Newsletter 3/20/14

Dear Six Rivers Montessori Families,

We dribbled into Spring with a fun-filled basketball fundraiser on Sunday. Many thank yous to Caleb and the Weiss Family for organizing the event. We netted over $200 to go towards outside play equipment!

On Wednesday it was nice to see many of you present for the planting of our apple tree. Thanks go out for our ever present landscape volunteer, Colin Hulse, for helping get the planting area cleared. Of course, we can all be proud of our amazing Garden Committee and students for working towards making the tree planting a success!

Don’t forget, Parent Education Night is this coming Thursday! If for some reason you cannot attend please let us know beforehand. Details on the evening are below.


1. PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT – RSVP NOW FOR CHILDCARE
2. LIGHT CARDBOARD NEEDED
3. “HOW WOLVES CHANGED AN ENTIRE ECOSYSTEM” FILM
4. LOWER ELEMENTARY MUSIC NIGHT – APRIL 17TH
5. BASKETBALL FUNDRAISER THANK YOU
6. ONGOING ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT – RSVP NOW FOR CHILDCARE

We look forward to seeing you all at Parent Education night this Thursday, March 27th from 6:30 – 8:00PM at the SRM classroom.

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

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. A final head count is needed. Tuesday is the deadline to RSVP! Thank you.

2. LIGHT CARDBOARD NEEDED FOR HANDCRAFT

For the next two weeks some handcrafters will need pieces of light cardboard (ideal thickness would be the back cover of a notebook, with dimensions at least 4″x 8″). Please check your resources and if you have some to share send it to school this Monday. Thank you!
3. “HOW WOLVES CHANGED AN ENTIRE ECOSYSTEM” VIDEO

Lower elementary students watched a film called “How Wolves Changed An Entire Ecosystem” this week as part of a study revolving around ecosystems and how they fluctuate over time.
We wish to share this short film with you:

http://www.flixxy.com/how-wolves-changed-an-entire-ecosystem.htm

4. LOWER ELEMENTARY MUSIC NIGHT – APRIL 17TH

Lower elementary students will be presenting various musical pieces they’ve been practicing on the evening of April 17th from 6:00 – 7:30PM.

Mark your calendars now. More details to come later.

5. BASKETBALL FUNDRAISER THANK YOU

Thank you to everyone who came to the basketball fundraiser event. I just wanted to say that it was a success and hope you all had as much fun as I did. Also, a big thanks to Scoop Ice Cream for donating the kid scoop gift cards. And a high five to all the parents who helped out at the event and played in the adult games.

See you on the courts,
Caleb Weiss

6. ONGOING ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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.

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.

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:

“The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher.” -Elbert Hubbard