December 3, 2018
THE MONTAIR MINUTE
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Dec 5 - Wine Toss Collection during Drop off and Pick-Up

Dec 10 & 11 - Holiday Rock Painting Workshop

Dec 12
  • Last Day for Toy Drive Donations for Sister School
  • Diversity and Inclusion Club meeting 1:50pm-2:50pm
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
Thanks to the funding from our Montair Foundation, several members of our MT Math Committee were able to attend the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) regional conference last week. We all experienced a variety of break out sessions varying from how to support struggling math students to how to use clotheslines to teach fractions. Each session was taught by mathematicians, researchers, or teachers from around the country. We left with our minds racing, feeling inspired and ready to share with the rest of the MT team this Tuesday at our staff meeting.

One overarching message that we heard from the first Keynote address to the last session on Friday, was the importance of play and exploration in math. The researchers showed us that through creative play with numbers and shapes, our children begin to notice patterns and to wonder about what they are seeing. Once they are curious, we have them perfectly poised to learn the math behind their “noticings.” We bought several books between us and lots of dice and such to immediately begin playing with math in our rooms. We also learned about so many wonderful online resources to share with the staff. One link, parents might find particularly useful is called, TalkingMathWithYourKids . My two daughters were both English majors in college and one even teaches High School English today. When I think about our car rides and game nights and informal talks, much of our play revolved around literature, word games, and song. We talked about books, played Scattergories, and made up rhymes endlessly. We didn’t play with numbers or math very often at all. Current research shows that kids who are “good at math” often have rich, informal mathematical experiences and play that others who don’t prefer math are missing. This site sells books and puzzles but if you look to the right hand column of the home page, there are links to talk about math with your kids by subject. If you are like my family and the only math we played around with was in Yahtzee, you might find this a great place to start.

Here’s to another great week of learning together!

Ondi Tricaso
Principal
WINE TOSS COLLECTION THIS WEDNESDAY
DECEMBER 5TH!
HOLIDAY ROCK PAINTING WORKSHOP
Dec 10th & Dec 11th
This year the PTA will be hosting a Holiday Rock Painting Workshop on 12/10 and 12/11 after school. Sign up below to reserve a spot for your child to make a creative, one of a kind gift! The cost is $3 a rock. Volunteer sign ups are also available so come help out if you can! Sign Up Here!
Let’s make this holiday season extra special for the students of Mission Elementary We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys now through December 12th . Please place your donation in the bins by the front office. Thank you for supporting our sister school!

Sister School: Mission Elementary
Montair is excited to be participating in the San Ramon Valley Council of PTA’s Sister School program again this year. The Sister School philanthropic program benefits the students of our district by fostering civic responsibility, enhancing community engagement, promoting volunteerism and by teaching the joy of helping others. This is accomplished by partnering each school in our district with a school in a neighboring disadvantaged area of the East Bay.

This year we have the honor of supporting Mission Elementary school. Mission is a Title One school of about 600 TK-5th graders located in Antioch. They have a welcoming campus, dedicated teachers and students who are eager to learn- very much a sister to Montair! We will hold 2 collection drives for the students of Mission, one now and one in the spring. Please watch for information regarding these drives, and thank you in advance for your generosity!

If you have any questions please email Angela Frankel
WHAT'S HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH?
Hispanic Heritage Month was September 15 through October 15. What kind of "month" is that? Come and find out!

When: Wednesday, December 12, 2018, from 1:50 - 2:50 pm
Where: Room 302
Who: all interested TK - 5th graders
What: Hispanic Heritage Month

We'll have kids sign in at the start of the meeting and check out with their adults at the end, so please come in to sign them out.



UNDER PRESSURE: RAISING EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY KIDS
The San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs and Teen Esteem invite you to attend a free parent education program, "Under Pressure: Raising Emotionally Healthy Kids."  Based on the community interest in the program, we have a new location to accommodate a larger audience. The program will take place Monday, December 10th, 6:30-7:30 pm at Windemere Ranch Middle School   MPR  ( 11611 E Branch Pkwy, San Ramon) – note New Location. 

Topics will include what kids wished their parents knew, what you can do to support them, building resilience, practical tools, and recognizing the signs when to get help.  This program is geared for families of elementary to high school students. Please RSVP on Signup Genius by December 7th. For more information, contact wellness@srvcouncilpta.org
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