October 21, 2016
It has been a busy full week in Turquesa! We just realized that it's our first full week since the end of September, and we really enjoyed getting back in the swing of things.
We really enjoyed the field trip to see The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. What an amazing production! We are starting to get excited about our own winter production of The Odyssey too.We're starting theater games and are getting ready to meet with our production team, so stay tuned for more news!
This week we moved lit circles to Thursdays, and enjoyed having more time for discussions. We love lit circles and the energy they generate for books and stories, so please support your child's completion of the reading assignment. The members of the groups are counting on each other. This is a wonderful way to encourage responsibility and collaboration, as well as love of literature.
We launched our first formal history project of the year this week, as well. Children have selected a topic from our Early Humans studies to research and write about. We recommend you ask your child about their research: what is fascinating, what is hard to understand, what is surprising, what makes sense, and more. We will do our best to encourage SeeSaw posts that relate to project progress.
In other news, talk to your kids about density, the history of mapping, descriptive adjectives, equivalence, Archimedes and their independent math work!
I was joined this morning at an energetic Program Director Coffee Talk by a whole bunch of parents. If you were there, thanks for coming! It was fun hanging out with you! If you couldn't make it, keep your eyes open for the next -which will be "Pints with the Program Director" and will happen in a happy hour time frame.
For your family calendars, we want you to be aware of the upcoming annual Kindergarten/Elementary Family Night! On Friday, November 18, we are meeting from 6-8pm at the nearby Happy Valley Grange to have a potluck party, dancing and music. We will be in our socks again this year,and will launch our Basic Needs Drive for Mary's Place that night with a sock collection effort! You'll see the Bloomz announcement soon for K/El Family Night - and we hope to see you there!
October 10, 2016
We are hoping you had a lovely, restful weekend. We are excited to back in the groove this week; settling back into our routines after IslandWood is an invigorating feeling.
We are really looking forward to meeting with you Thursday or Friday at your child’s Goal-Setting Conference.
Goal-Setting Conferences gives us the opportunity to sit down with children and their parents to talk about school life, home life and learning. We will be setting goals together that relate to different parts of the child’s life. To prepare for the conference students will be sitting down this week at school to complete a Goal-Setting form. This conference is focused on your child and setting goals in collaboration with the teachers. It is not a parent-teacher conference, so we are asking you to make sure your child knows in advance any questions you are going to ask, and that you are working with your child to explore goals. We are always happy to schedule a different time to meet with just parents if there are concerns that need to be addressed away from your child.
We have a Turquesa family potluck planned for this weekend at the Staff's house. We are noticing a low RSVP rate. Please RSVP on Bloomz or directly to me or Ms. Alyx so that we can determine how many families are definitely planning to attend.
Children should be bringing their Inside Out Project boxes to school today. If your child is not bringing their project today, please make sure it comes to school tomorrow. Expect a SeeSaw alert that shares your child's presentation of their box. These are a big deal!
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Nicole and Alyx
Ms. Nicole & Ms. Alyx
El Salon Turquesa Co-Lead Teachers
Montessori Children's House
5003 218th Ave. NE
Redmond, WA 98053
Founded in 1987