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.

February 2017 Newsletter

happy valentines day 2016  

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

new year 2017
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

Xmas wreath
 
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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