Notes from the Nest, September 10th, 2014

peter@brightwatermontessori.org

612-302-3410

http://www.brightwatermontessori.org/

Dear Eagle’s Nest Parents,

Highlights from this week:

New Eagle’s Nest Classroom Blog. The New Eagle’s Nest Website and Blog will be up this weekend. I wanted a format that was versatile and easily readable on mobile phones (because it seems like many parents would like to view the site on their phone). I appreciate your patience. I’ll send an e-mail this Saturday when the new site goes live.

Homework will remain the same this week. I want to give it a few weeks and see how it goes. If you have feedback about homework completion, please let me know. Attached is information about weekly homework.

Gammas (3rd graders) will start Common Core Math 4 Today workbooks on Monday. More information, including a link to the workbooks on Amazon, will be available on the classroom website. This workbook will be completed in school as part of their morning routine. This is a practice and idea that I got from Ms. Megan in Fox Den. Thanks, Ms. Megan!

Rationale: Montessori does an excellent job of preparing children for Math for life but I want to make sure they are familiar with the topic and format of questions for the MCA and other standardized tests. This is one way the Daily Math review can act as a control of error for our work in the classroom.

Social Justice Curriculum thus far:

Eagle’s Nest had some insightful comments during our discussion on Needs vs. Wants this week. Everyone agreed on the following needs: food, water, and shelter. What do your children want? Well, here’s a small sample:  “I want a BMW! I want to own the mall of America, I want an Xbox One!” As our discussion progresses on this topic, I hope to refine our definition of what we really, really want. For our first discussion on this very sophisticated topic, I was satisfied that most children seemed clear on the difference between need and want: We need food, we want candy.

Healthy Lunch expectation: Speaking of Needs and Wants, here is a review of our school lunch policy from parent handbook:

We care about your child’s health and diet. We commit to offering your children healthy snacks and meals daily. We have fresh fruits and vegetables daily and a caterer who provides a well- balanced lunch and breakfast daily. We ask that Toddler and Children’s House parents partake in the school lunch program. Elementary students may bring a healthy well balanced meal. We discourage pop, candy, chips, fast food, lunch-ables and sugary items.”

Children may want candy and pop but they need healthy foods. Any candy and pop brought to school will be sent back home with the child for them to consume at the parents’ discretion.

NEWS: We have a new pet!

Thanks to Logan’s family for the new hermit crab.

Note we need the following items for Sunny the Turtle and our new Hermit Crab:

Distilled water for hermit crabs, new filter/pump for turtle tank.

Notes from the PTO and Jenny Bolling:

“The Ice Cream Social is rapidly approaching – if your house is like my house, there’s a countdown of days going on until Friday!  Yes, it’s this Friday, September 12 from 4:15 to 5:45pm.  We will gather in front of the school for treats, play and conversation.  There will be ice cream and gluten/dairy-free options.  If you can, please bring ice cream toppings or a healthy snack to share.  Let’s lay down a Bright Water challenge this year to talk to three people you don’t know – see how their school year is going!”

“El Sistema is on its way!  It’s time for us to prepare the paper violins for the K-3 graders. In order to be ready for the start of music classes on October 7, we’ll need 10-15 parents to help cut out the pieces for the paper violins and to construct the bodies. We’ll need to do this over two nights: one night to cut-out all the pieces and to papier-mâché the bodies, and a second night to paint the bodies and finish any cutting of the smaller pieces.  Here is the link for the poll to figure out when we could get the most participation:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e48abab2aabfc1-lets.  Please sign up for ALL the nights for which you are available.  We will then pick TWO nights where we have to most people signed up and let everyone know.  You’ll also have an opportunity to sign up at the Ice Cream Social on Friday.”

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