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I hope a relaxing and restorative Spring Break was enjoyed by all.  We are on the downslope for the end of school year. The next two months will surely fly right by. 

This month Kindergarten students will begin their transition to the Children's Kiva Montessori School's Elementary/Middle School Program by visiting the school during work period throughout the end of April and May.  Kindergarten parents, please check your parent folders next week for a timeline and permission forms.  

The month of April has been reserved as the Month of the Young Child in the State of Colorado; please join the many organizations working for the youth of our community by participating in the many upcoming events- see below for event fliers. I highly recommend the screening of The Raising of America-Wounded Places, I hope to see you there.  

April is recognized nationally as Child Abuse Awareness Month; you can show your support by donning blue during the month of April and posting to your photo to your Instagram or Facebook Account (#ChildAbusePreventionMonth, #CO4Kids) "April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse. In Child Maltreatment 2014 (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children's Bureau) it was reported that in FFY 2014 in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, an estimated 646,261 children were victims of child abuse or neglect; and 1,580 children died as a result of abuse or neglect. The majority of child abuse cases stemmed from situations and conditions that can be preventable when community programs and systems are engaged and supportive. A community that cares about early childhood development, parental support, and maternal mental health, for instance, is more likely to foster nurturing families and healthy children."  Locally Four Corners Advocacy Center works hard for the youngest members of our community by providing support to children and families, providing education to educators, youth partners and community leaders, and victim advocacy. Four Corners Child Advocacy is currently holding their Annual Appeal in recognition of Child Abuse Awareness Month to support their services; please consider a donation to this valuable community resource.  You can visit their appeal page and learn more about their services here.  

You have probably been wondering what in the world the blue newspaper stand is doing in the front playground. It has a special purpose, I assure you.  Read more about our plan below...Little Free Library.


Children's House is set to be evaluated by Colorado Department of Early Learning's new rating system, Colorado Shines during the month of April.  Part of our evaluation requires a Parent Survey that we will use to evaluate program, family engagement, and outreach effectiveness. An email was sent with the survey link embedded, if you did not receive this email please use the following link to access this important survey: Colorado Shines Parent Survey Our license number is: 64764.   Remember you are a partner in your child's education; Children's House values your input. We appreciate and thank you in advance for submitting your survey response by April 29th.  




April Calendar
  • Monday April 11th-Finance Committee Meets @ Beech Campus 5pm
  • Tuesday April 12th-PTO Meets @ Children's House Campus-5:30-pm
  • Monday April 18th-Board of Directors Meet-5pm @ Beech Campus
  • Saturday April 30th-MECC & Children's Kiva Annual Children's Festival, Cortez Recreation Center 9am-2pm

 

Philosophy Corner:
  
Math
" Learning mathematical concepts in a Montessori classroom begins concretely and progresses towards the abstract. They are developed from simple to complex. Process is taught first and facts come later. Order, coordination, concentration, and independence are experienced by the child using these materials...."  READ MORE

What is Montessori Math?
What is Montessori Math?
 
 
PTO Press.....
Please join us on Tuesday, (April 12 th ) from 5:30 to 6:30 for PTO meeting at Children's House campus.    Light snacks and Free Childcare will be provided.     At this meeting we will hear updates from CH and EMS Administration, and discuss open PTO Officer positions, among other agenda items.    If you are interested in becoming a PTO Officer and can't be at the meeting feel free to contact us at  kivapto@gmail.com , or catch up with Angie Seeley, Stacey Weyand and Holley Christensen.    

Little Free Library
Little Free Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to build community and promote literacy and the love of reading by providing free book exchanges worldwide. LFL was founded in 2009 when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin built a free book exchange box shaped like a one-room schoolhouse as a memorial to his mother, a teacher. Now, seven years later, there are more than 36,000 registered Little Free Library book exchanges in all 50 U.S. states and in over 70 countries around the world. More info on the organization and the Little Free Library Festival can be found at Little Free Library

Little Free Libraries are structures filled with constantly changing collections of books donated and shared by people of all ages and backgrounds. Most Little Free Libraries are placed in front yards, parks, gardens and easily accessible locations. The Libraries are built to withstand weather of all kinds and hold 20-100 books. Some Libraries are located in coffee shops, in or near restaurants and community centers and in Children's House case, a playground.  

Watch this video to learn more about the magic of Little Free Libraries.

From our Board of Directors.....
Greetings from your Children's House Board of Directors!  We hope everyone enjoyed a restful spring break.  Some things your board is currently working on:
  • Approval of a preliminary budget
  • Assisting administration with the completion of an MOU between Children's House and the Elementary/Middle School of Children's Kiva Montessori School
  • Continuing to search for additional Board members, and committee members.  Contact Shamai for details at shamai.buckel@gmail.com
  • Working on a Fundraising policies and procedures document
Our next Board meeting is Monday, April 18th at 5pm at the Elementary/Middle School building. Please join us!  Enjoy your spring!


It's not too late to support Children's House in meeting our Annual Appeal goal of $5000.00. Did you know that the vast majority of students at our school receive tuition subsidies, and this assistance is available in part due to individual donations?? Even paying for a full day tuition does not meet the costs per pupil to run our program.  However, we strive to be a school for every child, ensuring ethnic and socio-economic diversity within our school community.  Thank you in advance for investing in our program; your donation in any increment is appreciated and valued. 


Your questions, concerns and ideas are important; please come see me. I am available in the office Monday through Friday, 8am-3:30pm except during school closure, via email at alexia@childrenskiva.org, or at 970-565-8586 during office hours. I attend frequent meetings during the week so if I miss you, please leave me a message, I will get back to you. When I am out of the office, Yvonne will be onsite to assist you.  


 

Sincerely,
Alexia Hudson-McGrath
Director
Children's House