Monday, February 26, 2018

Changes in our upcoming meeting and science fair

Please note the following changes in activities.  These changes have also been made to our end-of-year calendar found here:

Trip/Fundraising meeting: February 28th, 5-6pm
We will still hold a meeting for camp surf chaperones at 5pm and will talk about the Luau fundraiser at 5:30.  We sent a childcare form last week that should be returned.  We hope to see everyone there!  Also, please note that the transition meeting has been rescheduled for May 17th.

Science Fair: Wednesday, March 21st, 9-11am
Our students have been working hard on so many projects, that we are moving our presentations to the following week, after Spring Break.  Our new date for science fair is Wednesday, March 21 in the morning.  Our Pi day celebration the week before will still take place as scheduled.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Author Presentation, Arizona Statehood, and Chinese New Year activities this week

We just wanted to remind you of the many activities coming right up to celebrate Love of Reading Week, Arizona Statehood day, and Chinese New Year.  Please read below for more details:

Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 13,
Our class will meet with a rising Arizona author after recess. If your child forgot to preorder a signed book, they may be able to purchase a copy that morning for just $6. 

Wednesday, February 14,
We will have a small Valentine's celebration at the end of the day for those who would like to participate. Students may give valentines and/or treats to all class members and they make a bag in class for their valentines. 

Thursday, February 15,
We will be celebrating Arizona Statehood with a trip to the superstition springs museum. Please make sure your child brings a water bottle and packs a disposable lunch. We will leave at 9am and return to school before 2:30. 

Friday, February 16,
We will have our Panda Express Fundraiser on Chinese New Year.  Please show a paper MEC flyer or attachment on your smart phone between 11 am and 7pm and our Upper Elementary will receive 25 percent of proceeds for our big trip. We will also order Panda for lunch as well for students who bring $6 by Friday morning. 

Tutoring for this week will be ending at 4pm, unlike previous weeks, where we have been able to stay later. We also encourage students to bring an extra snack that they can enjoy before they begin their work. 

We thank you for supporting our activities. We hope everyone stays healthy and well during this flu season. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Camp Surf Meeting and Other February Activities

We hope to see everyone at our Camp Surf Meeting this Thursday, from 5:30-6 pm.  We are so close to meeting our fundraising goal for the chartered buses and now is the time to plan the next steps ahead.  Most everyone has returned their childcare forms that were sent home last week.  We hope to get a final total of participants and chaperones this week.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, but have questions or would like to chaperone, please let us know as soon as possible so we can make sure you have the necessary paperwork.  Also, please remember that we need a total of $300 in payments or tax credit donations submitted by April 15th in order to cover the cost of the camp itself.  We are open to hosting more fundraisers if needed and will discuss further options at the meeting.

Superstition Mountain Museum
We sent home permission slips for our trip to the Lost Dutchman Museum, on February 15th, the day after Arizona Statehood Day.  We are in need of three drivers to accompany us to the museum.  If you are able to drive or chaperone, please let us know by filling out the bottom portion of the field trip permission form.  We are looking forward to learning more about Arizona's rich history.

Please make sure to check with your child about which day they are bringing snack for the class.  We have had a lot of students neglect their turns, resulting in less snack for everyone.  The students work so hard creating the snack calendar and offering suggestions for snack, which is an important executive function skill.  We have encouraged students to record their snack day in their planner after they get the snack calendar for the month.  Please note that the snacks requested are merely suggestions to avoid duplication.  Students are welcome to bring other healthy foods for snack, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, which are enjoyed by our children with allergies.  If your child forgets to bring snack on their day, please bring it on a later day so that we have something to use in the future when snack is forgotten.  Thank you for supporting the process of planning, preparing, and providing snack in our classroom, which is a valuable practical life skill in the Montessori environment.

Book Orders and Re-enrollment Paperwork
Please note that re-enrollment papers are due today and book orders are due in the office on Monday.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call or ask our friendly office staff in person.

As we move into February, we hope everyone stays healthy and continues their diligent work habits.  We find ourselves ever amazed at how much each student has grown both socially and intellectually since the start of the year.  Our older students have grown comfortable in their leadership roles and continue to impress businesses as they solicit donations for their own fundraising projects. It is a pleasure to be Montessori guides for such a resourceful group and we look forward to our meeting this Thursday!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Important Dates for the Second Half of our School Year

We have enjoyed getting back to work with your children after the holidays. We are so excited about the activities we have planned for Upper Elementary during school hours and also a few excursions outside the classroom. We are approaching the busy part of the school year, where testing, fundraising, and field trips converge and we want to make sure you are aware of all the approaching dates and activities. We hope to see everyone at our parent night, where we will talk about all the details of our upcoming trip to Camp Surf.

Please keep checking your email for further details about each carefully planned activity. We are thrilled to take part in so many unique learning opportunities!

Important Dates
January 17: Field trip to symphony hall
January 30: upper Elementary meeting, tutoring canceled
February 13: In-class Author presentation at MEC
February 1: Big trip parent meeting 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. childcare provided
February 15: Arizona Statehood activities/field trip, drivers and/or chaperones needed
February 28th: Big trip meeting for chaperones and luau meeting for volunteers

March 2: Upper Elementary Author presentation
March 8: Renaissance Festival trip for 6th grade
March 9: In-class Pi Day Activities and Celebration
March 12: Spring Break
March 21: Upper El Science Fair Presentations, 9-11am (please note the change)

April 2-6:  AzMERIT testing
April 9-13: AIMS science test, fourth grade
April 15: Tax credit donations to cover the cost for Camp Surf ($300) are due by 5:30pm.
April 23-27: Trip to Camp Surf

May 4: No school, Parent Conferences
May 11: Spring Mercado
May 12: Saturday. Luau Fundraiser, 6-7pm, students will stay longer for setup or cleanup
May 14-16: 6th grade grade class trip
May 17: Water Day
May 17: Transition to Upper Elementary Meeting, PM.
May 18:   Graduation Ceremony 1:30 pm

May 25: Last Day of School, end-of-year class activity

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Phoenix Symphony: Perspectives and Reflections

Tomorrow morning, we will be attending the Phoenix Symphony performance, entitled: Perspectives and Reflections.  This concert covers history and language standards as it explores the origins of various European military marches and how many of these later became music for graduations or a symbol of patriotism on this side of the world.  We will be taking the light rail to Symphony Hall and will eat lunch at Civic Space Park, near the venue.  Please make sure your child arrives early and prepared with a backpack packed with a lunch, water bottle, snack, and things to do on the train, including a book or notebook and pencil.

We would like all students in room 102 to arrive at our school at 8:00 in the morning and go directly to our classroom so that we have time to take attendance and give last minute instructions. We will not charge students for childcare since they will be in our room, however siblings in other classes will be charged if they arrive early.  We would like to leave the school at 8:10 to ensure that we arrive on time at the light rail station.  Any late arrivals will have to join other classrooms for the day.  We will arrive at school between 2:45 and 3:00 at the latest.  

We would love to have an extra chaperone or two to accompany us.  If you are able to join us, please respond to this email so we can add you to the list.  There is no charge for chaperones.  I apologize for not sending out my email reminders earlier.  If you have any questions for concerns, please let us know.  We thank you so much for your support and look forward to our favorite yearly adventure!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Spirit Week and Candy Engineering

We apologize for the delay in sending this link out to everyone.  Our sixth graders have planned a busy spirit week, as you can see by the flyer they created for everyone to take home. One of the activities they chose was to make gingerbread houses. We ask if everyone can bring in needed items such as, graham crackers, frosting, or even old Halloween candy. The gingerbread house decorating will be tomorrow,  December 20,2017.  If we don't get enough supplies, we can postpone it until Thursday.  Please click on the link to specify what your child will be bringing, to ensure that we have a good balance of supplies.  If you have any questions, please let us know!

Our Christmas shop fundraiser is going very well, and new items continue to be added.  Thanks for your support of all of our children's fundraising efforts to pay for all aspects of our big trip to Camp Surf!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Wax Museum Tips

We are noticing this year that several of our newer students have had a hard time gathering sufficient sources on their topics.  Sometimes, a difficult or obscure group was selected, while others simply lack enough background knowledge in certain subjects related to history and geography to be able to fluidly and deeply explore their chosen civilization.  We encouraged all of our students to watch videos over the weekend from reliable sources such as BBC, PBS, National Geographic, Nova, Khan Academy, etc.  We also recommend taking a look at reliable youtube channels (crashcourse, CGPgrey, veratasium, etc) Watching such presentations will help students gain the background information needed to fluidly discuss their topic during the wax museum.  

We do not want students to read from their reports, but to be well-versed enough to look at their board and discuss the concepts they have studied with visitors, using their own words.  While we have had several discussions about expectations, our newer students could benefit from similar discussions at home.  We hope to see everyone at our wax museum, this coming Thursday, December 14 from 9:30-11:30 and invite parents to come and ask lots of questions.

We are grateful that so many were able to attend our big event at Barnes and Noble.  Also, a big to those who attended conferences and also those who attended our fundraising/big trip meeting.  We will be posting the notes for all parents soon and will also hold another meeting in January.  If you were not able to attend, and wanted to purchase books, you may still make a purchase at any location, simply provide the cashier with our bookfair number.  We will be starting our candlemaking and Christmas shop fundraiser this week and our 5th and sixth graders have already begun preparations.  Please stay tuned for more information next week.   Thanks again for supporting your child's education at home with your words and actions on a daily basis.  We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!