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MMS Monthly E-Newsletter |  October 2016
  CLASSROOM UPDATES
Our Primary classes are continuing to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather to enjoy outdoor time together.  The children spend a portion of the morning on the playground before transitioning into work time in the indoor or outdoor environments.  Extended day children have begun weekly art and physical exercise classes led by Primary assistants, Michelle and Kristie.  
The school year has gotten off to a great start in Lower Elementary!  As with the commencement of any school year, each class spent time developing a sense of community by discussing ideas for the ideal classroom.  Each class worked together to create guidelines and expectations.  The children have received many Positive Discipline lessons to provide them with the tools needed to help identify their feelings and the feelings of others and process and use this information to make positive decisions and judgments.  
In Upper Elementary, students are proceeding deep into math, language, and cultural work. Karen Kelly has been visiting the classroom to give lessons on biology, and the students have made cell models, looked at tiny specimens under the microscopes, and are about to begin a project on food webs.  We have continued our work with American history, with many lessons on the events and people that led to the American Revolution. 
At the Middle School, students are deep into an exploration of American Government. This unit includes visits from local government leaders, and individual research presentations on a topic of choice. The students are moving forward with their micro economy projects and are preparing for several upcoming events- Farmstand, a Saturday Breakfast, and Parents' Night Out. They are also preparing for the Capital City Pumpkin Drop on October 20th.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Race for Education  | Friday, October 14, 2016
MMS Board Meeting | Monday, October 17, 2016  | 6:00pm
The Board will hold its October meeting at the offices of Bailey/Glasser, 209 Capitol Street.
MMMS Farmstand | Friday, October 21, 2016  | 2:45-5:30pm
MMMS Saturday Breakfast | Saturday, October 22, 2016  | 9am-12 noon
Lower Elementary Field Trip | Thursday, October 27 , 2016
Our lower elementary students will travel to the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine for an extension of their studies of the fundamental needs of man.
Primary Parent Education Night | Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016  | 5:30pm
The Plus program is available free of charge for MMS students for all Parent Education Nights.  Please reserve a spot by calling or emailing Beth at 304.342.7870 or bgeorge@mountaineermontessori.org
Lower Elementary Parent Education Night | Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 | 5:30pm
Middle School Parent Education Night | Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 | 5:30pm
Upper Elementary Parent Education Night | Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 | 6:15pm
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We have had a great response to our request for volunteers for upcoming special events!  There are a few spots left to fill, especially during our Book and Bake Sale (December) and our MMS School Picnic (June).  Please follow the link below to sign up:

THANK YOU!
Thank you to the many parents and friends who have made special contributions to our school.  Special thanks to:
  • Alisa Abdalla, for volunteering in the office.
  • Keeley Steele, for leading Creative Expression classes at the Middle School.
  • Michelle Tharp and Amy Harries, for providing refreshments for our Annual Meeting.
  • Amanda Davis, for providing fruit and pastries for our visit from Ron Sowell and Kevin Roth.
  • Casey Stutler, for picnic table transportation.
  • Chad Cordell and JoEllen Zacks, for providing transportation and photographing our special events.
  • Holly Bailey, Margaret Leef, Alisa Abdalla, and Susie Loew, for donating items for the Sixth Year Lunch Program.
  • Oksana Glozman, for donating additional art supplies for Upper Elementary.
  • the Rogers family, for donating a book on Native Americans to Upper Elementary.
  • All our Cross Country drivers and helpers:  Holly Bailey, Amy Tolliver, Ali Shams, Bettina Werner, Margaret Leef, Nancy Johnston, and Tara Fought,
  • Crystal DelGiudice, for arranging donations for Race for Education.
  • Diana Johnson and JoEllen Zacks, for sponsoring the purchase of Tint Sprint T-Shirts for all MMS students.
  • Janice Clanton and Eva Kumar, for assisting with Tint Sprint preparations.
  • Abbey Fiorelli, for designing our Tint Sprint T-Shirts.
  • Harry Bell, for donating advertising space in the Charleston Gazette.
  • Pam Istrate, for her generous donation of art materials for Upper Elementary.
  • Carrie Bell, for donating a sheet for the fort-building activities in Plus.
  • Eric Abdalla, for volunteering his help with extending the fence between the playground and the neighbor's side yard.
  • Diana Panucci and Aric Margolis, for donating stools for our Upper Elementary computer stations.
  •  Brent Hall and Andrew Byrd, guest speakers for the middle school's American Government unit.
Thank you!
Mountaineer Montessori School
308 20th Street, Charleston, WV 25304
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