This month in Rabbit Run
Hello Rabbit Run People,
Kelly and I have had the absolute BEST time with your children this week. Truly! This week has been a magnificent start to, what stands to be a lovely school year.
I want to thank those of you that made it for the parent night and to Pat's beginning of year coffee talks. Your support is endless and much appreciated.
Friday Bags are used on Fridays to transport the children's work from their cubbies to their homes. We have Cedars Tote bags for sale in the office and they are the perfect size for all of their belongings and their lunch bags. Backpacks are not permitted at school due to lack of space.
Character clothing, shoes, lunch boxes, jewelry, bandaids or any character related item is to be left at home. They are such a distraction in the classroom. It is hard to explain unless you live it like we do, but trust me when I say that a child that has on a batman shirt or a Elsa blouse really does carry that persona with them in class and/or on the playground. It is a school policy to leave those items at home and we do appreciate your support with that.
Communication is very important to me. That is a given. However, as you all know, I cannot and will not address issues in the morning time. If it is a true emergency that needs to be addressed with me about your child, you can leave a note with Pat and she will get it to me as soon as needed. Be mindful that issues with other children, not getting enough sleep and other real concerns that are important but not emergency worthy can be left in an email or a note that can be given to your child to give to me, or to Pat to be given to me. I appreciate your respect with this matter.
Routine is crucial! I would like to extend our gratitude to everyone for arriving on time and ready to go. It has made a huge difference in the way the class is already beginning to gel together so beautifully.
With that said, I would like to also let you know that each one of your children is completely independent in the classroom. They are a little person with a big understanding of what they need and are learning in a trusting environment how to make their environment their own. They are learning to trust us and they look to you to for cues to make sure that they can trust us. It is crucial that when you drop your lovely ones off in the morning, that you smile, say goodbye, and drive away. I say drive away, because at this point everyone should be taking advantage of the drop off system. It really does help. I promise. They get out of the car, walk up the drive and have time to collect themselves, all the way thinking about their own needs for the day. Please support your child with this small act of trust in them that they are capable and worthy of being trusted.
We are so excited about our sweet little class so humbled that you chose to share your most precious gems with us. Do not hesitate to let me know how I can help with the transition and make sure to come to any upcoming parent nights or coffee talks. Also, be looking for an email and sign up for the Silent Journey. Trust me.....It is not to be missed. I do this for a living, and I am still always in awe of the beautiful environment that we call home here at Cedars Montessori School. - Jessica
I leave you with this.
A Poem for Parents: Nothing
When children come home at the end of the day,
The question they’re asked as they scurry to play is,
“What did you do at school today?”
And the answer they give
makes you sigh with dismay.
“Nothing, I did nothing today!”
Perhaps nothing means
that I played with blocks, counted to ten, or sorted some rocks.
Maybe I painted or learned to tie my shoe
Or learned what happens when you mix red and blue
Maybe I learned to tuck in my chair and put my work away
Or maybe I learned to be kind to a friend while I was playing outside today,
Maybe my scissors followed a line and I learned to write my name.
Maybe I learned some sounds or numbers or learned to play a new game,
Maybe I made a craft or sang a song from beginning to end,
Or maybe I learned to play with a special, brand new friend.
When you’re in preschool
And your heart has wings,
“Nothing” can mean so many, many things.