May 2010 Newsletter

Northwest Montessori Office Newsletter

May 2010

"Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."
-- Elizabeth Stone

Happy Mother's Day!!!

NWM 8th Annual Science Fair...

The 2010 Science Fair was a huge success! All of Ms. Ali's young scientists worked very hard, and were excited to share their discoveries with their parents, friends, and fellow Austin scientists. This year was also the first year for Ms. Denise and Ms. Sunita's classes had their own science fair! Everyone did a wonderful job and we congratulate them on their success. We have always operated under the belief that instilling a love of science in students from a young age not only paves the way for the future, but also nurtures every child's natural instinct to discover and explore. We are so proud of everyone!

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Upcoming May Events...

Wednesday, May 5th, Cinco De Mayo

Cinco de Mayo honors Mexico's unlikely defeat of the French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin. At Northwest Montessori we will be celebrating the culture and heritage of our neighbors with traditional Mexican song, dance, and food.

Sunday, May 9th, Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a time of commemoration and celebration for moms, and we hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday full of good food and memories. We will be spending time in all our classes discussing and giving thanks for everything that mothers do for us.

Monday, May 31st, Memorial Day

Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer, and we hope everyone takes the long weekend to celebrate with their family, and enjoy the season with loved ones. We must also remember that it is a time to commemorate and honor the U.S. men and women who lost their lives serving their country.

Why the Montessori Method?...

Hands On

The 'Hands On' method is distinctive to Montessori education, and one of the primary reasons it has been so successful. It was the great philosopher and teacher Aristotle who first observed that there is nothing in the mind that is not first in the hands. 'Hands On' is the active employment of all senses focused on achieving a particular goal. We believe that we should not stubbornly fight against a child's natural desire to experience the world tactilely, but rather use this desire to improve muscular development, hand-eye coordination, organization, processing, and concentration.

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• School will be closed Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.
• 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, including nap blankets, and show and tell items.
• Please remember to bring a bottle of insect repellent and sunscreen to school labeled with your child's name.