Newsletter 6/5/14

Dear Six Rivers Montessori Families,

When someone asked me recently what I would miss the most about working at SRM I had to think for a bit. Nobody had asked me that yet. I know more than anything else that I will miss working with the kids and watching them grow. I know I will also miss the daily connection I get to have with all of the families. I can’t say I will miss paying bills, accounting, and hounding you all to get your tuition checks in! 🙂

I also thought about how much I will miss writing this newsletter!

My father was an independent writer his whole life. He wrote childrens’ songs and television programs, comedy acts, a nature show, and later in life a variety column for our local newspaper in Ventura County. When I was a kid he would write weekly newsletters for whatever sports team I was on, reporting on the game itself and also providing important details and information to the parents.


I love writing too, and it has been fun for me to craft this newsletter each week as a means of keeping our community connected with all that’s happening within it. Of course, that wouldn’t be fun if it wasn’t such a sweet and dynamic community. I’ve kept copies in the office of the past newsletters with the intention that they may serve as archival evidence of all the work that each of you has done to create and sustain this amazing school.

It has been an honor to serve all of you the past couple of years as your Office Manager.

Remember that Monday and Tuesday next week are Minimum Days. Pick up is at 11:30 and students do not need to bring lunch. There is no aftercare. These minimum days have been on the schedule since the beginning of the school year. Wednesday is the last day of school and is a full day with a closing circle from 3:00 – 3:30. We hope you can all be there. And now to some further important end of the school year announcements!

1. PROMOTE BARN DANCE FUNDRAISER
2. FIRE & LIGHT FIELD TRIP, MONDAY JUNE 9TH – DRIVERS NEEDED
3. 1ST & 2ND YEAR ZOO FIELD TRIP, JUNE 9TH
4. LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL SCHEDULE
5. THANK YOU FROM STAFF
6. TAKE EVERYTHING HOME
7. HELPERS NEEDED – THURSDAY, JUNE 12TH
8. ICE CREAM TOPPINGS
9. SUMMER COMMUNICATIONS
10. WATER ANNOUNCEMENT

1. PROMOTE BARN DANCE FUNDRAISER

The Barn Dance is this Saturday, 7-11PM. For those on Facebook, please Share the event page for the Barn Dance and Invite all your friends. https://www.facebook.com/events/1551566648403049/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcom ing . There is an image of the flyer there too which can be shared.

If you have not yet turned in raffle or entry ticket money, please bring it and any leftover tickets to the event. We hope to see you there this Saturday, especially if you are volunteering!

-Fundraising Committee

2. FIRE & LIGHT FIELD TRIP – MONDAY, JUNE 9TH – DRIVERS NEEDED

On Monday we would like to take 3rd year and Upper Elementary students to the Fire & Light studio for a guided tour. After visiting the studio, we will go to a nearby park to play before returning to school for pick up. We will leave at about 9:50 and return by 11:30. Be in touch if you can drive.

3. 1ST & 2ND YEAR ZOO FIELD TRIP, JUNE 9TH

On our June 9th half day, Bridget will be taking the 1st and 2nd year students to Sequoia Park and the Zoo in Eureka. Departure is at 9:00AM, returning at 11:30 for pick up. Please make sure to drop off your booster seat in the morning.

4. LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL SCHEDULE

June 9th – Minimum Day, pick up at 11:30

June 10th – Minimum Day, pick up at 11:30

June 11th – Last day of school. We will have a closing circle with students and parents from 3:00 – 3:30. Portfolios will be available to take home as well.

5. THANK YOU FROM STAFF

Our staff wishes to thank all of you for your flexibility this past week with the shortened days. We recognize that many of you had to change your schedules on quick notice to accommodate this and your efforts are truly appreciated. We believe that this was the best decision for the kids and for us. It truly allowed for better quality of education and experience for both the students in the classroom and to support the conference process. I also enjoyed playing some foosball and legos with the kids who were in aftercare!

6. TAKE EVERYTHING HOME

Please help your child remember to take home all of their belongings next week. Any personal belongings left here over the summer will likely be given away to goodwill.

7. HELPERS NEEDED – THURSDAY, JUNE 12TH

On Thursday, June 12th we need to move everything from the west end of the classroom to the east end of the classroom. This is so the construction crew can begin tearing down the west wall. We need 4-5 helpers to get this job done efficiently. We will start at 9:00 AM. Please RSVP if you can make it.

8. ICE CREAM TOPPINGS

On the last day of school we will be having ice cream sundaes. Is someone able to pick up some toppings of crushed nuts, chocolate pieces and coconut for 39 students and bring them next Wednesday? You will get reimbursed by the school. Let me know if you can do it.

9. SUMMER COMMUNICATIONS

Over the summer I will be working with Debora as she transitions into the Office Manager position. Between the two of us we will be keeping up on communications and preparing all that needs to happen for the upcoming school year. Please use this email address and the school phone line for any questions or needs you may have over the summer. If you have an urgent need, feel free to call me on my cell phone.

10. ARCATA WATER ANNOUNCEMENT

The City of Arcata sent us an announcement stating that the state coliform standard was not met for the city’s public water system in March. Schools are required to notify parents. The notification from the city is attached.

It sounds like no harmful bacteria was found in the city’s water. Kids here do drink city water from the drinking fountain. We also provide purified water in the water canister in the art room.

Education Quote of the week:

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” -Wayne Gretzky