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November 2019 Newsletter


November is a wonderful time to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for. We will spend this month reading books, discussing what it means to be thankful, and why we are thankful. We have homes, food, friends, families, love, and much more.   May we all be thankful not just for the “big” things in life, but for the “little” ones as well. We are observing the beautiful fall leaves changing colors and falling off their trees especially during our time in the woods on Wednesdays. We have spent time learning about the lifecycle of a pumpkin, the parts of a bat, and other fun bat facts. I love watching the children learn and discover new words, such as, echolocation and nocturnal. We have read and sang songs about bats and pumpkins.

The children are working very hard at completing multi-step works. The whole process of the work cycle and completion of task goes much further than just the classroom. We are teaching them to be considerate of others and to think about their feelings. The children enjoy helping each other and show compassion when friends are sad and hurt. Stephanie, Susan and I are thankful for all of our wonderful children and families in our class. We appreciate all you do to support our classroom.



November 1: Tuition Due

November 1: Parent/Teacher Conferences, No School for students

November 5: Picture Retake Day (Bring Peace Shirts)*

November 6: Spirit Wear Orders Due

November 26: Thanksgiving Feast – Students Only

November 27-29: Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL

December 5: Amanda Strong Donations Due*

January 26: MSW Open House, 2-4pm

*On Tuesday, 11/5, we are taking class photos in our Peace shirts. Please have your child wear it or bring it.



November 20th- Iris

November 23rd- Enoch



Nov 12, 26



Thank you to all the parents who donated snack, listened to readers, washed our rugs and all the out of school volunteer work! Thank you to the parents who chaperoned on the field trip to Stuckey Farm! Thank you for all you have done and will do in the future! We couldn’t do it without you.



Each year all the classrooms do an in class “dinner” to celebrate our families and reasons we are Thankful. The Thanksgiving feast will be held on Tuesday, November 26th. We will have our meal in the classroom. We are in need of parents to volunteer to bring in items prepared or to come in and cook in advance with a small group. The feast itself will be just for the students, due to space in the classroom and parking lot. Please remember it is our policy not to serve foods containing processed ingredients, sugar, or food coloring. Please watch for a Sign-Up Genius email that will include what items we will need for the feast. Thank you in advance!



*As the temperature is dropping this month, please make sure that your child has all of the outdoor gear *labeled with name needed for recess, especially on Wednesdays, as we will continue to have time in the woods (also, please make sure extra clothes in backpacks are weather appropriate).

*If you would like for other parents to have your email for scheduling Birthday parties and playdates, please make sure that you have shared your email information on Transparent Classroom. This is a great way to connect with other MSW families. 🙂


**The Amanda Strong Food for the Needy, Inc. program is a not for profit effort.  This program was created in 1980 by a wonderful woman, Amanda Strong, who is a native of Westfield.  She started this program in her home, turning her garage into a food, toy, and clothing pantry. Amanda had a big heart and could not bear the thought of a family going hungry, or that a child would be in need of clothing and not receive presents at Christmas time.  It was her beautiful, giving heart that inspired the logo used today. Sharon Hodson began assisting Amanda Strong since 1981.


We are taking part in a charity drive for Amanda Strong this month.  We are collecting NEW toiletries, toys, socks, hats, gloves, clothing, and gift cards. These needed items will go directly to families in need in Westfield. Please see if you can grab anything when head out shopping. If you would rather donate money, that can be given to the office and we will shop for you. Thank you!



“…. he who is served is limited in his independence.”

-Maria Montessori


Peace and blessings,

Amy Barnes, Stephanie Spieth, & Susan Miller