October 14,   2016

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

Eric's Earful: 
 Musings from the Head of School

I feel very strong that the freedom to move in a Montessori classroom is #1 important aspect of her philosophy.  However, #1A would be freedom of choice.  As a long time early childhood teacher, one of my often-used redirection strategies for children struggling in the class was choosing something that didn't seem like "learning." (i.e. puzzles, sewing, woodworking).  Choice was my favorite redirection option because with choice comes the feeling of power and many times children are feeling powerless and their only option becomes misbehavior.

Montessori stated this about freedom in the Absorbent Mind , " He must have absolute freedom of choice, and then he requires nothing but repeated experiences, which will become increasingly marked by interest and serious attention during acquisition of some desired knowledge."  This strikes me as a necessary component of life, not just our classroom environments.  If you or I want to learn how to do something, we have to take the time to learn the skill from someone more knowledgeable (be it in person or on YouTube) and then practice the skill over and over.  In the classroom you will see your child pull the addition snake game out over and over, not because they were told, but because they were attempting to master it.

I feel one of Montessori greatest gifts to education was helping the pedagogy of the day move towards a better understanding of how everyone has different strengths and interests.  Her desire to maximize these strengths and interests of the individual child was realized within the "freedom of choice."  This is often misunderstood because adults look at this choice and say the child can do whatever they want or please without any measure of discipline.  This is not accurate and if it was, one would observe classrooms in chaos, not intentional movements.

Our classrooms have prepared environments which help the child carefully choose their own work.  Our teachers observe each child and help to provide the right materials for children to use and guide each child's development.  A goal of our teachers is getting the child to continuously choose from a course of materials in the variety of subjects that allow each child to develop a love of learning and follow a path that will lead to their own cosmic development.  Getting them to choose these materials and follow that path towards lifelong learning is the ultimate test of our school.

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.
This family friendly event includes a 5K and a Fun Run!  Leelanau Montessori is able to offer a limited amount of scholarships for students that want to participate in the 5K thanks to a generous donation from Jayson Construction!  

Contact Sarah Bordeaux at bordeauxs@leelanaumontessori.org for scholarship details!
WHEN:  Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT) 
WHERE:  3672 North Stowe Road - Suttons Bay, MI 49682 

Fun Run is FREE to Leelanau Montessori students!  
Register using the code: LMS16

Welcome to Era Mae Kendall McKinley!  Elizabeth, Matt, and Mena welcomed a new addition to their family on Friday, September 30th.  
A b eautiful baby girl named Era Mae was born and we wish them all the best. 

A Meal Train organized.  You can sign up at the link below.  Thank you for your support.  
Reminder: Friday, October 21 Early Dismissal!
Please Come to School!  
We need 75% attendance to make it count.

Friday, October 21 will be our first early dismissal of the year.  Please remember that early dismissal days end at 11:15.  Pick up will be as normal at the main entrance of the school by the Recycling Center.  If you normally have a half day student please join us at carline by the main entrance.  Remember, on these few half days bussing is not avaliable.  If your children regularly takes the bus please arrange pick up for them.
Chemical Bank Cares Day!  Thank you to the Chemical Bank crew for donating their gift of time to Leelanau Montessori.  These great people came to our school and painted a wall that was in dire need of some love.  Thank you to Ryan Korson, Brittany Garvin, Kat Dakota, Mitchell Piersante-Horn, Alicia Evans, and Samantha Bennett. 

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 Hotel Transylvania 2

Elementary Hot Lunch
October Lunch Menu
Dates to Remember

This Week
October 10-14:  NWEA 1st, 4th and make up
October 10-14:  AIMSweb/MAP Fall Bench Mark
October 17:  Preschool & Kinder Hearing and Vision Testing
October 17:  LMPSA Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
October 21:  11:15 a.m. Dismissal

Coming Up
October 29:  Family Fall Gathering

In Search of:

-Lamps for the Hickory Classroom
-Ice packs
-Binder Clips
-AA Batteries
-Packaging Tape
-Dish Soap
-All Colors Construction Paper 

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