February 2010 Newsletter

Northwest Montessori Office Newsletter

February 2010

"If apples were pears, and peaches were plums, and the rose had a different name. If tigers were bears, and fingers were thumbs, I'd love you just the same."
-- Valentine's Day song

This Past January...

The first month of the New Year has come and gone. We had so much fun in January getting to know all of our new friends and learning all about MLK Jr. Ms. Malini's class has been learning all about different birds and animals, while Ms. Meena's class enjoyed making rainbow ice and learning about Australia. Ms. Sunita and Ms. Joan's class also learned all about Australia, their native people, and the different animals that live there. Ms. Denise's class had a wonderful time learning about Europe and were treated to a presentation on England by Anna Cecil's family. And of course, Ms. Ali's class has been working hard on learning their five senses.

Upcoming February Events...

February 2nd -- Groundhog Day

February 2nd everyone will wake up early to see if Punxsutawney Phil, the world's most famous groundhog, will emerge from his den and see his shadow. Of course if he does we're all in for six more weeks of winter. Though not necessarily the most applicable tradition in the state of Texas we can still celebrate with a few Groundhog Day projects. Since 1887, Phil has seen his shadow 97 times on Groundhog Day.

February 12th -- Valentine's Day Party

What better way to celebrate the season of love than to have a party with all of our friends. We'll all take a day to celebrate with all our friends at Northwest Montessori. We'll all eat some pizza, play some games, and exchange some Valentines. Don't forget to wear your pink and red!

February 14th -- Chinese New Year

Not only is it Valentine's Day but it is also Chinese New Year! This is the Year of the Tiger. There's actually a lot more to it than lion dances and firecrackers, although these two pieces of tradition are integral and more visible, Chinese New Year to China is like Christmas to the West. In essence,

Why the Montessori Method?...

Development of Initiative

A Montessori environment not only encourages initiative but also fosters it. Students do not wait around for the teacher, but have been taught the general principles and approaches to the material and are therefore free to explore on their own. Too many of the tasks we take on in life are forced on us, but a true passion for learning comes when we get to choose our own projects and pour all of our energy into their completion. A Montessori education is specifically designed to nurture this kind of initiative, exploration, discovery and love of learning in every child.

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• Please have a seasonally appropriate change of clothes in your child's cubby.
• Tuition is due by the 7th of each month. Payment received after the 7th will incur a $25 late fee and payment received after the 20th will incur an addition $30 late fee.
• Please don't park in either of our neighbor's parking lots, specifically 1907 Koenig Lane.
• Please Label everything in your child's cubby.

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