Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Please take a look at the flyer going home with your child today. We are having our School Bookfair, tomorrow, December 1st from 4:00PM until 8:00PM at the Barnes and Noble on Val Vista and Baseline in Mesa.  We will have a craft table, cookie decorating and various teachers reading in the kid's area.  Our school can earn up to 20% of the purchases made not only that evening but also online between Thursday, December 1st and Monday, December 5th using the Bookfair ID number included in the attached forms.  

We have also included our teacher wish list.  You can either purchase books for the classroom online beginning December 1st or in person on our Bookfair night.

Ms. Liza will be doing cookie decorating from 4-5,  Ms. Kathy will be there from 4-6 and  Ms. Cassie will be reading stories from 7-8. Mr. Joe and Ms. Ally will be reading on the kids area stage from 5-6 and 6-7.  

Costa Vida, the restaurant nearby, will also be donating 20% of their proceeds to our school, so feel free to show your flyer over there and grab some dinner as well.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school or reply to this email. 

Thanks for supporting our Montessori activities during the holiday season!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Thanksgiving Feast and Upcoming Holiday Shop

Dear Parents,

Today, the students met in groups to decide which dishes they will prepare for the in class Thanksgiving meal.  We ask that all perishable items not be brought to school until Wednesday, the day of our feast.  If you have any questions or are not able to bring any of the ingredients needed for the group, please let us know so we can take care of it.

Also, next month, the 6th graders will run a holiday shop to help raise money for our overnight trips.  If you have any gently used items to donate, we would love to sell them in our shoppe.  The shoppe will take place in the last weeks of December and will be open to all students on campus who wish to purchase items for their family members for the holiday season.  Please see below for a copy of the message they printed out and sent with everyone:

Dear room 101 and 102 parents,

We are doing a Holly Jolly Christmas Shop, and we ask that you
bring items to sell to raise money for upper elementary activities.We ask that when you bring toys they are gently used,and good for a kids entertainment like books,stuffed animals E.T.C. If you bring food or sweets please make it bagged nicely,and make sure you list the ingredients  for people who may be allergic.We also ask that if you bring food that it's small and perishable. Please bring in your items before December 15,2016 which is the first day of the Christmas shop.Thank you for making this possible.

                    Upper Elementary 6th graders and 7th graders

We thank you for your support and hope that everyone signs up for a parent conference next week!  
Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Liza, Kathy, and Cassie

Monday, November 14, 2016

Parent Conferences from 11/14 to 12/2

We hope that next time you pass by the office, you are able to sign up for a parent conference.  We would like you to bring your child so they can show you some of the hard work they have done at school.  Most times are 3:20 (after carline) or 3:40, but we could fit in an occasional morning or 4pm conference if you are able to ask us in advance.  Students and siblings are able to attend aftercare free of charge during conferences. We are so pleased with everyone's hard work and hope to have 100 percent participation this year.  We were so close last year!

Also, our upcoming activities include a Thanksgiving feast the day before the actual holiday.  Students will work in groups to cook a dish in class and enjoy our collective cooking successes.  We will also be studying the actual facts of that thanksgiving meal that would later become so famous and many true stories behind it.  I will be bringing my sewing machine to school for a holiday sewing project next month. I am always amazed at how well many students are able to operate a sewing machine.  If anyone has any extra fabric, especially in holiday colors and patterns, it would be very much appreciated.  

We also plan to sing a few songs at a field trip to a nursing home next month at a date to be determined soon, so stay tuned for more details!  As we approach the end of the year, don't forget to make a tax credit donation to help defray the cost of our many activities, including those at the camps we plan to attend next year.  Your donation can ensure that your child and others are able to attend these amazing educational experiences, and the money is refunded, dollar for dollar on next year's tax return.  We are so fortunate to live in a state that supports these kinds of wonderful opportunities.

Thanks so much for your support!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Activities this Week

We had a wonderful time downtown at the Symphony and are excited for next week's trip to Tempe Center for the Arts to see Rock the Presidents, which is a culmination of some of our studies about the presidents.  We will leave around 8:40 and will be taking the lightrail to the venue. After the performance we will hike up A Mountain and eat lunch there. Please make sure your child has a water bottle, lunch, snack, and good walking shoes.  A Mountain is right next to our lightrail stop, near ASU.  We will return to school around 2:45.  If you would like to join us, please let us know. We could use another driver to and from the lightrail station if you cannot stick around.  

We are also having a kids vote on election day next week.  We be continuing some discussions about the upcoming election and our electoral process.  The children will have a ballot that will include some of the statewide races, so feel free to share with your children your rationale for choosing candidates and why you have voted for the particular people running in each race.  We are excited about our activities and lessons planned for next week.  Feel free to ask about your child's work this last week.  With Halloween, we had a handful of students who still need to finish some work at home this weekend. 

Our Candy Graphs will be printed out next week.  After collecting and sharing data, we found that our students received between 0 and 609 pieces of Candy.  Our median was 94 and our mode was 0.  Everyone worked so hard crunching the numbers for their graph.  Student's are welcome to create their own graph at home using the create-a-graph website at

Thanks so much for all your support!  Feel free to contact us any time if you have any questions or concerns.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Trip to see the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra

We are so excited for our trip to Symphony Hall to learn about story telling through music with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. Please make sure your child is here before 8:30.  We plan to leave right at 8:30 in order to make the 8:44 light rail. Those who are late will get to stay with Ms. Peggy in our outdoor environment.

Please make sure your child brings a sack lunch, water bottle, and a book to read on the way to our venue.  We will be having lunch at civic state park and will arrive at the light rail station at 2:45 with plenty of time to drive back to school.  We are grateful for those who are able to drive and spend the day with us.  

See you tomorrow!