Monday Memo

Lake Air Montessori Magnet PDS

Week of November 6, 2017

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

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.


We are Family Event

The We are Family event is Tuesday November 7th at 6:00pm at UHS. Dinner will be provided starting at 6. Thanks to Scholastic free books are available for students in gr. 3-5.
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GCAP students return from NYC!

Our GCAP students are back from their once in a lifetime trip to New York City. The learned about several non profit organizations that are making a difference in their local communities and global community. Here are some of the non profit organizations they learned about while at the Global Citizenship Action Project conference.

https://www.gottahavesole.org/

http://www.heforshe.org/en

http://www.visionforandfromchildren.org/

http://savetherain.us/

https://www.accion.org/

http://www.colorsofconnection.org/

http://www.icanw.org/


They visited the United Nations on the birthday of the UN and got a personal visit with the Mission of Portugal. They were to see the bright lights and fabulous sights of NYC. The visited the 9/11 Memorial, Rockefeller Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown, Little Italy, Trinity Church, Wall Street, Times Square, Broadway, Chelsea Piers, Harlem, and so much more.

Check out pictures on the GCAP FB page.

https://www.facebook.com/LAMinNYC/

Don't Stand By, Stand Up - PTA Program 11/14/17 6:00pm

PTA is hosting Don’t Stand By, Stand Up program on November 14 at 6:00pm for parents and teachers. This program will count as CEU’s for teachers.

Bullying remains one of the most significant challenges in creating a safe and healthy learning environment for our children and this damaging behavior can have lasting effects on both the bully and victim. This program addresses:

· The nature and prevalence of bullying

· Strategies for parents, students and school staff to address bullying

· What works and doesn’t work in bullying prevention and intervention in schools

· Awareness of the laws

As many schools and communities search for an answer to this ongoing social issue, it’s important to remember that parents and students are the most effective tools in bullying prevention. Learn strategies for helping your students to properly identify bullying activity, and empower them to STAND UP and help create a culture of kindness and respect in their school..

Suggested Audience:

All Parents, Teachers and Administrators

Duration:

60-75 minutes

http://www.txpta.org/dont-stand-by-stand-up

Thanksgiving Lunches 11/15-11/16

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Montessori Parent Education Videos

https://youtu.be/82YCQvr8XjE
https://youtu.be/ggZQ-blHlOc
https://youtu.be/EEKZyrqi-uU
https://youtu.be/kFID3NA3I18

Headphones or earbuds needed!

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 are AVID!!

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Parent Portal

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


http://www.wacoisd.org/families/parent_portal_information

Click below for our LAMM Campus calendar!

THIS WEEK...November 6th - 10th

Monday November 6th

9:00 Leadership meeting

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

3:30 - 4:45 - Destination Imagination auditions


Tuesday November 7th

7:15 - 7:50 Jazz Rhythm Section

3:30 - 4:45 Varsity Brass and Woodwinds

6:00 - 7:00 We are Family Event at UHS and WHS


Wednesday November 8th

District Benchmark Tests for 3rd - 5th Science

2:00 - 5:30 Cookie Dough Pick Up in Cafeteria

4:00 - 5:00 AVID Site team for AVID trained teachers

Skate Night Fundraiser for Upper Elementary


Thursday November 9th

7:15 - 7:50 Jazz Rhythm Section

PLCs during conference period for all teams


Friday November 10th

10:00 - 3:00 Baylor Basketball game

3:15 - 4:15 NO GT Enrichment Afterschool - cancelled

3:30 - 4:45pm Pep Band Rehearsal

3:30 - 9:30 Middle School Band Night

College of the Week: University of North Texas (green and white)

NEXT WEEK...November 13th - 17th

Monday November 13th

9:00 Leadership meeting


Tuesday November 14th

7:15 - 7:50 Jazz Combo Rehearsal

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

Expository Essay Rubric Training

4:30 - 5:30 Social Studies Curriculum Support at TMS

6:00 - 7:00 PTA Meeting - Anti-Bullying Program


Wednesday November 15th

10:15 - 12:30 Thanksgiving Lunch for Primary and Upper Elem

4:00 - 5:00 Faculty Meeting - Obsessed with our CORE


Thursday November 16th

7:15 - 7:50 Jazz Combo Rehearsal

11:00 - 1:00 Thanksgiving Lunch for Lower Elem and Middle School

PLCs during conference period for all teams


Friday November 17th

Early Release for all students 12:00pm

No GT Enrichment

College Fridays: Rice University (blue and gray)

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Principal: Stephanie Tankersley

Assistant Principal: Rachel Hannah

Assistant Principal: Dr. Mary Phillips