“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Melody Beattie

Thank you all so much for making November such a wonderful and memorable month. We began the month with “The Silent Journey.” The families that attended explored Montessori materials from all areas of the curriculum. For those who could not make it to the curriculum night or silent journey, please considering taking an hour to observe the children working in one of our classrooms.

AA0_1677_15897134936_lIt was lovely meeting with all of you for our first Parent/Teacher conferences. Your children bring us joy each day and we are truly grateful for each individual child. Our “Stone Soup” celebration was a wonderful time to work collaboratively and then enjoy the fruits of our labor. The Kindergarten group made cornbread and nine grain bread for the school. The secret ingredient for the luncheon was sharing. Thank you to Brigitta Jansen, Laura Meisel, and Lizbeth Church for helping set up, clean up and serve the soup.

During November, the children learned about the North American animals and its first people the Native Americans. Many of the children were interested about how the early settlers lived off the land and used all of what nature provided for them. We read many great books, ate corn meal pancakes and sang some traditional songs. In December we will study weather, clouds and temperature. We will learn about the winter solstice, hibernation and migration. Our continent study will continue with the countries Greenland and Canada. We will study the people, animals, food, biomes and whatever else the children are interested in learning about these countries. We will also explore the effects of climate change and discuss maybe even implement changes we can make to slow down the process. On December 19th we have our Winter Celebration. We will be practicing songs for the performance all month. This is one of our favorite community gatherings.AA0_1664_15922313802_l

It is school policy to be outdoors as long as the feels like temperature is above 20 degrees. So with the cold weather upon us please make sure your child has clothing appropriate for winter weather. We would like them to be successful in dressing themselves for the snow and cold weather so please make sure they are equipped with boots, snow pants, jacket, gloves or mittens and hats that they can put on and take off independently. For safety reasons scarfs of any kind are not allowed at school. We do our best to make sure the children leave the school in all of the winter gear they come to school in. If they are hot with a coat on outside we do allow them to take it off unless a parent has specifically asked us to make sure their child keeps their coat on.

Thank you for all you do at home to make your child’s time in the Montessori environment successful.

With love,

Miss Kelly, Miss Pam, Miss Rachel and Miss Jen

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