January 2006

Tuesday, Jan. 3rd 2006 - School Resumes
Tuesday, Jan 3rd - Chess Match at Orrington
Sunday, Jan. 8th – Chess Tournament at John Bapst HS in Bangor
Monday, Jan. 9th – Chess Match at Glenburn
Wednesday, Jan. 11th – Parent Meeting (6:30 p.m. at Primary – See Parent News)
Monday, Jan. 16th – Martin Luther King Jr. Day (NO SCHOOL)
Monday, Jan. 16th – SMS hosts Annual Chess Tournament at Elementary Location
Thursday, Jan 19th – Joanne’s Afternoon Class Field Trip to Indian Island School
Thursday, Jan. 19th – Chess at Ellsworth
Thursday, Jan. 26th – Environmental Club Meeting at Page Farm.


Driveway at Primary: Parents PLEASE drive slowly and remember that our driveway is ONE-WAY from Stillwater Ave back to Old Mill Rd. behind the School. Please DO NOT drive into driveway from Old Mill Road, but rather park behind the school. This makes the driveway safer for parents driving the “right” way and those walking into and out of School. The driveway is just not safe for two-way traffic and pedestrians! Please hold your child’s hand when walking to the car and put them in the car. Children should NOT enter the parking lot unattended. Remember that all children need to be properly seat belted! Thank you for your consideration in these important safety issues.

Spanish Language Lessons: One of our primary parents, Rebecca Garcia, will be teaching weekly Spanish lessons at both the Primary and Elementary on Thursdays starting Jan. 12th. This is a change from the French language lessons of recent years. However, we did have Spanish lessons before the French. The School thinks it is important to expose its students to a different language, regardless of what that language is. Spanish is widely used throughout the United States and we are fortunate to have Rebecca (who is from Spain) available to give lessons. She actually taught English to children back in Spain and is used to teaching languages. She plans to work with the teachers to coordinate the Spanish lessons with the classroom study units.

Multi-cultural literacy programs: Catherine Davis, (a parent at our elementary school) will be presenting special multicultural literacy programs, “ Story Arts and Tales”, once a month in both the Primary and Elementary classrooms. She did a very successful program on “ Holidays Around the World” in December for both sites. She read stories, shared books and made pop-up cards for four celebrations around the world. She will be working with the teachers to integrate the programs to the units of study such as the polar regions and Asian units. We are very excited to have this opportunity for our students! Thanks Catherine!

Environmental Club : The environmental club will start up for the spring semester on January 26th at the Page Farm and Home Museum. We are fortunate indeed to have Allen Sockabasin, Passamaquoddy storyteller, singer and author doing a program for us from 3:30 to 4:45 pm. As part of the program , he will share his new book, Thanks to the Animals. This program is extra special as Allen is a former parent of our school.

PenPal Visit , January 19th: Joanne’s afternoon group will be going to Indian Island School to meet their penpals in the Early Childhood Program. They will be working on a joint service project and participating in the school drumming social. More info to come!!

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: The first submission of “ Box Tops” raised over $43 for the School! Therefore, please continue to save your “Box Tops for Education” labels and Campbell Soup labels for the next submission. There are collection boxes at both school locations. Marion is coordinatig these collections. Please see her for details and if there are any questions
Current Orders : 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 www.currentfun.com 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. There are catalogues in each class for those who wish to order by catalogue. Thank you for your support.

PARENTS NEWS: Remember to check the School Calendar and Parent News Flyers on the School’s website:

1. Charter School legislation is coming to the Maine Legislature for a vote this session.. There is a special breakfast meeting with local Rep. Emily Cain and Sen Elizabeth Schneider about support for Charter Schools in Maine. The Meeting will be at Governors at 7:00 a.m. this Friday , Jan. 6th. Dr. Judith Jones will also attend. (She held a meeting with our school parents last Spring) Any SMS parents interested in attending and lending your support to the charter school movement please see Joe or Joanne.

2. SPECIAL PARENT MEETING on Wednesday, Jan. 11th at the Primary Location from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Discussion topics will be based on Aline Wolf’s new booklet “ Montessori Insights for parents of young children”. This will be an opportunity for parents to ask questions and further your understanding of Montessori in the classroom as well as ways to adapt it to home. Joanne will facilitate this meeting along with other staff.. (The booklet will be available to purchase for $6.00, and may be purchased ahead of time, just ask Joe or Joanne) Please sign-up if you plan to attend. We really need at least 10 parents to make it a go! Thanks!!

3. NEW STUDENTS: There are 3 new primary students in Marion’s room. They are Garrett Donovan, Ritvik Kumaran and Brendan Parlee. Please help us welcome them and their families to our school community.

4. WARM WINTER CLOTHES: Be sure yout child has hats, warm coats and mittens as Winter is here with lots of cold weather …AND the students DO go outside!

5. 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 plan accordingly to be on time. Thank you for your consideration with this.

Both classrooms are studying Polar Regions, Animals in Winter, and Quilts during January.

The Lower Elementary will be studying Women’s History during January.
Upper Elemenatary and Middle school students are studying Asian cultures and will be doing a CultureFest on these countries (date TBA.) They also have been preparing for their school geography bee on January 11th at the elementary site!


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