May 12,   2017

Help us reach our goal of 100% participa tion! 
"Slowing down feeds our souls and nurtures our families. No matter what parenting style we practice, this topic unites us. Simplicity is a powerful tool that shows our kids unconditional love, strengthens our parent-child connection and makes us happy.



Perhaps the most obvious place to start and also a LOT of fun.  Fewer toys benefit kids giving them the freedom to immerse themselves deeply in imaginative rather than superficial play.
Here are a few tips to help decide which toys need to find a new home:

-Remove broken toys

-Remove toys with missing parts

-Remove toys which limit kids imagination (toys where you press a button and it lights up or makes a noise are prime candidates)

-Remove toys your child hasn't played with in over a month

-And then remove some more

-Always keep favorites which are often simple and classic toys


After you remove excess toys your child may still have too many available at any one time. Create a  toy library so that you can rotate toys on a regular basis.


While it's healthy for children to be aware of the world around them, we need to safeguard them against age inappropriate information which will not "prepare" our kids for the world but will

paralyze them.

The  National Institute of Mental Health suggests the brain doesn't fully mature until our mid-late twenties with the frontal lobe, responsible for judgment and decision-making being the last region to complete development. Children simply can't process adult information.
Exposing them to distressing world news can be the source of genuine uneasiness over a situation they can't rationalize. Watching traumatic news after the kids go to bed or limiting adult conversations can go a long way to reducing our kid's anxiety levels."

To read all six tips visit the full blog post  here!

A Letter from Emma

Dear Leelanau Montessori Families,                                                                                                          
I am writing to let you know that I will not be returning as the Hickory classroom assistant for the 2017-2018 school year. As many of you know, my training is in environmental and outdoor education and I have decided to continue along that career path. This summer I will be moving to Olympic National Park in Washington where I will start a position as an environmental science educator with NatureBridge.

I would like to thank you all for the opportunity to
 be a part of the Leelanau Montessori community for the past year. It has been a wonderful experience to return to the school in which I grew up and to give back by teaching a new generation of students. Your children are unique and creative individuals; what a joy it has been to work with them all.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments. I look forward to continuing our peaceful learning environment through the remainder of the year.
Kind regards,
Emma Kelly
Evening of Art
Leelanau Montessori's Annual Starry Night - An Evening of Art tripled the funds raised from last year!  So much gratitude to: Starry Night Barn , VI Grill, Hop Lot, 45North, Tandem Ciders, Lil Bee's, Laura Cavendish, E. Minor, Soul Patch Duo, Dan Jenuwine, LYFT Agency, artists, volunteers, staff, and of course the children! 

Community Updates

- This week's 25 cent State Theater kids movie is Hotel for Dogs!

*Private Tutoring Offered:  Click here  to find out about this service to our community.  

- GRASP reading and math summer program.  Information and sign up sheets can be found here!

- Summer Piano Lessons with Margaret Lott.   More information here!  

The Practice of Gratitude

- Thank you everyone who attended, donated to, or helped with Starry Night!  What a magical and successful event and it was all thanks to our amazing community!  Buckets and buckets of gratitude!

-Thank you to the staff and families that attended the Oryana Block Party.  The mini classroom was a hit!

- Thank you to Steve Wurm for you work on the toddler playground!  Everything is a bit more safe and beautiful because of you!

* Dishes left at Spring Dance and Staff Appreciation Lunch are in the office.

Hot Lunch

 Lunch Menu 

 * June 8th  that there will be no hot lunch*
Dates to Remember

This Week
May 17- All School Pic 8:30 (Rain- May 18)
May 19- Bike Outing (Rain- May 26)

Coming Up
May 23- Hickory at Inland Seas
May 24- Sugar Maple Great Books Outing
May 30- Hickory at Inland Seas
May 31- Dance of the Cosmos (Rain- June 1)
June 8- Field Day for Elementary
June 9th  half day, last day of school!
In Search of:
Board trustee beginning June 2017, educational background preferred. 

-seeds of kale and lettuce
-tomato plants
-herb plants
-2 wooden picnic tables
- indoor and outdoor brooms- can be used
Quick Links

Photos of the Week
An Alumni Visit to the Sprouts!

Primary Happenings