The BIG M.A.C.
Kristen Neuschaefer, Physical Education teacher
For anyone not familiar with our school, and maybe even to some who are, the first thing that probably comes to mind when they hear the words “BIG MAC” would be the (whopping!) 550 calorie fast food sandwich and that catchy jingle --"Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions – on a sesame seed bun." To the students at LMS, however, “BIG M.A.C” has a completely different meaning.
Motivated by a desire to connect with other schools and provide continued school experiences in athletics, the Montessori Athletic Conference, or BIG M.A.C., was created in the fall of 2009.
Currently, the founding schools - Andover, Bay Farm, Cambridge, Riverbend, Harborlight/Stoneridge, Inly, Kingsley, Oak Meadow, Thatcher, Woodside Academy, and LMS - along with two newer additions - Lesley Ellis and The Clark School - make up a thirteen member athletic conference. Schools play inter-scholastic games and have participated in soccer, basketball, cross-country, and flag-football. At LMS, we are lucky to have wonderful coaches (parents and faculty members) who volunteer their time to help make this a successful experience for everyone involved.
Coaches run practices, coordinate transportation with parents, drive players to and from away games, and provide guidance and encouragement for our young athletes. What started out as a small vision has now blossomed into a thriving athletic conference, complete with uniforms, referees, and even a team mascot.
This Fall marked the fifth anniversary of the Montessori Athletic Conference. To celebrate this milestone, LMS has invited all the participating M.A.C. schools to come join in the festivities during our annual 5K, which is held in the Spring. A "5K for 5 years"! Whether your child is a M.A.C. participant or not, please save the date – Saturday May 10, for the LMS 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run and BIG MAC celebration
. Hope to see you there!
“Montessori philosophy advocates the development of the body as well as the mind. Athletic activities play an important role in preparing our students physically, morally, psychologically, and socially. The M.A.C. provides opportunity through sports to spend valuable time inspiring our students in preparation for life and for continued sports experiences as they move from Upper Elementary and Middle School towards secondary school environments. The M.A.C. believes that participation in athletics provides students with important practical life lessons. These include the experience of winning and losing graciously and respectfully, the opportunity for personal growth, and the chance to realize both individual and team potential by promoting high standards of competence, character, civility, and citizenship.”
(excerpt from BIG M.A.C. Mission and Values Statement, 2009)