Oak Farm Montessori School

Community Memo - September 25, 2015

Dates to Note:

Monday, September 28: Home Soccer Game vs Garrett @ 5:00

Tuesday, September 29: Light the Night @ East Noble High School. Registration and fun begins at 5, walk is at 7:00 - remember to WEAR GREEN!!!

Wednesday, September 30: Cross Country Meet

Thursday, October 1: Away Soccer Game vs Lakewood @ 4:30

Friday, October 2: Coaches from Soccer Shots will be on campus to chat with Primary & Lower students. Information about this program will come home next week!

Friday, October 2: Infant & Toddler Classrooms CLOSED

Friday, October 2: Lockdown Drill during school hours

Saturday, October 3: Fall Festival! 10:00 - 1:00 - pack a picnic for your family and enjoy the campus.

Tuesday, October 6: Montessori in the Home Parent Event 6:00-7:30 @ the Victorian Farmhouse

Wednesday, October 7 @ 6pm - Test of the Parent Alert System


REMEMBER - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16 - SCHOOL IS CLOSED FOR TEACHER IN-SERVICE!

PARENT EVENT: Understanding the Kid Brain and Motivation

WHEN: Thursday, October 15, 2015 @ 6:00-7:30

WHERE: Oak Farm Montessori School Victorian Farmhouse


In this 90 minute session, Positive Discipline Lead Trainer and Parent Coach, Dina Emser will provide parents with the latest on brain science as it applies to kids and motivation. Be prepared to learn tips you can use right away to turn potential power struggles into cooperation.


Dina and her husband of 37 years, sculptor Bob Emser, have parented their two adult children the Positive Discipline Way. She has directed a Positive Discipline school in Illinois for 10 years and now trains and coaches parents and teachers around the world on leading children and others with mutual respect. She is the co-author of Road Map to Success with Steven Covey and Ken Blanchard, and author of Trusting the Fortune Within.


RSVP by 10/9/15 to Macy @ mmcnaughton@oakfarmschool.com


Childcare is available for Oak Farm students who are in Primary - Middle School. Please contact Macy to reserve a spot for your child. $5 per child.

Hearing Screenings - October 6

HEARING SCREENINGS are scheduled for October 6, 2015 from 9:00-12:00.

WHO WILL BE SCREENED? all kindergarten students, 1st graders, 4th graders, 7th graders, any student who did not pass the hearing screening last year and any new to Oak Farm student between the ages of kindergarten and 8th grade.


If you prefer to NOT have your child screened, please email Sarah Holland our Speech Therapist. Her email is sar@ballstate.bsu.edu.

Painted Pumpkin Path

Paint a pumpkin and bring it to school to decorate the campus for the fall! The sidewalk between the Victorian Farmhouse and Red Barn is the perfect spot to place them, where all can enjoy them for the month of October!


We ask that you bring them for Fall Festival and then take them home the final week of October. Let the creativity flow... get the whole family involved!


*Please put your family name somewhere on the pumpkin!

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Saturday, October 3 @ 10:00-1:00

The Fall Festival is an annual event at Oak Farm. Starting back at the very beginning, faculty & families gathered to enjoy the school grounds, socialize, eat and play. The school has grown tremendously since our first Fall Festival, but this will not stop us from continuing the tradition! All the action takes place on the south campus - in the "backyard" of the Victorian Farmhouse.


Pack a picnic for your family, bring a blanket and enjoy the school's grounds - Oak Farm is BEAUTIFUL in the fall!


Here is what to expect:

10:00 - the fun begins! Crafts, camp fire, hikes in the woods & wagon rides

11:30 - musical performance by Kindergartners and Elementary students

1:00 - the fun is done, head home and enjoy the rest of your weekend!


This event is all outside - so we hope for BEAUTIFUL weather! In the event of poor weather, we will send a parent alert via text if the event is canceled.

Montessori in the Home - October 6 @ 6:00-7:30

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This is a TEST.... only a TEST! ;)

On Wednesday, October 7 at 6:00pm, we will be conducting a test of the Parent Alert System. You will receive either a phone call or a text depending on your preferences through RenWeb.


If you do not receive this message Wednesday evening, please contact:

Sarah Shanton-Cox sshanton@oakfarmschool.com

5th Annual Shoe Drive - THANK YOU!


The final count is in and the Oak Farm Community collected 187 pairs of footwear, along with 27 unpaired shoes. Why is this important? Together we helped keep these shoes out of landfills and landfills are the largest source of human-caused methane (a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide). Also, the footwear that was still in great shape will be given to people who will benefit from having a new pair of shoes, boots, or slippers. Please ask your friends and family to save their unwanted shoes for our drive next Fall. Stay tuned for the next OFMS service project. Thank you again for your participation!

Montessori Lingo - what does that mean?

Casa dei Bambini – In Italian, “Children’s House,” and the name of Dr. Montessori’s first school.

Children’s House – In many Montessori schools, this is the classroom for children ages 2.5 (or 3) to 6 years; other schools call the classroom for this age group Casa, preschool, or primary school. Some schools use this term to refer to the entire school.