Here we are in November and the snow has arrived. The first few months have gone by quickly and have been filled with many joyous moments.
Over the next two months, we will be discussing nocturnal animals, migration and hibernation and what animals do to prepare for the winter. In December, we will be celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Halloween party. The children were so adorable in their costumes. We hope everyone had a safe and fun-filled Halloween, despite the cold and rain. There are pictures of our Halloween party on our blog, Montessori Magic. http://www.thechildrensmontessoriacademy.blogspot.ca/2016/10/its-halloween.html
Parent Teacher Interviews
We have already had three ParentTeacher Evenings and they were lovely. We look forward to our next evening.
Please be reminded that Friday, November 25th is a P.D. Day. There will be no school on this day.
Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who accompanied us on our trip to Round The Bend Farm. What a perfect morning! Pictures of our trip are up on our blog.
Valentines For Vets Campaign
For Remembrance Day last year, we participated in the Valentines For Vets campaign. This campaign is run by Veterans Affairs Canada. Students and Canadians of all ages make Valentine cards which will be distributed to Veterans living in long-term care facilities across Canada. We made Valentines again this year. A blog about our cards will be posted on our blog during the next few weeks. We asked each child if they had a message for the soldiers and we have written these inside the cards. The children have printed their first names inside the cards. There will be no other information on the cards and the veterans will not know where the cards have come from. The finished cards will be sent to Veteran Affairs Canada in Prince Edward Island for distribution to Veterans across Canada in February. More information about this campaign can be found at veterans.gc.ca.
New Fall/Winter Lunch Menu
The new Fall/Winter Lunch Menu began October 31. A copy of the menus are posted on our bulletin board. We would like to go through the entire four week rotating menu to see if we would like to make any changes. Once the menu is finalized, we will email copies to parents.
2017 - 2018 Enrollment
Registration will begin shortly for the 2017 – 2018 academic year beginning in September 2017. We have held two Open Houses for the next school year and will be holding more in January. Packages for current students will be distributed in January. Please know that we will not give away the spots of our current students until we hear from you. If your child will not be coming back next September, please let us know so that we can determine how many spaces will be available. Some parents have told us that little brothers and sisters will be joining us next year. Their spots are also reserved. Thank you for your support and for recommending our school to others. If you know of anyone who may be interested in our little yellow school, they are very welcome to come in and visit us.
Our annual Food Drive for the Aurora Food Pantry will take place November 28 to December 2. The Aurora Food Pantry serves people in Oak Ridges and Aurora and is located on Industrial Parkway South. We would like to collect toiletries and non-perishable food items such as toothpaste, soap, canned goods (soups, tomato sauce, juice, baby food, fish etc.), pasta, powdered milk, cereal and crackers to name a few. This is one of our favourite events of the school year and a very rewarding one. Our donations are much appreciated. The children always enjoy seeing how much food is collected.
Illness or Communicable Disease
The following is from our Parent Handbook. We would like to have a healthy school year and ask everyone to do their part in preventing the spread of viruses and infection.
Please do not send your child to school if s/he is sick or even is his/her condition is questionable. A good rule of thumb is to keep your child home for twenty-four hours after all symptoms have passed. Do call the school and leave a message when your child will be absent. If it is a communicable disease/illness, we will need to inform all the parents in your child’s class.
If your child becomes ill during class, we will call and request that you take your child home. We understand that this may be problematic for some working parents. In this case, or in the event we are unable to reach you, we ask that you make arrangements with someone who we can contact and release your child to. They can be listed on your application, and this information should be updated as needed in writing.
Children are to be excluded from school if they have the following signs or symptoms:
Fever within the last 24 hours
Severe or phlegmproducing cough
Thick coloured nasal discharge
Sore throat with fever or swollen glands
Within 24 hours of beginning antibiotic treatment
Three or more watery stools in 24 hours
Vomiting two or more times in 24 hours
Body rash, especially with a fever
Thick mucus or pus draining from the eye
Look objectively at the child who isn’t feeling up to par and ask yourself, if the situation was reversed, “Would I like my child to possibly catch this?” Then make your decision.
Please use your discretion when sending a sick child to school. The school cannot accommodate sick children during daily outdoor recess or over the lunch hour. They will be required to go outdoors.
The Holiday Season
It is hard to believe that the holiday season will soon be upon us. As always, there will be much excitement in the classrooms. The children will be engaged in many fun holiday activities. On December 12, our classrooms will have both a Christmas tree and a menorah. Both Christmas and Hanukkah fall on December 25 this year. We will begin lighting the menorah for eight days beginning on December 12.
In addition to this, the children will be baking cookies, making a special gift for parents, and learning some holiday songs and rhymes. Our holiday party will take place on Thursday, December 22. Our last day is a party day and a half-day only with dismissal between 11:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. for all children.
We will post a party list on our bulletin board in December.
We would ask parents to please label their child’s belongings. One pair of mittens, snowpants, etc. look very much like the next. This would assist us with ensuring that the children have their own belongings. Thank you very much.
As the cold weather approaches, the children will be wearing snowpants, coats, boots, hats, mittens and scarves. When purchasing winter gear for your child, please make sure that it is easy for your child to put on independently. Fancy buckles, zippers, laces etc. will only slow your child down and frustrate them. As Montessorians, we want to provide each child with as many opportunities for success as possible. To a young child getting themselves ready independently is something they can truly be proud of. Of course we will help younger children do up their zippers etc. but they should be able to put most of their outdoor gear on independently.
Practical Life Skills:
As parents of preschoolers, you have surely noticed that preschoolers take great pride in learning to do things themselves. This is very evident in the classroom, particularly when getting ready to go outside. You may have noticed your child come home with their shoes on the wrong foot. This is not because we haven't noticed. The children are so fiercely proud of what they accomplish on their own. When you point out that their shoes are on the wrong foot, they look at them in disbelief and tell you they are fine. We often wonder, "Don't their feet hurt?"
One of the very first lessons given to new children is the Famous Jacket Flip. You may have noticed your child putting their jacket on using this method. The lesson follows.
The Famous Jacket Flip
your jacket, your child's jacket
Invite the child to come and learn a fun and easy way to put on their jacket. Explain that s/he should watch closely as you put on your jacket. Then s/he will try it with his/her jacket.
Lay the unzipped/unbuttoned jacket on it's back on the floor in front of you with the front of the jacket facing up.
Stand behind the jacket above the center of the neck opening.
Bend down and fold both sides of the jacket back to clearly expose the two armholes.
Slide one hand into each armhole and flip the jacket smoothly back over your head. As you flip the jacket over your head, your arms will slip down into the sleeves. You've done it!
At his point, the child practices this method. It doesn't take long for them to master this skill and they are so proud of what they can do.
Calendar of Events
Thursday, November 24 - Half Day Parent-Teacher Conferences (p.m.)
Friday, November 25 – P.D. Day, No Classes
November 28 – December 2 - Annual Food Drive
Thursday, December 22 - Holiday Party and Last Day of School Before the Holidays (This is a half day for all children with dismissal between 11:30 a.m and 11:45 a.m.) Happy Holidays!
Monday, January 9 - First Day Back after the Holidays