December 2015 Newsletter

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December 2015
 
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 Thursday, Dec. 10th. 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. 18th 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 – 12 th 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. 18th 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. 17th – 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
THURSDAY DEC. 24th & FRIDAY DEC.25TH
Have a safe and wonderful holiday!

November 2015 Newsletter

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November 2015
 
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 missions in Guatemala in the office area until November 13th.
 
FALL FESTIVAL – Thank you for all your help with the Fall Festival. The students thoroughly enjoyed your efforts!
 
HEARING & VISION SCREENING TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH - If your preschool through first grade student was at least 4 years of age or older as of September 1, 2015, they must have a vision and hearing test every year in order to be enrolled in school. Additionally students in 3rd, 5th, and 7th grade must also be tested. On November 17th Barbara Dubose will be conducting hearing and vision tests. The cost of the both tests is $16.00 per child. If your student only requires one test the cost is $9.00. Please fill out the form sent home and return by November 17th. Prepare your young child by talking positively about using the earphones “like an airplane pilot” for the test and/or a patch “like a pirate”. If your student had these test(s) done elsewhere, please check the appropriate place on the form and return to the office with a copy of the results.
 
FUNDRAISER - Thank you to all who collected orders for the Fall Fundraiser. The top two sellers were Justin Amakwe, Jessica Smith, and James Foster-Launiu. The proceeds will help us purchase educational materials. Way to go families!
 
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 toys, unwrapped on or before Thursday, December 10th. The 6-12th grade class will deliver the toys to the Polk County Enterprise on Friday morning, December 11th. 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. 26th and Nov. 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday
 
 
 
 

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
there!
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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.


Transitions
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.


REMINDER: TUITION IS DUE IN ADVANCE BY MONDAY MORNING
FALL REGISTRATION ($100 EACH CHILD) IS NOW DUE
Look for more news the first day of school – August 24th.

 

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July 2015 Newsletter

July 2015
 
SCHOOL AGE SUMMER CAMPS
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.
 
PRE-K SUMMER PROGRAM
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.
 
EXCITING NEWS!!
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.
 
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION!
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.
 
WARM WEATHER!
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!
LIVINGSTON MONTESSORI WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY, JULY 3rd
IN OBSERVANCE OF INDEPENDENCE DAY
 
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