Parent Flyer September 15, 2006
Fundraising:

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 coordinating 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 fundraiser for the school.

Supper: A School Family Fundraising Supper hosted by the Elementary/Middle School Programs is scheduled for Oct. 24th. 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. 15th. Please fill them out and get friends to order. Please return forms by Monday Sept. 25th . Thanks.

After-School Programs

Chess Club: This will be held on Weds. Starting Oct. 4th from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for the year. 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.28th at SMS Elementary from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. This is also open to the public for children in 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. 25th 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.

Spanish:
Rebecca Garcia will be giving Spanish lessons at the Primary Location on Fridays. We are looking for another instructor for the Elementary. Until then, Sonali Grab and Rachel Duplessis will be giving Spanish lessons there.

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:
The Suzuki violin teacher taking over for Megan Grassi this year will be Sarah Judkins. Sarah will offer optional violin lessons at school. She is a student at the University of Maine and a new teacher at RDL Strings. She can be reached by phone at 207-290-3595, or by email at: sarah.judkins@umit.maine.edu.
More information to come. Please sign-up for this program at School. All fees are paid directly to Sarah.

Music at UM:
The Lower Elementary students are going to UM from 11: a.m. to noon on Thursdays to participate in the elementary music course there. Start date was Sept. 14th. Laura Artesani is the instructor.

OTHER SPECIAL INSTRUCTION:

Conley Speech and Hearing Center Graduate Students: Several grad students will be working with our students at both the primary and elementary locations. 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. Judy Stickles is the supervisor 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 tutors. It is a great program in which everyone benefits. Please meet these college students as they work with our students.

NEW STAFF:
Diane Johnston , full-time assistant teacher, will be working with Marion and Linda in the Primary 2 classroom and Twila Hills, full-time assistant teacher will be working with Joanne and Robin in the Primary 1 classroom. Diane previously worked at Bangor Montessori School and has lots of experience. Twila recently graduated from the Eastern Maine Community Early Childhood program as the top student, and she is also very excited to learn about Montessori Education. We want to welcome both Diane and Twila to our staff.

The New (and old) Staff Bios are posted on bulletin board and on the School’s website:
www.stillwatermontessori.org

SCHOOL T-SHIRT & SWEATSHIRTS: Parents, please place your order for any t-shirts or sweatshirts (both adult and child) by Friday, Sept. 29th. They really look nice!! Please see samples and order forms on school bulletin boards. If there are any questions, please see the staff. Thanks.

SMS FAMILY ACTIVITY PLANNED:

1.Hirundo Family Picnic and Nature Walk: This will be planned for Sunday Oct. 1st at 12:30 p.m., weather permitting. Please sign-up at school if you are interested. 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 Wednesday, September 27th at the Elementary at 6:30 p.m. We will discuss how the Montessori programs work at both the primary and elementary and view a short video, “Maria Montessori: Her Life and Legacy”. 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 fundraising. 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 (I-95) and plan accordingly to be on time. Thank you for your consideration with this.

PARENTS: PLEASE CONSIDER THESE SMS VOLUNTEER & DONATION OPORTUNITIES:

1.Parents willing to form school garden committee to maintain school gardens. Students & staff can also be involved with this. Let Joe or Joanne know.
2.Looking for donation of computer for elementary (Pentium III or better) Contact Joe.
3.Looking for donation of large reptile tank ( for lower elementary) Contact Joe.

PRIMARY NEWS

Joanne’s Primary Class: Greetings! We have been very busy getting to know our classroom and each other. To help us with our community building, we have met “I Care Cat” who has been helping us to be kind friends. We have learned three of his rules so far: 1. We listen to each other. 2. Hands are for helping, not hurting. And 3. We use “I Care” language.

It has been great weather for us to begin our exploration of the world around us! We have a special nature table in our classroom where we share interesting things we have found at school and at home. So far, we have had beach rocks, pine cones, fresh water mussel shells, acorn tops and a large Abalone shell come in. We have also been fortunate to watch 4 Monarchs metamorphize from caterpillars to chryalis to butterfly. We then released them! For the next 2 weeks, our nature studies will continue with trees and apples as we approach the first day of fall. Our routine is settling in with Music, Creative Movement, and Spanish lessons starting. Remember that share day is Monday. Thanks for all the great snacks parents are bringing in. The children are really enjoying the snack area! Remember that you are always welcome to stop in and say “Hi”. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call!
- Joanne

Joanne’s Extended Day Class: The older students have also enjoyed a glorious start to the school year. With the weather so ideal, we have been creating nature kits for exploration. We have made naturescopes, bandanas and journals to use on our explorations. We have discovered spiders, ladybug babies, land snails, worms and fuzzy yellow caterpillars! We have gone for school yard “safaris” with our nature kits. We have each chosen a book to “read” and share with classmates. We have also started reading Charlotte’s Web, our first chapter book. We are getting to know each other and our world around us. Outdoor picnics have been standard for lunch so far! We hope the great weather continues! If there are any questions…please ask! And parents are always welcome to visit any time!
- Joanne

Marion’s Primary 2 Class: Welcome to a new school year. We have gotten off to a great start, learning the many new names and faces. The children are enjoying each other’s company. There have been many moments of laughter and great conversations. The materials in the classroom are being well-utilized through exploration, lessons with teachers, and group work. We have been learning about the beginning steps when using the Montessori classroom and are now moving on to the unit studies of caterpillars / butterflies, trees / leaves and apples. We have set one of our butterflies free and hope to release three more soon. Please ask if there are any questions. We are here for you!
- Marion

ELEMENTARY NEWS

PARENTS NOTE: Please check the school bulletin board for SMS information and your student folders: Also FYI - The Elementary phone number is 827-7766. Please pay your monthly snack fee of $5 to Al or Irene. You can pay monthly or for the whole year. The snack fund allows our student snack committee to decide and shop for snacks themselves. It’s an importart learning opportunity and your fees make it possible. Thanks!

Elementary Parent Note: We have silverware at the school. Please do NOT send any from home for lunch.

AL’s Lower Elementary Class:
All the children have made a good transition to the new routine of the elementary classroom. We have been working on building a community in the classroom. This process will continue for the rest of the year. The first science unit will be on spore making plants. The younger students will get introduced to plants like ferns, moss, and lichen. The older students will be getting additional information about these plants.
We have signed up for the Cornell University bird watch over the winter. We did this last year and the birds and the children both benefited for the food and the knowledge.
The first group of students went shopping for snacks. They enjoyed the experience and had good reasons for the decisions that they made about snack choices. I hope you will support this initiative to help the students learn about healthy snacks. (p.s. please pay your monthly snack fee)
- Al and Sonali

Irene’s Upper Elementary Class: The class has begun a unit on soil, farming and food. We have had great fun examining soil organisms under the microscope. On Thursday, Sept. 7th students went on a mushroom walk with Alma Homola from the University of Maine. We found dozens of varieties to learn about and examine. Students have done a great job getting started with learning and having fun too! Students Emily Tyrell and Lydia MacKay organized a recess field trip to the Old Town Park’s sprinklers. The weather cooperated and it was a fun frolic! We are getting ready for the Water Festival at UM on Oct. 10th and the Common Ground Fair on September 22nd. Parents are welcome to come as chaperones.
- Irene

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