Newsletter 1/23/14

Dear Six Rivers Montessori Families,

Wondering what the build out of our school site is going to look like? Curious how the Junior High planning is coming along? Interested to know what staffing is going to be next year? Want to know where things stand financially? There is a lot going on and the Board, your Office Manager and lead teachers want to assure that you receive the information you need, have your questions answered, your input incorporated, and any concerns addressed. To this end, we are opening up two new lines of communication. Please read on about these opportunities in items #1 & 2 along with a lot more in this week’s big newsletter! Also remember there are many ways to involve yourself in our community work from volunteering for school activities/trips and on committees.


** If you are considering attending either of the NPA performances this weekend, please read the announcement on #4 for an important update **

1. COMMUNICATE WITH THE BOARD
2. OPEN FORUMS WITH ANDREW
3. UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS
4. NPA PERFORMANCES
5. CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION – NEXT WEEK
6. FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE MEETING – THURSDAY, JANUARY 30TH
7. GAME DAY – FRIDAY, JANUARY 31ST
8. SPANISH MUSIC IN THE CLASSROOM & CDS FOR SALE
9. SHILOH SOPHIA DVD AVAILABLE
10. ILLNESS POLICY

1. COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR BOARD

The SRM Board would like to invite (and encourage!) all members of our school community to feel free to contact us any time with questions, concerns or suggestions you may have. Parents and other community members are always welcome at our monthly meetings (2nd Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm). We have a forum time set aside specifically for your input.

If you can’t make a meeting, but would like to have your voice heard, please contact a board member. Any one of us will be happy to bring your comments to the meeting and return a timely response to you. We welcome phone calls, individual emails and being nabbed in the parking lot. You may also use our SRM Board email address:

board@sixriversmontessori.org

Our board believes the more communication we receive from the rest of the community, the better we will be able to serve. To read the mission of the SRM Board, see a list of current members, or peruse minutes of past meetings, check out the Board of Directors page on the school website:

Check with the office if you need the password.

2. OPEN FORUMS WITH ANDREW – JANUARY 30TH & FEBRUARY 6TH

I am offering open forums on January 30th @ 7PM and on February 6th @ 3:15 PM at the school. These forums have no set agenda. I am simply making myself available to answer questions and address concerns you may have on anything pertaining to the school. We will set the agenda together on the spot.

If you can’t make the forums, please remember that I am available for you and can make a separate time to meet.

Bridget and Rebecca also want to remind the community that they will make themselves available to address questions or concerns related specifically to your child or the curriculum. Contact them directly or through the office.

3. UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS – DRIVERS NEEDED

*Upper Elementary Arcata Marsh Trip, January 27th*

Upper elementary students will be visiting the Arcata Marsh on Thursday, January 27th from 9:00 – 12:00. Drivers are needed for this trip. Students will have lunch at the marsh so please have their lunch packed appropriately. Water bottle and snack also should be brought along.

*Lower Elementary “Water & Our Community” Trips, February 3rd & 5th

Lower elementary students will engage in two field trips during the first week of February with the intention of exploring human use of water in our community.

The first trip on February 3rd will be a short visit to the pump stations on the Mad River to see where the water supply for many Humboldt Bay residents comes from. No drivers are needed for this trip and the students don’t need to bring anything. Booster seats, however, need to be left at school at drop off. I will be driving the students in small groups to the pump station throughout the day.

The second trip on February 5th will take the students to the Arcata Community Forest and Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center. At the community forest, students will hike in to the old reservoir and receive a talk from a city Environmental Services employee on this historic supply of water for the city. At the marsh, students will learn about Arcata’s unique wastewater treatment system.

Drivers ARE needed for this trip on February 5th. Lunch will be at school when we return. Please leave booster seats in the morning at drop off.

4. NPA PERFORMANCES

There have been fliers posted at our school for the two NPA plays happening this weekend. Please note that the flier for “Spring’s Awakening” was posted in error. This play is in fact for mature audiences only and not recommended for young children.

The other play, “Pygmalion”, however is appropriate for people of all ages. Here are the details for that play:

The Northcoast Preparatory and Performing Arts Academy is presenting *Pygmalion*, an adaptataion of the comedy by George Bernard Shaw with music from the Broadway musical *My Fair Lady.* Tickets are available at Wildberries or brownpapertickets.com. HSU’s Gist Theater has limited seating.

Evening Performances: *January 23, 24, 25, 26 at *5:30*
One Matinee: January 26, 1:00 p.m.

5. CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION – NEXT WEEK

On Monday we will celebrate Chinese New Year. During this celebration there will be an opportunity to remember loved ones that have died. Your child is invited to bring a photo of a person or animal that has passed on.

6. FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE MEETING – THURSDAY, JANUARY 30TH

The Fundraising Committee will be having a meeting next Thursday, January 30th at 2PM at the McIntosh Country Store. All are welcome to attend.

Thanks,
Hope

7. GAME DAY – FRIDAY, JANUARY 31ST

The wellness group envisions more community gatherings! GAME DAY at Six Rivers Montessori campus will be on January 31st, 3:30- 5:30. This is not a school event, but the school has allowed us to use the classroom. Only SRM students allowed to attend (no younger/older siblings), and classroom materials must be left alone. Bring your favorite game! Settlers of Catan, Yahtzee, and Uno will be there for sure.

We’d also like to instigate afternoon walks once per month in the forest, marsh, or through town. Join the SRM Community google group to join the discussion and date setting.

8. SPANISH MUSIC IN THE CLASSROOM & CDS FOR SALE

We are excited to welcome Lisa Monet to the classroom! Lisa is a renowned children’s music artist and came in to sing Spanish songs with the children on Tuesday.

Lisa left us with some of her CD’s and they are for sale from $12-$15/each. You will find the CD’s atop the the student lockers. She is donating half of the proceeds to our school! If you would like to purchase one, cash or a check are accepted. Make the check out to our school.

You can learn more about Lisa and her music at http://www.lisamonetmusic.com/

9. SHILOH SOPHIA DVD AVAILABLE

Shiloh Sophia’s “Queen of Her Own Heart Video Painting Class” is available on loan in the office. Shiloh is the amazing artist who conducted the art intensive with our upper elementary girls last week.

10. ILLNESS POLICY

The worst of the flu bug that’s been going around seems to be behind us. We want to remind all families to keep their child home if sick and at risk of infecting other children. If a child has had a fever they must be free from that fever for 24 hours before returning to school. Please refer to our Illness Policy in the Parent Handbook for more details.

Education Quote of the week:

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place” -George Bernard Shaw