MMS EMAIL UPDATE - October 7, 2018                   Follow us! Find us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter   View on Instagram 

Speaking and Listening Skills
by Christina Miller, Head of School

According to Catherine Gewertz in an article in Education Week 9-2018, Employers say they have trouble finding new hires with good oral-communication skills. But relatively few schools explicitly teach those skills.

A new generation of people who are good communicators will be needed. And employers are saying that strong speaking skills are even more important than good reading or writing skills.

In a survey released in August,   executives and hiring managers said good oral communication is the skill they want most from job candidates a nd even outranked others, such as critical thinking, solving complex problems, working in teams, and writing well.

Because many children today speak to one another digitally, their face-to-face communication is not as developed as it used to be, and it needs to be addressed and integrated into the curriculum.

At Millhopper Montessori Reading and writing are strongly emphasized but also included is communication skills such as speaking and listening. The typical form that integrates this in the classroom dovetails nicely with debate coaching, respectful classroom discussions, or delivering a report in front of the class. Another important element is being able to synthesize, build on another's ideas, brainstorm, and elaborate and "work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions.

These are some of the cross-curricular activities happening at MMS now and also some that will come as the year progresses.

Currently the 1st through 8th grade students are learning communication skills, verbal and non-verbal, visual and formal and informal speaking. Their Speech and Debate teacher, Ms. Sylvia Aslanian, has coached them in various exercises demonstrating forms of communications with tone and body language. Additionally, they have determined the difference between formal and informal communication and both have rules to practice. Our formal public speaking lessons at MMS started with practice of how to be a "Star Speaker" and a "Star Audience".

The students have practiced skills such as: Standing Tall, Eye Contact, Using Emphasis, Being Enthusiastic, Being Prepared and Projecting. They look forward to their diction exercises as personalized sentences with their names have been created. Giving constructive feedback to their classmates is also incorporated.

Senior elementary students have also practiced how to organize a speech with an introduction, create transitions, develop a summary and draw a final conclusion. We will have a surprise to present at Parent Night on October 11th.

All students will be delivering their speeches next week. Even our lower elementary students recently delivered research projects with the use of the podium and it gave the students another opportunity to practice their presentation skills. They have a lot to show their parents on the October Parent nights!
Student Activism

Dear Parents,
Flu season is on the way! A great way to help protect your children from getting the flu and other illnesses is to learn how to wash hands correctly. So, to help our students stay safe, Stian Beattie, one of our 7th graders, (along with his mom), want to teach students about the importance of clean hands, while having some fun too.  
We plan to use Glo-Germ, a non-toxic lotion that fluoresces under UV light, to show how well we wash our hands. This product doesn't actually contain any germs but is used as a teaching tool to show any spots that are missed if you don't properly wash your hands. To do this, we will first explain the correct way to wash your hands. Then, we will invite the students to participate and will squirt a small amount of Glo Germ onto the student's hand. The student will rub the lotion onto his or her hands, and then we will show how it glows under a UV flashlight. The student will then go to a sink and wash their hands, and we will check under the UV flashlight again to see if all the Glo Germ was washed away.
Students will participate in this project during their P.E. time, Monday, October 8th.  Click HERE for a printable permission slip.

If you want to read more about Glo Germ, the Material Safety Data Sheet can be found at:
Celebrating Global Gainesville

Gainesville is a Global melting pot of cultures, traditions, food, and most importantly, people from around the world!

What better way to celebrate Global Gainesville, than to join our own Gainesville Global Fest? 

Join us at the Thomas Center in Gainesville, on the October  13th   , at 10 am - 3 pm, for this fun and interactive event! Grab an  exotic dish from our food booths, and watch our array of amazing performances. Thinking of taking a trip abroad? Talk  to our Global country experts about some fantastic global destinations.

M3S Students can also volunteer to paint faces at our booth at this festival!  Go to Signup Genius HERE to help!

A flyer will be sent home with your child, and you can also print one out HERE.
Pumpkins & Poetry Contest
  • Who: Millhopper Montessori School 1st through 8th Grades
  • When: Monday, October 8-Monday, November 5
  • What: Submit up to two ORIGINAL poems about Fall or Halloween
  • How: Write or type neatly, then decorate or use themed stationery
  • Where: Give to Ms. Jennifer Kuntz in the Media Center
  • The Rules:
    • Limit of TWO (2) poems per person-so just submit your best work!There will be a first, second, and third place winner in each classroom (Ms. Anita, Mr. Richard, Ms. Tina, and Ms. Sherilyn)
    • Winners will be announced Thursday, November 8
    • Entries will be posted in and around the Media Center
For a printable flyer, please click HERE.
MMS PTO Facebook Page
This year we are excited to announce that we have a Facebook page for the PTO!  This is a great way to get event reminders, sign up to help and view the PTO meeting live or at your convenience if you can't make the meetings at school.  Take a moment and search "Millhopper Montessori PTO" on Facebook and click on the link to join our group.
MMS PTO Volunteer Sign-up
This year we have an online form where you can sign up to be a PTO volunteer!  Many hands make light work and we count on our volunteers to help make all of our events and school programs run smoothly.  Please take a moment to fill out our volunteer form.

FALL FESTIVAL - Thursday, October 18th, 2018
Fall Festival is our biggest fundraiser.  We have many exciting booths and activities for families to enjoy, including a petting zoo, carnival games, a DJ and dance floor and the ever popular dunk tank and bounce house. Tickets are on sale now at our Fall Festival Square Site and will be available for pick up starting October 15th.
YOU Can Help!
Volunteer opportunities  can be found on our  Fall Festival Sign-up Genius Help  page  with opportunities to volunteer for set-up on October 18th, offer your car up for Trunk or Treat, or lend us your pop-up tent, extension cords, or generators.

Fall Festival Sponsorships  can be found on our Fall Festival Square Site.  You can s ponsor anything from volunteers, to drinks, to prizes, or even booths! For every  $100 sponsorship you will get a wristband for unlimited games and 10 tickets to use towards food purchases.
Got a question?  Contact us by clicking here!

Click on the links below to see what's happening in your child's class!
2018 - 2019 FALL

Ms. Christina Eckstein 
Mr. Richard Aslanian
4:30 - 6:00 PM
Ms. Martha Dolan
4:30-6:00 PM

Ms. Christina Miller
6:00-7:00 PM

Ms. Renee Brohamer 
4:30-6:00 PM

Ms. Crystal Sorrow
4:00-5:30 PM

Ms. Elizabeth Falls 
4:30-6:00 PM

Ms. Anita Bender 
4:30-6:00 PM
When attending Parent Night,  please keep the following in mind:

 Turn your cell phone off
 Focus on your child's hard work -  they have been preparing for this  night! Schedule a teacher conference for another date
 Please make arrangements for siblings - they will not be able to join in P arent Night
 The Big Room is reserved for the After School Program
 The After School Program is available until 6:00 PM for MMS students  who are 3 and potty trained
 Enjoy!

For a printable flyer, please click  HERE.

Chess Club meets on Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.  Click HERE for a printable schedule for Fall Chess Club.  

Please note the Tuesdays Chess Club will NOT meet
AmazonSmile is a way for customers to support MMS PTO through purchases on the site.  
Start at
and Amazon will donate a portion of the price of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice.

Signing up is easy! 
Here's how to shop AmazonSmile:

1. Visit  
2. Sign in with your credentials
3. Choose Millhopper Montessori School PTO  as your charity
4. Start shopping!
Collect box tops from many different items that you purchase and bring them to your child's classroom.  
Each box top logo earns our school 10¢ - which we can use for anything at our school!
Find out more here:

Like us on Facebook   View on Instagram   Follow us on Twitter