A Day at Cave Creek Montessori

Mrs. Soma’s March 2015 Newsletter







Dear parents,


I can’t believe that we are approaching the end of this academic year….looking back it seems all the children have grown together so harmoniously and have taken care of each other as they have made friends. Some of my children will graduate from kindergarten and move to 1st grade, coming to know them has been such an awesome journey for me. LOVE MONTESSORI!!


We have started our new unit…The United States of America. The children are enjoying learning some interesting facts about our country: the names of rivers, lakes, mountains, and the nicknames of each state. Interesting facts, books, and items about the US are welcome for show and tell.


As the warmer weather is approaching, please send sun screen with your child to school.


Important Reminders…..


1. Parent- teacher conference from March 9th(Monday) to March 20th(Friday). please be in time.


2. Spring break—March 23rd to March 27th( school closed)


3. Pick up time for is 12:30 and 3:30 according to your scheduled time. Please make sure to be present in time to pick up your child.


4. Make sure to sign in and sign out your child every day.


5. Please make sure your child is not climbing the gates while coming in and out of the school. 


Thank you for all the warm wishes for my B’day….it  was absolutely wonderful with hugs and hand made cards and drawings which only a teacher can understand. Turning 42 and surrounded by beautiful happy faces and getting hugs every minute…life is good!!


Soma Mandal


Mrs. Soma’s February 2015 Newsletter

 Love is the beauty of the soul






Dear parents,


We will have a very busy month with lots of activities and events. The class is filled with the sound of children working and helping their piers . It is a beautiful sight where every moment is so precious. 


We are learning, reading and experimenting with Human body…. Binay’s father who is a dentist was kind enough to visit our room and talk to the children about TEETH, thank you so much to Jupneesh Singh for his time and talk.


Some important dates for February..


1. February 12th at 9:30am. Chinese new year celebration. Please send your child wearing something red. The parents are welcome to attend the event, it will be approximate 30 mints


2. Valentine  Day celebration- Please send 31 valentine day cards for 31 children on February 13th to exchange with their friends. 


3.  No school on February 16th and 17th.


4. Pita jungle day. on February 25th. Please send the money ($4.50) by Feb. 18th.



Thank you,

Soma Mandal

Mrs. Soma’s January 2015 Newsletter

Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time

                     – Rabindranath Tagore




Dear Parents,


Welcome to 2015 !


The children have got back into the class room routine after returning back from the winter holidays and are very happy to get their friends back. We visited  our horses and goats and took a long nature walk on our first day of school.


We are going to learn about HUMAN BODY….and the 5 senses. Any book or material on this topic are welcome to the class, show and tell on this topic will be a good addition.


Please check your child’s extra pair of clothes as most of the children do not have all the items. 


January 29th(Thursday), is Father’s night from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. This is a evening when your child comes with father or/and grandfather and leads the way to the class. The child will show you the work or give lessons to you . A beautiful evening where you come to your child’s world and learn from him/her.


Thank you,

Soma Mandal

Mrs. Soma’s December 2014 Newsletter

He raised his hand and Nutcracker was transformed into a handsome prince….

Welcome to my kingdom,” said the Prince.

But where are we? asked Marie

“You are in the land of sweets,” said the Sugar plum fairy


Dear parents,


     We are now in the magical month of December where we wait for the first snow to touch our cheek or may be for us(Arizonian)the first soft chill breeze to wake us up in the morning. The story of the Nut Cracker, the ride on the Polar express , celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas and bidding goodbye to 2014 and welcoming a grand new year 2015……so much to do and so little time.


We have a very busy month with lots of activities lined up…


1. December 9th(Tuesday) from 5:45 to 6:45pm—— Cookie exchange and Christmas carol. Bring 2 dozens of your favorite cookie to share and eat.


2. December 16th(Tuesday)——Toy exchange. Please send your child to school with his/her one used toy, but in good condition with all parts. Every child will bring one toy to participate in this exchange, and thus understand the meaning of giving. Please bring the toys by December 15th(Monday).


We are going to have a Christmas tree in our room which has been donated by a parent….I would really like if you can sit with your child and make an ornament(not buy), and let the child bring the ornament to the class and hang it on the tree in the circle time.


I would like each parent to email me with your child’s Date of birth(month, day and year).


If your child has a Birthday this month, please let me know.


Last but sure not the least…Thank you to all the parents for helping us celebrate the Thanksgiving lunch, all the crafts and the cute pot holders made by children with Linsey Zocco. 

I am so proud of all my children for all their achievements and those tiny mischievous moments which makes them so perfect.


Thank you again,

Soma Mandal

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                    " MAYBe CHRISTMAS,”

                      HE THOUGHT,

                     “ Doesn’t come From A


                      “MAYBe CHRISTMAS,


                        means A LITTLE BIT


                                  — Dr. Suess


Mrs. Soma’s November 2014 Newsletter

If your plan is for one year, plant rice

If your plan is for ten years, plant trees

 If your plan is for hundred years, educate children.

                                              ——Chinese proverb



Dear parents,


Thank you to all the parents for supporting and helping to make the Fall festival a great success and a fun filled morning. The children enjoyed all the games in the magical time of Halloween.


The month of November will be about the virtues of “Thankfulness, Humbleness and Kindness” to all living and non living things around us. We will be reading and talking about the first ever Thanksgiving celebration, turkey, the voyage which the pilgrims took, the native americans who lived in America, The mayflower and will also make the list with the children for our Thanksgiving feast. You can send books or material on this topic for show and tell.


 Last year we had cooked our “Thanksgiving feast” in the school with the children, so with the demand of the children we will prepare and cook our food in the class this year too. I am going to put a list on Monday November 10th, the raw material we would need to prepare the meal. Please sign up your child’s name next to the thing you want to bring. I would also need few volunteers to help me on the thanksgiving feast day November 25th, Tuesday.


Our school opens for everyone from 8:00am, we have our pledge approximately at 8:30 am. Our class will walk in immediately after the pledge and sit for circle time; the circle time sets the tone for the day, we talk about the topic of the month(for example: thanksgiving for this month), we celebrate birthdays, we show our show and tells and share our thoughts. If you are walking to the class and see the children in circle time or working….PLEASE do not walk in with your child, me or one of the assistants will help your child join the class. 


Some important dates for November


1.November 7th— movie night ( from 6:30pm or when the sun goes down)


2.November 11th – school closed for Veteran’s day


3.November 18th – Barro’s pizza chess night (from 5:30pm)


4. November 25th- thanksgiving feast


5. November 26th to November 28th—school closed


Please check your child’s cubby for extra clothes.


When you give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed

                               – Maya Angelou

Thank you,

Soma Mandal

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Mrs. Soma’s October Newsletter

    Fresh October brings the pheasant,

    Then to gather nuts is pleasant.



 Dear parents,

     October…the fun month is here.

    We are going to learn about fall, pumpkin, apples, bats, spiders, owls and use our artistic skills to make all things fall. We will celebrate this beautiful season with songs, rhyming words, the kindergartners will use their language skill in writing poems. We will make some fall snacks in our room. This is the season of fun…weather is getting cooler and we have opened our outside patio, Mr. Eric is helping the children in the patio.


Every day is a “Show and Tell” in our room…children can bring things from the nature, their favorite book(not and disney or TV character), a picture of a place they visited. This will be a good month to send books on the topic we are leaning or a fun art project to share.


This is also the month of Parent- teacher conference from October 13th to October 17th, I am going to put the sign up sheet for the conference this week on the white board outside our room. Please put your child’s name in the desired time and day of the week. Please make sure to honor your time as we have 30 parents. 


Please send a skull(plastic) with your child by October 17th(Friday).They are available in any halloween store and dollar stores.


We will celebrate Halloween(Fall festival) in the school on October 31st(Friday). Please send your child wearing the costume(no wand or swords or any sharp objects in their hand), make sure to bring a changing pair of normal outfit, as we will change their costumes after the halloween parade. The parents are invited to this whimsical land on October 31st to watch the fairies, superheroes, cars and smiles running every where. I will let you know about the time as we approach the day.


I have a humble request to all the parents….As we have 30 children in our room, so we do celebrate 30 birthday’s in our class with birthday snacks bought by the parents. Please let us try to make it healthy and yummy.


Parents are welcome to come and observe the class. 


Thank you again for all your support,

Soma Mandal


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Cave Creek Montessori Internet Safety Presentation

Internet safety is an issue every parent should keep in mind when their children are accessing or have access to computers and smart devices. Cave Creek Montessori knows how important it is to address internet safety with parents and wants to help educate the community on how to protect children from vulnerable situations they may incur while on the internet.

For this reason, Cave Creek Montessori has decided to hold an internet safety presentation on Wednesday, October 1st at 6:30 PM on the Cave Creek Montessori campus. There is no cost for this event.

The presentation will be hosted by Nicole Rye, a fellow Cave Creek Montessori parent and a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security. This is a 45 minute presentation with interactive videos created for parents and guardians of children ages 5-17 years old. The presentation will cover facts and statistics of online risks and tips for keeping children safe online.

The director and owner of Cave Creek Montessori, Roy Catalo, is especially excited about this presentation and when asked about his thoughts on internet safety he said, “ With the millennial generation growing up quickly with access to things I did not even know about until I was a teenager, it is very important to keep our children safe while online and for parents to be educated on the risks of the internet”.

This presentation is expected to be very informative and helpful to any parent who wants to learn more about internet safety. So start catching up with your kids today!

If you would like to sign up to come to the internet safety presentation, please call Cave Creek Montessori at 480-563-2929. The address to the school is 29209 N. 56th Street.

From The Desk of Kathy, Roy and Kelsey: September

From The Desk of Kathy, Roy and Kelsey:

Cave Creek Montessori September Newsletter


September Events:

  • Happy family organics nutrition presentation Sept. 10th 9:30-10:30 AM

  • Peace day and Potluck Sep.19th 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM

  • CCM date night Sept. 26th 6:00-9:00 PM

  • Sep. 29th- 30th Fall Break


Flu Season is Upon us                  Parent Teacher Conferences

With flu season approaching it is very important                     Parent teacher conferences will be held from

that you know our guidelines for contagious illnesses            October 13th to the 19th, before and after

at the Montessori. Children who have been sent home          school. Teachers will be in contact with you

or have been diagnosed with a virus can come back to         to set up times.

school once they have been flu free for at least 24 hours.

Please be sure to report any sicknesses to us.  


Mrs. Ana’s Date Night                          Peace Day

Mrs. Ana’s Date night is coming to CCM on Sept. 26th.          One of our favorite school traditions is our

We will provide pizza, activities, snacks and juice for your      peace day activities and potluck. The children

children while you go out for the night. The cost is $25 per     will be building a labyrinth (please bring in a

child or $40 per family and the event will run from                   rock for your child). The peace day activities

6:00-9:00 PM.  If you have any questions, please feel            will start at 10:00 AM on Sept. 19th. The same

free to contact the office at 480-563-2929.                             night we will hold our annual peace day potluck

                                                                                                where each family will bring in a their favorite                                    


Tax Contribution                        Football and Soccer Starting

We strongly encourage all of our CCM families                    Flag football starts Oct. 1st for children aged 4-6

to consider paying their taxes by contributing to                   years old. Flag football will run from 3:00-4:00

the Montessori Scholarship Organization. This is                 every wednesday on the CCM playground.

a way to pay your taxes and save hundreds of dollars.        Soccer will also be starting Oct. 4th, 2014 for

Married couples can pay up to 2,156 dollars before              children ages 3-14. Both classes are eight week

Dec. 31st 2014 and receive a dollar for dollar tax credit        courses.

from the state of AZ, plus reduce their federal tax liability.    


Thank you for your continued support of Cave Creek Montessori. We value the relationships we have with our families and look forward to continuing to provide safe, happy, and impactful experiences in your childrens lives.


-Roy, Kathy, and Kelsey Catalo


Mrs. Soma’s September Newsletter

Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment                                                  

 Dr. Maria Montessori



Dear parents,

     Thank you all for choosing Montessori way of learning for your child. Dr. Montessori was an Italian physician who formulated this method, had a particular genius for observing children as they really are rather than as adults wish them to be.

Dr. Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another person. She must do it herself or it will never be done. Dr. Montessori felt that the goal of early childhood education should not be to fill the child with facts from a preselected course of studies, but rather to cultivate her own natural desire to learn.


We have successfully completed the first month of school….you can slowly see the children making new friends and getting warm up to the daily routine of the class. It is really interesting to watch the social bonding and the Kindergartner’s taking a natural leadership role in the society of our class. 


Some IMPORTANT reminders


1. Every TUESDAY is a Fruity Tuesday, so every child need to bring a fruit(apple. orange etc) or bunch of fruits( grapes, strawberries) to the class. Please make sure that the child has the fruit in his/her hand not in the lunch box.


2. Please make sure your child is not wearing a flip flop, closed toe shoes are the best but sandals with a band behind their ankle is also okay.


3. Please do not send your child wearing rubber band bracelet or rings to the school. It has become a big distraction in their work and often they loose them in the play ground which then results in a big melt down.


We will celebrate our INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY on September 19th, Friday. The morning will be filled with beautiful peace songs and pledge, the kindergartener’s will have a special presentation of Peace in front of the whole school. The evening will be a fun time sharing food ….its POTLUCK in the evening, so mark your calendar. I will let you know about the details. Parents are welcome to come in the morning to participate in the Peace ceremony. 


Tempe Robbins is helping to make the class directory, she is the mother of Lila and Finn Robins in our class. You will get an email from her asking some information.

I will need 2 parents to help me in the reading group. Please let me know if you are interested. It will be once a week for the entire year.


Our class will be open for observation from September 15th, please let me know if you would like to watch our beautiful world.


Thank you,

Soma Mandal


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