Earth Week was a great success. We had three less bags of garbage, some lovely new flowers to plant in the school yard, and completed the rotor tilling of a New Huge Community Garden! The children learned about reducing waste, reusing materials,and recycling They also talked about composting, the beautiful planet we share and how they can take care of the earth so it lasts for many years.
Jake's Fund is growing to help Jake and Alysia along their journey. The fundraiser held last weekend raised over $15,000! Any donations can still be made to "A Fund for Jake" and deposited at Guilford Savings Bank or left in the office. Thank you for your support.
Save the Date!
End of year celebration, June 7th from 11-1. This not to be missed afternoon is enjoyable for the whole family. We will begin with a presentation of certificates for each student. The students will then have a brief presentation. We will conclude with a pot luck luncheon. As always the school will provide paper goods, drinks, and dessert. Please bring a lunch item to share. (Salad, Entree, Fruit, Sandwiches) If your food contains nuts or eggs please make sure to clearly label it.
Our Elementary Program is growing leaps and bounds. We have the potential of having twenty elementary students enrolled for next year. I know some of you may still be on the fence; come talk to Kathryn or Jodi to arrange a time to observe. Speak to Marci to find out more about the classroom make-up, enrollment and to answer any other questions.
- Ivan and Yza for donating the ipad to the elementary classroom.
- Winnie and Josh Edmed for the carseats.
- Bill and Dayna Tait for the carseats.
- All the Lucky Listeners: Melissa Symmonds, Jaquie Boutin, Jeny Sarwar, Pam Hammond, Amara and Dave Huckabone and Doug Merwin.
Drop Off Procedure
Please remember if the line of cars is starting to go out into the road, pull up and form a second line. We don't want anyone out in the road blocking traffic or in an accident at drop off. Thank you for your cooperation. We want everyone to be safe!
Just a Reminder: We are a nut free school.
We cannot have nuts inside the school building even if you are passing through because one could drop on the floor. There are children who are severely allergic. Thank you for your cooperation.
Photographs will be taken Tuesday May 1 and Wednesday May 2. Make-up day will be Wednesday morning May 3rd. Photos will be available within 3 weeks via a website from which you will be able to order complete packages or single prints. Comboni Photography will have examples of photo items available in reception for you to see your options. 10% of sales will be donated to Children's Tree Montessori. Additionally, future sittings will be discounted by half. Email Kelly at infocomboniphotography.com for details and questions.
Esther Pendola, Coordinator Safe Kids New London County will present at our school on
Monday, May 14th, 2012 from 6 - 7 p.m.
Join us for some fun in the sun this summer. We will be having 6 weeks of camp starting the week of June18th. The thematic units will include educational components, incorporating the Montessori materials throughout the day so that they do not lose what they have learned during the school year. The themes this year are Lego Camp, Culinary Camp and Art Camp. Go to the office and see Marci or Nicole for a registration form.
Re-enrollment forms are due. Please hand them into the office soon. The 2012-2013 school year is filling up fast.
Since we are a non-profit organization, to receive financial aid you must apply online at our website using the FAST link. Go to applications and click on the FAST icon. Please submit it soon there are limited funds. Once it runs out we cannot accept anymore applicants. Thank you.
Care 4 Kids
We accept Care 4 Kids. It will cover preschool aged children and before and after care for school aged. It is for families where both parents work or single parent homes. You can find out more information at their website about qualifications and forms: www.ctcare4kids.com
Found Any Mysterious Objects?
Many of our classroom materials consist of small attractive objects that are irresistible to children. If you find any "mysterious objects" in your child's possession, please return them to school. Thank you.
Please remember to pack an extra snack for aftercare. It may help to label it so your child knows to save it for aftercare.
Please have your child bring their reading book bag back to school on Monday so that the teachers can record and refill them for the lucky listener Wednesday morning. We are asking everyone to please search their homes, check every nook and cranny and return any books that have been sent home with your child to the primary teachers by May 30th. Thank you!
Please sign up to observe your child's classroom. There is a sign-up sheet next to the check-out computer. Observing gives you an opportunity to sit back and watch what is happening during your child's day. It is an important part of understanding what we do here at school. If you feel that your child would not be successful with you in their classroom, you are welcome and encouraged to sign up to observe a different room. All of the classes operate in a very similar fashion. Please make arrangements for child care for any younger siblings during your observation time. When you arrive, go to the office. Marci or Nicole will be able to give you an observation packet that details how to observe and outlines things to look for.
We are in the process of reopening a co-op here at CTMS. We will be placing orders every month and deliveries will be on Wednesdays at the school. We will keep you posted on when it will open.
Please make sure your child has an updated medical form. We need one every year. If it was recently your child's birthday they probably need an updated form. You can have the doctor's office fax it to the school. Fax number is 860-388-4756. The doctor's office should have the forms but if you need one, you can see Nicole in the office.
Please make sure to watch your kids at pick-up time on the playground. Make sure they are following the school rules: Be Kind, Be Gentle, Be Safe. As long as they are on school grounds the rules apply. We don't want to see any of our students getting hurt on the playground. Be sure to leave the playground by 3:30pm so we can continue with our scheduled activities. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Lost and Found
Please be sure to check the lost and found. The bins are located in the middle of the red and yellow room cubbies with a pink tag labeled lost and found. We will be placing them outside on the picnic table on nice days and in the entry way by the computer on the other days. Any items left in lost and found by May 30th will be donated.
Shop For a Cause:
What if The Children's Tree Montessori School earned a penny every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now it can!
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Just go to www.goodsearch.com and be sure to enter The Children's Tree Montessori School as the charity you want to support. And be sure to spread the word! Thank you!
Box Tops for Education:
We are collecting Box tops, you will find a drop box on the front desk by the computer.
Please check your child's clothes bins. With the change in season and their growing bodies many bins are not adequately stocked.
Recycle Your Ink Cartridges
Staple will now recycle all brands of ink cartridges. The school will receive $3/cartridge as a credit to purchase items from Staples. Drop boxes are located in the office building and school entry way by the front windows.
Also if you do not have/use your staples rewards card use ours. Just give them the school cell # 860-227-2588 and we will receive 10% of your total order in rewards money to use on future purchased.
Please remember to pack a nutritious lunch for your child. The nutrients that they receive helps fuel their day. Their lunch should be well balanced with protein, fruit/vegetables, and whole grains. We do not allow high sugar foods at school. These items will be returned in their lunch boxes.
*** Tube Yogurts: Our goal is to help children be successful.
We find that young children have a difficult time successfully eating tube yogurts, often getting more on themselves and less in their mouths. Because of this, we ask that you not bring them to school. As they develop better fine motor control and can be more successful children are welcome to bring them for lunch in the Elementary class.
In April we welcomed
spring into the classroom! The weather got warmer and we got to spend some time in the new outdoor classroom! We spent time planting wild flowers, playing in the water table with shells and building with rocks. As the weather continues to improve we will definitely spend more time in the outdoor classroom. It was a big hit!
We started the month celebrating Easter in our Practical life area. We were very busy transferring colored eggs, hanging eggs on our tree, making fuzzy bunnies and decorating eggs using shaving cream. In April the children were busy learning how to mop the classroom floor, wash a baby doll and scrub the chairs in the classroom! These were big works that helped to keep our classroom clean. In April we worked a lot with primary and secondary colors. We experimented with colored water, made rainbow parfaits and sorted objects by color.
Later in the month we received our caterpillars and anxiously observ
ed their transformation into butterflies! The children watched the caterpillars grow bigger as time went by and finally built their chrysalis. In honor of our new friends we made butterfly pretzels! The children rolled out dough and twisted it into the shape of a butterfly. We added salt and popped them into the toaster oven. This activity was definitely one of our favorites food preparation activities this year!
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We had the most enjoyable parent teacher conferences this spring! Everyone that we met with has a beautiful sense of who their child is, how he/she has progressed during the school year, and what their child's needs are in the immediate future. It is so satisfying to know that we are all on the same page when it comes to the physical, emotional and intellectual care of your children. At the Fall conferences, parents of new students are often concerned about how the year will go and how their child is fitting in to the Montessori classroom. At the Spring conferences, we hear a great deal of trust. Trust in the method, the environment, and the school. Often parents thank us for the work we have done with their children. We appreciate these comments of course, but we always remind parents that it is really not us, it is Maria Montessori. It was Maria who recognized the sensitive periods in young children and built a classroom designed just for them. The sensitive periods of language, touch, refinement of the senses, attraction to small objects, counting, order, independence, movement, and grace and courtesy are represented in all of the materials in the classroom. It is no wonder that Maria Montessori called her school the Casa de Bambini!
Thank you to all of the families who have sent in plants with their children in celebration of earth day! The children will be planting in the outdoor classroom as well as in front of the school. We hope to spend a lot of time in the outdoor classroom this month. We will take the children out in small groups and we will set up a rotating schedule so that each child has a turn to work outside.
A special thank you to Marcia and Luana Yuri, Michael's mom and big sister, for spending the morning in the yellow room and teaching us about Brazil! The Yuri's brought in videos from their trip to Brazil, rice and beans to share, and taught us some fabulous dance moves! The children had a ball dancing around the classroom! Thank you! Thank you! Thank You!
As always please contact us with any questions of concerns that you may have about your child's day at school.
Miss Rachel and Miss Libby Rachel@childrenstree.com and Libby@childrenstree.com
Spring has sprung and everything is alive in and out of the classroom!!! The weather is getting warmer, the flowers are blooming and it's the time of year for learning about life cycles of bugs and plants.
We had a wonderful month watching our caterpillars metamorphisize into butterflies. We will most likely release them at the end of the week. It has been amazing watching them. The children even got to see one butterfly as it was trying to emerge from its chrysalis - how neat!
Before vacation, the children planted beans in plastic bags and we hung them in the window. The class was able to watch them all grow and develop strong root systems! Each bean was planted in rich, moist soil recently and they are ready to be taken home and eventually replanted. The children are all very proud. We discussed the importance of plants, what they are used for, where plants get their food from and the different parts of the plant. The children love this topic!
We also had the privilege to watch an egg sack open up with a bunch of baby praying mantises (CT's state insect!). For our bug-lovers, this was something very neat to watch. The praying mantises were released onto the playground not long after hatching.
We are still delving deep into our studies of South America and the Rainforest too. We have been studying the various animals that live in the rain forest, such as the tapir and jaguar, as well as the different layers of the rain forest. Tying into Earth Day, we discussed why the rain forest is an important resource for the Earth and why we should protect it.
April 22nd was Earth Day and this week at Children's Tree we have been discussing the importance of the Earth; how can we keep the Earth clean and how to reuse, recycle, and reduce waste to keep our planet, happy, healthy and strong. This topic stirs many amazing, insightful questions and discussions!!! The children are very aware of our planet and already have so much knowledge and interest in keeping the world clean.
The children have had a great time learning about plants. The kindergarteners, along with the Elementary class, planted cabbages out in the field next to the school. We discussed the basic things plants need- soil, water, sun- and the children have been taking care of the cabbages outside during their recess time!!! They also learned about the life cycle of a plant, and most recently, we have been studying seeds; where they come from, differences between fruits, vegetables, and other plants and how similar or different seeds look. The children even had the chance to see some seeds up close in a microscope! The kindergarten class loved the microscope. They were excited and amazed when they noticed how different the seeds looked in a "new light." We are currently discussing the life-cycle of the butterfly, plants, and of course, the Earth!
Miss Melanie, Miss Pam and Miss Ashley
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Spring arrived in the Elementary classroom with many exciting events. We finished off our Biography unit by presenting our research to the class and parents. The students all dressed up as their famous person, and read their research outloud. We had everyone from Michael Jackson to Jackson Pollock in the class for the day. It was a fantastic culmination of our unit! You can see their pictures and reports hanging on the stairway up to the Orange Room.
We also began talking about Venn Diagrams in the class by looking at the similiarities and differences between reptiles and amphibians as part of our South America study. We found out that both species of animals can eat bugs, they both lay eggs, and they both have tails at some point in their life. We also learned that they lay different kinds of eggs, have different shaped feet, and have different types of skin. Afterwards, the students made their own Venn Diagrams using two subjects, like books, authors, or even types of material. You can even practice these Venn Diagrams at home. Ask your child how to make one!
Outside we started planting different kinds of plants now that the weather is beautiful. We received cabbages that we are going to grow, and hopefully once they are full-grown, donate to a local soup kitchen. We were also given pumpkin seeds that have started to grow, so we are hoping for a pumpkin patch by the fall!
Finally, we paid a visit to our wonderful friends at Gladeview. The students got to play a grocery store bingo game, that involved finding different kinds of food on a grocery store list. We always love visiting Gladeview, and we cannot wait to go back soon!
We really enjoyed meeting with everyone for Parent/Teacher Conferences. It is amazing to see how much the kids have progressed, and how it feels like such a family in our classroom. We love our classroom community, and we can't wait to spend the last month and a half of school together!
Remember, you can always contact us at the email addresses below!
The Green Room
Dates to Remember
May 4th: 1:00 Dismissal
May 14th: Car Seat Safety
May 28th: No school
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