Mrs. Soma’s August 2014 Newsletter
The basics for children's exploration have never changed. they have always been natural materials such as earth, water, wood, clay, stick and stones.
We welcome the Montessori class of 2014-2015, and are excited to have our new set of students. The class has children with ages ranging from 3 – 5 years. As we start the year, please join us in this journey of developing relationship with friends, environment and different cultures. The curriculum will cover math, language, sensorial, practical life, culture, geography, science, arts, peace and sign-language. Yoga, Spanish,P.E. and Music are also provided once a week.
Before we start the class I wanted to draw your attention towards the following information and procedures:
- The classes will start at 8:30 AM.
- Please bring your child/children in time for a good start of the day.
- If you come to the class after the class has started( children in circle time or working), please wait outside the class room and one of the assistant teacher will escort the child in the room.
- Please check your child’s folder(it is outside the class room) every day. This will have the child’s work and other information.
- Please sign-in and sign-out everyday.
- For the safety of young feet, please have your child in proper shoes. We do not allow flip-flops in our class.
- Please send an extra set of clothes in a zip lock bag (or other bags) for the child, i.e. socks, shirt, underwear, pant. The name of the child on the bag should be clear and legible.
- Please write the child’s name clearly on the lunch box and please keep the size of the lunch box small enough so that we can fit 30 such boxes in 1 (one) refrigerator.
- Every Tuesday will be a “Fruity Tuesday”. On that day, please send fruit for 1 person with the child in a separate packet. This fruit will be the snack for Tuesday and will be shared among the children of the class.
- Every Friday, the snack will be provided by the STAR OF THE WEEK.
- All other days of the week (3 remaining days), the snack will be provided by a parent.
- STAR OF THE WEEK – At least once a year every child will be the STAR OF THE WEEK. The child’s name will be drawn out of lot (not in alphabetical order or age) on the Friday preceding the week of being the STAR.
- The parent will be notified of this draw immediately.
- Please send 5-6 pictures of the family for the child to show the class.
- The pictures will be due on Monday and will be posted for the week on a board.
- The special star of the week snack will be served on Friday to the entire class (30 kids). This snack will be provided by the parent of the STAR OF THE WEEK.
- OOPS! – Soiled clothes of the child will be placed in a bag inside a box, outside the classroom. Please collect the soiled clothes on the same day. Please send another set of clothes the next day.
- Please DO NOT DISCIPLINE any child other than yours in the school premises. Please notify the teacher in case any child mis-behaves.
The class will be directed by me Ms.Soma Mandal (Montessori Teacher), Ms.Courtney (Assistant Teacher), Mr.Eric (Assistant Teacher).
This is a TOTAL NUT FREE Class. Please avoid sending nuts, nut ingredient (including nut oil) food & drink to the class.
The Start Of A New Year at Cave Creek Montessori!
The start of a new year!
Our staff is very excited to welcome all the new students, returning students, and parents for the 2014-2015 school year at Cave Creek Montessori School.
We are proud to announce our daughter Kelsey Catalo as a new morning administrator. Kelsey graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Communication. Throughout her time at ASU, she held internships and full-time positions in public relations, marketing, and social media. She is very excited to be in her new position. Please stop by the office if you need any help or to just come in and say hi!
We are very proud to announce our daughter Ana Catalo will be the afternoon/ after school care directress. Ana graduated from NAU with a degree in teaching K-8 and is very excited about putting together a wonderful afterschool care for your children. Ana will also be in the office from 1-2:30 to answer any questions you may have.
These last few weeks we have been very busy formulating plans to make this year one that everyone will remember! Our first step to making sure students succeed here at Cave Creek Montessori is by helping them make friends and feel comfortable. The initial few days can be very exciting and challenging for both parents and children. One challenge that you may see during the first few days of school is separation anxiety. This process will only last one to two weeks and will start to go away once your child has made new friends and gets to know his or her teacher. Please assist your child by introducing them to their teachers and peers. The teachers will also help your child find “mentor” friends who can assist them in understanding their role in the classroom.
How you can help:
· Check your child’s folder daily!
· Show your children you’re excited about what they’re doing at school.
· If your child is having trouble with separation anxiety, leave as quickly as possible or consider using our drop-off service.
· Call at any time to check on your child.
· Encourage friendships by setting up playdates with friends outside of school.
· Come to school well prepared (proper clothes, nap supplies, lunch, snack, etc.)
Safety tips that should be followed:
· Drive cautiously and slowly while in parking lots
· Ensure that all gates are closed when entering and leaving the premises
· Sign in and out with full name
· Take all laundry home on Friday and bring back Monday
· When you are present at the school please understand your child and their siblings/friends are your responsibility. Please make sure they are following the rules (i.e. no running inside, jumping on tables, throwing things)
We are excited to announce that we will be opening a second toddler room in classroom 3. Mrs. Uma will be the lead teacher in the classroom as of August 4th. As you may know, Mrs. Uma has worked at Cave Creek Montessori for 8 years and has proven to be a very peaceful, passionate, and dynamic teacher. Mrs. Uma is very excited to take this next step and we are very confident that she will be a great toddler teacher for your child. Last year Ms. Uma worked as an assistant teacher in the Toddler Room and she handled all aspects of the classroom. Many of the parents who met her also felt she would make an excellent toddler teacher.
Looking forward to a great year! Please come in if you have any questions. Thank you!
-Roy, Kathy & Kelsey Catalo
The Difference Between Montessori Schools and Traditional Schools
When parents first come to tour Cave Creek Montessori the first question we get is “ what is the difference between Montessori schools and traditional schools?” There is a big difference. Montessori school is student-led, meaning that students are given the freedom to choose the works they want to do.
Montessori schools are about discovery, evoking curiosity and challenging students expectations.
Here are three of the main reasons Montessori schools are different from traditional schools:
Goals: In a class of children ages three to six years old, students are encouraged to think outside the box and discover their potential. They are able to learn at their own pace and are not corrected if they are learning at a pace that is not considered “normal” to their age. For this reason, students often learn more and develop faster because they are not being held back.
Discipline: Discipline is not a focus in Montessori schools. Students are allowed to explore and extend boundaries. There are rules in Montessori school but, these rules don’t define a student.
Role of teacher and parent: Parents and teachers play a big role in the Montessori method. They are there to encourage students and push them into exploring their curiosity and personality without boundaries. Telling them they “can’t” or disciplining in harmful manners is not allowed in a Montessori education.
Traditional schools want to fill students’ heads with facts and knowledge so that they are able to move on with their age group.
Here are three of the main reasons traditional schools are different from Montessori schools:
Goals. The main goal and focus of traditional schools is to teach students in the same age group the same information so that they will be able to move on with their class. The class is teacher driven and any educational deficiencies that a child may have are to be corrected.
Discipline. In traditional schools discipline is often used to reform students. There are boundaries and rules that students are given in traditional schools and if they are not followed, discipline will occur. Often times, parents feel that traditional schools don’t allow students to expose their personalities.
Role of teacher and student. Parents don’t play as much of a role in their child’s education. Parents will sometimes outsource their help to traditional schools but, this differs between families. Teachers play the biggest role in a traditional education. All education and learning is led by a teacher and they are given all authority over students.
To learn more about Montessori Schools call 480-563-2929
Cave Creek Montessori’s First Ever Facebook Contest!
Cave Creek Montessori wanted to do something special to thank all their Facebook fans, so we decided to hold our first Facebook contest! It's extremly easy to enter and avaliable to anyone who "likes" their Facebook page. So here's how you enter…
Hey Cave Creek Montessori friends! Were having our first Facebook contest for you! Want to win a 100 dollar gift card to Dave and Busters?
Enter the contest by telling us what your favorite thing to do with your kids in the summer is and why. In order to win you must "like" the Cave Creek Montessori page and share your story with us in the comments section of this post.
One story will be selected by our CCM teachers. Deadline to enter is June 6th at 11:00 PM. Winner will be selected and announced on Facebook June 10th. Start posting, sharing, and liking for your chance to win a 100 dollar gift card!
Get to posting!!
Why You Should Send Your Kid to Montessori Summer School
Bounce houses, water play fridays, pet exhibits and more! Children love summer because it’s the time of year they can play and catch up with friends. Summer school may not seem appealing to your kids since it’s always associated with only academics, over exhausted teachers and, well, no fun. We are here to change your opinion.
Here are 5 reasons why you should send your kid to summer school this year:
It’s fun! In the Montessori summer program students are always having fun, smiling, and love going to school. Cave Creek Montessori has tailored their summer program to incorporate fun, engaging, days. Firefighters will come to the school and teach students about fire safety, wildlife exhibits stop by and teach students about desert animals, there are water play fridays, and bounce houses. It’s a really great experience for the students.
A boost of academic confidence. Academically speaking, sending children to Montessori summer programs is a very good idea. Reports suggest that students who go to summer school will boost their confidence and their GPA. Students who need a little push or some extra help do really well in summer programs because it’s a way for them to get back on track. Teachers normally have smaller classes, which means more time for each of the students. It can be a great way to get ahead during the normal school year months.
Social interactions are higher. In the summer months many students will go on vacation or spend time with families and the class sizes drop down. This means students will have much more time to spend socializing with other students and planning play dates. Social interactions between students are normally a lot higher in summer and these relationships can blossom and move forward into the regular school year.
Structure. Sometimes there can be more structure in summer school because teachers have more time to plan out their days. Students will get more one on one time and their days will become more structured with planned activities all day.
A different environment than their used to. Another great benefit to sending children to summer school is the fact that they will be in a different environment than they’re used to. Things change in summer, there are special summer activities, teachers put out new works, and new students come into the program. Students often work more and have better results if they switch their work environments.
From the Desk of Roy & Kathy- May
April sure was a busy month. The children had many fun events to participate in and we would like to thank all who contributed to making our art show, yoga with parents, Mr. Roy’s movie night and Easter parties such a great success. We certainly could not have done it without you!
As we start into May we prepare for another exciting month ahead. Mr. Jason has been working hard teaching music at Cave Creek Montessori for eight years. We are always excited to have the children show off at the spring music show. The date this year for the spring show is May 2. Please check your class newsletter for time.
May 5 Mr. Dave will be holding field day at Cave Creek Montessori. Mr. Dave is a wonderful new addition to Cave Creek Montessori. The children have been working on so many concepts such as leadership, team sportsmanship, listening and following directions, among others. Team Impact is a wonderful program that helps build our student’s motor skills as well as team-working skills.
May 12 we will be hosting a Mother’s day breakfast. Please stop by and enjoy a breakfast with your child and their friends as we celebrate the women that have dedicated their lives to helping us grow.
We could not be more proud of our wonderful Kindergarteners this year! Please join us May 22nd and 23rd for our Graduation acknowledgement, ceremony, and party, as we celebrate and cheer on our students as they move into their 1st grade year.
Finally, we are especially excited for our Summer Program this year! As always we will have our primary classrooms, toddler program, as well as Elementary. As apart of the Summer Program we have plenty of fun activities and units that we will be covering such as; Spanish, Math, Science, Culture & Geography, English, Cooking, Water Play, Sonoran Life, Shakespeare & Drama, and Body Healthy & Nutrition. In addition, our Elementary students will be learning Music & Keyboard, Computers, and Chess! If interested in our Summer Program please register in the office, spots are filling up fast!
Get ready because it’s going to be a fun and busy month as we finish up another amazing school year!
From The Desk of Roy & Kathy – April
Welcome back! We hope everyone enjoyed a fun and relaxing spring break with their families. As we now enter into the new month of April we’d like to thank the people that made the Month of March such a fun and exciting time for all of us at Cave Creek Montessori. For those of you who were able to join us on March 18th for our Festival of Colours, we had such an amazing time. As the school was filled with dancing, music, and bright flying colors we got to experience what the wonderful festival of Holi represents and would like to thank all who got to participate in this exciting event. We would also like to give a special thanks to Coco Zhang and her team for painting the beautiful mural on our front office wall. Come stop by the front office and see the incredible new addition to our school!
We are also very excited to join in celebration with Miss. Lauren as she announces her engagement. We could not be happier for her and are excited to be able to share in this joyous celebration.
Mr. Roy’s Movie Night
(April 11th at 6:30pm)
Are you ready for a fun family movie night?! Well, it’s that time again and we could not be more excited. Please feel free to bring your low chairs, blankets, and dinner as we sit back and enjoy watching those silly little minions in Despicable Me 2!
(Morning of Thursday April 17th)
Each class will have an individual Easter party in their own room and each teacher will specify what time they would like to have their party.
Yoga with Parents
(Monday April 21st 9:00-11:00 am)
It’s that time of year again when we get to invite our parents to join us during our yoga class. Yoga is such relaxing, spiritual, and meaningful form of exercise for our little yogis and we would to use this time to show you what the kids are learning. Please join us as we share in a day of yogi fun!!!
Annual Children’s Art Show
(Saturday April 26th 9:00-11:00 am)
Our classes have been working hard in preparation for our annual art show and now it’s finally time that our families get to see what we’ve been up to! Please join us Saturday morning as our classes get to present their artwork to all their family and friends. Each class will have individual art work that all children have created as well as group art projects that will be up for auction during the art show. This year we are also very excited to have AS YOU WISH pottery and Tropical Sno come to our school for any families that wish to enjoy a refreshing snow cone or paint a tile for the class bathrooms. It sure will be a fun day and we hope to see you all there.
From The Desk of Roy & Kathy – March
Spring is in the air as we enter into a new month! February sure was busy and we would like to give special thanks to the Chinese elder’s society that came to help us bring in the Chinese New Year. We had such a fun time dancing and celebrating and thank all of you who joined us! We would also like to thank all who came to celebrate Ms. Soma’s 10 year anniversary at CCM. Our new “10 year bench” will be a beautiful reminder of the wonderful teachers that have given so much of their love, time, and commitment to our school.
The first and second week of March the 3rd -14th teachers will be meeting with parents to discuss your child’s progress. It is a good idea to come observe your child prior to your conference. An observation will help you to better understand the work and therefore enhance the discussion. If the sign up does not provide a time you are able to make please feel free to call the office or speak to your teacher.
Mr. Roy’s Movie Night
(March 14th at 6:30pm)
Are you ready for a fun family movie night?! Well, it’s that time again and we could not be more excited. Please feel free to bring your low chairs, blanket, and dinner as we sit back and enjoy Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax”.
Festival of Colors
(March 18th at 10:30am)
Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colours. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities. It is primarily observed in India, Nepal, and other regions of the world. The festival has, in recent times, spread in parts of Europe and North Americas as a spring celebration of love, frolic and colours. We are very excited to celebrate this holiday as we fill our school with color and dancing. Come join us as we invite a special dancer from India to celebrate with us. Festivities will start at 10:30.
From the Desk of Roy & Kathy – February
February 2014 We are looking forward to a fun month ahead!!! February 1st and 8th 9:30-11:30pm Open House CCM families who register at the open house and bring with them a friend or family member will receive a $50 credit. Should your friend or family member register on this day they will also receive $50. February 6th 5:30 – 6:30pm Parent Information Night Nutrition: “the process or obtaining food necessary for health and growth”. February 6th 5:30-6:30 CCM will host a fun and informative evening with Mindi Boysen, a well-known lifestyle coach who will be speaking to us . February 11 5:30-6:30pm Chess Night Mr. Roy will host chess night at Barro’s pizza. This is a fun time for all and we hope to see many smiling faces! February 27 11:00am Celebrating Mrs. Soma February 27 has been declared “Mrs. Soma Day”. We are very lucky to have Mrs. Soma at CCM. This year has several milestones for Mrs. Soma. She became a US citizen, and has been a teacher for ten years at CCM, so what better day to celebrate these achievements other than her birthday! Please dress your children in red white and blue on this day. This day is not exclusive to her room and is a school wide celebration. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched they must be felt in the heart.”-Helen Keller.