September News: Fall is here, and we are excited to start the new 2018-2019 academic school year! We would like to welcome all Little Acorn Montessori new and existing children and parents. As the new school year begins we recognize the importance of early education, and we all want the best for the children we care about. Our purpose here is to encourage, guide, facilitate, and nurture your child’s five developmental stages through the first five years of their life. Start of September, each child has an individualized lesson plan in alignment with the Montessori Curriculum. Enrichment programs that we provide after our academic day are music, art, cooking, computer, and Spanish. Extra-Curricular programs are Petite Feet Dance, Amazing Athletes Sports, and Tiny Tykes Soccer. If your child is participating in any of the extra-curricular programs, please make sure to make payments to the participating companies to keep your payments from being lost or misplaced. If you are interested in signing your child up for these programs, please look for flyers at the back-door entrance/exit of the school. Petite Feet and Tiny Tykes flyers have been emailed out to all of you.
Just a couple of reminders:
All parents are encouraged to attend Back to School night on September 12th from 4:00pm-5:30pm. Teachers will discuss their classroom expectations and offer the parents an opportunity to ask questions. School will remain open all day and resume its regular hours.
We have made amendments to our 2018-2019 school calendar. Please make sure you look over the calendar for changes and up-coming events. School calendars have been emailed to all parents. Our school’s website is: www.la-montessori.com . On our website, you will find a Parent section with a drop-down option listing each classroom. For passwords please ask your child’s teacher or the office administrator. Here, you will find lots of information about what activities your child has been doing or what is planned for the coming month. We will also post photos of activities and up-coming events. Please check out our Instagram and Facebook page!
Summer Recap: We had a great and productive summer program! All the children loved all the fun filled activities. We had in house field trips such as Stoil the magician and a visit from the Alhambra Fire Department discussing fire and safety. The children were super excited about the animal petting zoo visit that took place during our Carnival. Thank you to all staff for making this year’s carnival such a great success. Thank you also to all the parents and children that attended this great event! Throughout the summer months the children really enjoyed water play, dance, music, sports, arts/crafts and much more.
The month of June will be educational and informative. Lessons on Transportation and California will be highlighted. Specific topics will include: the timeline of transportation as a Montessori history lesson, California Geography, animals, famous landmarks, and exploring California culture. In the art activity, children will be creating Father’s Day gifts which everyone will enjoy. Please RSPV for our Graduation performance later this month. Invitations and letters regarding the ceremony and performance were sent out last week.
We are looking forward to a wonderful end to this school year and exciting Summer Program. As always, if you have any questions or concern, please see the office. Thank you!
The month of May was very full and exciting. Children learned about the Rainforest and South America. In addition, each classroom from Preprimary on up was able to watch the lifecycle of the butterfly in action with live caterpillars that munched and munched until they spun their chrysalis, where they stayed until ready to be a beautiful butterfly. After a few days in the classrooms as butterflies, each classroom released them on the playground. The children loved the experience! We will be looking for more opportunities in the future to watch the lifecycles of different animals in real life.
Mother’s Day was a wonderful success. Thank you to all the moms who joined us for a small breakfast. Your children love your presence in the school on special days. Hopefully everyone enjoyed their gifts. Parent-Teacher conference were busy with many parents joining their children’s teachers for updates on how they are doing in the classroom and goals for the upcoming weeks and months. Parents went above and beyond for our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Our staff are very dedicated to families and children and your appreciation of what they do is amazing.
For the month of April, the children have taken part in learning about Oceania, Australia, and our Plant Earth. We celebrated the Week of the Young Child as well by having a spirit week. It was fun to see the children in their princess and superhero costumes. There were also several projects and great discussions that the children took part in when it came to celebrating Earth Day.
We welcomed a new member to our Kitchen staff this month. Ruby has brought great nutritional value to the meals we serve daily. We are glad she is a part of Little Acorn!
The office has started to send out a “Friday Wrap-up” email weekly. The email will consist of important information to be aware of such as dates, events, reminders, and things to look out for. You can reply to the email with any questions you may have as well.
Petite Feet Creative Movement class introduces students to dance in a playful and creative ways. The next session will be starting May 1st and running through May 29th. The class is held every Tuesday from 3:15pm-3:45pm and at 3:45pm-4:30pm. If you would like to sign-up, please feel free to fill out the form that is located by the back door of the school and return to the office.