May 2012 Newsletter

Northwest Montessori Office Newsletter

May 2012

"The essence of childhood, of course, is play, which my friends and I did endlessly on streets that we reluctantly shared with traffic.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!

This Past Month...

The 2012 Science Fair was a huge success! Ms. Ali, Ms. Denise and Ms. Sunita's young scientists worked very hard and were excited to share their discoveries with their parents, friends, and fellow Austin scientists. Ms. Sharika's class became experts on different types of land formations, such as a peninsula and a gulf. Ms. Jackie's class learned about Earth Day and ways to help our planet, while the germination of a plant was discussed in Ms. Malini's class. Every class had an Easter party enjoyed hunting for eggs and other treats.

Upcoming May Events...

• Cinco de Mayo -- Saturday, May 5th

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 on Friday, May 4th.

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• Mother's Day -- Sunday, May 13th

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.

• Memorial Day -- Monday, May 28th

This day is set aside to commemorate and honor the U.S. men and women who lost their lives serving our 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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• The school will close EARLY at 5pm on Wednesday, May 16th for the Annual Teachers' Dinner.
• School will be closed Monday, May 28th in observance of Memorial 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 LABEL everything in your child's cubby. Thank you!
• Please remember to bring a bottle of insect repellent and sunscreen to school labeled with your child's name.