Middle School: Everyone gathers at the round table next to our chalkboard. The time is 10:15. At 10:21 it will be the exact time of the Autumnal equinox. The students set a countdown timer and discuss what exactly the equinox is. The teacher draws a diagram at the board. 10! 9! 8! 7! 6! 5! 4! 3! 2! 1! Happy Autumn! The students break into two person teams to let all the other classrooms know that Fall is officially here! At 10:30 they reconvene, and begin their seminar on A Young People's History of the United States. Students take turns reading aloud their essays they had written, pretending to be John Smith speaking to Chief Powhatan, then begin paging through their books to share passages with the group. "Who has a sidelined passage or underlined word from page 23?" Hands shoot up.
Lower El: Three friends stand calmly as they prepare Daily Soup. They discuss how they will prepare the delicious produce brought in this week. They lightly sprinkle seasonings over the spicy arugula salad filled with apples and carrots. The two “seasoned” third year students assist the first year friend as she begins to serve the class for the first time in her new classroom. “Quieres ensalada?” the friends ask the group. “Si, gracias!”
Upper El: “Why are bees important?” An investigation begins as two students research information. They work hard to gather information to share with others at group. The savory scent of garlic and basil frying fills the room, the addition of eggplant ignites student ingenuity and they create a name for their delicious new dish-“Eggplant Papa Mias”
Amanda’s Primary: A PIII student is busy pin-pushing the South American map. Another PIII student gives a lesson on the numbers to a younger friend. During group, students are taught “peace signs” for the Peace Song. A student comes up with a new sign of the index and middle finger, with arms crossed over his heart and declares it the symbol for “Love”. The students are delighted to share their newly acquired signs as they sing with the entire school to celebrate this year’s International Day of Peace.
Infant: A newly mobile infant makes a bee line, crawling as fast as her little legs and arms will carry her, straight to her friend’s delicious mid-day snack. Her friend is not pleased by the arrival of a hungry friend and lets out a yell to alert her already watchful teacher that an intruder is near. The teacher moves in quickly to offer the perfect solution- a special snack for the visitor and an assuring smile for everyone.
Toddler: Balls are in big demand today. Every kind of ball: big and red, small and spikey, shiny and slick. Two children throw their balls as high and hard as they can. The balls catch in the sun sails. The children become perfectly still as they watch the shadow of the ball move toward the lower edge of the sail. The balls drop one at a time. One child catches his. Wow! Seeing his success, his friend tries again with even more determination.
Venessa’s Primary: The students enjoy the rainy morning. A PIII student works on the cube chain of 5 while a PI student watches. Two PII students classify the water, air and land jars. Another student works on a peace picture for International Peace Day. Three students sit around the peace candle and watch the flame “dance”.
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.
Starting September 15th Primary parents sign up for October conferences! Contact the front desk.
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. THIS HAS BEEN MOVED TO NOVEMBER 2ND AND 3RD.
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.
October 21 Chili Cook Off at Central! @ 5:00 First responders are invited to be present to put out any fires caused by …HOT CHILI! They are also invited to taste and enjoy more than ten different chili pots prepared by our own parent-chefs. You are invited too! Delicious! Everyone helps out to make this one of our most enjoyable annual events. Watch for more steamy details to come.