Newsletter 3/13/14

Dear Six Rivers Montessori Families,

Here is a snapshot of this week’s volunteer energy at SRM:

Field Trip Drivers: Michelle (twice), Ed (twice), Missy, Teresa, Alicia, Michelle, Autumn, Garrett, Rachel & Natalia

Handcraft/Garden/ASL/Singing: Autumn, Cheryl, Rachel, Hope, Callie, Alicia, Sonja, Teresa

Cleaning: Teresa

Landscape: Colin, Brian


Playtime: Ed, Mica, Teresa, Clark

I saw Autumn come through on Wednesday and stock the bathrooms… I think Callie was here this morning doing something in the greenhouse… Daniel and Dylan replace the water in the art room… Martha and Daniel do the laundry… Martha also updates the website each week… our Board will be here tonight (Debora, TJ, Cassie, Ev, Michael, Aaron, Mica, Martha) – and please come by the way if you can.. starts at 6PM.

And yes, there is so much more I am missing here!

All of this amazing energy this week and yet this was not unlike any other week at Six Rivers Montessori…

A big thank you to our amazing community for your ongoing love and support of this school!!

And now for a BIG newsletter. Please take a moment to get down the details and as always be in touch if you have any questions.

1. GAME DAY – FRIDAY, MARCH 14TH
2. BASKETBALL FUNDRAISER – SUNDAY, MARCH 16TH
3. 2ND + NEW 3RD YEAR STUDENTS FIELD TRIP – MONDAY, MARCH 17TH
4. ALL SCHOOL FIELD TRIP FOR “FROGZ” – THURSDAY, MARCH 20TH
5. PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT – THURSDAY, MARCH 27TH
6. LOWER ELEMENTARY SPANISH FEE – $25
7. FISH TANK – HELP NEEDED
8. MECHANICAL PENCILS
9. HANDCRAFTING
10. BRIDGET AT CONFERENCE – MARCH 20TH
11. ONGOING ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. GAME DAY – FRIDAY, MARCH 14TH

A game day will be held tomorrow, Friday, March 14th from 3 – 5PM here at school. All are welcome to come!

2. BASKETBALL FUNDRAISER – SUNDAY, MARCH 16TH

A Basketball FUNdraiser for Six Rivers Montessori is being held on Sunday, March 16th from 3-5PM at the Arcata Community Center.

The event features 3 on 3 family games; 3 on 3 under 13 only games; and various shootouts.

Prices are $3 per child; $5 per adult; and $1 per shootout.

Also plan to join your friends for dinner at Carmela’s restaurant in Arcata after the event. Carmela’s is on G Street, across from Wildberries Market.

**If you do plan to go to Carmela’s, please contact Rachel ahead of time so she can inform the restaurant what to expect. **

The flier for the event is attached to this newsletter.

For more information contact the Weiss family.

3. 2ND + NEW 3RD YEAR STUDENTS FIELD TRIP – MONDAY, MARCH 17TH

All 2nd year students and new third year students (Kyla, Dylan, Elizabeth) will attend a field trip to Patrick’s Point State Park. On this trip, students will enjoy a ranger-led half mile walk over park trails. Along the way, various stops invite observation and comparison of successive stages of landscape re-growth.

Students will depart from school at 9:00AM and return by 11:30 or so. Please make sure your child has a pocket-sized snack and water bottle. Proper footwear for muddy trails is also recommended.

I still need 1 or 2 drivers for this trip!

4. ALL SCHOOL FIELD TRIP FOR “FROGZ” – THURSDAY, MARCH 20TH

The whole school will attend a performance of Imago Theater Presents “Frogz” at the Van Duzer Theater on the HSU Campus on Thursday, March 20th.

Drivers/chaperones are still needed for this trip! We will depart at 9:00AM for a 9:30 showtime.

5. PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT – THURSDAY, MARCH 27TH

All families are highly encouraged to attend a Six Rivers Montessori Parent Education night on Thursday, March 27th from 6:30 – 8:00PM.

The Montessori approach to education is an active one and in our case requires a community understanding and dialogue for it to serve our children at the highest level. Please come on the 27th.

The event will be held at the Six Rivers Montessori classroom.

SRM lead teachers Bridget McBride and Rebecca Brown will present on the topic of “Cosmic Education: A Montessori Vision of Elementary Education.”

For your convenience, childcare has been organized by our Community Events Committee. Here are the details from Julie:

Childcare will be available 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. LOWER ELEMENTARY SPANISH FEE – $25

For parents of Lower Elementary students only:

We have been so fortunate to have award-winning children’s music artist Lisa Monet conduct musical Spanish lessons with our lower elementary students this semester.

In order to cover the costs of having Lisa come for her 1-hour session on Tuesday afternoons through the middle of April we are asking that each family contribute $25 to the stipend we are giving Lisa. This $25 covers six sessions for your child (March – mid April). The previous sessions in January and February were generously paid for by a private individual.

A manila folder labeled “Spanish Fee” will be in the entranceway next week for you to submit your cash or check.

Thank you for helping us deliver these high quality Spanish lessons to your children.

As a reminder, Lisa’s cds are available for sale also in the entranceway. Checks can be written out to Six Rivers Montessori as we get to keep a portion of the proceeds.

For more information about Lisa visit lisamonetmusic.com

7. FISH TANK – HELP NEEDED

Help is needed to maintain our fish tank at school. This volunteer would, on a bi-weekly basis, come into the classroom and work with the student zoologists to maintain water quality and keep up with the cleaning. Please be in contact ASAP to take on this important volunteer position.

We’d like to thank Nicole Nada for being our fish tank parent volunteer over the past year!

8. MECHANICAL PENCILS

Staff is requesting that students do not bring mechanical pencils to school. They become a distraction in the classroom. Mechanical pencils are available here in the classroom to students for specific work.

9. HANDCRAFTING

Our students are amazingly creative and have learned some awesome handcrafting skills. Along with the designated handcraft time on Tuesday afternoon, students are given space to handcraft in the classroom. However, with many other learning goals and activities available, we are encouraging students to practice their handcrafting skills at home. If your child has an interest in handcrafting, we encourage you to create space at home for them to practice.

10. BRIDGET AT CONFERENCE – MARCH 20TH

Bridget will be attending the International Montessori Foundation West Coast Conference and will not be in the classroom on March 20th. Andrew and Sue will be with the Lower Elementary that day.

Ongoing training is important for our Montessori teachers and we look forward to learning what Bridget brings back from the conference.

11. ONGOING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Cleaning Help Needed – Tuesday Afternoons

We are seeking volunteers to help out with cleaning the school on Tuesday afternoons. This mid-week clean includes cleaning the bathrooms, sweeping and vacuuming. The work ideally takes place right at 3:00 when school ends, however accommodations to come in later can be made. The work takes 30 – 45 minutes.

A sign up sheet has been placed in the entranceway. Please sign up directly on the sheet or respond to me by email.

If you are unfamiliar with the cleaning routine here then I can schedule a time to meet with you briefly to show you where supplies are located, etc.

Hooks From Hook Rugs

The hooks used for our hook rugs in the classroom have all but disappeared. If your child has brought any of those home, please have them returned to the classroom.

Portfolios

Portfolios will be available for pick up on Parent Education Night (March 27th)

Help Needed

We have a few broken electric pencil sharpeners and a broken toaster oven (still fairly new, purchased just over a year ago and not heaviliy used) that could possibly be repaired. I’m looking for someone to take these off our hands to either attempt a repair or to dump.

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.

Education Quote of the week:

“Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education.” – Luther Burbank