Athena Montessori Academy

April 2022 Newsletter

"The purpose of life is to obey the hidden command which ensures harmony among all and creates an ever better world. We are not created only to enjoy the world, we are created in order to evolve the cosmos."

-- Dr. Maria Montessori

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Google Calendar for Parents

Check out the Athena Parent Calendar and stay tuned to important school events!

Important Dates

Thursday, March 31st

Trans Day of Visibility


April

Ramadan


Friday, April 1st

April Fools Day


Saturday, April 2nd

Autism Awareness Day


Saturday, April 2nd

Rally for Transgender Rights


Friday, April 15th - Saturday, April 23rd

Passover


Friday, April 15th

Good Friday


Monday, April 18th

Easter Monday


Sunday, April 17th

Easter Sunday


Thursday, April 21st

Bad Weather Make Up Day


Friday, April 22nd

SCHOOL CLOSED -- Parent Teacher Conferences

Staffing News


FAREWELL JONNY!

We said goodbye to our sweet and loyal IT and Solutions Coordinator, Jonathan Kerr, this month. Jon accepted an exciting opportunity in his chosen field of technology where he will be able to grow his skills and his career path in tech. We are so grateful for his dedication to our school over the past two years, his love for the children, his help with drop-off and pick-up, his cheerful and helpful demeanor, and his kind heart. We wish him the best on his journey!


CONGRATULATIONS, ANI!

Our amazing Ani Robinson, who has been a rock for us through Covid as Office Manager, has been in training to move into the position of School Director! She has been working very closely with our leadership team in all areas and has recently completed her Director Credentialing course. As she begins to take on more Director responsibilities, she will be training a new Office Manager to fill her role at the front desk.

We have brought on a temporary Office Manager, Auzana Kasnavia, who is available to support the transition until we hire and train our next permanent Office Manager/Assistant to the Director. Auzana has already brought a level of organization and aesthetics to the office that we can all be proud of and we are excited for her to be on our team as long as she is able. Auzana is also currently helping us by floating and supporting classrooms as needed.

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Spring has sprung; the trees are blooming, the weather is heating up and the calendar is suddenly as full as it was in the spring of 2019. What a treat! Core to our values at Athena Montessori Academy is the practice of fostering a deep appreciation for all the beautiful differences that make us who we are. Sometimes, though, beautiful differences are turned into marginalized identities. We live in a society where certain ways of being are exalted. We call this ‘being in the center’ or ‘being centered’. Lives that fall outside the center are marginalized or ‘othered’. We are aware that systems in our country are built to exclude certain groups from what we know as basic human rights: housing, health care, education, nutritious foods, and the agency to build a life.


Yesterday, Thursday, March 31, was a celebration of marginalized identities very near and dear to our hearts here at Athena. It was a two-fold day of joy being both International Day of Trans Visibility and César Chávez / Dolores Huerta Day.


César Chávez and Dolores Huerta Day

“When the man who feeds the world by toiling in the fields is himself deprived of the basic rights of feeding, sheltering, and caring for his own family, the whole community of man is sick.” -César Chávez


“Giving kids clothes and food is one thing, but it’s much more important to teach them that other people besides themselves are important and that the best thing they can do with their lives is to use them in the service of other people.”

-Dolores Huerta


Click HERE to learn more about César Chavez


Click HERE to learn more about Dolores Huerta

Transgender Visibility Day

What does it mean to be visible? What does it mean to be seen for who we are? What does it mean to feel safe and comfortable, to be accepted? Are these questions ones we have to ponder as we move about the world? If not, then we have the agency to step up to the plate and go to bat for those who must hide, who cannot be seen for who they truly are for fear of repercussion.


Austin-based Presbyterian minister Reverend Remington Johnson was an inspiration to us all when she spoke in front of the Texas State Legislature in 2021. “Trans children are a blessing. Trans children are sacred.” We agree, Reverend Johnson. We agree.


Rally for Transgender Rights – Saturday, April 2nd – Noon on the Capitol Steps in downtown Austin


Gather with equity-minded folks on the steps of the Texas State Capitol at high noon this Saturday to let your voice be heard on behalf of transgendered people who are facing anti-trans legislation in many states, including Texas.

April is the month of Ramadan 2022

Athena Montessori acknowledges that being Muslim in America is fraught. Depending on where people of the Muslim faith live in this country, being open about one’s faith and religious identity can mean to be othered and discriminated against.

Even in more liberal cities such as Austin, or more diverse cities like Houston, being openly Muslim can invite biases and misconceptions to surface and cause harm. We stand with our Muslim community members and their right to practice their faith unhindered. We wish you a fruitful month of peace, prayer and family. Ramadan Mubarak, y’all!

P6 Team Spotlight


1. What is your favorite aspect of the Three to Six Plane of Development?

Alex: Their joy in the simple things: a blooming flower, leaf or funny cloud. Things adults often move too fast to see.


2. What is a sweet moment you have already experienced this school year?

Jazmin: Watching One of the kids go from needing lots of redirecting to needing little help and doing what needs to be done on the first message


3. Name something that people generally think very young children cannot do, but you have seen them do.


Jennifer: Prepare their own food and clean up afterwards.



4. If you could own only one book on early childhood, which book would you pick?

Discovery of the Child by Maria Montessori




Follow the link below to read the full Primary 6 Spotlight:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wd1AOZ4jWKaugoK3rENkcy0UpIELxfQ6iQ4iV9OO5I4/edit

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Happy Birthday!

Student Birthdays:

Quinn A. -- 4/4

Grayson S. -- 4/7

Josephine B. -- 4/18

Ethan T. -- 4/20

Sunny T. -- 4/25

Josephine M. -- 4/27

Bain T. -- 4/28

Presley M. -- 4/28


Staff Birthdays:

Mandy Waid -- 4/9

Kimberly Love -- 4/12

Ben Gikow -- 4/15

Meghna Gopal -- 4/18

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Enrollment Notices

2022-2023 enrollment is underway for all families! We strive to maintain a balance of age, gender identity, race/ethnicity, and temperament in each of our classrooms, so children in our waiting pool are considered according to these factors and their date of application.


If or when your child is offered a spot at Athena, and should you choose to accept, an Enrollment Fee will be due to secure the spot. If you choose to decline the spot, your child will remain in our waiting pool unless you ask to be removed or until they reach the age of five.

Our continued goal in the admissions process is to be as transparent as possible, and we strive to give you the most accurate information we can during each step of the deliberate process of enrollment. We respect that decisions related to your child's education are important and timely ones, and we will continue to send you general enrollment updates via our monthly newsletter. Thank you for your continued interest, and we encourage you to reach out with specific questions related to your child's enrollment at any time during this process.

Please direct admissions & enrollment questions to Joy Jacobson.
You can email her directly Admissions@AthenaMontessoriAcademy.com

School Supplies

Oliver's Labels

Need labels? Oliver's Labels has labels for backpacks, shoes, clothes, lunch boxes, and water bottles!  Click on the image above to purchase customized labels and Athena will receive 20% of your purchase!

For Small Hands

For Small Hands carries a wide variety of items for children, all child-sized, fun and developmentally-appropriate!  Use our code below, and Athena will get a percentage of the sale to apply towards materials for school. CODE 165595