Maria Montessori Academy

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What a week!

Thank you for another great week in the books! With the snow this week, a few reminders are listed below on procedures and such...


We hope you had a great Thanksgiving Break and are ready for the activities and adventures of the next couple of weeks. Please review the calendar and teacher newsletters too for all the things that are coming up!


Sara Tucker

Director

Happenings!

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Returning student Registration: This will begin on December 12... details to come!



Winter Concert: December 16

Dear Families,

We are excited to invite you to our elementary winter music concerts on December 16th! The lower elementary and kinder concert (K-3rd grade) starts at 10:00am. The upper elementary concert (4th and 5th grade) starts at 11:15 am.


We are excited to see you there. There will also be a link for you to watch the concerts live/or later if you are unable to attend. Thank you!


Ms. Sarah

Music Teacher



Boys Basketball: Practice will be on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons from 3:30-4:30pm.




Winter Break: December 22- January 3




Snow procedures and protocols: SCHOOL CLOSING/INCLEMENT WEATHER OR EMERGENCY DISMISSAL : Occasionally there are days when weather or other conditions necessitate the closing of school. Please listen to the radio or morning news for school closure announcements, check Facebook, and OneCall will be used should we have a late start or a snow day. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CALL MARIA MONTESSORI ACADEMY. If the weather is bad, there will be no one here to answer the phone. Should the occasion arise when weather or other conditions necessitate sending children home earlier than the scheduled dismissal time, announcements will be made via email, and/or via our phone notification system. Make emergency arrangements for your children if case this should occur and make sure your children know what these arrangements are. The school office will remain open for parent/guardian contact and students will be permitted to use the phone during these emergencies.



Redwoods Success!

Students attended the Redwoods trip before break and had an incredible time! They were able to hike, complete rope courses, visit the Golden Gate Bridge, and strengthen friendships! Check out the great picture at the end of the newsletter!



International Festival was amazing!! Students were so excited to share what they had earned and found interesting! Thank you for supporting this experience!



Lost and Found: The lost and found in the lobby and the Junior High Commons are overflowing! Please come and check to see if your student's missing jacket or notebook are in there! All items left behind will be donated to a local shelter on December 21.




Safety First!

PLEASE use the crosswalks and wait for the crossing assistants to create a safe environment! This morning alone there were several near misses as folks crossed from in between cars... safety is a priority! If you need to run something into the school or help your child, please park in a parking space and not along the drop off zone. This will help with keeping the flow of traffic consistent. Please be patient and kind with other drivers as well. Blinkers, patience, and a deep breath go along way.



Hoodies: Students may wear school spirit, military, school event related (like the redwoods trip), and university/college related hoodies in class and during school sponsored events. No other hoodies should be worn at school. We are working to get back to the dress code, thanks for helping and supporting this!



Title 1 information

If you missed Back to School Night, here is the information about Title 1!




Nurturing the Creative Mind: This is a free opportunity for students to have a place to learn about art and creativity! https://nurturethecreativemind.org/



Late Drop off's

When bringing your student to school, if it is after 8:30, please come in and check them in. Thank you~




Food, Phones, and gum

I have noticed some things that are concerning and hope to get your support with changes. I have seen many a student with a phone out during class time, in the halls, and during unstructured times. We would respectfully ask that phones be put away. This also applies to phone watches. Students need to be focused on the lessons of the day, not on social media, texting, or phone calls from friends and family. Please respect the time that our amazing teachers have put in preparing lessons and activities to enhance student learning and encourage your student to put away phones and phone watches. If you need to get a hold of your student during the day, please contact the office.


With regards to food, our nutrition policy states that snacks and lunches should be healthy, that no soda or energy drinks will be allowed in the school, and that we should encourage a healthy eating. This includes birthdays, food will not be included in celebration of life (birthday) celebrations. Please respect the fact that we are working to build healthy minds and bodies.


We have many who wander through the school and in classes chewing gum. This gum ends up in the carpet, under tables, and gum has even found its way into hair. Gum does not need to be a part of the school day, except in certain circumstances. Please help ensure that your student is not bringing gum to school.


Together we can make a positive change and create an environment that is conducive to great learning experiences!