August 2016 Newsletter

back to school
August 2016
New Secure Check In and Out – We are pleased to announce that our school will implement a biotech fingerprint system for checking students in and out each day. All individuals who are authorized to pick up your student will need to register their fingerprint. Finger scans will be required for all check ins and outs. The biotech scanner will be located in the main office.
Newsletter/menu – The newsletter and menu are available for view on our web site. 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 23rd. 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.
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.
Look for more news the first day of school – August 23rd.
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Newsletter July 2016

4th of July
July 2016
Our Summer Camps have been a great success! So far our students have explored Marine Biology,
enjoyed Ooey Gooey & Other Fun Science, had Lego/Cheer Dance Camp, and explored Our Great
Lake. Visit our website to see future camps. Tell your friends about our summer fun! Part time
schedules are available.
The children have had fun learning about Summer Safety, Creepy Crawly Insects, Dinosaurs,
African Animals, Ooey Gooey Week, and Oceans & Beaches. Activities this month will include
Sharks & Dolphins, jump into Fish & Alligator Week, delve into Spiders & Snakes, and experience
Bubbles. For more details about our camps, see our web site.
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
site. The address is
To celebrate the 4th all classes will have a patriotic picnic on Friday July 1st! The students will
enjoy all the fun activities the teachers have planned for this special day. School Age students
will have their Water Day this week on Friday.
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?
The staff of Livingston Montessori hope you have a fun and safe 4th of July!
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June 2016 Newsletter



June 2016

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 about twice per month throughout 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.
     2nd & 4th Wednesday P.M. – Primary (Bring items above plus a "swimmer" if needed.)
     2nd & 4th Tuesday P.M. – PK I & PK II
     1st & 3rd Friday P.M. - K – 12th Grade (Water Games)

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.



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May 2016 Newsletter

end of school year
May 2016
Last day of school – The last day of school for the 2015-2016 academic school year is
Wednesday, May 18th. K- 12th grades will have an early dismissal at 12:00 p.m.
Summer Fun - Our fun and educational Summer Camp will begin Thursday, May 19th. We will
have weekly themes available, for all students, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm. In the afternoons there
will be daily activities. We usually have spaces available, created by vacationing families, so help us
spread the word throughout our community about our wonderful Summer Program. Summer Camp
information can be viewed on our website or copies of the flyers are available in the office. Part
time and daily schedules are available during the summer for those not currently enrolled full time.
Summer/Fall Enrollment Forms – Enrollment forms were due Friday, April 29th. If you have
not returned your student’s form, please do so as soon as possible. We cannot guarantee your
child a spot without this information. If you have any questions about enrollment, please call the
Pictures -If you have not returned your pictures and/or money, please do so. Any pictures not
returned will be considered purchased by Lifetouch and they will pursue collection.
K – 12th Grade Field Day – Thank you to our gym teacher, Kasi Ghaemmaghami, and all the
parent volunteers who made this day possible for our students. The students had a wonderful funfilled
PK I & PK II Super Hero Showcase – Thank you Kasi, once again, for a wonderful
adventure for our students and thank you to all the parents who brought or made capes for our
little super heroes!
End Of The Year Celebrations – The last day of classes for K – 12th grades will be
Wednesday, May 18th. Look for more information to come for celebration plans. Primary & Pre-K
classes will celebrate the End of the School Year with an ice cream party!
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April 2016 Newsletter

hello spring
April 2016
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 – Our fundraiser was a wonderful success! Thanks for all your hard work gathering
orders from friends and family! We are so fortunate to have such generous families. Top sellers
were Justin Amakwe, Aliza Poskey, and Adwe Mwaka.
Group & Individual Pictures – Picture packets should arrive in about 3 weeks. Choose the
photos you would like to purchase and include payment with the pictures to be returned. You can
also pay online with a credit card. Fill in the payment code on the payment envelope and return to
the office.
Easter Egg Hunt(s) – Thank you to all the parents who either provided transportation or
escorted their child to an Easter Egg Hunt. A wonderful time was had by all!
Summer and Fall Enrollment Forms are due Thursday, April 29th. We are fortunate
to be growing and have full classrooms. Our returning parents will get the first opportunity to
enroll their child. After April 29th, 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 11th
through 22nd. 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.
Field Day - On Thursday, April 28th K – 9th 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 children 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.
Livingston Montessori School
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 edcuational system, our school offers a Montessori program for students through the 12th grade.
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