October  2017   PRE-PRIMARY AND PRIMARY CONFERENCE MONTH*
6          Infant & toddler Meet/Greet 6:30 and PIN 7- 8 (Childcare $10 per hr.)
7          RAISE THE FENCE DAY! For upper el and middle school.  V hours
10-11   School Picture Days (Children must arrive before 9:00 to prepare for photos)
            October 10:
Preprimary/primary. October 11: Infant/Toddler, Elementary and Middle School. 
13        Upper and Middle School Science Fair:  Share all of that good STEM stuff you have
            going on at home!  All students are asked to participate. Start now and have a blast!
14        Outdoor Classroom Event 9:30-12:00 Help us beautify our educational gardens.
16        Upper el and middle school parents sign up for November parent/teacher conferences.
17-18   Upper el and middle school to James River Eco Camp-Out!  Volunteers/chaperones    needed.  
19        School Picture Make Up Day (Children must arrive before 9:00 to prepare for photos)
20        Chili Cook Off! Hot! 5 pm (no Montessori Hour offered this day)
29        NRC Run to the River! Fundraiser for Neighborhood Resource Center

Calendar Updates: (Please check Central’s website for a downloadable 2016-2017 calendar) http://centralmontessori.com/calendar/

*Special Note/Conferences:  Central does not close school to hold parent/teacher conferences.  Different levels rotate out every three months.  It can be very hard to reschedule!  Please watch for specific information/times and places.  Please sign up in the front office or email front desk to inquire about an available time.  We ask that both parents attend.  
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Want to sign up to make chili or cakes for this year’s Chili Cook Off? Here’s how to do it!
#1. Login and sign-up on Track It Forward (let us know if you need help)
#2. Write your name and your chili or cake on boards in office
#3. Whip up something delicious!

SPECIAL V HOUR REQUEST:  We would like to have help from those who are strong and happy to do the back breaking work that leads to a sense of happiness and fulfillment!  (ok...we just need a bit of help putting a fence in for our new upper el and middle school outdoor space at 2001 E. Broad.) Stephan will get the big diggy machine thing and the fencing.  If you have an hour to give, we would greatly appreciate it.  Meet us at 2001 E. Broad St. on Saturday, Oct. 7th anytime between 9:00 and 3:00. Yes!  RAISE THE FENCE DAY!

Venessa’s Primary
The class is listening to a yoga CD and calmly following instructions.  The children follow photos available for reference.  As their bodies stretch and bend, they tell each other what animals each pose reminds them of, “You look like a lion!” “Look! I’m a snake!”  One guide searches with a couple students to find the perfect space on the wall to hang their completed maps of North America, continuing the year-long study.  One of the students hanging their map notices a friend who has been sitting calmly and quietly for a long time.  “What are you working on?” The sitting friend proudly displays their sewing work, exclaiming, “A button!”

Toddler
As the first student of the day arrives, they walk into their classroom and, amidst enthusiastic greetings from their friends, restore their tote and lunchbox.  Directly to the sink they go, whispering to themselves, “Wash hands, make bubbles.”  After the ever-important routine of washing hands, the child decides to water the nearby plant.  Uh-oh! A small amount of water has sloshed out of the carefully filled watering can!  The young friend gently places the watering can beside the plant, walks over to a shelf, and retrieves a washcloth.  “Wipe up the water, wipe up the water,” chants the student, reminding themselves of the task at hand.  Once the towel is in the dirty-laundry hamper, the child beams proudly, knowing that they completed their first morning work!

Pre-Primary
A few friends gather outside to explore a new water work.  The students carefully practice transferring water from one bucket to the next.  While the other students patiently wait their turn for the exciting new work, they continue to work hard.  An older student helps a younger friend work on their numbers by having them use their fingers to trace the numbers, and repeating the numbers aloud.  A student sits at a table and works hard to create a beautiful piece of art, using an okra pod as their paintbrush!

Middle School
The students have logged onto their Google Classroom to find an assignment to be completed: rating the various causes and effects of the Greenhouse Effect.  With influences and consequences in mind, the remainder of the school day is dedicated to brainstorming and organizing science experiments for our upcoming Science Fair.

Amanda’s Primary
Small bands of bright orange appear above the soil line of one of Central’s gardens.  Above the orange--long, fluffy tufts of bright green make excellent handles for small hands.  Each of the students has a chance to come out to the garden and have a small lesson about pulling up carrots!  “It looks just like the big one we painted in the office!” exclaims one eager friend.  “Except much smaller,” notices another.  After all the gathered carrots have been washed and chopped by the class, they join other fresh, colorful veggies for a beautiful Daily Soup salad.

Lower-El
Students kick off their week making continents maps. In groups, they shuffle through the map boards, deciding which one they want to construct. By mid-week, nearly every student begins their work cycle with a map: North America, Europe, Asia, Australia!  A third year student helps a younger friend paper clip their tracing paper, as they set up an atlas for their own labels.  “I’m going to draw in the States’ birds!”  The collective consciousness of the Elementary classroom is full and rich with interest in maps.

Infant
Fall is in the air! Our littlest friends are making beautiful artwork with their tiny handprints.  After their careful guides help them dip their hands in red paint, they press them onto autumn-colored paper.  Add a torn piece of green paper and voila! A delicious red apple!  On another piece of paper, a leafless tree awaits its colorful accessories; scores of red, yellow, and orange fingerprints make crispy fall leaves, both on the branches and littering the “ground.”  Art is truly imitating life!

Upper-El
Students sit across from each other, quizzing their peers on state capitals.  “Providence is the capital of…?”  “Rhode Island! The capital of Montana is…?”  “Helena!”  While these friends continue to test their skills, others use new materials to make their maps of the North America.  Dark, opaque ink make up the outlines, while whimsically pale, translucent watercolors fill in the negative spaces.  A beautiful contrast!  Other students help their Lower El friends chop up dozens of tomatoes for Friday’s Spaghetti Day.  Today, the sauce.  Tomorrow, the eggplant, squash, and zucchini noodles!

 


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10/07/2017 11:27pm

Thank you for posting everything that is happening in your school. As parents, it is important for us to know the latest events and happenings our children will be attending. I believe that every event in your school will help our kids to become a better individual, it is important for the kids to be exposed on their environment and create good relationship with other people starting from their classmates. Thank you so much for updating us and for taking care of our kids. I believe that they are in good hands with you.

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