January 27,   2017

Help us reach our goal of 100% participa tion! 
Eric's Earful: 
 Musings from the Head of School

We begin our reenrollment this upcoming month for families already attending.  I encourage all families to come up to the school at any point in your very busy days for an observation or conversation with me. Please feel free to call or email me to set up a time to have a conversation about any concerns, comments, or questions that you have regarding your child's enrollment for next school year.  I would love to show you what kinds of good things your child is doing at any of the school levels (primary, lower or upper elementary).  I look forward to hearing more from each you of and showing how solid of a program we have here at LMPSA.

Future of Our School Update

We want to assure parents and families that Leelanau Montessori will have a home and be a school going forward!  We have several options in front of us and we're exploring all of them. Next year (2017-2018), LMPSA will remain at the SBPS location but if SBPS chooses not to renew our charter and lease, we are investigating options for LMPSA own, independent facility and campus. We are excited for our families to be a part of this new venture and contribute to the ideas.  

The Ad Hoc Committee- The Future of Our School next meeting will be held Wednesday February 8, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at Hop Lot in conjunction with the Facilities Committee meeting scheduled at 7:00 p.m. If you would like to receive the ad hoc committee updates and agendas, please contact Colleen Macdonald to have her add your email to the list. It was wonderful to see such a large group of people at the last meeting.  Please join us to help plan for the future of our school.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact any of the following people:

Board President- Sarah Bordeaux 

Board Vice President/Ad Hoc Committee Chair- Colleen Macdonald macdonaldc@leelanaumontessori.org

Head of School- Eric Royston

It's Back.............Coffee and Conversation

Please join Eric and a few Board members for Coffee and Conversation on Wednesday, February 8th at 2:15 p.m. in the music room.  Please come with any questions or concerns you may have and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.  Dinner to Go will be going on as well.  We hope to see many of you! 
Dinner to Go has been a long time Montessori tradition.  We encourage each family to prepare a dish or meal to bring to school for this simple fundraiser.   It is always fun to explore all the different foods that are brought in.  Some examples are your favorite soup recipe, an old family favorite casserole recipe, grandmas secret recipe, loaves of bread, a pie, an ethnic family favorite recipe, pasta salad, etc. Whatever you bring will be awesome, we just love to have lots of food to choose from. Truthfully, getting people to buy the food is no problem (staff love this fundraiser) but we really need parents, grandparents, and even family friends to prepare the food.  Thank you to all the families and your support for this fundraiser!

Observation and Enrollment
Leelanau Montessori encourages all families to schedule an observation of your child's environment, as well as the environment they may move up to the following year.  It is such a joy to sit in the environment and observe the wonderful learning that is happening here at our school.  Please follow the link below to schedule an observation.  

It is hard to believe that re-enrollment begins in February.  Due to the calendar and the policies put in place, there is a small window to return your child's re-enrollment form.  A returned application ensures your child a place at our school for the following year.  We cannot stress enough how important returning your application by the deadline is.  With this information we will be planning for the 2017-18 staff and classrooms.  Please see below the re-enrollment and enrollment schedules.

*Applications will go home in Tuesday folders on Tuesday, February 7th.  

If you have any friends or family that may be interested in Leelanau Montessori for their children, please have them contact the office to schedule a tour and observation.  Word of mouth is our best advertisement!  Thank you.  

Re-enrollment Schedule:
2nd Monday in February - Re-enrollment application period (February 13th)
4th Friday in February - Close Re-enrollment period (February 24th)  

Open Enrollment Schedule:  
2nd Monday in March - Open application period (March 13th)
4th Friday in March - Close application period (March 31st)
4th Friday in May - Within five (5) business days in advance of the lottery, the school will communicate the time, date and location of the lottery with caretakers of applicants (May 26th) 
1st Friday in June - Lottery Day The following Tuesday after the lottery- Caretakers of accepted applicants notified with offer of enrollment within one week from receiving notification- Caretaker deadline to accept offer of enrollment (June 2nd)
3rd Friday in July - Caretaker deadline to complete enrollment tasks of accepted applicants (July 21st) 

                                        Cedar Room


 Snacking, four square work, and collage.............

-This week's 25 cent State Theater kids movie is Kubo and the Two Strings

Saturday January 28th - YETIFEST in Suttons Bay
12 -4pm Yeti Scavenger Hunt hosted by Downtown Merchants 11am-12 Yeti Discovery Program at the Library in Suttons Bay 12:30pm Free Movie at the Bay Theatre *Featuring Frozen
2 -4pm "Norseman Cardboard Classic " at Bahle Hill 
(Cheer on your favorite student/faculty)
4 -6pm Yeti Chili Cook-off w/ area restaurants at Hop Lot Brewing 
6-7pm Art in the Artium at Suttons Bay High School 7pm Variety Show at Suttons Bay High School 
Silent Auction - Starting Mon. Jan 23 - Sat. Jan 28 at Suttons Bay Trading Co. (Spice Store)

Private Tutoring Offered:  Click here to find out about this service to our community.
  The Practice of Gratitude

~Thank you to everyone who attended the Ad Hoc Meeting- The Future of Our School
~Thank you to the person who donated pens to the office.  They were put on the desk and I would love to know who they came from-  Beth

***If you have time in your day and would like to volunteer to read with children. please give the office a call and we will hook you up!  It's great fun!!!
Elementary Hot Lunch

 January Lunch Menu 
Dates to Remember

This Week
January 30- Creative Movement K-3
February 2- Creative Movement K-3
February 3- 11:15 a.m. Dismissal

Coming Up
February 6- SBPS Special Board Meeting 5:00 p.m.
February 7 -Re-enrollment Sent Home
February 8- Coffee and Conversation 2:15 p.m.
February 8- Dinner to Go 3:00 p.m.
February 8- Ad Hoc/Facilities Meeting 6:00 p.m. 

February 24- Re-enrollment Ends
In Search of:

-Hoola Hoops
-Snowpants all sizes
-Office Snack{ granola Bars and apples to keep in the office for kids with no snack
~Dry Erase Markers
~Wooden Kitchen Matches
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Photos of the Week