From Cindy's Desk
 
Education for Peace is Education as Peace

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."                  - Martin Luther King, Jr.


In the University district of Seattle, Washington, at the corner of NE 40th Street and 9th Avenue, there stands a statue of a young girl.  She was born in 1943, and lived with her family near the Misasa Bridge.  She lived a fairly normal life, until she was two years old.  In August 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on her city.  She was at home at the time - approximately one mile from ground zero.  When her mother attempted to flee with her, they were caught in nuclear fallout, the effect of residual radioactive material in the atmosphere following a nuclear explosion.   Years later, at the age of eleven, she developed swelling behind her ears, on her neck and eventually purple spots on her legs.  She was diagnosed with lymph gland focused leukemia, and given a one-year prognosis.

She was admitted to the hospital in 1955, but by then her white blood cell count was six times higher than that of a child of her age.  In the hospital, her roommate spoke to her about a Japanese legend that if one folded 1,000 origami cranes, they would have a wish granted.  The historical accuracy of whether Sadako, this young girl, achieved her goal of 1,000 cranes is unclear.  What is clear, is that although Sadako could have chosen to fold cranes for her own survival, she chose to fold for her own and for the healing and peace of the world.  By her death in October, 1955 at the age of 12, she had run out of paper, and was using medicine bottle paper, candy wrappings, gift wrap and paper from other patients in the hospital.  Her father reported in a documentary, that her classmates folded 1,000 cranes of their own, which were buried with her. 

In the University district of Seattle, Washington, at the corner of NE 40th Street and 9th Avenue, there stands the statue of a young girl, Sadako Sasaki, who at 12 years of age, chose with all that she had left - to make a statement for peace.  It is said that even now, almost 63 years after the death of Sadako Sasaki, children come and deliver cranes at her feet.  Four minutes walking distance from that statue, sits the University of Washington's Montessori West Campus Children's Center.  Dr. Maria Montessori believed that peace could not be attained by simply attempting to curtail violence, but by coupling the establishment of peace as a practice.  She felt strongly that children inherently have a hunger for peacefulness and can make strides toward peace that may exceed what we do as adults.  Decades ago, she said , "Times have changed, and science has made progress, and so has our work; but our principles have only been confirmed, and along with them our conviction that mankind can hope for a solution to its problems, among which the most urgent are those of peace and unity, only by turning its attention and energies to the discovery of the child and to the development of the great potentialities of the human personality in the course of its formation."

I think we are seeing the strength of the conviction of children and their thirst for peace.  "Wille zum Leben" is a German expression for a phenomenon which is commonly defined as the will to live.  It is defined as "an important and active process of conscious and unconscious reasoning"  which is connected to a "psychological force to fight for  self-preservation ".  I believe it is strong in children, as they question and struggle with grief, loss and injustice.  And get out of the way -- because a child's will to live is strong.  In our society, poverty, bias, racism, prejudice and violence threaten a child's peace and are I think, true weapons of mass destruction. As children learn that they can have a voice for change, they will use it to fight for their will to live and to live in peace.  That is what we are seeing today.  Sadako Sasaki's tangible statement was displayed differently, but the message was the same: I want to live.  I want others to live.  I want peace. I want others to live in peace. I will do what I can to make it happen.  

There was a song sung by Karen Carpenter, which says:

"Bless the beasts and the children, for in this world they have no voice.  They have no choice. Bless the beasts and the children.  For the world may never be the world they see.  Light their way when the darkness surrounds them.  Give them love. Let it shine all around them.  Bless the beasts and the children.  Give them shelter from the storm.  Keep them safe.  Keep them warm."  

In Florida and all over the nation, adults have had to move out of the way of children, as they fight strongly over their will to live - in peace.  The expressions have come in a variety of forms, from demonstrations, marches, visits to the capitol, interviews and rallies.  Regardless of the partisan views, choices and decisions, peace is a bipartisan issue and the children have raised it, and placed a mirror to each of us to demand their continued safe existence. 

Our elementary students - Montessori Elementary School of Alameda, have chosen to follow the example of Sadako, and are contacting Montessori elementary schools across the nation to request that they begin folding origami cranes to send to Washington, DC. to make a statement that they wish peace. We are moving out of their way, to allow them the ability to work through what they have heard, and how they feel, and we are allowing them a positive, age-appropriate way to have a voice.

In the University district of Seattle, Washington, at the corner of NE 40th Street and 9th Avenue, there stands the statue of a young girl, Sadako Sasaki, who, with every ounce of life, until there was none, strove to make a statement for peace.  In 1958, in Hiroshima, her city, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial was built in honor of Sadako and others.  At the top, there is a statue of Sadako, holding a golden crane.  At the base, is a plaque, with the words: This is our cry.  This is prayer.  Peace in the world.
 
Best,
Cindy                       
Taylor Campus

Toddler 2

Dear Toddler 2 Parents, 

This month we covered the continent of Africa and Black History Month. The children learned a bit about the following African and Black History legends:  Barack Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King, Mae Carol Jemison, Leona Horne, Jackie Robinson, Garrett Morgan, Rosa Parks, Oprah, Madam C. J. Walker, George Washington Carver, Maya Angelou, Dr. Shirley Jackson, Jan Ernest Matzelieger, Alexander Miles, Lewis Latimer, Dr. Patricia Bath, Harriet Tubman, Marie Van, Brittan Brown, Nelson Mandela, Serena Williams, Samuel Sammelson, Ida B. Wells, Louis Armstrong, Huey P. Newton, Jacob Zuma, and Harriet Tubman.

Children had fun getting their passport stamped for their day of entry into Africa. The children looked at images of all the flags of countries in Africa, the pyramids in Egypt, and animals in Africa. The animals we covered were: zebras, giraffe, gazelle, African buffalo, lion and, rhinoceros.

For more world events, the children watched a short video of the Groundhog Day events that take place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  We discussed the Chinese New Year and showed images of events from around the world. 

Science is always enjoyed and the students had a great time creating rain and clouds by using whip cream, water, blue dye and a tornado bottle.  They also did some self colored images and free art.

We started basic measuring and continued studies in number recognition and quantity.  On February 20th we celebrated 100 days of school by making 100 dots board, counting 100 pennies,  made a sign of 100 stickers, and a sheet with the number 100 on it that the children colored. We also learned about some n ew shapes this month - the octagon! And previous shapes were reviewed.  New scents introduced this month were amaranth and apple clover. Yum!

We celebrated the Season for Nonviolence as a school by learning some new vocabulary: beloved community, Ahimsa, courage, believing, simplicity, connection, education, struggle, inclusion, gratitude, integrity, peace, dream, rising above, empowerment, love, choice, freedom, ally, gentleness, forgiveness, and communication, respect, consistency and non violence. The letter sounds of the month are: o, l, i, g.
Children continue to practice in name tracing and free hand writing. We all enjoyed reading the following b ooks: "To Fly / Not To Fly," by Briana McLean and Desmond Owusu,  and "Honey I love" by Eloise Greenfield.

The students really liked preparing the dough for puff puff bread as well as peeling and cutting sweet potatoes to make yams.

Thank you, 
Porshia, Johanny, Carolina and Jazmin

Pre-Primary 2

Dear Pre-Primary 2 Parents,

We would like to welcome Naomi to our class.  She is a new friend that just started.  We are so happy to add her to our community. Time flies when you are having fun and this month is no exception.  Our class is doing a fantastic job of growing as a community and becoming independent learners.

This month in cultural we are working on the term president. What it means, what the role is, the names of different president's.  To expand on this topic, we will be introducing money and coins. Which president is on which coin and currency.  This will be an ongoing lesson throughout the year until mastery.  Our study of the mammal is going well.  If anyone has a friendly mammal they would like to bring for Sharing, this will be a great way for the children to be introduced to parts of the mammal. 

We are now learning how to label our emotions.  This lesson empowers the children to identify how they are feeling, and we are giving them the coping strategies to support it.  We are also starting the peace table.  This will be a shelf that will have a few conflict resolutions lessons, a calm down lesson and a stress release lesson. 

We also studied MLK and Rosa Parks in depth.  We had discussions about these pioneers and what they did for America.  I would like to thank Gwatoh for donating items from Liberia.  The students loved all of the items and enjoyed learning the different instruments.  Danilo bought in his own berimbau.  The children loved to hear the sound from it. 

Our 100th day celebration was a ton of fun.  We made the number many times with all of the objects you brought in.  We made 100's with our bodies. We counted to 100.  We did 100 different exercises. 

If you have any extra children's pants, skirts, bottoms, underwear to donate to the school, please do. We are low on school clothing.  Also, if you can look at your child's box in the bathroom to see if you have a complete change of clothes and the appropriate clothing, ie: winter items.  In the morning before bringing your child into class, please have them go to the bathroom. 

Best,
Tiffani & Danilo

Primary 3
 
Dear Primary 3 Families,
"Mabuhay Pangunahin Tatlo" (Tagalog- greetings primary 3)

We have had a busy month! Children continue to work on letter sounds daily. Each child is working at their own level. Children that have mastered their initial sounds and read the Mat Bob book, then more books are added according to their letter sound knowledge. Our class is on set 1 and set 2 of the Bob books. Some children will be moving on to set 3 in a few weeks. Pre-readers and readers have been tracing Bob books. Some children have been using the move-able alphabet to build words using only picture cards, while the other children continue to use the CVC cards with the move-able alphabet. Some students are working on sentence building with the pink series. Keep an eye out for greeting cards coming home, the children have been making them daily.

Everyone's favorite - the geometric tray cabinet! The children love to explore and learn the different geometric shapes like the chevron, quatrefoil, isosceles triangle and polygons (pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon and decagon). Knob cylinders are being used everyday specially by the children who needs to work on with their pincer grasp. It is good preparation for holding a pencil and obtaining a stronger pencil grip.   

Almost all of the children are now working on with their teens using the teen board, tens using the ten board and working with the simple addition using the addition strip board, counters and colored beads. The older children in our classroom are working with their double digit addition, skip counting using the bead cabinet and still continuing to learn and practice telling time.

For the month of February our cultural unit is Africa and we're excited to also celebrate and learn about Black History month.  The children have already been introduced to animals of Africa--lion, impala, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, quelea bird, and the ostrich. In the afternoon program with Dawn and Kwang, the students use what they've learned and played animal charades. They love this game-- it promotes team playing with established rules and scoring, and is very engaging as well as entertaining when the children act out the animal behaviors. Questions can be asked by their team members about  the characteristics of  the specific animal they are enacting.  We also have animal crafts to be created as well!
Gwatoh (Mathias's mom) brought in African artifacts and traditional clothing and fabric for the children to  observe in the classroom. Thank you, Gwatoh! I n the next following weeks we will introduce more information about the continent of Africa--well known rivers, lakes and traditional foods.
 
In celebration of Black History, we read stories about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and also introduced the children to selected music by Billie Holiday (played during work period), there were poems read to the children by Maya Angelou. We will also be highlighting  having conversations about  positive action words such as peace, love, equality, and friendship.  The afternoon children are making a peace wreath, by choosing a skin tone crayon to outline their hands. Together we will tie all the hands together in a wreath shape to signify community, friendship and peace.

Students celebrated t he 100th day of school on the 20th by doing 100 exercises, counting hundreds of items, taking 100 steps, and being silent for 100 seconds. We also formed a human chain of 100, so fun!! Please remember March is women's history month, if any parents would like to do a presentation please let us know. Montessori week is coming up too and we would like to ask you to share your Montessori experiences as a parent and also the reason why you chose it for your child's education. Parent driver's are needed for our Oakland Zoo field trip on  Thursday, April 26 at 9:30am-1:30pm.  If you can, please let us know or sign up in our sign up sheet posted on our Primary 3 classroom door.  

Thank you ,
Nina, Nicole and Dawn
 
Elementary - MESA

Dear MESA Parents,

February was such a unique and special month. The elementary students had a dream come true by being able to go on their science trip to Pigeon Point. The students worked so hard to gather part of the funds needed to go and were able to do so with the generosity and support of the TCU & MESA parents. Thank you! The students loved experiencing nature, hiking in the Redwoods, closely observing and learning about the elephant seals. We had a great time tide pooling where they had an amazing opportunity to touch and observe hermit crabs, sea anemones and sea stars. Students learned the term BILGE which means the amount of  wasted food produced during every meal.  The students were so excited to achieve zero bilge and put the name of the school on the bilge board at Pigeon Point. Please see all of the pictures under "Announcements."

Our Asia cultural celebration was a great opportunity for all of the elementary students to dance a Syrian traditional dance (Dabke) and also learned how to cook some vegetarian Thai wraps with Kwang. They learned about the history of certain countries in Asia like Japan, North Korea and the Philippines. We're currently learning about the continent of Africa. The students are working on country reports as they will be presenting them during the culture celebration at the end of the month.  The students are actively practicing their songs and for the Spring Performance on March 16th. All parents are invited to attend our concert that day.  

We are preparing for the Alameda speech contest and the work with Roots & Shoots. We celebrated the one hundredth day of school on Feb. 20th. The students had so much fun writing 100 sentences and 100 events since September. We threaded those cards on a long rope and hung it around the classroom. It was amazing to witness how much the students could recall of school events and subjects for all that time!

In the afternoons, the elementary class has been working with Kwang on various science experiments, such as i nflating a balloon with baking soda and vinegar. The students were so interested in what they were doing and observing, we will continue with new experiments each week.

The students are working in art with  Laurie learning about the Arican American painter, Jacob Lawrence. Students have had several open group discussions about the subject matter in Lawrence's work with topics such as, the Great Black Migration, segregation, racism, and slavery. Students created their own Jacob Lawrence paintings by experimenting with acrylic paints on canvas.

Along with Lawrence, students are also learning about African American artist, Kara Walker, a profound silhouette artist and storyteller. Students are looking at adversity as it ties into Walker's work, creating silhouette art about how they dealt or are dealing with adversity. A s a whole, we have been diving deeper into  the students drawing lessons and learning about value and three-dimensional perspective. Their work is amazing!  Individual lessons continue as each student digs deeper into their own creative process focusing on their area of interest. 

Our "Special Thanks" goes out to:
  • All of the MESA and TCU parents who supported our trip to Pigeon Point.
  • Cindy Acker for her continual guidance in facilitating and sharing ideas with elementary staff and students.
  • Angele O'Daniel, Miesha Lampkins and Liz Ortiga for driving the students to Pigeon Point.
  • Marian Ross for her constant work with our parents and her constant support to our class.
  • Esmeralda Arrizon for working on our Montessori material list.
Classroom Needs:  We need your support to get our Montessori material and class supplies.
Please connect with Esmeralda, Marian or myself to coordinate and get those essential supplies and materials.

Thank you,
Fatma, Kwang and Laurie

Pacific Campus

Toddler 1
 
Dear Toddler 1 Parents,

Everything has been going very well since my second week began here at the Child Unique. I am enjoying getting to know all of my students. We will continue to work on follow through in all areas and forming relationships bonds. I am helping the children to understand how to use the materials through presentations of Sensorial, Pratical Life, Math 0-3 counting cards.

Our classroom has been so busy enjoying jo bs such as cutting food, sweeping outdoors, Imbucare objects (triangle, sphere), geometric shapes and dressing frames. I do daily presentations, which has been helpful. We are practicing on how to roll the job rugs and to put them on the floor for specific materials. The children are also learning to recognize their name cards and bringing them to either the table or the floor in order to show that they are using a certain job.

All of the children are learning to sit on a stool at a table while doing table jobs as opposed to standing. They are learning to push in their chairs when they are done. Nubia and I are helping them by reminding them so that it will soon become second nature. This will help prepare them to transition to the next class. I am mindful that I must be patient as each child is so excited to be learning a lot of new rules and routines.

I've have been modeling language by enunciating and speaking slowly and clearly to the children which has been very effective in helping them to learn correct speech and language skills.When they are trying to express themselves I help them by giving them the language they need. This also helps with regulating potentially challenging behavior.

We create a relaxing classroom environment, conducive to learning by playing cl assical music such as Chopin, Beethoven, Bach and Vivaldi during there work period. During nap time, I play calming music or sounds of waterfalls as well. It is  working as the entire class has been resting well.

In honor of Black History Month, Cindy provided me some wonderful literature which I have been reading and discussing with the students.  Yes, even at this age exposure is very helpful at the children's own level of course. We have started to focus more on Practical Life with wet pouring and sweeping on the deck this past week due to the beautiful weather.

It is an honor to work with all of your children and thanks for the warm welcome.

Best,
Annette and  Nubia 

Pre-Primary 1

Dear Pre-Primary 1 Parents,

Happy Chinese New Year! Th e children are really improving their pre-language skills. The children have been introduced to letter names  and sounds, the ABC puzzles, tracing the sandpaper letters, using  chalk on the chalkboard, and some have even begun tracing their names. They have been putting parts of pictures together to make a whole, using lacing cards and lacing with large beads, and have been getting creative with parquetry. 

Some of the children have moved past the number rods and the  spindles, and are working on numerals and counters, the bead stair,  and the teen beads, assisting with their mathematical understanding.

They enjoy working with the Sensorial materials and are learning about the triangle box, the  hexagon box, the binomial cube and the geometric solids.

This month, we had several d iscussions about Black History  and the Chinese New Year. We have been studying botany out in the garden,  and have been exploring zoology with the materials in the Cultural
Room.

We would like to thank the following parents:
Helen & Carl - for bean bags (suitable for outdoor)
Maggie & Matt - for kids yoga cards and bean bags (suitable for indoor)
Tiffani & Cliff - for the yoga brick, stretch bands, and ab-roller
And all the parents who purchased books for our classroom from the book fair!

Classroom Needs:
Plain wooden building blocks,  Indoor large motor activities, such as a hop-scotch carpet, and  carpeted or felt color discs to play "color hop".  More ideas are listed on our Wish List, across from the sign-in sheet.

Sincerely,
Steph & Cherefah
Encinal Campus

Primary 1

Dear Primary 1 Families,

We have begun our cultural unit on the continent of Africa. We started our African unit with a lesson on the signifigance of the tradition of the art of storytelling in African cultures. We learned about how myths and legends have been handed down orally from generation to generation. We learned about "Griots", who are the storytellers of West Africa. We learned how music and stories were used to answer questions, teach lessons, and pass down history.

Our Practical Life area has taken on a beautiful change along with our change of Continent. From African animals made with beautiful Kente  cloth, bead sorting, pouring, and transferring. The children are having a swinging good time hanging monkeys from a swaying tree as they refine their pincer grasp and hand- eye coordination.

We are learning about different African animals with our African animals three part card work. We also have a fun and engaging work where the children are matching an African animal to it's corresponding beginning letter sound. The number of children that are ready to practice their handwriting on paper grows daily. The children take a lot of pride in this accomplishment and the smiles are contagious when they show everyone their improving letters and numbers. We continue to reinforce pencil grasp daily with beautiful metal inset and chalkboard writing. The move-able alphabet, used to spell words using sounds, has been worked with often. The children love to work in pairs and build words together.

The students are working on their one-to-one correspondence with an African animal stamp work where they stamp the correct number of African elephants into the appropriate boxes. They are also working on their number writing and recognition in this work. Some children are making and reading numbers from 1- 9,999 with our number layout. Others are working on forming numbers with our stamp game and some have begun four-digit addition.  We have an exciting yet challenging new number puzzle, where the children have to form the numbers 1-10 and each number that they must form has a different shape and a corresponding number of puzzle pieces. It is great to see the persistence and collaboration used with this work. 

In circle time, we have been reading African tales, such as "Anansi the Spider" by Gerald McDermott,  "What's so Funny, Ketu?" and "Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain" both by Verna Brown.  French circle time is always a highlight of the day. The children continue to practice the months of the year, the days of the week, and the colors in French. We have also begun to practice for the upcoming Spring Performance. We are looking for many different child-sized multi-cultural outfits for this event. Please let us know what you have and if you have any to share.

Thank you,
Mari and Emma


Primary 2

Dear Primary 2 Parents,
 
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world".
-Nelson Mandela

Our cultural unit on Asia was filled with a month of many fun activities. We learned about the different countries situated on the continent of Asia. Some students brought objects related to Russia and India. We also shared things from Pakistan, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates, which were added to our cultural basket.  Students enjoyed doing the scooping beans work using the Egyptian beans, shared by Fatma. The children also enjoyed making the famous Bohemian necklaces and stringing the fishes.  At the end of the unit, we had a small ceremony with a variety of activity stations for children related to the Asian culture theme, to include a food and a music station.

Currently, we are learning about the continent of Africa and learning about Black American history firstly through classified cards on those subjects. Children are also sorting pictures and exploring letter sounds through the sound game (exploring the environment) and through the sand paper letters. Some of our children love writing. They work with the classified cards, read the words on them and copy them on the paper to create their own books.

During Japanese studies, we learned the names of shapes by sorting objects, associating objects and we learned the Japanese names for animals found in the continent of Africa. We are also learning new Japanese words daily by practicing our song for the Spring Performance.

Students were introduced to the hundred chain for the 100th day of school and to the square chains of 1-9. This assists students in practicing linear counting and skip counting. We are also working on fractions.

We would like to thank Sheila Reddy for coming into our class and giving us such an informative presentation on the culture of Cameroon (where she is from). Thank you again for sharing the African masks and musical instruments with us. It was wonderful!

We are looking for volunteers to wash our classroom rugs on weekly basis.

Thank you,
Hurma & Katsuko
Music
With Steve Slater

Due to the fact that I was out with a terrible sinus infection, classes were missed two weeks in a row. Then there was a field trip and a holiday! We returned this Friday and are back on track and working extra hard to learn our music for the Spring Performance. The students will be learning a new song this week and some of them will be writing new lyrics for it.  We will continue to practice ukulele skills t start rehearsing as a group for the performance.  

The Preschool Music classes are super fun.  If you ever have a chance to come in and watch on a Tuesday morning, please do! It's really special to see how excited these students get about seeing The Dilly Dallies sing songs for them.  They sing, they interact, they come up with new ideas for the songs and they smile the whole way through. If you'd like to hear some of the music we play please go to our website and check out the music of Laurie Berkner as most of the song we play are by her or us.  


Thank you,
Steve 

Announcements

Many Thanks from the MESA Students 



The elementary students (MESA) went on a 3 day science trip to Pigeon Pt.  Thank you to the many parents who donated toward their trip or purchased items from the elementary class.  The students learned about tidepooling, and whale baleen exploring.  They cooked their own meals , danced, hiked, climbed inside of hallow tree trunks and enjoyed a puppet show. All students, parents and teacher returned with joy. One student said the experience was 'heart melting'. 
 
Thank you!
The MESA Elementary Students

Fun Night Out!
We would like to invite you to come out and see our own Danilo Portugal's band Namorados Da Lua, play at Kikiwetu Nights (an Afro-Soul Soiree) on March 3rd from 7-11pm.  www.sfartscollective.com
at the Kikiwetu Coffee shop.

Thank you's
We would like to thank  Kelly and Jamey Ewing for doing an emergency toilet repair at the Encinal campus and thank you to Tanya and Mike Gygi for connecting and installing the new Primary 1 seedaycare camera!  Thank you to  Kris Larson, Juliana Baldo and Sacha Moustakas for working and planning our Raising Readers book program. Thank you to  Stephen Walker, Christina Chung, Tim Ceremele, Esmeralda Arrizon and Cesar Chirino for their work last week at the Parent Council meeting beginning a discussion on campus security, budget and fundraising goals. Thank you to  Brina Siv and Sal Gifford for beginning the planning of our Grandparent or Special Friends' Tea. Thank you to Amy McGirl, Esmeralda Arrizon, Paula Hernandez and Seana Onio - for beginning work on the 2018-19 fall Festival of Flavors event. Thank you to Gwatoh - for a wonderful presentation on Liberia and great food! and to Marion Ross for amazing field trip orchestration! Thank you to Steve Mize for fence building and Kristen Tanguay, Esmeralda and Cesar for fence painting at the Pacific campus.

Thank you to all those who put their time and effort and support into making our school the very best!

TAX TIME   
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Committee News:
Contact Esmeralda Arrizon for your chairperson    [email protected]  

Construction: Contact [email protected] for Pacific fence project asap.
Cultural (combined w/Rm Parent): We need women to speak/share for Women's History Month - contact the office
Fundraising: We need help to prepare raffle tickets for the Spring Performance
Garden: We need weeders for the Encinal campus
Grandparent Tea Subcommittee: Can you plan to help make sandwiches in May?
Hospitality: Please bring refreshments for the Montessori in the Home Meeting
Library: Contact Juliana about the Raising a Reader Book Bag project
Room Parent: Ask your teacher if they need metal inset paper, field trip planning
Painting: Please check tables in your child's classroom for sanding/varethaning
Parade Subcommittee: Contact us if you want to be a part of the July parade
Parent Council: Please respond to budget email (expect by end of next week)
Snack SubCommittee: Sandra needs help to purchase and deliver snack. Please contact Sandra Hoffman-Dorrance ([email protected])
Technology: URGENT: Cindy needs a meeting to discuss new software, creation or purchase of substitute log in software, purchase of new computers and possible switch of Seedaycare for cameras! Please respond to your email or let us know if you are not on the list.
Unique Collective: Contact Leanna to assist with various committee tasks


TCU/MESA SPRING FUNDRAISER RAFFLE:

It's That time again for your Participation!     You all have Green Fundraising raffle tickets in your parents folders. This Raffle is for our annual spring performance and fundraiser.  Remember, all proceeds go to The Child Unique and Montessori Elementary School of Alameda. 
This year we are offering 3 prizes:
1st Prize: An Apple Watch 3S
2nd Prize: Warriors tickets for the last game on 4/8
3rd Prize: Google Home
Each Student is responsible for selling 5 tickets at $10/each. Cash or check accepted. Please make checks out to The Child Unique Montessori School.  Please return all ticket stubs (the part with the contact information!), unsold tickets, along with money paid for sold tickets (make sure your name is on them), and dropping them in a manila envelope at your campus by Monday March 12th.  Drawing will take place on the evening of  March 16th
Thank you!