Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Big Trip Update

With our tax credit pledges and fundraising efforts so far, we are practically at the first level we need to be to make our initial deposit for Camp Surf.  We thank the many who have made donations, taken cases of chocolate to sell, donated estimation jars for our raffle, and offered to help with other fundraising.  We feel confident that we will be able to raise the amount we need, on or ahead of schedule, based on what we have so far.

While every student is excited, we have not received a complete response form from all of our class.  We need to know by Friday who is willing to help with fundraising and who is not wanting their child to go to Camp Surf.  If you are undecided, please fill out the form anyway so we have as much information as we can to move forward.  Our goal is to make sure that everyone who wants to go on our big trip will be able to come, regardless of financial circumstances.  We thank you again for your continued support and look forward to our valuable learning experience ahead!

Science Fair this Friday Morning and Tuesday Evening

We are so excited for our first ever science fair this Friday morning (10-11:30) and next Tuesday Evening (5-6pm).  We hope you will be able to attend one of the sessions with your child.  It has been wonderful to see our students learning about various scientists and learning how to conduct and record their own experiments and demonstrations.  Today we enjoyed watching everyone construct their boards and assemble their experiments.  Many students wanted to continue their experiments at home so that they could feel prepared for their upcoming presentation.  We are so pleased with how much initiative and independence we are seeing in our student's work.

We were able to provide many poster boards to many students, however we don't have enough for everyone.  If you have an extra poster or display board that you could bring, that would be great.  Also, we would like to know if your child will be able to attend our evening session from 5-6pm on Tuesday.  If your child is not able to attend, please let us know so we can give everyone sufficient space and support.  We thank you so much for all your support and look forward to seeing you at our science fair!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Upcoming Events: Science Fair and Class Trip Information!

Dear Parents,
We wanted to thank everyone for all the support we have received from parents who attended our upper el transition meeting and the many students who helped set up the Montessori works that you saw on display, including writing samples and yearbooks.  I am humbled by the wonderful families who support our work at home and the amazing growth and development we have witnessed in just a few short months with many of our students.  Mr. Joe and I are looking forward to that growth continuing during the second half of the year. Attached is the handout that we passed out at the meeting for those who missed it.

Class Trip
Our parents have voted and it looks like we will plan to go to Camp Surf in San Diego!  Having been there before, I am so excited!  Mr. Joe and I are still working on the final numbers and getting a contract for the bus to take us, but it looks like it will cost each student about 230-250 and each chaperone around 100 dollars if most of our classes attend.  This number actually includes transportation! If each family is able to pay the 200 dollar tax credit, we can easily raise funds for the rest!  Please remember to put your child's room number on the tax credit form so that it can be used first for your student's expenses, as well as chaperone expenses.  Remember that married couples can pay up to 400 dollars in tax credit donations that are returned dollar for dollar for that tax year.

We have about 2,400 dollars worth of World's Finest Chocolate bars that we can sell for 100 percent profit, and can easily make that much more with Pizza Fridays and Other fundraisers.  If anyone has any fundraising ideas or is interested in selling chocolate at home or work, please let us know.  

The date we will most likely choose is May 20-22, However April 22-24th is also available.  If you have any strong opinions on either date, please let us know!  We want to do everything that we can to make this end of year experience the best trip ever!

Science Fair
Our students have worked hard researching scientists and selecting experiments to present to our younger learners on the morning of January 30.  Parents are invited to attend during the day on January 30th or the evening of February 3.  Please support your child at home by having conversations with them about their area of study.  I have attached the list of projects for any students that may have forgotten the names of their scientist.  We were lucky to have a science advisor guiding our students in their choices who will continue to provide assistance as needed as students research their scientist and practice and present their chosen experiment or model.

Again, I want to thank everyone for their continued support and patience.  I am still writing thank you notes from Christmas as we have had so much sickness at home these last few months.  When Ms. Kathy and I think of where we were at the beginning of the year, we are so pleased to see that every member of our class is continuing to challenge themselves more and extend themselves farther, in so many ways.  We feel so rewarded by the individual progress and we are grateful for your partnership in helping to nurture this growth.  We wish everyone a wonderful weekend!


Ms. Liza and Kathy

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Important Meeting: Thursday, January 15

We hope everyone had a wonderful break!  We are so happy to see everyone back at work and learning so much and getting back into our learning routine.  Please take note of the important meeting that we have next week about our upper elementary program.  We encourage all parents to attend, particularly those who are new to the school, have younger siblings, or did not attend our show-me night, curriculum night, or back-to-school night.  Additionally, we will have an important meeting about our big class trip immediately following at 5:30pm on Thursday, January 15.

Last year, we were able to provide scholarships for every student who needed financial aid to attend Chauncey Ranch for 3 days, thanks to tax credit donations and fundraising efforts.  This year, we would like to attend Camp Surf in San Diego, which has a few more logistics that must be discussed with parents so we can raise the needed funds.  If you are not able to attend this informational meeting, please fill out the form sent home with your child today, along with any questions you may have.  

The Upper El informational meeting is from 4:30-5:30 in room 102 and our class trip informational meeting will begin at approximately 5:30, next door in room 101.  We hope to see as many parents as possible at both meetings, but especially our big trip meeting.

Thanks again for your ongoing support in making this a year of fun, learning, and endless opportunities for exploration. We could not fully succeed without you!