School News 12/8/17

 

Happy Friday!

New Parents:  If you’re relatively new to our school, please visit our Welcome Letter page.  You’ll find a lot of our common policies and checklists there.  There’s also a lot of links to buy uniforms and other supplies.

Important!!  Text Message Alert System:  All parents should be enrolled in Remind, a school-wide text message system.  As we head into snowy weather season, we may need to alert you of any school closures or delays.  We’ll also send out any last minute reminders if we need to.  Please sign up one of two ways:

  • On your computer: CLICK HERE to sign up via the web
  • On your smart phone:  Open your text messaging on your phone. Instead of a phone number, enter 81010. In the message area, type @noviwoodsm

(We typically don’t close unless roads are hazardous for families and staff, we lose power, heat, water, etc.)

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday December 13, 10:00am:  Santa visits!
  • Friday December 15:  School closes at 3:00pm for all students.
  • Friday December 15: Holiday Concert at  6:00pm (children should be ready at 5:45)
    Location: Theatre and Event Quarters at the Novi Civic Center
    45175 Ten Mile Road Novi, MI 48375 (between Novi and Taft Rd)
    248-347-0400
  • Monday December 25-Monday January 1:  School closed for Holiday break
  • Tuesday January 2:  School resumes
  • Friday January 12:  10:00am Peace Day Celebration (parents welcome)
  • Monday January 15:  School closed for Staff In-Service training

Outside Play:  Per state licensing rules, all children must be allowed outdoor play year-round, weather permitting.  Contrary to some beliefs, playing outdoors in colder weather does not cause illness.  We actually get sick more in winter from being INSIDE together too much, spreading our germs back and forth with no fresh air.  Please be assured:

  • We will always take into account the temperature, windchill and other factors before heading outside.
  • We will also limit the amount of time children are outside based on weather conditions.
  • We will never go outside if teachers deem it’s too cold.
  • Please bring appropriate outdoor clothing for your children.  This means boots, hats, gloves, snowpants and a warm coat.
  • We cannot keep one child indoors while the rest of the class goes out because of staff to child ratios.
  • If your child is well enough to go to school, they should be well enough to play outside for a short time.
  • If there is a health concern, please obtain a doctor’s note stating your child cannot go outside due to medical reasons.  Include the date range and the doctor’s signature.

Signing your child in and out

It is really important that we have all adults who pick up our students to sign in and out.  If you do not know how to use our timeclock system, please click HERE.  Your pin should be set to the last 4 digits of your cell phone number.  If someone else picks up your child other than parents, please update their information in your Parent Portal.  Add them as a Contact and be sure to click ‘Allowed to pickup’.  We are required to keep these records and really need your help abiding by this rule.  Decide on a dropoff and pickup routine where for example you always sign in/out before dropping off/picking up your child and stick to that routine.  The timeclock is now linked to your schedule and will automatically bill you a late attendance fee after your child’s schedule ends (with a short grace period), so this is now another reason to make sure you’re signed out at the correct time!

Parent-Teacher Communication

If you need to speak with your child’s teacher, please do so between 8:00-8:30, 11:30-12:30 (you may call and ask to speak to a teacher) or 3:30-4:00. Once class starts at 8:30, the teachers’ priority is instructing the students.  You may leave a message with the office, jot it on the notebook, send an email or contact the teacher at the above times.   If you arrive at school late, please drop your child off with an administrator and they will walk your child in to class.

New Director!

We hope you had a chance to meet our new director Geanine this week!  We are so happy to have found Ms. Geanine as she has a wealth of experience and Montessori knowledge. Ms. Geanine has her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and went on to pursue her Montessori credential through the same Montessori Training center as many of our teachers. Although she loved being a Montessori teacher and director for over 10 years, she decided to pursue her Master’s in Early Childhood Education. She went on to work at a behavior therapy center for autistic children, but soon missed the Montessori classroom and that’s when we found her. In addition to her impressive qualifications, Ms. Geanine continually seeks out new ways to learn and show her passion. She has been a featured Montessori presenter at the MiAEYC Early Childhood Conference, which is the largest early childhood conference in Michigan. We think Ms. Geanine will make an excellent addition to our school. Please stop by the office to introduce yourself to her when you get a chance !

Vacation Policy

Hello Parents!

As we are approaching a time when many of our families take vacations or extended trips, we thought we’d send out a quick note to remind you of our policy which is listed below.  If you have a trip planned for more than 2 weeks, please click on the link below the policy to view a more detailed explanation and see an example.

Extended Absence:  Tuition is not subject to adjustment because of illness, vacation/travel or extended absence, unless over two weeks.  If the absence is over two weeks, the first two weeks’ tuition is still charged in full.  Beginning on the third week and each week following, your account will be credited for half of your tuition.  This guarantees your child’s place upon return. 

Extended Absence & Vacation Policy

School News 11/10/17

This week we have learned about our 5 senses, Australia, and experimented with sink and float and color mixing!  Next week we will have our animal visitors and learn about their senses and how they compare to ours! We will also explore the Human Body and start getting ready for Thanksgiving with some fun projects!

 

Here are some reminders!

  • Monday, November 13th is the Animal Senses show.  This is for Toddlers and Preschool children and the cost is $5 per child.
  • Friday, November 17th is parent teacher conferences.  Please sign up near your child’s classroom door.  School is closed for students this day, but they can attend during your scheduled conference time!
  • Monday, November 20th book orders are due.  Here is the link to order! https://clubs.scholastic.com/  Class Code RJH3C
  • Tuesday, November 21st is our Thanksgiving Lunch at 11 am.  Parents are welcome to attend!
  • Thursday, November 23rd and 24th school is closed!

Thank you to all the parents who came to our curriculum night! We hope that you learned a little more about your child’s day at school and what the Montessori Method is all about!

This Sunday, from 10 am- Noon,  we will host an Open House for new families!  If you have a friend that is interested in our school please send them the Flyer Open House!

School News 11/3/17

This week was full of pumpkins!  We had fun celebrating Halloween and learning about the life cycle of the pumpkin! Next week we will be talking about the five senses and doing sink or float experiments.

Here are some reminders:

  • Wednesday, November 8th from 5:30-6:30 PM is our Pre-School curriculum night. This is a great opportunity for preschool and toddler parents to come visit the classroom and really understand what you children are learning at school!  You can ask questions, and see some of the work in the classrooms.  Please RSVP for this event on the pink clipboard.
  • Monday, November 13th at 10 AM we have a gust visitor to talk to us about animals and their 5 senses!  This is be for all families and will cost $5 per child.
  • Friday, November 17th is Parent Teacher Conferences.  School is CLOSED this day.  You can sign up for a time to meet with your child’s teachers on or near the classroom doors.

We have lots going on this month and I will continue to post reminders this way!  Have a great weekend!

 

School News 10/27/17

This week we learned about parts of the pumpkin and are having fun getting ready for Halloween!  November is going to be a busy month here, so here are a bunch of reminders for you all:

  • School Pictures will take a few weeks to get back.  We will let you know when they arrive for you to decide what to order!
  • Tuesday, October 31st is our Halloween party from 10-11 AM.  You can send your child in or with their costume that day.  Please makes sure they have a change of clothes for after. Thank you in advance to the parents who plan to bring items of the party!  We truly appreciate it!
  • Wednesday, November 8th is Pre-School curriculum night from 5:30-6:30 PM.  We encourage at least one parent to attend.  Here you will be able to see some of the Montessori work that your children are working on and get an explanation of the meaning behind it. Please sign up on the pink clipboard on the counter. 
  • Monday, November 13th we will have a school visitor to talk about and show us Animals and their senses as we learn about our 5 senses.  This is be $5 per child to attend.
  • Friday, November 17th is Parent Teacher Conference day.  Our school is CLOSED that day.  Please watch for sign up sheets next week to reserve a time.
  • Thanksgiving feast has been changed to November 21st at 11 AM.  Details to follow!
  • Our school is also closed November 23rd and 24th for Thanksgiving.

Thank you for being so understanding as we worked through the water issues.  Thank you to the parents who offered to get us drinking water.  If you have not already joined, please join the Remind text app. This is a fast way to get you all important updates when school is closed etc.

Here is a fast way to add yourself to our school:

Text @noviwoodsm to number 81010

This will get you added to our school!  Have a great weekend!