Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday Memo, February 8, 2016

Did you know?

The origin of this holiday for the expression of love really isn't romantic at all -- at least not in the traditional sense. St. Valentine was a well known Roman Priest and during his era the Roman Emperor, named Claudias, persecuted the church. The church believed that marriage was a sacred union between one man and one woman and the Romans wanted to live in a state of polygamous. Claudias also set a decree stating that no young person was to marry. St.Valentine fought this through his church and even married young people in secret. Because of his rebellion against the edict, he was beaten, stoned, and he eventually faced decapitation. Kind of a dark side to this picturesque holiday, isn't it!

Dates to Note:

Monday, February 8:
  • Chess Club 3:30 - 4:30 pm @ Green Farmhouse

Tuesday, February 9:

  • Middle School Visits for 6th years begin
  • Golf Practice for 1st half of team 4 - 5:30 pm @ Cobblestone

Wednesday, February 10:

  • Golf Practice for 2nd half of team 4 - 5:30 pm @ Cobblestone
  • Cross-Stitching Club 3:30 - 4:30 pm @ Red Barn

Thursday, February 11:

  • SteAm club 3:30 - 4:30 pm @ Art Center
  • Middle School Visits for 6th years continues

Friday, February 12:

  • InService Day - School Closed To Students

Sunday, February 14:

  • Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 15:

  • Mid Winter Break - School Closed

Tuesday, February 16:

  • Golf Practice for 1st half of team 4 - 5:30 pm @ Cobblestone
  • Middle School Visits for 6th years continue
  • UE visits for 3rd years begins
  • LE visits for Kindergartners begins

Megan's Minutes

InService Schedule:

Join our Winter Break Potluck Lunch! This is optional for faculty not already scheduled to work.

Where: Middle School Dining Hall

When: Friday, February 12th 11:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Please bring:

Infant/Toddler - apps

Primary - sides

Lower Elementary - vegetarian and/or gluten free main dishes

Upper Elementary and Middle School- unrestricted main dishes

Specialists able to attend - dessert

Admin. - Drinks, cups, paper plates, napkins, silverware, set up, clean up

We will have a bit of merriment, a bit of reflection and discussion, and a lot of delicious food and camaraderie.
Additional level meetings:

  • Primary/Lower Language Benchmarks continued: Green Farmhouse 8:30 -​9:58
  • Lower/Upper Language Benchmarks continued: Middle School 10​:02​- 11:30
  • Upper Dept. Meeting @ UE 1 ​2:30​-​2:​3​0​

​At other times, please feel free to work in your environments.​


In planning for the upcoming Valentine's Day, please remember to observe our policy on sugar. Study of the the holiday may include special projects, but not candy. Please remind your parents, as well.

Small Fry Banter....

  • A teacher was wearing pearl earring. A student looks at her and says "Why are you wearing unit beads in your ears"? - Vic House
  • A teacher was working with students on how to create charts and graphs and she asked "Does anyone know what Data is?" Student responds, "Yeah, it keeps my Ipad running!" - Green Farmhouse
  • A Toddler was running up and down the stairs thinking it was funny, teacher helping them down asked, "Where should your body be?" Toddler says, "Church!" - Vic House

Lifting it up with Lori Z.!

Infant/Toddler information:

Infant Toddler retreat was changed to April 15th due to some scheduling conflicts.

InService Schedule Feb. 12: Infant Toddler Team Building from 9 to 10:30 am in the conference room.


Detailed information for Track will be distributed in the next two weeks with the registration deadline February 26th. We were excited that Diane McCreery, Debbie Kovets, and Courtney Rinehold will be our dynamic coaches. The season will be mid-March through Mid-may (Note: Spring Break week will not have practice). Track will be open to any 5th through 8th grader with two practices per week and meets once to twice a week starting mid April.

Go Spring Sports! Thank you Coaches, Parents and Athletes for all you bring to Oak Farm Athletics!

A Second with Sarah.......

Personal Sick Leave Bank Donations:

It’s that time again for the open donation period to the Personal Sick Leave Bank. Have you ever found yourself wondering how you can help a co-worker going through a challenging time? Now is your opportunity to help! You may donate a portion of your personal /sick time to the bank and assist a faculty member who may need to take time away that doesn’t fall under our other paid time policies. The open donation period will begin today and end on Tuesday, February 16th. Please note there will be no further open donation periods for the remainder of the 15-16 school year. See Sarah S-C for details.

Open position:

Oak Farm currently has an open teacher position in our Upper Elementary program. Montessori certification is not a requirement, but is a big plus and the ideal candidate will have two years’ experience in an elementary setting. Please pass the word on to fellow Montessorians or teacher contacts. If you have a professional LinkedIn account, feel free to share it there as well. Take a look at Macy McNaughton’s LinkedIn page for an example of how you may choose to post and also connect with her to see what the Oak Farm Communications Director is up to. We are asking all candidates to submit a cover letter and resume’ to sshanton@oakfarmschool.com.

Kickin' it with Kelly!

Classroom Inventories:

Some of you may remember the long process of gathering classroom inventories from our accreditation process. The good news is this has been completed once before so the hard part should be done. The bad news is we need to review these lists and work on bringing them up to date. Knowing this is going to be a long process and also realizing that it isn’t on anyone’s priority list I would like to help simplify this process with everyone. I would love to schedule a time with your level so I can sit down and work through some of the logistics of getting this process started. Please plan on letting me know when this will work best in your schedule. If a level meeting isn’t possible I can meet with the classrooms individually. I would love to have these meetings completed by the end of February, so if I don’t hear from you I’ll definitely be in touch.

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The Importance of Disaster Prevention.....

You should have all received your Disaster Prevention Manual last Friday. If you have not yet seen this manual, it was delivered to your mailboxes here at the Victorian Farmhouse. Please take a moment and look through this very important information. This is a great opportunity to practice our proactive skills. As Lauren stated in last weeks Monday Memo, I will be touching base each week on different areas of prevention to keep everyone fresh and up to date. The manual has been divided into three tabbed areas for your convenience in an emergency situation. It is to be kept in your emergency bag at all times, if you do not have an emergency bag, please keep them in an area that is readily available. If you wish to have another copy, we do have extras or can make more. Please let Lauren or Nan know if you need more. Thanks!

A Moment with Macy...

NEEDED: Classroom Life Pictures for YEARBOOK

Macy needs pictures for the yearbook!!! Please share pictures of life in and around your classroom! You can easily upload them to your Google Drive, and then share from there - it is SUPER, DUPER Easy... as Emory would say, it is "easy peasy, leamon squeezy!" Contact Macy if you need help - she will hook you up with a lesson that will provide you a lifetime of knowledge and google-drive-wisdom!

DEADLINE for this: February 29! (The yearbook draft is sent to the printers the week before Spring Break... so, I need these ASAP!!!!)

Please copy/paste into your classroom communications - newsletters, calendars, emails, etc:

Oak Farm Connects - SKATING PARTY

Wednesday, March 2 (5:30-7:30) at the Auburn Skatin' Station $4 per person


Terri Clark will be collecting Box Tops at the end of this month... please bring them in ASAP. They are worth $0.10 a peice... WOW! That adds up to quite a bit of money for the school!

Yearbooks ON SALE!

For only $25 you can have a professional grade yearbook that shows pictures from this school year. Yearbooks are ONLY onsale online this year - check in with Macy if you aren't sure if you have purchased a copy. Go to Yearbookforever.com or use this link to order now - https://yearbookforever.com/#


The following children will be present: Riley Knudson, Cohen & Sully McCreery, Rory & Neve Lemmon, Prestley & Pierceton Matney, Ryker & Cameron Elias, and Charolette Deihl


7:00 - 8:00Kim

8:00 - 9:00Flor & Susan

9:00 - 10:00FlorAndrea

10:00 - 11:00SandyAndrea

11:00 - 12:00Alex (Lunchtime)Hattie (lunchtime)

12:00 - 1:00AlexHattie

1:00 - 2:00AlexHattie

2:00 - 3:00TriciaLinda

3:00 - 4:00TriciaLinda

Parents, please drop your child off at either the Vic House aftercare room or the Vic House rec room where the specialists on duty will greet your child with a smile! :) Remember to pack a lunch for them and a quiet activity or game for them to share with others. Students MUST BE PICKED up BY 4:00 to allow for the specialists on duty to start their weekend! THANK YOU!

Bulletin Board Fun!

The board is ready for you trivia folk! This month is a $5.00 gift card to Panera Bread is the prize for the right answer! You can't win if you don't try! Good Luck!
"When we truly love others without condition, without strings, we help them feel secure and safe and validated and affirmed in their essential worth, identity, and integrity. Their natural growth process is encouraged!"

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

February Birthdays:

2/1: Cathy Sauder

2/10: Jodi Lambert

2/25: Candy Slabaugh and Nancy Hathaway

Valentine's Day wish....

May this Valentine’s Day be filled with love, understanding, and contentment as you journey through life with those you hold dear.