Newsletter 4/17/14

Dear Six Rivers Montessori Families,

Congratulations to our Upper Elementary students who distinguished themselves this week with their traveling Spanish/American Sign Language performance. On Tuesday, they performed at three local preschools and did an excellent job.

Many thanks to Ed Cohen, Brian Letts and Danny Ammon. This trio of dads led the Upper Elementary students on a plant identification and study in the Arcata Community Forest today.

We hope you all enjoy the Lower Elementary Musical Performance tonight! Remember the show starts at 6PM, so please have your kids here ten minutes early so they can get settled.

Have a fabulous Spring Break!


1. PLANTING WITH JACOBY CREEK LAND TRUST – APRIL 26TH
2. CHILDREN & MEDIA TALK – APRIL 30TH (CHILDCARE AVAILABLE)
3. SCHOOL PHOTOS – MAY 6TH
4. MARK YOUR CALENDARS – MAY
5. CO-OP SCRIPT UPDATE
6. EXERCISE/ATHLETIC OPPORTUNITIES
7. UPPER ELEMENTARY PENNY POLL
8. ONGOING ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. 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!

In order to get to Kokte Ranch, the organizers have told us it is located 1/4 mile west from the Bayside Post Office off of Old Arcata Rd. and there will be signage and markers posted to show you the way.

See you there,
The Community Events Committee

2. CHILDREN & MEDIA TALK – APRIL 30TH (CHILDCARE AVAILABLE)

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.

Childcare will be available at Little Learners Preschool just down the street on Valley East Blvd. A childcare provider may need to be hired for this, and we will ask for $5 at the door to help cover the cost.

Contact Nicole Nada for more information.

3. SCHOOL PHOTOS – MAY 6TH

School photos will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 6th. Information on how to order photos will go home with you on Monday when we get back from break.

4. MARK YOUR CALENDARS – MAY

There are a number of events and meetings going on in May. More details on these events will come in future newsletters. Please mark your calendars:

May 6th – School Photos

May 7th – Lower Elementary Patrick’s Point Tide Pools field trip. 9:00 – 12:00. Drivers needed!

May 8th – Board Meeting @ 6PM
May 9th – Game/Handcraft Day. 3-5PM

May 15th – Potluck Tuition Meeting. 6:00 – 7:30PM. Very important to attend. Contact ahead of time if you absolutely cannot make it. Childcare will be arranged.

May 17th – All-School Picnic. Camp Bauer.

May 26th – Memorial Day – No school

5. CO-OP SCRIPT UPDATE

This week we made our second group purchase of Coop Script and made another $50 for our school! The total for this first month of the program is $120 made from 10 families buying script. Thanks to all who have tried this new program. The week we come back from break will be the next chance to buy. More details on how to buy script are in the Ongoing Announcements.

6. EXERCISE/ATHLETIC OPPORTUNITIES

Help your child develop good exercise habits. There is something out there for everyone!

Local organizations have dropped off fliers in our entranceway for Beginning Wrestling/Circuit Training and for Junior Team Tennis. Stop in and grab one. Also, contact Ed if interested in getting your child into running with other SRM kids.

7. UPPER ELEMENTARY PENNY POLL

The Upper Elementary students participated in a penny poll on Tax Day, April 15th, to determine where they would spend their tax dollars if indeed it was directly up to them. What follows are the results of the penny poll compared with the Federal Fiscal Year 2014 Discretionary Spending numbers:

Upper Elementary Spending Priorities:

1. Environment – 23%
2. Science – 13%
3. Education – 11%
3. Military – 11%
5. Health – 8%
5. International Affairs – 8%
7. Veterans – 6%
8. Agriculture – 5%
9. Transportation – 4%
9. Government – 4%
11. Housing – 3%
11. Labor – 3%

Federal Fiscal Year 2014 Discretionary Spending

1. Military – 57%
2. Education – 6%
2. Government – 6%
2. Veterans – 6%
5. Housing – 5%
5. Health – 5%
7. International Affairs – 3%
7. Environment – 3%
7. Science – 3%
7. Transportation – 3%
11. Labor 2%
12. Agriculture – 1%

8. ONGOING ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

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

Education Quote of the week:

“If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.” -Aristotle