September 2004

Bottle Drive: Please drop your returnable bottles/cans to Skeeters Redemption on Stillwater Ave. Skeeters is on the left on the way to Old Town Shop N’ Save An account is all set up fot the school. You just drop them off anytime and say it’s a donation to Stillwater Montessori School. If you wish, you may bring them to School (either Primary and Elementary) and the staff will take care of them. Thanks for your support.

Box Tops & Campbell’s Soup labels: Please save your “Box Tops for Education” labels and Campbell Soup labels as they can be used for School fundraising . There are collection boxes at both school locations. Marion is coordinatig this collection. Please see her for details.

Hannaford for Education: There are coupons for certain items at Hannaford that are advertised as “School Dollar” items. Turn these into the school for savings for the school.

Yard Sale: We are trying to organize a Saturday in October to have a SMS Yard sale at Jim and Mary Bird’s residence in Orono. Date TBA. Please let staff know if you have items to donate to a Sale. Thanks.

Supper: A School Family Fundraising Supper hosted by the Elementary/Middle School Programs is scheduled for Oct. 28th. Please look for details. The students will help prepare this meal.

Dutch Bulbs: Every year we collect orders for bulbs to be planted in the fall. Linda Hall is coordinating these order forms . Orders go out this Friday. Please fill them out and get friends to order. Thanks.

After-School Programs

Chess Club: This will be held on Wednesdays. starting Sept. 29th from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for 8 weeks. It is open to the community and instruction will be given. All are welcome. Please Sign-Up at School.

Environmental Club: First meeting will be Oct. 7th at UM Page Farm Museum from 3:30 to 5;00 p.m. This is also open to the public for ages K thru 8th grade. Please sign up at School.

Culture Club: The first program is tentatively scheduled for Thurs. Oct. 21st Featuring the French culture in Maine. There will be a special performance by Micheal Parent, French singer, songwriter and storyteller. Look for more Information to come on this!

Children’s Chorus: Shauna Stratton-Meier will instruct this singing program. It will be held on Mondays, starting Sept. 27th at the Elementary and is open to the community. There is a small fee for this great program. Please sign-up at school for this and if there are questions, please call Shauna at 989-2458.

Special Instruction:

Art: Jami Cass (formerly Bradshaw) will offer Optional Art Instruction for students at the Primary School. Please sign-up for this. There is a small fee and sign-up for those interested in participating in this instruction. Art will be offered to both Elementary programs as part of the program. All instruction will be on Thursdays.

French: Alexandra Todorova will offer French instruction at the Primary classrooms on Wednesday & Thursday mornings and Elementary on Friday mornings.

Music: Shauna Stratton-Meier will provide music instruction at the Primary on Monday and Wednesday mornings and at the Elementary on Friday mornings.

Creative Movement / Physical Education: Cid Dyjak will provide creative movement lessons at the Primary after lunch on Wednesdays. He will offer Physical Education at the Elementary on Friday mornings.

Suzuki Violin: Nora Bellows will offer optional violin lessons at school on Thursdays, starting Sept. 16th . Please sign-up for this program at School. All fees are paid directly to Nora. Call her at 942-0763 with any questions.

Music at UM: The Elementary students are going to UM from 11: a.m. to Noon on Thursdays to participate in the elementary music course. Laura Artesani is the instructor.


Conley Speech and Hearing Center Graduate Students: Several grad students will be working with our students at both the primary and elementary locations. On Monday, Sept. 20th they will offer free screening at the primary site. Please fill out your permission slips for this service. Thanks! This is a special benefit for our students and the college students too! Judy Stickles is the instructor and will be glad to answer any questions.

Work Study Tutors: We are slowly filling our work study positions of America Reads and America Counts tudors. It is a great program that benefits everyone. Please meet these college students as they work with our students.

Husson College Occupational Theraphy Dept. will be placing 3 practicum students at our school – one at the Elementary and two at the Primary.


Hirundo Family Nature Walk: This will be planned for Sunday Sept. 26th at 1:00 p.m. weather permitting. Please sign-up if you are interested at school. More information and directions will be available.

PARENT MEETING: This will be held on Monday, October 18th at the Elementary at 7:00 p.m. We will discuss how the Montessori programs work at both the primary and elementary. There will be a discussion and hand-outs. There will also be a very short “Friends of Stillwater Montessori School” meeting to discuss future family activities and SMS fundraisning. Plan to come! Please sign-up for this at school.


Joanne’s Primary Class: We have been busy learning everyone’s name and I have been impressed with how quickly we are becoming a community of friends. This week along with our name games and “How do you do” game, we have made a class set of photos. We have been introduced to “I Care Cat” who helps us with rules for a peaceful classroom. I Care Cat’s rules are: 1.) We listen to each other. 2.) Hands are for helping not hurting. 3.) We use “I care” language. 4.) We care about each others feelings. 5.) We are responsible for what we say and do. We have played listening games and made applesauce together this week. The class has been carefully monitoring our painted lady caterpillars. Three are now in chrysalis. As a result we have sung songs and learned about the cycle of the butterfly. IF ANYONE FINDS ANY MONACH BUTTERFLIES OR THEIR CATERPLILLARS (big, green with black stripes) PLEASE BRING THEM IN TO SHARE! We do have a lunar moth coccoon, tiger moth and others. The students have been great at finding the caterpillars. We have been using our individual snack area, which the students really enjoy using during worktime. It has been a great start to the year. We are starting with all our special instruction this week and also UM Conley Speech and hearing Center is starting to work with our students. Please ask if you have any questions. - Joanne

Joanne’s Extended Day Class: The older students in extended day are likewise off to a great start! They are very eager to work in the classroom. They have chosen and taken home their first book to share with parents. Please remember to return the book on Monday so someone else can use it! For everyone’s sake this is important! After lunch we have been reading “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White. We have been talking about Eric Carle and his books, especially his art work. We will be talking about the forest habitat and planning a field trip. - Joanne

Marion’s Primary Class: We are off to a great school year, making friends and learning about our classroom. We have started individual snack time, share day and our other special instruction periods are starting in music, French, creative movement, etc. We are looking forward to them. Our painted lady caterpillars are in their chrysalis, soon to be beautiful butterflies. We will be studying trees, leaves and apples along with fire safety in the next few weeks. In the afternoon, we will be working on colors using a variety of art mediums and playing various games. Thank you for returning the take-home bags and many thanks for the great snacks! If there are any questions, please ask. - Marion


AL’s Lower Elementary Class: Everyone is off to a great start! The students are picking up the routine very quickly. We had a wonderful time on our field trip to Bar Harbor for a Whale Watch Trip on Weds. Sept. 15th. Next trip you ask? Next Thursday 9/23 in p.m. we will be visiting the PLT Outdoor classroom/ Demonstration Forest to continue our stewardship of the Wildlife Garden. Homework is a regular part of the student’s day. Each day each student should bring home a spelling and a reading assignment. We have started a study unit on spore making plants. We will be doing an inventory of these type of plants at the wildlife garden when we visit. Ask me if there are any questions. – Al

Irene’s Upper Elementary Class: A wonderful start to the year with beautiful weather and much excitement. The students have dived right into our first unit – on Oceans. Check out the fishy projrcts as they hatch around our classroom. We had a GREAT whale watch today (Weds. 9/15/04) Lots of dolphins and Fin Whales to look at along with the beautiful coast of Maine. Weather was perfect! Watch for other upcoming field trips TBA related to our study unit. Students will be attending the UM Water Festival on Oct. 12th. We will start our election unit later in October. We also start music at UM with Al’s students on Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. After music on Sept. 23rd we plan to visit the wildlife garden to plant native shrubs we started from seeds last year. Richard May has helped raise the seedlings and will join us to plant them. – Irene

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