Newsletter 5/1/14

Dear Six Rivers Montessori Families,

No long introduction today because this is one heck of a newsletter announcing a lot that is going on. PLEASE take the time to get all the details…

…and I hope you see the richness of our school community in all that’s coming together!


1. MAY TUITION DEADLINE – MONDAY, MAY 5TH
2. SCHOOL PHOTOS – TUESDAY, MAY 6TH
3. LOWER ELEMENTARY PARENT FORUM – TUESDAY, MAY 6TH
4. LOWER ELEMENTARY TIDE POOL FIELD TRIP – WEDNESDAY, MAY 7TH
5. BOARD MEETING – THURSDAY, MAY 8TH
6. GAME/HANDCRAFT DAY – FRIDAY, MAY 9TH
7. UPPER ELEMENTARY PARENT FORUM – TUESDAY, MAY 13TH
8. POTLUCK TUITION MEETING – THURSDAY, MAY 15TH
9. SCHOOL PICNIC – SATURDAY, MAY 17TH
10 COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR ON WEBSITE
11. REPORT UPCOMING ABSENCES
12. MINI-CLASSES, JUNE 9TH & 10TH
13. CO-OP SCRIPT – YOU CAN STILL PURCHASE SOME!
14. BLUE OX LIVING HISTORY & ARTISAN FAIRE
15. WATER BOTTLE & SUNSCREEN
16. SQUARE DANCE FUNDRAISER – HELP NEEDED

1. TUITION DEADLINE – MONDAY, MAY 5TH

May tuition is due by Monday, May 5th. Please contact me beforehand if you are unable to meet the deadline.

2. SCHOOL PHOTOS – TUESDAY, MAY 6TH

School photos will take place at 1PM on Tuesday, May 6th. Please have your form and payment submitted by Monday morning at the latest to give us time to process and organize the forms and be prepared for the photographer when she comes.

3. LOWER ELEMENTARY PARENT FORUM – TUESDAY, MAY 6TH

As we approach the end of the school year, Bridget and Rebecca would like to take the opportunity to come together with parents and discuss this year’s educational program. These forums will be a chance to reflect on our strengths and identify areas for growth. The forums are for parents only.

The first forum for lower elementary parents is next Tuesday, May 6th from 6-7PM. (The upper elementary forum is on Tuesday, May 13th from 6-7PM)

The forum will include a potluck dinner here at school. The school will provide pizza, but we ask families to bring salad, drinks and dessert if they can.

1st years: salad
2nd years: drinks
3rd years: dessert

4. LOWER ELEMENTARY TIDE POOL FIELD TRIP – WEDNESDAY, MAY 7TH

The Lower Elementary will take a ranger led exploration of the tide pools at Patrick’s Point next Wednesday, May 7th from 9:00 – 12:00. We do need drivers for this trip! Please contact me if you want to join us next
Wednesday.

To prepare for the trip:

*Please make sure your child has appropriate footwear. They will be walking on slippery rocks,and will likely get their shoes wet. Muck/rain boots, or boots of some kind are recommended. No sneakers or sandals.

*Bring a water bottle and a snack that can fit in their pocket and sunscreen. Lunch will happen when we return to school.

5. BOARD MEETING – THURSDAY, MAY 8TH

The SRM Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, May 8th at 6PM at the school. All are encouraged to attend. A meeting agenda is attached to this newsletter.

6. GAME/HANDCRAFT DAY – FRIDAY, MAY 9TH

The Wellness Group hosts a game/handcraft day on Friday, May 9th from 3-5PM at the school. All children are welcome to join in! For more information contact Nicole.

7. UPPER ELEMENTARY PARENT FORUM – TUESDAY, MAY 13TH

The Upper Elementary Parent Forum will be on Tuesday, May 13th from 6-7PM. (See Lower elementary announcement in item #3 for what the forums are about). Third year families are invited to this forum.

8. POTLUCK TUITION MEETING – THURSDAY, MAY 15TH

Our annual potluck tuition meeting will be held Thursday, May 15th from 6:00 – 7:30PM.

This is a required meeting and childcare will be available at Little Learners. If you absolutely cannot attend, contact me in advance.

The potluck tuition meeting is the time to renew our commitment to sustaining our independent school. Our goal as a school is to offer a high-quality Montessori education for children and families that want it, and for whom our staff feels it is an appropriate choice. A family’s financial situation is not criteria for entrance into our school.

Therefore it is critical that we all have a clear understanding of what it costs to provide the quality of program that we all want in order for you to make a well-informed financial commitment to the school.

At this meeting, a review of the 2013/14 financial year and the preliminary budget for the 2014/15 school year will be presented by our Treasurer in a clear and understandable format. I will review how the Potluck tuition process works and how and when you need to make your tuition pledge for the upcoming school year. Time is also set aside to answer questions and open up dialogue.

We look forward to seeing you all on the 15th and renewing our commitment to sustain this amazing school!

9. SCHOOL PICNIC – SATURDAY, MAY 17TH

Hello SRM friends!

This is a reminder that our annual school picnic is coming up Saturday, May 17th from 3-7PM.

We will meet at Camp Bauer at 3pm to play softball, share a potluck and BBQ dinner and just generally have fun and relax together as a community.

I’d like to remind everyone to bring their own dishes, cups and cloth napkins to make this a zero waste event.

There will be a sign up sheet for meal planning on the outside bulletin board, so please keep an eye out for that over the next two weeks,

Bring your baseball mitts and helmets if you’ve got them.

Unfortunately, there are NO DOGS allowed on the premises, not even in your car. So I’m sorry but please leave your dogs at home or with a sitter. They are quite serious about this rule.

Camp Bauer is so beautiful and this promises to be a really fun final event for our school. We look so forward to seeing everyone there!

Directions to Camp Bauer are at the end of this newsletter.

If you have any questions contact Mica.

10. COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR ON WEBSITE

Check out the new Community Events Calendar on our website. You’ll find the latest dates and times for Six Rivers Montessori community events such as the End-of-Year Picnic at Camp Bauer and the Barn Dance Fundraiser at the Bayside Grange. This calendar is still a work in progress, and we welcome additions. If you have a committee meeting or special event you’d like to see on the calendar, please contact Martha Longshore.

The Community Events Calendar is password protected, for community privacy. Contact the office for the password.

— The Community Events Committee

11. REPORT UPCOMING ABSENCES

This is a reminder to please report any upcoming absences you are aware of to the office as far in advance as you can. This helps our teachers in their planning. You can report upcoming absences by writing them down on the absence calendar in the entranceway, or by reporting to me by phone or email. Thank you.

12. MINI-CLASSES, JUNE 9TH & 10TH

Similar to last year, we are opening up the opportunity for parents or people you might know to offer “mini-classes” to our students. The idea is to open up our students to the knowledge and skills that members of our community have to share. Last year, for example, mini-classes included Brown sharing his shark research here at school, and a field trip to both Arcata Scoop and Los Bagels to learn how those respective eateries made their products.

Do you or someone you know have something you’d like to share? Be in contact with me and we can discuss how to make it happen.

13. CO-OP SCRIPT – YOU CAN STILL PURCHASE SOME!

The due date to purchase Coop Script has been extended to May 5th. Either before or after school on Monday you can put cash or check into the Coop Script box and it will become a pre-paid gift card for the full amount by Wednesday morning and the Coop donates 5% of the funds to our school! Many families have tried out this way of making ‘free money’ for our school and found the cards easy and convenient to use. Please consider purchasing some Coop Script.

For more information contact Autumn.

14. BLUE OX LIVING HISTORY AND ARTISAN FAIRE

This is such a cool event. We encourage SRM families to attend if you can:

*The 12th Annual Blue Ox May Day Living History and Artisan Faire will go from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday May 3rd. Adults pay $10 ($9 with a nonperishable donation toward the Food Bank), Kids 12 and under are free.*

*For more info please visit blueoxmill.com, or check out Blue Ox on facebook.com/blue.ox.16 , or you can call Blue Ox at
(707) 444-3437.

15. WATER BOTTLE & SUNSCREEN

These unusually hot days remind us of the need for your children to bring a water bottle to school. Also, if your child is sensitive to the sun, having sunscreen on hand is also a good idea.

16. SQUARE DANCE FUNDRAISER – HELP NEEDED

June 7th is the school fundraiser at the Bayside Grange. Music by The Striped Pig String Band and Lyndsey Battle and dancing for all.

Tickets are $10 and kids 12 and under are free.

Information and tickets for the event were sent home before the break. Sign up lists for volunteering at the event will be inside the school on top of the lockers.

Thank You,
Hope Morello

Education Quote of the week:

“Now, 75 years later [since first grade] in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods, and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books. Instant information is not for me. I prefer to search library stacks because when I work to learn something, I remember it.”

-Harper Lee (who turned 88 years old on Monday)

Directions to Camp Bauer

From Highway 101 take the 299 exit east towards Willow Creek. Take the Blue Lake Exit and follow Blue Lake Boulevard through the roundabout. You will pass Blue Lake School on your right. Continue about 3-4 miles on Blue Lake Boulevard. You will pass the California Redwood Company (previously the Simpson Timber mill) complex. Continue past the Korbel Post Office and cross over the old concrete bridge. You will see houses on your left. The fourth lane on the left after crossing the concrete bridge will take you into Camp Bauer. This road will be just after you pass the houses as you are starting up the hill. Look for the Camp Bauer sign on the left side. If have not turned into Camp Bauer less than one minute after crossing over the bridge you have gone too far!

No dogs are allowed in Camp Bauer.