Volume 11| January 5, 2020
News and Updates
Mark Your Calendars
January 7-24: NWEA Math MOY Testing
January 7: Suder PAC Meeting, 6pm
January 9: Suder ALSC Meeting, 5:30pm
January 14: Andale Gross Visit (E2 & MS)
January 15: ACCESS Testing Window Opens
January 15: Parent Education Night, 4:15pm
NWEA MOY Assessment
The NWEA assessment is administered two to three times a year and is used to measure student growth in reading and math for elementary school students. Suder teachers voted to administer the NWEA Math Assessment only to grades two through eight for the middle of the year assessment. Students at Suder Montessori will take the NWEA Math assessment January 7, 2020 through January 24, 2020. Please ensure that students are well-rested and eat a healthy breakfast before the assessment. To determine when your child will take the assessment , refer to the schedule below.

Winter Events Recap
At Suder Montessori, our goal is to foster a positive, family-oriented school environment. There were several events that took place before winter break that greatly assisted in building this ideal school setting. These events include the Winter Recitals, Spirit Week, and the annual E2 trip to Nature's Classroom in Wisconsin. Enjoy a few photos from these events!
Winter Recital: Ballerinas and Rock Stars!
Spirit Week: Grade-Level Color Wars!
Spirit Week: Twin day was a blast!
Spirit Week: What's Your Favorite Decade?
Nature's Classroom: Adventures in Wisconsin!
Attendance in the Cold Winter Months
I hope you and your family are settled in after the holidays. This is the time of year when winter takes a toll on school attendance. Snow and slushy weather can keep students from getting to school. So can colds, fevers, and earaches that often come with the winter months.

These absences, even if they are excused, can lead to academic challenges. If it is a snowy or rainy day but school is still open, students miss out on learning if they aren’t in class. These absences can result in lower academic achievement, test scores, and grades.

There’s not much we can do about the weather, but there are two key steps every family can take to help minimize absences this year.

  1. Develop back up plans for getting your children to school in winter weather. That could mean checking with other families who have a car that can manage in the snow or forming a “walking school bus” to walk your children to school with other parents. If you’re stuck, call the school. We can try connect you with families or find support that may be able to help.
  2. Keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly, and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer and/or tissue. If your children do get sick, talk to a doctor or reach out to the school nurse about whether they should come to school and when it is okay for them to return. This handout offers some tips about when children are too sick for school.

Above all, communicate with the Suder Main Office and the classroom teacher as we will always find a way to help and support. We want your children and all our students to succeed!

Suder Recess Weather Guidelines
Ideally, recess should take place outdoors on school grounds as weather, space, and safety permit. Outdoor recess allows children to get fresh air, provides an opportunity for children to engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity and gives students more activity options than most indoor spaces. As a result, outdoor recess will take place outdoors when the temperature is 25 degrees F with or without the wind chill . Please be sure to dress children appropriately to go outside and have fun during recess.
Parent Education Night: Independence Through Care of Self
The next Parent Education Night, Building Independence Through Care of Self, will take place at 4:15 pm on January 15, 2020. Come visit various classrooms to learn how children care for themselves and their environments. Demonstrations will cover all grade bands. Learn ways to foster independence at home. Free resources and make and takes will be available and child care will be provided for children over the age of three!
Taste of Suder
Taste of Suder is an annual event where we celebrate the rich and diverse culture of Suder Montessori! We enjoy good food, soulful music, lots of dancing, and live entertainment. The Taste of Suder will take place on January 24, 2020, from 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm at Suder Montessori. If you are interested in donating a dish or volunteering for the event, please see the information below.
Aspen: Parent Portal
Parents can always have access to students grades, attendance, and other information that the school has on file through Aspen's Parent Portal. If you do not have Parent Portal set up or want to know how to navigate the system, reach out to the Suder Main Office.
Suder Main Office Information
The Suder Main Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm. The number to the Suder Main Office is (773) 534-7685.
Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)
PAC, or Parent Advisory Council, exists to build and promote the capacity of parents of students participating in Title I programs to partner with their children’s schools in the education of their children. PAC’s main responsibilities are to advise the principal on the use of Title I parent & family engagement funds as well as to serve as a bridge between all school parents and the school administration. We received $848.40 in PAC funds for the 2019-2020 school year.

On Tuesday, January 7, 2020, we will hold a PAC Meeting at 6:00 pm. Please join us in Room 110 for this meeting.
J @ School at Suder Montessori
J at School provides a safe, welcoming environment where students can relax and enjoy time with their school friends. Children can keep learning with games, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor play, homework time, and more. 

  • Before Care: 7:00-9:00am
  • After Care: 4:00-6:00pm

To find out more information, visit their website on the right.
Music House at Suder Montessori
Start your Child on the Path to musical success right at Suder Montessori! Classes start Tuesday, September 3rd 2019! Class offerings are listed below.
  • Pre-Twinkle, Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Violin
  • Ukulele
  • Rock Band
  • Pre Ballet and Ballet
  • Beginning and Intermediate Hip Hop
  • Musical Theater
  • Pre-Twinkle Piano, Beginning Piano, and Intermediate/Advanced Piano
  • Latin Partner Dance

To find out more information, visit their website on the right.
Friends of Suder News
Visit the Friends of Suder Parent Room
Feel free to stop by the FOS Room at any time! Please abide by the Parent Room Rules below!
Interested in providing a little Staff Sunshine?
On Mondays, we have surprises for our staff in the teacher’s lounge. It can be anything from popcorn, a candy “bar,” croissants, donuts, tea, soup, or anything in a crockpot. Don’t have time to set it up in the morning? Don’t worry about it- FOS will set it up. All you have to do is drop it off in the office at drop-off.
Parents like to party!
Parents like to party. So, FOS has created “Parent Parties” on every first Thursday of each month. We will alternate from a morning party to after school party and the parties will take place in the new FOS room after it is renovated. We hope to continue to build our community through these parties. Expect food, surprises, and community. Stay tuned for more info. 
Want to be more involved?
Fill out our survey to let us know! 
Do you have a thing for Flower Arranging?
Sign up for Flower Power- where we arrange and deliver beautiful flowers each week.
Are Socials (aka Dances) your thing?
We are going to have Fall Fest Socials where kids can wear their Halloween Costumes! If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please sign up below!
Suder Wish List
We Love Donations!
Listed below are items that we need at Suder Montessori. If you or someone you know can donate any of these items, please contact the Main Office.

  • Guitar(s) and/or Guitar Parts
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Washing Machine
  • Dryer
  • Suder Library Amazon Wish List
  • We are expanding our school library, and we are looking for furniture donations. (Bean bags, modern couch, a rug) any ideas where can we get these donated? Does anyone have a contact with a company who might be remodeling their space and would be willing to donate fun modern furniture? If you do, let the Parent Librarians know!

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