Parent Education Program (PEP)

Upcoming Programs

Curriculum Nights and Open Houses

Discover what’s next for your child, learn more about our programs, and broaden your understanding of Montessori in this fascinating, interactive PEP series. Seen something in your child’s work plan that piqued your interest? Want to know more? New to Heartwood or to the world of Montessori? Come observe the process during an Open House, or bring your questions to a Curriculum Night!

Childcare is available for ages 3 and up at evening programs: RSVP here to reserve your space. Curriculum Night programs run from 6:30-8:00pm and Open Houses run from 9:00-11:00am on the dates listed below.

Children’s House (ages 3-6) 

  • Kindergarten Curriculum Night on January 14 at 6:30pm
  • Open House Work Cycles each morning January 22-24 from 9:00-11:00am

Lower Elementary (grades 1-3) 

  • LE Curriculum Night on January 23 at 6:30pm
  • Open House Work Cycles each morning January 9-10 from 9:00-11:00am

Upper Elementary (grades 4-6) 

  • UE Curriculum Night on February 13 at 6:30pm
  • Open House Work Cycles each morning January 9-10 from 9:00-11:00am

Middle School (grades 7-8) 

  • MS Curriculum Night on February 4 at 6:00pm (Note earlier start time)
  • Open House Work Cycles each morning January 30-31 from 9:00-11:00am

High School (grades 9-12) 

  • HS Curriculum Night on February 4 at 7:00pm (Note later start time)
  • Open House Work Cycles each morning January 30-31 from 9:00-11:00am



What is the Parent Education Program?

Formerly known as the Parent Awareness Group, the Parent Education Program (PEP) provides Heartwood families with a forum to discuss challenges, share parenting resources, and broaden understanding.

Depending on what most interests our school’s community, PEP Talks may include book discussions, parenting workshops, or presentations from guest speakers. The topics are determined at the first Parent Support Group meeting of the year, or as community interest dictates throughout the year.

When and where do PEP Talks take place?

Programs begin in September, on the school’s campus. Meeting times and details vary.

Program Topics

Topics are determined based on interest from our parent community. You can help steer the PEP curriculum by volunteering on the committee, or email us your suggestions.

Past Programs

Curious what might be covered in a PEP Talk? Check out some of our past topics to get a better idea. Interested in hearing one of these speakers again? Please let us know!

  • Fitting in Fitness with personal trainer Marisa Park
  • Helping Adolescents Navigate Online Conflict with Elizabeth Worley (LPC, RPT)
  • Age-specific Saturday Retreats for parents of the Toddler-10 year old and Tween/Teen age groups with Jean Wittig
  • Positive Time-Out for Parents: the Importance of Self-Care in Positive Discipline with Jean Wittig
  • Parenting without Screaming with Jean Wittig
  • Developmental Differences & the Whole Child Approach in Montessori with Bridget Dickerson
  • Sleep Solutions with Irene Gouge
  • Reading and Language Development featuring both a reading teacher and Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Positive Discipline with Liane Watson
  • Conscientiousness and Mindful Living
  • Orenstein Solutions with psychologist Dr. Daniel Sheras
  • Heartmath with Terry McDougall EdS
  • Curriculum Deep-Dives with our own Heartwood Montessorians

Planning for the 2021-22 School Year

Heartwood is reopening as Heartwood Village in a new location!

Our new Heartwood Village website is coming soon! Please note that some of this information may be outdated but our dedication to community remains the same.

If you would like more information or are interested in joining the Heartwood Village community, please email