December 22,   2016

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Eric's Earful: 
 Musings from the Head of School

As I sit and reflect on the school year so far, I have so many things to be grateful for.  The people I have been fortunate to work with here at LMPSA have been helpful, considerate, and patient, considering they are having to adjust to my style of "day-to-day" operations.  I am still learning and will continue to learn more efficient ways of helping everyone to create more refined learning environments for our students while still helping them learn everything they can and are expected to.  The staff has had a difficult task of adjusting and readjusting to different targets as there have been new leaders for three years in a row.  I cannot thank them enough for continuing to work with me as I try to learn their routines and needs and how I can best be of service to enhance the wonderful learning that is already taking place in their environments.  

I also have been fortunate to get to meet, share, and work with so many families and adults of the students in the building.  I have been warmly welcomed and appreciate the kind words and patience many have shown a "down-stater."  The families are also getting to know me as a new school leader and this also is not an easy task.  I have been continuously impressed with parents who are here helping with books clubs, making cookies, bringing in supplies, reading to kids, and escorting students into the community.  We cannot do as much as a school without this tremendous support from each and every one of you.   

Finally, I have to say how fortunate I am with the students we have here at the school.  They are kind, caring, supportive, collaborative, and making fine inroads to becoming wonderfully independent young men and women.  I have enjoyed all of my time thoroughly with them.  I am still getting to know some of the students on a deeper level and look forward to hearing more from them about what they like, what they want to do as they get older, where they want to go to school in the future, what their favorite activities are, and on and on.  They have welcomed me warmly and continue to show how their families are raising them, whether it is helping another student, cleaning up a mess that they didn't make, or owning a mistake that they made.

I am the luckiest educator in the world to be working with as many fine students, moms, dads, grandpas, grandmas, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, concerned citizens and friends as I have met so far this year.  I wish each of your families a fine holiday break and look forward to getting back to business on the 3rd of January! 

The Future of Our School Committee Update:

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new"  --Socrates

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the next ad hoc meeting on January 10, 2017 at 6 p.m. in LMPSA Room 2. We will be considering the results of our feasibility study pertaining to our four Stay or Go options and finalizing the committee recommendation to our Board.  The next LMPSA Board meeting is January 16, 2016 at 7 p.m. in our school commons area where our Board is expected to vote on yes or no to unification with SBPS.  Preserving and strengthening our school as an authentic and  public 
Montessori academy is our purpose. Thank you for your support and encouragement as our school moves through this process. 

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Birch Class US States Research Presentations

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Primary Newsletter

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The kindergarten through 3rd year children will be participating in Brain Compatible creative movement for 6 weeks with Hughthir White, a professional dance instructor,  as part of our health and wellness experience. The Friends of Fine Arts, a Suttons Bay School group, is funding this opportunity.  This is paid for by FOFA however, if you would like to donate, sponsor or help establish a fund making this an ongoing opportunity, the cost is $35 per child and monies can be sent to our office. Your child will enjoy this class during their school day. Brain compatible creative dance is an interactive, sensory, simple but strong approach to dance education and exploring the elements of dance and kinesthetic learning.  Hughthir will introduce ways of moving that reflect space, time, rhythm, locomotion and energy.  He will integrate curricular ideas such as math, poetry, visual arts and utilize percussion instruments as a tool. We will be enjoying this in the old Cedar room and need the following props on loan:
  • A CD player in working order
  • Shekere or egg shakers

Community Updates

-This week's 25 cent State Theater kids movie is the Polar Express

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

Our wonderful Taylor Fielding is available over winter break for childcare.  Please contact her at (231) 649-0596 or  
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 Community Sing and Young Entrepreneurs Marketplace.  The YEM raised over $100 for the school, donating 25% of each sale.  
~Thank you to all the children who participated in YEM!  
~Thank you to the families who made some our families holidays a little brighter

***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

 December Lunch Menu
Dates to Remember

This Week
December 23-January 2nd
Return from winter break begins Tuesday, January 3rd 

Coming Up
 January 6- Great Start Parent Meeting 1-2 p.m.
January 16, 2016- LMPSA Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
January 22- Primary Ladies/Gentlemen Visiting Day

In Search of:
-Reams of Copy Paper
-Gloves of all sizes for children 
-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
Cookie Decorating in Cedar!