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
office.
 
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
day!
 
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!
 
LIVINGSTON MONTESSORI WILL BE CLOSED MON., MAY 30th
FOR MEMORIAL DAY
 
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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.

March 2016 Newsletter

spring

March 2016               

 

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 4th 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 2nd and collect pledges the week of February 29th -March 18th.  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 18th

 

Fundraiser –The Telefunds Fundraiser orders and money need to be turned in by February 29th.  Thanks for helping us purchase materials for our classrooms and gym.

Easter Egg Hunt - Thursday, March 24th 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.

                             

Income Tax Information2015 tax statements can be emailed, faxed, or printed. Our EIN number is listed on the printed statement.

There will be no classes for K – 12th Grade classes March 14th-18th - other activities will be provided.

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February 2016 Newsletter

happy valentines day 2016

February 2016

 

      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.

 

      Valentine’s Day - On February 12th 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                  13                Pre-K I                   25                Pre-K II             25

     K – 1st                     18                1st – 2nd                   16                 3rd – 5th                13

                                            

       FundraiserThe fundraiser will begin on Feb. 18th and continue through Feb. 29th.  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 2015, 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. Look at items hanging on the wall for your child's possessions.

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January 2016 Newsletter

new year

January 2016
 
Happy New Year!!! We hope you all 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 2015 to 2016? 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 6TH
NO K-12th GRADE CLASSES MON., JANUARY 18TH 
 
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