February 10,   2017

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

Another tenet of our Montessori environment that must be considered is the aesthetic nature of the space.  Beauty was an important part of Montessori's ideas regarding the children's classroom environment.  As a new Montessorian, I quickly understood how critical the 'prepared environment' was and worked tirelessly (as our teachers do now) to prepare the room in this fashion.  The order and organization in the class is essential (see last week's musing) and works well with the prepared environment.  However, as a new Montessori teacher I sometimes did not see the connection between the beauty of the environment and developing child.

Montessori saw the desire for beauty in the environment as a need for the child, not just a luxury for the class to possess.  The more beautiful the environment, from the child's perspective, the more likely the child will be to interact and connect to the environment.  It took me longer to understand that and certainly was an epiphany when I did.  I noticed kids focusing longer when fresh flowers and plants were near them while they were working.  I noticed kids taking brain breaks outside of the classroom to look at artwork in the hallway.  I also noticed careless kids become much more careful around things that were beautiful (i.e. vases, pottery, small pictures, etc.).

Any new environment that the school considers must have an avenue to reach this ideal of beauty.  The kids will respect and take care of the space more carefully. The families will spend more time interacting and socializing in areas where beauty is created.  Community members will be more likely to visit 'just because' when they realize how different and unique the space is.  Each beautiful item serves a developmental purpose of some sort for everyone who enters it, be it child, teacher, parent, or community member.

Suttons Bay Board of Education Meeting - Monday, February 13

All are encouraged to attend the Suttons Bay Board of Education Meeting. Superintendent Chris Nelson will be outlining scenarios and options to his board concerning Leelanau Montessori. 
Ad Hoc- 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 March 1, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. location TBD.  If you would like to receive the ad hoc committee updates and agendas, please contact Colleen Macdonald to have your email added 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

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) 

Swim Lessons!
We are excited to announce that the lower elementary children will be participating in swim lessons beginning February 22nd.  The instructor will be Montessori parent, AJ Penninga, who is a Red Cross lifeguard and WSI certified instructor.  The lower elementary staff, along with Eric will be accompanying the students for this essential life skill.  AJ is looking for 2-3 additional parents to be in the pool as well.  Please contact AJ at  info@leelanauswim.com  if you have any questions or would be available to help.  Parents of lower elementary students: please complete the information and forms sent home in Tuesday folders to be returned by Friday, February 17th.  

*This program may be avaliable to kinders and upper el in April if there is an interest.
Apple Room Updates

Dear Apple Families,
It's hard to believe that we have reached the mid-year point of the school year! It never ceases to amaze me how fast time goes by.
Thank you all so much for supporting your child with their work on their research projects! The students did a phenomenal job! Third years did such a great job with their writing, presentations, and 3D projects! We all enjoyed hearing about our Earth's history. Second years shared a bit about their country and an artifact. Some even brought delicious food for us to try! First years hung their continent posters up and we did a museum walk through to preview their hard work and chat about what they learned. Everyone seemed so proud of what they accomplished! I was surprised to see so many children excited about presenting in front of the group!
Creative Movement has been such a joy for students. They really look forward to their time with Hughthir creating rhythm, dances, and shapes with their bodies. I am so thankful that the students are having this opportunity.
Over the course of the month, students participated in the Native American Experience and did some flint knapping, leather bracelet making, and feather smudging. They were thrilled to have this experience again and enjoyed the activities they were able to do.
Student book clubs have been running regularly and students seems to enjoy this time with their peers. We have also begun student intervention groups for math and reading for those who need additional support based on their benchmark testing. If you are curious about whether or not your child participates in those programs or what the programs entail, please let me know.
In language, students are exploring skyscraper work which is a lot of puzzle like work. They are discovering antonyms, synonyms, singular possessive nouns, compound word trains, contractions, to share a few. First years have rekindled their love for the moveable alphabet and spelling words by picture cues.  
In math, students continue to work across all operations. Materials of interest are golden bead work (used for all operations), small bead frame (used for + & -), stamp game (used for all operations), dot board (used for multiple addends), flat golden bead frame (used for multiplication), multiplication finger charts and tile boards, the hundred board, snake game (used for + & -) and bead box work (used for all operations). Some students have begun practicing finding factors of a product, exchanging (AKA borrowing) in all operations, finding the area of a figure, geometric shapes, and the basic concepts of point, line, surfa
ce, and plane.
In writing, students were introduced to the word choice trait and how to make their writing m
ore interesting by their word choices. First years explored writing about a process; for example the life cycle of a butterfly or changes in the seasons and applying an action verb to describe the change. We have also continued our learning of the parts of a story; setting and the problem. We will continue our work on the sto ry parts in preparation of upcoming book reports. More information to come ! :) 
In culture we have explored finding land and water forms on an imaginary island, the water cycle, parts of a volcano, parts of a river, different types of terrain, and the 3 types of matter (solid, liquid, and gas). We did the Third Great Lesson, The Coming of Humans. Students explored what makes humans so different from other mammals, how the human brain has evolved and how that impacted how early humans lived, and also the Fundamental Need of Humans (what we need in order to survive).
In art, students had an opportunity to do texture art by creating an illustration on a white sheet of paper then selecting a textured sheet to color over and create texture in their art piece.
Peace is what every human being is craving for, and it can be brought about by humanity through the child.
Maria Montessori's quote about peace is a great reminder of what we are here to do for children, help them learn to resolve conflicts peacefully. This is one of the amazing things about Montessori schools. The goal is to instill respect, care, fairness, responsibility, trustworthiness, and citizenship in every child. This encourages children to use their words, instead of actions, in a kind and thoughtful way. Each person is listened to with respect and has their turn to talk, sharing how they feel through the use of "I" statements. Ideally, issues are resolved independently and with unanimous agreement. The adults in the environment only intervene when it appears that the children need support or a child asks for an adult to assist them.  Children develop empathy through this practice of patience and understanding. However, there are times when feelings are hurt or things are said and done that have a negative impact on children and the adults may not be aware. That being said, if your child ever reports to you that they feel they are being hurt by another child or feel unsafe please let me know. As the Lead Guide, I want to ensure that all children to have a voice, feel safe, and are loved in our community.

Valentine's Day Reminder

We will celebrate Valentine's Day on Tuesday, February 14th in the afternoon. Please work with your child to make a Valentine for each student in our class and apply a positive character trait that describes that person.For example: Molly ~ friendly or Josh ~ funny.

In honor of our healthy food policy, please do not send in candy with the valentines.
Bring the valentines to class on by February 14th for our celebration, along with approximately 1/2 cup quantity of fruit. Please have the fruit cut and  ready to serve.
Winter benchmarking has begun and will continue over the next few weeks (NWEA, AIMS Web, Delta Math and Reading A to Z).  

Friendly reminder -  We ask that all sweet treats and candy be left at home and that a healthy snacks option is sent to help your child refuel for concentration. Here is a great website for healthy snack ideas:
A special thank you to Anneke Wegman and  Michelle Mork for volunteering to listen to emergent readers
 AND Kallie Craker and Julie Yoffy for guiding book clubs!

Thank you to the Geraci family for the beautiful Animalium Book.
Classroom Wishlist
Fidget Cubes
Brown Clay
Needle Crafting Plastic Canvases
Roman Numeral Hundreds Board

All the best,

Hollie & Amanda

Community Updates

-This week's 25 cent State Theater kids movie is Anastasia.

*Private Tutoring Offered:  Click here  to find out about this service to our community.
The Practice of Gratitude
-Thank you to everyone who participated in Dinner to Go!  We raised $350!
-Thank you to the Chacon family for the snack donation.
-Thank you to the Geraci Family for pens and food covers.

***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

 February Lunch Menu 
Dates to Remember

This Week
February 13 & 16- Creative Movement
February 16- Upper El Meet & Greet
February 17- LOC Mobile
& Community Sing at 2:30
Coming Up
February 20- Montessori Board Meeting
February 21- All School Meeting Bahle Warming Hut 5:30
February 22- Parent Meeting & NWEA data night 5:30
February 24- Re-enrollment Ends
In Search of:

-Microwave Covers 
-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
Quick Links


Photos of the Week

Native American Culture Experience