Montessori Country Day School

Individualized, Hands-On Learning Since 1968


Mission Statement

In accordance with the philosophy and pedagogical methods of Maria Montessori, the Montessori Country Day School community, consisting of teachers, staff and parents, makes it their goal to provide quality, child-centered, individualized education for children ages 12 months through 13 years. We all work together to develop responsible, critical-thinking, confident, powerful, and caring members of society. Continue reading

Summer Camp 2020: Update!

For the last few weeks, the MCDS Board of Directors and I have been working on a plan and procedures for when we would be allowed to reopen. On Friday, May 22nd, Governor Wolf held a press conference announcing that summer camps and child care centers would be able to reopen for the summer.

MCDS will be opening our summer camp program as scheduled on Monday June 22, 2020. Our school remains committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for students and staff. In response to COVID-19, some of our common practices will be changed in order to try to minimize risk to our families. It is our goal to provide a fun and engaging program that is minimally disruptive to our students while still taking protective measures. Specific plans and policies will be distributed to the entire school community as soon as they have been finalized.

We are also pleased to share that we are offering Montessori-at-Home SUMMER EDITION for any families who prefer to keep their children home this summer but are looking for a program that they can implement from home. Packets will align with the summer camp themes and include a weekly at-home curriculum and daily video sessions with a staff member. A list of camp themes can be found on the summer camp forms on this website! More details about Montessori-at-Home SUMMER EDITION will also be sent out once the program is finalized.

Thank you for your continued patience as we prepare to reopen as safely as possible!

MCDS Update

The last two days have been a bit of a whirlwind, both in the community and here at MCDS. Yesterday afternoon, Governor Wolf made a decision to close all Pennsylvania schools from Monday, March 16th through Friday March 27th in an effort to slow the transmission of COVID-19. As a result, MCDS will be closed for the next two weeks and all extra activities including C.O.P.E., the skating party, and Grandparents’ Days will be rescheduled.

It is always our goal to provide engaging, child-centered, learning experiences for the children who attend our school. Although we are unable to be in our classrooms for the next few weeks, our goal has not changed. In an effort to support you as parents at home, and to continue our educational experiences for your children, the teachers and staff at MCDS will be developing a “Montessori at Home” curriculum that you will be able to implement with your children during the time that our doors are closed. We believe that just because the building is closed, the learning doesn’t have to stop.

These are unprecedented times for many of us as individuals and for our school as well. It is our hope to be back in our classrooms as soon as possible, but in the meantime our teachers and staff will do all that we can to continue to provide your children with engaging, child-centered learning opportunities. There will be more information to follow during the coming week. As always, thank you all for your ongoing support of our program. The Learning Continues!

Michelle Machuzick, Director


Montessori Country Day School is closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation as it develops. On Monday, March 16th, our board of directors will be meeting at 6:30 to discuss the possible impact that this situation may have on our program. As always, the board meetings are open to the school community and you are welcome to come and have your voice heard. The health and safety of our school community is always our top priority. That being said, we also understand that any decisions we make will have an impact on the families we serve.

At MCDS we always do our best to keep the school environment as clean as possible by cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces, encouraging and practicing good hygiene with students and staff, and encouraging sick children and staff to stay at home when they are sick.

We recognize that some of you may feel more comfortable to keep your children home even when school is in session, and encourage you to make the decisions that you feel are right for your family.

We will continue to follow the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health updates and recommendations and will notify you of any decisions as they become available. We will update our school website:, Facebook page:, as well as email you any time-sensitive information.


Michelle Machuzick

Open Enrollment Starts Monday February 24th, 2020

Monday, February 24, 2020 is officially open enrollment day for any student / family interested in our 2020-2021 program. We open at 7:00AM and will be accepting registration paperwork on a first-come-first-served basis. We are looking forward to new children and families from the area joining the MCDS community!

17th Annual Gala and Auction

Announcing Sponsorship Opportunities for the 17th Annual Fundraising Gala and Auction Event

On March 7, 2020, Montessori Country Day School will host our annual dinner and auction event. We are excited to share this year’s sponsorship information and introduce a unique opportunity to be the event’s title sponsor.

As the Diamond Title Sponsor, you will be recognized as the Event Host, with your family or business’ name highlighted on the event invitation and on the cover of our program book. This sponsorship level is $2,750 and includes:

• A reserved table for 10 in a prime location, identified with your logo and name.

• Entrance signage (sponsor provided) and spoken recognition as the Event Host by the Director.

• Advertising at 1 casino table of your choice, including placement of sponsor-provided signage. Your representative may be trained as a dealer.

• Full page program ad and recognition in the slideshow video presentation, on our school’s website and Facebook page.

Only one Diamond Title Sponsorship is available. If you are interested in this sponsorship level or would like to browse additional levels of sponsorship, please review our Gala Sponsor Information packet here:…/…/MCDS-Gala-Sponsor-Packet.pdf or contact

Full event details can be found at