Front Desk: Our administrative assistant, Jeff Immel, is heading to Nepal on Sunday to volunteer at Heavenly Hill Academy, a non-profit program that offers free education to children in the rural village of Gaunshahar http://www.heavenhillacademynepal.org/  He would love to help this little school be successful and help build a new library. He will send us progress updates from time to time. We wish him luck!  Here is a link to his fundraising page for the project.

https://www.gofundme.com/build-library-for-nepalese-village          

Lower El: The room is filled with the gentle chords of a ukulele.  Several friends sing along. Then one friend takes her ukulele out and tries the F and then the C chords. Another friend asks, “Can we try the next song?” “What song is that?” “Here are the songs for me to practice. My teacher told me that if you’re playing ukulele you can also use guitar notes.” “Can I show you how to make a C major? I am learning ‘Day Tripper’ by the Beatles, it’s really hard!”

Venessa’s Primary: A small group of students are quietly discussing if it will snow tomorrow night, while the rest of the classroom is hard at work. A second-year student has just asked if he could give a first year student a lesson on the numeral layout since he has now mastered it. A brand new student is cleaning a table and has been scrubbing for fifteen minutes; a very clean table indeed! A second year students builds the words ‘hat’ and ‘sun’ with moveable alphabet. A first year student is hard at work on matching the color

Toddler: It is early evening and a toddler has been told it is her "turn" to leave for the day.  She is fully involved in story time and takes a moment to move toward her hook.  Once committed to the school to home transition, she is all business.  Coat is upside down on the ground.  She slides her little arms into the arm holes and flips her coat over her head.  Once snuggled into her winter jacket, she puts one big bag over an arm and then collects her lunchbox.  Together, these two items probably weigh as much as she does.  The bag drags the ground.  When help is offered, she responds, "I do it."  Out the door she goes into the waiting arms of her mom.  

Amanda’s Primary: Two first year students work together building the brown stairs. A third-year student helps a second-year student gather the necessary materials to start making a map of South America. Together they retrieve the large clip board, large tracing paper, the control of South America and a pencil. A third-year student uses the moveable alphabet to sound out five action words (verbs). Another third-year student does the forty-five layout with the golden beads and the corresponding numeral cards. Several students admire this work before it is restored.

Upper El: A research on biomes inspires a student to recommend this weeks ‘go-trip’. The student asks, “May I look up greenhouses in Richmond?” The class listens to a recitation of Edgar Allen Poe’s To the River. A student suggests going to the Poe museum for a class performance. Another first-year student paces back and forth along the math shelf. The peg board is selected and taken to a nearby table. 13 squared is laid out in units, placing each peg gently in the board.

Middle School: A group of students is hard at work editing the Middle School’s next YouTube video about mass, weight, and volume. Another student finishes their experiment comparing sugar content between sodas. In one half-hour, the class will convene to listen to a presentation about modern American Indians. They have prepared questions to ask and will be writing journals all week on the theme of indigenous peoples.

 

Infant: A little one is making a beeline for a empty cardboard box!  His friend is headed to the same box!  It will all be fun and then there will be tears...right?  

Actually, the friend that arrives first seems glad to have the company and "shares" the box.  Both toddlers bang and turn and shove and pull the box around themselves and each other.  All of this happiness and activity goes on for several minutes.  The first child crawls away, seemingly content, to explore the big rolling container that is filled with mystery items.  No tears!  

Calendar Updates: http://centralmontessori.com/calendar/

 

February is elementary conference month please sign up in the office!

February 6-10   Parent Visitation Week

·        Primary 9-10 or 10-11

·        Elementary 2-3 or 3-4

·        Infant and Toddler 4:00-4:30 or 4:30-5:00

Feburary 10- Middle School Dance and Mystery Dinner

February 11- Mise En Place South American cooking lesson and brunch for    elementary and middle school students 10-12:30. Contact front desk to RSVP

February 13- Middle School & Infant/Toddler Parents Sign Up for Conferences

February 14- Day of Friendship (Valentine’s Day)

February 17- Elementary Meet/Greet 6:30 and PIN 7:00-8:00 (Call Central for     childcare -$10 an hr.)

February 26- Outdoor Classroom Event 12-3 (planning lunch from 12-1, garden work from 1-3)

February 27- March 3 Central Spirit Week!

March 4th- Pancake Heaven

If School is Not Opening…Snow Day! http://centralmontessori.com/calendar/

Please check our web site Google calendar to find information about closings. This information will be posted directly onto our Google Calendar no later than 6:30 a.m. We only post if we are closed or delayed.

If School Must Close because of Inclement Weather:  Because there is sometimes a slight delay between setting up our message and the time you receive it, we strongly recommend that all parents text “downtown” to 292929 to receive emergency text broadcasts from Central in a more timely manner. 

 
 
Now that I think about it…

I walk through the school and hear two things.  One is the beautiful and powerful voices of our lower el students as they sing, America the Beautiful.  At the same moment, I also hear the voice of Mr. Trump as he is sworn in as the 45th president of this great country.  In short order, our older students begin to discuss, not only the inauguration, but also the formation of two (three?) "political" parties in preparation for the upcoming school wide elections of our school president.  Democracy in action! 

Front Desk: Teachers and students are beautifying their classrooms in preparation for Silent Journey tonight. Invitations to the upper el. sponsored Galaxy Rock Dance Party for the lower el. students are beginning to be sent home. Many smiles and much happiness on this dark and gloomy day.

Lower El: The fraction box is laid out before the older students as they work out adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions with common denominators. A few students use hand held clocks to solve word problems using time. A visitor from primary focuses on a map of South America. The whole class practices musical notation while transitioning to lunch. “A-pple, a-pple, grape, grape!”

Venessa’s Primary: The classroom is nice and calm while the student’s work. A first-year student is sitting in the ready corner and quietly reading a book about winter. A second-year student is working on the packing a lunchbox work. Another second-year student is using the bead stamps to count out the square chain of 10. A third-year student composes dinosaur names with the moveable alphabet. A small group of second year students receive a lesson on the particles that make up a solid, liquid and gas. 

Toddler: There is something to be said about a sunny archipelago in the mist of large body of water.  There are many islands in our playground, Mulch Ocean.  Two toddlers are "safe" upon soft gray square tiles (islands), just large enough to accommodate them. Two toddlers perch upon the top of overturned buckets (islands) with feet hanging just an inch or two above the "water".  Two friends sit on soft yellow, white and grey poufs (islands).  Several other friends sit on the deck edges (beaches) of the playground.  At this moment, out of 8 tiny pairs of feet, only two tennis-shoed feet are in contact, or getting wet, in our calm and peaceful playground ocean.  All of the stranded islanders look content and happy-none look the least bit concerned about the need for rescue.  

 

Amanda’s Primary: Two third year students work calmly and quietly together. They are each making books of the plane shapes. One child decides to make an illustrated list rather than a book. A second-year student chooses the parts of a turtle work. A first-year child notices how another child spilled their pencils and spontaneously offers to help pick them up.

Upper El: A pair of students design triangles on a flat surface using their tables. All the angles are measured and labeled. “I know the corners are 90 degrees”, exclaims one students. Story webs inspire characters for a creative writing workshop. One friend explains to another, “We can make a puppet show when we are finished”.

Middle School: The students cluster in the middle of the room for an algebra study lab. Some students work on factoring numbers down to their smallest pieces. One of them realizes this means that the factors are prime. A couple students work on solving multi-step equations, and request a refresher lesson in the distributive property. The most advanced student checks the work of a younger student just beginning algebra. Most of the younger student's work is correct! Another student is temporarily perplexed by negative numbers, then realizes they've gotten every problem they were working on correct, and smiles. "Oh. OK. I guess I do understand that." But do they!?

 

Infant: A toddler, who woke early from her nap, has found her infant sister and is using a brightly colored pink and blue scarf to play peek-a-boo...well actually it looks a bit more like, a waterfall of fabric that baby sister must wait patiently to have pulled gently away from her smiling face. A little one, just beginning to crawl and pull up has made her way to the weaning chairs and tables. She does not yet have her own weaning foods but she is definitely interested in what one of her friends is eating.  Just as she reaches out to grab a delicious bite, an observant guide wisely offers her a set of tiny wooden rings- blue, green, yellow-that distract her just long enough for her friend to complete her snack in peace. 

Calendar Updates: http://centralmontessori.com/calendar/

 

January is Primary Conference Month! Sign up through the front office.

January 27th RSVP for Parent Visitation Week through front desk.

January 27th 4-5:30 Elementary Dance! Dance starts at 4:00 for Lower El students.  Upper El students will provide music (with DJ) and refreshments and decorations!  Wow!  Party ends at 5:30!

February 6-10   Please RSVP by January 27th Parent Visitation Week

·         Primary 9-10 or 10-11

·         Elementary 2-3 or 3-4

·         Infant and Toddler 4:00-4:30 or 4:30-5:00

If School is Not Opening…Snow Day! http://centralmontessori.com/calendar/

Please check our web site Google calendar to find information about closings. This information will be posted directly onto our Google Calendar no later than 6:30 a.m. We only post if we are closed or delayed.

If School Must Close because of Inclement Weather:  Because there is sometimes a slight delay between setting up our message and the time you receive it, we strongly recommend that all parents text “downtown” to 292929 to receive emergency text broadcasts from Central in a more timely manner. 

 
 
What’s Happening Right Now…

Front Desk: Drum lessons now available at Central! Antonio James, one of our wonderful parents will be providing drum lessons at Central on Monday afternoons. The rate is $80 a month for weekly lessons. To sign your child up for lessons please contact Antonio at anthilllive@gmail.com

 Amanda’s Primary: A student is concentrating intently on completing the extension of the brown stairs. The child’s jaw drops as the thinnest and final piece is delicately placed atop. The feat does not seem to disturb a nearby friend who is investigating a new science work distinguishing various parts of an airplane. At group, students are practicing their winter songs; the parade will be here before we know it. 

 Lower El: Maps are sprawled out all over the classroom… Capitals & flags, plants & animals, rivers & mountains! A small group of friends are contemplating the fundamental needs of man. “Foods like chocolate cake and whipped cream, topped with berries, shredded chocolate, and raspberry goop in the middle.” If only this could be one of the essential foods we need to survive.  

Venessa’s Primary: The students work on the solar system puzzle and say, “this is our plant, Earth!” Another student brings a metal inset to the teacher and proudly states, “I wrote my name for the first time” and the entire class cheers! A fellow student finishes their map of South America and hangs it on the wall. A PIII student works on animal research and studies great white sharks!

Upper El: A group of students receive a lesson on multiplying decimals. On the other side of the room a second group creates a common multiples book from 2-12. A student asks when we will return to the Science Museum. “Go-trips are on Wednesdays.” A two-scene skit celebrating Rosa Parks is performed for their friends in Lower El.

Middle School: A troupe of students make a trip to east end library to check out books for later discussion. This is a continuation of budding a relationship with local libraries, including the library of Virginia. Students interested in music ask about composing. We are looking forward to making music in the future as we build a studio.

Infant: A little one doesn't really want her bottle.  But...she doesn't really NOT want her bottle.  Around and around the room she toddles halfheartedly taking a small dribblely little drink from time to time.  A guide invites her to sit at the weaning table in a tiny chair.  The guide transfers the milk from her bottle to a small, clear glass-the size of a shot glass and....finally...happiness!  Our little one sits for about thirty minutes taking tiny sips. She is fully engaged and uses one hand, then two hands, she take a big gulp and milk spills over the edge.  All of this leads to an empty bottle and a quick, but necessary change of clothes.  

Toddler: As I pass by infant room door, I hear Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy.  Then as the door to the toddler room opens, refrains from Pachelbel's Canon in D fills the air. The playground sails are no longer up and the soft autumn midday light fills the rooms. 

Toddlers are settled around the lunchtime tables with their colorful lunchboxes and tiny containers arranged on the "place mats".  The children are so focused on their healthy lunches that there is little response to a visitor entering their space.  One guide is sitting with the children as she eats her own lunch.  Another guide is moving about the classroom quietly laying out tiny mats and soft blankets. That lovely transition from activity to rest begins.  

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

****A special message from PAC ****
Amazon Smile! Did you know that you can help PAC (Parents Association for Central) raise money for all the cool things we make happen—all while doing all your holiday Amazon shopping? Just shop from smile.amazon.com instead of the regular amazon.com, and set your preferred non-profit to Central Montessori School (use this handy link and it'll set it up for you: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-3982575)

PAC will get a donation each time you shop, and we use every little bit for things like:
* Teacher appreciation
* Your favorite events, like Continent Day, Winter Singalong, and more
* New stuff for the playground
* Classroom enrichment programs – speakers, musicians, performers
As a matter of fact, you can shop from Smile all year round. It's a year-round miracle!
Questions? Concerns? Let us know, and we'll help you sort them out. lori@loriskeeterloans.com

December is Infant/ Toddler and Middle School Conference month! Sign up through office.
December 10th Community Dance opportunity (see flyer below) 

 December 16th 5-6 pm Winter Celebration and Sing-a-Long. Perfect for children three years and older but everyone is welcome. We sing seasonal songs, enjoy student performances, eat and drink the delicious hot chocolate and cookies that our parents have prepared.  This is also a time we sing and present our first responders with cookies and much appreciation.  More information will be sent out closer to the event. *****Montessori Hour will not be available this evening******
Dec. 19-30 School is closed.
Dec. 19-22 & 28-30 Open for Winter Packet Only - Registration is closed.
January 2nd School reopens! 

January 20-21 Silent Journey- There is one place and one time each year that provides parents with much sought after information about what it means for their child to be in a Montessori program.  Many questions (and more) can be answered during a fun-filled, information-intense five hours. Meals provided! Each space is $50 per person. Plus, you will receive V-hours for attending!  Space is limited for this special event.  Please contact the front desk to reserve your spot. 

VCU DANCE 2016-2017
Community Performance Opportunity

Dance Exchange and VCU Dance
Participants of all ages and bodies invited to perform with VCU Dance in

STILL CROSSING 
A restaging of Liz Lerman's 1986 classic, originally choreographed for the centennial of the Statue of Liberty 

Open Community Rehearsal 
Saturday, December 10th, 3:00-5:00 pm
Depot Annex Studio behind 814 West Broad St 

No dance training needed, all are welcome.  
Performances at the Grace Street Theater, February 16-18, 2017

For more details and to register, contact: 
Lea Marshall, lemarshall@vcu.edu804-828-1711.

 
 
What’s Happening Right Now…

Front Desk: Our school spirit items are being displayed in the front office in preparation for this special week- long event.  Laughter and happiness are evident throughout our school as GrandOnes join their loved ones on this lovely autumn day.  Lessons are shared.   Songs are sung.  Friends and teachers are introduced. Flowers and small gifts are given to our very special guests with promises made to meet again next year.  Same time, same place!  That's something to be thankful for! 

Special thanks to our "classpitality" parents and PAC who make this event possible.  It is truly a lovely event. 

Amanda’s Primary: Grand Days is upon us!  A student shows his grandfather what creations can be made using the magnetic tiles.  The various shapes of tiles are carefully joined to make fast rocket ships, tall towers, and a large castle.  A second-year student gives a grandparent a lesson on the square chain of four.  Then they take out the cube chain of four and complete the work together.  A third-year student shows his grandmother how he adds numbers using the stamp game.  Students gather ‘round and sing, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, as they sign the words to one of our favorite songs.  We hear the voice of generations joining together.  

 

Lower El: “Where is Georgia?” a child asks a friend. “I know! My grandma lives there!” the friend replies.

“Not the one in North America.  I mean the Georgia in Eurasia. I can’t find it in the Atlas.  I looked at Asia.” The friend suggests, “You should look at a map of Europe! I thought there was only one Georgia! The one where my grandma lives”.   I think my grandmother is here right now!

Venessa’s Primary:  A second year student is engrossed in a scrubbing work at a table while a friend next to them is kneeling before their South American map on a rug.  Two students have completed work cycles and begin a new work cycle constructing a building using magnetic tiles together.  They identify a square-based pyramid!  An upper elementary student has come in to visit and is reading to a small group of younger friends. A few GrandOnes begin to move into the classroom.  Happy greetings as a child settles down beside their grandparent to share a moment of their wonderful day together. 

Upper El and Middle School: Students return from the state capital where they just witnessed the 339th Virginia Native American Tribute.  This is an annual event.  Tributes of wild game and artifacts are presented by the Mattaponi and the Pumunkey tribes to Governor McAuliffe.  Speeches and dancing commence.   Students get an up-close look at wild game and hear the dynamic music of a wonderful culture.  Under bright skies, the urban walk seems to have put everyone in a good mood.  Students settle into their classroom routines and await the arrival of their loved ones.   

Infant & Toddler: A grandparent gathers her infant grandchild before joining her toddler grandchild in his classroom.  The infant who was a bit fussy at first, settles down in his grandmother's arms for a late afternoon bottle.  The toddler seems content to have these special family members join him, his friends and teachers. Another toddler's face brightens with happiness at the site of her grandparents. Her playground toys are tossed aside as she gleefully joins her loved ones for their visit.  

 

Calendar Updates: (Please visit Central Montessori’s Facebook page and check the 

website for a downloadable calendar) http://centralmontessori.com/calendar/

 

 

December is Infant/ Toddler and Middle School Conference month! Sign up through office.

 

November 24-25 Autumn Break:  School is closed  

 

December 16th Winter Celebration and Sing-a-Long. Perfect for children three years and older but everyone is welcome. We sing seasonal songs, enjoy student performances, eat and drink the delicious hot chocolate and cookies that our parents have prepared.  This is also a time we sing and present our first responders with cookies and much appreciation.  More information will be sent out closer to the event.

Dec. 19-22 & 28-30 Open for Winter Packet Only-Registration is closed.

Dec. 23-27 School is closed to all.

 

 

 
 
What’s Happening Right Now…

Piano lessons! During November only, sign up for a one month FREE trial of PIANO LESSONS at Central Montessori School, ages four and up. Contact director  ryan.corbitt@gmail.com for more information, and visit www.groveavepiano.com

Amanda’s Primary: The class is busy prepping for GrandDays. A beautiful art project is in progress. During PIII kindergarten time, the group receives a lesson on weighing items. A large purple radish is produced (courtesy of the Daily Soup basket) and put on a scale. The students speculate how much the radish will weigh. Weight predictions vary from 1 to 100 pounds. The radish weighs …drumroll...1 pound ten ounces! 

 

Lower El: Division, without materials if fun! “How many times does six go into 32?” a student asks a friend. “Five times and there are two leftover” the friend replies. They move on to the next division problem. “Oh! Five times six equals thirty, six goes into thirty five times”. 

Toddler: During evening dismissal, the staff spells each child’s name out in hopes of “slowing the roll”.  Incredibly, it seems that one of our friends may be learning how to spell her name!  Beautiful new books from bbgb adorn the laps of three prereaders.  The room is full of new vocabulary words as a teacher reads one of the little books the children have piled up beside her in hopes that she will select their favorite story as they settle down and listen intently.   

Venessa’s Primary:  A PIII student is giving a first-year student a lesson on South American animals. “A tapir lives in South America.” Two students work on the rhyming objects “Cork and fork rhyme!”. A PII student works with the moveable alphabet and builds the words: cat, hat and str (phonetically). Another student carefully polishes a metal vase for almost 30 minutes. 

Upper El and Middle School: A Middle School student offers Japanese lessons to the class. Many take her up on the offer.  Another student draws free hand, the water cycle in his journal. “Let’s see, there’s precipitation, evaporation and….” Modeling clay is used to create land and water forms. Later, Market Day is in full session. The students set up their wares and prepare for their young customers. Handmade pillows, beeswax and coconut oil lip balm, baked goods, books and much more are set up. After the sale, the students tally up the proceeds and receive a lesson on taxes. 

Infant: With the gift of a long season of warmer temperatures, the little ones are out enjoying the soft light and gentle breezes.  One little one mimics a bulldozer-she puts her little head down and pushed a big orange pouf the length of the play scape.  No one seems the least bit concerned about the landscaping efforts and continue their baby activities of looking about intently, crawling into their guide’s lap and selecting favorite teething items for sampling.  

 

 

Calendar Updates: (Please visit Central Montessori’s Facebook page and check the 

website for a downloadable calendar) http://centralmontessori.com/calendar/

December is Infant/ Toddler and Middle School Conference month! Sign up through office.

 

November 19th @ 9:30-11:30. Outdoor Classroom Event --Great V-hour opportunity! Childcare available.

 

 

Nov. 21-23 GrandDays!  RSVP required.

·         Primary @ 9-10 or 10-11

·         Elementary @ 2-3 or 3-4

·         Middle School @ 3-4 or 4-5

·         Infant and Toddler @ 4:00-4:30 or 4:30-5:00 (I and T children leave with visitors)

 

November 24-25 Autumn Break:  School is closed  

 

 

 
 
Central Camp In!  Tonight! 

We are counting tents and sleeping bags and telescopes!  Marshmallows have arrived and we are just about ready for our Lower Elementary Camp In tonight!  Special thanks to Monique and our campy parents who agreed to help with this delightful event! 

Middle School 

Plans for the upcoming Autumn Market Day are underway.  Several older students are acting as consultants to our newest “free market” participants.   Many things must be considered such as the  cost of manufacture each unit to be sold.  What is the price that a “market” will bear?  Who might the competition be?  Have we found a niche?  What about marketing and design.  Product placement could make the difference.  Is this the year to advertise?  What about a partnership.  Who contributes what?  What is the profit margin?  Those….taxes have to be paid as well… 

Lower El 

A group of third year students compare/contrast two versions of the myth of Perseus. Another pair of students make puppets for a performance telling the tale of Andromeda, Cassiopeia and the sea monster, Cetus. A student carefully adorns his poster model of the solar system with black and silver glitter paint. These projects are in anticipation of the Lower El camp-in tonight!

Upper El

Three students prepare Daily Soup with apples, beets and rice. “Let’s add some ginger to the rice.”

One student uses the marker board to describe the area of a triangle. “Half the base times the height.”

A group of students perform an Indian myth “Durga and the Buffalo Demon.” Five scenes are created and costumes are designed. An actor asks a fellow actor, “Can you please help me make a buffalo mask?”

Primary: Amanda

A Primary I student is busy concentrating on the new table scrubbing work.  After finishing the work, the student restores all the materials and admires the work.  A Primary II student is very excited to watch the Daily Soup being made. The student sees a few pieces of onion fall on the ground. He picks the pieces up and puts them in the compost. A Primary II student colors in the parts of a frog and then labels each part. It is a busy day in class!

Primary:  Venessa

You could hear a pin drop this morning! The students are hard at work. A Primary III student works on the positive snake game and the combinations of 10. Another student receives a wood polishing lesson for the first time. They are amazed at polishing a model frog. Three students receive the sink and float lessons and experiment dropping different objects from the classroom in a huge basin to see which ones sink and which ones float. Another student serves the entire class a bowl of delicious grapes.

 Infant

 One of our little ones has discovered and brought her favorite book to her guide.  They settle down together and read about a little blue truck that helps manage a magnificent traffic jam in New York City.  Many sound effects accompany the text and our little one, too young for words, produces many of these delightful utterances. Impressive, really.  

Toddler

In preparation to go inside after playtime, many of the children are busy putting their outdoor play equipment into the little wooden "frame".  No teachers tell them what to do.  They simply do this!  After their playground is restored, they enter their classroom and are seated at their tables.  Tiny triangles of sweet watermelon are served and after close examination and careful tentative nibbling and licking,(the red side is tastier than the green side...), the children devour this special delicious birthday treat! 

Calendar Updates: (Please visit Central Montessori’s Facebook page and check the 

website for a downloadable calendar) http://centralmontessori.com/calendar/

 

 

NOVEMBER IS LOWER AND UPPER EL CONFERENCE MONTH! Sign up through office.

November 11-12 @ 7 p.m. Friday-9:00 a.m. Saturday:   Lower Elementary Camp In!  Wow! 

November 11: RSVP for Silent Journey-Spaces limited.  Perfect for infant and toddler parents and new parents.  PAC members and teachers also attend.  Event runs the evening of Jan. 20th and the morning of Jan. 21st.  We ask parents who are participating to attend both sessions.  This is a dynamic and possibly the most informative educational venue that most of us will ever have the chance to attend.  Chart your child’s entire developmental and educational pathway in a few short hours.  Check our event calendar (web site) for additional information.  

November 13 @ 8:00- Middle School and Infant/Toddler December Conference Sign Up begins-contact office

November 14 @ 7:00 p.m. – PAC Meeting

November 18th @ 2-4 p.m. Autumn Upper El /Middle School Market Day:  (PIII may buy.  Most items $1.00)  

November 19th @ 1-3p.m.  Outdoor Classroom Event --Great V. hours opportunity.  Childcare available.

 

Nov. 21-23@ different times:  GrandDays!  RSVP required.

·         Primary @ 9-10 or 10-11

·         Elementary @ 2-3 or 3-4

·         Middle School @ 3-4 or 4-5

·         Infant and Toddler @ 4:00-4:30 or 4:30-5:00 (I and T children leave with visitors)

 

November 24-25 Autumn Break:  School is closed  

 
 
What’s Happening Right Now

Please join us for the bbgb BOOK FAIR

Central student readings and fundraiser for PAC!

 TODAY (4-6pm) and TOMORROW (12-6)

3003 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221

**Special Notice Upper el students will meet at bbgb tomorrow for their readings. There will not be transportation from the school.

GrandDays invitations have been sent home with your child to decorate and mail out. Please have your guest (s) RSVP by November 11th, class size spaces are limited. GrandFriends can RSVP by calling the front office at 804-447-7493.

Piano lessons! During November only, sign up for a one month FREE trial of PIANO LESSONS at Central Montessori School, ages four and up. Contact director  ryan.corbitt@gmail.com for more information, and visit www.groveavepiano.com

Amanda’s Primary: A third year student proudly shows a teacher their completed map of Europe.  Another this year student gives a second year friend a lesson on the three-part cards.  A first-year student has a lesson on matching the color tablets of color box two.  The child picks up an orange tablet and places it next to the blue tablet, shaking her head no, she slides the tablet down the column of tablets.   She child shakes her head and repeats “no, no, no…” until she reaches the orange tablet, “Yes!  They match!”

 

Lower El: After gathering produce for daily soup, the students enthusiastically prepare their cutting stations while chopping up vegetables.  The students learn new words and phrases. “Me pasas la ensalada? ”one friend asks another.  “Si,” the friend responds.   The bowl is passed and more goodness is added to their creation.

Toddler: The ambient sound of running music and the gentle strums of a classic guitar can be heard throughout the building.  Toddlers have snuggled down-all tucked into their covers and blankets. Fat, tiny books are strewn about their resting places.  Tiny, brightly colored shoes sit waiting for reunion with toddler feet.  The room is full of bright, Indian Summer light and yet every child is resting and sleeping.  It is an unusually peaceful place to be - at this time of day.  Even the occasional infant excited utterances do not disturb... 

Venessa’s Primary: The students are hard at work this afternoon. A small group of students want to sing a song about a tyrannosaurus rex, they take a book about dinosaurs off the shelf and open it up. They find five facts about dinosaurs to put in their song. Another student works on an arrangement of flowers to place in the classroom. A PII student classifies objects in two columns: magnetic objects and non-magnetic objects.

Upper El: Students sight a bald eagle rest on the pontoon ride to Presquile National Wild Refuge.  A student exchanges numbers for variables after completing the distributive property of multiplication.   A food chain worksheet is created after the camping trip.  “May I give students a lesson on the source of every food chain?”  Another student sequences the camping trip from beginning to end. 

Infant: A new friend in the infant class reaches up and touches a smiling guide’s nose. Another infant becomes curious about this exchange and moves over to investigate. She pulls herself up with the help of the ottoman and pivots on her toes to steady herself on the guide’s shoulder. No solo steps yet, but soon! The standing infant, satisfied by her observation lowers herself to the floor and moves toward the basket of balls to investigate….

Middle School: A lone student stands on one side of the room.   On the other side of the room, the other students sit, twenty some-odd feet away, ready to offer feedback.  The student standing begins to read a portion of “The Ear, The Eye, and The Arm”, a novel we read last year.   The others chime in with “good volume” and “that was perfect!”  One student offers constructive criticism and says “You’re speaking too fast, slow down.”  Each student takes a turn practicing and getting feedback.  They will be going to bbgb today and tomorrow to perform their dramatic readings. 

 

 

Calendar Updates: (Please visit Central Montessori’s Facebook page and check the

website for a downloadable calendar) http://centralmontessori.com/calendar/

November 3 -5 Public reading, book sales and fundraiser at BBGB books in Carytown! More information coming soon. 

 

November 4 - Last day to sign up for Winter Package! Please contact the front desk to secure your child’s spot.

 

November 8 Presidential Election Day School is closed. Go vote!

 

November 10th-4:30-5:30 Meet and Greet for Emilia Hodal and Maya Walters at main building

November 11th RSVP for GrandDays Check Nov. 21-23 on web event’s calendar for specific times.  Invitations (complete with envelopes and postage stamps) are coming home with your child to send to GrandFriends. They will have an insert with information about visitation days and times. They may be decorated or can be decorated at home. Just address and send out!

 

November 11 @7 p.m. - November 12@ 9am - Lower El Camp-In at Central. Permission slips went home with Lower El students this week. Keep an eye out for additional communications.

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November 14 7:00 p.m.PAC Meeting

November 18Market Day Upper el and Middle schoolers will sell wares.  PIII and older may purchase items.

 
 
What’s Happening Right Now…

GrandDays invitations have been sent home with your child to decorate and mail out. Please have your guest (s) RSVP by November 11th, class size spaces are limited. GrandFriends can RSVP by calling the front office at 804-447-7493.

Piano lessons! During November only, sign up for a one month FREE trial of PIANO LESSONS at Central Montessori School, ages four and up. Contact director  ryan.corbitt@gmail.com for more information, and visit www.groveavepiano.com

Amanda’s Primary: Three first year students take out the balance beam.  Each student takes a turn walking carefully on the thin beam.  Then a bean bag is added to the work.  The students now try walking on the balance beam while balancing the dean bag on the head.  This takes a great control.   A PIII student takes out the cube chain of seven.  The labels are sorted out and then carefully aligned with each bead.  The changing of seasons is upon us.  During group the students cheerfully sing songs about pumpkins, acorns and falling leaves.

 

Lower El: A group of students sit around a table covered with animal research books.  They are working on writing reports on their favorite vertebrate.  A first-year student is ready for a lesson on division with the racks and tubes!  Quickly they feel comfortable and are excited to repeat the work time and time again.  Leaves collected during a go trip are added to the types of leaf shape work that spread across two floor mats.  A mix of first and third year students sit around the mats, drawing their own leaves in their journals.

Toddler: Rain drops fall from the triangular sails.  Plunk! Into a shiny, silver bowl they fall.  Little ones gather ‘round.  We hear a sound.  Plunk! (but) only if it falls unimpeded into the bowl.  When tiny hands are held between the sail and the bowl, then there is silence.  When the raindrop slides down the side of the bowl, there is silence.  We only know this because the children, enthralled, become silent themselves.  Just for a second.  Beautiful.   

Venessa’s Primary: The students are busy at work!  A PIII student works on organizing the pieces to the trinomial cube and carefully places them on the lid.  APII student works on the multiplication bead bans for the second time and says “one two times is two.”  A first year student makes their own fall tree collage.  Another student explores letter formation using a sand tray and the light box.

Upper El: Students glove up and cover the garden with hay to prepare for winter.  A student comments “We’re doing a good thing out here”. A writing workshop is inspired by a Shel Silverstein poem, If the World Was Crazy.

Infant: There are infants of every stage of locomotion on the playground deck.  One is crawling and injects a one-legged hop every third crawl.  A friend is just beginning to push off with a foot to move onto his side so he can better see his favorite toy.  Two toddlers are crawling-one just a wee bit faster and both prove to be very hard to keep up with.   All are happy and very pleased with their progress.  

Middle School: Students are writing letters to people on Richmond’s Power List.  Students edit their own letters and then send them to their selected candidates in hopes of a response.  Some students asked advice while some gave criticism or simple thanks.

 

 

Calendar Updates: (Please visit Central Montessori’s Facebook page and check the

website for a downloadable calendar) http://centralmontessori.com/calendar/

November 1& 2 Upper El/ Middle School camping at James River Ecology School

 

November 3 -5 10-7 Public reading, book sales and fundraiser at BBGB books in Carytown! More information coming soon. 

 

November 4 - Last day to sign up for Winter Package! Please contact the front desk to secure your child’s spot.

 

November 8 Presidential Election Day School is closed. Go vote!

 

November 11th RSVP for GrandDays Check Nov. 21-23 on web event’s calendar for specific times.  Invitations (complete with envelopes and postage stamps) are coming home with your child to send to GrandFriends. They will have an insert with information about visitation days and times. They may be decorated or can be decorated at home. Just address and send out!

November 11-12 - Lower El Camp-In at Central. Details to come.

November 14 7:00 p.m.PAC Meeting

November 18Market Day Upper el and Middle schoolers will sell wares.  PIII and older may purchase items.


 
 
 
 
What’s Happening Right Now…

Front Desk:

Picture Day is next Tuesday and Wednesday. Please have your child arrive early (before 8:45). It starts promptly at 9. Please pack a hairbrush if smooth locks are desired.(Results may vary.)

Chili Cook Off is coming fast! This year’s festivities include over 15 types of delicious chili, a cake walk, live music, apple bobbing, pumpkin tosses, scarecrow races, and much more. Please join us. Here are the Track it Forward links for each classroom with V-hour opportunities for this SPICY event!

Amanda ’s Primary-http://www.trackitforward.com/site/72275/event/354371

Venessa’s Primary- http://www.trackitforward.com/site/72275/event/354370

Monique’s Lower El-http://www.trackitforward.com/site/72275/event/354372

Rachel’s Upper El/ Ty & Jason’s Middle School- http://www.trackitforward.com/ site/72275/event/354930

GrandDays invitations have been sent home with your child to decorate and mail out. Please have your guest (s) RSVP by November 11th, class size spaces are limited. GrandFriends can RSVP by calling the front office at 804-447-7493.

Amanda’s Primary: A student chooses the cards and counters off of the math shelf.   The work is placed on a mat.   Each card contains a sand paper numeral.  The student sorts through the cards and arranges them in numerical order from zero to nine then traces each with one finger.  Counters are placed on each card-one on the numeral one, two on the numeral two, and so on all the way to the numeral nine. 

 

Lower El: Mold, mold, mold everywhere!  The students conduct an experiment with leftover school lunches. A kiwi, a grape, couscous, peppers and an orange peel are studied. “It is molded!”  I see my mold!  It looks just like cotton candy.”  Another friend exclaims, “It looks like clouds.” A final observation is made.  “Once it molds, it grows together and it attaches.”

Toddler: An upper elementary student volunteer has gathered all of the bowls and buckets from the corners of the playground.  He carefully arranges them about him.  He begins to drum.  A steady and strong beat.  Soon, an audience has gathered.  Silent and intent.  He drums and drums.  Unexpectedly, he moves away, abandoning the precious drum set.  Two friends quickly assume the drummer position and begin to drum.  It seems that there are not quite enough drums for two people to play:  Too many hands and not enough drums.  The volunteer moves back in and divides the drums and all are happy.  Now the drumming cacophony begins in earnest. 

Venessa’s Primary: A group of friends are practicing Quechua on a rug- “coo-choo-a-ma-see” means friend!   This ancient language is still spoken in parts of Peru.   Another student is punching out South America-they are holding the puncher and concentrating hard on the outline.   Across the room, a student is dusting the broad leaves on the new class plant.   They carefully clean each leaf with a damp cotton ball. 

Upper El: The class gathers in the bathroom to perform the candling experiment, “The embryo is alive!” is shouted as veins are observed.  The class lines up to get ready for a morning walk to the Low Line Fall tour.   Native species of plants will are identified along the canal.   A student suggests using seeds to germinate for their irrigation experiment, inspired by the Storm Watch Biofilter. 

Infant: One little infant is standing up and holding on to the ottoman.  She is side-stepping and making good time.  She hasn’t had to deal with any traffic, to speak of.  I think she will arrive on the other side of the ottoman within the next hour or so.  Her friend tries a different mode of transportation.  He flaps and flaps.  If only a sturdier breeze would show up.  A second friend is crawling.  I don’t mean like taking-your-time and crawl around a bit.  She is crawling really fast.  She crawls right over a friend that happened to gently topple over directly in her path.  Both the crawler and the crawlee seem fine with this and resume their activities in high spirits. 

Middle School: Perched over Richmond, the middle schoolers look upon the buildings and streets of Downtown as they peer through the windows of the 18th floor observation deck on City Hall. They are on their 2016 Civics Walkabout to visit our local and state government institutions. A student looks at their map. "Where is the Supreme Court of Virginia?” one asks. "It's on 9th street." The students orient themselves, walk around the deck until they're facing 9th street, and pull out their binoculars. "There it is! I recognize the columns from the picture!" They check the item off their list, and mark "SCOVA" on their maps in the correct location. The students find and mark the State Capitol, the Governor's Mansion, the General District Courts, and a few federal courts too. "But where is City Hall?" The other students smile. "Oh!” the student says, "We're standing in it!" They all burst into laughter.

 

 

Calendar Updates: (Please visit Central Montessori’s Facebook page and check the

website for a downloadable calendar) http://centralmontessori.com/calendar/

 

October 14th Infant and Toddler Meet and Greet 6:30 Spend some time with infant and toddler parents and teachers.

October 14th 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 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.  Additional information is going out this week and available in the office.  (Primary, Lower El October 18….Infant, Toddler, Upper El and Middle School October 19)

October 21Chili 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 delicious  details to come.

November 1& 2 Upper El/ Middle School camping at James River Ecology School

 

November 3 -5 10-7 Public reading, book sales and fundraiser at BBGB books in Carytown! More information coming soon.  

 

November 4 - Last day to sign up for Winter Package! Please contact the front desk to secure your child’s spot.

 

November 8  Presidential Election Day School is closed. Go vote!

 

November 11th RSVP for GrandDays Check Nov. 21-23 on web event’s calendar for specific times.  Invitations (complete with envelopes and postage stamps) are coming home with your child to send to GrandFriends. They will have an insert with information about visitation days and times. They may be decorated or can be decorated at home. Just address and send out!

November 11-12 - Lower El Camp-In at Central. Details to come.

 
    PictureCamp In, Fire pit, We take turns seating around the fire.




    PictureEveryone gets a tent.

    PictureWinter comes to the school