Newsletter 10/17/13

Dear Six Rivers Montessori Families,

You wouldn’t know there was a government shutdown if you spent the last
two weeks at Six Rivers Montessori. While Congress hemmed and hawed, our amazing Garden Committee worked with students to put most of the garden to bed for the winter. Thank you to Hope, Callie, Alicia, Sonja and other parents for their dedication. Garden Days will continue through the winter, tending to the greenhouse, beds of winter greens, and preparing for spring planting.

While many citizens clamored before the cable news through their early evenings biting their fingers in fear, Bridget enjoyed lovely conferences with Lower Elementary parents. Thanks to all families for showing up and tuning in to your child’s education. Rebecca looks forward to conferences with Upper Elementary families here at the school tomorrow!

There is a lot of detail in this week’s newsletter. Please take out your calendar and plan ahead! As always, be in touch if you have any questions about upcoming events or anything else.


1. PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24TH
2. PUMPKIN PATCH – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20TH
3. LIBRARY FIELD TRIP – DRIVERS NEEDED
4. SITE COMMITTEE MEETING – MONDAY, OCTOBER 21ST
5. NPA HALLOWEEN HOUSE – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31ST
6. HALLOWEEN DAY HISTORICAL COSTUMES
7. PRESSED FALL LEAVES REQUESTED
8. SCHOOL SITE, COMMUNITY WIDE MEETING – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH
9. ONGOING ANNOUNCEMENTS
10. WISH LIST
11. MINUTES ATTACHED

1. PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24TH

Parent Education Night will take place on Thursday, October 24th from 6:30 – 8:00PM. It is extremely important that at least one member from each family attend this event. Childcare is available. Please contact Jeanne immediately if you require child care to attend the meeting.

2. PUMPKIN PATCH – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20TH

Greetings All! Our family farm, Earthly Edibles in Korbel, invites students and families to our pumpkin patch on Sunday, October 20th at 3PM. Due to this year’s drought we ask that students get only 1 pumpkin each; not multiple for siblings and families. There will also be a donation jar for pumpkins. Bring potluck/finger foods. See you there!

3. LIBRARY FIELD TRIP – DRIVERS NEEDED (1ST YEAR and NEW 2ND & 3RD YEAR
STUDENTS ONLY) – OCTOBER 24TH

On Thursday, October 24th all first year students and new second & third year students will take a trip to the County Library in Eureka. Students will depart from school at 1:00PM and return by 3:00PM. Drivers are needed for this trip. Please be in contact if you can drive.

Students will receive a tour of the library from the children’s desk librarian.

4. SITE COMMITTEE MEETING – MONDAY, OCTOBER 21ST

The Site Committee will be meeting on Monday, October 21st at 7:00PM at Ami Brusca’s residence. All are invited to attend. If you would like to attend and need directions, contact Ami directly or the office.

5. NPA HALLOWEEN HOUSE – OCTOBER 31ST

On Halloween Day we will once again visit the NPA Halloween House at the Bazemore residence in Trinidad. The Halloween House is a fun, interactive, multi-dimensional experience for kids hosted by NPA high school students each year. This event is invite-only, and we are thankful to NPA for having us for a second year.

We do need drivers/chaperones for this trip. We will depart from SRM at 11:30AM and return to school by pick-up time at 3:00 (if not earlier). Please let me know if you can drive and help chaperone at the event.

The Halloween House has various themed rooms and outdoor areas that the children rotate through. One of the rooms is a “Scary Room”. We are not allowing our 1st and 2nd year students to go through the Scary Room. If you have concerns about your 3rd, 4th or 5th year child going through this room please let us know beforehand.

6. HALLOWEEN DAY – HISTORICAL COSTUMES

Just like last year, for Halloween at school students are not allowed to wear costumes unless the costume is that of a historical figure. Students dressed in the costume of a historical figure will have an opportunity to present something from their character in the first person. Costumes need to be brought to school in a paper bag.

7. PRESSED FALL LEAVES REQUESTED

Pressed, bright Fall leaves are requested for a school art project. Please drop them off at school!

8. SCHOOL SITE, COMMUNITY WIDE MEETING – NOVEMBER 5TH

The SRM Board of Directors in its October 10th meeting approved recommendations from the Site Committee regarding the school site and its future.

To explain this decision and have a discussion regarding the site and the future of the school we are holding a Community Meeting on Tuesday, November 5th from 6:00 – 7:00PM at the school. We are keeping the meeting concise and brief, but Board members, Site Committee members and staff will be available after the meeting to answer your questions and discuss things further. Please mark your calendars. More details on the meeting and potential childcare option to come in upcoming newsletters.

9. ONGOING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Halloween Party

A few SRM families are involved with planning a Halloween party at Warren Creek Farms Pumpkin Patch 5-8pm on Halloween night. The purpose of the event is to build community, have fun, and provide our children with corn syrup and dye free treats. If you’d like to be involved in the planning or want more information please email Nicole. Happy Halloween!

Website Updates and Password

Thanks to the work of Martha Longshore, our website has more information and resources for you to access.

A number of areas on the website are password protected and meant for the eyes of parents, students and staff only. Contact Andrew for the password.

On the website you will find: Blueprint, Weekly Newsletter, Calendar, Board & Committee Minutes, Photo Gallery, and other general information.

We strive to keep the website updated and user friendly. Please contact us if you have any comments or suggestions.

10. WISH LIST

– Coat Rack installed in Office
– Digital camera (a good one)

Education Quote of the week:

“What does a picture of unknown look like?” – Savanah Busman