Montclair Prints 12.6.19


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PTO Volunteer opportunities!

If you would like to be on our email/text/or call list please email, Deana Hammond , with your name and method of communication you would prefer to use.

We use sign up genius often so email is always good but a link can be sent out via text.

Thank you for your time.

A note from Dr. Kotlarz...

Dear Montclair Families, This month we are focusing on "Active Listening" with our students.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, active listening is a good way to improve your communication with your child. It lets your child know you are interested in what he/she has to say and want to hear more. When you are actively listening, you give your full attention to your child. You make eye contact, stop other things you are doing, and get down on your child’s level. You reflect or repeat back what she is saying and what she may be feeling to make sure you understand.

When you actively listen to your young child, a strong relationship develops. As your child grows, if you continue to actively listen to her, your relationship will continue to get stronger. A strong relationship with your child will make it more likely she will talk with you about her hopes and problems when she is older. It is sometimes tempting to brush off our children’s problems, especially if we have had a bad day, if we are busy, or if our child seems to have the same problems over and over. But our children need to know that we are going to listen to them.

Reflection is one way for you to show you are actively listening to your child. You can do this by repeating back what your child has said or by labeling and summing up how you think he feels.

When reflecting your child’s words, you repeat what your child has said. This lets your child know you are actively listening. When you reflect your child’s words, you are giving attention to him for his use of words. This increases the chance that your child will talk more because he wants your attention. You don’t have to repeat exactly what your child said but what you say is usually very similar. You can add detail, shorten, or correct what your child has said.

When you reflect your child’s emotions, you watch your child’s behavior and describe the emotions he seems to be having. This gives your child a word for the emotion and helps him see that it is ok to talk about feelings. Reflection of emotions is not always easy. Here are some tips to make it easier.

  • Take a guess even if you are unsure. There may be times when you are unsure what your child is feeling. For example, your child may be crying but you may not know if he is angry, scared, or sad. You can let him know that you are paying attention and trying to understand how he feels by saying, “It seems like you are upset or “It sounds/looks like something is bothering you”. Your child may not know himself what he is feeling and by talking you can figure it out together.

  • Words aren’t needed all the time. You can let your child know you are paying attention to how she feels by what you do even if you don’t say anything. You can just sit with your child while she is upset or stay physically close and hold or comfort her.

  • You don’t always have to agree. Sometimes it is difficult to summarize or label your child’s feelings because you think he should be responding in a different way. Telling your child to stop feeling a particular way or asking him not to worry does not show your child you are trying to understand how he feels. By talking with your child about his feelings, you can help him deal with and understand his feelings.

  • Talk about other feelings. Children may have several emotions at the same time. For example, your child might feel sad and afraid at the same time. By talking about all the feelings, you show your child you care about what she is showing on the outside and may be feeling on the inside. You can also help your child figure out how to deal with many different feelings.

  • Don’t worry about getting it wrong. Sometimes when parents are learning active listening skills, they worry that they will incorrectly summarize and label their child’s feelings. You should not worry. Children usually correct their parents if their feelings are described incorrectly. If your child corrects you, try again. Reflect what he has said to you, and expand on it to give him more words and to learn ways to describe his feelings.

Lunch Menu

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School Breakfast and Lunch Programs

The National School Lunch and Breakfast programs provide free or reduced breakfast and lunch to children each school day.

Children qualify for the program several different ways:

· Household Income and family size

· Participation in certain Federal Assistance Programs (SNAP, Medicaid, etc.)

· Status as homeless, migrant, runaway, or foster child.

If you feel your child may qualify, you can apply for these meal programs at any time, all year long.

If you have been disqualified in the past but feel you may now qualify, we encourage you to contact Millard Food Services

You can apply anytime online on the Millard Public Schools website, Food Services Department.

You can also pick up a paper application at the Montclair office.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Millard Food Services at 402-715-1433.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Read At Home tips for Kindergarten-3rd grade

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Pre-Registration for Kindergarteners and New Students

Pre-Registration for Kindergarteners and New Students for the 20-21 school year is open. Pre-Registration is for students that currently live in the MPS Boundaries that do not currently attend a Millard School but plan to attend for the 20-21 school year.

Millard North Middle School Informational Night

Please see flyer below the picture.
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Millard North Basketball clinic..see attachment below

PTO Pointers

PTO Pointers:

2019-2020 Board Officers:

President: Deana Hammond
Vice President: Catrina Alexander
Secretary: Jenny Miller
Treasurer: Lucas Shook

 Don’t forget about Montclair for your TAGG and Amazon Smiles purchases

 Want to send your child a shout-out on the lighted marquee? Celebration Marquee forms are in the office and on the PTO website.

2019-2020 meeting dates/times:

Mon., Jan. 27 @ 7 PM

Mon., Feb. 24 @ 4 PM

Mon., Mar. 30 @ 7 PM

Mon., Apr. 27 @ 7 PM

MMPEA (Millard Montessori Parents Education Association)

Thu. 1/23 - Parent Education Night at Russell Middle School (student-led panel discussion), 6-7 pm, childcare provided

Tue. 3/10 - Community Night at Russell Middle School

Thu. 4/9 - Parent Education Night at Norris Elementary (topic: Montessori educational tools), 6-7 pm, childcare provided

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