Friday, March 24, 2017

AZ Merit Testing and Camp Sky Y

We hope all our families had a fun and restful Spring Break!  We certainly enjoyed out time at the AMS conference and also returned nourished mentally and spiritually as well as with armfuls of new materials for our classroom.  We also know that the children enjoyed creating and performing their plays and will share videos shortly. Everyone returned from break ready to work and all were able to compose some wonderful poems in between Galileo testing.  We are so pleased with everyone's progress in writing, math, and so many more skills.  We are more than ready for state testing next week. 
AZ Merit testing begins on Tuesday, March 28th.  We will test Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of that week, with makeups on Friday.  Testing will then resume on Tuesday, April 4th and continue through Thursday, April 6th. Please have your child eat a nourishing breakfast each morning.  If your child needs to go to the doctor, dentist, or any other appointment, please try to schedule these for late afternoon or after school on testing days.  While group snack will be provided for students, as usual, each child may also bring a healthy snack and gum for personal use during each testing session. 

Our field trip to Camp Sky Y in Prescott is fast approaching.  We leave on Monday, April 10th and will return on Wednesday, April 12th.  The cost for this trip is $115.00.  If you paid $200.00 for both trips in January, you don't need to pay extra for this one. Remember, you can pay the fee for this trip and count it as a tax credit towards your 2016 AZ state taxes up until April 17th.  If you are planning to chaperone, please let us know when the best time would be to have a quick informational meeting before we leave. More information about this field trip will be coming home in the next week.

If you have any questions, please respond via email at or call the school at (480) 964-1381.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Pi Day and Africa Presentations next week

Next week we will have our Pi Day celebration on Wednesday and a trip to Montessori International school on Friday for their Africa Presentations.  Please read the following information carefully for the full details:

Pi Day
For the last week, we have been studying the origins of the number Pi, from the civilizations who first discovered this relationship and their approximations of it to lessons with the Montessori materials which concretely explain how this special number is derived as well as its characteristics.  Those who are ready have moved on to using Pi to calculate the circumference and area of circles as well as the volume and surface area of spheres, cylinders, and cones.  Next Wednesday, March 8, students are invited to bring a circular food for an upper elementary feast and everyone will create a model of their food and make the appropriate calculations using Pi.  If you still want to purchase a Pi Day shirt, we have a limited number of shirts available on a first come, first serve basis.

Africa Presentations at MIS
Friday morning, our students will visit Montessori International school to see their Africa Exhibits.  Please make sure your child arrives on time to school.  We will be walking together for about half a mile to the school.  Ms. Liza and Ms. Kathy will be at the AMS conference, but Ms. Cassie, Peggy and Emily will be coming.  If any parents are interested in accompanying our upper elementary students, the cost is 2 dollars per visitor.  Your child will also have the opportunity to purchase snacks and food at the venue at additional cost.  We would recommend sending a dollar or two with your child on this day if you would like for them to be able to buy some treats.  There are also samples of food from various cultures that is available for all.  We ask that your child return their permission slip by next Monday and be caught up on all classwork in order to attend.

Drama and Music
We would like to introduce Ms. Emily, who currently teaches drama and music lessons twice a week to both upper el classes and also works as a sub for the entire school as needed.  We enjoy her enthusiasm, energy, and love for each student and look forward to planning more adventures in the future.

Writing Projects
Last week In room 102, our students presented their Arizona history projects. Ms. Kathy and I were amazed at the depth of work that was performed.  We enjoyed handmade data tables reflecting serious research as well is beautiful descriptions and stories from our state’s past.  This week our students have been studying the elements of drama and will be writing their own scripts for a story or a commercial.  Please feel free to ask your child about what they are writing and offer constructive feedback.  We will be performing the skits in class next week. 

A Big Thank you!
As we wrap up our last day for Pizza Friday and our Pi Day T-shirt orders, Ms. Kathy and I are so grateful for your support in ordering Pizza and shirts so that we can attend the conference and purchase some of the newest Montessori materials for Upper Elementary.  We are also happy to see Ms. Cassie in our classroom more and more as she continues with her elementary Montessori training.  

Thanks again for your support and please let us know if you have any questions!