News From Our School

Friday, November 14, 2014

Unclaimed Articles of Clothing

We have several lost coats, sweaters, a glove, and a shirt in the office. They are either not labeled or we are not able to read the writing. Please check with the school office if you think they may belong to your child. Any clothing not claimed by Winter Break will be donated to the Clothes Closet.

Operation Gratitude Update

Remember, we are collecting quarters for the Buddy Smith Home for Veterans, a service of Next Step Services, Inc. The Buddy Smith Home provides transitional housing for homeless veterans in our area.


In today's Friday Folder, you will find an order form for a limited-edition "Fort Smith" t-shirt. Feel free to share with friends and families. The shirts are being produced by Rags of Honor, a nonprofit in Chicago, IL, formed to provide training and jobs for unemployed and homeless veterans. Proceeds from the shirt benefit our school, but production of the shirts provides employment at Rags of Honor.


We got such great feedback from the public on our Operation Gratitude shirts that we decided to make something with a broad, public appeal. We'd like to collect as many orders as possible by Friday, November 21, for those who might want to give them as holiday gifts. However, we will accept orders through Friday, December 19. Those shirts will arrive in mid-January.

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, November 19: 50/50 Raffle Tickets Due

Friday, November 21: Community Ceremony (8:15 a.m.)/Fall Family Feast (11:00 a.m.)

Monday, November 24 - Friday, November 28: Fall Break

Friday, December 19: Community Ceremony (8:15 a.m.) & Pajama Day!

Monday, December 22 - Friday, January 2: Winter Break

Fundraising Reminder

For families that opted to fundraise as part of their tuition this year, the difference between the semester requirement of $250 and the amount you raise will be added to your January tuition statement. Please remember the 50/50 raffle is your last opportunity for this semester.

Articles of Interest

Below are a couple of articles you may find interesting: Ms. Hayes' monthly education column and an article in Time Magazine on senses - an important part of a Montessori education.