November 23, 2014
Thank you all for making it to Friday’s Family Night. It was a blast getting to talk to everyone and the food was delicious. I am always impressed by our turnout. This was our first time having our Family Night in the building and I seemed we can fit a lot of people in it. Also, thanks to all who supported the Upper El Bake Sale, I heard they raised more than enough money for their new class pets.
This past week was very eventful; we had a great time with the Kindergartners and Upper El getting to see Dick Whittington at Seattle Children’s Theater. Thanks to all the parent volunteers who got to go with us. Along with daily math lessons, we also had lessons on the different seasons and more about different angles and shapes in geometry.
We have also started a new “Peace Circle” curriculum that we are calling Talkabout. Carol and I take a group of students, and we get to play games and discuss different feelings and emotions and the causes and solutions for them.
Next week we will be open for only Monday and Tuesday. We will still be doing our normal lessons and specialists this week. We will also be making stone soup and eating with the Upper Elementary as one big community to celebrate Thanksgiving week. During the week, the 3rd graders will be helping the Upper Elementary make posters for our Adopt-A-Family program we will be doing in December.
Have a great weekend,
Ben & Carol
November 9, 2014
Thanks to everyone who was able to attend our Parent Education night. It was great being able to show you all different hands-on lessons your children get to experience every day.
We had some big events happen this week. Our new first grader Samuel’s mom, Julia, came in this week for a Guy Fawkes holiday circle and many students enjoyed the story and had many questions for Julia. On Wednesday, we had Art with our art specialist, Ms. Michelle, who taught us about famous paintings by Edward Hopper. The students got to do their own drawings in his style and learned how to make perspective lines using a ruler. Also on Wednesday, the upper elementary class moved to the classroom next door, giving much needed room for the lower elementary. It was great seeing students help move and setup the entire classroom in one day. We will be using the empty middle space, now called Indigo, for a quiet study room, specialists, lunch, and meetings. It was great having more space for our growing classroom and for students to stay focused more on their works.
Next week, remember that Tuesday we will be closed in observation of Veteran’s day and we will be finishing our geology unit and starting to learn more about different land and water forms. We will also continue our usual math and language lessons. 3rd graders will also begin their Literature Circle with the upper elementary. They were super excited to get to vote on their book choices last Friday and will receive their book on Monday.
We are looking for more volunteers to help drive the K-6 graders, everybody!, to the Seattle Children’s Theater to see Dick Whittington on Tuesday, November 18th. If you are interested in going please let me know as soon as possible.
Have a good weekend,
Ben & Carol
Mr. Ben, Ms. Mary and Mr. Robin
El Salon Morado Lead Teachers
Montessori Children's House
5003 218th Ave. NE
Redmond, WA 98053
Founded in 1987