Weekly Newsletter 9/21/18

Greetings Families,

Each weekly newsletter will have an overview of the work that is taking place in the toddler and preschool classrooms.

This was another busy week as the children learned about the life cycle of the frog, parts of the frog as well as discovering what is living and non-living in our world. The children are also studying the continents utilizing the classroom globes to understand land forms, islands and lakes. In practical life the practices were with spooning, polishing objecs and sweeping. The children were also able to cut bread.

The pictures below show some of the preschool children working with Montessori materials during their work time. One of the photographs depicts two children working on a rug with the pink tower. What is the Pink Tower and why is it pink? The Pink Tower was designed by Maria Montessori herself. The 10 solid cubes vary in size from 1 cubic centimeter to 1 cubic decimeter. These are a pale pink wood. The purpose of the Pink Tower is: coordination of movement, perfection of hand movements, preparation for understanding cubed roots in later math.

Reminder: New families please plan on attending the Parent Orientation on Thusday, September 27, 2018 from 6:00-7:00 pm. It is mandatory for one parent to attend. Returning families are welcome to attend as well. Please no children, we are unable to offer child care for this meeting.

Also remember to be careful in the parking lot.  Please go slow and watch for children popping out behind or between cars.  Back out of spaces carefully.  Safety is our first priority and please take caution with all of our little ones.

Happy fall! the Autumnal Equinox begins on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Please check your child’s extra clothes to make sure they are weather appropriate as the season changes.

With the changes in the seasons comes colds and flu. Please refer to the Parent Handbook, section 20. Health, Illness and &Medical care under Illness at School and Exclusion from the program for our guidelines when a child is ill. If your child exhibits any of the symptoms listed please keep them home until they are symptom and fever free (without a fever reducer).

Please mark your calendar for our annual trip to Erwin’s Orchards & Cider Mill on Friday, October 19th. More information will follow as the date gets closer.

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September 10th-14th

Greetings Families!

During the month of September the teachers are establishing classroom routines and procedures. This week the children continued to learn the proper way to work with the Montessori materials. The teachers continue to do presentations as they introduce new materials. There is repetition and reminders so that all of the children understand the classroom expectations for their success in the classroom. Also during this time the teachers continue to observe, documenting their observations to learn where each child is academically.

This week the Dance and Tumble Tots instructors began their programs. Ms. Miyuki, the Japanese teacher started this week on Wednesday.  Ms. Fumi, the Chinese teacher and Ms. Jacki, the Spanish teacher will start their lessons beginning next Tuesday.

Oakland County vision screening will take place on Monday, September 24 in the morning for all children age 4 and over.

The Parent Orientation meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 6:00-7:00 pm. This is a requirement for new families but returning families are welcome to attend as well. The orientation will begin in the Cedar room with a brief presentation by the office.  Families will then move to their child’s classroom for the presentation by the lead teacher.

We have a pesticide company coming tonight to help control insects that attack our boxwood plants.

Have a great week!

Weekly Newsletter 9/7/18

Welcome back to our returning families and welcome to our new families, we are excited to have you join our school community. We are also excited to welcome the kindergarten class of 2030!

This first week the teachers supported the children’s transition into the classroom. They also introduced the Montessori Cycle of Work and the classroom schedule. Time was spent outside on the playground, enjoying lunch time with teachers and classmates and resting as needed.

As the school year progresses this weekly newsletter will include the children’s Montessori work  and the skills that they are learning.  We will also share the theme or topic of study. If there is ever a time that you would like to share your knowledge about a theme or topic please speak with your child’s teachers or office staff. Parent participation is welcomed!

Parent Orientation is cancelled for tonight due to student & staff illnesses.  We will let you know when it is rescheduled as soon as possible.

A new sessions of Gymnastics is starting.  Click on the Registration Form to learn more.

Novi Woods Montessori Center, Inc. occasionally uses pest management applications to protect children on the playground from mosquitoes, or other pests.  Parents will receive advance notice of any pesticide application at least 48 hours in advance.  When possible, we try to have these applications done on a Friday evening or weekend.

 

 

Summer Camp News 8/17/18

We are winding down the summer.  Next week is the last week of Summer Camp.  Please make sure to take all your belongings home, even if you’ll be returning in September.  Teachers will be working hard to prepare the classrooms and each student may have a new coat hook/cubby when they return.

Remember we are closed 8/27-8/31 for staff in service, training and building maintenance.

If you have registered for fall, you should have received a welcome letter.  Please let us know if you have not.

Check out some of our food preparation pictures from this past week!

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Summer Camp News 8/10/18

Hello Parents,

We had fun learning about pre-historic animals this week.  On Tuesday, we had a Dinosaur and Reptile show.  We didn’t see  a real dinosaur but boy did we see some other amazing reptiles including a huge boa constrictor!!!  Se the pictures below.  We also did a lot of fun dinosaur projects & the dinosaur hats were a bit hit.

As we wind down summer, please don’t forget to sign up for fall if you haven’t already.  We have very limited spots in each of the preschool classrooms.  You may not be guaranteed your classroom if it fills up.

Please help us welcome Debbie Jones.  Mrs. Jones joined us Monday as our new Program Director and we are so happy to have her!  Make sure you say Hi!

Reminders:

  • We are closed 8/27-8/31 for teacher in-service, training & building maintenance.
  • If you are not registered for fall, please do so immediately at noviwoods.com/register.  There are only 10 preschool spaces left!
  • At the end of summer, please take all your child’s belongings including sunscreen and extra clothes.

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Summer Camp News

 

Parents,

It’s hard to believe it’s already August!  We finished up a week of Sea Creatures and saw an amazing show all about Michigan Swamp Creatures!  See photos below!

Reminders:

  • Bring your bathing suit, towel and water shoes each day (especially Wednesdays, our scheduled water day)
  • Bring your bike/helmet on Fridays for bike day
  • Next week we have a Dinosaur show at 10 am at the school.  Don’t miss it!
  • See the August calendar below.

 

New Director:  We are very happy to announce Mrs. Jones  is starting with us next week. She will be the Program Director overseeing Novi Woods Montessori.  Ms. Debbie comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience.  She has her Master’s in Early Childhood and many years’ experience as a Program Director.  Please stop by the office to say Hi!

 

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School News 7/27/18

We had fun during Magical Science week.  Classes made slime and we had an AWESOME magic show on Tuesday.  I’ve never heard so much squealing and laughter!  See the pictures below.

Reminders:

  • Do not hold the door open for anyone!  Allow each parent/guest to enter their own code or ring the doorbell.  Do not worry about offending someone.  This is for the safety of all of our students.  If you don’t recognize someone, you can always allow them to go first to the door so they can ring the bell.
  • Check your child’s schedule at parentportal.runsandbox.com to check your confirmed enrollment.  Click on Calendar when you log in and you will see a green line through your scheduled days.  We have a high enrollment this summer and cannot always accommodate last minute schedule changes.  Please give us 2 weeks’ notice.
  • Are you registered for fall?  You can check by going to your parent portal with the link above and clicking on calendar.  Click over to September to make sure you see green lines through your preferred schedule.
  • Label everything with your child’s first and last name
  • We are closed August 27-31 for teacher preparation, training and building maintenance.

Mosquito Joe’s will be out to school tomorrow 7/28/18 to spray the perimeter of our property for mosquitoes.

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Summer Camp News 7/20/18

July Lunch Menu

July Summer Camp Calendar

Hello Parents!  It’s mid-summer and that means it’s time for a lot of friendly reminders!!

  • Bring bathing suits, towels, & water shoes each day and especially Wednesdays (our scheduled water day– it’s easier to bring them already wearing swim clothes this day).  Children must have all supplies to participate.
  • TODDLER CLASS:  We need all students to have water day supplies in order for this class to participate. Please bring:  Swimsuit, towel and water shoes (not flip flops)
  • Remember to bring bikes/scooters & helmets each Friday for bike day.
  • Sunscreens/bug sprays can no longer be brought in an aerosol can.  Please replace your sunscreen with a non-aerosol or cream-based sunscreen/bug spray.

Labeling items is very important.  You must include first and last names.  This includes water bottles, lunchboxes and anything else.  If your child brings a lunch that needs to be kept cool, you must include an ice pack.  If we see a lunch that has not been properly stored (example:  there is a yogurt in the lunchbox with no ice pack), we cannot serve it and your child will receive a hot lunch and your account billed for $3.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Changes to your schedule require a 2-week notice.  We have been receiving a lot of last minute changes and students who arrive to school that are not scheduled.  This makes it very difficult for us to rearrange teachers so we can stay in ratio.  Your entire Summer Schedule (what you indicated on your online enrollment) is in your Parent Portal.  Log in and click on Calendar. A green line indicates what you initially signed up for.  Schedules will now need to be changed in writing, no exceptions.  Please see Schedule Change to do it online or pick up a form near the sign in sheets and give it to the office.  Your account will be charged if we do not receive the proper notice.

Please pick up your child promptly at their scheduled dismissal time and if your child stays all day, please arrive by 6:00pm.  Construction and other delays are a part of Michigan summers unfortunately so please give yourself extra time.  If you are know you will arrive after 6:00pm, please call immediately.  Regular late pickups can result in dismissal from our program.

Next week we have a magic show at 10:00am on Tuesday!  All children are included in this program.

We are closed August 27-September 1 for Teacher Preparation.  The school year begins September 4.  Please visit noviwoods.com/register if you haven’t registered for the school year.

7/13/18 Summer Camp News

We’ve had a fun couple of weeks…see our slideshow below.  Our short holiday week we enjoyed a visit from Kona Ice to celebrate Jacob’s birthday.  The classes also had fun making art projects with a 4th of July theme!

This week we are having building competitions to see who can construct the tallest structure.  Some classes have painted with Legos and others are exploring their architecture skills with Legos.

Bring your bike/scooter and helmet tomorrow for bike day!

Next week we will have a Sports/Olympics week.  All preschoolers and older should bring a plain white t-shirt that the students will paint or tie-dye. 

Please bring a swimsuit, towel, and water shoes every day.  Depending on weather, we will go outside to have water fun!  On Wednesdays, if the weather looks good, please dress your child in their swim clothes in the morning to speed things up for us!

There is no TumbleTot next week.

Please give 2 weeks’ notice when changing your schedule.  It is necessary so we can be prepared with the right number of teachers.  It may not be possible to add your student without the proper notice.

There is still time to register for Fall.  Please do so quickly if you want to request a classroom.  Fall Registration

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Summer Camp News

We had a lot of fun this week with Outer Space. We had a special program called “Our Universe Rocks” on Wednesday. He had the children laughing and singing and dancing! It was a lot of fun. Check out the pictures below. Today was a beautiful day for bike riding. Thank you for labeling helmets!

Next week we are open Monday and Tuesday only. We are full, so cannot accomodate late additions. If you cannot remember what weeks you signed up for, you can log in to your Parent Portal and click on Calendar. A green line will show up on the days we have you scheduled. Please give us 2 weeks’ notice for any changes.

Have a great holiday!

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