October 21,   2016

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Montessori Works 

Elementary Concentration

Eric's Earful: 
 Musings from the Head of School

I love the idea of choice in life, as well as how this choice is allowed in the Montessori classroom.  However, along with choice, an important part of this cycle of work is repetition.  As a teacher, I understood that a way to get a child to a state of "normalization," it required repetition.  First, I had to generate interest, then the child would repeat this activity many times, and if this activity called to the inner child, something beautiful would occur, this state of normalization.  Children working this way forget about the world around them and start down this road of concentration.  When children can begin to concentrate on a piece of work, it helps many of the negative behaviors disappear.

I worked towards getting students to repeat because it helped with classroom management.  The more kids I could get interested in the myriad of activities in my room meant less kids who displayed aggression, disrespect, and apathy.  As the students are repeating with the work in front of them, they will come to their own conclusions, make and correct their own mistakes, and have deeper learning through this repetition.  As a lifelong learner, repetition makes learning more fruitful and long-lasting.  I am in constant search of finding learning that students are interested in because it is going to make them want to repeat it due to this control they feel over their own course of education.

Repetition at home might come in the form of repeating books read at bedtime, matchbox cars, or sewing.  Allowing for this to happen is a wonderful way for kids to develop solid habits that will support them for the rest of their lives.  We, as adults, are often working on our own timetables and working towards an end product.  Younger students are often slower and more concerned with the process and this puts them in direct conflict with adults.  I found it my job to learn how the inner child worked and what they wanted to achieve by watching and listening.  With my own little kids, it was interesting to watch how one repeated with Legos and the other with books.  As adults, we just have to remember that we all get there.  The "there" is determined by each person in his/her own time.  Promote repetition.  

Leelanau Montessori Strategic Plan

Did you know that Leelanau Montessori has a Strategic Plan? It does and the Leelanau Montessori Board updated it on May 16, 2016. The Board encourages Leelanau Montessori community members to review it and feel free to reach out to Board members to discuss the Strategic Plan. The Plan contains four strategic goals for this school year: 1. Ensure enrollment growth. 2. Ensure funding growth. 3. Ensure a Montessori inspired environment. 4. Cultivate the Montessori brand. For more details, please click on this link.
A fond farewell to our friends Persephone and Sarah!  We will miss you and wish you all the best.
~Love your Montessori Family  


Orchards at Sunset a Huge Success!

Thank you all for volunteering, fundraising, participating, and supporting this year's Orchards at Sunset 5K! It was a HUGE success!
Very special thank you to our generous sponsors: Chemical Bank, Cherry Bay Orchards, Hansen Foods, Martinson Funeral Home, Lyft Agency, VI Grill, Kal Excavating, Insight Optometry, OWL, Brooke Johncox, Jayson Construction, Oryana Food CoOp, The Bay Theater, The RedHeads, and Grandma Lin's Ice Cream Parlor.
Much gratitude to our amazing 5K Steering Committee for all your time and energy in planning and executing a spectacular event.
And to all the volunteers from Chemical Bank, staff and school community, thank you!!! We could have not pulled this off without you all!!
We look forward to next year!!!

Important Meeting to Attend

There is a Suttons Bay Public Schools Committee of the Whole Board Meeting being held on Monday, October 24th at 5:00 p.m. in the second floor of the elementary building open space area.  The SBPS Board will be discussing their perspective on re-authorization and their relationship with Leelanau Montessori moving forward.  We encourage all parents to attend this very important meeting regarding the future of our school.  

Board of Directors Membership Opening:

The Leelanau Montessori is seeking an individual to  join our Board of Directors. Our board meets the third Monday of the month, and is in need of a new trustee. Skills in education, finance, fundraising, grant, and marketing are helpful.  Trustees are asked to partake in at least one committee. Our committees meet the week prior to board meetings.
Please visit our website for more information:  www.leelanaumontessori.org

The Board of Directors are in need of  volunteers  to join our Committees.
The following are meeting dates and times:

2nd Wednesday of the Month. 8:30-9:30 a.m.
2nd Wednesday of the Month at 5:30-6:30 p.m.
2nd Wednesday of the Month 7:00-8:00  p.m.
2nd Tuesday of the Month 4:00-5:00 p.m.
2nd Monday of the Month 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Grant Writing:  
2nd Thursday of the Month 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Academic Excellence:
2nd Thursday of the Month 4:00-5:00 p.m.  
If you feel you can contribute to a committee, please attend a meeting. All are welcomed!

  The Practice of Gratitude

~ The Geraci family for the donation of band aids
~Many thanks to the 5K Steering Committee and all who participated and volunteered in the Orchards at Sunset 5K event 
~The Camp Leelanau folks for another wonderful elementary experience
~The Chacon family for the donation of batteries and band aids
Community Updates

We have a unique opportunity for Suttons Bay students, parents and FOFA enthusiasts to see a WONDERFUL Broadway show not all that far from home!  "WICKED" will be playing at the Wharton Center on the MSU campus in East Lansing this fall!  FOFA will be taking a charter bus to see this amazing production on Sunday, November 20th.  For more information view this link!
-This week's 25 cent State Theater kids movie is Goosebumps.

Recipe Form Link- a hard copy will come home in Tuesday folders
Elementary Hot Lunch
October Lunch Menu
Dates to Remember

This Week
October 24: SBPS Board Committee Meeting- LMPSA on the agenda 5:00 p.m. SB Open Space 
October 28: LOC Mobile
October 29:  Family Fall Gathering 2-4 p.m. 

Coming Up
November 3: Parent Ed Night Data 5:30-7:00 p.m.
November 7: No School
November 8-11 Parent Teacher Conferences
November 9: Fall Dinner to Go

In Search of:

- Volleyball
-Lamps for the Hickory Classroom
-Ice packs
-Binder Clips
-Packaging Tape
-All Colors Construction Paper 

Quick Links


Photos of the Week

Thank you to all the
 teachers who took these
great pictures!