Volume 10 | December 8, 2019
News and Updates
Mark Your Calendars
December 9: Prospective Parent Tour, 5:00 pm
December 9-13: Suder Swap (Room 110)
December 12: Suder Winter Recital: EC/E1
December 13: Progress Report Distribution Day
December 13: Suder Winter Recital: E2/MS
December 17-20: E2 Trip to Nature's Classroom
December 20: EC Field Trip
Skating Field Trip at MLK Rink/Bowling Alley Recap
At Suder Montessori, our goal is to foster a positive, family-oriented school environment. The all-school field trip to MLK Skating Rink was something that we have never done and greatly impacted the growth and development of our school community. It was amazing to be together learning new things (skating & bowling) while having a great time. Everyone had a fantastic time! A huge thank you to all staff, students, and families that supported this event as 97% of our students were in attendance and thoroughly enjoyed it!
Suder Winter Music Recitals
The Suder Winter Recitals are this week!!! We invite families to attend the recitals. Depending on the grade-level of the student, recitals will take place at different times. Refer to the schedule below.

  • Early Childhood: Thursday, December 12, 2019, 9:30am-11:30am
  • Elementary 1: Thursday, December 12, 2019, 12:30pm-2:30pm
  • Elementary 2 & Middle School: Friday, December 13, 2019, 9:30am-11:30am

Note: Concessions will be sold during the recitals.
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.
And the winners are...
We have the winners of the class pizza/ice cream party and the top 3 fundraisers for the 2019 Suder Jog-a-thon!

Our total amount raised was $25,106

The class with the highest amount raised was room 211, Ms. Jones, topping out at $3505. 

The top 3 fundraisers, in order, are:
  • Peyton Holston in room 113
  • Richard Gonzalez in room 113
  • Addison Siegmund in room 219

Friends of Suder will reach out to distribute the prizes to the winners.
Student Attendance on Make-Up Days
At Suder Montessori, we completely understand that January 2-3, 2020 were originally on the calendar as vacation days for students. Please ensure that your child is in attendance those days. I know this is a huge request and may conflict with planned vacations. If this is the case, please notify the attendance clerk, Ms. Valadez, at rvaladez5@cps.edu as soon as possible .

Review the Make-Up Days FAQ for more information on how the make-up days were selected.
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.
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.
Together Chicago Partners with Suder Montessori
Together Chicago is partnering up with Suder Montessori to provide mentoring for students who live within the Westhaven Park neighborhood. Together Chicago’s mission is to strengthen character development education for academic success through tutoring and mentoring of the students at Suder Montessori. If you reside in the Westhaven Park neighborhood and would like for your child to receive mentoring and tutoring from Together Chicago, please complete the permission slip below and return it by Friday, December 13, 2019.
Chinese Cultural Exchange Program for Middle School
We are pleased to offer middle school students the opportunity to travel to Chengdu, China for a one week exchange for a second year. This year, the trip will take place one week prior to Spring Break and is tentatively scheduled for Friday, March 27th through Friday, April 3rd. 
To make this opportunity possible for all students, a financial obligation is required. Each family’s contribution is calculated on a sliding scale using the information submitted to CPS through the CPS Family Income Information Form (FIIF). Below is a breakout of financial obligations towards the China Exchange Trip based on information derived from the FIIF:
  • China Exchange Trip 2019/20 Fee: $700.00/Student
  • Fee for families qualifying for reduced lunch: $525.00/Student (75% of full rate)
  • Fee for families qualifying for free lunch: $350.00/Student (50% of full rate)
The total cost of the trip will be broken into four payments. All payments can be made through the Suder website. Below is a breakout of the payment schedule:
Payment 1: Due 12/19/19
Full: $200.00/student
Reduced: $150.00/student
Free: $100.00/student
Payment 2: Due 1/17/20
Full: $167.00/student
Reduced: $125.00/student
Free: $84.00/student
Payment 3: Due 2/17/20
Full: $167.00/student
Reduced: $125.00/student
Free: $83.00/student
Payment 4: Due 3/17/20
Full: $166.00/student
Reduced: $125.00/student
Free: $83.00/student
In addition, families will be responsible for acquiring their child's passport. The current fee for a child's passport is $115.00. Please see Ms. Hogan ( mhogan6@cps.edu) for more information about obtaining a passport.
This is a fantastic opportunity that we are proud to offer to our students, and it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience. However, space is very limited and spots will fill quickly. If you are interested (even if you are not 100% sure!), please fill out the interest form below.

If you were unable to attend the meeting we held last Monday, see the presentation below for a recap of the 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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