"The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say....'the children are now working as if I did not exist'".  -Maria Montessori
Children's House All School News
If today's weather is any indication, surely spring is just around the corner!

Returning Preschool Student (3-4 yrs. old) Fall Registration begins today, check your parent folder for a registration form!  If your child will return this fall to our preschool program you will have first priority for placement.  Forms are due by February 17th, after this day New Preschool Student Registration will begin and slots will be filled as available. Don't miss out, we anticipate a wait-list for fall.  2015-2016 Kindergarten students do not need to fill out Returning Fall Registration Forms at this time; children with Charter placement have already filled out intent to enroll forms; children who have entered the '15-16 Lottery will be notified and offered forms separately.    

This month is Valentine's Day.  While our school does not celebrate with an official party, crafts and Valentine related projects are available in your child's classroom.  Each year children have the opportunity to decorate a Valentine Bag for themselves which will be placed in the foyer area Valentine's Day week.  Friends may choose to share Valentines with classmates or the whole school (for the industrious).  Bring your child's Valentines by Wed. February 11th and assist your child with placing them in the appropriate bags, we typically lump classroom bags in one area for your ease.  Classroom lists are available next to the sign-in sheets.   Happy Valentine's Day!

February Calendar
  • Tuesday Feb. 3rd-PTO meets 5:30 pm (NEW TIME)  at the Beech Street Campus. 
  • Tuesday Feb. 3rd-Fall 2015 Returning Preschool Student Registration opens, in-house students get first priority fall placement through Feb. 17th.
  • Thursday Feb 12th-Early Release, building will close at 11:55, no afternoon classes for PARENT/TEACHER Conferences.  Sign Up sheets are located outside your child's classroom.
  • Friday Feb. 13th-NO SCHOOL-Teacher Work Day
  • Monday Feb. 16th- NO SCHOOL-President's Day 
  • Monday Feb. 16th-Board of Directors Meet at the Beech Street Campus. Please note NEW meeting times:  Children's House 5:00-6:15pm El/M Charter 6:15-7:45pm
  • Tuesday Feb. 17th-Fall New Student Registration begins.
  • Tuesday Feb. 17th-FAMILY NIGHT at Children's House, 5:30pm.  Please join our school & the Elementary Program families as we learn about our school's extension offerings including: Spanish, Music, Art and more.
Philosophy Corner:
Why is observation so essential in Montessori?

"Observation is an integral and ongoing part of a Montessori teacher's work. Observing without judgment is one of the most vital teaching tools we have to "follow the child," recognize her needs, and assist her in finding her strengths and capabilities. Observation is a critical component of lesson planning and classroom management. When the teacher observes that a student has mastered a concept or skill, she can introduce new lessons.


There's much more to the art of observing than recording the skills children have mastered. For example, we try to detect what Montessori called "sensitive periods" in the child's development, as well as heightened interest in music, art, or nature. We need to be knowledgeable about child development in order to have insight about children's behavior, social interactions, and learning styles. The teacher who is gifted in the science of observation can help children overcome difficulties and redirect their interest when necessary." READ MORE


Home Connection
Montessori at home connections.  This month's: Observing your child at Home  
PTO Press.....
Thank You to all the families and friends that attended the National School of Choice Week Celebration!   It was amazing to see our students, young to old perform the NSCW dance; and to read and view the Elementary School's artwork and essays.  I would like to give a special thanks to all of the staff, parent volunteers, and community members that worked so hard to pull it off. The desserts were amazing! Thank you to all the parents that brought a dessert to share and a BIG thanks to our Upper Elementary students for baking and setting up the desserts so  beautifully!  With your generosity the left over desserts from this evening were also able to help benefit the Bridge Shelter's dessert auction!
In February we have some exciting events happening.  The PTO meeting at our new time Tuesday 5:30-6:30 February 3rd!  We are excited to see you there!  Also mark your calendars and  please join us February 17th 5:30 p.m. at Children's House for a joint campus interactive Family Night  featuring Music, Spanish, and the SPARK Physical education program  This night promises to hold fun, laughter, and garner a better understanding of the diversity of the Montessori curriculum.   
Thank you for supporting the Parent/Teacher Organization!  Please contact us at our NEW email address if you have any questions or concerns.

From our Board of Directors.....
CH Board of Directors has been working this past month on a number of projects:
  • wrapping up our 2014 annual appeal (we have raised $3400 thus far!)
  • supporting administration with the 2015-2016 enrollment lottery
  • preparing for our March board retreat (Children's House + Elementary Middle School) 
  • continuing our ongoing administrative evaluations
  • attending the incredible National School of Choice Week Progressive Dinner hosted by our hard-working and visionary PTO (thank you PTO!!)

Starting in February, our meetings will be held on the 3rd Monday of each month: February 16, March 16, April 20 from 5:00pm-6:30pm.  Meetings are held at the Beech St. campus, all are welcome to attend. 

School Nurse News
Flu season is in full swing! The key to slowing the spread of the flu and other illnesses is excellent hand hygiene and "catching" our sneezes and coughs. Teaching our young children proper hand washing and drying is the number one key to reducing the spread of illness. Gentle reminders to young children regarding proper hand washing are essential. Here are some tools to help children wash properly and have fun while doing so.  Read More

As always, your questions, concerns and ideas are important; please come see me.


Alexia Hudson-McGrath
Children's House