Shark News - December 2023
December 2023
Principal Ana & Assistant Principal Clare
Note From the Principal
And just like that it’s December! With winter break just a couple weeks away, this month will surely fly by! A reminder that Winter break begins on December 18 and goes through Monday, January 1. School will resume for the new year on Tuesday, January 2.

During this Holiday season, I’d like to express my gratitude for our Seward community. We have had a successful first part of this school year and so much of that is due to the partnership and support of our families and community members. A HUGE THANK YOU to all who supported Seward in reaching our fund-raising goal on Give to the Max Day in November.

Thanks to your generosity our PTA will be able to continue supporting our students and staff with things like school supplies, winter gear, educator grants for classroom enrichment activities, field trips and outdoor learning. We are so thankful for the continued support as we work to ensure that all our children receive a student-centered, hands-on, social justice-oriented experience that is grounded in Montessori education.

Thinking ahead to winter break, I’d like to encourage families to think about ways to keep learning going at home. Things like setting aside time each day for children to read, playing games and engaging children in practical life activities such as helping with household chores, helping to prepare meals, and helping with errands are great opportunities for children to continue to learn and grow in their independence. Engaging children in practical life activities like these is a key characteristic of the Montessori experience.

Thursday, December 14 is our second annual Family Game Night. This is a fun night of Bingo, board games and community building. We hope you can join us from 5:30-7:00 pm for this fun family event.

I wish you all a wonderful December, peaceful holiday season, and happy New Year!

Ana Bartl
Upcoming Events
December 1 - 14: Donate money or gift cards for families over winter break
Friday, December 1: Site Council Meeting, 8:00-9:00AM in Room W222 or on Zoom
Friday, December 8: No School
Wednesday, December 13: PTA Meeting, 8:00-9:00 AM in Room W222 or on Zoom
Thursday, December 14: Seward's Family Night, Bingo & Game Night, 5:30-7:00PM
December, 18 - January 1: No School - Winter Break
Tuesday, January 2: School Resumes
November Volunteer Needs:

  • Winter gear needed! We need extra gloves/mittens, and snow pants (especially gloves/mittens!), used or new. Drop off in the Seward main office.

  • Cash donations or gift cards. Winter break can be long for some of our families. If you are able, cash donations or gift cards are appreciated - Target, Walmart and Aldi cards are especially good. Drop off in the Seward main office. Family liaisons and social workers will give donations to families.

  • Book Donations. Please start gathering your gently used books to donate for the March book fair! We will collect them Dec. 13th through March 5th in the Seward main office. We need books appropriate for all ages. Please no textbooks, magazines, DVDs or VHS. Games and puzzles are welcome.
Give to the Max Day: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
We are amazed and so excited for all the support! Over 100 donors helped us exceed our $15,000 goal - thank you again! If you missed the chance to give, it’s not too late! We’re accepting donations through the end of the year at
Seward Parent Book Club
The group will finish the discussion on “Punished for Dreaming” on Wed., Dec. 6th from 7:30-9:00pm. 
Then the next book has been chosen, “I never Thought of It That Way: How to have fearlessly curious conversations in dangerously divided times” by Monica Guzman for Wednesday, January 31 from 7:30 - 9:00 PM. The goal is to read the whole book by the next meeting. Contact the Seward Montessori Book Club Organizer at [email protected] for information on joining.
Winter Break Activities:
If the weather cooperates, ice skating will open with free skates to borrow (check status here).