Happy New Year!  We hope you all had a safe, healthy, and relaxing break.  We are excited for a new year.

December was an extremely fast moving month.  There were many fun songs and activities to close out the year.  We look forward to all this New Year will bring.



Dates to remember:

January 1: Tuition Due

January 2: No School, Teacher in service day

January 3: Normal Schedule Resumes

January 13: Silent Journey, 6:30 pm @MSW

January 16: No School, MLK Jr. Day

January 25:  Field Trip to Cool Creek Park 9:30 – 12:00 am.

Everyday:  Send labeled coats, hats, gloves, boots, and snow pants (if appropriate).


Thank you! And Volunteer Needs:

Thank you to Rachael Trieu for continuing to coordinate our volunteers and communicating to our families.  Thank you to everyone who contributed snacks, helped with the door, listened to readers, took children to the library, and helped with material making! There are many volunteer opportunities to sign up for:

Arrival & Dismissal Door help:   (Sign up sheet is inside the front door.)

Snack Donation:

Library Helper:

Listen to Readers:

Rug Washing:


Remember to record your volunteer hours.  The binder is kept by the front canopy door.  There is a 10 hour requirement per child per family for the school year.  Your time is greatly appreciated.



Reading Fair:

The Reading Fair will be held the week of February 21st. The Reading Fair is similar to the Science Fair, but with a focus upon literature instead of science. Each child will need to choose a book to read and create a tri-fold display. Book selections should be made and shared with the teacher by January 9th. We will be reviewing all concepts necessary for the Reading Fair in class, and children are welcome to work on their books at home, school, or both.



                                  Field Trip:

Both Children’s House Classrooms will be going on a field trip to Cool Creek Park on Wednesday, January 25th from 9:30 – 12:00 am for a nature talk, craft, and hike.  Please send your child with appropriate outdoor clothing.  We have 7 parent chaperones; Laura Cherne, Virginia Rhum, Stephanie Addington, Rachael Trieu, Katie Hackney, Bill Morrison, and Tracey Miller.  (Thank you ahead of time!)  Watch for more information soon.


Silent Journey:

The Silent Journey is slated for Friday, January 13, starting at 6:30 PM.  This is a parent-only event, and it is one of the best ways that parents can be presented the benefits of the curriculum and philosophy of a Montessori environment.  Although most of you have proven your commitments to Montessori, there is still much to take away from attending the Silent Journey.  Not only is there a chance to see the sequence and cyclical nature of child development, there is plenty of time to get to know other Montessori families and have a fun time away from the children.  We would love to see you all there.  RSVP as soon as you can to or 317-867-0158.


Snack Donation:

January 3 – Baker

January 9 – Rhum

January 16 – Sterley

January 23 – Trieu

January 30 – Addington




1/10/2012  Nolan Addington

1/25/2013  Leighton Lushin

1/31/2014  Danielle Happel

Happy Birthday, Danielle, Nolan, and Leighton!  Please refer to your handbook for Birthday Celebrations and let us know if you would like to do a timeline in class.



Quote of the month:

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”  -William Arthur Ward


Peace to you,

Mrs. Kalen, & Mrs. Spieth