August 2017 Newsletter

August 2017
 
Newsletter/menu – The newsletter and menu are available for view on our web site. www.livingstonmontessori.com. Be sure and join the Facebook Livingston Montessori Group – just send a request. We will post pictures, updates, and any information important to our parents.
 
Our new school year will begin August 21st. If you have not confirmed your child’s fall enrollment, please do so. Our classes fill quickly and we want to accommodate everyone if possible.
 
Why should my child continue with a Montessori education? In the Montessori environment, the student is presented with endless opportunities to develop academic skills with the aid of self-correcting materials in a prepared setting. Each succeeding year the student can move into more challenging academic areas. In this supportive, exciting environment he or she develops concentration, self-discipline, a sense of order, and persistence in completing a task. Therefore, creative self-expression and love of learning develop. These empowering habits enable our students to excel in life.
 
Livingston Montessori School educates students - Preschool through the 12th Grade.
 
Transitions
As the beginning of a new school year approaches, some students may have transitions which can concern parents. These suggestions will ease the transition for your student:
 
     Meet the Teacher – If at all possible, meet the new teacher with your student. Children can become                stressed when they don’t know what to expect. Meeting the new teacher can help by answering some simple      questions. You and your student could set up an appointment and meet the teacher for a few minutes before      or after school.
     Preview – If your student is not familiar with his/her new class, our office staff would be glad to arrange          several “visits”.
     Discuss Concerns – Moving to a new environment may bring some concerns for your student. Even                enthusiastic children may have some questions. Talk with your student about what they can expect and what      they will be doing. Some friends will remain the same and some work will remain the same. This provides a        sense of familiarity. Everyone involved wants your student to be successful.
     Change Is Good – Change can be positive. Even with an incredible past experience, the next experience          should be even more rewarding and fulfilling for your student.
 
Transition times tend to bring up issues that are not dealt with on an everyday basis. Use some of the techniques above to assist your student. Learning to handle new situations now will help your child deal with changes later in life. If you have any questions or concerns about your student’s transition, please speak with a teacher or call the office.
 
REMINDER: TUITION IS DUE IN ADVANCE BY MONDAY MORNING
FALL REGISTRATION ($100 EACH CHILD) IS NOW DUE
 
Look for more news the first day of school - August 21st.
 
August 2017 Newsletter            August 2017 Menu        

July 2017 Newsletter

4th of July

July 2017
 
 
SCHOOL AGE SUMMER CAMPS
Our Summer Camps have been a great success! So far our students have explored Backyard
Habitats, enjoyed Slippery Science, and had Dino-lego Week, and explored Our Great Texas Parks.
Visit our website to see future camps. Tell your friends about our summer fun! Part time
schedules are available.
 
PRE-K SUMMER PROGRAM
The children have had fun learning about Ocean & Water Safety, Dinosaurs, and Rain
Forest/Safaris. Activities this month will include Farm and Pets, and Castles, Kings, & Queens. At
the end of each subject the classes enjoy a party. For more details about our camps, see our web
site.
 
SPREAD THE WORD!!
If you have not already heard, we offer an educational program through the 12th grade. Please
spread the good news about the quality education offered at our school. Remember you can find
our current newsletter, menu, school calendar, and information about upcoming events on our web
 
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION!
To celebrate the 4th all classes will have a patriotic picnic on Monday July 3rd! The students will
enjoy all the fun activities the teachers have planned for this special day.
 
WARM WEATHER!
Please provide your child with sun screen and mosquito repellant labeled with their name to be left
at school. If you child has a rest blanket at school, you might need to exchange it for a lighter
weight one.
 
HEALTHY HABITS - Recent studies link regular family dinners with many behaviors that parents
pray for: lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy and depression, as well as higher gradepoint
averages and self-esteem. Studies also indicate that dinner conversation is a more potent
vocabulary-booster than reading, and the stories told around the kitchen table help our children
build resilience. The icing on the cake is that regular family meals also lower the rates of obesity
and eating disorders in children and adolescents. What else can families do that takes only about
an hour a day and packs such a punch?
TAKE HOME ALL COATS. UNCLAIMED JACKETS WILL BE DONATED.
 
LIVINGSTON MONTESSORI WILL BE CLOSED TUESDAY, JULY 4th
IN OBSERVANCE OF INDEPENDENCE DAY
 
July 2017 Menu                       July 2017 Newsletter

June 2017 Newsletter

summer
 
June 2017
 
SUMMER PROGRAM – We are looking forward to a fun and educational time with our students
this summer. All activities will include music, stories, and open-ended art. Look on our website
for our Summer Program Flyers.
 
Every class will have a Splash Day as notified during the summer. In general your child will
need a swimming suit, sun block, and towel. These should all be labeled with his/her name and in
a bag. Children will usually be rinsed off and wrapped in a towel when you pick them up.
 
SUMMER/FALL ENROLLMENT – If you have not returned your Summer/Fall Enrollment Form
or notified the office of your plans, please do so ASAP. We cannot guarantee your child a spot
without this information. We usually have openings in the summer created by vacationing
children so please let your friends know about our fun activities. Also share with them the
educational opportunity we offer for students 2 years thru 12th grade. If your child is off in
the summer, please keep in mind that they are welcomed on a drop-in basis.
 
TUTORING - We are offering tutoring this summer for students in K – 12th grades. Call the
office for more information.
 
REMINDER – Please make sure your child has a summer-time change of clothes in his/her cubby
as well as insect repellant and sunscreen. During the summer we will continue to promote good
eating habits so please do not send any sugary food and/or drinks such as donuts, soft drinks,
or candies.
 
DID YOU KNOW? – Montessori teaches your child to think problems through in a logical
manner rather than memorizing answers to test questions. Montessori graduates can be found
in computer engineering, literature, art, medicine, politics, acting . . . and so much more.
 
-SCHOOL STARTS FOR K – 12TH GRADES AUGUST 21, 2017-
 
June 2017 Newsletter                       June 2017 Menu

April 2017 Newsletter

Easter
 
April 2017
 
Have you noticed that the flowers are blooming? The students are enjoying the changes in our
surroundings that tell us Spring is here. Everything looks so nice and bright! Please help us keep
our landscaping beautiful by walking on our sidewalks.
 
Fundraiser –Thanks for all your hard work gathering orders from friends and family! We are so
fortunate to have such generous families. Top sellers were Gunner Arce, Bryant Smith, and Keni
Leigh Sheffield.
 
Easter Egg Hunt(s) –Thursday, April 13th all the students will be having Easter Egg Hunts.
Check below for your child’s time, location, and items to send.
     Primary – 3:00 p.m. on their playground. Children will need a labeled basket and 6 filled,
     taped shut plastic eggs. These can be filled with raisins boxes, little plastic toys, stickers,
     etc. We appreciate any parent help and hope you can enjoy this time with your child.
     Pre-K I., II.,& Kindergarten - Pine Ridge Health Care Center has invited us to their annual
     Easter Egg Hunt. We will need parent drivers so sign up on the permission slip if you can
     help transport children. We hope you can join your child for this lovely party put on by the
     residents. Your child will need an empty basket and a car seat on this day both labeled with
     their name.
First – 12th grades will have their own Easter celebrations. More information to come
 
Summer and Fall Enrollment Forms are due Friday, April 28th. We are fortunate to
be growing and have full classrooms. Our returning parents will get the first opportunity to enroll
their child. After April 28th, enrollment will be open to the public. Be sure to reserve your space
for the Summer and/or Fall program. Enrollment fees are not due at this time. If you have
any questions or need a form, please call or drop by the office.
 
Parent/Teacher Conferences – Parent/Teacher conferences will be conducted April 10th
through 21st. This is a time for the teacher(s) to share with both parents (if possible) their
student’s progress and make goals for the future. Signup sheets are located in the main office
with times available.
 
Livingston Montessori School will be CLOSED on Friday, April 14th
in observance of Good Friday.
 
Montessori For the Kindergarten Year?
 
 
Many parents are trying to decide whether they should keep their sons and daughters in Montessori for kindergarten or send them off to the local schools. Here are a few answers to the questions parents often ask, as taken from an on-line article Why Montessori for the Kindergarten Year? by Tim Seldin with Dr. Elizabeth Coe. The entire article is available or in the office.
 
What would be the advantage of keeping my child in Montessori for the Kindergarten year? Several decades of research show that the Montessori approach optimizes the child’s cognitive and emotional development. The Montessori approach has been acclaimed as the most developmentally appropriate model currently available by some of America’s top experts on early childhood and elementary education.
 
Since some children will eventually have to go to the public schools, wouldn’t it be better to make the transition in kindergarten rather than first grade? One father wrote, “We considered the school years ahead. We realize a child usually does his best if he has good learning habits, a sound basis in numbers and math, and the ability to read. We realized that he has an excellent two-year start in Montessori school. If he were to transfer now to public kindergarten, he would probably go no farther than he is now, whereas if he stays in Montessori, he will reap the benefits of his past work under the enthusiastic guidance of teachers who will share his joy in learning”.
 
If I keep my child in Montessori for kindergarten, won’t he/she be bored in a traditional first grade program? Many families are aware that by the end of the kindergarten year, Montessori students will often have developed academic skills that may be beyond those of children enrolled in most traditional kindergarten programs. However, parents should remember that academic progress is not our only goal. Our real hope is that the children will have an incredible sense of self-confidence and an enthusiasm for learning that should aid them throughout their educational journey. We promote much more than competency in the basic skills; we want them to develop a life long love of learning and empower them with confidence in themselves as students.
 
*** If you choose to allow your child the opportunity to continue this acclaimed educational system, our school also offers a Montessori program for students through the 12th grade.

March 2017 Newsletter

spring
 
March 2017
 
Spring is on its way!! All of our classes are embracing spring by learning all about plants, life
cycles, rebirth, etc. We have many fun projects planned to celebrate spring. If you have any
spring flowers that you would like to bring, the students enjoy the art of flower arranging. This
adds beauty to our classrooms and is also educational.
 
St. Judes’s Bike & Trike-A-Thon – We are hosting this event on Friday, March 3rd to
raise money for children with cancer. You will receive an information sheet which includes a
permission slip and a pledge sheet. Please return the permission slip by Wednesday, March 1st
and collect pledges the week of February 27th -March 17th. The pledges will be based on the
number of “laps” your student rides their bike/trike or you can collect flat donations. We will
need a lot of volunteers for this event so please let a teacher know if you can help. Money must
be turned in by March 17th. If you make an online page for your student and get one donation,
they can earn a medal!
 
Fundraiser –The Telefunds Fundraiser orders and money need to be turned in by February
27th. Thanks for helping us purchase materials for our classrooms.
 
Group & Individual Pictures – Group and Individual pictures will be taken by Chelsea Vick
March 20th – 31st. You will receive a note with the date for your student’s photo and an order
form. Siblings will be assigned a day to take their individual pictures together. Please fill out
the form with your choices, attach payment, and return by the day before your child’s photos
will be taken. All purchased packages come with a free class photo!
 
Field Day - On Friday, March 24th K – 12th grade classes will be having a Field Day. The event
will take place at the Lions Stadium (behind Cedar Grove Elementary). Students will have the
opportunity to participate in a variety of competitions. They will compete against students in
their age group. A schedule of events will be posted. We will need a lot of volunteers to make
this event fun for the students. Please mark on your student’s permission slip if you are able to
help.
 
Income Tax Information
2016 tax statements can be emailed, faxed, or printed.
 
There will be no classes for K – 12th Grade classes March 13th-17th –
other activities will be provided.
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