Lincoln Elementary Montessori
Ms. Sheela’s Classroom
September 7th, 2014
“Teach by teaching, not by correcting.”
Dr. Maria Montessori
The first few days were filled with sharing summer news and experiences, and getting back into the “rhythm” of our school activities. The school year begins with simply following the routine of the school day at a pace that allows each student to take in the new experiences. There are classmates and teachers to get to know, routines to figure out (e.g., sitting on the green line, singing songs, waiting for a turn), lockers to find, and new activities to discover and even the younger students soon enjoy the routine. This simple consistency builds their confidence and independence. This is what Dr. Montessori referred to as "normalization" - the transition of the child into the responsibility, productivity and joy of the school day.
NOTES & REMINDERS
Nut Allergies-Please note we have two students with severe nut allergies in our classroom, please do not send nuts in your child’s snack, we really need your support here.
**Non-Student Contact Day
Monday, Sept 22nd, 2014
Monday, Dec 1st, 2014,
Friday, April 17th, 2015
3 and 4 year olds will not have school on the above dates. Only Kindergarten students will attend school as we will have a Substitute teacher for that day.
Please mark this on your calendars now so it won’t be a surprise later on.
**Arrival and Dismissal
Thank you for your patience and support as we help our little ones adjust to the routines.
Please say good-bye quickly, lovingly and go. This is important for your child’s transition as well as traffic flow. We will help at easing the transition for your child and we will let you know if there is a problem. Groups of parents lingering in the classrooms or in the hallway can affect an otherwise calm routine.
With younger children you may want to discuss and role-play saying good-bye. Be sure to convey your confidence that school is a good place for them to be. Some families establish a ritual such as “hug-kiss-snuggle” that reassures them both at parting. Saying good-bye quickly, warmly, lovingly and matter-of-factly just as you rehearsed (no matter how anxious you are feeling!) will ease them through this transition.
Please be on time, allowing us to prepare a peaceful, harmonious and happy environment for your child. And if you are late picking up, we have a hard time fitting in cleaning, prepping, phone calls, lunch and meetings. Children are often worried and distressed when they arrive too early, too late or when parents are late for pickup.
All students should bring their Tote Bags to school every day with one snack for half days and two snacks and a lunch (unless buying a hot lunch) for full days, They should all have a water bottle, and a change of clothes at school. They should be quite independent in dressing for the out-of-doors so please make sure your child can easily put on and take off his/her own shoes, especially during winter. If your child cannot yet tie laces, please provide shoes with buckles, Velcro or slip-on styling. We also ask that you ensure your child can open all containers for snack and lunch by him or herself to foster independence.
We would like all children to bring a water bottle to school on Mondays to use in the classroom during the week. We will send water bottles home on Fridays to be washed and returned on the following Monday. This is especially important during this hot, end of summer days.
**ECE Forms/Classroom Funds
Our three and four year old children must turn in all paperwork ASAP. Our program is licensed by the state and it is a state regulation that we have this paperwork in your child’s file. If you are missing any forms we will be contacting you at arrival/dismissal times.
Also, don’t forget that we ask parents of Kindergarten children to contribute $35.00 and parents of Preschool children to contribute $25.00 to the classroom fund for consumables and supplies. If you haven’t sent this in yet please do so.
We will be sending Firefly (Preschool) and See-Saw (Kindergarten) book orders home with your child monthly. Scholastic Books offers quality paperbacks at reasonable prices. We enjoy the added plus that Scholastic offers bonus points with your orders to obtain books and materials free for the classroom. So we really appreciate all your orders. We are offering you the opportunity to order books from Scholastic online if that would be more convenient for you. All orders for this month are due on Friday, Sept12, 2014
**What is Show and Tell? For New Parents
Show and Tell is an oral language experience designed to give the children an opportunity to talk about an object they bring from home and to answer questions the other children ask. The children sign in on the Show and Tell book as they arrive in the classroom. We will again be using the alphabet sounds to guide your child’s choice of items. Show and Tell will officially begin on Monday, September 15th, 2014. The sound for the first week is ‘a’ as in apple. The sound for each week will be posted on our bulletin board. We ask that you help your child choose an item that begins with the sound of the week. Also, help your child think of clues such as what color the object is, or what the item is used for, as your child will keep their item hidden and give these clues to the children at Circle Time. The other children will then guess what the item is. These items will be available to take home from the basket at dismissal. We encourage your child to bring educational items, items from a trip, or from your back yard; a book, telescope, painting, picture, etc. We ask that you please do not select stuffed animals or toys. Thank you!
Thank you for your support as we begin this school year. Please feel free to contact me at school anytime you have questions or concerns. Dismissal times are good times to catch me or you can call and leave a message at school for me to call you. The school’s number is (720)424-5990, and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking forward to a fantastic year! Thank you again for your patience, help, and your understanding these first few weeks.
We hope that your September is happy and healthy!!!
Ms. Sheela, Ms. Kelly & Ms. Paula