MSW Elementary 1 March Newsletter
Dates to Remember
March 1: Tuition Due
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 13: Spring Program
March Snack Calendar
March 5: Maya
March 12: Luke
March 19: Sienna
March 26: Malachi/Ezrah
March 29th: Ezrah
The children began February by eagerly anticipating Groundhog’s Day and the arrival of better weather. Despite the prediction of six more weeks of Winter, we have had several days of beautiful fifty degree weather! The children are always excited to discover new signs of Spring while we are outside. We have begun planning our garden and will be starting seeds in the greenhouse this March. February community service included making Valentine cards for Riley Hospital and soldiers who are on active duty. In March we are planning to head outside and work on the school, woods, and playground areas! This spring we are headed to the Children’s Museum in order to meet the paleontologist who donated our model dinosaurs. Check your email later this week for more information.
Student Led Conferences
This spring we will be offering an opportunity for you to join your child for a conference! Your child will share their current portfolio, their personal goals, and give you a lesson on a Montessori material or two. Please click the link below in order to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4ea8aa2ca6fc1-student.
Children’s Museum Field Trip
We are visiting the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on Tuesday, May 1st. A Dinosphere program is schedule at 9:15 to learn about how the skeletons and resin casts of the dinosaurs are assembled. We will also be meeting the paleontologist who sold us our dinosaur models, which are much beloved by the class! After the program, the children will be able to visit the rest of the museum with their chaperone groups. Please watch for a field trip form, including chaperone sign-ups to be emailed later this week.
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time or finances already this year!
Snack – We are in need of a family to sign up for snack during several weeks of May. If you do not yet have all of your volunteer hours for the year, this is a great way to complete them. Typically snack for the week is between $50 and $100, depending on the items purchased. Here is the link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4ea8aa2ca6fc1-winterspring.
Outdoor Play and Forest Friday
We believe that outdoor, active play in nature are essential to your child’s development. For this reason, we have outdoor recess every afternoon from 1:30-2:30 and from 12:30-2:30 on Friday in order to provide an extended play period. Spring rain means that our woods are quite muddy! Please check your child’s backpack and ensure they have a complete change of clothes, especially on Friday.
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!
The third session is TimberNook, an award winning nature-based program that has gained international popularity. We will spend our camp time in the 3 acres of woods behind the school. Our programming provides ample time for children to explore their surroundings, create, build, design, take risks, and dive into their imaginations – all while fostering a love for the great outdoors. Our programs are creative in design and in strong demand. Check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/timbernook.indiana and TimberNook.com for more information. These weeks are led by Sarah Kalen, CH1 Guide.
Montessori-Parent Connection: The Value of Boredom
In our fast-paced world, children are used to constant entertainment, whether it is a screen, lessons, organized sports, or playdates. It is not at all unusual for an elementary child to announce that they are bored during class or at recess and our response is “That’s exciting! What will you do?” Occasionally, children will need help brainstorming activities, but there is also incredible value in allowing them to collapse on the ground and be frustrated. It is boredom that provokes the most imaginative and creative work and play. In addition, allowing for boredom allows your child to discover new interests and hobbies of their own. For more information, click on the article below and follow some of the interesting links included.
Grace and Peace,
Amber, Genny, and Kori