Whoa! What a strong start!
We are humming along in ways that I haven’t observed so early in the year before. I’ve never seen a group dive in so fast with such Big Works--it is very inspiring! In addition to snack teams’ Goings Out to HEB, students have already planned and executed Goings Out to public libraries and the Botanical Garden. Students also created a service project for Hurricane Harvey relief, and another service project is underway for our local animal shelter. In addition, a play is under production, students completed a baking project with its own Going Out, and two additional classroom events for October are being planned by different groups of students. And that’s not even mentioning some of the truly epic-scale academic works that are taking off in all directions in geometry, art, science experiments, and math. This group certainly has vision and momentum, and I’ve never seen those qualities with such force this early before!
I’m gonna buckle my seatbelt with this crew….!
Our class held a very successful bake sale and lemonade stand to raise money for Hurricane Harvey survivors. They raised over $210!! They are so excited to provide that money to the Austin Animal Shelter and to Austin Diaper Bank. Toys were donated, and the children will deliver them to the dropoff point for the Children’s Homeless Shelter. Thank you, Fig Tree community for making such a difference!!
Reminders and Sign-Ups
Fall portraits are coming up on October 4! It is still a standard school day, so if your child comes ‘dressed to the nines’ for his/her picture, consider bringing a change of clothes for them to romp around in later at recess.
Observations will open soon. The office or Fig Tree will update you as this becomes available. I strongly urge all of you to come see Fig Tree in action!
Remember to sign up for your Parent Conference in early November.
If the students’ planning is successful, Fig Tree might be having its first-ever Talent Show! Some students would like to host it as a fundraiser for a local animal shelter, so we’d love to have your support! Details, as they are finalized, will be sent to you in a flyer and/or email.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the DON’T-MISS EVENT: Silent Journey. This is such a special evening...Parents often share stories decades later about how moving and important this night was to them. Come to Silent Journey and experience for yourself what it’s like for your child to make discoveries and direct their own education. It’s the best opportunity to use and understand the materials that your child is always talking about. You get to feel the progression from Primary through Upper Elementary, and you get a much deeper sense of how it all fits together. Join us for a quiet, reflective, insightful, and powerful night together on October 12.
The next morning, on October 13, we’re going to get these kids out into Nature together! We’re going on a community hike at Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. It will be a relaxed exploration together of the beautiful (and hopefully cooler) surroundings.
One of my favorite topics is coming up for Parent Ed! Please join me and director Sarah Critchfield as we discuss Freedom & Responsibility: Parenting from Connection. We will briefly cover the science and psychology of child development, and then we'll dive deeper into the discipline models based on that science. We will explore boundaries and limits, authoritarian parenting vs collaborative parenting, and positive discipline, among others. Best part: you'll walk out with actual *tools* based on this research that you can start using immediately (and for years to come). I am so, so excited to spend some time discussing these topics with you, shared from Sarah's and my perspectives not only as Montessorians but also as fellow moms who use the teachings of Ross Greene, Jane Nelson, Faber & Mazlish, Rudolf Dreikurs, and more--in our classrooms and in our own homes. Join us in mid-October; official date and time to be announced.
October 26 brings a fun ritual: our autumn Full-Cycle Students’ Camping Night at the Clearing! Full Cycle students from Fig Tree and Mountain Laurel will spend one night in the Clearing after pitching our tents and cooking supper together. It’s such a fun way to practice our camping skills before our Spring trip, enjoying time outside on the familiar grounds of Cedars.
Your child can pack their own lunch--I promise! Provide time for training and skills, be on hand at first, and then over time watch the beauty unfold as your child packs healthy food they’ll actually eat and you are freed to tend to other things! Ask me for tips if you need support in making this shift for your family. You’ll be glad you did!
Thank you for all of your support. This community is such a gift!!
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