Head of School

Monthly Reflections


I recently overheard one of our students discussing the weekend with a classmate.  He said, “yeah Saturday is tomorrow, I get extra screen time on Saturday.” I was pleased to hear that screen time is indeed being discussed and monitored in his home.

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Welcoming parents to participate in their child’s daily school activities.


’More Than a School’

Westmont’s commitment to educating children who
become responsible and caring adults goes far beyond
our classroom. We partner with our parents and our
community to assure that all students have the support
and resources they need to succeed in school and in
life – there is no better partnership.

Parent Involvement

Westmont parents are known for making a difference.  The history of our school is closely linked to the commitment of our parents, and our ongoing success is attributed in great part to our parent/school partnership.

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positivie involvement of parents.” Jane D. Hull



The Westmont Parent Organization's goal is to support the school, teachers, classes, and students in any way necessary and to provide social opportunities for our families.




Each class has a room parent, who organizes class teas, events, and coordinates volunteers for the classrooms and school wide events. Parents are also involved driving on field trips, reading to their child's class, helping with special celebrations, organizing bake sales, and celebrating their teachers.




Our Celebration of Children is an annual gala event which takes place this school year on April 18, 2020. It is through the help of amazing parent volunteers that we are able to hold such a successful night each year. Volunteers are needed in many capacities to set the Celebration of Children event up for success.  Please take a look at the sign-up list and add your name where you are able to help out.  Any questions can be directed to Amanda Fisher at fisher.amandac@gmail.com/301-606-1067. Thank you in advance for your support! Click the following link to sign up. The 31st Annual Celebration of Children Volunteer Sign Up form  


Community Partnerships

Westmont is committed to the communities and families it serves, not only offering a quality early childhood education, but also supporting local organizations that seek to improve the quality of life for families. We have proudly supported the Jason K. Jacobs Scholarship Fund, preschool Advantage, The Chester Food Bank, Holly Manor, Mendham Harvest Hustle, local sports sponsorship, Tunes for Thomas-Valery Fund, Pennies for Peace, Morris County 4-H, and many more.


Parent Education Series

Throughout the year we offer opportunities for parents to learn more about Montessori education, health and wellness, and general parenting topics. Our 2019-2020 offerings follow:


Parents and the community are welcome to attend! All will take place at Westmont unless noted.

RSVP for one or all of our events at 908-879-6355 or receptionist@westmontmontessori.org

Wednesday, October 23     "The Journey"- Evening Event
Thursday, October 24     "Common Ground Speaks" (off site location)~~ 6:30PM, Refreshments, 7:00PM, Presentation
11/1/19, 1/17/20, 2/28, 4/24     "Conversation & Coffee with Colette" ~~ Fridays, 9:00AM
Saturday, January 11, 2020     "Kindergarten Information Session" ~~ 10:00AM (snow date 1/18)
Friday, May 29, 2020     "Toddlers Moving Up to Early Childhood" ~~ 9:00AM

The Journey at the Westmont Montessori School will explore Montessori Education through a hands-on parent only evening workshop.

Westmont partners with other local private schools to bring you Common Ground Speaks. This speaker series presents changing topics that are important to parents presented by speakers who are leaders in their fields.

Held throughout the year, Conversation & Coffee with Colette is an opportunity for parents to gather with the Head of School to discuss topics important to their child’s growth and development.

Flash forward a year from now... a decade from now... what will your child have in common with today's most remarkable innovators, such as the Google co-founders and the creator of Amazon.com? The foundation of a Montessori Education? Do not miss out on this precious Kindergarten year! We invite you to observe the class during the school year and join us on Saturday, January 11, 2020 (snow date 1/18) at 10:00 am, for our Kindergarten Information Session.

Moving from Toddler to Early Childhood class is an exciting time in your child's life. At Westmont, we know the importance of ensuring that your child experiences an enjoyable and happy transition and are offering an informative session for parents on Friday, May 29, 2020, at 9:00 am. JOIN US!



Westmont’s culture of giving and giving back is what keeps our school moving forward.  Our mission to develop capable people by providing the best educational foundation possible is supported and sustained by the generosity of our community. Our Ray of Light Annual Fund is instrumental in maintaining a strong and experienced Montessori faculty, a rich and diverse curriculum, a safe and attractive facility and an education worthy of Dr. Maria Montessori’s legacy “to educate the human potential”.

The Ray of Light Annual Fund is Westmont’s key fundraising initiative. It directly supports the funding of programs for our students, faculty, and staff that make Westmont the great school that it is.

Make a donation to the Ray of Light Fund

“The Jason K. Jacobs Early Childhood Education Scholarship does more than celebrate the life of a man who is dearly missed… it celebrates the life of a child who can impact tomorrow.” The cost of providing your children with a quality education may be a strain on a family’s budget. Over the years, Westmont has shown a true commitment in helping eligible families reduce the cost of tuition with the support of scholarship funds. This need-based partial financial support, established in 2004, in memory of Jason K. Jacobs, father to a Westmont alumni and a victim of the September 11, 2001 tragedy, is a means to make a Montessori education accessible to families in need. For consideration, please contact Auris Vanderbilt, avanderbilt@westmontmontessori.org .


We love Westmont and feel so fortunate that our children are growing up in your environment. Westmont has been a gift to our boys.

- Amanda M.
We are excited to welcome our students to campus September 2020 - our 56th year! Our commitment to a quality Montessori early childhood education for our children and the health and safety for our community will continue to be our focus.