Newsletter 23 January 2019

Greetings Marvelous Montessori Families,

I hope you are enjoying the first good snow in town this year.  It’s always fun to be with children during these days.  It reminds me that there is more to snow than shoveling; it’s beautiful and fun.

We have some fun coming up tomorrow.  ExplorationWorks will be presenting a science assembly for the intermediate grades.  Some of you might have heard from your younger kids about the fun they had on Tuesday.  This, and other events, are only possible because of our wonderful Parent Teacher Organization.  Please take a moment to thank them for all they do or, better yet, stop by one of their meetings; here’s a link to their web page.

In the classroom, students have been working to finish their work plans.  Our Word of the Week (WOW) is haphazard, which is to remind the students what many have been and led to a discussion on how to fix the issue.  One of our biggest problems in the class is students talking, loudly, when they should be working.  We’ve discussed this issue many times and I’ve done all I know with regards to positive discipline, so we are trying something different starting tomorrow.  If a student is unnecessarily talking when they should be working or listening they will be asked to fill out a ‘tune-up’ slip.  This will come home so you can have a discussion about strategies your kiddo can use to help them with their volume level and listening.  I’ve given them many tools, so they should be able to tell you lots of ways to stay focused.  My hope is that this will only need to happen for a short period of time.  I assure you that I’m not a fan of this, but I need to find something to help them as I’ve tried many of the positive approaches and they’re not working.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this.

On a more positive note, your kids are fantastic scientist and know a lot about water ecosystems.  We are currently learning about why we don’t need to clean ponds and I’m impressed with how many science terms they already know.  It has led to a deeper conversation and we will continue tomorrow working with a game that teaches the connection between producers, consumers, and decomposers.   Between this and ExWorks it will be a heavy science day, yay!

Finally, we have a rescheduled date for our Hooked on Fishing Ice Fishing trip.  We will be going on 12 February in the morning.  We’d love to have some volunteers out there to help.  Please let me know if you are willing and able to join, it’s a fun trip.

Thanks for reading.  As always, if you have any questions please let me know.

Cheers,

Tony