Here we are, at the end of the third week of school. Hard to believe, isn’t it? So much has been happening in the classroom. Lessons have been plentiful and quite varied- from Zentangle drawing, multiplication on the Flat Bead Frame, seed dissections, sharing some of Maria Montessori’s Great Lessons, sentence analysis, and types of solids. Really, the list could go on and on!
We’ve also just finished our first week of spelling. You child should have their spelling test today to share with you. They showed great cooperation and patience today as they tried out having a partner test them for the first time. We also made bar graphs today that they will keep at school and chart their spelling work throughout the year. Please have patience with us as this individualized spelling work gets off the ground. Some children found that the words on their list were far too easy, and others found that their list presented too much of a challenge. Over the coming weeks I will work with the students to help them find the right level that suits their needs, as well as help guide them to good sources of additional words they can add to their lists. If you come across an interesting word at home with your child, you could also help them write it down on a slip of paper and they could bring it in to store in the spelling notebook.
Back to School Night
It was lovely to see everyone who made it to Back to School Night. The support that you show are school is absolutely breathtaking! If you weren’t able to attend, I’ll attach notes from the meeting. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Going Out Chaperone Training- Tuesday, September 20 @ 3:30-4pm
Anyone who is interested in helping with Going Out trips can come to a brief training on Tuesday afternoon. We will take some time to share the philosophy behind the trips and will also share guidelines that will help you assist the children. Going Out is such a vital part of the children’s work at the elementary level, and it rests on the strong shoulders of volunteers. We appreciate your help with it.
Picture Day-Thursday, September 22
School photos will be taken first thing in the morning on Thursday next week. Information went home at the Back to School Night or in your child’s take home folder. I do have extra order forms if you still need one.
Library Trip- Thursday, September 22 @ 12:30-3:00
Thursday afternoon (after school pictures) the upper elementary will be making a trek to the library to meet with a librarian there and see some behind the scenes work. It should be a lovely afternoon of nature and books. We will eat lunch at school then walk to the library for our meeting. For the return journey we will take the bus home. Since it is the afternoon following school pictures, it might be a good idea to have your child bring a change of clothes and comfortable walking shoes. I would also recommend a water bottle, bag, hat, and library card (if we don’t have it yet). The children and I will be talking more about this next week and will do some preparations so that they are best ready to call on their responsibility.
Middleton Farm Tour- Friday, October 7 @9:30
Both elementary classrooms will be attending a Farm Tour on Friday, October 7th. We understand that this field trip coincides with Sagebrush Montessori’s annual trip to Country Mercantile and that some families may choose to have their child attend the Country Mercantile trip instead of the Middleton Farms event. If this is the case, please mark the appropriate box on your child’s permission sheet and return ASAP so we can coordinate the right number of drivers (permission sheets will go out in the next few days). If you would like to volunteer to drive, please send me an email. The trip will last from approximately 8:45 – 12:00.
If anyone is interested in bringing in flowers on Monday they would be most appreciated. Our lovely donations from the first day have unfortunately faded. We only ask they there are no lilies as we have a strong allergy in the school.
Did you know that the Mid-Columbia Symphony has a performance on October 1? The link provided offers more information: http://www.midcolumbiasymphony.org. If anyone would be interested in helping coordinate ticket buying so that a group of interested families can sit together, please let me know.
As you know, this week we have been working on the virtue of helpfulness. The last two days we’ve especially focused on ways to show helpfulness at home. It was lovely to have some of the children bring in virtue acknowledgements from home today. I encourage you to watch for the virtues of helpfulness, responsibility, and cooperation at home. When you see it, either you or your child can write it down on a little note to bring into school. We will share it at our class meeting and will hang it on our Virtues Pillar.
Next week we will be focusing on the virtue of orderliness and the following week on the virtue of humility. If you are interested in learning more about our virtues work, it comes from a program called The Virtues Project (http://www.virtuesproject.com/). I would also recommend the book E is for Ethics (https://www.amazon.com/Ethics-About-Morals-Values-Matters/dp/B003STCKLM). It’s a great little book with short stories and age appropriate moral dilemma questions for children.
And now, dear parents, I will leave you with this lovely poem by Emily Dickinson in honor of our helpfulness study.
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.