"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand."
Kindi Celebrated Parent's Night!
Every year we have Parent Night in our classrooms, it's a perfect opportunity for current parents to come to the classroom and receive some Montessori lessons themselves. Our classroom Guides will do a presentation or lesson on the Montessori Method or demonstrate an approach to a specific subject in the classroom.
Our students become the teacher and the parents become the student. In the end parents get a clear understanding of how Montessori life is all about and how we can implement it on a daily routine.
The toddler classroom is continuing its mission of fostering independence and we are excited to see great developments in all of our students! The children are not only learning new material every day, but they are becoming inquisitive and developing the passion and patience needed for meaningful exploration. One of our missions for this month is for the children to recognize the cycle of project and work completion, from start to finish--this includes organization, attention to detail and an overall appreciation of materials.
The older toddlers are making great strides with mathematics, as they are able to make the quantitatiive connection with the montessori methods and tools carefully designed and integrated into the classroom. Everyday we continue to work on creativity through exploring various styles of art, food and culture. Last week, we analyzed snow and created a winter collages, used kitchen tools to create delicious jellies, muffins and guacamole, a tasty experience our toddlers are very excited to talk about and probably do at home as well, be sure to ask them!
In the theme of seasons, we have been going outside more, to not only develop gross motor skills and social skills, but also to plant the seeds for nature appreciation, ecology and the wide spectra of earth sciences.
We can't wait to continue our exploration together! Speaking of exploration, we also want to give a warm welcome to our newest explorers, welcome Fatima and Zainab Hassan!! We also want to thank the amazing families who have participated in the sharing basket activity!
Tayyaba and Sabrina
What is Accelerated Reader.
An amendment had been made during the early part of November that students are to be reading and testing at least ONE BOOK per WEEK. This means that if they have 21 days due to a holiday break, then students are required to read and test for a total of 3 AR books. Lastly, AR reading is a non-negotiable of 30 minutes each night seven days a week and including all holidays / time off from school.
* Sakina Akbar, Esfand Shaheryar and Kenda Mishal have all reached 20 points in the Accelerated Reading Program. We commend them for their hard work.
Spanish News from Jara
The 3-6 yr. Spanish classes are fluently singing through the Spanish alphabet! We have practiced the terms for our family members, and our new biggest question is "¿dónde está?"
(where is...?) as we learn terms for places in the community.
1st and 2nd grade Spanish are doing expanded units on the community. Each grade is incorporating their vocabulary to produce interesting sentences. First graders are learning to express possession in conjunction with family terms, and second graders are adding action verbs as well.
The 3rd grade Spanish class is fully immersed in their novel Las Aventuras de Isabela. They've followed Isabela's adventures to the city of Guanajuato, México, where she's visited "una universidad" (a university), "una iglesia” (a church), "un mercado" (a market), "un parque” (a park), "un autobús" (a bus), and una zapatería (a shoe store). ...And we're only in chapter 5!
Noticias del Español (Spanish News)!
"Ms Amelia Mendez
Spanish Class Newsletter
The kids have learned many new vocabulary words for “around the house”. Using the verb “tener” they describe what they find in each room of the house. We worked on our picture dictionary “La casa” and read short stories to practice reading and pronunciation.
The 5th graders expanded the food unit by learning the different groups and the Food Guide Pyramid. They worked hard creating a poster “Para Mantener la Salud” using their ideas and giving information on the topic.
To communicate with people from Spanish-speaking countries in a meaningful way, students need to know something about their culture, so this month the junior high students immersed into the Latin culture. They gathered information from a variety of sources to help them create a presentation on a specific assigned topic: “Mis comidas”, “Mis celebraciones”, “Mi música”, and “Mis bailes”.
They have all been extremely enthusiastic and through lots of practice, they improve their Spanish greatly with each week that goes by. to edit.
Brewing Events at Kindi
March 2nd- Author Visit:
Tayyaba Syed discuss the adventures of Jannah Jewels Novel sets
John Madormo author of....
March 3rd: Cortney Kuzma Session...
March 4th: Shakespeare trip class 4th till 8th
March 7th-9th: Outdoor Nature Classroom field trip in Wisconsin
March 10th: Parent Engage Series, Topic Mean Girls, Cliques, and Gossip by Mary Ellen Young
March 16th: Cosley Zoo in house Field Trip class 3-6
March 17th: Parent Session-John Felageller
March 19th: Barnes and Nobel Book Fair!
March 24th: Science Fair
No Uniform Day
March 25th: School in service day. No school for students
March 28th-April 1st- Spring Break.
News from Gym and Drama
Gym-Toward the beginning of the year Mrs. Arain discussed the 5 components of physical fitness with the students. Fitness isn't defined by appearance but by Muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and body fat composition. Focusing on the first four, the 4th-8th grade students completed a competitive unit of dodgeball! Mrs. Arain even got in on the action. The classes have begun to slow things down and focus on flexibility with Yoga March Madness. The students are focusing on themselves and their inner peace.
SEL- The Social Emotional Learning of our students is a top priority of the our administration and staff. After putting together a committee to dedicate time into the creation of an SEL curriculum that is tailored to our specific school. For 1st through 8th grade, we have decided to incorporate time management into our morning meetings and throughout the day.
Parent Engage Series
Our hands-on math workshop, held March 3rd, was a success! We had a nice turn out, with many parents excited to get their hands on the Montessori math materials. Parents had the opportunity to work with the Lower Elementary multiplication and division materials, as well as see materials from the pre-school and Upper Elementary classrooms. It was wonderful to see parents engaged and asking the same questions their children ask in school!
News From Art
Preschool/Pre-K: Our students mixed the three primary colors Red, Blue and Yellow. They made their own Orange, Purple and Green. Using those colors they created a masterpiece.
Kindergarten: My 5 senses bear. A fun way to learn our senses.
Sand paper- to touch
Cinnamon- to smell
Bell- to hear
Sugar cube-to taste.
1st grade: Still Life with Pastels
Students learned to add details like shadows and highlights to an apple. This was achieved with the blending technique.
2nd grade: Paper weaving. How cozy is that! Our second graders designed their own quilts.
3rd grade: Glue and chalk pastel art. Water color painting, wet on water color technique. Yarn weaving. Mini rugs created by our 3rd grade.
4th-5th grade: A lesson on Tinting, To create lighter values white was added. The resulting colors are called tints. They also learned the design element named value in Art. To achieve a darker value of a color, black was added. The more black you add, the darker the value. These colors are called shades.
6th-8th grade: We focused on energy on Relief Art. Check out our cool Owl!