Newsletter 2/27/14

Dear Six Rivers Montessori,

We passed another milestone this week in welcoming the 40th and 41st students into our school community!

It all started in Fall, 2010 with Bridget and five children. Those children and their classmates in the Upper Elementary are now leaders in our school.

Our foundation as a school is solid and it all comes with great vision, intention and community building efforts.

It’s nice to reflect. Good job everyone!


Now, back to work….!

1. ABSENCES & APPOINTMENTS
2. NEW STUDENTS – ADDISON SHULL AND DYLAN BERMAN
3. MINIMUM DAY – MARCH 6TH
4. GUEST SPEAKER – LEAH STAMPER, MARCH 7TH
5. CHILDCARE FOR PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT
6. WATER CONSERVATION IDEAS
7. ONGOING ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. ABSENCES & APPOINTMENTS

a. Absence & Appointments Calendar

With our school growing larger it is more of a challenge for staff to keep track of upcoming absences and doctor/dentist appointments. To help ourselves we have created a simple system and would appreciate your cooperation.

In the entranceway you will see a clipboard with a calendar upon which we are asking you to write-in any upcoming absences or appointments you are aware of. There is a calendar for each month, so you can write-in everything you are aware of through June. The more advance notice the better for our teachers.

Also, you can email me dates that you are aware of and I am happy to put them on the central absence calendar for you.

b. General note on absences

Bridget, Rebecca and myself encourage you to be careful about your child missing too much school. Illness happens. However, we feel a disproportionate amount of school has been missed by students for vacations, excursions and doctor/dentist appointments.

We recommend keeping Monday – Thursday sacred. When your child misses even a few hours of school they become thrown off kilter academically and socially. Missing days and weeks of school is especially challenging for a child to rebound from in a Montessori environment. Being a social learning environment, it also affects the education of kids who are present.

Part of the reason for not having school on Friday is to keep space available for family time. Perhaps consider some fun 3-day vacations in our region, and keep the longer vacations for the various week long breaks that we have.

Finally, make a strong effort to schedule doctor/dentist appointments on Friday.

2. NEW STUDENTS – ADDISON SHULL AND DYLAN BERMAN

We are excited to welcome two more new students into our school!

Addison Shull joined the first year class this week. We welcome her parents Christine and Ben and her baby brother Jack into our community.

We also welcome Dylan Berman into the third year class. Dylan is Kyla’s twin brother and he will start on March 3rd. The Berman’s contact information is already in your directory.

3. MINIMUM DAY – MARCH 6TH

Next Thursday, March 6th, is a minimum day. Please pick up your child at 11:30. There will not be lunch at school.

During the afternoon staff will be brainstorming about each child in the school, assessing their strengths and weaker areas and coming up with ideas on how to best serve their current learning needs and interests.

4. GUEST SPEAKER – LEAH STAMPER, FRIDAY, MARCH 7TH

The Wellness Group has invited, special guest speaker, Leah Stamper, to discuss traditional whole foods, and other topics regarding nutrition. Leah is the chapter leader for Humboldt Traditional Whole Foods, and on the committee for GMO Free Humboldt. Leah has a wealth of information regarding nutrition, and overall health.

Please join us: At Six Rivers Montessori, Friday, March 7th, from 6-8pm. This evening is for adults only, and unfortunately we are not able to provide childcare this time. Please contact Julie with any questions. We hope to see you there.

5. CHILDCARE FOR PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT

Childcare will be available on Parent Education Night (March 27th) at Little Learner’s Preschool, just a few blocks from our school, at 5050 Valley East. Please bring a snack for your child. Drop-off available at 6:15, and it is greatly appreciated if you can pick-up children by 8:30. Please RSVP now by contacting Julie if you will be needing childcare. Thank you.

6. WATER CONSERVATION IDEAS

The lower elementary students offer the following water conservation ideas for you to consider during this drought:

-Less showers
-Shorter showers
-Less bathwater
-Turn of faucet when not using it
-Use same drinking cup multiple times
-Use a bin in the sink for dish washing
-Don’t water lawn, or less water on lawn
-Catch rainwater
-Ask restaurant’s to serve water only when requested
-Buy local fruits, vegetable and meat
-Small cup of water for rinsing out your mouth
-Using buckets instead of running water for hand washing & toilet
-Less fun time running through sprinklers!

7. ONGOING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mark Your Calendars for March!

Hikes, performances, parent education, minimum day, basketball fundraiser – it’s all happening in March! More details to come on all of these events, but take a moment to mark your calendars. I am signing up drivers for field trips so be in contact if interested.

March 6th – Minimum Day. Pick up at 11:30. No lunch at school.

March 10th – 1st Year and new 2nd+3rd year Patrick’s Point field trip. 9:00 – 12:00. Drivers needed.

March 12th – All school trip to Arcata Playhouse for “Well At The End of the World” performance. 1 – 2PM. Drivers needed.

March 13th – Board Meeting @6PM

March 16th – Basketball fundraiser. 3-5pm. Arcata Community Center

March 17th – 2nd Year and new 3rd year Patrick’s Point field trip. 9:00 – 12:00. Drivers needed.

March 20th – All school trip to HSU for Imago Theater presents “Frogz”. 8:45 – 11:30. Drivers needed.

March 27th – Parent Education Night. 6:30 – 8:00

Education Quote of the week:

“Work is love made visible” – Kahlil Gibran