January 13, 2003

Wed., Jan. 1st –New Safety Seat Law Into Effect
Wed., Jan 15th – Chess in Ellsworth for Elementary
Thurs., Jan 16th –Environmental Club 3:30 p.m.
Mon., Jan 20th – Martin Luther King Day NO SCHOOL
Mon., Jan 20th – Chess Tournament at Holy Family Parish 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 21st – Student Teachers Starting

Safety Seat Information: Effective January 1st 2003, there is a new Safety Seat Law into effect. This will apply to all students at Stillwater Montessori School. You should have already received a notice regarding this law in your parent mail folders. If you have not please see Linda, there is a form to be completed for our records; this form will also be photo copied and placed with the Emergency Cards which are used for field trips, environmental club, etc.

Address Changes: Old Town residences now have the enhanced 911 system into effect. Therefore, Old Town residents have new street numbers. If the school does not have your new street number for our records, please let Joe or Linda know this information. Thank you. Also, at the same time we are updating our e-mail addresses.
Stillwater Montessori School
1024 Stillwater Avenue, Unit 1
(Not RR3 Box 1300 or 775 Stillwater Ave. anymore)
Old Town, ME 04468

Violin Lessons: Violin Lessons for Primary Students will be held on Thursday’s for remainder of the school year. Thank you. Contact Nora Bellows at 942-0768 if there are questions.

Warm Clothes: Winter is upon us with lots of snow, and more to come we’re sure of that. Along with the winter comes the issue of outside play-YES we still go outside in the winter, so this means YOUR child NEEDS warm clothes for outside play. Snow pants or snowsuits, hats, mittens (extras would be nice), boots, scarves. PLEASE LABEL these items with your child’s name. Remember, children still need inside shoes to wear during class time and we still have fire drills. Again please, label items with your child’s name. Thank you.

Environmental Club: Environmental Club will be meeting on Thursday, January 16th, at 3:30 p.m. at the Page Farm Museum.

Get to School on Time: An increasing number of students at both Primary and Elementary locations are coming to school later and later. This disrupts the start of the day for the staff and their planned activities / lessons. PLEASE GET YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL IN A TIMELY MANNER (8:30 a.m.) so the do not miss out on instruction! Thanks.

Student Teachers at School: The following students are doing their student teaching at our School. Please meet them and welcome them to our school community.
Yoko Leonard starts Jan. 21st for 15 weeks in Joanne’s Primary Classroom
Kelly Singer starts Jan. 21st for 15 weeks in Irene’s Upper Elementary Classroom
Jessica Smith starts Jan. 13th for 8 weeks in Al’s Lower Elementary Classroom

Stillwater Montessori Parent-Teacher Forums for Spring 2003: Parent-Teacher Forums are parent-initiated events meant to encourage communication and foster community at our school. We are always looking for forum topics and parent volunteers.

Friday, January 24: 6:30 p.m. "Crayola Dream-Makers Workshop- Art Connections to Academics” (limited to 25) includes take-home resource kit for use at home or school All activities presented are keyed to the National Visual Arts standards. Discussion leader: Andrea Stark from the Maine Discovery Museum. SMS Staff and Parents , please sign-up to attend by Jan 17th. After that date, it is open to the public. Thanks
Friday, February 7: "Children's Friendships." Discussion Leader: Dr. Cynthia Erdley, Psychology Department, University of Maine.
Friday, March 7: "Maine Learning Results – What are they?” Discussion leader: Tad Johnston from the Maine State Department of Education.
Friday, April 4: "TBA"
Friday, May 2: "Children and Illness."

ART at the Primary by Jami Herring (formerly Bradshaw) Please sign-up on the Bulletin Board for these optional Art lessons. Contact Jami for more information and questions 827-0129.

Upper Elementary / Middle School News (Irene’s Classroom): Students have begun new reading groups. Middle School students are reading a great futuristic adventure titled, The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm The Upper Elementary students are reading, I, Houdini and From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. We are continuing our study of industry and technology. A field trip to MPBN on Jan. 28th has been arranged to explore a television studio and to learn about television production and broadcasting. Parents are encouraged to help with transportation and chaperoning. Also, please we’d like to welcome a new student to our class, Seth Gilbert from Hampden. All the students are enjoying the snow. Special thanks to Dennis Coyne for his donation of two sleds!

Lower Elementary (Al’s Classroom): Why does it rain? Why does the wind blow? In the next few weeks we will be studying the science of air and weather. We will be answering these and other questions about the air around us. Snack money for the elementary program is due. Many parents paid only through December. Thanks.

Primary Class 1 News (Joanne’s Classroom):
Joanne’s Morning News: Happy New Year everyone! We have all enjoyed being back and have been very busy with the new work in the classroom. We have focused on winter and watched what happened to a bowl of snow as in melted into water in our classroom. Then we put it back outside and discovered that it became ice, not snow! We talked about snow and made snowpeople collages after reading the book Snowballs by Lois Ehlert. We have also talked about quilts. Next week we will head to the Polar regions to learn more about the climate, animals, plants and people that live near the Poles. We will also talk about how animals survive in the winter.
In other news, we have welcomed a new friend, Sean-Michael Walsh, to our class. We are very excited to have him join us and be a part of our class. We also have a new hamster, which appropriately, is named Snowball!
Joanne’s Extended-Day News: We have had a wonderful start to the year. We have enjoyed listening to Robert Munsch books. We have read the chapter book The Magic School Bus to the Rescue – Blizzard and now we are reading the original Winnie the Pooh by A. Milne. We will start bringing our books home again this Friday. In math, we are starting to play the Golden Bead games for the decimal system and place value. There is a lot to look forward to in the next few weeks! We will be talking about nature in Winter in preparation for a Winter Walk. We will also visit the Hudson Musuem and the Inuit exhibit.

Primary Class 2 News (Marion’s Classroom): Welcome to 2003. We have begun the year as busy as ever. The units we are studying are the Polar Regions, animals in winter and quilting. We also have a new student: Noah Tappan. Please welcome him and his family to our school community. Please bring in a family photo (snapshot 3x5) so we may make a family photo quilt. Due date is Jan. 16th. Photos will be returned at a later date. Thanks.


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