Newsletter 12/9/13

Dear Six Rivers Montessori Families,

I am sorry that you did not receive a newsletter on Thursday, December 5th. I thought it was sent out but apparently the email program malfunctioned and didn’t actually send it. I am looking into making sure this does not happen again.

Well, the error actually has allowed me to add a couple of announcements I didn’t have ready on Thursday, so here you go with last Thursday’s newsletter plus a little Monday spice


*Late announcement… there will be tabling tomorrow for Six Rivers Hoodies… get your hoodie ordered tomorrow!… further announcement below in #4*

1. HOLIDAY GIVING
2. HOLIDAY GIFT BASKETS
3. PUZZLE EXCHANGE
4. SIX RIVERS HOODIES
5. UPPER ELEMENTARY – HEALTH SPORT
6. BOARD MEETING – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12TH
7. ONGOING ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. HOLIDAY GIVING

In lieu of exchanging gifts with one another, the students at Six Rivers Montessori once again have decided to collect gifts for local non-profit organizations that rely on community support. This year’s organizations include the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center, Sequoia Humane Society, Food For People and CASA. Students are asking parents for help in gathering gifts for these organizations. There will be boxes or bins here at school for each organization where you can drop off your donation starting Wednesday morning. You can drop off items tomorrow (Tuesday) though if you want. There are student point people for each organization. Here are their calls for donations:

*The Sequoia Humane Society is a community leader in promoting the humane treatment of all animals. They strive to end pet overpopulation by providing a high standard of care and through programs such as pet adoption, spay & neuter and community education.

They need: cat litter (non-clumping), bleach, canned cat food (loaf – not sliced), catnip, feather wands, cat balls & toys, pig ears, dog biscuits, hard dog toys, office supplies (copy paper, postage stamps), commercial dryer, mellow music cds, empty tp & paper towel rolls, shredded paper (for puppy pens.. not cross-cut)

For more information contact Caleb or Chama

*Food For People is working to eliminate hunger and improve the health and well-being of our community through access to healthy and nutritious foods, community education and advocacy.

They need: canned foods, pasta, rice, cereal, nuts, canned fruit, dairy, meat (turkey and chicken).

If you plan to donate something that requires refrigeration (meat & dairy) than you will need to coordinate with Evelyn & Eden so they can pick up those foods from you on the day they are delivering.

*Humboldt Wildlife Care Center helps save and treat injured wildlife and educate the community.

This is there wish list:

Animal care items:
Aquariums
Reptariums
Baby Blankets
Pillowcases

Medical supplies:
Digital thermometer-silent
Isopropyl Alcohol
Cotton Balls
Nitrile Gloves {powder free }
Tegaderm
Vetwrap
Cotton-tipped Applicators
Gauze Sponges
Incubators
Stethoscopes- high quality

Miscellaneous Items:
Sponges
Laundry Detergent { non-scented} eco-friendly
Spray Bottles
Duck Tape
Zip-ties

For more information contact Meadow.

*CASA is an organization that helps children in need.

At this point we can collect donations of children’s clothing or toys. We may have more information about specific items that a child or family may need.

2. HOLIDAY GIFT BASKETS

Holiday Basket Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who signed up to make/contribute to our holiday baskets. There is a large bin in the entryway of the school to check in your items. Also, you will see a smaller box to turn in your pre-sale orders. We are making 100 baskets this season and appreciate all of your help in selling them to fundraiser for SRM. Baskets will be distributed on the last two days of school before the break. The baskets will be filled with delightful goodies and are a great gift for a friend, teacher, coach or neighbor. Contact Rachel with questions.

3. PUZZLE EXCHANGE

Interested in a Puzzle exchange? Whether your family has outgrown a puzzle or has tired of it due to repetition someone else might be tickled to get it out of the box again. Winter is a cozy time to work indoors… Please call or contact Autumn during this next week if you would be interested. Maybe we can host a day or two after school to allow for drop off and/or pick up of puzzles.

4. SIX RIVERS HOODIES

The new Six Rivers Montessori sweatshirts are coming soon. These are cozy zip up hoodies and make great holiday gifts. Supplies are limited so order yours now!

There are order forms available at school and we will be tabling at pick up next Tuesday the 10th.

The sweatshirts will be available for pick up the last week of school before winter break.

5. UPPER ELEMENTARY – HEALTH SPORT

I am exploring the possibility of designing a 6-8 week Health Sport program for upper elementary students to attend during the upcoming winter months in lieu of playtime here at school.

Health Sport is wondering if any upper elementary families are currently members. This will effect the program cost estimate that they will be sending me. Please contact me if you do have a family membership at Health Sport.

If this program comes to fruition, more details will be forthcoming. It wouldn’t start until January.

6. BOARD MEETING – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12TH

The SRM Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, December 12th at 6PM at the school. All are encouraged to attend. Agenda is attached.

7. ONGOING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Field Trip Payment – 2013/14

We are asking $20 for each child to pay for the HSU shows we will see this year and help offset the general costs of field trips. This money will cover two shows at HSU ($13) and the remainder ($7) will go into the general field trip fund to help reimburse drivers for gas and cover other costs that arise on our trips.

Please note that certain trips organized throughout the year may have their own costs associated with them that families will be asked to help cover.

Please submit your payment into the little field trip money box located in the entranceway. If you pay with cash, please put your name with it somehow.

Upper Elementary Portfolios

When the Upper Elementary students return from the November holiday break, they will begin the BIG work of compiling their mid-year portfolios. One component will involve self-evaluation. Another aspect will be the co-evaluation of completed work, in conjunction with Rebecca. Finally, Rebecca will add her reflections on each student’s development as it relates to the Montessori Method. These portfolios will be going home with the students before the December holiday break.

Education Quote of the week:

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela