Important Dates: January 13 - January 30
SUNDAY, JANUARY 13:  4th-5th Freshman BBall Game vs Old Trail (HOME), 10am; 6th Grade JV BBall Game vs Old Trail (HOME), 11am; Grades 4/5/6 (if players can stay) vs. Fuchs Mizrachi, 12pm (HOME)

MONDAY, JANUARY 14: Ratner Parents FAST FORWARD into Elementary I (for Kindergarten Parents), 6 - 7:30pm

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16:   Grades 1 - 8 Admission Open House, 9 - 11am

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17:   Varsity BBall Game vs Lawrence (HOME), 4pm; NO JV Practice

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20:   6th Grade JV BBall Game vs Mandel JDS (HOME) 10am; 4th-5th Freshman BBall Game vs Fuchs Mizrachi (HOME) 11am; 6th Grade JV BBall Game vs Fuchs Mizrachi (HOME) 12pm

MONDAY, JANUARY 21:   Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23:   Freshman (Grades 4/5) BBall Game vs Schechter (HOME), 4pm; Varsity BBall Game vs Old Trail (AWAY), 4pm

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24:   Varsity BBall Game vs AOA (HOME), 4pm

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25:  Spirit Day - PAJAMA DAY; Toddler and Children's House Montessori Morning Admission Event, 9 - 10:30am

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27:   6th Grade JV BBall Game vs Fuchs Mizrachi (away @ Mandel JDS), 12pm; 4th-5th Freshman BBall Game vs AOA (away @ AOA), 4:30pm

MONDAY, JANUARY 28:   Varsity BBall Game vs Gilmour (HOME), 4:30pm

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30:   Varsity BBall Game vs Lawrence (AWAY), 4pm; Grades 5-8 Parent Information Night - Sex Education, 6:30 - 7:30pm
A Note from Mike Griffith, Head of School
De ar Ratner Families,

Wow, 2019 is off and running here at The Ratner Montessori School!! I am tremendously grateful to all of our families, who have entrusted us with the most precious gift, your children. Each day we work to offer them a learning experience that will engage them and motivate them to reach higher than they thought possible. Each day we learn more and more from your children, and we are challenged to grow in our craft as educators.

I was thinking about the many new programs and activities we have added or expanded this school year, including the Montessori transition in Elementary I (Grades 1-3), working with The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, dynamic art work, Harry Potter Club, STEM and Robotics Clubs and classes, Sphero Robots, tools for the Learning Garden, etc. It is great to see the students working on projects like the Timeline of Life. I love seeing students focused on researching something new, explaining their knowledge of concepts and different tools, or problem-solving a challenge. What a joy it is to observe the Children’s House classrooms, watching our youngest self-directed students engage in their individual work while sharing their joy for learning new things. Kudos to the teachers for all that they do to make a difference for the students at Ratner Montessori.

All of these opportunities have happened for our students because of the generosity of families and friends of the Ratner, who have supported the school in so many ways. One very meaningful way to support our school is to give a gift to Ratner's annual fund, the Fund for Creative Learning . Every dollar received supports students and their unique needs. We set a target of $150,000 this year, and so far, we have raised about $54,000. If you have donated to the Ratner Annual Fund already, many thanks to you for your gift! We are tremendously grateful to you for your generosity. If you have not yet donated, please consider doing so today.

Please also save the date of Saturday, May 4th, 2019, to attend the Kaleidoscope Gala ! The Development Committee is working hard to prepare a wonderful and exciting experience for everyone, to celebrate our fantastic students!!! We look forward to seeing you there.

As always, many thanks for your ongoing support of the school. I hope that you are staying warm and that your weekend is filled with wonderful time with family.
An Event for Kindergarten Parents:
FAST FORWARD into Elementary I
Kindergarten Parents: Please join the Ratner Montessori Elementary I Team for a fun evening to fast forward into our Elementary I program. You will learn details of the Montessori curriculum, observe and participate using materials, and hear comprehensive information from our devoted faculty. Come join us and get a head start to an exciting year of First Grade!

Ratner Parents FAST FORWARD into Elementary I
Date:  January 14, 2019
Time:  6:00pm - 7:30pm

RSVP to Ginny Wagh, Director of Enrollment Management:
Spotlight on Clubs: Harry Potter Club
The D.A. (Dumbledore's Army) meets on Tuesdays after school. Fans of the  Harry Potter  book series received Hogwarts acceptance letters (delivered by owl post!) and have been bringing the world of wizardry to life, doing activities such as making our own wands. With the help of wand-making expert Mrs. Fields, we drilled holes in our chosen wand woods, inserted our cores (phoenix feathers, dragon heartstrings, or unicorn hairs), then sanded and decorated the wands to our desired shape and look. Professors Carek, Patel, and Walden have many more magical activities planned for our Hogwarts students.
Parent/Student Directory Update
The Ratner Parent-Student Directory is due for an update, as we have several new families who have joined us since the fall.

Please visit the Handbook & Forms page of our website, and scroll to the bottom to find the link for the Directory form.

Please submit information by January 18 to be included in the updated directory.
FACTS Payment Plan Reminder
For all Ratner families who are on the 60/40 tuition payment plan, please remember that the second payment (40%) is due by January 15, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Connie Hartley, Director of Finance & Business Operations:
A Note from Kate Nagy, School Counselor
With the New Year comes a time for creating positive intentions. This week in guidance, I have been working with students to think of a positive word describing something they hope to accomplish in the upcoming year. Some words students have chosen include: peace, happiness, friendship, and focus. We will be referring to the students' chosen words throughout the year.  

Grades 5 through 8 parents, please remember there will be a parent meeting on sex education on January 30th from 6:30-7:30 in the chapel.

I hope all of you enjoyed a wonderful winter break with your families!
Mindful Moments
From Rebecca Reynolds, Mindfulness & Positive Psychology Instructor
CHC, CAPP, AADP, Reiki Master
Resiliency Tip: Self-Care = Self-Love 
Self-care practices offer you the opportunity to put your own needs first in order to remind yourself that you matter, allowing you to be present and ready to give to others.
Self-care practices are not just for busy moms, dads, or caregivers. Teaching our children self-care practices helps boost their self-esteem and self-soothing tool box. Children who feel emotionally safe do better in school, have stronger connections to others, and are more likely to thrive in school and beyond.

Easy Self-Care with Your Children
Lavender Lotion Massage: Essential oil scented or even non-scented lotions can be a simple bedtime activity to help build resiliency for your child. Simply place a dollop on your child’s palm, allow them first to smell the lotion, then finger by finger let them “climb up” each finger with a gentle massage. Then allow them to massage their palms with their thumb in circles, hitting all areas of the palm. Finally, have them apply the lotion to their arms with gentle strokes, working up to a wringing of their forearms. Consider adding a foot massage when time allows. Foot massages help children fall and stay asleep at night. This simple ritual of self-soothing enhances self-love, and leaves your child calm and peaceful.
Save the Date - The Kaleidoscope Gala on May 4!
The Fund for Creative Learning (Annual Fund)
Thank you to the members of the Ratner Montessori community who have given generously to our School. Your gifts enrich and transform the educational experience of our students, allowing our children to grow into thoughtful, productive citizens, who will give back and transform their own communities. Every gift has great importance, and we are grateful. 
Circle Society ($10,000 and Up)
Albert and Audrey Ratner*
Charles and Ilana Horowitz Ratner*
Mark and Nancy Ratner*
James and Susan Ratner*
Ronald and Deborah Ratner*
Tawny Ratner
The Seedlings Foundation*

Director's Club ($5,000 - $9,999)
Dick and Doreen Cahoon
Abe and Barbara Miller
Benefactor ($2,500 - $4,999)
Michael and Kareen Caputo
Rosalie and Morton Cohen Family Memorial Fund
(c/o Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly)
Bruce and Andrea Geier

Patron ($1,000 - $2,499)
Samuel and Alwyn Chao
Michael Griffith and Donna Protts
Susi and Peter Meisel,  In Honor of Albert & Audrey Ratner and Abe & Barb Miller
Owens-Illinois, Inc.
Leonard, Lillian, Faye, Albert B. and Audrey G. Ratner Donor Advised Fund
Barbara and Stephen Rudolph
Mark Rudolph
Emilie Unkrich
*Denotes Legacy Gift to the Annual Fund

Supporter ($500 - $999)
Andrew Altman and Amy Lipson
Brian and Megan Bash
Rochelle and Harley Gross Philanthropic Fund
Sheldon and Bonnie Guren
Peter and Sunnie Hellman,  In Memory of Garrett Hellman
Bruce and Deborah Jarosz
Sarah Mowry and Paul Poommipanit
John and Susanne Rahilly
Vaishali Shetty and Akshat Dubey
Cathy and Dale Veres
Friend ($250 - $499)
Joanna and Josh Barney
Brendon Berns
Awilda Hamilton,  In Memory of Gretchen L. Oates
Don Isenstadt
Sally W. Isenstadt,  In Memory of Fred Isenstadt
John and Janet Larson
Davis and Carolyn Lincoln
Daniel Lockwood and Mari Sato
Susan Yarus Meisel and the Junior Ratner Club
Geoffrey and Linda Mendelsohn
Shul Boys, Inc.
Molly and David Urban
Carol and Yair Weinstock
Contributor (up to $249)
Anonymous (3)
Ian and Gloria Abrams
Sherree Anderson
Karen and Ben Axelrod In Honor of Coach Dom
Fred and Harriet Bauer
Steve Bell and Pat Carey-Bell
Linda Bloomfield
Randy and Marcia Bowles
Errol and Ellen Brick
James and Andrea Cantwell
Jeffrey Chaitoff and Margo Vinney
Jackie and Billy Chapnick
Grover and Bernice Coats
Emily Hazzard and Stefan Dupont
Art and Laurie Dye In Honor of Josh Barney
Denise and Jerry Falcon
Patti Fields and Ray Juaire
Helen Foley and James Kazura
Ruth and James Friedman
Phyllis and Avrum Froimson
David J. Goodman
Jennifer and Barry Hartz,  In Honor of Steve Goodman, Dianna Rocci, and Linda Shapero
Paul and Vicki Isenstadt,  In Fond Memory of Aunt Lil and Aunt Betty and all the Ratners
Marc and Karen Jaffe

Contributor, cont'd
Dan Kalleres and Bruce Contino
Joanne and Robin Ketcham
Sara and Aaron Manela
Arielle Miller**
Jake Miller**
Esther and Milton Moss
Kate and Matthew Nagy
David and Hermine Ostro
Over the Hill Track Club
Jodi and Stan Richardson
Chelsea Rolen
Rebecca Bash Schneider and Daniel Schneider
Trysa Shulman-Shy and Peter Shulman
Nicole and Bob Smyk
Stacey and Mark Souther
Jon Statler
Howard and Terri Steindler
Valerie Smolik-Troiano and Gene Troiano
Gunta Usis
Paula Usis
Michael Vender and Toby Briskin
Nadia Vinogradov and Rick Carek
Ganpat and Virginia Wagh
Mandy Walden and Jeff Lachina
Happy Wallach
Matt and Melanie Weil
Callie and Jared West
Arlene and Doug Wieder

**denotes Ratner School alumni
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