussex Montessori is now accepting enrollment for kindergarten to third grade and tuition is free for students. With grants and funding from the state, all families have to do is register before Jan. 8.”  ~ Jane Chacko

Check out the story here

Delaware State News

SEAFORD — Former business property on the city of Seaford’s western limits is the future home for Sussex Montessori, a free public charter school structured on individualized and child-focused principles that organizers say will give families another elementary-level education option.”

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Press Release: Community Outreach Specialist

Sussex Montessori School is pleased to welcome Kaneisha Trott to our team! A highly regarded and well-known advocate for children in Sussex County is the new Community Engagement Specialist at Sussex Montessori School in Seaford, DE.

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