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1110 College NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Mid Summer Update!


Mid Summer Update!

Elizabeth Topliffe

I hope everyone has been enjoying long summer days! At Stepping Stones Montessori School, we have continued to be busy. I thought you might like to hear what we’ve been doing with our summer.

Summer Program

Our summer program for Infant/Toddler and Children’s House students is in full swing. We are able to enjoy more outdoor time, a relaxed schedule, and even time to ride bicycles. In Infant/Toddler, Ann, Angie, Claire, Lisa, Elizabeth, Ana, and Vanessa have been staying busy with our students, applying sunscreen for outdoor adventures. In Children’s House, JoAnne, Monika, Michael, and Christina have been finding outdoor adventure, including exploring the ravine and water time. Even Fred, one of our school dogs, has been enjoying a more relaxed pace.

Junior High

We have also been hard at work developing a junior high program to begin in the fall of 2018. We are very excited that one of our own graduates, Katie Powell, has joined us to spearhead this initiative. Katie has business, non-profit, and education knowledge and experience. For us, it is a win to have an alum in this role, especially one with great skills in collaborative partnerships, research, and project management. Katie and her husband, David, are also Stepping Stones parents of Micah, who is in our Infant/Toddler program.


Our space is no longer fitting all of our needs, both in quantity of space and in the degree to which the space supports our programs. In May, we were presented the opportunity to purchase the house to our north on Paris St. (1137 Paris). After due diligence, the Board of Trustees voted to purchase the property, and as of July 6, we own the house at that address. A donor stepped up to help with this purchase which made the acquisition easy. Our next step is to continue working with Progressive AE on planning for our needs, and we will be communicating our next steps!

Upcoming Events

Please join us on August 27 at the Whitecaps game for a social gathering. Our elementary students will be singing the national anthem, and we hope to see you there.