This week in Mountain Laurel Cottage…
The children of Mountain Laurel are planning a community breakfast. The breakfast will be on Wednesday, October 26th from 8:30-9:15 AM. Each child will invite a special guest. An invitation and flyer will be going home tomorrow with more information. The children are in the midst of planning and have organized committees to delegate tasks; shopping for ingredients, making foods/beverages, hosting and serving, table prep and etc. Everything will be made fresh and served buffet style with an order-here “hot off the griddle” egg station. Items on the menu include; fresh fruit, toast/butter, scrambled eggs, orange juice and fresh brewed coffee.
Parking will be available at 8:30 AM near the after-care building and along the morning arrival loop near the library and elementary office. Please drop your child off at normal arrival time (8:10 AM) for support with moving tables and chairs outside prior to breakfast starting. All guests will be welcomed at the porch by a greeter for further instructions. Please note, we will be having a similar event in the spring (March) as well, which the children have decided to plan and prepare to support a secondary guest of interest. It will be a community breakfast too.
We will be attending Ballet Austin’s, “The Nutcracker,” on Thursday, December 8th. We will be seeing Act II. The performance will be from 12:00-1:00PM, at the Long Center. We will send home the envelopes this week to collect monies. It is $5.00 per child. Please return the money in a sealed envelope to school before the end of this week. If you send a larger bill, we will return the money in a sealed envelope (labeled with amount) and home with your child.
If you are interested and available to assist with driving to and from that day, please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be departing Cedars at 10:45 AM and will park in the Long Center Garage. Once parked, we will walk safely to the lawn/sidewalk area in front of the theatre. Parking in the Long Center Garage is free. We will need to be picked up after the show at the Long Center at 1:00 PM. You may park in the garage and then walk to the lawn/sidewalk area to meet us outside the theatre. We will leave the theatre promptly and will return to campus no later than 1:45 PM. Due to limited seat availability and high interest from other schools, we were not able to get tickets for both children and drivers, but we would greatly appreciate your support with transportation if available that day.
This week in the kitchen we will be making food with beets and parsnips. We will be preparing a roasted beet hummus and baking roasted parsnips with rosemary. There are a variety of fruits and vegetables available this month which we will use as ingredients within the kitchen, and the children are eager to try and explore these healthy foods.
This week, we will be exploring further composition of the earth; layers of the earth and movements of the crust with mountain formation. We will also be studying the work of water and cloud formation. We have supporting materials to aid with understanding the terms and concepts and further work with experimenting. Also, we will dig deeper and study erosion; river erosion and v shaped valleys. We have supporting images from the Montessori Charts and an experiment to follow-up and practice if interested. A few individuals, we will be reading about include; Elizabeth Blackwell, the first person to graduate within the US with a medical degree and Jacques Consteau, a researcher and scientist who studied the sea. Also this week, a story will be shared with a children’s book about the California Gold Rush.
Please refer to the information below if you need to sign-up for an observation or conference.
Observation Sign-up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0445A9AC2CA3FC1-fall
Conference Sign-up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0445A9AC2CA3FC1-fall1
Silent Journey is this week; Thursday, October 13th from 5:30-9:00 PM. We hope that you join us for this unique opportunity to find out what really happens in your child’s day to day as a Montessorian. You’ll discover your child’s world and the continuum of the Montessori education. You will have a better understanding of how lessons learned in Upper Elementary begin in the Primary. Participants will have a chance to move through the environments first, and then as second phase, receive lessons and experience the material first-hand. This is a wonderful adventure to understand your child/children’s love for the Montessori Method.
Lastly, please let us know if you child will be absent due to illness and/or other reasons, also if your child will be arriving late because of an appointment. As a reminder, all communication needs to be sent via email and/or note. If possible, it is best to schedule these appointments early morning or late afternoon, as many children are grouped to receive lessons and/or are part of an ongoing group project or follow-up activity. The work of the child and/or children within the community begins at arrival (8:10 AM) and thus leads into lessons, group collaboration and/or preparation for going-outs, work in the garden, etc. There is so much happening first thing! ☺
Finally, please let us know if you have plans for your child to get picked up early, go home with another child from our community or simply being picked up by someone other than the usual. This information may be shared via email will help with departing safely and quickly. If it is after morning arrival time, or mid-day and an email or note hasn’t been shared, please call the elementary office and communicate to Jodie or Sarah, and they will let us know.
Parents thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you all at the Silent Journey!
Warmly, Mountain Laurel Cottage
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