Montessori School of Westfield

Elementary 2 Newsletter

January 2017

 

On behalf of the entire Montessori School of Westfield staff, we would like to wish you and your entire family a “Happy New Year.” Though this is a symbolic holiday more than a real one, we feel this is a great opportunity to begin anew and set goals that are both inspirational and attainable for the coming twelve months. 2017 is going to be an important year for all of us, but for some, this will be a year highlighting the culmination of all the hard work and efforts that have gone into school for a long time.

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

January 1-Tuition Due

January 2-Teacher In-Service Day-NO SCHOOL

January 3-School Resumes

January 13-Silent Journey @ 6:30

January 16-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-NO SCHOOL

 

CLASS NEWS AND NOTES

All of us would like to thank each of you for your thoughts and gifts over the holiday season. We are extremely grateful for your appreciation and reciprocate the feelings back to you.

 

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.

The Silent Journey is slated for 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 coming to the Silent Journey. Not only is there a chance to see the sequence and cyclical nature of Dr. Montessori’s “Planes” child development, there is plenty of time to chat and have a fun time away from the children.   RSVP as soon as you can to montessoriwestfield@gmail.com or 317-867-0158.

 

Winter brings extreme conditions at times, so we have set policies in place for recess and PE for the students’ safety.

  • Below 50 Degrees-Long sleeves must be worn.
  • Below 40 Degrees-Coats must be worn at all times.
  • Below 25 Degrees-Indoor Recess takes effect.

Parents also have the final say in the wearing of gloves, scarves, and hats, but please make this clear to your children, as they must take the responsibility of complying with your wishes. Parents may also provide their guidelines in writing to teachers if they would like their children excused from these policies.

 

There are many curriculum developments that will continue upon our return. History and science will take over a good portion of the second semester, with continued focus on math, grammar, and vocabulary. There are multiple long term assignments these winter months, and there are preparations already in motion for the spring and even next year. We shall continue to keep you in the loop with our weekly notes and are happy to answer any questions you may have as soon as time permits.

 

Peace,

Garry, Julia, and Amy