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MMS Monthly E-Newsletter |  March 2016
 
From the Co-Directors:
Spring is here, and we look forward to the many special events and everyday joys it will bring.  Please be sure to mark your calendars for farm stand days, Spring Break, MMS Masquerade, Saturday breakfast, Parent Education nights, and more!

If you have not yet purchased your tickets for the Masquerade, there is still time!  You may drop off your order in the car line or at Beth's desk.  You may also order tickets by using the following EventBrite link:


UPCOMING EVENTS
April Lunch Order Forms Due | Friday, March 25, 2016 
Any child who stays at MMS through lunch is welcome to order lunch from our Sixth Year students.
Farm Stand Order Pick Up | Friday, March 25, 2016 
Orders placed for lip balms and other products may be picked up after school.  
School Closed for Spring Break | March 28 - April 1, 2016   
Classes resume April 4.  Enjoy!
Middle School Farm Stand | April 8, 2016  |   2:45-5:30 pm
Middle school students will be selling their products and services at our main campus location. Come see what they have been working on in their micro-economy classes!
MMS Masquerade | Saturday , April 9, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Mark your calendars for this special event to benefit our school.  More details to come!
Primary Parent Education | April 12, 2016   |   5:30 pm
Please plan to join us in your child's classroom.
Saturday Breakfast | April 16, 2016  |   8:30-11:30 am
Please plan to join us for this family-style breakfast prepared and hosted by our middle school students.  Email Beth at bgeorge@mountaineermontessori.org for reservations.
Lower Elementary Parent Education | April 19, 2016   |   5:30 pm
Please plan to join us in your child's classroom.
Middle School Parent Education | April 19, 2016   |   5:30 pm
Please plan to join us at the middle school.
Upper Elementary Parent Education | April 19, 2016   |   6:15 pm
Please plan to join us in your child's classroom.
PRIMARY UPDATE
Our Primary classes have opened their outdoor environments, much to the delight of the children and staff!  Children are now at work inside and out, exploring new practical life lessons, including hammering, sawing, digging and cleaning/scrubbing.
LOWER ELEMENTARY UPDATE
This has been an exciting time in the Lower Elementary classrooms.  It is such a pleasure to see the growth each child has made.  Third year students in Lower Elementary I are putting together a collection of the Language Arts lessons the have learned this year.  In addition, they will soon participate in "The Great Mail Race".  Through this project, students will communicate with other Montessori schools from all over the country.   Lower Elementary II students have enjoyed presenting their original writing works in 'Author's Chair'.  They are also putting the finishing touches on this year's class play, "Coming Together".
UPPER ELEMENTARY UPDATE
March in the Upper Elementary has been great fun, with the students working on their debate research projects in the area of language. In math, students have been working on squaring and cubing, while many of continue algebra work. Students also finished up their work with Daily Word Problems. In the cultural areas, we began work on taxonomy, learning about Karl Linnaeus and his binomial naming convention. We broke into the 19th century, learning about the French Revolution. We are also working with poetry, exploring iambic pentameter and other types of meter, as well as the ballad form of poetry.
COMPUTER CLASS UPDATE
First through fourth year students are using code.org to begin their journey into computer programming.  Our fifth and sixth year students are using iMovie to create book trailers for their favorite books. 
MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATE
Spring is here, and the middle school students are taking advantage of the warm weather. In addition to their rigorous coursework, they have started gardening and have set up a seed starting area in the classroom. With a weekly farm stand, monthly breakfasts, and Parent's Night Out, the students have been busy! In addition to the micro economy, students are also preparing for their upcoming Civil Rights History trip to Birmingham, Alabama the first week of May. 
THANK YOU!
Thank you to the many parents and friends who have made special contributions to our school this month.  Special thanks to:
  • Charley Jupiter Hamilton for sharing his artistic skills with Lower Elementary II and the Plus Program.
  • the Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital for donating supplies for a 'vet kit' for the Plus.
  • Reverend Ron English for his presentation at the middle school.
  • Academy of Arts At January's Dance Studio and hip hop Instructor Jessica for working with our middle school students.
  • Chad Cordell for his continuing work with Plus on the 'Buddy Bench'.
  • our Fundraising and Spring Event Committees for working tirelessly to plan a fun evening for all at our Montessori Masquerade on April 9.
  • all of our volunteer drivers who help get the children to special events and classes.
  • Hallie Chillag Dunlap and our friends at UC for providing coaching and guidance leading up to the March 19 5K.
  • the many families and supporters who are providing silent auction items for the Masquerade event.
  • Randy Melton for helping to construct the seed-starting area at the middle school.
  • George Phillips for leading chemistry classes at the middle school.
  • Dr. Hazem Ashhab for serving as a guest speaker in upper elementary.
  • Keeley Steele for teaching middle school art and inviting our students to paint flower pots at the East End Bazaar.
  • Ben Gilmer for providing 'foster chicks' to our middle school.
  • Travis Crouse, for picking up and delivering 30 bags of much needed sand for our playground.
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