Gator Report

School Newsletter .November Issue 2020.

Hanging with Mr. G

Hello Dater Families,

I am so proud of our in-person learning start this school year. The students are doing an AMAZING job wearing their masks appropriately, following the six feet physical distance protocol, and making sure they wash their hands throughout the day. We are taking these safety precautions extremely seriously here at Dater Montessori and are striving to do our best to ensure the safest learning environment we can offer our students.

We are starting to get into a rhythm with our day and I am so proud of the hard-working staff who are continuing to provide not only a positive social-emotional learning space but continuing to deliver a rigorous high-quality Montessori Public School Education.

Our arrival and dismissal system is working seamlessly. I want to thank all of our families for following all protocols as without this partnership it simply would not work.

Please make sure you are reading my email blasts that I send out every weekend as well as tuning into the CPS Business Board meetings-I always try to inform the community on when these are with the links.

Go Gators!

Mr. G

Safety with Nurse Kisha

It's getting cold outside. We want to make sure that you are getting your flu shot as recommended.

Tips during Cold/ Flu Season

While the best way to prevent the seasonal flu is to get vaccinated, Cincinnati Children’s doctors and the American Academy of Pediatrics give the following tips on how to stop the spread of flu germs:

  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue. If you don’t have time to get a tissue, bend your arm and sneeze or cough into it. Teach your children to do the same.
  • Use tissues for wiping runny noses and catching sneezes. Throw the tissues in the trash after each use. Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing frequently.
  • Avoid kissing your child on or around the mouth or face when either of you are ill.
  • Make sure everyone washes their hands before and after coming into close contact with someone with the flu. Everyone should wash their hands with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds (about as long as one verse of Happy Birthday). You may also use a waterless hand cleaner in addition to hand washing or if soap and water are not available.
  • Don’t let children share pacifiers, cups, spoons, forks, washcloths, or towels. Never share toothbrushes.
  • Wash dishes, forks, cups and spoons in hot, soapy water or the dishwasher.
  • Change cloth towels often and wash them in hot water.
  • Wipe all surfaces, including toys, with a disinfectant or soap and hot water. Viruses can live for more than 30 minutes on doorknobs, toilet handles, countertops, and even toys.
  • Keep children, particularly infants, away from secondhand tobacco smoke. Children who are exposed to tobacco smoke have an increased risk for respiratory illness.

    To read more information on Cincinnati Children's Hospital tips for prevention against Influenza click here

Tech Talk with Julie Faller


It's Julie Faller here with some tips.

Make sure you are turning off your computer daily.

We are asking for pictures of your Grandparents Day kit with photos of the completed project. You can go to our Community Facebook page Dater Montessori. The post is pinned to the top with instructions on how to upload the photo. You can also see a step by step guide with pictures here.

A note from our Mental Health Partner

We could all use a little more kindness in our lives. And while it’s nice when kind acts enter our lives at seemingly random moments, what if everyone approached being kind intentionally?

Kindness, above all your strengths, has the ability to change the world. Being kind makes you feel better physically and emotionally. Kindness improves your relationships with your family. Being kind increases your sense of community and brings you closer to those important persons in your life. Kindness can help shape and improve your world view.

We are asking you and your family to get signed to be kind! By signing this pledge, you are committing to being intentional about sharing your strength of kindness with yourself, your family, your community, and by doing so making the world a kinder and better place. Once you’ve signed the pledge, you will be receiving weekly text messages motivating you to be kind to yourself, your family, your community, and the WORLD! We’ll also be sharing kindness on social media and via email so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to join the kindness conversation.

Sign the pledge on our website and text kind to 69922 to get started!

Check out our virtual office. here

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November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month

November was first declared as National Homeless Youth Awareness Month in 2007. Since then, November has been a time to acknowledge those children and families experiencing homelessness. As many as 2.5 million youth per year experience homelessness. Along with losing their home, community, friends, and routines as well as their sense of stability and safety, many homeless youth are also victims of trauma.

Facts on Homelessness:

The average age of a homeless individual is 9 years old

Children experiencing homelessness change school seven to eight times per year.

Children experiencing homelessness are usually two to three years behind in school.

Families experiencing homelessness comprise 40% of the homeless population.

Poverty and lack of affordable housing are key causes of family homelessness.

Half of all women and children experiencing homelessness are fleeing domestic violence.

If your family is experiencing a loss of housing or you are in a temporary living situation doubled up with another family, please reach out to Christine Miller, School Social Worker, for referral assistance at or 513-363-0982.

Before/After School Care


Now enrolling click here for more information

Before/ After Preschool Care

Please register here

More information contact: Niki Sherwood 513-363-0901

Staying Connected

Staying Connected

We know that we are "socially distancing" but we can still get connected. We still have a wonderful Montessori Community that you can get involved in.

Here are our upcoming November events:

9- Midterm

- PTN meeting 6:00 pm

11- No school - Veterans Day

12- FODM meeting

17- Magnet Lottery Application begins / Midterms go home

23- Book Fair begins

25- Conference Day (no students)

26 & 27- Thanksgiving - No school

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

Teachers can still use your help! We are always looking for additional online support with working with small groups online, helping teachers prep work, virtual room parents, and more. If you are interested, please click here. We will be in contact soon.

Virtual Tutoring

Children are able to get free CPS Virtual Online Tutoring! This virtual platform offers, free, on- demand, online on one tutoring with qualified and approved helps. Please click HERE for more information.

Virtue of the Month


All human beings collectively; the human race; humankind;

The quality condition of being human, human nature;

The quality of being humane or kind

-Merriam Webster Dictionary-

Allow for the child to discover the joy of being kind.

Like with reading if you give the child space to develop and discover reading on his own, you will have a lifelong lover of reading.

A 3 1/2-year-old once held a door for a 94-year-old man. The man's face lit up when he saw the child helping him. He spoke to the child and thanked him. The interaction between the two impacted the young boy significantly as he continues to speak of this act of kindness to this day!

Pass it on…

Hold the door for someone!

Write a kind note to someone!

Carry someone’s bag for them!

Stand up for a friend!

Play with someone who is alone!

Pick up trash you see on the ground!

Smile at others!

Help someone if they need it!

Let someone go ahead of you in line!

Say thank you to people!

Listen to someone!

Be generous - give to those in need!

New Partnership Alert

We are now partnered with Freestore Foodbank!!

We are now giving out Power Packs!! This is weekend food for high needs families.

If you would like more information or to share a success story, please contact

Teasha Tennyson

Email: tennyst@cpsboe.oh.k12.or

Niki Sherwood:


*** Pick up Food in the front Circle Monday November 16th from 12-3 pm. We have limited food bags it will be a first come first serve basis. Please stay in your vehicle when approaching the front of the school, you will place your child(ren) name on the clipboard, before receiving food.

Montessori Home Tip

Now that we are fluid between virtual and in person. It may be helpful to continue to try to learn how to make a Montessori environment at home. Below is a YouTube video on how to make materials on your own, to help engage your child in learning.
MONTESSORI AT HOME: DIY Montessori Materials (on a Budget!)

No Matter if We are Red or Purple our Community Partners are Committed

With all the constant changes in colors during this pandemic, it can be anxiety-driven to know what to prepare for in so much uncertainty. Well, we are committed to growing partnerships with our community to ensure we are ready no matter where we fall on this rainbow of a pandemic. (that's the part where you chuckle). We want to take this time to highlight two partners that have done phenomenal work.

Walmart at 2322 Ferguson Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45238, donated over 1,000 dollars worth of school supplies! Brad Perry, the store manager, was able to help us load the items and his staff was eager to assist. We want to thank Brad and their wonderful team. Please support them and shop there for the holidays and give them some Gator love.

We also would like to thank Matthew 25 Ministries. They have donated additional PPE equipment such as: masks, sanitizer, and face shields. You can learn more about their projects here

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Dater Montessori

Prek- 6th Grade, Elementary

Principal: Tony Greco

Assistant Interim Principal: Shelly Stein

Monday - Friday 9:15 - 3:45


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