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Children's House welcomes you to 2015-2016 school year!
Children's House All School News
 
  Greetings!

The first week of school flew by and here we are coming up on a long weekend.  Remember NO SCHOOL on Monday.  We will see you all Tuesday.  

The west gate in the back playground is now functional; we encourage you to use the overflow parking area when possible.  If you happen to use it for after school pick up we will leave Mountain Room door open so that you do not have to walk all the way around the building.  

If you signed up for FARM or District Lunch is being served; if you signed up for either of these programs that means you need not pack a lunch unless you just love doing so. If you are unsure, see Lexi in the Office.   

You may also have noticed a new staff member around the campus.  Please extend your warm welcomes to Yvonne Folsom, our newest Campus Assistant.  Gabbi has elected to continue her education and was presented with a wonderful opportunity to work at Mesa School in exchange for her Master's Program fees covered, courtesy of Boettcher Foundation.  You can't beat that.  We wish Gabbi the best and look forward to her visits.  

 

September Calendar
  • Monday, September 7th-NO SCHOOL in observance of Labor Day
  • Tuesday, September 8th-PTO meets 5:30-6:30 pm at the Children's House Campus. 
  • Wednesday, January 8th-Finance Committee meets 5:30 at the Beech Street Campus.
  • Monday, September 14th-Finance Committee meets 5:00 pm at the Beech Street Campus.
  • Monday, September 21st-Children's Kiva celebrates World Peace Day with a walk around Parque de Vida at 10am then a moment of silence at 12:00pm
  • Monday, September 21st-Board of Directors Meet at the Beech Street Campus. Please note NEW meeting times:  Children's House 5:00-6:15pm, El/M Charter 6:30-7:45pm.
  • Parent Education Night: Culture.  Join your child's classroom teacher at 5:30 for an in depth look at the Culture Area of our Montessori Environment.  Childcare is available during this event.  

Philosophy Corner:
 Each month we highlight an area of the classroom to further parental understanding of Montessori Principles & Practices. 


What is the Culture Area of the Classroom? 
The Cultural area of the Montessori classroom covers a variety of subjects. Geography, Science, Botany, Zoology, and History are included. Art and Music are also considered a part of the Cultural Area of the classroom. The Montessori cultural studies is yet another thing that makes the Montessori classroom different from other ones.  Maria felt that having knowledge and understanding of such subjects is what makes one a "cultured" person. 

Cooperation, Peace, and Work
What good is knowledge if not combined with consideration for others. Peace is not studied as an independent subject, but with the study of examples from the past, and practice in serving food and helping each other. 

Peace is the natural outcome of a method of education where children experience work with their hands and long periods of individual concentration and contemplation. In this way they are able to process and recover from all the input of our modern world. They learn that peace is not just the absence of war, but the way we treat each other in our daily lives, the way we communicate, and the way we solve problems. Peace begins inside us, at home, at school.

As you may have guessed, this month's theme is "Peace"; though it may not be what you think.  Montessori's Peace Education is about character development, promoting social justice, fostering cooperation, diversity, respect and responsibility through awareness of self, community, culture and the environment.  To celebrate Peace, our school will participate in World Peace Day on September 21st with a walk around Parque de Vida at 10am.  A moment of silence will be observed at 12:00pm to honor global peace efforts. 

Educating for Peace: The Essence of Montessori
Educating for Peace: The Essence of Montessori
 
Home Connection
Montessori at home connections.  This month's theme: Cultivating Peace at Home  

 
BONUS!  What Children Teach us about Peace.
What Children Teach Us About Peace
What Children Teach Us About Peace


 
 
First Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO) Meeting of the 2015-2016 school year!  September 8th 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

All PTO meetings to be held at Children's House at 1204 E. Empire Street for the 2015-2016 school year unless otherwise posted. Free Childcare is provided.  PTO meetings will be held the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 for the entire year.

Weather Permitting we will meet in the Gazebo and the students and sibling can take advantage of the childcare and have fun on the back yard playground.  We know how busy everyone is and we value your participation and time.  Therefore we WILL start and end on time.  The agenda has been attached for your viewing connivence (subject to change, all changes will be reflected in our post meeting notes). Click here for Agenda download
  
We are still looking for a Vice President and classroom coordinators; if this is something you would like to do please contact Cari Spoonemore, PTO President.  All positions are volunteer self-nominated positions with a PTO group vote to make it official.
  
We look forward to a great PTO school year and with your help it will be GREAT!  If you can not attend the meetings as scheduled you can still be active in the PTO.  Please  email:  kivapto@gmail.com TODAY to find out how!  Our meeting agendas and minutes will be posted online no later 48 hours following meetings for your convenience. 

Cari Spoonemore
PTO President
970-560-6823


From our Board of Directors.....
Happy new year from the Children's House Board of Directors!  As an independent, non-profit school, our Children's House volunteer board of directors meets monthly, the third Monday of each month at 5:00 pm.  Keep an eye on your  email for upcoming events. 
 
Our board's job is to oversee the financial and long-term health of our school through policy-making and support of staff and programs.  We work closely with the board of our partner elementary school, Children's Kiva Montessori School.  Currently, our six-member board is preparing for our annual retreat, and working on a number of committees including: school facilities, fundraising, mission/vision, board development and finance. 
 
For more information about the Board of Directors, contact president Matt Clark at matthewsclark@me.com. 

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

 

Sincerely,
Alexia Hudson-McGrath
Director
Children's House