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Local Field Trips


Early childhood and elementary students take numerous field trips throughout the year. Look here for the latest information.

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Swimming


SBM offers an eight week swim program in partnership with local master swim instructor, Mavis Bentley and the Butte Family YMCA. Teachers and parent volunteers also help to instruct with this life critical skill. The swim lessons are a vital component of the PE curriculum, and elementary students culminate the lessons by striving to accomplish a mile swim.

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Downhill Skiing


A great way to enjoy Montana’s unique recreational opportunities is through SBM’s ski program. The program typically consists of 4 ski days from January through March at the Discovery Ski Area. Discounted ski equipment and lesson packages are offered. It is exciting to see our youngest EC students learn quickly and enjoy Montana’s winter wonderland. Elementary students learn or improve their skills with Discovery’s variety of trails and difficulty levels.


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Cross Country Skiing


The elementary classroom, along with interested kindergartners, enjoys Montana’s unique recreational venues through SBM’s cross-country ski program. The program typically consists of 4 ski days from January through March at the Homestake Lodge. Discounted ski equipment and lesson packages are offered. It is exciting to see our youngest elementary students learn quickly and enjoy Montana’s winter wonderland. Elementary students learn or improve their skills with Homestake Lodge’s variety of trails and difficulty levels.


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Spanish


Weekly Spanish lessons are provided by Jess Carr in both the early childhood and elementary classrooms, together with Spanish work that can be done throughout the week. Instruction includes vocabulary, phrases, and cultural enrichments. Lessons often involve songs, art projects, and games.

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Drama


The elementary classroom, along with interested kindergartners, enjoys Montana’s unique recreational venues through SBM’s cross-country ski program. The program typically consists of 4 ski days from January through March at the Homestake Lodge. Discounted ski equipment and lesson packages are offered. It is exciting to see our youngest elementary students learn quickly and enjoy Montana’s winter wonderland. Elementary students learn or improve their skills with Homestake Lodge’s variety of trails and difficulty levels.


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Overnight Field Trip - Fall


The elementary classroom takes overnight field trips each fall. The following is a summary of previous fall overnight field trips:

  • 2015 Twin Bridges area – Cottontail Observatory, R.L. Winston Rod Factory, Beaverhead County Museum, Beaverhead Rock.
  • 2014 Yellowstone National Park – Ranger-guided hikes and learning via Quake Lake and Madison. Norris Basin.
  • 2013 Alberta, Canada – Calgary Zoo, Glenbow Museum, Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Dinosaur Provincial Park.
  • 2012 Glacier National Park – Two Medicine (east) side, Two Medicine Dinosaur Center, Museum of the Plains Indian, interpretation by Blackfeet artist Darrell Norman.
  • 2011 Belt, MT/Great Falls area – Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Charlie Russell Museum.
  • 2010 Yellowstone National Park – Ranger-guided hikes and learning via Quake Lake and Madison Campground.
  • 2009 Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park – Caverns, talc mine, Wheat Montana Bakery, Mississippian fossils.
  • 2008 Glacier National Park – Apgar (west) side, ranger-guided hikes and learning.
  • 2007 Alberta, Canada – Calgary Zoo, Glenbow Museum, Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Dinosaur Provincial Park..
  • 2006 Yellowstone National Park – ranger-guided hikes and learning via Mammoth and Grant Campground.


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Overnight Field Trip - Spring


The elementary classroom takes overnight field trips each spring. Look here for the latest information on upcoming trips. The following is a summary of previous spring overnight field trips:

  • 2015 Helena area – Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Exploration Works!, fishing with Kit Johnson of Kit’s Tackle, Gates of the Mountains Boat Tour.
  • 2014 Lewis and Clark Caverns – Caverns, ranger-guided Madison Buffalo Jump and Missouri Headwaters State Parks, Milligan Canyon fossils.
  • 2013 Outdoor Wilderness Living School – Willow Creek campground on Jefferson River, primitive living skills, cooking with hot rocks, cottonwood bark plates and sticks for eating utensils, edible plants, rabbit hunting, learning from primitivist Thomas Elpel.
  • 2012 Montana Learning Center – Lego Robotics introduction, physics, Montana birds, canoeing on Canyon Ferry Lake.
  • 2011 Grant-Kohrs Ranch – Jurassic devil’s toenail fossils, Grant-Kohrs ranch.
  • 2010 Birch Creek Center – Low ropes course, nature walks.
  • 2009 Ruby Reservoir – Eocene insect fossils, Virginia City, Alder Gulch, gold panning, fishing.
  • 2008 Clark’s Canyon Reservoir – Native American archeology sites.
  • 2007 Lewis and Clark Campground – Caverns, talc mine, Wheat Montana Bakery, Mississippian fossils.


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Llamas and Chickens


Students care for two llamas and a number of chickens on the campus. The llamas are named Diamond and Romeo, and students have created fibers arts projects from the llama’s wool/hair. The chickens lay eggs that can be purchased at the kitchen in the main building.

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Battle of the Books


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First Lego League Robotics


For three years, Silver Bow Montessori School has fielded a team or teams in the annual First Lego League Lego Robotics program in Montana. In January 2015, the “Building Joes” of SBM won first place presentation at the Montana State Tournament at Montana State University in Bozeman.


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Future Problem Solving


For eight years, Silver Bow Montessori School has fielded a team or teams in the Future Problem Solving Program International academic competitions at the regional and international levels.

Elementary students from Silver Bow Montessori School represented Montana from June 10 through 14 at the International Conference of Future Problem Solving Program International (FPS) held at Iowa State University in Ames, IA. Carson Barry, Grant Smith, Hannah Morin-Ferguson, and Maiya Carpenter were the delegates from Montana in the Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) team competition, junior division.

The Montessori team competed among 57 elementary-aged teams consisting of champion teams from each state, province, or nation represented. The FPS-IC had teams from 13 countries and 31 US states. The students were coached by Don Kronenberger, director and elementary teacher at Silver Bow Montessori School.

The FPS international conference focused on the topic of intellectual property. Competitors prepared written problem solving analyses in response to a future scene and performed presentations of their action plans.

The FPS IC’s opening and closing ceremonies featured flag processions in which Hannah Morin-Ferguson carried the flag of the State of Montana. In addition to the academic competition, students traded mementos with participants from around the world, toured local attractions, and held a variety show.

The Montessori students received the invitation by winning Montana first place at the Washington State Bowl of the Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI), held in Stanwood, WA in April, 2015.

Founded by creativity pioneer Dr. E. Paul Torrance, FPSPI stimulates critical and creative thinking skills, encourages students to develop a vision for the future, and prepares students for leadership roles. FPSPI involves thousands of students annually from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, and the United States.

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Hiking


The elementary PE curriculum includes hikes in fall and spring along most area trails, including the Thompson Park trails, Blacktail, Maud S, and the Silver Bow Creek Greenway development.


Drumming


Elementary students participate in a weekly drum circle. Students learn West African, Caribbean, and South American grooves. They perform in an ensemble which includes a wide variety of drum, metal, wood, and fill instruments.

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Crossfit


On four afternoons a year, elementary students travel to Copper City Crossfit for an introduction to the Crossfit Kids program. This field trip is courtesy of Anthony Fields and Tara Callaghan, owners of Copper City Crossfit and parents of Stella Callaghan in the EC classroom.

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BAC Track Meet


Wednesday, May 6, 2015 was the Butte Athletic Conference Grade School Track Meet at Bulldog Memorial Stadium. Congratulations to Carson, Ethan, Grant, Hannah, Hunter, Jimmy, Maiya, Marcus, Randy, and Zach for competing. Podium, appearances were made by the following students: Ethan, fourth place in fifth grade boys’ shot put; Hannah, fourth place in sixth grade girls’ shot put, fifth place in sixth grade girls’ high jump; and Maiya, second place in fifth grade girls’ high jump, second place in fifth grade girls’ 600 meter run, and sixth place in fifth grade girls’ 400 meter run. Thanks to David Ferguson for helping coach the students.

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Gardening


SBM students plant a variety of vegetables and fruits in raised beds each year. Summer program participants tend these gardens until harvest.

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Gardening


Silver Bow Montessori School is committed to teaching about and working toward sustainability and responsible environmental stewardship. To this end, we maintain an in-school recycling program, maintain regular education programs in reduce/reuse/recycle and composting, and maintain a 2.45 kW solar electric system to offset a portion of the electrical consumption of the school.

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