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