January 20,   2017

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

I was rereading some of my musings and thought this would be a great time to reiterate my desire to find ways for families to share some of what they do, as a profession, with students in the upper elementary classroom.  No career or job is unworthy of learning about.  The child in upper elementary is beginning the process of discovering where they fit in, regarding their family, neighborhood, town, and society.  One aspect of this assimilation is discovering what their gift is and how they will share it with their families, neighbors, and society.  I would love for our upper elementary students to have a wide exposure to various careers that could 'call' to them.  I invite school families from the past and present to call me at school and figure out how you would like to best share your trade with our students.  Your time and energy are always appreciated.

Ad Hoc Committee Update

The Ad Hoc Committee- The Future of Our School will meet on Tuesday, January 24th at 6:00 p.m. at the VI Grill in Suttons Bay (new meeting location).  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

Welcome New Upper Elementary Guide 
Welcome to Jane Lee the new Upper Elementary Guide.  Jane was born in Chicago and moved to China at a very young age. She has had the opportunity to travel around the world and spent a bulk of her childhood in China with her mother who worked as a missionary. Being one of the few fluent English speakers, Jane was first exposed to teaching while helping her mother in her English class. Since then she has developed a passion for teaching and working with students of all ages. After graduating from Calvin College in 2013, Jane began her teaching career as a paraprofessional at an alternative school. The following year she worked as an Elementary & Middle school teacher for a residential program. Over the past few years she has worked with grades K-8 in traditional & non-traditional school settings. She recently moved up to Northern Michigan in the summer of 2015 and is thrilled to join the Leelanau Montessori family. Jane enjoys skiing, painting and traveling during her free time.
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) 

Thumbs up to soul food in the Hickory
Hickory making some soul food for Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

-This week's 25 cent State Theater kids movie is The Tale of Despereaux

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)

Dance Leelanau with Hillary Voight is regrouping after a wonderful Holiday performance* for The first class sessions
of 2017.  Starting January 21 and for 4 Saturdays, Dance Leelanau will hold their classes at the Old Art Building for Pre-Ballet (3-5 yrs) and Beginning Ballet (6-8 yrs).
*To see some of the Holiday performance Click Here or the "video" tab above.
Pre-Ballet (3-5 yrs) 10:20-10:50
Beginning Ballet (6-8 yrs) 11:00 - 11:30  

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 Leelanau Montessori Board Appreciation Night
~Thank you to Bethany Sparling for all her support in Hickory!

***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 22- Primary Ladies/Gentlemen Visiting Day
January 23- Creative Movement K-3
January 24- Ad Hoc Committee 6-8 p.m. 
January 26- Creative Movement K-3
January 27- Native American Experience El 
January 28- Yetifest

Coming Up
February 3- 11:15 a.m. Dismissal
February 13- Re-enrollment Begins
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