October 2015 Newsletter

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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.
Fundraiser – The Fall Fundraiser start date is Thursday, Oct. 1st. 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 need to be turned into the office by Monday, October 12th.
Thank you in advance for your help!
Pictures – You should have received your picture packet if your student attended the day we
took pictures. You choose the sheets you want, include payment, and return unwanted pictures
to the office. Payments can be in cash, check, or credit cards (on line only). Please try to
return your pictures by October 23rd. We will be taking pictures again in the spring.
Fall Festival – Our Fall Festival will be Friday, October 30th from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. The
students will be able to enjoy many games and have a special snack. We will need parent
volunteers to set up, bring items needed for the games, help the students with the games, and
clean up. If you can volunteer for a 30-minute time slot, donate prizes and/or items needed for
the games, would like to contribute fall decorated cookies, cupcakes, paper goods or
decorations, there will be sign up sheets in the main office. Please do not include Halloween
themes such as witches, ghosts, monsters, etc. – some children are not comfortable with such
things. No costumes will be needed – we will have face painting! We look forward to seeing you
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August 2015 Newsletter

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August 2015

Newsletter/menu – The newsletter and menu are available for view on our web site.
www.livingstonmontessori.com. If you would prefer a printed copy, you may pick up one in the office. Be sure
and join us on our Facebook page. We will post pictures, updates, and any information important to our parents.
Our new school year will begin. August 24th. 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

Look for more news the first day of school – August 24th.


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July 2015 Newsletter

July 2015
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 www.livingstonmontessori.com.
To celebrate the 4th all classes will have a patriotic picnic on Thursday July 3rd! 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 Thursday.
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 2015 Newsletter

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June 2015
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 each week 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.
              Wednesday afternoons – Primary (Bring items above plus a “swimmer” if needed.)
              Thursday afternoons – PK I & PK II
              Friday afternoons - 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.
                      -SCHOOL STARTS FOR K – 12TH GRADES AUGUST 24, 2015-
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Montessori For the Kindergarten Year?

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. 

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622 W. Noblitt
Livingston, Texas 77351