September 16,   2016

Help us reach our goal of 100% participa tion! 
Montessori Works 

Because Montessori works, and those things on the shelf, they're works too.

The Hook
This week Eric wrote a call to action in regards to parents sharing their skills with our upper elementary community.  Showcasing your abilities to students is, in part, about exposing them to an array of trades and professions. However, it is also a way of creating that "hook."  Creating a hook is about inspiring
children to consider something they didn't before, something that will bring them in and make them want to expand their knowledge base about a particular topic.

Take a moment to watch this video about how Montessori Guides work daily to create that hook. The possibilities are endless and some of them may begin with you.

The Hook
The Hook

Eric's Earful: 
 Musings from the Head of School
I'm often asked by people I speak with about how they can help in an educational setting.  A quick answer I give is come and share what you do in real life.  Our 4th, 5th, and 6th years are working in a plane of development in which Montessori said that, "the abstract plane of the human mind is organized," ( from childhood to adolescence ).  This being stated, students in these grades are looking for ways to gain wider contacts, an opening of their cultural understanding, and expanding their education through limitless boundaries.  Community adults showing them their trades does this and then some.  Whether you are a painter, housecleaner, tradesman, engineer, or mechanic (to name a few), you can illuminate these children to the real-life skills with which they will need to have as they move into high school and beyond.  I ask for your help in this because I would love to introduce our numerous professions and careers that exist in our midst.  Come in and speak with them about what you do and what you like about what you do. Please let me know if this is something that you feel you would like to share with our upper elementary students.  

Eric Royston
Head of School 
30 Questions to Ask Your Kid Instead of "How Was Your Day?"
Its the beginning of a new year at Leelanau Montessori and naturally as a parent you want to know how your child's day went.  If you're not getting the answers you're looking for take a peek at the article below and some of the creative ways to get your little one sharing the details of his or her day. 

"Sometimes it can be tough getting your child to talk about their day. Instead of asking the mundane question "How was your day?," try using one of these creative queries from our friends at  Parent Co. !"

Questions a kid will answer at the end of a long school day:
  1. What did you eat for lunch?
  2. What games did you play at recess?
  3. What was the funniest thing that happened today?
  4. Did anyone do anything super nice for you?
  5. What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?
  6. Who made you smile today?
To see the next 24 questions visit this link!
Annual Campaign

Our Annual Giving is off to a great start!  Thank you to all the families who have committed financially or made a  commitment  to volunteer!  Let's keep the momentum rolling! 
Contribute  here!

In Search of...

Subs Needed:  Leelanau Montessori is looking to fill out our sub list.  If you or someone you know is interested in joining our sub list please contact the office.  This is a great way to support our staff and children in their day to day activities.

Facilities committee is searching for new members and volunteers to join them in their mission of creating beautiful environments for our school.  If you are interested in helping contact Colleen Mcdonald at

 Birch Enjoying the Last Days of Summer
Board Search for New Trustee

Leelanau Montessori Board of Directors is in need of a new trustee. Skills in education, finance, fundraising, grant, and marketing are helpful.

The Board meets once a month and are responsible of attending a committee meeting as well.

If you are interested please see this link and/or contact Bill Chaney or Sarah Bordeaux, Committee Chairs.
WHEN:  Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT) 
WHERE:  3672 North Stowe Road - Suttons Bay, MI 49682 

Deadline for Submissions for Fall Newsletter is Friday, September 30.
 The Practice of Gratitude

Special thanks to Cindy Hamelin for continuing to fill our bucket...water bucket that is!  Your fresh clean water quenches our thirst daily!
Community Updates

- The Down Syndrome Association of Northwest Michigan Buddy Walk is September 17!  Find more details here!

Food, fish, flintknapping, prizes - All this weekend starting at the GTB AD Fishing Marina on the north end of Peshawbestown (adjacent to Graham Greene Park) then moving to the Pow-Wow grounds for flintknapping the rest of  Saturday  and  Sunday .   This is open to everyone!
-This week's 25 cent State Theater kids movie is Best of TCFF Kids Shorts!

Elementary Hot Lunch
Monday:  Turkey and Cheese Munchable with Bunny Grahams, Carrots, & Fruit
Tuesday:   Crunchy Beef Tacos with Refried Beans
Wednesday: Turkey Burger with Baked French Fries
Thursday:  Macaroni & Cheese with Roasted Broccoli & Dinner Roll
Friday:  Pepperoni or Cheese Pizza with Cherry Tomatoes & Carrot Sticks
Dates to Remember

This Week
September 19: Board Meeting 7 p.m. (Library)
September 23: LOC Mobile

Coming Up
September 27 & 28: Picture Days
October 21:  11:15 dismissal

In Search of
- Soccer Balls

- Looking for a woodworker to help us construct a donor board for our entry.
Quick Links

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