Monday Memo

Lake Air Montessori Magnet PDS

Week of February 26, 2018

Celebrate Your Uniqueness...Be Unique!

Our theme this year is "Celebrate your Uniqueness". We believe in cultivating children's intellectual abilities alongside their confidence and happiness. We seek to educate the "whole child", one that is beautifully, wonderfully, and uniquely made. We strive to create an environment that nurtures their young minds and inspires a spirit of personal excellence.

Embrace your uniqueness. Time is much too short to be living someone else's life. - Kobi Yamada

Weekly Montessori Moment

Grow the Core...

"Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and strength, use it to create." - Maria Montessori

We are taking time to refocus our attention and deepen our core in Montessori philosophy as a staff in our weekly professional development. We will spotlight a different component of our core each week. This week's focus is enjoying family time
1 Blow Bubbles
The sunshine is back so break out the bubbles. Those magical spheres can entertain children for hours. Make your own bubbles recipes at home and throw a bubble party to get the most out of your bubble-blowing fun during Spring Break

2 Enjoy Nature Activities
Now that you can actually go outside without having to wear a coat, enjoy some of the new life nature is sharing with us. Play games outside, go on a treasure hunt or rough it in the backyard. There are so many nature activities for kids that will turn them off of their electronic gadgets and turn them on to the great outdoors.

3 Fly Somewhere Special in Your Living Room
Not jetting off for a week-long getaway today? That's okay. Go anywhere you want in the world without ever leaving home. Play airplane with your children and simulate a flight to your own tropical destination. Or go somewhere cold. The destination is completely up to your kids. If they want to go visit Santa at the North Pole, pack your parka and go!

4 Read Outdoors
Grab the books and head outside. Plan an afternoon reading picnic during Spring Break. Spread a blanket in the grass. Take a few books outdoors and bring the pages to life to turn your kids into book lovers. Read to each other. Flip through picture books. What matters most is the quality time you spend showing your kids the importance of sitting down with a good book.

5 Take a Day Trip
Jump in the car and take a quick road trip. Spend the day visiting a nearby city to break up Spring Break. With 50 states of kid-friendly attractions to look through, your family will have a hard time narrowing your choices. Or you can really be adventurous and write down each attraction you would like to visit on a piece of paper. Throw the papers in a hat and draw one.

6 Plant Spring Flowers
Plant spring flowers with your children during their time off from school. Take them to the nursery and let them choose some of the flowers for your spring garden. Grow memories with your children as you get dirty and talk about the various flowers you're planting together. There are plenty of fun gardening projects for kids, regardless of their ages.

7 Share Your Love of Music
How often have you heard an old song and it instantly transported you to another time and place? Imprint those same music-loving memories on your children. Share a variety of music with them by listening to various songs together, swapping stories and bringing the music to life with fun music activities.

8 Host a Family Movie Night
Turn your living room into a movie theater, complete with tickets, a concession stand and movie reviews.

9 Visit Children's Museums and Theaters for Free
There's plenty of free Spring Break fun to be had at children's museums, theaters and art museums. Many are even free. Target Free Days is a year-round program that gives parents and their kids free or discounted admission to thousands of family-friendly venues. So not only do kids get to spend a day burning off that bottled up energy, you may not even have to pay a dime for it.

10 Stay Busy on Rainy Days
Those unpredictable spring showers can put a damper on your outdoor plans during Spring Break. Have a back-up plan in place with indoor activities to keep kids busy. They can make wall art, play indoor games, engage in creative writing activities and so much more.

11 Start Your Own Easter Traditions
Spring Break is an excellent time to get ready for the upcoming Easter holiday. Start your own Easter traditions and revisit those traditions every Spring Break. From baking Easter goodies to preparing Easter baskets together, there are so many ways to kick off your Easter celebration early.

12 Create Spring Crafts
Break out the pastel paint colors. Get crafty with projects that usher in springtime. Backyard crafts, flower crafts, garden crafts and even crafts that encourage critters to come visit are just a few of the projects you and your children can create together.

13 Sign Up for a Spring Break Camp
Camping fun isn't just for summertime. Many of your favorite camps offer a special spring break camp. Camps are usually scheduled to coincide with the local public school system's spring break to give kids a fun alternative to staying home all week if your family isn't traveling. Even if you don't take advantage of a spring break camp, springtime is perfect to get your kids signed up for summer camp before everything fills up.

14 Enjoy a Playcation
How many times have you been too busy or too tired to simply sit down with the kids and play? Have a playcation during spring break week. From sunup to sundown, you're your children's number one playmate this week and there are no phones, electronic gadgets or other distractions to keep you from playing. Build forts, play dolls or walk the plank on a cardboard pirate ship. There's no limit to the amount of quality, imaginative play you can sneak in during spring break.

15 Plan Your Summer Break Together
Take a look at your family budget before spring break. Now spend spring break planning your summer vacation together. Get the kids in on the possible places you can go and the things to do once you get to that location. Use this time to visit tourism bureau websites together of things to do and print out what interests you all the most. By the end of spring break, you'll have a nice collection of places to choose from and everyone can cast their vote for where you're going and what all you'll be doing once you get there.

As a Montessori school…

We follow the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, a medical doctor, teacher, philosopher and anthropologist. Her progressive view of children was way beyond her time.

We understand that children of different ages have different needs and abilities. We study child development theory and make sure our classrooms are developmentally appropriate.

We observe our children. By watching closely, we can modify our lessons and materials to best suit the child’s interests and growth.

We believe that the environment is the best teacher. We design the classroom to fit the needs of the child, rich experiences balanced with beauty and order. Each work contains a purposeful work that is designed to teach a specific concept.

We model grace and courtesy (good manners), treating each other as we wish ourselves to be treated. We use calm voices when teaching and speak with respect to children’s feelings. We carry ourselves with poise and handle objects with care.

We recognize that children are unique individuals who are not likely to master exact same concepts or have the same interests at the same time.

We do not use rewards and punishments to force children to comply with rules or to combat ill behavior. We believe that each child is on the way to developing self discipline and that rewards should be intrinsic.

We believe that children learn best when they are free to move their bodies throughout the day. We want to teach our children to respect their bodies and control their movements which helps the growing brain learn more effectively.

We believe that the materials a child works with should be carefully chosen to support the current developmental stage. Concrete experiences are always offered first and abstract thinking presented later. We call this work, not play.

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Congratulations to Middle School for placing 3rd at UIL!

We are so proud of our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders for their performance at this weekend's UIL competition at University High School. They competed against the other middle schools in Waco ISD and placed 3rd overall. Thank you to all the Middle School teachers who helped prepare the students and volunteers who helped on Saturday.

Every child needs their own earbuds or Headphones!!!!

We are asking for each child to bring a personal pair of headphones/ear buds to use in the computer lab or in the classroom. It is best for each child to have his/her own due to hygiene purposes. Please label your child's headphones.

We just began a new reading computer program and every Primary student MUST have their own headphones in order to use the program!!

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We are AVID!!

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Please sign up for Parent Portal!!

We encourage all parents to sign up for Parent Portal. It is your one stop shop to know how your child is doing in school! Get notifications when your child has a grade below a certain score or when he has a missing assignment.

Parent Portal is an exciting opportunity for parents to become more involved in their child’s education through the convenience of the Internet. You will have access to your child’s:

  • Grades (current progress report and 6-week report cards)
  • Schedule
  • Attendance
  • Health Log
  • Discipline Log
  • Student Personal Information: address, phone, e-mail
  • Plus, send an email to any of your child's teachers

Zero Hour for Middle School Students

We offer "Zero Hour" for Middle School students each day of the week from 7:15 - 7:55. Students must arrive in Lab 0 before 7:45 in order to be allowed to work. The computer lab is supervised by an adult during Zero Hour.

Zero Hour is not a requirement. It is simply an opportunity to have access to a computer for school work in the morning. If students have prior committments to fine arts during that time, they need to honor them.

Please encourage your Middle School student to take advantage of Zero Hour to catch up on work or get ahead.

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Click below for our LAMM Campus calendar!

Mark your Calendars!!!

February 27-28 - DBA tests for 3rd-8th grade (mock STAAR)

March 2nd - Early Release

March 5th - 9th - Spring Break

April 20th - 21st - Public Montessori Educators of Texas conference (PMET)

Let us know what we can do better! Leave us a suggestion!

NEXT WEEK...February 26th - March 2nd

Monday February 26th

TELPAS Samples this week (check calendar)

NYC Essays and Teacher Evaluations are due

Lesson Study during conference

1:00 - 2:00 Leadership Team Meeting

3:30-5:00 6th Grade Movie and Game Night (By Invitation Only)

4:00 - 5:00 5th grade Science Curriculum Support at North Waco

Tuesday February 27th

7:15 - 7:50 Jazz Rhythm

Released STAAR testing for 4th Writing, 5th Math, 7th Writing, 8th Math

DBA testing for 3rd Math, 6th Math

2:00 - 3:00 Baylor KAST for 5th grade Science

3:30pm-4:45pm Varsity Band Rehearsal

5:30 - 7:00 Showcase for Prospective Parents for 2018-2019 school year.

Wednesday February 28th

Released STAAR testing for 4th Reading, 5th Reading, 7th Math, 8th Reading

DBA testing for 3rd Reading, 6th Reading

Soul Food Luncheon

Thursday March 1st

PLCs during conference period

Middle School Caring for Cameron Park field trip

7:15 - 7:50 Jazz Rhythm

3:30pm-3:45pm- Jazz Band

Friday March 2nd

8:15 - 9:15 GT Enrichment for 3rd grade only

Young Men's Leadership Symposium for selected 7th-8th grade boys

Tape Tank Fundraiser for Upper Elementary field trip

Early Release at 12:00 NO AFTERSCHOOL

College Fridays: Louisiana State University (purple and gold)

UPCOMING WEEK..March 12th-16th

nday March 12th

Upper Elementary Field Trip

TELPAS Samples this week (check calendar)

3:30-4:45 Varsity Percussion Rehearsal

Tuesday March 13th

7:15-7:45am- Jazz Rhythm Section Rehearsal

2:00 - 3:00 KAST for 5th grade

3:30pm-4:45pm- Varsity Brass and Woodwind Rehearsal

Wednesday March 14th

4:00 - 5:00 Faculty Meeting

Thursday March 15th

7:15am-7:45am- Jazz Rhythm Section Rehearsal

Friday March 16th

2:00 - 3:00 KAST for Middle School

1:00 - 3:00 MakerSpace (Lopez, Cambambia)

3:30 - 4:30 GT enrichment afterschool (Hour of Code)

College Friday: Yale University (blue and white)

Saturday March 17th

8:00 -4:00 Montessori Teacher Training


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Principal: Stephanie Tankersley

Assistant Principal: Rachel Hannah

Assistant Principal: Dr. Mary Phillips