Hello, Fig Tree community!
Autumn (and sometimes winter, it seems) is actually here! We’re cruising along as we watch the leaves finally changing color, and the season has marked a time of depth and progress in our busy beehive.
Thank you for spending time with me in early November at parent conferences. I am appreciative of our time together; I firmly believe that we are teammates in service of your child, and our collaborative discussions to share ideas and observations are so valuable.
And Fall Fandango was fun--and not too cold this year, yay! I enjoyed seeing and talking with so many of you on such a lovely night. Our art auction pieces were also a hit, and I’m grateful we had such a successful fundraiser!
Thanksgiving Break was a lovely time as well. We celebrated by having hot apple cider and writing gratitude poems before enjoying a slightly longer read aloud. Over the break, a lot of you had such restorative staycations and fun adventures outside of Austin! It was a delight to hear all the fun memories the children had made with your loved ones over the break.
New students are continuing to hear the Great Stories, which are the scaffolding of the curriculum in an elementary Montessori classroom. Recently new students heard the story about just how long (long, long, long,...) it took for the earth to be ready for life and for human beings by unrolling our tremendous “Black Strip.” They also heard about the special gifts of human beings, and they heard another story about the history of humans, unwritten and written. Next, we’ll explore how our alphabet came to be, followed by how our numbers came to be! It’s so sweet to watch their enthusiasm absolutely light up as they listen with wide-open mouths. Every year these stories are some of my favorite moments in teaching.
Thank You’s, High Fives, and “Mad Props” !
We send out “Three Cheers” for Jessica Watkins! Hip, hip, hooray! Thank you so much for assisting us with our art auction piece. It was fun, it turned out beautifully, and we couldn’t have done it without you! She even incorporated a lesson she overheard about bar graphs, y’all!
Also, a shout out to Julie Yioutas for being “on call” to lend a hand with this project!
Thank you also to Maya Diaz for supporting us through conducting “concentration curves,” a form of data that she learned in her ongoing Montessori teacher training. These scientific observations of students and their work helps me to see concentration trends in individual students and in the class as a whole, which is so valuable to our community. Thank you, Maya!
Reminders and Sign-Ups
If you’re interested in learning to knit, or you just want to relax with fellow parents and grab some “me time,” I highly recommend Ms. Pat’s knitting classes. She offers them every Tuesday night in the elementary library. First time is free, and after that it’s $10 per class. Wine is served, we have a lot of fun, and you couldn’t find a better handwork guru! It’s a fun way to get some holiday gifts made, too! If you’re interested in giving it a try, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On December 12 we’ll be attending Act II of the Nutcracker by Ballet Austin. It’s a performance exclusively for citywide schoolchildren, and we thoroughly enjoy this excursion every year. Be sure to hand in your ticket money and sign the permission form!
Our Holiday Bonfire for all elementary families will be on Wednesday, December 19. More details will come from the office, but mark your calendars! This is one of the best family events of the year, and a great way to connect, relax, and enjoy this amazing community. Kids and adults alike have a BLAST.
Remember that school lets out early on December 20 for the winter holidays--notice, that’s on a Thursday this year!! Enjoy your winter holidays, everyone!
Thank you for all the support as we continue our adventures together!
Fig Tree Cottage