What’s Happening Right Now…

Middle School: Three students prepare a salad with vegetables from our Daily Soup share, while the sound of a piano lesson fills the air. There’s a quiet murmur of work throughout the room. Then, preparations to participate in a James River hike and Eco-lesson on the effects of coal ash are underway.  Students gather lunches, water, journals and backpacks.  All seem -excited to join new Montessori middle school friends from Williamsburg Montessori School.

Lower El: A student stands by the white board, contemplating a word problem.  He walks back to the table and shares his reasoning with other students.  A group of students name the colors in Spanish.  Another group works to identify different coins and their values.  The third group is introduced to subtraction with the golden beads.  The children can be heard discussing this morning’s group lesson on the Big Bang and The Story of the Earth.  Wow!

Upper El: A student fills up a tank outside to test the buoyancy of his ship, “I think it will float with five rocks because the materials are so light.” A group of students receive a lesson on building boats. Students pack their Homework Club assignments to take home.

Amanda’s Primary: A student chooses the living/ non-living work off of the science shelf. Two columns are layered out on a mat; living and non-living. Photos of a kitten, duck sunflower, turtle, frog and fish are carefully placed on one side of the rug. Photos of crayons a chair, a bike, a clock, a rock, and a doll are carefully placed in the non-living column. After the work is checked, the student makes a book of the living column. The student finishes writing all of the words on paper and staples the pages together. The book of living things is complete!

Infant: A toddler friend stops by to visit for a bit.  She settles in to listen intently to a story.  Her three infant friends mimic her stillness…for just a moment, of course.  Then off they go, crawling and rolling and scooting to discover new treasures tucked into baskets  and shelves in their beautiful room. 

Toddler: Children are stirring from their mid-day nap. One turns and gently, silently removes a work from the shelf.  She places the basket directly on her nap mat and works continently until her neighbor begins to stir.  Another child is busy putting on underwear, two legs in one whole.  A teacher observes that this may or may not be the most comfortable way to wear underwear.  She begins again and manages everything perfectly!  

Venessa’s Primary: Two students sit on the rug and discuss the different  dinosaurs they see on the puzzle that they assembled together. Another student counts the square chain of four for the first time. They are delighted to find each numeral flag that corresponds to each bead.  A student studies the hanging teens with great concentration, using pincer fingers to hang each bead.

Calendar Updates: (Please visit Central Montessori’s Facebook page and check the website for a downloadable calendar) http://centralmontessori.com/calendar/

September 8th-September 23rd Running in Circles begins at Jefferson Park 9:00 This is preparation for the Broad Street Mile race for elementary and middle school students.

September 15th Primary parents sign up for October conferences!  Contact the front desk. Most conference slots are 8-8:30, 8:30-9, 4:30-5 and are held in Anita’s office.

September 22nd- 4-5:30 Flu shot clinic! Walgreens will join us for our annual Flu Shot Clinic at Central. Central parents and students over seven are welcome join and get vaccinated.  Please bring your insurance information and photo ID if you would like to receive a flu shot. 

September 23rd Primary Meet and Greet 6:30 Spend some time with primary parents and teachers.

September 23rd 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 a candidate for early advancement into our primary program, to attend.  Call Central for childcare $10 per hour.

September 24th Broad Street Mile Run Fundraiser 11:10 Sharp! We will be participating in the Spirit Mile Fun Run at the Broad Street Mile.  http://www.vcubroadstreetmile.com/register/, register for a Fun Run (according to age for pricing purposes). Your registration can count towards V-hours! There will also be an opportunity make an optional donation to our wonderful Parents Association for Central. The race starts at 11:10, so be there early and meet up with some Central friends. Wear your best Buzz Bee inspired clothing!

October 1st Outdoor Classroom Event 9:30-12:00.  Prepare autumn gardens and beautify our lovely campuses.  Child care is available.  V hour credits, of course!

October 7th Infant and Toddler Meet and Greet 6:30 Spend some time with infant and toddler  parents and teachers.

October 7th Infant and Toddler 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:  Call Central for childcare $10 per hour.                  

October 11-12 James River Camp Out for Upper El and Middle School students.  Watch for additional information.

October 14th RSVP for  GrandDays Let us know which day your loved ones can come in and visit!  Check Nov. 21-23 on web event’s calendar for specific times. 

October 14th Lower el and upper el. parent sign up for Nov. conferences.  Contact front desk for dates and times. 

October 18-19 School Picture Days Children must arrive before 9:00 to prepare for photos.  Please send comb or brush in your child’s bag.  Watch for additional information.


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