September 16, 2016

     Another week has flown by and we are beginning to feel fall in the air. Please be sure children are bringing a jacket daily as weather can be so unpredictable in Colorado at any time of year!

     Next week we will be celebrating Peace Day with the entire school. We have been working on learning a song that the lower elementary will share with our community, and as a school will dedicate a peace pole in rememberance of an amazing Montessorian, Ann Angell. Children and teachers alike are planning to wear a white top with pants or a skirt on Wednesday for the celebration. It should be a lovely observance!

     We were fortunate this week to have two visitors to our class: the first was Grandbear on Thursday and the second our high school helper. Grandbear is our beloved storyteller who has come year after year to share his story telling magic with our kids. We are also lucky to have AWOL student Fox Stamps from the Golden highschool joining us on Wednesdays to work with the kids and help in the room. This week he was able to work with many of our children on learning basic safety at the work bench. We are excited that he will be working with us this year! 

     Friday will be our first early release day with children being dismissed at 11:15. There is no aftercare that day - please make plans to collect children at half day. That evening we will be having a marshmallow roast on the Golden campus in conjunction with the Golden lower elementary families. The roast is from 5:00-7:00 and families are welcome to bring a picnic and blanket, your teachers will supply the marshmallows and roasting sticks! A flyer is in your child's Friday folder with more information.

     Also in the Friday folder is an envelope for Picture Day. Pictures will be taken on Tuesday, September 20; retake day is November 1. The hot lunch order form is also included and needs to be returned by September 23 for your child to be included in the October lunch count.

     We have been working in the class on grace and courtesy around cleaning up after oneself and chores in the classroom that contribute to the well being and beauty of everyone's environment. Towards that end we have a job chart which outlines a classroom job that each child is responsible to do for a week. The next week their job changes to a new one, giving children an opportunity to do every job during the course of the year. We have also been working with our hot lunch friends to rinse dishes to place in the dishwasher. This is a new skill for many of us! Please help children at home to find ways to contribute to household care and upkeep, and to be responsible for their own possessions and clean up. Ideas for home could include: feeding pets; watering plants; sweeping/vaccuuming the floor; emptying trash cans; washing bathroom or kitchen sinks; setting/clearing the table; loading/helping empty dishwasher or washing/drying dishes; planning/shopping for/making part/all of a meal. There are many ways we can help!

      Have a fantastic weekend and we will see everyone next week!