What’s Happening Right Now…

Venessa’s Primary:  A first year student carries a bucket of water to the sink after using the handwashing work. She uses two hands and steps carefully around the other students. Another student practices writing their name in Arabic after a special lesson from a parent volunteer.

Infant: Three infants sit on the floor staring intently at a guide’s face, mimicking the movements of their mouth.   Each child practices puckering their lips together and making a “smooching” sound.   Soon all three children are blowing kisses!   One infant crawls a bit closer towards a friend and blows a kiss directly to them.  Love is in the air!

Amanda’s Primary:  A PIII student practices four digit subtracting with the stamp game. In another part of the room three students work together using the numeral layout and the golden beads to perform four digit addition with exchanger!  A second year student uses the moveable alphabet to compose a list of rhyming words.

Toddler: A bowl full of corks accidentally falls to the floor.   The child moves to the floor to restore the dropped work.  A friend notices and comes to the floor to join in the restoring effort.   Before long, each cork has been restored to the bowl and the work is placed back on the shelf.   The two children stand, each with a large smile on their face.   A little help can make a job a lot more fun!

Lower Elementary: A group of students compare and contrast whales. “Did you know that the female blue whale is 110 feet long? It’s much bigger than the male which is only 89 feet long.” A student follows this fact with another “The sperm whale is the second largest and the humpback whale is the third largest!”  The friends measure the length of a male sperm whale. They use a yard stick to measure out sixty feet…..

Upper Elementary Seven students are gathered round to observe the rapid rise and fall of colored water in a student made thermometer. Wow! Other students prepare their craft items for sale tomorrow at Elementary Market Day! Labor costs, materials costs, mission statement and other marketing considerations are being discussed and agreed upon.

Middle School: A middle school student writes notes on the chalkboard for their book club reading of “Animal Farm”. One student writes the “Seven Commandments of Animalism” while another compiles a list of characters.  The students discuss the actions of the animals, and all agree it would have been better to make peace with the humans. Meanwhile, a student uses her newfound rhetoric skills to try to persuade another student to play a specific role in a play.

Calendar Updates: (Please check Central’s website for a downloadable 2015-2016 calendar) http://centralmontessori.com/calendar/

February 5 Market Day (hosted by Upper elementary students) This casual in-house event is for PIII students and older. Students may bring in $1.00 (or more) and shop at a student created market. "Sometimes" food and gently loved items may be available as well as handmade items. During the day, your child’s class may be invited to participate. If you would like them to attend, please send them to school with a dollar or five……

February 12-Elementary Meet and Greet 6:30 Spend some time with elementary parents and teachers.

February 12- Elementary Parent Information Night (PIN) 7:00 there is no better venue for parents who wish to know and understand their child’s elementary school development and to meet our elementary teachers and hear about classroom events and curriculum.  SPECIAL NOTE:  This is an excellent venue for Primary parents who have a child that may be a candidate for early advancement into our elementary program, to attend.

February 15-19 Parent Visitation Week- Parents are invited to spend a bit of time in their child’s classroom during this dedicated time.  Meet your child’s friends and see your child’s work.  Children love to have their parents in their “space” and impress them with their accomplishments.  Parents are treated to refreshments are offered by volunteer parents and small

classroom performances.  Please RSVP by going to https://www.trackitforward.com/site/72275/events

Primary 9:00-10:00 and 10:00-11:00

Elementary/Middle 2:00-3:00, and 3:00-4:00

Infant/ Toddler 4:00-4:30, 4:30-5:00 (our little ones will leave after visit)

March 4 –Primary parent Meet and Greet 6:30 Spend some time with primary parents and teachers.

March 4-- Primary  Parent Information Night (PIN) 7:00 there is no better venue for parents who wish to know and understand their child’s primary school development and to meet our primary teachers and hear about classroom events and curriculum.  SPECIAL NOTE:  This is an excellent venue for Toddler parents who have a child that may be entering the primary program this spring and summer.


Parent Child Service Club starts March 22!

What is Service Club?

Service Club is a four week after school club for PIII and older students to promote our commitment to volunteerism! Club meetings will consist of various inventive DIY projects and discussions. Students must have a parent participate with them as some of these projects may require a little help (siblings may come with one parent).

When and where is Service Club?

The club will run for four months on the third Tuesday of each month from 5-6 pm at Central in the community room. Meeting dates for spring 2016:

March 15nd

April 19th

May 17trh

June 21st.

How many spots are open?

There are ten spots available for students.

How much does it cost?

There is a twenty  dollar fee for supplies per child.

Who’s running this thing?

 Vanessa Diamond will lead these sessions and is looking for another parent to co-lead. Please contact her at vdiamond@handsonrva.org if you are interested in this position.

How do I sign us up?

Please sign up at the front desk or send Kelly an email contact@centralmontessori.com  if you and your young volunteer would like to join!



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