November 2019 Newsletter

CHANGES FOR 2020 – 2021 SCHOOL YEAR

  • Billing for tuition for Toddler, Preschool, and Full-Day Kindergarten will begin August 15, 2020.
  • Class fee will increase to $100 per student.
  • Preschool Thru Lunch will increase to $120 per month.
  • Kindergarten tuition will increase to $300 per month.
  • Beginning at 5:31 p.m., LEAP will be billed $1 per minute.

How to Raise Successful People

Class 1A has a tradition of choosing a relevant parenting book each year to guide us. We know the world of parenting advice is saturated with information, our goal is to choose an uplifting book that can spark thought and mindfulness in parenting quests, and that it be a book that also supports Montessori philosophies. This year, we chose How to Raise Successful People by Esther Wojcicki (“Woj”). Woj’s book uses wonderfully funny anecdotes to illustrate her successes (and failures!) of parenting. She raised three daughters, who each became hyper-successful. She is considered the Godmother of the Silicon Valley. She is known for her parenting, her journalist program, and for sitting on many boards of directors. Woj’s T.R.I.C.K. gives 5 guiding principles for raising children.

T is for Trust. Trust goes both ways. Trust yourself that you are doing enough (enough is enough). Trust that the world is a safer place. She cites studies that talk about how crime has gone down, yet parental paranoia has increased. Trust that your child can be more than 30 feet away from you and be safe. We have our own paradigm of what is safe and what can be trusted based on our experiences growing up. Don’t allow your fears to become your child’s fears.

R is for Respect. As an adult we are expected to speak clearly without baby talk or yelling. Children are expected to respond in a strong voice without yelling or whining. Setting boundaries for communication in the home aids in creating a more peaceful home and shows them how to communicate with others. Allow your child to have consequences that occur as a natural result of their actions. Rescuing or enabling a child does not respect their ability to grow from a hard situation.

I is for Independence. Design your home/classroom and schedule with the child in mind. Remember, independent children take twice as long, but the goal as a parent is to work yourself out of the job. Montessori environments and Woj are about designing the child’s environment to allow them to be successful. This means having what they need accessible to allow them to dress themselves or put their toys away. If you find that you are always stepping on a Lego or another Paw Patrol toy, don’t get frustrated — remember that you are in control. Look at the toy storage or the volume of toys they have; what could be improved/donated? Woj goes on to talk about her daughter being one of the initial participants in the famed Marshmallow Experiment. This experiment showed that children who could wait 15 minutes for a second marshmallow consistently showed that same delayed gratification 30 years later. Allow your child to build patience and build the executive functions to manage themselves.

C is for Collaboration. There are four common parenting types. Authoritative parenting, the one we strive for, is a combination of high esteem and warmth, as well as high standards. Woj suggests that we add a fifth type, Collaborative parenting. Be an active listener when communicating with your children. Allow your child to be involved in decisions that affect them. Discipline means your goal is to learn, and it is never done in anger. Collaborating means that we need to be present. Parents need to monitor their own screen usage. It is important to create a healthy relationship with technology to model for your children. Woj mentions that, “One of the greatest gifts of parenting is that it makes you a better person.” Parenting allows us to take a look at ourselves and be better so that the future we are raising is better than what we had.

K is for Kindness. Children are born kind. It is our responsibility to continue modeling that kindness. Our actions will speak louder than words. Woj states that kindness gets results; it is the perfect antidote to our self-obsessed culture. Woj encourages children and families to get involved in their communities by giving service to others. At MEC, kindness is woven into our curriculum at every age level with grace and courtesy lessons and expectations. We also partner with amazing organizations like Youth Service America, local food banks, and care facilities. We encourage all families to take part in spreading kindness to our world through service.

Woj states, “The ultimate goal of T.R.I.C.K. is creating self-responsible people in a self-responsible world. This is what we’re doing as parents and teachers — not just raising children or managing classrooms, but building the foundation of the future of humankind.”

May your parenting spirit be uplifted, rejuvenated and ready to face another day. May the principles of T.R.I.C.K. be a beacon to light your way on the path of building the “foundation of humankind.”

By Jenna Scott M. Ed. , Britt Stancell, and Bauer Udall,


Preparing for a Service Project for MLK Day of Service 2020

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 are the blue print to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. These goals are a collection of 17 global intentions set by the UN General Assembly. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice, to name a few.

Our school was named a national School of Impact by Youth Service America, and it is our commitment to not only educate our students on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), but to provide opportunities for action, philanthropy, and advocacy.

This year our school is focusing on SDG Goal # 3: Good Health and Well-being. Throughout the year, teachers will have discussions and activities that relate to this goal.

In January, our school will be supporting the Martin Luther King Day of Service by working in conjunction with D-squared Homes for the Homeless to make “plarn” out of plastic bags. This plarn (yarn) will be used to make mats for the homeless. These mats provide a soft cushion for a hard, cold surface. These mats insulate the homelss from the cold ground. They are lightweight, easy to clean, dry quickly and don’t attract bed bugs or lice.

You can help us by donating or lending us the following items.

  • used plastic bags
  • cutting mats
  • classic loop rotary cutter tool

Thank you,

Cassi Mackey, M.Ed., Principal


Wild

If you can fly

So can I

If you can soar

So can I

If you can reach for the stars

So can I

The leaves are blowing, in a breeze

The rivers are flowing freely

Can you hear it, see it, possibly feel it?

Hear a wolf’s howl, it is the night

See the owls taking flight?

Feel the calm covering you

It’s a blanket ever so slowly

If I can be free

So can you

If I can be brave

So can you

If I can be kind

So can you

Day, oh wonderous day

The wind is singing

A reckless cub is chasing away the bees

Hope is the egg in the nest

We can make our future

We can make it bright

But we can also put it out

For we are the wild youth

-Daimery De La Cruz, age 11


Gratitude

“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Albert Schweitzer

MEC is grateful for…

  • our students who come to school ready to learn and grow
  • our faculty and staff who are extremely dedicated to the children in their care
  • our parents who trust us with your child (ren) and respect the process that is Montessori
  • our beautiful environments filled with enriching and engaging materials
  • our Peace Garden that provides an oasis in a busy day
  • the health and well-being of our MEC community
  • the love and strength of our community, especially when faced with difficult situations
  • all Veterans who serve or served in the U.S. Military

Reminders

  • Fingerprint volunteer forms are available in the office and take approximately 4-6 weeks to process, please plan accordingly.
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medication – the parent must complete a medication form, which is available in the office. All medication must be received in its original packaging and not expired.
  • Please call the office at (480) 926-8375 by 10:00 am to let us know your child is absent that day. If you let a teacher know in carline that your child will be absent or tardy, you MUST also call the office for the absence to be excused.
  • If you have a change of address or phone number, please notify the office a.s.a.p.
  • Please do not send your child to school with any heels or high-wedge shoes.
  • Any changes for pick up at the end of the day need to be called in by 1:00 pm.
  • If you are late picking up a child in carline, they will be dismissed to LEAP after carline is over.
  • We will not retrieve your child from their classroom or LEAP prior to your arrival to pick them up.
  • Please label your child’s lunch box and jackets with first and last name. Our lost and found is located in the office restroom behind the curtain. If the item finds its way into the bin and has a label, we will return it to the child. If not, on the first Monday of every month, we donate unclaimed items to Goodwill.
  • If you are ordering Scholastic book(s), make sure your child’s name is on the order form before turning it into the office.once the paperwork is returned to the office.

Dates to Remember

Veterans Day – Monday, November 11 – No School
Thanksgiving Break – November 28-29 – No School
Parent/Teacher Conferences – Friday, December 6 – No School
Barnes & Noble Book Fair – Friday, December 13
Winter Break – December 20 through January 3 – No School
School Resumes – Monday, January 6


Illness

  • Please help us to keep our school healthy by keeping students home when they are coughing, have a runny nose, a sore throat, fever, or an upset stomach.
  • If your child becomes ill at school, we will contact you to pick him/her up. You will need to pick up your child within one half hour of our phone call. Your child must be fever free (under 100 degrees), without medication, no longer vomiting, diarrhea free, and rash free (or not contagious) for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Please inform your classroom teacher if you are aware that your child is arriving to school with a non contagious rash, sores, bug bites, etc. This notice will eliminate teacher concern and questions.