CHILDREN’S HOUSE I
MARCH 2018 NEWSLETTER
Come on spring! February gave us more warm days than expected. We are ready for spring. The students showed a great amount of love and appreciation by giving Valentines to each other, Riley Hospital children, and Soldiers overseas. We listened to Carnival of the Animals, by Camille Saint-Saëns, and tried identifying specific instruments that represent different animals. We introduced the artist, Wassily Kandinsky, and studied his painting, Color Study – Squares with Concentric Circles. The students created a similar picture using watercolor crayons. We talked about the first President, George Washington. The students were able to pin poke his silhouette and color a picture of him. We discussed Europe, its landscape, and animals. After introducing new continents, the artifacts boxes have become a major work of enjoyment, with musical, kinesthetic, and visual experiences. We talked about the calendar regularly, discussing the days of the week, months, date, year, and most important to them, the weather. These are wonderful items to discuss at home to help children establish a routine for school days, vacation, athletic activities, etc. They can check the weather in order to appropriately choose clothing for school.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
March 1: Tuition Due
March 20: Field Trip (See Below)
March 29: Final Balance due for TimberNook and MSW Summer Camps
March 30: No School, Spring Break Begins
April 1: Tuition Due
April 2-6: No School, Spring Break
April 9: School resumes
April 13: Spring Program
May 31: Kindergarten Graduation 6:30 pm
March 5 Hart
March 12 Haverstick
March 19 (need someone)
March 26 Rhum
*We can use fruits, vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, cheese, and other protein sources. Thank you for your contributions!
March 13 and 27
John turns 6 on March 2, and Jordan turns 3 on March 3.
Happy Birthday, John and Jordan! For Birthday sun celebration information, please read the following link, and email us if you are interested (if you haven’t already). https://docs.google.com/document/d/14k0ujDqGVc3rDbTyfZLZ0SXAsx22Fq_DOnb8LAWdchI/edit?usp=sharing
On Tuesday, March 20, we will be going on a field trip to Cool Creek Park. You should have received a permission slip and an invitation to chaperone via email this week. We are excited to spend time in nature together, and hope for good weather! Here are the details:
Location: Cool Creek Park
Date: March 20, 2018
Time: 9:45 am – 12 pm
Activities: Hike, nature activity, discover spring, and meet Chumley
Transportation: Parent volunteers
Dress: Casual, comfortable clothing for outdoors
Special Instructions: Please leave your child’s car seat under the front canopy at drop off for this day. Please label the seat in a visible place. (The Montessori School of Westfield adheres to car seat policy mandated by the State of Indiana.)
Our Spring Program is Friday, April 13. The Children’s House students will sing songs that they will practice during school, and then the Elementary and Middle School students will put on a musical. We are asking that Children’s House students wear an MSW t-shirt (or bright solid color shirt), jeans, and rubber boots. Rain hats and raincoats are optional. (Our songs have a water theme.) More information about the songs, time, and location will come soon.
LIFE SKILLS/GRACE & COURTESY:
This month we are working (as always) on listening. Please help your children to be better listeners by trying to integrate the following into your busy lives: get down to their eye level when you speak to them and ask them to repeat it back; get their attention from any distractions (TV, toys, games…) before speaking to them. Once your child has practiced these listening skills, acknowledge their hard work by saying: “Thank you for doing as I ask!’ or “ You are a good listener!”
Thank you to all of the families who have contributed to the classroom by listening to readers, library, arrival/dismissal, craft, and snack donations for February!
More ways to volunteer can be found on the following links:
Listen to Readers: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050944afa62aa75-listen3
Chaperone to Cool Creek Park:
QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
“Only through freedom and environmental experience is it practically possible for human development to occur.” -Dr. Maria Montessori
Breathe Peace, Think Peace, Be Peace,
Sarah Kalen, & Stephanie Spieth
Summer Camp at MSW
We are finalizing our registration for a summer full of camps for all of our wonderful students at MSW, ages 18 months to 12 years. The spots are filling up quickly! Registration forms are in the office or we can email them to you. Please contact Amber Bruner (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sarah Kalen (Sarah.Kalen@timbernook.com) if you have any questions. MSW families have a huge discounted rate if signing up for the whole summer.
The first two sessions are Montessori camps led by Amber Bruner, EL1 Guide. They will begin outdoors, followed by a morning work cycle following the interests of the child. Afternoons will be spent exploring the woods, playing in water, walking to local parks, or visiting the library. Plan to explore interactive work with botany, zoology, science, experiments, cooking, woodworking, handwork, and art!
We will announce closings or delays due to severe weather, on WRTV 6 (under the name, Montessori School of Westfield) and on Facebook. In the event of a 2-hour delay, MSW will open and arrival begins at 10:00 am for all classes. There is NO before care with 2-hour delays. If the school should close early due to severe weather, we will contact parents via email and Facebook, to notify you of the closing.