Weekly Newsletter

Newsletter 10/18/18

Day of the Dead Masks

Upper El students painted Day of the Dead Masks this week. Our Day of the Dead celebration will be on November 5th. Look for more information about this in our next newsletter.

Newsletter 10/12/18


Conferences for the Upper El continue next week. Please double check your date and time. This time has been specially reserved for you and the teachers are very much looking forward to their time with each of you.

Newsletter 10/5/18

Upper El Bounty

This week the Upper El prepared and enjoyed a delicious salad as well as a tea of raspberry, chamomile, and peppermint. They harvested the ingredients fresh from the school garden.

Newsletter 9/28/18

Rummage Sale Tomorrow

Our annual rummage sale fundraiser is this Saturday, September 29th!

We need A LOT more donation items in order to make this fundraiser a big success. Members of the fundraising committee will be at the school today from 8:30 and 2 to collect your donation items. We can also take them early Saturday morning.

Newsletter 9/21/18


The first Lower El pizza hot lunch was a fun success! Making food together is a great real-life work for children. It provides opportunities for collaboration, cooperation, and problem-solving. The children took and managed the funds for the meal themselves, and some of the food for the meal came out of the school garden.

Newsletter 9/14/18

Garden Bounty

Our school garden is not only beautiful right now, but it’s also overflowing with nutritious food. This week we ate caramel apples from our first crop off of the school’s own apple tree!

Newsletter 9/7/18

Wonderful First Week

We all brought our hope, peace, imagination, faith, kindness, open minds, and so much more to experience this exciting new year of friendships, ideas, and learning.

Newsletter 8/31/18

What Makes Six Rivers Montessori Different?

As a new school year begins many local schools are sending their students lists of supplies they will need for the first day of school.  Things like pencils, kleenex, binders, and notebook paper are being purchased by families all across Humboldt County.  Our students are tasked with the bringing of something far more valuable than the net sum of all these items.

Newsletter 8/24/18


The new school year begins on Tuesday, September 4th. You should have received a full calendar in your parent mailer. You can also find it on our website: sixriversmontessori.org.

Newsletter 6/14/18

Mini Class Joy

Monday and Tuesday were our annual mini class days. The children enjoyed a wide range of amazing classes: installing the peace pole, jelly fish air plants, peace flag decorating, fruit face, Fimo clay creatures, storytelling, creative writing, computer building, math games, field day, mandalas, fish collages, Slime!, seed bombs, and friendship bracelets. Thank you to all our volunteers for sharing your talents, and to the teachers for providing the space for the fun activities! Enjoy the pictures…

Newsletter 6/8/18

Rube Goldberg Week in the Upper El

“A Rube Goldberg machine, contraption, invention, device, or apparatus is a deliberately over-engineered or overdone machine that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg.” The Upper El always love this creative engineering project. Their task was to create a contraption to ring a bell. Ask an Upper El student how their contraption did …

Newsletter 6/1/18

Remember these upcoming dates …

June 4 & 5: Upper El conferences
June 5, 7, 8: Lower El conferences
June 10: End of year school picnic- Corbel park …

Newsletter 5/25/18


Our 3rd-6th years had an awesome tide pooling experience at Patrick’s Point on Wednesday.

Newsletter 5/18/18

Trellis Builders

I know I keep posting garden pictures this month, but I can’t help it-so many cool things are happening lately! This week the new garden trellis was built.

Newsletter 5/11/18


Students worked in the garden this week setting up borders, stepping stones and planting their starts. Take a peek this week when you get a chance.

Newsletter 5/4/18

May Pole Dance

Always a sweet event. The older students still love it and were so happy they got to participate after school!

Newsletter 4/27/18

Spring in the Garden

If you haven’t had a chance to walk through the garden recently, take a peek next week. It’s looking beautiful!

Newsletter 4/12/18

Abiyoyo Performance

The Upper El brought the story Abiyoyo to life for the Lower El on Wednesday. With story telling and a musical ensemble they kept the Lower El captivated.

Newsletter 4/6/18

Garden and Pizza

Both the Lower and Upper El continued their spring gardening this week. The Lower El started their April hot lunch Thursdays, complete with student accountants, shoppers, and cooks. 

Newsletter 3/30/18

Garden Work Has Begun!

The Lower El worked with our volunteer, Suzy, on mulching and were able to take home some mint this week, while the Upper El put together the new greenhouse.

Newsletter 3/23/18

Parent Education Night

Thank you to all who made it to Parent Ed Night last night. We had a great group who had the pleasure of hearing Bridget and Michele discuss “Cosmic Education.” Another plus is getting to see all the beautiful art on the walls created by the students. Those in attendance were able to pick up their student’s portfolio. If you were unable to attend please pop in the classroom before or after school on Monday to pick yours up.

Newsletter 3/16/18

Pi Day Fun!

Students in the Upper El had a pizza day on 3.14 in honor of pi day. Before consuming, though, the circumference and diameter had to be calculated, of course! Thanks to all you fabulous parents who brought in sweet pies to share!

Newsletter 3/9/18

Barn Dance Fun!

Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the lively music, joyful dancing, and delicious baked goods at this year’s Barn Dance. The Fundraising Committee worked really hard to make the event a success and about $1,000* was made for the school. If you see Sunny, Alicia, Natalia, Amy, Elizabeth or anyone else on our Committee, please be sure to give them a big thank you!

Newsletter 3/2/18

We’ve got the venue (Arcata Vet’s Hall), the band (Striped Pig String Band), the caller (Lyndsey Battle), and now all we need is YOU! Bring your family and friends to this super-fun event and help support our school.

Newsletter 2/15/18

Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day …

… and a shadow puppet show by Sean’s Shadows made for an eventful week! Thank you to Xiao, Denise, Chelsea, Julie, Nicole, and Sean for volunteering your time and talents this week to make it such a special time for our students. Enjoy all the fun photos!

Newsletter 2/9/18

Lower El Art

Just as the Flower Face project is wrapping up, the Lower El tried their hand at Chinese character writing this week, just in time for Chinese New Year.

Newsletter 2/1/18

Music and Raffle Night

Thank you everyone for coming out last night to our Music and Raffle Night. The students played, sang, and danced beautifully. Thank you to our music teacher, Teresa, for putting it all together and inspiring the children. And, lastly thanks to all of you for your support of the raffle. Together we raised over $11,000 dollars (after awarding the prizes) for our school! I think that might be a record!

Newsletter 1/26/18

MMUN Delegate Send Off Celebration is Tomorrow

Bring the family and show your school community support by attending this
Montessori Model United Nations event. 

Newsletter 1/19/18

Food for People

A big thank you to everyone who came out last Saturday to help out at Food For People! We packed SIX pallets of food (check out the photos!) that will be distributed to needy members of our community over the next year. What an awesome way to show up in our community and represent our school. Save the date for Saturday, May 12th—this will be our final school-wide volunteer opportunity of the year and it should be just as neat. 

Newsletter 1/12/18

Dear Community

I know we all just got back into the routine of a school week—earlier mornings, making lunches, stricter bedtimes—but come join our community tomorrow morning from 10-12 while we give back to this wonderful community we are blessed to lived in. Your Community Events Committee has organized an opportunity for us to help out at Food For People (307 14th St. Eureka) and we’d love to see you there! 

Newsletter 12/22/17

Marking the Solstice

The Upper El spent part of their afternoon on Thursday reflecting on the past year and the coming year. They wrote down something they would like to leave behind in 2017, and lit it with a candle flame, and burned it to ash. Then they took a contemplative walk through our labyrinth (which was built six years ago on the Solstice!), and back in the classroom lit a candle and set a new intension for the coming year.

Newsletter 12/15/17

‘Tis the Season

The Upper El (and a couple of siblings!) got to carol in front of Plaza on Friday night. Thanks so much to our music teacher, Teresa, for organizing this sweet event as well as all our parent volunteers who baked, sold coffee, and poured wine inside of Plaza for Arts Arcata!

Newsletter 12/8/17

Third Year PowerPoint Presentations

A milestone in the third year program, the Endangered Species PowerPoint Presentation is research practice, a technology lesson, and an opportunity to speak in front of their peers. Kai was first and did an awesome job presenting on Killer Whales.

Newsletter 12/1/17

Come Out to Redwood Acres…

…for the craft fair this weekend and support our students attending the Montessori Model UN. They will have an outdoor craft booth with succulents, ornaments, and much more. Stop by and say hi, and check out all their awesome wares!

Newsletter 11/17/17

Gratitude Luncheon

The students had a lovely celebration and gratitude luncheon on Thursday. Thank you to Board Members for attending. Thank you to the parent volunteers who helped make it a success.

Newsletter 11/10/17

First Inside Playtime

It was an awesome week for weather. With all the storms came our first inside playtime. Students had the opportunity to enjoy different classroom activities such as games, coloring, and building with blocks and legos.This week involved school celebrations of both Halloween and the Day of the Dead. Activities included dressing up as historical figures, planting garlic, stringing marigolds from the garden, and honoring the memories of our loved ones. 

Newsletter 11/3/17

Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

This week involved school celebrations of both Halloween and the Day of the Dead. Activities included dressing up as historical figures, planting garlic, stringing marigolds from the garden, and honoring the memories of our loved ones. 

Newsletter 10/27/17

United Nations Sale Huge Success

Thank you to everyone who helped support our Upper El trip to the Montessori Model UN on Tuesday. They made over $700 for their trip to New York in February!

Newsletter 10/20/17

The Cross Country season wrapped up this week.

We had several students compete this year including Emma, Bella, Ben, Lootah, and Olive, who placed 2nd in the county for 1st grade girls at the Championships! Thanks to all the students who came out to run in these super fun school events. The track season will start at the end of March. If you have track and field experience, and are interested in helping to coach please let Debora know. 

Newsletter 10/13/17

MMUN Fundraiser on Tuesday, October 24th

As many of you know, six students from the Upper Elementary classroom will be traveling to New York City in February to play a part in the Montessori Model U.N. Conference. October 24th is United Nations Day. The students will be selling dilly beans, sage bundles, caramel apples, and garlic braids after school that day to help fund their trip. Please come check out their wares and think about supporting this amazing learning opportunity!

Newsletter 10/6/17

California Missions Powerpoint

This week the Upper El completed one of their first big projects of the year: the Missions PowerPoint Presentation. Pairs of students chose a California Mission, researched it, and presented their information to the class on Thursday. In November they will have the chance to visit California’s northern-most Mission in Sonoma.

Newsletter 9/29/17

Playtime Fun

Every day at play time students have the choice of an organized game, or to simply climb a tree, socialize with friends, or play on the play structure. Wednesday was “hot,” so there was lots of fun in the shade.

Newsletter 9/22/17

Wolf Creek Science Camp

I want to thank all of the parents who helped on the Upper Elementary Trip to Wolf Creek this past week. Callie and I couldn’t have done it without your help and support throughout the trip.

Newsletter 9/15/17

Garden Bounty

Our school garden is not only beautiful right now, but it’s also overflowing with nutritious food. This week the Upper El made salad and juice (which included these giant beets!), while the Lower El made salad and pizza. After sowing the seeds in the spring the students have the opportunity to practice food preparation not to mention the satisfaction and joy of harvesting their own food.

Newsletter 9/9/17

Awesome First Week

We all brought our hope, peace, imagination, faith, kindness, open minds, and so much more. All to experience this exciting new year of friendships, ideas, and learning. Thanks to all of you for coming to Back to School Night on Thursday. It was a great evening of information. Please stop by the office this week to pick up your raffle packet if you were unable to make it. Thank you.

Newsletter 9/1/17

What Makes Six Rivers Montessori Different?

As a new school year begins many local schools are sending their students listsof supplies they will need for the first day of school. Things like pencils,kleenex, binders, and notebook paper are being purchased by families all acrossHumboldt County. Our students are tasked with the bringing of something farmore valuable than the net sum of all these items.

Newsletter 6/16/17

Mini Class Fun

Facepainting, cooking, prayer flags for the garden, mandalas, structure building, kite-making, and crystal-making were some of the many fabulous offerings for this year’s mini classes. Thank you to all our volunteers for making it such fun! …

Newsletter 6/9/17

Sixth Year Service Project

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Newsletter 5/26/17

Stepping Stones and River Rock

Our garden is looking so lovely! Thanks so much to all the Lower El families who donated stepping stones over the past month.

Newsletter 5/19/17

Montessori Model UN

As I write this, six of our Upper El students are in Indiana participating in the Montessori Model UN. Before they left, the delegates representing Ukraine, practiced their Russian folksong in preparation for the Cultural Night.

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