Washington Montessori Public 
Charter School

252.946.1977

© 2013 Washington Montessori Public Charter School

Home   /   
Navigation:
Parents
Parents

Student Progress Parent Log In


Parent Education Video Log In

Coming Soon.

Farmer/Prescott


December 2, 2013

Dear Families,

We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving break and the students are well-rested! We have three full weeks before our Christmas vacation. This week, many of the students will complete their biome booklets. We will also begin our study on leaves.  Many students will also reach the final stage of their solar system research activity by organizing their topic sentence and detailed sentences in to a well-developed paragraph.

One of the changes we made in our classroom to promote independence was suggesting that the students color code their work plans to indicate their daily plan. Well…we learned that we should assign a color per day and only outline the box; the work plans are a bit overwhelming with all of the colors and markings. We will try a new tactic this week!

Last Monday, a couple of third years from each 6-9 classroom delivered our level’s donations to Eagle’s Wings and helped stock their shelves. We are still collecting monetary donations for our school-wide giving project. So far, our classroom has collected $108.37 towards our goal of $140.00 for the Heifer International. The children are excited and motivated to give!

Thank you to Damon Walcott, Dylan’s dad, for his artistic contribution to our peace table project and to Mrs. Leggett, Seth’s grandmother, for allowing the students an opportunity to read aloud. We appreciate all that the families do for their children!

We hope to see you all at the school’s holiday concert Friday, December 6th at Washington High School Auditorium. Beginning at 6:30, each class will perform a holiday-themed dance or song that they have been practicing in music. Violin students will need to bring their violins!

The students need their own hand-held pencil sharpener to keep at their work space!

December reminders:

Wed, Dec. 4: Chick-fil-A hot lunch

Fri, Dec. 6: Holiday concert at WHS

Fri, Dec. 13: Last day collecting money for the Heifer International

Mon, Dec. 16: Hot lunch money due

Wed, Dec. 18: Chick-fil-A hot lunch

Fri, Dec. 20: Half day students/faculty (No BASC)





November 25, 2013

Dear Families,

We decided to continue with the same work plan as last week since it is a short week; you won’t see a work plan in this week’s home folder. Last week, we made a few changes in our classroom to help the children become more independent. So far, we have seen positive results! Thank you for encouraging your children!

We will continue to collect money for the Heifer International until Friday, December 13. As of today our class has collected $103.25! Please encourage your child to earn the money to donate as we strive to reach our goal of $140.00.

Thank you to all who contributed or volunteered at our classroom’s Thanksgiving Feast!  We always enjoy celebrating giving thanks as a “school family”. We hope you all have a relaxing break and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Ms. Farmer and Taylor

Important dates:

Wednesday, November 27: Chick-fil-A hot lunch money due

Wednesday, November 27: half day students/faculty (no BASC)

November 28-29: Thanksgiving break- no school

Wednesday, December 4: Chick-fil-A hot lunch

Friday, December 6: Holiday concert at Washington High School Auditorium

Friday, December 13: Last day collecting money for the Heifer International






November 12, 2013

Dear Families,

This week we will continue our study of the Solar System through writing. Over the past few weeks, the students chose a planet to research and have gathered their information organized into a graphic organizer. Next, they will take the information they found in researching and develop a paragraph including a topic sentence and supporting details. Researching is a difficult concept and often isn’t mastered until the college level so beginning how to effectively research will be beneficial. This tool will also be helpful when we begin our Kids Fest research on Egypt.

This year our school-wide giving project will be supporting and sponsoring the purchase of animals for underdeveloped countries through the Heifer International. The Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to help end poverty and care for the Earth. By contributing to the purchase of animals, we can provide food and income for families who are in need around the world. Each classroom at Washington Montessori will set their goal according to an animal they want to donate. Our classroom’s goal is to raise $140 for a goat and a flock of chicks. The mission is for the children to learn how giving can influence people all over the world and are encouraged to raise their own money for the project.

For several years, Ms. Farmer’s class has celebrated Thanksgiving with a feast!  Each year the children choose and vote to decide what the feast will entail and parents volunteer to cook or contribute the selected dishes. We have included our menu in this letter. If you would like to volunteer to prepare something, send Penny Leggett, Seth’s mom, an e-mail so we can account for that dish. Penny will be helping to organize the menu. Our feast will be held on Monday, November 25th, the week of Thanksgiving. You may send the dish to school with your child on that day. We will need a few volunteers to help set up at 11:30 and serve the children at 12:00.

 Thank you to the families that have participated so far in our conferences. We look forward to seeing the rest of you this week. Thank you for continuing to read with your child!

Ms. Farmer and Taylor






Farmer’s Thanksgiving Feast Menu



1. a turkey

2. hotdogs

3. mashed potatoes-side gravy

4. meatballs  (optional)

5. french fries

6. mac and cheese

7. rolls

8. homemade cupcakes

9. banana pudding  or

10. brownies (no nuts)

11. tea

12. sprite

13. water

14. We will need a few parents to help set up and serve.



We have 25 students, 2 teachers:) and volunteers.


Penny Leggett (pleggett@chatsworth.com) will be taking emails to sign up for any of the choices. You may also receive an email or phone call from Penny. We thank you very much for your help.  This has always been a fun day for community!





October 28, 2013

Dear Families,


Last week, the students were introduced to Dr. Montessori’s third great lesson, The Coming of Humans. We are continuing to incorporate the first two great lessons in our classroom.


Tuesday, October 29, marks the end of the first quarter in our 2013-2014 school year. The conference schedule went home last week whether by paper copy or via e-mail. Please contact us if there is a conflict in your schedule so we can reschedule your conference. We look forward to seeing you!


This week we are sending some assignments home in your child’s folder that were completed in class. Please review and discuss the work with your child. Some work may need your assistance correcting.

1. comprehension practice for 2nd and 3rd  (look for individual notes)

2. planet diagram- Diagrams were scored according to details needed for completion. We included the rubric used for scoring.

3. book activity- labeling activity from a non-fiction book including 4 details


Homework

First Years:

Continue to practice sight words

Reading (aloud to adult and adult read to child)

Math facts according to timed math sheets


Second and Third Years:

Study Island  (see attachment for topics to work on—may need assistance)

Practice math facts according to timed math sheets

Read aloud to adult


All of the students are in need of red pencils! We use them almost as much as our regular pencils. Thank you!


Ms. Farmer and Taylor


Reminders:

Tuesday, 10/29: end of the 1st quarter

Thursday, 10/31: hot lunch money due

Friday, 11/1: teacher work day (no students)

Monday, 11/4: noon dismissal- p/t conferences

Tuesday, 11/5-11/13: parent/teacher conferences

Wednesday, 11/6: hot lunch




October 21, 2013

Dear Families,


It is finally beginning to feel like fall! Since the weather is getting cooler, the children may want to bring a jacket to school. Jackets worn inside must be in school dress code; any color jacket may be worn outside.


This week, we will continue our lessons on research: how to appropriately search, where to search, and how to gather information. Last week, each writer finished a diagram of the solar system. This week, they will be researching a planet using a graphic organizer; they may choose to bring this home to complete. Next they will use the graphic organizer to do a writing/ research activity according to their writing level.  


Thank you for continuing to read with your child. They may also practice math facts that correspond with their two and a half minute math. Second and third graders may use Study Island to practice “finding the main idea” reading skill.


Thank you for all you do!

Ms. Farmer and Taylor


October 14, 2013

Dear Families,


This week we are continuing our study on the Solar System. The students will be working on the Solar System through their reading, writing, and cultural work. We are also beginning our study on our classroom’s Kids Fest country, Egypt. The theme for this Friday’s share is Egypt. The children may find 3-5 facts on Egypt to share with the class. For new families, Kids Fest is a school-wide event in April where each class shares the projects, dances, music and food from the country they have been studying throughout the year.


We are continuing to remind the students of our classroom expectations. We are frequently redirecting children who are off task or not making appropriate work choices. In effort to communicate with parents, we decided to simply document how many times per day we are redirecting each child or noticing they are off task. We are defining “redirection” as not making appropriate work choices, off task on their assignments, asking the teachers questions when they have access to the answers, asking irrelevant questions, and being disruptive to other children. If we are redirecting several times a day, we will send home a basic form so to let parents know of their child’s behavior in the classroom. This form will not be a school’s behavior note and therefore does not require any follow up with the teachers. Our hope is that parents will help by discussing their child’s classroom behavior with them at home and encourage them to make good work choices and manage their time well at school. We appreciate all of your help!


Thank you to Casey Blanton, Angela Swain, Christy Walcott, Connie Altimus, Wade Hilliard, Joel Leggett, Michelle Naylor, George Williams, Emily Winkler, Marcia Rodman, Paula Weathington, and Jamie Midgette for driving and chaperoning on our fieldtrip to the Estuarium. Also, thank you to Tyler’s grandmom, Claudia Campbell, and mom, Emily Winkler, for leading and sharing the art activity Friday afternoon! The children enjoyed expressing their creativity through the mosaic tile activity; the children who were absent or left early Friday will have a chance to complete their tiles sometime this week!


Several parents have asked about the class school picture; it is available for $11.00 and can be paid for in the front office. Thank you for all you do!


Ms. Farmer and Taylor


Reminders:

Monday, 10-14:   Pizza Inn Night 5-8 p.m. (MPTO fundraiser)

Tuesday, 10-15: Picture money due

Wednesday, 10-16: Chic-Fil-A hot lunch

Wednesday, 10-16: Fall picture make-up



October, 7, 2013

Dear Families,


We enjoyed visiting with dads, granddads, and other visitors last Friday on Donuts for Dads! The children always enjoy showing their family things they are working on in the classroom.


Friday, October 11th, is our fieldtrip to the Estuarium. We will be leaving the school at 9:15 a.m. and returning by 1:00 p.m. Remember to bring a booster seat if your child is under 8 years old or under 80 lbs. Thank you drivers!


After a lesson, the students are given a follow-up assignment. Surprisingly most of learning stems from the follow-up. The students are responsible for completing their follow-up assignments before they can advance to a new lesson. Please continue to remind your child to make good work choices and make appropriate use of their time. Thank you for all you do!


Ms. Farmer and Taylor




September 3, 2013


Dear Parents,


We survived the first week of school! We are enjoying getting to know each child. Most of the week’s work cycle time was spent “assessing” and observing the children. This gives us an idea of what work they have had and what lessons they will need.


Our Classroom:

Montessori classrooms are very different from traditional classrooms. Here, the children are allowed freedom to choose their own work and manage their own time. This is often a new concept for children and parents. We allow time for the children to adjust to having freedom. With few exceptions, most children will be normalized in the classroom by November. After normalization, the children will be capable of making appropriate work choices and managing their time wisely.


At community circle this week, we will continue to discuss our “rules” and classroom expectations. Community circle is a time where the students and teachers come together in a group to discuss the work expectations for the day and the lessons that will be given. We unite in circle during transitions (before recess, lunch, Encore) throughout the day, as well as the morning and afternoon.


The children are responsible for providing their own snack during the day. At the beginning of the day, the children write their name on their snack and keep it in the snack basket. During the morning work cycle, they can choose when to have their snack.


As a school, we have few rules in order to allow the children freedom to find their own independence. Rules or expectations we set for the children are to assist them while making their own appropriate choices. Montessori promotes careful, purposeful movement. When we move around the classroom we should always move with a purpose. There are many Montessori materials and works on our shelves which can be a distraction to students during transitions; the children should always be familiar with their environment and be aware of their movement.



Montessori Philosophy:

Montessori focuses on independence. In a Montessori classroom, it is the teacher’s responsibility to provide lessons, assistance when needed, and to model behavior. In return, the children are responsible for their own work choices. When the child develops these skills, they become independent thinkers and workers. They are then able to time manage, complete their work, and think for themselves!






Hot Lunch:

The 9-12 level will be continuing our service/fundraising hot lunch program. Hot lunch will be offered the first and third Wednesdays of every month. The proceeds from the sales will be used to offset field trips costs for the 9-12 students. The first Wednesday of the month will offer cheeseburgers from King Chicken. The third Wednesday of each month’s option will be announced soon. We will be collecting their money weekly the Monday morning before the lunch.


Carline:

Believe it or not, we do have a carline system! It will appear hectic these first few weeks as families get familiar with the line. Eventually, we will discourage parents from parking and coming to the door for your child. It is more effective if every driver follows the carline procedures. If you need to speak with a teacher, please e-mail us to set an appointment. We have attached a copy of the carline procedure.


School Changes:

The offices are located in the new portion of the first building. If you are visiting or observing, you’ll need to sign in at the office. There, you will receive a swipe card that will allow access to our building. This is to insure the safety of the children. If you need to sign your child out early, you may do so at the office.


The school’s parent handbook has been updated this year. It is available on the school’s website (wmpcs.org). We are in the process of updating our classroom’s blog; soon you will be able to access it and see our classroom updates.  


Hopefully this letter will give insight into our classroom. As we discuss the expectations for our working environment, please review the expectations with your child and encourage their independence at home. One of the beauties of our school is encouraging academic growth, as well as learning life lessons! Continuing to practice these philosophies (independence, grace and courtesy, purposeful/careful movement and patience) at home will hasten the normalization process.


The children will be responsible for maintaining our outside space/garden. However, we need parent volunteers to oversee and guide the children. If you are interested in volunteering in our garden, send us an e-mail with your available times and dates. Thank you for allowing us to work with your child!


Ms. Farmer and Taylor

(christa.farmer@wmpcs.org, taylor.prescott@wmpcs.org)


Carline Procedure for 6-9



1. When you turn into the school, there is one lane in each direction.


2. This will merge into 3 lanes. Stay in the middle lane.


3. You will cross (or be stopped) at the crosswalk in front of the first building, Building 1. (The right lane is for 9-12 pick-up. Traffic is stopped here because the farthest right lane ends at a sidewalk jut and the 9-12 loaded vehicles need to leave.)


4. Follow the middle lane across the crosswalk. This lane will allow you to merge into the farthest right lane after the sidewalk jut ends (before the 6-9 building). The vehicles merge together after the sidewalk jut, therefore preventing any “cutting” in line!


5. The teachers will load the children 3-4 at a time. Please drive forward as much as possible towards Building 3 (kindergarten). Once your child is loaded in the vehicle, all of the loaded vehicles should merge into the middle lane in the line order to leave.


We may ask you to park if you are waiting on a child that has gone back into the building. This is so our line can continue to flow! We ask that all vehicles wait in line order to leave to prevent accidents. The safety of our children is always our first priority.





        September 30, 2013

Dear families,


The students are beginning to manage their own time and make appropriate work choices! The first week using guided work charts was successful; the students were more self-directed. Everyone seems to be more relaxed and familiar with the classroom.


Last week, we introduced “finding the main idea” reading concept. This week, the students will practice finding the main idea through different works at their reading level. Reading is vital for most of the works in our classroom. Thank you for encouraging your child to read and for reading aloud to them! We have designated the last thirty minutes of each day to reading aloud to the children. We have finished our first classic novel, The Wind in the Willows, and are well in to The Secret Garden. The children seem to enjoy the classics!


In the mornings as the children arrive and prepare for their day, they spend time writing in their journals. The journals are their personal reflections on a given topic. Last week they “journaled” about somewhere they would like to visit. Following their writing assignment, they participated in an activity where they envisioned themselves visiting this place as if they were staring through sunglasses. We have some big imaginations and creative artists in our class!


We want to thank the parents who have offered to drive on our field trip to the Estuarium on October 11th. We have 25 children to transport so we still need drivers! For parents, the cost for the tour at the Estuarium is $4; you may pay with us at advance or at the door of the Estuarium that day. The cost for parents excludes icecream since Scoops’ has offered the students a special deal. Please let us know in advance if you are joining us so we can plan accordingly.


As a reminder, e-mailing is the most effective way of communicating with us. Most of the time, we don’t see the notes from home until we prepare the home folders on Monday afternoons. If you have any questions or concerns about your child, contact us to arrange a conference. Thank you for allowing us grace as we adjust to a new school year. Hopefully the weekly parent letters and the weekly work charts will inform you of what your child is working on in the classroom!


We hope dads can join us this Friday for our annual “Donuts for Dads”. Dads (or someone who is significant in the child’s life) will have the opportunity to visit the classroom, share a donut with their child, and see some of the things they’ve been working on in the classroom. Don’t worry if you are unable to attend…there will be other opportunities to visit the classroom!


Thank you for all you do!

Ms. Farmer and Taylor



Important dates:

10/1 (Tuesday): field trip money due ($6)

10/2 (Wednesday): cheeseburger hot lunch

10/4 (Friday): 8:00-9:30 (floating) Donuts for Dads

10/4 (Friday): share theme- something important from a vacation

10/11 (Friday): Estuarium field trip

10/11 (Friday): Chick-fil-A hot lunch money due ($5)




       September 23, 2013

Dear families,


Last week the children were introduced to Dr. Montessori’s second Great Lesson, The Timeline of Life. This story offers a view of the beginnings of life on Earth from the most simple to the most complex. We will continue this study in our classroom throughout the next few weeks.


We cannot stress enough the importance of reading! The children are reading every day whether it is their phonetic reading book (Bob books, Mac and Tab, or Spire books), integrated reading passages (Bls and Cloze passages), or pleasure books. Reading is the key to every activity/work in the classroom. Please encourage your child to read to themselves and aloud to you.


Our violin students will be practicing with Ms. Rhem on Friday mornings so they will need to bring their violins to school those mornings. Because many students will be in violin, we have decided to move our share time to the afternoon on Fridays. This Friday is a teacher workday.


Our first field trip will be visiting Washington’s Estuarium on October 11th  (Friday). We will leave the school at 9:15 and return by 1:00 p.m. The class will have a picnic lunch so pack a throw-away lunch bag! We will also need drivers! In our 6-9 level, we ask that parent volunteers do not bring siblings of the children. The permission slip is attached to the letter! Thank you!

If you or a family member is interested in volunteering in our classroom, we will include a list of volunteer options! We appreciate all that the families do for us and their children.


Ms. Farmer and Taylor





Volunteer Opportunities


Red plate one Friday a month:  a volunteer will take the children to recess while one teacher takes a long lunch then the teachers switch while the volunteer stays in the classroom for lunch


Gardening: Friday afternoons


Peace Table project


Outdoor project



September 16, 2013

Dear families,        


Last week we continued to practice our grace and courtesy lessons. The children were presented with Dr. Montessori’s first Great Lesson, The Fable of Creation. This story opens the door to the universe and tells of its beginnings. The children have had opportunities to share their feelings of the creation of the universe in their journal writing and will have the opportunity to demonstrate with experiments throughout this week. On Friday, they will be presented with the second Great Lesson, The Coming of Life on Earth.


We have spent our community circle time getting to know each other and building trust. The children are learning each day how to manage their time and make appropriate choices. We are continuing to review our classroom expectations with the children. We are still spending a lot of time redirecting; please review our classroom expectations with your child! This week we are focusing on the philosophy that silence is a gift that you give to each other.  


This week we are introducing a weekly chart of expected works for the week. The children will receive a copy of their chart on Mondays. They will be aware of the expected work and use the chart to track and manage their work and time. Although the chart is listing the minimal amount of expected work, we are hoping this system will encourage the children to make appropriate work choices. All of the work is expected to be completed by Fridays. We will send home an explanation of how to read these charts next week with their first chart.


For families new to our school, we celebrate the children’s birthdays with a “walk around the sun”. This is a special time to honor the day a child was born. During their walk around the sun, the child carries a model of the earth in their hand to signify the earth’s rotation around the sun as they walk by each of the twelve calendar months. The parents may share pictures and stories of their child for each year of their life. Prior to your child’s birthday we ask that parents contact one of the classroom teachers to set up a date for their child’s walk around the sun. You may bring a snack to share with the class that is appropriate and healthy!


Our class share time will be on Friday mornings. Each week the children will help decide a theme for Friday share. This Friday our theme is “family”. Last week the children shared about their favorite pet or animal!


Thank you to Audra Cox (Myles’ mom) for volunteering in our garden! The children enjoyed having the opportunity to help! Thank you for all you do for your children!


Ms. Farmer and Taylor


Important dates in September:

Wednesday, 9/18: Chick-fil-A hot lunch

Thursday, 9/19: BoT meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the BASC room (Building 1)

Expectations for a working environment



Community circle/ lessons:

1. sit quietly- not talking with neighbors or getting up and down

2. raise hands

3. sitting upright and paying attention

4. be prepared





Work Cycle:

1. respect each others time for work

2. have a purpose for movement

3. use careful movement

4. make good work choices

5. time management

6. think for yourself

7. complete work before moving to a new work





Classroom Rules:

1. Respect each other

2. Respect the classroom and environment

3. Always use careful and purposeful movement

4. Always tell the truth

5. Respect each other’s work time and personal space

6. Use walking feet

7. Use inside voices

8. Always be kind









Ms. Farmer’s Classroom Daily Schedule


8:00-8:30  Arrive to the classroom

and “get day ready”                     

8:30-9:00  Community circle


9:00-11:30  Work Cycle


11:30-12:00  Recess


12:10-12:40  Lunch


12:40-1:15  Silent Reading


1:15-2:00  Encore (Tues.-Music,

Wed.-P.E., Mon,Thurs., Fri.-work cycle)           


2:00-3:00  Group activity/lesson,

read aloud, jobs, end day


3:00-3:15  Carline pick-up





September 3, 2013


Dear Parents,


We survived the first week of school! We are enjoying getting to know each child. Most of the week’s work cycle time was spent “assessing” and observing the children. This gives us an idea of what work they have had and what lessons they will need.


Our Classroom:

Montessori classrooms are very different from traditional classrooms. Here, the children are allowed freedom to choose their own work and manage their own time. This is often a new concept for children and parents. We allow time for the children to adjust to having freedom. With few exceptions, most children will be normalized in the classroom by November. After normalization, the children will be capable of making appropriate work choices and managing their time wisely.


At community circle this week, we will continue to discuss our “rules” and classroom expectations. Community circle is a time where the students and teachers come together in a group to discuss the work expectations for the day and the lessons that will be given. We unite in circle during transitions (before recess, lunch, Encore) throughout the day, as well as the morning and afternoon.


The children are responsible for providing their own snack during the day. At the beginning of the day, the children write their name on their snack and keep it in the snack basket. During the morning work cycle, they can choose when to have their snack.


As a school, we have few rules in order to allow the children freedom to find their own independence. Rules or expectations we set for the children are to assist them while making their own appropriate choices. Montessori promotes careful, purposeful movement. When we move around the classroom we should always move with a purpose. There are many Montessori materials and works on our shelves which can be a distraction to students during transitions; the children should always be familiar with their environment and be aware of their movement.



Montessori Philosophy:

Montessori focuses on independence. In a Montessori classroom, it is the teacher’s responsibility to provide lessons, assistance when needed, and to model behavior. In return, the children are responsible for their own work choices. When the child develops these skills, they become independent thinkers and workers. They are then able to time manage, complete their work, and think for themselves!






Hot Lunch:

The 9-12 level will be continuing our service/fundraising hot lunch program. Hot lunch will be offered the first and third Wednesdays of every month. The proceeds from the sales will be used to offset field trips costs for the 9-12 students. The first Wednesday of the month will offer cheeseburgers from King Chicken. The third Wednesday of each month’s option will be announced soon. We will be collecting their money weekly the Monday morning before the lunch.


Carline:

Believe it or not, we do have a carline system! It will appear hectic these first few weeks as families get familiar with the line. Eventually, we will discourage parents from parking and coming to the door for your child. It is more effective if every driver follows the carline procedures. If you need to speak with a teacher, please e-mail us to set an appointment. We have attached a copy of the carline procedure.


School Changes:

The offices are located in the new portion of the first building. If you are visiting or observing, you’ll need to sign in at the office. There, you will receive a swipe card that will allow access to our building. This is to insure the safety of the children. If you need to sign your child out early, you may do so at the office.


The school’s parent handbook has been updated this year. It is available on the school’s website (wmpcs.org). We are in the process of updating our classroom’s blog; soon you will be able to access it and see our classroom updates.  


Hopefully this letter will give insight into our classroom. As we discuss the expectations for our working environment, please review the expectations with your child and encourage their independence at home. One of the beauties of our school is encouraging academic growth, as well as learning life lessons! Continuing to practice these philosophies (independence, grace and courtesy, purposeful/careful movement and patience) at home will hasten the normalization process.


The children will be responsible for maintaining our outside space/garden. However, we need parent volunteers to oversee and guide the children. If you are interested in volunteering in our garden, send us an e-mail with your available times and dates. Thank you for allowing us to work with your child!


Ms. Farmer and Taylor

(christa.farmer@wmpcs.org, taylor.prescott@wmpcs.org)


Carline Procedure for 6-9



1. When you turn into the school, there is one lane in each direction.


2. This will merge into 3 lanes. Stay in the middle lane.


3. You will cross (or be stopped) at the crosswalk in front of the first building, Building 1. (The right lane is for 9-12 pick-up. Traffic is stopped here because the farthest right lane ends at a sidewalk jut and the 9-12 loaded vehicles need to leave.)


4. Follow the middle lane across the crosswalk. This lane will allow you to merge into the farthest right lane after the sidewalk jut ends (before the 6-9 building). The vehicles merge together after the sidewalk jut, therefore preventing any “cutting” in line!


5. The teachers will load the children 3-4 at a time. Please drive forward as much as possible towards Building 3 (kindergarten). Once your child is loaded in the vehicle, all of the loaded vehicles should merge into the middle lane in the line order to leave.


We may ask you to park if you are waiting on a child that has gone back into the building. This is so our line can continue to flow! We ask that all vehicles wait in line order to leave to prevent accidents. The safety of our children is always our first priority.




September 3, 2013


Dear Parents,


We survived the first week of school! We are enjoying getting to know each child. Most of the week’s work cycle time was spent “assessing” and observing the children. This gives us an idea of what work they have had and what lessons they will need.


Our Classroom:

Montessori classrooms are very different from traditional classrooms. Here, the children are allowed freedom to choose their own work and manage their own time. This is often a new concept for children and parents. We allow time for the children to adjust to having freedom. With few exceptions, most children will be normalized in the classroom by November. After normalization, the children will be capable of making appropriate work choices and managing their time wisely.


At community circle this week, we will continue to discuss our “rules” and classroom expectations. Community circle is a time where the students and teachers come together in a group to discuss the work expectations for the day and the lessons that will be given. We unite in circle during transitions (before recess, lunch, Encore) throughout the day, as well as the morning and afternoon.


As a school, we have few rules in order to allow the children freedom to find their own independence. Rules or expectations we set for the children are to assist them while making their own appropriate choices. Montessori promotes careful, purposeful movement. When we move around the classroom we should always move with a purpose. There are many Montessori materials and works on our shelves which can be a distraction to students during transitions; the children should always be familiar with their environment and be aware of their movement.



Montessori Philosophy:

Montessori focuses on independence. In a Montessori classroom, it is the teacher’s responsibility to provide lessons, assistance when needed, and to model behavior. In return, the children are responsible for their own work choices. When the child develops these skills, they become independent thinkers and workers. They are then able to time manage, complete their work, and think for themselves!



Hot Lunch:

The 9-12 level will be continuing our service/fundraising hot lunch program. Hot lunch will be offered the first and third Wednesdays of every month. The proceeds from the sales will be used to offset field trips costs for the 9-12 students. The first Wednesday of the month will offer cheeseburgers from King Chicken. The third Wednesday of each month’s option will be announced soon.


Carline:

Believe it or not, we do have a carline system! It will appear hectic these first few weeks as families get familiar with the line. Eventually, we will discourage parents from parking and coming to the door for your child. It is more effective if every driver follows the carline procedures. If you need to speak with a teacher, please e-mail us to set an appointment. We have attached a copy of the carline procedure.


School Changes:

The offices are located in the new portion of the first building. If you are visiting or observing, you’ll need to sign in at the office. There, you will receive a swipe card that will allow access to our building. This is to insure the safety of the children. If you need to sign your child out early, you may do so at the office.


The school’s parent handbook has been updated this year. It is available on the school’s website (wmpcs.org). We are in the process of updating our classroom’s blog; soon you will be able to access it and see our classroom updates.  


Hopefully this letter will give insight into our classroom. As we discuss the expectations for our working environment, please review the expectations with your child and encourage their independence at home. One of the beauties of our school is encouraging academic growth, as well as learning life lessons! Continuing to practice these philosophies (independence, grace and courtesy, purposeful/careful movement and patience) at home will hasten the normalization process.



Thank you for allowing us to work with your child!

Ms. Farmer and Taylor