Falling Toward Wintertime

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS...

Montessori Book Club, 11/13, 5:30 - 7 pm. Book: "Positive Discipline"

We DO have school on Veterans' Day, Nov. 11.

We are closed Wed.-Fri. (Nov. 26-28) for Thanksgiving.

Winter Break starts Fri., Dec. 19 with 11:30 early release for all students. We return to school on Mon., Jan. 5.


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: MOST DAYS WE WILL GO OUTSIDE. YOUR CHILD NEEDS ALL APPROPRIATE LAYERS AND ACCESSORIES. COAT, HAT, GLOVES, SOCKS, FRILLY SCARVES*, REINDEER ANTLER HELMETS*, AND MASTODON SPEAR.*

-*optional.


3-6: Fall Conferences are here....


We are having a wonderful fall in 3 to 6! We are finishing up our study of South America and will begin Europe in the coming weeks. Let me know if you have something you would like to share!

Conferences are going on- please sign up here: 
(if you have not already.)
Finally, as the colder weather approaches, please make sure your child has appropriate clothing in his or her blue box.
Thanks for sharing your amazing children with us!!

Ellen, Ann, and Jeffrey














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'FOR SMALL HANDS' Catalogs are slowly making their way home. We need you to return your order form to us so we can order everything together for the biggest benefit of the school. Then we will distribute your stuff from here before the holidays. Here's a link to their website so you can see things there as well (BUT DO NOT ORDER!)

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Scenes from the 2-4 Class.... Ask your child what's happening in each picture....






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9-12 Brings "New York" to the whole school


It’s back to the norm in the 9-12 since last week they spent the whole week writing, directing, and organizing their own play about New York City (see highlights here on our YouTube channel) while Emily and I worked on planning the actual trip to New York. We all learned a lot during this week of teamwork and collaboration. Luke, our Director, learned how to manage and direct a group with kind words, compromise, and patience. Our writers learned that their work was never done with constant revision and organization so that the audience, no matter how young, would understand the story. Our prop makers and actors learned to work together in order to create beautiful and movable props. As teachers, we learned that too much coffee and more time on our hands than usual equals the booking of a  beautiful victorian home that can house 20 and affords us a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry every day on our way into New York. Check it out!
Now that we’ve got our place booked, we can relax...just a little. We still need money for a van rental, gas, food, metro tickets, and activities. Our goal is $2,000 and we’ve got some plans. The 9-12 will be offering up their babysitting, general labor, and craft making services to help fund their trip and Emily will fill you in. Take it away, Emily!
Alrighty folks, here are the fundraisers coming up:
Come see us Saturday, November 29th (and possibly the following 5 Saturday) from 10-2pm at Greene’s Pine Farm. www.greenepinefarm.com  The kids, parents, and teachers are selling their class made Christmas crafts as well as treats and goodies such as hot chocolate, coffee, and cider to customers.
The 9-12 Class at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh in October.
 
 
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Toddler: "I DID IT! By myself!"

"The child’s conquest of independence begins with his first introduction to life.  While he is developing, he perfects himself and overcomes every obstacle that he finds in his path.  A vital force is active within him, and this guides his efforts towards their goal." -- Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind

Opportunities are provided for the children to change shoes, dress, toilet and explore works independently. When the children are able to do things for themselves there is an increase in their self belief, self confidence and esteem that they may carry on throughout their life. Everyday we are hearing proclamations of self confidence and esteem, of works completed by the toddlers.












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6-9: Halloween Comes With a 'Bang'...

Fictional Character Halloween for the 6-9 class....
The 6-9 class has been studying creation stories from around the world. Here's one student’s response to what she has learned.....
 
The creation story I find most interesting is the Big Bang. I like it because it is based off of science and it tells you a lot about the Earth unlike the other creation stories. The Big Bang doesn’t have gods or goddesses it is the universe telling the story. The Universe used to be small just like everyone else he was born too but from who? Not even science can answer this question yet I wish I knew the answer but of course I don’t. One day the Universe had a dream he dreamed of planets, bacteria, particles, and all the stuff we have now. And over billions and billions of years his dream came true.
--Faith Shack

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And what better 80s TV Icon can I think of for "T"hanksgiving?....





Hmmmm..... or maybe this for T-Hanks-giving....

(This could be a 'thing' now!).........



HAPPY
EVERYONE!

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