Ms. Samantha’s March News
I can hardly believe we are up to the the last two months of school! The children have come a long way blossoming into themselves with so much more to discover. This month we are doing a lot with colors. Rainbows, greens and golds are fitting for March's fun little holiday. We will also begin our veggie and flower container garden in celebration of spring!
- Please be sure child has water bottle every day, feel free to leave one in the classroom.
- Please remember to Sign-In and Sign-Out every day.
- Exchange the extra clothes in cubby for warm weather apparel.
- 16-20 P/T Confrences are not for the toddler classes
- 18 is Pita Jungle Day, those signed up do not need to bring a lunch, still we never know when our toddlers are going to be picky
- 23-27 Spring Break – No school
A warm thank you from myself for your continued cooperation and support.
Peace, Ms. Samantha 🙂
Ms. Samantha’s February News!
We have a very lovely month to look forward to. For starters we are exploring the fun characteristics of Valentine's Day. We will also be celebrating the Chinese New Year! Many crafts and activities will be centered on these two things. On the 13th the class will be having a little Valentine party. The children should bring in 15 valentines for their friends by this date. They will have self-decorated bags to hold their treats. All types of valentines are acceptable; cards, treats, trinkets or whatever else you may think of – it's supposed to be fun! If there are any questions please feel welcome to ask Ms. Del, Ms. Brooke or myself. 🙂
Peace, Ms. Samantha
- 2/12 Chinese New Year Event @ 9:30am. Please send child wearing red, parents are welcome to join!
- 2/13 Valentine's Day Date Night 6-9pm, $25/child or $40/siblings
- 2/16-17 School Closed
- 2/25 Pita Jungle Day, $4.50 in by 2/18
Ms. Samantha’s January News
Welcome back everybody! I'm happy to hear that everybody had a great break, but I am more happy that we are all back at school. 🙂 Our first week flew by and could not have been better; all of the children jumped right back into routine. This month we continue exploring Winter with our senses, including new songs and arctic animals.
- IMPORTANT DATES:
- 1/19 Monday – MLK Day, school closed
- 1/20 Tuesday – Last day to sign-up for Pita Jungle Day
- 1/27 Tuesday – Pita Jungle Day
- 1/29 Thursday – Father's Night
*Please check e-mail for more details on Pita Jungle Day & Father's Night
- PLEASE be sure that ALL of your child's clothing (specifically jackets & sweaters), hats, water bottles, nap stuff, lunch boxes, etc. are labeled with their name. Things do become mixed up at certain times of day and it makes it easier on the staff when we can identify the owner of those things. It would be a shame to lose such fabulous winter gear! 🙂
- Double check that the changes of clothes in your toddler's cubby are appropriate for the chilly season.
- Remember to sign-in and sign-out everyday.
If you have any questions or concerns, I am always listening. Please do not hesitate to contact me by phone (call & text are okay) &/or e-mail. Thank you all for being so wonderful and supportive of our little ones!
Peace, Ms. Samantha 🙂
Ms. Samantha’s October News
Parents, thank you so much for all of your support in making International Peace Day & potluck a success! It was wonderful being able to spend time with you all. We wish Rasna a very Happy Birthday this month 🙂
So far we have continued exploring the new season and are getting into the upcoming holiday. Apples, pumpkins, leaves, corn, pinecones, costumes, trick-or-treating, Fall colors, smells, taste, textures – the basic concepts of these things. Look for arts in your child's cubby &/or hanging in the classroom.
- 10/24 – Fri – Mrs. Ana's Spooktacular Date Night (6-9) More info on bulletain board, sign-up in office
- 10/22 – Wed – Mr. Roy's Chess night @ Barros (5:30-6:30) Kindergarteners will get to put their practice into play with pizza and family close by.
- 10/31 – Fri – Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival (begins @ 9:30) Look-out for email with more info.
Ms. Samantha’s September News
Our first month of school went by so quickly, with many smiles and a few tears. Most of the children have transitioned well into the classroom environment, friendships stronger and new ones forming everyday. This September the children have begun music on Fridays with Mr. Jason, are continuing dance with Ms. Ipsita, yoga & sport details TBA. We are so happy to have recently welcomed Jax and John to our class 🙂 And wish a Happy Birthday to Nyle & Kayla! Thank you all for continuous feedback and open communication.
This month we will be working on the Montessori ground rules for our classroom: How to walk slowly in the class, carrying and rolling rugs, how we talk nicely and use inside voices, using our "big kid voice" (older friends), handling materials respectfully etc.
We will also explore the Fall season. We will do a lot of arts and crafts around this theme. Some children will be working on their phonic sounds and numbers. All will be practicing their language as well as continuing working with a variety of Montessori materials helping them in improving their cognitive, fine and large motor skills.
Communication and literacy are vital tools for children to express themselves and learn about the world. Through others, a child begins to understand language, speak, and eventually read and write. Children can never be overexposed to language. Reading to a child and having conversations with them will help develop these necessary skills even in the infant and toddler stages. Their vocabulary will expand and they will be able to better express themselves. The Montessori environment allows plenty of opportunities for children to communicate and express themselves. Exposure to language continues during the elementary and secondary years as children begin writing and broaden their vocabulary. Cultivate your child’s literacy and communication skills by reading to them and get them talking by asking questions similar to the ones listed below.
- Will you tell me about your drawing?
- Can you guess what will happen next?
- What do you think?
- What happened?
- Check folders & cubbies
- Always sing-in & sign-out!!
9/26 (6-9p.m.) Ms. Ana's Date Night! Take some time to yourselves. Details on magnet board outside of classroom.
9/19 United Nations Intl. Day of Peace (10AM) & Potluck Night (6PM)
9/29-30 – Fall Break (no school)
If you have any questions please feel free to text, leave a message or email anytime.
🙂 Ms. Samantha
Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the enviornment. (M.Montessori)
It is not important to be able to taste the cake, but to be able to prepare it, to offer it, to organize a party, that is what a child needs. A laid table is not important, but to lay the table, to do it all himself. The very young child needs to move, especially at home…. The adult must teach the child how to do it himself, he must give him the means. The basis of the new life of the child is to understand that the child needs a more serious life, a real activity, a social life, where he can act himself. He needs help up to the point that he can do it himself. (Montessori, 1939)
Ms. Samantha’s August News
"Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but
the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence."
I can hardly believe that summer has gone, but I am happy to get back in gear for the school year! I'd like to welcome all new and returning families to CCM this year. The first week will surely be exciting and challenging for all, but remember it will only get better from here. 🙂 Making friends, building trust and getting familiar with routine will be a top priority these first couple weeks; we want the children to feel comfortable at school. With your children this year will be myself, Ms. Dell and Ms. Cecilia. For those who do not know, Ms. Dell has been at CCM for many many years and this will be the 3rd year that we have been in the toddler room together; Ms. Cecilia has been at CCM for one year, from Ms. Soma's classroom last year, I am happy to welcome her into our toddler room. I know I can speak for all of us saying we are so excited to begin/continue working with you child.
Please, feel free to come and talk, text, call or email me with any questions or concerns. For every child to progress and develop the right way at school, it is very important to have a great support team at home, so let's keep the lines of communication open! Thank you for letting us be a part of your child's life.
🙂 Ms. Samantha
Ms. Samantha’s June News!
Welcome to Summer time in the toddler room!
We have certainly had a fun couple of weeks so far and it will only get better from here!
Firstly, Happy Birthday to Charlie! 6/26 & yours truly 6/27 🙂
A few quick things for this month..
~Tuesday is the new music day with Mr. Jason.
~Wednesday is now dance day with Ms. Ipsita
~Friday is water day & pizza day!! Please send child wearing bathing suit & sunblock, with name on towel and change of clothes.
~NO SCHOOL Monday6/30 – Friday 7/4 Happy 4th of July!
-send WATER BOTTLE everyday, you also have option to leave a bottle at school-it will be washed daily.
-At all times your child's cubby should have 2 changes of clothes & a non-disposeable bag in case of soiled clothing, which you will see on the hooks to the left of the classroom door if clothing had to be changed that day.
-snack calendar will be posted on bulletin board and put in childs folder. Both are outside of the classroom. The given snacks are suggestions, feel free to customize.
-please send child to school wearing sunblock everyday, we play longer in the mornings while the weather is right. We do re-apply late morning if need be, and always after lunch.
Ms. Samantha 🙂
Ms. Samantha’s May News
WOW. I can't believe how fast this school year flew by! It has been wonderful, wild, exiting, and just a beautiful year watching your little ones grow a little more everyday, and i will miss them very much. Luckily, most of you will still be with us for summer fun. I'd like to thank everybody who made it out to the art show, even with the wild weather, it was a big success. 🙂 Now we have begun a not so busy month, easy going before the hottest season. On the dates listed below, i have left out a few that are marked on the school calander because the toddlers do not participate in a few of them; as you know regular schedule/routine is the best way to go with these guys. 🙂
NOTE THESE DATES:
5/10 – Happy Birthday Kelly!
M. 5/26 – Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL.
R. 5/29 – Last Day of School!
F. 5/30 – No School, Teacher work day.
Check folders for snack cal.
Thank you all, Ms. S 🙂
Ms. Samantha’s April News
"To value his own good opinion, a child has to feel that he is a worthwhile person.
He has to have confidence in himself as an individual."
This month of the school year is a personal favorite of mine. I don't believe you can go wrong with the warm sunshine, new life and art. 🙂 The children have certainly been busy, working hard on the class and their own projects for the big show this Saturday (9am-11)! Final prep work will be done until the big day. This annual CCM event is fun for the whole family, and is a wonderful time for you guys to meet and get to know one another – who knows? Your kids may be together for the next 4 or 5 years!
Dates to Remember: (also posted on bulletin board)
THURS 4/17 : Easter egg hunt (time TBA)
FRI 4/18 : NO SCHOOL
TUES 4/22 : Earth Day! (wear blue &/or green)
WED 4/23 : parent/child Yoga! 9:30am
SAT 4/26 : Art Show!!! 9am-11
Notes & Reminders:
- Exchange your child's spare set of winter threads for spring/summer apparel
- water bottles everyday, leave it at school if easier-ran through school dishwasher every night.
- sunblock is applied before every recess. please bring ia a bottle with child's name on it (only if you have not already done so this school year). we use on bottle at a time for class use, if child requires a specific type due to allergies, sensitive skin or w/e it may be – just let us know so that we can ensure they only wear the block you bring for them.
- the class still needs more easter eggs for the hunt! Please bring 5-10 filled plastic eggs by Thursday, if you have the time.
- photos are in! check child's folder.
- Please bring in wipes if you have not already done so since monday.
Ms. Samantha 🙂
Ms. Samantha’s February News
"All that we ourselves are has been made by the child, by the child we were in the first two years of our lives." -M. Montessori
This new year has been flying by.
Over the past month and a half we have been so happy to welcome many new friends 🙂 We celebrated the Chinese New Year as a school, and had a very loving Valentines Day.
Coming up this month, we will be celebrating Ms. Soma's 10th year at Cave Creek Montessori! Feb 27 As well as a couple more February Birthdays 🙂
A few reminders:
-Winter seems to be over which means it's time to switch out our friends' extra clothes for warm weather apparel.
-Don't forget water bottle! Feel free to leave one in cubby, we put them in the dishwasher every night.
-Please, LABEL everything!!! New packs of diapers, lunchbox, jackets and sweaters & water bottles
-remember to sign-in and out
-Look for end Feb/March snack calander in folder
-Ms. Samantha 🙂