MANJ Weekly Bulletin

     Weekly Bulletin  

Volume 48, Issue 1            September 6, 2012 


"Do not erase the designs the child makes in the soft wax of his inner life."  


 ~Maria Montessori


In This Issue
Calendar Highlights
Welcome Picnic
News from the PA
KidStuff Coupon Books
Enrichment Offerings
Pizza Wednesdays
Cursive Writing
Soccer Skills
Target® Take Charge of Education
Parenting 101
Community Events

Click Here for the MANJ Calendar




Sun., September 9th - Welcome Picnic (rain date 9/16)   


Thurs., September 20th - 7:00 to 8:30pm Back to School Night/PA Meeting  


Sun., September 23rd - 12:00noon to 4:00pm Delran Community Day, Holy Cross High School, Delran


Fri., October 5th - Noon Dismissal; Teachers In Service; ADM & ECP in session


Mon., October 8th - School Closed; Columbus Day


Wed., October 19th - Noon Dismissal; New Parent Conferences; ADM & ECP in session 


Welcome to a brand new school year  
to all of our new and returning students! 
Welcome Picnic


Join us Sunday, September 9th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm for our annual Welcome Picnic.   This event is for parents, students, alumni, siblings and extended family.   Please bring a covered dish (enough to feed your family plus one) and your lawn-chair or picnic blanket.   Don't feel compelled to share a family recipe, but we would like you to write the ingredients on a note card or piece of paper in case anyone has a specific food allergy.  The Parent Association supplies paper goods and beverages as well as charcoal for the grill located in the picnic area.


We will gather on the back lawn of the school grounds to play some old-fashioned lawn games and to enjoy the opportunity to meet other parents while the children play.


Parking in the visitor lot and along the driveway, (Please note: DO NOT PARK ON THE GRASS, as the school has an underground sprinkler system.),  will be first come, first served; therefore it is best to arrive early.   Additional parking is available in the lot at Conrow Park adjacent to the school driveway.   If handicapped parking is needed for you or for a family member, please call ahead and we may be able to accommodate you.  The best bet is to arrive as early as possible to get a close parking spot.



The Parents Association is still looking for volunteers for clean-up after the picnic.   If you are interested in volunteering please contact Rebecca Schwartz (Sara/Ms. Merike's Class)



News from the Parents Association 

Mark your calendars for "Back to School Night" on Thursday, September 20th from 7:00 to 8:30pm.  Members of the PA will be on hand in the brand new entrance with displays and information on the many programs and initiatives that the PA undertake each school year.  There will also be information explaining the many extracurricular teacher services and activities that your child may enjoy and of course, a tour of your child's classroom and brief presentation from the teacher.

Look for an electronic invitation to arrive via punchbowl and for details explaining the night's events in greater detail (including the teacher donations) in next week's news bulletin.  
KidStuff Coupon Books - Back By Popular Demand!


The valuable, family-friendly KidStuff Coupon Books will be coming home (one per family) with your child beginning Thursday, September 6th.  Along with the book will be order sheets (should you need more books) and other information pertaining to the sale.   Use just a few coupons and quickly save more than the $25.00 cost of the book.  Our school earns 50% profit on each book we sell!  Your family earns one FREE book worth $25.00 for every 5 books you sell.  Last year, our school earned over $1,100 from our KidStuff campaign, making it our most profitable fundraiser!   


Note that there is now a Southern New Jersey edition of the KidStuff book in addition to the Burlington County edition.  Books were sent home based on your address, but feel free to choose a different edition.  An index of all businesses participating in each edition is available at have several extra books on hand in case anyone has a place to display and sell books for our school. 



Please contact Melissa Chessler with any questions ( or 856-663-3830).
Enrichment Programs begin next week! 
If you haven't already done so, and your child wishes to participate in Golf, Yoga, Drama or Piano, now is the time to send in enrollment forms and payment.  There is currently a waiting list for Piano as all spots for this semester have been filled.  Also, the Primary (5+) level Yoga program is limited to 10 children and the class is filling up quickly!
Dates to remember for each program are as follows:

Program begins: Monday, September 10th
Enrollment/Payment due: Wednesday, September 5th

Primary (5+) & Elementary (6-9)
Program begins: Tuesday, September 11th
Enrollment/Payment due: Friday, September 7th

Elementary & Middle School (10-15)
Program begins: Thursday, September 13th
Enrollment/Payment due: Friday, September 7th

Program begins: Friday, September 14th
Enrollment/Payment due: Wednesday, September 12th

Program begins: Monday, September 10th
Enrollment/Payment due: Friday, September 7th


Pizza Wednesdays  


Give your children a break from packing lunches on Wednesday morning  . . . they will  enjoy a delicious pizza lunch and a selection of fruit and/or vegetables delivered to their classroom!  The elementary students will once again sell pizza to support their annual year-end overnight trip.  Any student staying for lunch, including students in the ADM program, are welcome to submit their order.  Please click here to download the order form, mark the week or weeks your child would like pizza and return it to your child's teacher by Monday, September 10th.   

The Merits of Teaching Cursive Writing 

Mr. Matt, Elementary Director, recently came across an article ppublished in the Reno Gazette-Journal written by a third grade public school  teacher.  In it she offers examples of the far-reaching effects on fine motor skills and cognitive development of students who learn cursive writing--something few public schools teach nowadays!  This article further validates what we, as Montessorians, already know.

Follow this link to read Teacher on cursive: Worth its weight in gold by Susan Elson.

Soccer Skills Lessons
at Conrow Park, Delran 

USA Sport Group's offers "Soccer Squirts" soccer skill lessons to children ages 3-5 and 5-7 years old on Tuesday afternoons from 3:00pm to 4:00pm beginning September 25th and ending October 30th at the Conrow Park soccer fields, adjacent to MANJ.  


Each Soccer Squirts session is designed to promote coordination, movement, balance and fun.  Soccer Squirts participants learn the fundamentals of soccer through a program of structured activities and fun based games designed to stimulate a child's imagination and develop motor skills.


Follow this link: Fall 2012 Soccer Squirts for more information on the programs currently being offered. Please note that this program is not offered exclusively to the Montessori Academy and is open to any child wishing to learn introductory soccer skills.


Generous Donation, Thanks to You--Right on TargetŪ


Since 1997, Target has donated over $324 million to K-12 schools through their TargetŪ "Take Charge of Education" initiative.  Periodically, we receive money directly from TargetŪ, thanks to the families and friends who have designated our school to receive the benefits of a percentage of each purchase they make with their TargetŪ card.  Our most recent donation was $200.00!  You can sign up at your favorite TargetŪ store or click the link below to "Take Charge of Education" today!


 TargetŪ Take Charge of Education 


Parenting 101 

Because we all need a little chuckle now and then, you may enjoy this
"Traditional recipe of the year-aspic a la anxiety" by Dane Peters.  Click the title above--you may find the Alternative Recipe more to your liking!

Community Events

Arts in the Park
Sunday, September 23rd
Smithville Mansion, Smithville, New Jersey
(Rain or Shine)  


Enjoy entertainment on three stages featuring music, dance, theater and storytelling.  The Smithville Annex Gallery will host the 36th Annual Juried Art Exhibit.  The exhibit will include watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings mixed media and sculpture.  Guests are encouraged to engage in free interactive activities, such as Chalk the Walk and Paint the Mural project.  A Clothesline Art Workshop will enable artists of all levels to showcase their skills.


Delran Community Day

Sunday September 23rd

12:00 Noon - 4:00pm

Holy Cross High School, Delran, New Jersey 


Fun for the whole family!  FREE Fun, Games & Activities; Live Music, Magic shows and Local Business Displays; Delran Police, Fire and Emergency Safety Demonstrations; Crafters and Vendors and so much more.  Make sure to stop by the MANJ exhibit to say hello! 




Know of an event planned in your home town?  Feel free to share it with the MANJ community.  Send an email or forward a link to Ms. Beverly at by Wednesday morning for publication in the Thursday Weekly Bulletin.




 Don't forget to check out our "Parenting Tips" on the website:  


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Contact Info
Director of Development

Beverly Russell