Message From The Principal
Dear Montair Families,
As we roll into the second half of our school year, I’d like to share a few procedural reminders. School begins at 8:00 for all students. We have many students who are arriving well past that time. Thank you for doing your best to ensure your children arrive at school on time. Drop off begins at 7:45. This is when supervision begins on the playground and the front loop. Please do not drop off your children prior to 7:45. Finally, we ask that you remind your child to not call home on their cell phones or Gizmo watches during the school day. These devices should not be used during the school day. Your child should speak with a teacher, paraeducator, or office team member if there is a matter that needs to be addressed. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
We are excited to kick off the Great Kindness Challenge week this week. Your children received a Great Kindness Challenge list and are encouraged to spread kindness across our campus and community throughout the week. During lunch time, we will have a Kindness Station manned by our leadership students. Each day, our students will have the opportunity to write notes of appreciation or gratitude to members of our community. Students will have the opportunity to write notes to our police department, fire departments, local hospital, staff, and care facilities in town. On Friday, we have a school spirit day where students are invited to wear T-shirts that promote kindness. If you would like to bring the Great Kindness Challenge to your home, we invite you to print out the Great Kindness Challenge Family Edition and encourage your children to continue the kindness among your family and neighborhood.
Third grade students with a passion for mathematics are invited to participate in the Mini Math Olympiad. This is a 5 week class meeting on these proposed dates: March 21 and 28, April 11, 18 and 25. The material is very challenging and goes well beyond standard math curriculum. There will be weekly problem sets for homework. To learn more about the Mini-Math Olympiad, please read this overview. We need at least 12 students to register in order for us to move forward with the 3rd grade Mini Math Olympiad. Registration for Math Olympiad is due February 11th.
During our February 2nd PTA meeting, from 6:30-7:30, we will offer a parent education component centered on SEL via Zoom on THIS link. We have the following plan for our parent education sessions.
Overview of our services at Montair ~ 15 min.
Choose to go to breakout rooms for interest specific areas ~45 min.
**Choice 1: conflict resolution/fix up strategies after conflict: Sarah Reardon (Our School Counselor and Jane Espinoza (Our Administration TSA)
**Choice 2: coping with loss/grief: Loulou Ford, our SCIP counselor
**Choice 3: dealing with anxiety and school refusal: Sylvia Leick, our school psychologist
We hope to see you at our next PTA meeting!
Have a beautiful week.
Montair Elementary School