Friday, November 13, 2015

Scholastic Reading Club

Thank you all for your participation in the Scholastic Reading Club! So far we have added 150 books to our library for our orders in the months of September and October. These are the books we just received this week. It is truly awesome and the children are really enjoying all the new stories.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Harvest Festival Update and Schedule of Events

Dear Parents,

The Harvest Festival is almost here! We have nearly everything we need to make this a special event for the MAU Community. We are still in need of little toys, small snacks and trinkets to give out as prizes for the games. If you are able to help, I have left a basket for you to drop off the items if I am unavailable when you arrive. Look below for the other events that we will be conducting during the event. Dinner, games and bounce house are included with the price of admission. There will be desserts available for purchase for $1 each and each class had made some special keepsakes for purchase. Please ask your child’s teacher for an explanation of the projects the kids have prepared and what they are going to sell them for. Thank you for your help. Every dollar raised will bring us closer to the $2,600 needed for the for the new motor development equipment we would like purchase for the both the indoor and outdoor environments. We hope you can attend and join us in a truly great time to socialize and interact with other families of the MAU Community!


Adam Thewes,

Food Service Begins – 3:30 p.m.

Mummy Wrap – 4:00 p.m.
Grab a partner and let’s see who can make the best mummy. One partner will cover the other with toilet paper, the most complete mummy wins a prize.

Musical Chairs - 4:45 p.m.
Be the last one standing in this fun game for all ages. We will have a round for the little ones and a round for adults.

Raffle – 5:30 p.m.
Raffle prizes include children’s toys, gift certificates to restaurants, family adventure at Laser Island, along with themed baskets full of prizes. Must be present to win and select prize. We are still accepting raffle donations. Gift cards, toys and baskets, etc. make great prizes. Tickets are $1 for a chance to win one of the available prizes.

50/50 Raffle– 5:30 p.m.
50/50 Tickets are available for purchase in the office, you do not need to be present to win. Tickets are $2 and the winner splits the pot with the school 50/50. If you will not be attending but still would like to participate, please make sure to write your information on your ticket so that we can make sure you get your prize if you win.

Costume Parade – 6:00 p.m.

Costumes are optional, but at this time we will organize a parade for those who would like to participate, children and adults alike.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Picture Day

Picture Day
Wednesday, October 21st at 8:00 am.

Don’t forget to dress your child for picture day!! 

Picture day is Wednesday, October 21 starting at 8:00 am. Everyone will be photographed for these school pictures. You are not required to purchase pictures, but an order envelope has been sent home and more are available in the office if you wish to do so. Pictures will be available two to three weeks after picture day.  We do not want anyone left out so please make arrangements to bring your child in on this day to be photographed.  If you want siblings photographed together in addition to their individual photograph please notify the school office.

If you have any questions about packages and prices, please contact Little Smiles at 951.283.8698.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Parent Teacher Committee Notes ~ September 16, 2015

Dear Parents,

On September 16, 2015 we held our first meeting of the Parent Teacher Committee (PTC) this year. Please see the notes from our first meeting below. I am setting up a method of communication so that we may continue to share ideas. I will include all those who could not make it but were also interested in participating. We mainly discussed our upcoming Harvest Festival and did some initial planning.  

We have decided on a menu of hamburgers and hot dogs, mac and cheese, chips, fruit, salad, water, juice boxes and soda. We have also decided to sell bakery items as well. We ask that all treats be nut free, as we have several families that have nut allergies. We will also be asking for small little toys (essentially party favors) and trinkets to give away as prizes for the games.

In addition to food, we have decided on a face painting booth and a picture booth along with the many game booths we set up. We will also have the combo jumper and giant slide that has been so popular. It was so neat to see that so many went home with a nice raffle prize last year. We had prizes like gift cards, themed baskets, toys and games. Please let me know if you would like to donate a gift for our raffle. We will be asking that they arrive by Wednesday, October 21st. 

We discussed the purpose of this event as not only a community building event, but also to raise funds for projects that will enrich the indoor and outdoor experiences for the children. Currently we are looking to add an infant loft with ramp and stairs for large motor development (pictured in our last newsletter). The cost for this apparatus is about $1,300. For our Children’s House community we would like to construct several play stations for outside. Please see below for examples of types of stations we would like to build.

At the end of the meeting we discussed generating a school directory. We would like to include a picture of your child, his or her name and a contact email address or phone number. Parents have expressed that this would be helpful for setting up play dates and to put a name to a face when their children are talking about a friend that they like to play with. I will be sending out a form on Monday for you to select what information you would like to make available to the school community. We will make it available by print and provide a copy to each participating family.

Please let me know if you would like to join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, October 14 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Also, keep an eye out for the PTC communications page for more information regarding the Parent Teacher Committee.


Adam Thewes

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

News and Reminders 09/15/14

Dear Parents,

Please see the reminders and updates below:

  • Tomorrow is our Parent Teacher Committee Meeting at 5:30p.m. Please R.S.V. P if you are planning on attending. Thank you to all of you that have already committed to coming tomorrow night.

  • We have a new staff member. We wish to welcome Ms. Trish to MAU! You may see her in the class observing while she is training. She will work in all classrooms in the short term. I hope you get a chance to say hi!

  • Soccer shots has delayed the start of the Fall Soccer Season. The Fall Season will begin on 09/24/15 and run through 12/03/15. Please note the change on our Google Calendar.

  • In light of the weather today, I wish to remind everyone to please label your child's jacket. This is the number one item that gets left at school and remains unclaimed. The teacher's have also requested that I remind everyone to label your child's bedding. Thank you for helping us keep your child's belongings in order.

  • Ms. Kris will be on vacation starting this Thursday, September 17, 2015 and will return to school on Monday, September 28, 2015. Have a well deserved rest Ms. Kris!

  • Scholastic Book Orders are due Monday, September 28th. I sent an email with our activation code for ordering online if you prefer to do it that way. Thank you for your support!

  • Ms. Shivika's Class will be going to Tanaka Farms in Irvine on Friday, October 16th. Please let Ms. Shivika know if you would like to chaperone. We will be sending out a permission slip by the end of the week.

Stay dry today!


Adam Thewes, Administrator
Montessori Academy of Upland
235 E. Foothill Blvd., Upland CA 91786
(909) 621-1603 * FAX (909) 297-3924

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Mr. Adam's Class Summer School Schedule

Summer Field Trips and Events
Mr. Adam’s Class

Father's Day 
Donuts with Dad
Friday, June 19th from 8:30-9:30

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Sawdust Factory

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Discovery Cube L.A.

Thursday, July 30, 2015
The Living Desert

Thursday, August 13, 2015
Guasti Park

We will need chaperons to make our trips special, safe and enjoyable for all. Please let me know if you can help.

Wednesdays will be water play! Please send your child to school in their bathing suit and bring a towel, water shoes and a change of clothes on water day every Wednesday. Also remember to apply sunscreen every morning before arriving at school. This should be done on a daily basis as the sun will be an issue during these hot months.

I would also like each child to bring their own reusable water bottle if possible to be refilled as needed. This is in an effort to reduce our use of the paper cups that get disposed after each use. The cup will be returned at the end of each day to be washed and brought back with the child the following day.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Ms. Shivika's Class Summer Schedule

Summer Field Trips and Events 2015
Ms. Shivika and Ms. Melissa’s Class

Father's Day 
Donuts with Dad
Friday, June 19th from 8:30-9:30

Sawdust factory
Friday June 26th

4th of July Lunch
Friday July 3rd

Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology
July 9th Thursday

Page Museum of La Brea
August 14th

We will need chaperones to make our trips special, safe and enjoyable for all. Please let me know if you can help.

Wednesdays will be water play! Please send your child to school in their bathing suit and bring a towel, water shoes and a change of clothes on water day every Wednesday. Also remember to apply sunscreen every morning.

Fridays without field trips will be cooking days.... FUN FOOD FRIDAYS!

Have a Happy Summer!
                       Ms. Shivika and Ms. Melissa.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March 2015 Newsletter

Montessori Academy of Upland
March 2015 Newsletter
March 1, 2015

Dear Students, Parents, Staff and Friends,

We are entering the month of March which will be busy as we will have Parent Teacher Conferences, Reenrollment for Summer and Fall Sessions, and Spring Break all happening during this time. Today you will received your Reenrollment Packet as well as a form to reserve childcare during Spring Break. The deadline to reserve your child’s spot for Spring Break is Friday, March 13, 2015. The deadline to reenroll with guaranteed placement is Tuesday, March 31, 2015. After this time enrollment will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Winter Program DVD’s
After some further delay I will finally be able to pick up our DVD’s from the Winter Program. We have ordered extra so if you have not ordered a copy it will be available in the office for purchase. I do love the quality of the DVD but it has been very disappointing how long this process took this time. It only took several weeks after the Spring Sing last year. We have discussed a few ways of expediting the process next time if we do decide to continue with our current vendor. Thank you for your patience, I am sorry for the delay.

Payment Processing
Starting in August 2015 we will no longer be accepting cash payments. We will be accepting payments via credit card, check or through an automatic payment processing service. We will have a demonstration night to show you how to setup your account and schedule your payments to be automatically debited according to your contract when the time comes. I want to give you plenty of notice to make this adjustment, but there are several reasons such as payment security and tracking that have made this change necessary.
Summer Themes

This summer each class has picked a different aspect of curriculum to emphasize during the summer session. The Infant and Toddler class will be studying all about water animals both fresh and salt water. Ms. Shivika’s class will be studying Dinosaurs and Reptiles. Mr. Adam’s class will be learning all about the Desert environment and its inhabitants. The Elementary class will be studying scientific concepts of force and motion, floatation and propulsion, and acceleration and exhilaration. Summer session will begin on June 15, 2015 except the Elementary class that will begin their summer session on Monday, June 22, 2015. Childcare will be available the week between the end of school and the beginning of the Summer Session for Elementary students.

Spirit Day
Show some school spirit and have your child come to school in an MAU t-shirt this Friday, March 6, 2015. You may choose any color MAU shirt you have, but we do have the light blue shirts available for purchase in the office for $10 each. Elementary can inquire about an extra t-shirt by contacting the Foothill Office or with Ms. Rachel at the Alpine Campus. Go MAU!

Parent Teacher Conferences
Your teacher will be available for conferences this month during the following specified days. Elementary parents can meet with your child’s teacher on Monday, March 16, 2015. Mr. Adam will meet with parents on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17 and 18, 2015. Ms. Shivika will be meeting with parents on Thursday and Friday, March 19 and 20, 2015. Infant parents can meet with their child’s teacher on Monday and Tuesday, March 30 and 31, 2015. Please make sure you schedule to meet with your child’s teacher. Sign-up sheets will be available this week.

Journey and Discovery
We are glad that so many were able to make it to our Journey and Discovery. Attendees were able to get an overview of the Montessori Curriculum and where it can go. We had an extensive question and answer period where parents asked so many wonderful questions. We hope you left having a better idea of what your child does on a day to day basis and what is possible with the Montessori Method of education.

Lost and Found/Labeling Clothing
It is cold outside and jacket weather. Sometimes the weather warms during the course of the day and in turn your child will not need to wear it when they leave. For this reason we have seen jackets “hang” around in the classroom for quite some time. Please make sure you are checking for your child’s belongings every day. It would also be very helpful if they were labeled so that we may help your child remember their belongings. Jackets that have been in the classroom for some time have been collected and will be available for you to claim in the office this week.

Elementary Expansion
We are excited to offer 4th grade classes starting in the 2015-2016 school year. Each year we will be expanding a grade level until we have reached at least 6th grade. As part of the Montessori Approach we strive for 3 year age groupings. However, until we have a good number of children grades 4th through 6th we will be combining the programs in the same classroom.  This is a common approach in many Montessori schools to combine until they have grown to offer the full range of ages.   This will ensure that the children have plenty of peers in the environment and that the environment is both socially and academically stimulating.

Events in March
Friday, March 6 – School Spirit Day

Friday, March 13 – Spring Break Childcare Reservation Deadline

Monday, March 16 thru Friday, March 20 & Monday, March 30 thru Tuesday, March 31– Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, March 18 – Parent Teacher Committee Meeting (Minutes from the February 18, 2015 meeting to be sent out this week)

Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27 – Spring Break (Childcare Available)

Have a wonderful month!

Adam Thewes

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Arts and Crafts Class Gallery Show ~ February 3, 2015

Our very first Gallery Show for the Tuesday afternoon Arts and Crafts Class! For more information about this class please contact the office. I was so amazed at the amazing projects the kids completed. Thank you Ms. Susie and Mr. Donnie!  More pictures to come!