NOVEMBER NEWS

 SCHOOL CLOSINGS

 Please make a habit of listening to the local radio or television stations, or checking the MCAS website for delays or closings every day!    We follow the Michigan City Area Schools as far as delays, closings, and early dismissals, though in the case of early dismissals, we ask that you come immediately to pick up your child since we do not have to worry about bus schedules as the public schools do. 

LABEL, LABEL, LABEL!!!

Now that the colder weather is upon us, we would like to remind you to please LABEL all coats, hats, mittens, boots, etc. that your child brings to school.  We appreciate your cooperation as this helps us make sure all belongings are returned to their rightful owners!

SAFETY DRILLS

In the past month we have been practicing tornado and fire drills. This would be a good opportunity to follow-up at home with conversations about your family’s safety procedures.

 

WINTER COATS

In order to safely move 25 to 30 cars through our drop off/pick up line, we are not able to help children with putting on and taking off winter coats in the car.  Many parents have found that having their child wear a sweatshirt, fleece, or lighter weight layers in the car is preferable to having him/her wear a bulky coat which needs to be removed before buckling.  Please note that we will not be going outdoors when it is cold and snowy so snow pants are not necessary.  If you want to help your child in putting on or removing his/her coat, we respectfully ask that you park on the asphalt at the rear of the school and walk him/her to and from the car.  Thank you for your cooperation!

CONFERENCES

We have scheduled our parent-teacher conferences to be held on Jan. 23 and 24.  Please note that school will be held as usual on these days with conferences to follow beginning at 3:15.  Prior to your child’s conference you will receive a written progress report in the Wed. plastic envelope.   We always look forward to discussing the children’s progress, and we realize that communication and consistency between home and school is very important to your child’s educational experience and well-being.  You may call the school (874-5897) to schedule your conference.         

  Montessori FAQs

Q:  I saw my child put his own work away at school.  How can I get him to do that at home?!

A:  Our classroom is “structured for success” so that the children can easily see where items belong, and they are able to clean up after themselves quite independently.  While this level of structure and consistency are admittedly more difficult to achieve at home, the following are some relatively easy ways to encourage more orderliness and independence at home:

·        Provide shelves rather than a toy box, which can become cluttered and overwhelming

·        Limit choices by rotating toys and activities on a weekly or monthly basis

·        Provide a small table and chair, and rugs or mats to define work space

·        Place hooks, closet rods, towels, child-sized brushes, brooms, dustpans, etc. at your child’s level

·        Allow your child to participate in household tasks such as sorting and folding laundry, setting the table, putting away groceries, etc.

·        Encourage your child’s attempts to be independent, even if it takes longer and it isn’t quite perfect!

·        Be consistent!