Newsletter 13 March 2019

Greetings Lucky Montessori Families,

We have had such a busy week so far students are actually asking for nap time; in fact, we had one yesterday during recess.  We spent yesterday morning learning about winter ecology at SnowSchool.  The students learned how to make a fire in the snow with nothing more than some twigs, lint, petroleum jelly, and a match (watch out MacGyver).  We also learned how to use a compass and practiced our orienteering skills.  There are some great photos on our Facebook page.

Today was one of my personal favorite days.  Thanks to the wonderful support of our Central Parent Council, Montana Shakes! made a triumphant return to Central and it was amazing.  The whole school was treated to an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” with a theme of understanding others and friendship.  I had students from every grade thank me for bring the program here.  Then, the 4th/5th grade students got to learned about language, body movement, and imagination through three different sessions by the Montana Shakes! actors.  It was a blast and there will be picture to on our Facebook if you’d like to check them out.

If that wasn’t enough, we are taking the CRTs this week.  The fourths have taken one of three of the tests so far, and will finish the other two on Thursday and Friday.  I’m proud of how hard they have worked.  I’m also happy to report that the fifths are being very respectful and working silently while the fourths take their tests.

Finally, I need your help with a few things.  First, Montana Shakes! is a great opportunity for us to start our Shakespeare unit.  The students will be learning which play we are preforming next week before I head to the AMS conference.  Then, they will spent time writing cover letters to help me decide which role they receive, which they will create and send to me while I’m in D.C.  If you would be will/able to help out with sets, costumes, after-party or other areas of our performance please let me know.  Any help will be greatly appreciated, thanks.  Then, I’m also curious about your thoughts of having a third student-run conference in May.  This would take the place of a final writing report.  I believe this will help the students learn to present professionally, and it will help me have my weekends to prepare for our move.  Please let me know your thoughts, thank you.

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

Cheers,

Tony