February 2017 Newsletter

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February 2017
 
Did You Know? – Scientifically based research on Montessori education shows children in Montessori schools (both public and private) do better on standardized tests. Montessori teaches your child how to think problems through in a logical manner – rather than memorizing answers to test questions. There are many famous Montessori graduates in computer engineering, literature, art, medicine, politics, acting and so much more. Larry and Sergey Brin- founders of Google.com- Jeffrey P. Bezos – founder of Amazon.com, Julia Child – world famous television chef, Anne Frank – renowned World War II diarist are just a few examples.
 
Clothing Drive – Once again our LMS families have overwhelmed us with their response to a worthy cause! Thank you so much for all your generous donations.
 
Valentine’s Day - On February 14th the children will be celebrating Valentine’s Day. Primary, PK I, and PK II’s parties will begin at 3:00 p.m. K – 5th Grade parties will begin at 2:00 p.m. Your child should sign their name on the back of their valentines. (Primary & Pre-K) Please do not address the valentines to a particular child. Parents are always welcomed.
 
     Primary 15        Pre-K I 25        Pre-K II 25
     K – 1st 20        1st – 2nd 20     3rd – 5th 15
 
Fundraiser – The fundraiser will begin on Feb. 13th and continue through Feb. 27th. We are raising money to add more educational materials to our classrooms and gym equipment for our physical education program, so be sure and pass the catalog to your family and friends. There will be an option for ordering on line for family and friends out of town. There are plenty of gift ideas for Easter, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day. Earn fun prizes for your student.
 
Income Tax Information – If you need a tax statement for 2016, please stop by the office or call. Statements can be emailed, faxed, or printed. Our EIN number is listed on this statement.
 
Important Note- Please put your child’s name on their jackets, sweaters, and coats.
 
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January 2017

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January 2017
 
Happy New Year!!! We hope you have the best year ever! It’s great to have everyone back after the restful holiday break. This month the students will be exploring winter science and talking about time and seasons. Why do we change from 2016 to 2017? We will also review classroom rules and manners. Of course, we will continue to help your student advance in all subjects.
 
Empty Stocking & Christmas Parties – Thank you for your generous donations for the Empty Stocking Program. Your efforts brought joy to the lives of many children! Thank you also for all the Christmas party contributions. The students had such a great time!
 
New Year’s Resolutions – In order for your student to receive the maximum benefit from our program . . .
     ●Please have your student arrive by 7:45 each morning! The main reasons arriving on
       time is so important to your student:
           1) We serve a nutritious breakfast until 7:45 a.m.
           2) The late student is on a different schedule than the other students and may miss
                important lessons.
           3) Late arrivals interrupt the other students.
     ●Make school a “cell free zone” so that you can give your student your undivided attention.
     ●Please keep personal toys/electronic at home.
     ●Please Do Not Bring High Sugar Foods To School. (This means no donuts, sugary drinks,
       candy, gum, etc.) We strive to serve nutritious whole grain, low sugar foods.
     ●Please make sure all of your student’s possessions have their name on them. Check
       our Lost and Found in the office area for items that may belong to your student.
     ●Most important of all -spend more quality time with your child.
 
Take time each day to read with your student. Have conversations about daily activities. Be
a positive role model for your child. Children need your interest, positive guidance, and
unconditional love.
 
K-12TH GRADE CLASSES RESUME WED. JANUARY 4TH
NO K- 12th GRADE CLASSES MON. JANUARY 16th
 
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December 2016 Newsletter

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December 2016
 
Happy Holidays! - December brings a lot of seasonal festivity and fun in our classrooms. This month your student will learn about traditions, sights, sounds, smell, and tastes of the holidays. There will be an abundance of holiday art, songs and literature. The students will be making various decorations for their school Christmas trees, so we hope you will plan to visit during the holiday season to see their wonderful creations!
 
Empty Stocking Program - The K – 12th Grade classes invite everyone to join in and bring a gift to be donated to the Empty Stocking Program. This program supplies toys to disadvantaged children. Please bring only non-violent, new or like new toys, unwrapped by Friday, Dec. 16th. Help your student experience the joy of giving by picking out a toy(s) that they think a child their age would enjoy.
 
Christmas Parties - On Friday, Dec. 16th our classes will be having Christmas parties and special Christmas activities! K – 12th grade classes will have lunch at 10:00 a.m. and the students will exchange gifts at 11:00 a.m. K – 12th grade classes will dismiss at 12:00 p.m. The parties for Primary, PK I., and PK II. will start at 3:00 p.m. There will be sign-up sheets for each classroom for parents to volunteer to bring goodies and party supplies.
 
Gift Exchange - During the Christmas parties on Friday, Dec. 16th the students in each class will have a gift exchange. Please bring a wrapped gift for a student approximately the same age and gender as your child. Be sure to label the gift “from” your child. The gift should have a $5.00 value, be age appropriate (not dangerous) and non-violent (no guns or fighting figures) so that all students will have a positive experience. Please bring the gifts by Thursday, Dec. 15th – the day before the party - so that we can make sure that no student will be disappointed.
 
School Pride – Share the good news about the educational program we offer at our school. Your friends may not be aware that we have private school classes for students in Kindergarten through the 12th grade.
 
Lost & Found – We have a collection of sweaters and jackets in the main office and after school building without names. If your student is missing any items, visit these two locations. Please label your student’s possessions with their name to better ensure they do not get lost.
 
LIVINGSTON MONTESSORI WILL CLOSE
FRIDAY DEC. 23RD & MONDAY DEC.26TH
Have a safe and wonderful holiday!
 
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November 2016
 
WE’RE THANKFUL FOR YOU! - As we prepare for the holiday season, we would like you as parents to know how thankful we are for you! We appreciate your cooperation, trust, and support. Thank you for helping us with our activities, for your referrals to our school, and most of all, thanks for your friendship. We are so fortunate to have wonderful parents and students at our school!
 
FOOD DRIVE - Share the spirit of giving with your child. We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the food pantries in our area in the office area until November 11th.
 
FALL FUN HOEDOWN – Thank you to those who were able to bring goodies for the Hoedown. Hope you were able to come enjoy this wonderful event with your student.
 
HEARING & VISION SCREENING – If your child did not have their hearing and vision tested with us, please supply the office with a copy of the results from your doctor. This is an annual state requirement for students who were 4 as of Sept. 1st, or are in Kindergarten, First Grade, Third Grade, Fifth Grade, and Seventh Grade.
 
FUNDRAISER - Thank you to all who collected orders for the Fall Fundraiser. We met and exceeded our goal! The top three sellers were Oliver Bremholm (Kindergarten), Nicolas Aguilar (2nd Grade), and Aliza Poskey (1st Grade).
 
EMPTY STOCKING - The K – 12th Grade classes invite everyone to join in and bring a gift to be donated to the Empty Stocking Program. Please bring only non-violent, new or like new, unwrapped toys on or before Thursday, December 15th. The 6-12th grade class will deliver the toys to the Polk County Enterprise on Friday morning, December 16th. A collection box will be in the office area. Any contributions will help make a child smile on Christmas morning!
 
DID YOU KNOW? – Scientifically based research on Montessori education shows children in Montessori school (both public and private) do better on standardized tests. Montessori teaches your child how to think problems through in a logical manner – rather than memorizing answers to test questions.
 
Livingston Montessori will be CLOSED Nov. 24th and Nov. 25th for the Thanksgiving Holiday
 

                         

October 2016 Newsletter

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September 2016
 
September was a busy month! We hope you took advantage of Open House month and visited
your child’s classroom. Studies have shown that parent involvement in a student’s educational
program is a key factor to academic success. Feel free to visit anytime.
 
Montessori and My Student - Children possess a remarkable ability to absorb the world that
surrounds them. Maria Montessori believed that the years from three to six are the most
critical period for nurturing a child's natural curiosity and for laying the foundation for all
future development. The main purpose of a Montessori school is to provide a carefully planned,
stimulating environment which will help the child develop an excellent foundation for future
learning. The specific goals for the students who attend a Montessori school are to develop
within each student a positive attitude toward school, help develop self-confidence, assist in
building a habit of concentration, foster an abiding curiosity, develop habits of initiative and
persistence, and foster inner security and a sense of order. For the older student, this
framework is used to maintain academic competency.
 
Facebook – Livingston Montessori School has a Facebook page.! Be sure to “Like” our page and
check it for information about activities going on at the school. This is also another method to
contact the office by sending a Message. In addition, we have a closed Facebook group just for
parents. Search for this group and request to join. This is an easy way to share pictures with
parents of some of the activities going on at our school.
 
Fundraiser – The Fall Fundraiser will end October 10th. We are raising money for classroom
materials, so ask all your family and friends to help. Out of town orders can be done online – see
instructions. Orders with payments need to be turned into the office by Monday, October 10th.
Thank you in advance for your help!
 
Pictures – Lifetouch will be taking individuals pictures on Thursday, Oct. 13th and Friday, Oct.
14th. Notes will be sent as to which day your student’s picture will be taken. No payment is
necessary at this time. Picture packets will be sent home in 3-4 weeks. At that time, you simply
choose the photos you want, include payment or pay on line, and return the pictures you will not
be purchasing.
 
Fall Fun – Join us on Friday, October 28th for an old-fashioned hoedown in the school
gym. The students will be learning how to square dancing and would like to invite their parents
to come dance with them! Students and parents may dress in western attire if desired. There
will be signup sheets in the main office for special snacks.
                              Dance Times: K – 2nd Grades 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (snack to follow in the school age dining room)
                                                  3rd -12th Grades 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (snack to follow in the gym)
                                                  PK I & PK II 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. (snack before in the PK dining room)
 
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