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Dec. 16th, 2013

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner and this year is coming to an end!  We have enjoyed your children so much this year and look forward to seeing them continue to blossom in the New Year.

Mrs. Bea has asked if she can do something special for the class this week.  So, weather permitting on Wednesday she will give the class a candy cane hunt.  Please make sure you thank her for offering to do this, we know your children will enjoy searching for candy canes.  Mrs. Heron is going to be our special guest one afternoon this week and talk to the class about Christmas in Germany. We have also planned fun crafts and special activities throughout this week.  

Thank you to everyone who made a donation to the Heifer project.  Our class raised $41.00!  Keep looking in the Link to see how much was raised school wide and what we were able to purchase for those in need.

We also wanted to remind you that school will dismiss at 11:30 for Day School and K students Friday, December 20th.  There will be no afterschool offered.  

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Ann and Sandy




Dec. 9th, 2013

Dear Parents,

Thanks to you all for your support of our Holiday Concert. We hope you enjoyed the celebration of the season with your child’s beautiful music. The children seemed so happy and proud of themselves and we thought they did a wonderful job!

Thank you to Alyssa and her family for a terrific presentation this week of “Games of Germany” for our ongoing Kids Fest activities. We played two very traditional German games. Schokoladenessen ( “chocolate eating”) is a game where a bar of chocolate is wrapped in layers of newspaper and tied with ribbon. Each player rolls two die trying for a six. If a player rolls a six, he/she puts on a hat, scarf and mittens and attempts to open the chocolate with a fork and knife until another player rolls six and takes over. When the chocolate is opened the children eat the treat. Topfschlagen (“hit the pot”) is a game where a pot is hidden with a small prize underneath. The child who is “It” is blindfolded and crawls on the floor, banging a spoon on the floor until he hits the pot. The other children shout “hot” or “cold" to help. When the child finds the pot, he/she gets the prize. Fun was had by all, and thank you to Alyssa and family!

Also this week, we are hoping to have a special guest visit our class. German children celebrate “St Nikolaus Day” this time of year, and we plan to put out our shoes to see if St. Nikolaus will arrive for us as well, and maybe leave a little treat!

In the next two weeks we are planning some fun activities to prepare for the holidays including card making and preparing a special gift for you. We hope you enjoy your child’s expressions of love.

A reminder that donations of money are due by this Friday for our Heifer International project. Thanks for your contributions!

Wishing you fun with family and friends as you prepare for the season!

Ann and Sandy



Dec. 2nd, 2013

Dear Parents,

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends! The past month at school has been a special time for us to enjoy the beautiful colors and treasures of the fall season, and to say thank you for all of our blessings, family and friends.

We look forward to a happy and exciting beginning to December. It is so much fun to observe the children during this special holiday season. We are planning some fun holiday activities and will enjoy learning some songs of the season and read some favorite holiday stories.

This week we celebrate two special birthdays: Eean and Violet. Happy Birthday and we wish you a wonderful year ahead!

A reminder of some important dates coming up in December:

Holiday Music Concert: Friday, Dec. 6th at 6:30pm. Washington High School

Heifer International Project: Friday, Dec. 13th, Donation money due

Early Dismissal: Friday Dec. 20th

Holiday: Dec. 23rd – Jan. 3rd. School resumes on January 6th.


We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season!

Best wishes,

Ann and Sandy



Nov. 25th, 2013

Dear Parents,

Our field trip to Goose Creek State Park was wonderful…a very interesting and educational presentation by staff, and a beautiful day for a hike and lunch at the park. Thank you to all who participated and helped with transportation.

We also enjoyed a visit from the traveling dentist this week, and we hope your children learned lots of important information about dental hygiene.

We look forward to our Fall Festival today and to our Pilgrim Stew lunch Tuesday (Your child will not need to bring a lunch tomorrow). If you have not already sent in your $5 contribution for the Fall Festival and Pilgrim Stew lunch please do so as soon as possible.

The teachers appreciated our Red Plate Day this past Friday, and we want to thank MacKenzie’s mom for her volunteer time!

Our class has discussed our goal for participation in the Heifer Project as a global service project for the school this holiday season. We have decided to work toward purchasing a Flock of Chicks ($20) and a Gift of Honeybees ($30) to supply eggs, honey and income to families in need. If we raise additional money, the children are also eager to purchase a Gift of a Goat as well ($120). You may want to encourage your child to participate by helping him/her to earn money completing jobs around the house or for a friend or relative. We thank you for your contributions to our worthy project!

As always, we appreciate your support of our classroom and for sharing your delightful children with us this year. We wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Warm regards,

Ann and Sandy




Nov. 12th, 2013

Dear Parents,

We hope you enjoyed some time together as a family during our long weekend! We want to remind you of some important dates coming up in November:

Friday, November 15th – We begin our presentations of Germany projects in preparation for Kids Fest. (Please check your child’s scheduled project date.)

Monday, November 18th – Field trip to Goose Creek State Park.

Monday, November 25th – 3-6 level Fall Festival

Tuesday, November 26th – Pilgrim Stew for lunch

Wednesday, November 27th – Early dismissal

Thursday-Friday, November 28th – 29th – Thanksgiving Holiday

If you are able to volunteer for our upcoming field trip or any others during the year please let us know.

Thank you for your continued donations and volunteer time for our classroom. We appreciate your support.

Conferences will continue through Wednesday of this week. We are enjoying the opportunity to meet with you all!

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Ann and Sandy



Nov. 4th, 2013

Dear Parents,

Our class has had a fun and busy month of October learning about the fall season, pumpkins, plants/animals/minerals, vertebrates and invertebrates including spiders, and fire safety. Your children have also been busy studying the world’s continents and creating world maps.  For November, our classroom is transformed into autumn colors and themes. We will spend some time during November learning about trees and leaves and associated seasonal changes. Also, we will introduce the topic of mammals including the horse and other farm life. Our plans also include some fun activities related to Thanksgiving, Pilgrim life, and Native Americans. For Geography, we will continue our study of the continents focusing this month on North America, and introducing land forms.

Our field trips for the year have been finalized and we have attached a list of dates and destinations. We look forward to our next field trip on November 18th to Goose Creek State Park. If you are able to volunteer for any of these trips please let us know.

Thank you to all who have made donations of time and items for our classroom. We appreciate all that you do!

Also a reminder that conferences begin this week and continue through next week. We look forward to conferencing with you soon!

Wishing you a good week!

Ann and Sandy



Oct. 7th, 2013

Dear Parents,

We hope you enjoyed our Donuts for Dads this Friday. The children were thrilled to be able to share their school experience. Thank you for taking the time to attend.

This past week we had some fun opportunities. Thanks to Olivia and family for sharing some persimmons they purchased from the farmer’s market. The students enjoyed hearing a story about persimmons, learning about recipes such as persimmon pudding and, of course, tasting persimmons! Also, thanks to Carter’s mom for working with our students to plant Hydrangeas and Rosemary in our garden. And thank you to all for encouraging your children to bring some wonderful books and nature items to share with the class. They are much appreciated! Also, this past week we have been learning about the continents…ask your child to sing our continents song.

Congratulations to both Cody and Olivia for celebrating their recent 6th birthdays! Thank you to both students and their families for sharing their special day with friends at school. We enjoyed the celebrations and the delicious treats. Happy Birthday!

Money and permission forms for the Pow Wow field trip are due this Wednesday, October 10th. Also, please contact our room parent, Heather Ballance, if you are able to volunteer to drive for this event.

Our class photo turned out well and is hanging on the cork board outside our classroom door. Please let us know by Tuesday if you would like to order a copy.

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Ann and Sandy



Oct. 21st, 2013

Dear Parents,

This past week we enjoyed some activities in observance of Columbus Day. We also have introduced the continents through works with our continents globe and map. The children are busy “pin punching” the continents and creating their own maps of the world. Ask them to sing our Continents Song!

This coming Friday, we look forward to an exciting field trip to see an authentic Native American Pow Wow, and we are hoping for wonderful weather…so far it looks as if the rain will stay away! Please let us know if you have any questions about the trip.

A reminder to all to please park in the parking lot during morning and afternoon carpool if you plan to get out of your car and come into the building even for a brief time. Parking in front of the building disrupts the flow of the car line. Also, please remember that at 2:30pm the loading zone for your children is in front of the walkway at the end of the Building 1 ramp. The children will be sitting on the benches waiting for you to pull up to this area. Thanks for your cooperation!

Have a great week!

Ann and Sandy



September 9th, 2013


Dear Parents,


We have had a wonderful beginning with your children during our first two weeks of staggered start. Our grace and courtesy lessons have been introduced, and we will continue to reinforce these lessons throughout the year. In addition, there has been much activity in the classroom as our students explore their school environment. We are enjoying friends, new and old, and are now comfortable with snack and lunch procedures, community meeting and choosing works in all areas. Our garden is now open, and the children are enjoying digging in the sand and searching for sharks’ teeth and fossils.


We celebrated our first birthday of the school year and enjoyed learning about the “Walk Around the Sun”. Happy 5th birthday to Cole, and thank you to Cole and his family for sharing the delicious birthday treats!

This week we will begin our Encore classes from 8:45 - 9:30 Tuesday (P.E.) and Thursday (Music).  In addition, we will continue activities in our science area including works introducing concepts of living/nonliving, plant/animal/mineral, and fruits/vegetables. As a practical life application, we will learn to core and slice an apple and serve it to our friends. In our garden, we will offer a lesson on painting the fence: water only J.


Many children enjoy wearing slippers while in the classroom. If interested, you may provide a pair of white or black ballet type slippers for your child to keep in his/her cubbie at school. Also, if your child is cold-natured you may want to send a sweater to keep at school. Please label all items with your child’s name. Thank you!

Several parents have asked about providing additional supplies for our classroom, I will place post-it notes with needed items on the corkboard outside our classroom door. Also, if you would like to provide volunteer hours, please let us know your interests and availability. We appreciate your help and support!


Please review the Parent Handbook on our Washington Montessori website: http://www.wmpcs.org. If you have additional questions or would like to schedule a time to talk please feel free to email us or leave a voice message at school. We would like to be able to communicate with you via email. If you are willing to share your email please send it to me at ann.mannie@wmpcs.org.


A reminder that you are invited to our first school-wide Community Meeting on Thursday evening at 6:30pm in the middle school building. We hope you can be there!


Have a wonderful week!

Ann Mannie and Sandy Kennedy


Oct. 14th, 2013

Dear Parents,

This past week was Fire Prevention Week, and we learned about ways we can be safe if there is a fire in our home or school. We have already practiced a fire drill at school, and we talked about and practiced what to do if there is smoke (Get low and go!) or if our clothes catch fire (Stop, drop and roll!). If your child has not already asked, please spend some time discussing a fire escape plan in case of fire in your home, and establish a meeting area in front of your home (mailbox, tree, neighbor’s porch…) for your family. It is also a good idea to let your child know what the smoke detector in your home sounds like, and what to do if the smoke detector is triggered. We look forward to a visit by the firefighters to our school at the end of the month.

Also this week, we introduced the three states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. We had a fun sensorial experience with “gloop” (a mixture of cornstarch and water), and we wore our scientist hats to determine if “gloop” is a solid or liquid. Try mixing up a batch of “gloop” at home and enjoy the fun.

As a practical life activity this week we enjoyed assembling our own individual pizzas and cooking them in the toaster oven for a snack.  We have also enjoyed painting with primary colors at the easel.

On Monday, we have prepared some fun activities in observance of Columbus Day. Also, a reminder that this coming Wednesday is hot lunch day.  Please return your orders for photos this Tuesday. Class photos are also available and cost $11 each. And, don’t forget the PTO will be holding a fundraiser this Monday, October 14th from 5-8pm at the Washington Pizza Inn. We hope to see you there. Thanks to all for your donations and volunteer hours for our classroom and school. We appreciate your support.

Wishing you a sunny week!

Ann and Sandy



Sept. 30th, 2013

Dear Parents,

We have been busy these past few days preparing our classroom for October, adding many works reflecting the fall season.  We look forward to the students’ excitement as they explore their transformed environment!

This Friday, October 4th, from 8:00 - 9:30am we will host our annual Donuts for Dads. In this communication folder you will find an invitation to this special event that your child has made especially for you. We hope you will be able to join us!

We have finalized our field trips itinerary and are very pleased to offer some fun and educational excursions for your child this year. The first trip will be an authentic Native American Pow Wow, and will take place on October 25th. Please let us know if your child will participate, and return the permission form as soon as possible. Also, please contact our room parent, Heather Ballance, if you are able to volunteer to drive for this event.

A big thank you to Carter’s mom for volunteering in our classroom for Red Plate Day…we appreciate this special gift to our teachers. Thanks also to Eean’s mom for offering a wonderful art experience for our students this week. Each child had the chance to create some beautiful leaf rubbings using real fall leaves. The leaf rubbings were then used to create a lovely fall tree. Please take a moment to see our work of art on display in our hallway! And last but not least, thanks to those who have brought in Box Tops for Education to help earn cash for scholarships for our Preschool.  We have received many box tops so far…please keep them coming!

A reminder that our students are now using their glockenspiels for music with Ms. Rhem. If you have not purchased one for your child, please do so soon. They should be purchased from PC Sound so that all of the models are identical.

We hope you are enjoying time at home reading and counting with your child. Another fun and important activity you can do with your child most any time is to practice rhyming words. For instance, you can say two words, either rhyming or not rhyming, (i.e. “bat / cat”, “bug / pan”…) and see if your child can identify whether the words rhyme. In addition, you can encourage your children to generate some rhyming words of their own, or recite some nursery rhymes and identify the rhyming words.

Wishing you a happy week and happy rhyming!

Ann and Sandy



Sept. 23th, 2013

Dear Parents,

We have enjoyed watching your children gain confidence as they learn about their school environment.  They continue to enjoy activities in all areas of the classroom as they receive additional lessons and become more familiar with the Montessori materials. We enjoyed daily lessons on our 5 senses: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching. Ask them if they enjoyed tasting “worms” (sour gummi worms J )!

On Wednesday we attended our school-wide Opening Ceremony and enjoyed some lovely violin and vocal music performed by our very own WMPCS students, with a beautiful message of peace.   

In the coming week we will learn about our “global address”, from galaxy to home. We will also discuss the seasons as we welcome autumn’s arrival.

We encourage you to bring in Box Tops for Education to help earn cash for our school to fund scholarships for our Preschool.  Box Tops can be found on a variety of products including cereals, produce, snacks, meals and frozen foods, refrigerated and dairy foods, baking and bakeware, paper products, plastic storage/trash bags, tableware, school and office supplies and apparel.  You can also earn eBoxTops when shopping online. Visit: www.boxtops4education.com to learn more!

We hope you are enjoying time at home reading with your child. Another activity you can do with your child on a daily basis is counting. This can be incorporated into your busy day almost any time and anywhere: on the way to school, during bath time, or at the grocery store! Be sure to make it a game and a challenge: count toes and fingers, how many days are left until a birthday or holiday, how many pets your child would like to own, how many peas on your plate or how many raindrops are falling from the sky... the bottom line is to be creative and have fun together!

Wishing you a happy week and a happy fall season!


Ann and Sandy




Sept. 16th, 2013


Dear Parents,

This week has been filled with activity as the children continue to explore their school environment. We enjoyed our first Encore classes: P.E. with Coach Scott and Music with Ms. Rhem. Ask your children about their Encore experiences! For music class your child will need a glockenspiel (a percussion musical instrument) which can be purchased at PC Sound.


The 3-6 level will participate this year in our annual Kidsfest scheduled April 11th 2014. Our class will study the country of Germany throughout the year, and prepare some special activities related to Germany for Kidsfest. We will learn about German geography, language, culture, arts, food and music. More information will follow as we prepare for a wonderful exploration of Germany.


The 9-12 level has started their Hot Lunch fundraiser with proceeds going to offset their fieldtrip costs.  Hot lunch will be offered the first and third Wednesdays of every month. The sign-up form will be sent home in your child’s communication folder on Monday. Please return the form and money in the folder the Monday prior to the lunch.


This week, we will continue lessons in our science area on the concepts of living/nonliving and plants/animals, and we will introduce our 5 senses. We would also love volunteers with a “green thumb” to work on planting/outdoor activities with our children in our garden area. If you are interested, please contact us. And, thank you to Carter’s mom for volunteering time in the classroom to read with our students. We also hope you are enjoying time reading with your child at home….try for a goal of reading with your child for at least 30 minutes every day!


Happy reading and happy week!

Ann and Sandy


September 9th, 2013


Dear Parents,


We have had a wonderful beginning with your children during our first two weeks of staggered start. Our grace and courtesy lessons have been introduced, and we will continue to reinforce these lessons throughout the year. In addition, there has been much activity in the classroom as our students explore their school environment. We are enjoying friends, new and old, and are now comfortable with snack and lunch procedures, community meeting and choosing works in all areas. Our garden is now open, and the children are enjoying digging in the sand and searching for sharks’ teeth and fossils.


We celebrated our first birthday of the school year and enjoyed learning about the “Walk Around the Sun”. Happy 5th birthday to Cole, and thank you to Cole and his family for sharing the delicious birthday treats!

This week we will begin our Encore classes from 8:45 - 9:30 Tuesday (P.E.) and Thursday (Music).  In addition, we will continue activities in our science area including works introducing concepts of living/nonliving, plant/animal/mineral, and fruits/vegetables. As a practical life application, we will learn to core and slice an apple and serve it to our friends. In our garden, we will offer a lesson on painting the fence: water only J.


Many children enjoy wearing slippers while in the classroom. If interested, you may provide a pair of white or black ballet type slippers for your child to keep in his/her cubbie at school. Also, if your child is cold-natured you may want to send a sweater to keep at school. Please label all items with your child’s name. Thank you!

Several parents have asked about providing additional supplies for our classroom, I will place post-it notes with needed items on the corkboard outside our classroom door. Also, if you would like to provide volunteer hours, please let us know your interests and availability. We appreciate your help and support!


Please review the Parent Handbook on our Washington Montessori website: http://www.wmpcs.org. If you have additional questions or would like to schedule a time to talk please feel free to email us or leave a voice message at school. We would like to be able to communicate with you via email. If you are willing to share your email please send it to me at ann.mannie@wmpcs.org.


A reminder that you are invited to our first school-wide Community Meeting on Thursday evening at 6:30pm in the middle school building. We hope you can be there!


Have a wonderful week!

Ann Mannie and Sandy Kennedy




August 26, 2013

Dear Parents,

Welcome to a new year at Washington Montessori Public Charter School! We are so happy to have the opportunity to teach your child and partner with you to provide a wonderful and successful year at school. During the first weeks we will focus on getting to know each other and learning the classroom routine and expectations, including how to respect others and take good care of our environment. We will introduce some important lessons in grace and courtesy, including the following:

How to carry a tray/basket/box   How to respect personal space

How to carry a chair    How to observe

How to carry a floor table    How to interrupt/ask for assistance

How to carry and roll a mat   How to shake hands (with eye contact)

How to put on/fold/roll an apron   How to volunteer/take turns

How to handle sharp or breakable objects How to use a quiet voice/polite tone

How to sit on a chair    How to excuse oneself/apologize

How to walk quietly on line    How to say please/thank you/ you’re How to sit on line     welcome

How to care for books    How to invite a partner/refuse a partner

How to open and close a door quietly  How to serve/help others

How to make silence    How to indicate you don’t understand

How to freeze on cue    How to have a conversation/listening How to sit and stand gracefully   and speaking

      How to problem solve/peace making


These lessons will be reinforced over the next few weeks and throughout the year. In addition, we will offer lessons in all areas of the classroom, including practical life, sensorial, math, language, science, geography and art/music. It will be a busy and exciting few weeks together as we learn and grow!

We also want to let you know about a few classroom procedures to hopefully answer some questions you might have right now.


Our general class schedule (with flexibility!):


8:00 - 8:30   Arrival

8:30 - 8:45 Community Meeting

8:45 -11:15   Work Cycle

11:15 – 11:30   Prep for lunch

11:30 – 12:00  Lunch

12:00 – 12:30 Playground

12:30  Preschool dismissal

12:30 – 1:00 Community Meeting

1:00 – 2:10 Work Cycle

2:10 – 2:30 Restore classroom / Wrap up

2:30  Dismissal

Encore

“Encore” (music and P.E.) classes will be offered 2 days per week. When schedules become finalized, we will send you more information.


Snack

Snack is provided every morning for your children. We will send home an envelope every month in your child’s bag to collect snack money. We will buy healthful snacks for the week.


Lunch

We will be eating lunch in the classroom from 11:30-12:00 every day.  Please remember we do not have the option of microwaves or refrigerators for the children’s lunches. Please send only water or clear flavored water such as Roarin' Water for lunch as we eat on carpet and spilled juice or milk will stain.  Water is always available for your children in the classroom. At this time the middle school is not able to provide milk.  If this changes we will let you know.


Hot Lunch

At this time, we will not be offering Hot Lunch. At some point in the future the 6-9 level is planning to organize a Hot Lunch program and we will let you know when it will be available.


Sharing Time

Your child is welcome to bring a book to share with the group or an item to share for our nature table any day of the week. Please do not send in toys.  If you would like to bring in an animal to share please call or email to schedule their visit.


Birthday Celebrations

When your child’s birthday approaches, we ask that you call to schedule your child’s “Walk Around the Sun”, a special Montessori birthday celebration. We would like to have our celebrations at the beginning (8:30) or end (2:00) of the day, if possible.  If you are able to attend, you are invited to bring in pictures of your child from birth to present-day to share while telling about your child’s life.  If you choose to send in a snack for the day, please let us know prior to the day of celebration.  Please remember that the school prefers to have a healthy snack such as fresh fruit, vegetables, muffins, or cheese and crackers just to name a few.  If you are not familiar with the Walk Around the Sun, let us know and we will be happy to explain this wonderful tradition to you.  


Room Parent

Heather Ballance has volunteered to be our room parent this year.  She will coordinate needed volunteers for class activities, help with the auction basket, add information to the class blog, and help with Kids Fest.  Thank you Heather for taking this on!!


Communication

Please feel free to email us with questions.  You may also leave us a voice mail.  We will try to get back to you within 24 hours.  We will be happy to schedule an appointment any time after school.  



Field Trips

We will be sending home the field trip schedule soon.  Please remember that these are subject to change and, if that must happen, we will notify you 2 weeks prior to the scheduled trip. We rely on our parents for transportation for our field trips.  This is a great way to get in your volunteer hours.  All Day School students are required to have an adult with them on all trips.  If an adult is not able to attend there will be someone here at school to stay with them.  Please remember we are not able to accept checks for the fees associated with our trips.  


Arrival

The 3-6 classrooms will open their doors at 8:00am each morning.  Prior to 8:00am your child is asked to go to the Before School Program.  Students arriving after 8:30am will need to stop at the office to pick up a tardy slip and obtain a pass key to enter the building.


Pass keys  

For safety reasons, the buildings will be locked at 8:30am. If you arrive after 8:30 you will need to stop by the office to sign in and obtain a visitor’s pass key to enter the building.


Dismissal

Dismissal for 3 and 4 year olds is at 12:30 every day.  Dismissal for kindergartners is at 2:30pm. You may stay in your car and follow the carline to pick up your child, and we will help them into your vehicle.  Students with older siblings attending our school, and bus riders will stay in our classroom from 2:30 until pick up time at 3:00.  If your K student is not picked up on time, they will be taken to the After School room and will be charged a fee.  


Dress Code

Please refer to the Parent Handbook to review the specifics of the school wide dress code.  The dress code is something that will be reviewed in the classroom with students and a reminder will be sent home if an item is out of policy.  If the student repeats the offense they will be asked to change clothing from our clothes closet.  Should there not be the correct clothing you will be called and asked to bring appropriate clothing to school for your child.


    We are so pleased to be working with your child, and we look forward to a wonderful year!  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.



Sincerely,


Mrs. Mannie   ann.mannie@wmpcs.org


Mrs. Kennedy   sandy.kennedy@wmpcs.org