Montessori School of Westfield

Children’s House 1 Newsletter

September 2017


Your children are doing a lovely job of getting to know the classroom routine, making new friends, and practicing lessons. They are regularly encouraged to be independent in making sure their needs are met while at school. Some successes so far are hanging jackets, putting backpacks, shoes, and lunchboxes in the correct places, washing hands, going to the bathroom, using a tissue, getting a drink of water, choosing jobs, cleaning up after work or lunch, and much, much more.   We want you to feel that our school is an extension of your home. As a result, please know that your child’s care and education are our primary concerns. Dr. Maria Montessori said, “Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” As parents and teachers, we want to foster the innate need for children to gain independence. This is our number one goal at this time. This practice toward independence can also happen at home and out in public.   We are excited to partner with you on your child’s journey!



September 1: Tuition Due

September 3: No School, Labor Day

September 4: Curriculum Night (Parents Only), 6:30pm

September 18: Picture Day

September 21: Peace Celebration, 10:30 am Parents and students welcome!




Arrival: Please have your child to school on time since we begin line promptly at 8:30. This will alleviate the interruptions, undue stress, and missed lessons since many group lessons are given at this time. Arrival Times: 8:15-8:30 am.

Dismissal: Dismissal Times: 12:00-12:15 pm, 3:00-3:15 pm

Communication with the teacher: Please remember that the best way to ask questions is to email the teachers at , or call the office at 867-0158.


Transparent Classroom: We add lessons, job practice, and pictures to the Transparent Classroom website on a regular basis. If you haven’t received an email from TC or updates, please check your spam box and then contact us if you haven’t received anything. Information about sharing, library, school calendar, Wednesday in the Woods, our Welcome Letter, SignUp links, and more can be found on the home page of TC.

Lunches: Thank you for sharing the school’s philosophy regarding the importance of healthy lunches for your child. We wanted to remind everyone about the school’s guidelines about food requirements taken from the handbook:

Please support the school’s effort to promote good nutrition when packing your child’s lunch. Healthy items such as: meat, cheese, pasta, yogurt, granola, vegetables (cooked or raw), fruits, etc. are encouraged. We will provide water for lunch. Each classroom has filtered water for the children to drink.

DO NOT send food items with high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, sugar, or food coloring (i.e. cookies, gummy fruits, puddings, colored fruit juice), or Lunchables, as we will ask your child to save these items to eat at home.

Backpacks: Please make sure your child brings his/her backpack (labeled with name) every day. Folders are sent home on Monday and should be returned by the following Wednesday. Please make sure that the backpack is large enough to hold the folder.

Request for girls who wear dresses: If your child wears a dress, please have her wear shorts underneath. They often sit on the floor for jobs or climb on the playground equipment, and we don’t want to see their under garments. 🙂

General clothing request: Please help us set your child up for success with providing clothing that he/she can put on independently. Some examples are shoes with velcro and pants with elastic.

Slippers: Our shoe-free classroom is going well! The students place their shoes on the trays in the hallway and put their slippers on upon entry of the classroom. The slippers stay against the cubbies in the classroom. So far, they have made the classroom more clean and more quiet. Socks are always fine to wear in the classroom as well, and must go home each day. Please make sure they have something to cover their feet with if they aren’t keeping slippers at school.

Sharing: Your child may bring show-and-tell items on Wednesday, beginning September 5. A schedule with the sharing themes was sent home in your child’s folder on Monday. We will follow a theme each week for sharing.

Handbook: Please read the handbook, (e-mailed to you, hanging on our “Parent News” bulletin board in the hallway, or on the MSW website), and refer to it for your information. Many questions can be answered in the handbook. If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact the school’s office (867-0158 or


We are so thankful for all that you do for our children and our classroom. Thank you to those who have already signed up to share your time! By now, you should have received several invitations from SignUp Genius for various volunteer opportunities. Thank you for the wonderful response as most of them are full! There will be more opportunities as the year progresses such as Thanksgiving Feast and Taste of the World. Also, we would love some helpers at arrival and dismissal time to help students into the school or to their car. There will be a sign up sheet for this inside the front door.

Weekly Snack: 9/4 Webster, 9/10 Hart, 9/17 Gonzalez, 9/24 Fagin

Library: 9/4 Wang, 9/18 Shore


Thank you to the Leon and Lambert families for providing a healthy snack for our children the first two weeks of school. Thank you to Virginia Rhum for being our Room Mother and Ambassador.


A form will go home for you to fill out and send in for picture day. Please have your child ready for pictures when they arrive in the morning of the 18th. Everyone will be photographed even if not ordering photos.


Our annual Peace Celebration is scheduled for Friday, September 21, at 10:30 am. We would love for you to participate in this essential aspect of our curriculum. The message of peace creates a sense of obligation in our children to change the way the world and its society behave. Those of us who have participated in the previous twelve celebrations have noticed how powerful these moments have been in our lives.   Parents will gather in front of the school to observe while the students walk through the school and around the peace poles singing songs about peace. Mrs. Lyman gives a short talk at the end.   It is a great opportunity to see the whole school together, to hear many voices singing for peace, and to hear Mrs. Lyman share her thoughts on peace! It usually takes about 30 minutes.



We are very excited about our field trip to Stuckey Farm on October 2nd at 9:15.   A Signup Genius went out for chaperone volunteers. We will send out permission slips as it gets closer to the time. See this link:


August 2 -Juliana

August 25-Taylor

August 29-Ivette

September 12-Sebastian

Happy Birthday, Juliana, Taylor, Ivette, and Sebastian!

For information about our infamous “sun celebration,” please click on the link below.



Recommended Reading for Parents


Balanced and Barefoot by Angela Hanscom, creator of TimberNook – This book provides great information about how outdoor play and unstructured freedom of movement are vital for children’s cognitive development and growth. The entire MSW staff read it over the summer. We have an extra copy and would love to loan it out. Email Sarah Kalen if interested see (below). We hope you’ve been hearing about your child’s adventures in the woods and outside during recess at MSW. We hope we are sending them home a little dirtier (and happier) than last year! (Wet Wipes and Towels are recommended to keep in the car.) 🙂


Upcoming TimberNook Programs


October 27, 9 am-11am Tiny Ones Pumpkin Lab

Ages 18 mos-5 years+parent, $10/child

Information and Registration:


October 27, 4pm-7pm (ages 5-12) Parents Night Out Freeze Tag and Forts 

Ages 5-12 years,  $35/child

Information and Registration:




TimberNook at the Montessori School of Westfield:

TimberNook MSW contact information: (317) 867-0158




It is through the environment that the child is molded and brought to perfection…”

                 Dr. Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood.

Montessori is for Life!                                                            

Sarah Kalen, & Stephanie Spieth

Your CH1 Teachers