LEELANAUMONTESSORINEWSLETTER 

April 2011

  

Spring Clean


8 am- 3pm

Friday

May 6th  

 
Please join us
 in caring for our gardens
walkways 
and playgrounds!

LMF Ladies Nite

Special THANKS
to the
Leelanau Montessori Friends
for their SUPPORT!


Crayons


Katie's Rainbow


Trilliums


Alisha


Lakeshore


Pencils


Sunshine


Black Eyed Susan


Brody


Painted Photo


Potter


Pots


Dutchman's Britches


Bereley


Leelanau County 15


Paint Brushes


Bird


Marsh Marigold


Kade


Leelanau County 18


Pastels


Art


Daisy


Natalie I


Pyramid Point


Painters



Giraffe


Typically Spring


Willa & Hayden


Blue Sky


Painted Hands


Hug




Leelanau County 20


Natalie



White Clouds Over Green Field




Austin














Spring Gala

Please join the Leelanau Montessori Friends (LMF) in celebrating the Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy's first year as a public charter school.  Volunteers are working tirelessly to create an event that will provide financial support to our preschool scholarship program, our classrooms, and the GREEN SCHOOL initiative.

 

TO VOLUNTEER PLEASE JOIN US AT THE VILLAGE INN:

 

6 pm Monday, April 11th

6 pm Monday, April 25th

6 pm Monday, May 2nd, and 

6 pm Monday, May 9th

 

TO PURCHASE TICKETS OR DONATE 

PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL OFFICE AT 231.271.8609

or visit www.leelanaumontessori.org

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 IMPORTANT DATES
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8am - 4pm PARENT'S VIDEO SHOOT Wednesday, April 13th

McConnell Associates will be at the school all day Wednesday, April 13th to interview parents about their experience with the Leelanau Montessori as a part of our marketing campaign.  Please share your experiences with with prospective families. 

 

7-8 pm OPEN HOUSE - Thursday, April 14th
7-8 pm OPEN HOUSE - Tuesday, May 24th 

Please join us on Thursday, April 14th or Tuesday, May 24th to experience a Montessori classroom, hands-on.  These open houses are designed for both new families AND for families moving up! Meet your child's fall 2011 guides and learn about their classroom goals.



Open Enrollment - April 4th-June 10th
Lottery Drawing - June 10th

 If you have not re-enrolled for Fall 2011, 
please do so now to insure your child's spot at the Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy.  
ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED!!

 


PRIMARY HAPPENINGS


Ben Hursh will be joining the Primary class on April 12th.  He is bringing his guitar to play for the children.  The children will be practicing a few songs as a fun filled sing-along.  Ben has offered to lave one of his guitars for the children to explore.

 

Ethan Scott will be joining the primary class also.  He will be sharing many of the things he discovered along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico while he participated with the clean-up efforts after the oil spill.

 

To celebrate EARTH DAY the Primary Class will clean up our playground. We will dawn gloves and carry bags to pick up trash around our school property.  

 

The Primary class has a "Museum Table."  What is a 'Museum Table' you might ask?  It is a special table in the room reserved for items found in nature, special photography brought in, or special items from a family trip.  

Lake Michigan Header 
The Primary Class would like to gather some items for the SPRING GALA to be auctioned off.  We have chosen a 'Summer Beach Theme.'  We are looking for items to be donated.  Here are some ideas:

 

  • Sun Screen
  • Flip Flops
  • Pail & Shovels
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Toys
  • Small Beach Towels
  • Story books about the beach, oceans, seas, & lakes.
  • Any other fun beach stuff to go in the bag!
--Lita Ferdinand, Primary Guide

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KINDER NEWS

Dear Kindergarten Children and Parents,

 

As we quickly come to the end of our school year, we are planning many of our end-of-the-year traditions.  One very important tradition is for Kindergarten children to visit the Lower Elementary classroom. Below you will find that schedule and a list of other very important dates.

 

KINDERS ELEMENTARY VISITING WEEK SCHEDULE:

 

April 25th - Buster (Shawn) Couturier, Danni U'Ren, Izzi Feringa 
April 26th - Joey Beyer, Luca Schwalm, Lydia Robertson
April 27th - Owen Keissel, Sela Geracia, Ella Carlson
April 28th - Adeline LaCross, Tomanna Queen
April 29th - Boone Deters, Emmerson Lamb, Abigail Barbas


 OTHER IMPORTANT DATES:

 

April 14th Open House 7-8 pm
April 21st Field Trip to Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center
April 22nd NO SCHOOL
May 14th SPRING GALA 6-10 pm
May 23rd DANCE OF THE COSMOS 2 pm
(All Primary Children Participate)
May 24th Dance of the Cosmos Rain Date
May 24th Open House 7-8 pm
May 26th Upcoming Kindergarten Parent Meeting 6-7 pm
May 30 NO SCHOOL
June 8 Kindergarten Graduation 1:30 pm
(All Primary Children Participate)
June 8 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
An Adventure on the INLAND SEAS
All School Picnic at Marina Park 5:00 pm

--Lita Ferdinand, Primary Guide

 

Eric Carle 

LOWER ELEMENTARY NEWS

 

We all returned from Spring Break rejuvenated, re-energized and ready to learn! The students have been busy focusing on math skills they are strengthening, from addition and subtraction through multiplication. Please continue practicing the math facts your child is working on at home.

 

In honor of Earth Day, students will complete a research project on an endangered animal. We will work on this project throughout the month, and presentations will be on display for Parent Visiting Day on May 11th. There will be an at home component to the project as well. The students will be asked to create the habitat for their animal in a 3-D form to bring to school. Details for the project will be sent home after the students choose their animal to study.

 

The Author Study for the month of April is on Eric Carle (who is both an author and illustrator). Along with enjoying his heart-warming stories, we will practice writing pattern stories of our own, (like in "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"). In art students will have the opportunity to create their own animal art in the collage method that Eric Carle uses, with tissue paper, glue and paint.

 

In writer's workshop we have been practicing editing skills, both in self-editing and peer-editing. We use the acronym COPS to remind us to check for Capitalization, Organization, Punctuation, and Spelling. A great at home practice is to write out stories with mistakes, then have your child edit them!

 

--Seraphina Vajda, Lower Elementary Guide

 

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UPPER ELEMENTARY NEWS 

 

"The foot is noble, to walk is noble. Thanks to the feet, the child who already walks can expect of the outdoors certain answers to his secret questions." 

--Dr. Montessori "From Childhood to Adolescence"

 

There are two parts to the elementary classroom: indoors and out, outside of the classroom is not the playground or schoolyard, but out into the community to see how society functions. Having the children see and experience how society functions is a vital part of Cosmic Education, which is what the elementary curriculum is all about. When a child is interested in seeing what a firefighter does he needs to go to the fire station, not have the firefighter come to the school. If a child wonders about how a beaver behaves in the spring, she should contact a guide and go out to the beaver pond to observe it happening. In this way the child experiences society and sees how he/she can fit in it.  

 

One easy way for our children to get out in society is to have a library card to the Suttons Bay Public Library. If your child already has a library card could you please have them keep it in their backpack? If your child does not have a library card to the Suttons Bay Public Library, could you please help her/him get one?

 

In this way we can help the children get out into the community in an easy and practical way.

 

--DiAnn Service, Upper Elementary Guide

 

Eyaawing

 

10:00 am - 12:00 noon

Thursday, April 21, 2011 

AN EARTH DAY FIELD TRIP TO THE 

EYAAWING MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTER


Eyaawing's mission is to preserve the history, language, and culture of the Grand Traverse Band and share them with the people of all nations. You are invited to visit and learn about "who we are" or eyaawing as it is said in the Anishinaabemowin, the traditional language of our people.

 

Volunteers Needed

$5 Donation Requested

Interior  

ECOPHY ARCHITECTS PLANS

FOR GREEN SCHOOL TAKING SHAPE

 

Exterior

Volunteers interested in serving on the GREEN TEAM please contact Lynne Irvine, Head of School at irvinel@leelanaumontessori.org  

AMS Conference Chicago
"The only way to change the world                is through education."
--Maria Montessori

Dear Leelanau Montessori Community, 

What a pleasure it is to work in a culture of ideas!  Whether working with the Ecophy LLC architects and the school community to develop plans for the GREEN SCHOOL, or  working with the Leelanau Montessori Friends (LMF) to create a SPRING GALA to celebrate and fund our future as a public charter school, or working with our dedicated staff to broaden our understanding of CONTEMPORARY EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH; each day at the Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy brings new opportunities for growth.         

This month I had the opportunity to attend the American Montessori Society (AMS) National Conference, 'A Timeless Promise in a Changing World,' in Chicago, Illinois where I connected with Montessori educators from around the globe.  

 

I met author Joyce Pickering, who successfully integrates contemporary educational research on learning disabilities with Montessori education at the Shelton School in Dallas, Texas.  I met author Young Zhao who teaches teachers at Michigan State University to prepare productive global citizens in an age of 'digital competence.'  I met author Ellen Galinsky, who discussed the seven essential life skills every child needs.   I met AMS 2011 Living Legend and author Sonie McFarland who believes that the "cosmic task of the Montessori community is to bring peace to earth by unveiling the authentic child."  And, I met author Ken Robinson who encourages us to think differently about human imagination.

 

To learn more about these educational leaders CLICK on the following links :

 

As we collaborate to create a world-class culture of ideas at the Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy, I am grateful to a community who shares my passion for excellence, and willingness to think outside-of-the-box to prepare our children for a
fulfilling and sustainable life in the 21st century.

 

With Vision,

 

 

Lynne Irvine, Head of School
Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy

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