Newsletter 4/10/14

Dear Six Rivers Montessori Families,

The past couple of weeks the Upper Elementary students have had their lunch and playtime at the Mad River pump station park just down the road from here. They’ve been learning how to play frisbee golf in the vast expanse and beauty of that park. These special Wednesday outings will continue for the rest of the school year and will involve other activities in other locales.

We are all very thankful to Brown, Ed and Clark for making this happen. Their desire for and creative ideas around physical activities for our students is just fabulous.

If you have ideas or energy you want to share in this area of our program then please be in touch with these fathers or with me.


1. GAME/HANDCRAFT DAY – FRIDAY, APRIL 11TH
2. LOWER ELEMENTARY MUSIC NIGHT – THURSDAY, APRIL 17TH
3. DRIVER’S INFORMATION
4. PLANTING WITH JACOBY CREEK LAND TRUST – APRIL 26TH
5. STUDENTS AND CELL PHONES + I-PADS/PODS
6. RAINBOW LOOM BRACELETS
7. INTENT TO RETURN
8. SPRING BREAK – APRIL 21ST – APRIL 24TH
9. ONGOING ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. GAME/HANDCRAFT DAY – FRIDAY, APRIL 11TH

The next Wellness Group Game/Handcraft day is this Friday, April 11th from 3-5PM. This month will be handcraft. Please bring your favorite crafting supplies.

2. LOWER ELEMENTARY MUSIC NIGHT – THURSDAY, APRIL 17TH

Everyday your children make work choices in a variety of subject areas, such as zoology, botany, geography, science, geometry, mathematics, and language arts. Samples of their work are collected for the beautiful portfolios that you all enjoy. But one vital area of our curriculum is always missing from the portfolios, music!

The Lower Elementary proudly presents the first Music Night next Thursday, April 17th from 6:00 to 7:00.

Six unique ensemble pieces will be presented. Please have your child arrive by 5:50 to set up. Doors open at 6:00. Admission is free. For more information about the value and significance of music, please consider the link below. Please direct questions and concerns to Bridget.

Many thanks to Teresa for her many hours of volunteering to support our students in this endeavor.

http://www.cwrl.utexas.edu/~syverson/worldsfair/exhibits/hall2/yoshimura/music.htm

3. DRIVER’S INFORMATION

As a reminder, to drive for a school field trip we need a copy of your up to date car insurance, a copy of your up to date driver’s license, a print out of your DMV record, and a signed Driver’s Authorization form. If you are a regular field trip driver and are not up to date on any of the above requirements you will be receiving a courtesy call soon from Amy to inform you of what you need to get turned in.

Thank you for following through on these requirements. Your attention to this is appreciated as is your dedication to help us organize and partake in amazing school field trips!

4. PLANTING WITH JACOBY CREEK LAND TRUST – APRIL 26TH

Dear Six Rivers Community,

We have been invited by the Jacoby Creek Land Trust to help do some planting at Kokte Ranch.

This is a wonderful opportunity for us to explore and help better a local historic outside space and to work together and get to know people within our school community better!

Please join us on Saturday, April 26th in the parking lot between 9:30 and 10 at Kokte Ranch. Many hands make fun, light work so please join us! Those of you who remember the huckleberry planting last year, Susan said she would be making cookies again! Bring a water bottle and gloves if you have them. Mark your calendars! This will be a fun community service to be proud of!

More exact directions will come in the next newsletter.

See you there,
The Community Events Committee

5. STUDENTS AND CELL PHONES + I-PADS/PODS
As you all know we have a school rule of no personal student cell phone or i-pod/i-pad use in the classroom.

This rule also extends to before and after school anywhere on the campus. We trust your judgement as parents and if you are on campus picking up or dropping off and want your child to use one of these devices then that is of course fine under your supervision.

Thanks for your consideration and if you have any questions/concerns please be in touch.

6. RAINBOW LOOM BRACELETS

Bridget is requesting that lower elementary students not wear their rainbow loom bracelets to school. They are becoming too much of a distraction for these students.

This does not apply to upper elementary students, but Rebecca does request that upper elementary students take care to not allow their rainbow loom bracelets to become a distraction for them.

7. INTENT TO RETURN

In an ongoing effort to reduce paperwork and forms, I will not be sending out an intent to return form to each family this year. However, if you are considering not having your child return to SRM in Fall, 2015 please be in contact ASAP.

8. SPRING BREAK – APRIL 21ST – 24TH

There will be no school on April 21st – April 24th for Spring Break.

9. ONGOING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Embroidery Hoops Needed

Handcrafters are looking for embroidery hoops between 4-7 inches in diameter for a project in May. If you have one or more to share please put them in the “Office Inbox” and we can return loaners when the project is done. Thanks!

Co-op Script

Dear Families,

We have a new way to create funds for our school by buying Coop Script. For every dollar our families spend at the North Coast Coop our school can retain 5%! Here is how it works:

1. Put check or cash (labeled with family name) in the Coop Script box, any amount from $50 on up. If it’s a check, please make it out to ‘Six Rivers Montessori’ and write ‘Coop Script’ in the memo line.

2. On the 15th & 1st of each month these funds will be tuned into pre-paid Coop gift cards of the total amount that the family has contributed. On the 17th and the third (or the next business day) the cards will be available for pick up at school and can then be used the same as cash at the register of either Coop location.
For example, if Autumn Feral puts a check for $100 into the script box on March 28th, she will have a gift card waiting for her on April 3rd worth $100. What happens in between is that the fundraising committee will deposit the $100 check and then pay the Coop $95 for a gift card worth $100. Thereby the Coop has donated 5% of the subsequent purchases to our school.
I’m excited to see our school take advantage of this ‘free money’ through families that are making Coop purchases anyway. Please contact me if you have any questions, I’d be happy to talk.

Best,
Autumn Feral & the Fundraising Committee

Children & Media Talk – April 30th

We are excited to present a presentation and discussion called “Growing Up (Batteries Included): Renewing Consciousness Around Screen Time and Growing Minds”. It will occur on April 30th, 5:30 – 6:45PM at the SRM classroom.

The presentation and discussion will be led by Humboldt State Psychology professor Jeff Lough. Jeff is a nationally certified school psychologist and a former school principal.

Contents of the talk will revolve around the impact of screen time on brain development, learning and behavior and ways we as parents and educators can responsibly and consciously work with children in the digital age.

All Six Rivers families are highly encouraged to attend. The event is open to those outside the Six Rivers community.

No childcare has been arranged as of yet. Stay tuned for more details.

Contact Nicole Nada for more information.

Education Quote of the week: “Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong” – President John F. Kennedy