September 2005
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 Hannaford Store. 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.
Supper: A School Family Fundraising Supper hosted by the Elementary/Middle School Programs is scheduled for Oct. 26th. 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 . Letter and order forms go out this week on Friday Sept. 9th. Please fill them out and get friends to order. Please return forms by Sept. 23rd. Thanks.
Current Orders : Welcome back Parents and Friends! Please remember that you can order Current cards and gifts any time, all year round and 50% of your order will go to our school. Go to and place your order. When you check out, put in Stillwater Montessori, Old Town, ME in the appropriate spots. Usually, any funds raised through Current orders will go to the Stillwater Montessori scholarship fund. Soon we will have new catalogues in each class for those who wish to order by catalogue. Thank you for your support.

After-School Programs
Chess Club: This will be held on Weds. Starting Oct. 5th from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for 8 weeks. It is open to the community and all are welcome. Instruction will be given. Please Sign-Up at School.
Environmental Club: First meeting will be Thurs. Sept.22nd at UM Page Farm Museum from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. This is also open to the public for ages K thru 8th grade. Please sign up at School.
Children’s Chorus: Shauna Stratton-Meier will instruct this singing program. It will be held on Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. starting Sept. 26th 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 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. Start Date and Time TBA.
French: Alexandra Todorova will unfortunately NOT be able to offer French instruction at SMS this year as she now has a full time teaching position. We are therefore seeking to get another instructor. If you know of anyone able and interested in teaching French to young folks, let us know.
Music: Shauna Stratton-Meier will provide music instruction at the Primary on Mondays 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: Megan Grassi will offer optional violin lessons at school. Please sign-up for this program at School. All fees are paid directly to Megan. Call her at 884-4297 if there are 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 there. Start date is Sept. 15th. 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. 12th 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 supervisor and will be glad to answer any questions.
Work Study Tudors: We are slowly filling our work study positions of America Reads and America Counts tudors. It is a great program in which everyone benefits. Please meet these college students as they work with our students.

NEW STAFF: Marci Bueshner, who worked with Al in the Lower Elementary decided to return to College full-time this year and could not continue. The School was fortunate to be able to hire Sonali Grab to work with Al as an Assistant Teacher. Sonali was a student at Stillwater Montessori School and just graduated from UMass at Amherst majoring in Elementary Ed. She is very interested in Montessori Education.
At the Primary, Peggy Wilson recently resigned to take a head teaching position in Bangor. The School has hired Robin Mendenhall as an Assistant Teacher to work at the Primary with Marion and Linda. Robin graduated from UNH and is looking to work with young children. She has been a wilderness instructor working with at-risk girls and she is also very excited to learn about Montessori Education. We want to welcome both Sonali and Robin to our staff.

PARENTS: The New (and old) Staff Bios are posted on bulletin board and on the School’s website:

SCHOOL T-SHIRT & SWEATSHIRTS: Parents, please place your order for any t-shirts or sweatshirts (both adult and child) by Friday, Sept. 9th. They really look nice!! Please see samples and order forms on school bulletin boards. If there are any questions, please see the staff. Thanks.

1. Diver Ed at Bar Harbor on Sat. Sept. 17th: See bulletin Board for details. This will be an exciting family excurshion on a Lobster Boat! Ask Devin at the Primary if there are any questions.
2. Hirundo Family Picnic and Nature Walk: This will be planned for Sunday Oct. 2nd at 12:30 p.m. weather permitting. Please sign-up if you are interested at school. More information and directions will be available. Joanne will lead the walk. Please see her if there are questions.

PARENT MEETING: This will be held on Monday, September 28th at the Elementary at 6:30 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.

LATE PICK-UP: Please pick your child up on time. SMS Staff are NOT available to stay late with students that are not picked-up on time. Please be aware of the heavy University traffic and local construction and plan accordingly to be on time. Thank you for your consideration with this.

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. This week we will be 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. The class has been waiting for our painted lady caterpillars to arrive so we can watch the caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly cycle unfold.. IF ANYONE FINDS ANY MONACH BUTTERFLIES OR THEIR CATERPLILLARS (big, green with black stripes on milkweed plants) PLEASE BRING THEM IN TO SHARE! We will also be doing lots of Nature Study with trees and apples as our focus. We have been using our individual snack area, which the students really enjoy during worktime. It has been a great start to the year. Next week we are starting with all our special instruction. Also UM Conley Speech and hearing Center will be 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 will chose and take home their first book to share with parents this week. Please remember to return the book the following 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 will be talking about Eric Carle and his books, especially his art work. We will be learning about the forest habitat, esp. about the world beneath our feet. We hae gotten an Ant Farm and look forward to setting it up and watching it! We also plan to start a worm bucket. Parents are welcome any time to visit! - Joanne

Marion’s Primary 2 Class: Welcome to our classroom. It has been such a delight to finally put faces to the names. The children are all ready to go exploring the classroom and making new friends. We have been talking about the fundamentals for the classroom such as using the variety of work spaces, how to choose work and knowing where certain things are. (i.e. cubbies, work drawers, bathroom, etc.) We are getting to know one another through playing games and doing projects. We will be talking about three units of study: Apples, Trees and Butterflies. There will be many activites and hands on experiences for everyone. The units of study will changes every 3-4 weeks. The daily schedule is posted outside the classroom door. Please ask if there are any questions. Thank you for returning the take-home bags each week and remembering to sign-up for snack on the School bulletin board.
- Marion

PARENTS NOTE: The School recently procured a playground structure( Finally!!) and it is a big success but there are some rules for its use to insure that all are safe. We want you to know what these are so everyone ( Staff, Parents and Students ) are clear on them. These are posted on the bulletin board and placed in your parent folders. Future plans include setting up a Tetherball pole and replacing the Big “Toy Box” with a storage shed. Does anyone know of one that might be donated ?? We are looking for a small plastic, metal or wooden shed with a door that can be locked. Let Joe know! Thanks.

AL’s Lower Elementary Class: We are back in the swing of things as the school year is getting started. The Friendship unit is started. We want to explain the rules of the class and start to develop the friendships that will last beyond the year. The next unit we will be studying will be a forest unit. We will be going to the demonstration forest to review the work we have done in the past two years and to identify some of the trees in the area. We have started a couple of bird feeding stations outside the classroom to attract as many types of birds as we can. We will be keeping a chart to identify the birds that winter over in our area.
Look for the letter in your box that explains the snack fund that we have used to buy snack items for the classroom. The first month’s contribution is due by September 5th.
Its great to back.
– Al

Irene’s Upper Elementary Class: A wonderful start to the year with the students trying out the new materials, working well together and having interesting discussions. We will be taking at least two field trips this fall, one to Acadia for a geology tour about “Fire & Ice” and one to a bog to do climate research sampling. Dates will be announced. Students have begun studying about climate and climate change. Their first project will be to do a weather report from a planet in our solar system! It feels great to welcome our new class members and also our returning class members and have everyboady learning!
- Irene



NOTE #3 : You will receive this News Flyer via email as well as a hard copy in your parent folder. If you DO NOT get one on your email, please let us know. Please write down your email address and give it to Linda or put it in Joe’s in-basket. Future News Flyers will be email only unless a hardcopy is requested. News Flyers will also be posted on the schools website. Thanks.


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