October Recap and November News.
What an exciting month June has been! June was packed with exciting events, yummy snacks, and saying goodbye to another amazing school year here at Little Acorn Montessori. We began June, allowing our families back into the school. It is so nice to see our families back inside and seeing our community rebuild after a long year. Thank you to everyone for their part in keeping our Little Acorn community healthy and happy. In June, we also celebrated our dads during our “Donuts with Dad” Father’s Day celebration. The children worked hard on creating fun gifts for their fathers. The class also focused on Community Helpers, and their importance. Each week they learned about different helps such as Doctors, Fire Fighters, Letter Person, etc. The class created fun art projects and enjoyed different Montessori jobs teaching them all about our Community Helpers.
June ended with our Graduation ceremonies, the children spent months practicing and perfecting their performances. Thank you too all the parents and family members who were a part of such a beautiful event. Congratulations to our graduates, we wish the best of luck to those who will be leaving us this summer, thank you for being a part of our family.
In July and August, we have loads of fun planned for everyone! We are gladly bringing back waterplay, bubble day, and our inhouse field trips. Our summer themes range from Down on the Farm to underwater Adventures and everything in between. Please see the summer flyer for all the important dates and do not hesitate to reach out with any questions!
May was a month of change here at Little Acorn, we were so happy to be able to bring back in person events, beginning with our Mother’s Day tea party. Thank you to all the moms who came out, the children were so excited to show off what they have been working on. They were also so happy to spend some time with their moms and friends, it was such a sweet event! In May, the classes also discussed a lot about changing and evolving, they focused on Whales and Migration, as well as the life cycle of a butterfly. All the classes were able to tend to their own caterpillars and watched them turn into beautiful butterflies. Towards the end of the month, the classes happily released their butterflies into the wild. The classes also enjoyed learning about South America, with so much culture found in this continent there was never a dull moment.
In June, the classes will be learning about community helpers, and their importance to the community. The classes will be hard at work preparing for our Father’s Day event which will be held on June 18th. The children will create fun gifts and crafts for the special person. As the school year comes to an end, we will also be holding our annual graduation. Graduation will be held on June 21st, please see invites for specific instructions and times. We wish all our little graduates the best!
After Spring Break, we welcomed several new families, and we would like to extend a warm welcome to you all. This month the children concentrated on Australia as well as the Planet Earth. The children worked in the garden and discussed caring for the planet to help celebrate Earth day. They also learned the importance of recycling and keeping our planet clean.
April includes an annual celebration called the “Week of the Young Child”. The children were excited about the different themes during the week. The children enjoyed making instruments, eating healthy snacks, building, creating art and showing off their families. We also had fun with crazy socks, crazy hair, backward dressing, crazy hats and of course pajama day. We would like to thank all our parents for your scholastic purchases. It helps fill our library with books that the children enjoy reading. The children had so much fun making volcanoes in their classrooms. Some of them made small volcanos and took them home.
May is going to be a very busy month. We have our annual Mother’s Day Event on the 7th and Parent Teacher Conferences on the 12th and 13th. A reminder that we will close at 3:00 on these two days. All events will be held in person. We look forward to having you back in the building!
May also includes a week-long event for Teacher Appreciation. This is an opportunity to show your appreciation for all the wonderful hard work that our teachers do. We have asked the teachers to fill out a ‘Favorites’ form so if you would like a copy please let us know. There will also be sign-up sheets in the office for this special event.
We would like to let you know that we will be launching a new parent’s app in early May! Parents will receive a new invite email and will be invited to enroll in order to receive messages and information regarding your child throughout the day. More information will come as we get closer to the launch date!
March came and went in the blink of an eye! The children were busy enjoying spirit weeks, spring egg hunts, and looking for Leprechauns. In March there were lots of activities to keep the children’s creativity flowing, we started the month with our annual Read Across America spirit week, with themes pertaining to the fun books the classes read throughout the year. It was great to see how creative some of our children and families got. Our personal favorite was when the children wore what they felt made them unique. The classes enjoyed going on an African Safari and learning all about the African Savanna. Our teachers did a great job at bringing the Savanna to our own backyard, they decorated and placed animals all over the play yard for the children to find on their safari adventure. We ended the month, with our Spring Egg hunt! The children had a blast searching high and low to find some treats for them to enjoy. Spring has allowed for the children to enjoy the outdoors much more. The classes took time and really worked on their gardens.
In Enrichments, the children practiced rhythm and keeping beats for music class, created fun recipes in cooking class relating to Dr. Seuss and St. Patrick’s Day. They learned how different cooking tools are used such as conventional ovens and blenders. For art class, they created fun crafts like African masks, and pots of gold.
In April, the classes are discussing Islands and Volcanoes! We are also celebrating the Week Of The Young Child with a fun spirit week. We are also celebrating Earth Day but continuing to our gardens and having discussions with the children about how to best tend to plants and the earth. The classes will also discuss the importance of recycling. Thank you for your support throughout all our activities, our family community is what makes Little Acorn such a great school!
Love and friendship was in the air here at Little Acorn. February allowed the children to really cherish their friends and family, Cultural Awareness and Friendship brought lots of fun activities for the classes to learn and explore! We started the month with our annual Valentine’s Day celebration, although small the class had a blast. They enjoyed yummy snacks and practiced their manners while passing out their adorable Valentine’s to their friends and teachers. The classes also discussed the continent of Asia and Lunar New Year. With the school year halfway done, the classes are beginning to piece together the continents around the globe. This allowed the children to be able to talk about all their different traditions, cultures, and backgrounds. The classes not only learned about the different cultures surrounding Asia, but they also learned about the different cultures and traditions practiced by their friends. Culture awareness day was a huge success, with many children coming in their traditional clothing. It is always great to see how diverse our little community is.
In March, Spring begins and allows for a lot more outdoor time! The classes will be focusing their studies on the African Savanna, learning all about the animals that inhabit the beautiful continent. They will also take some time to talk about different plants they would like to plant in their spring gardens. The children always love getting involved with the planning and planting process of their gardens. We are excited for our Spring photos and Spring egg hunt, with having to cancel last year’s event we are extremely excited to be able to enjoy these events again. Lastly, the children will enjoy a fun spirit week, to celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
March 24 & 25 – Spring Photos
March 26 – Spring Egg Hunt
March 29 – April 1 – Spring Break (Child Care available at additional fee)
In February, we are discussing Cultural Awareness and Friendship. The children have the chance to learn about different cultures and traditions. The classes will also be able to share about their culture and traditions on Cultural Awareness day! On this day the children are welcome to wear any traditional outfits or share photos of their family traditions. We are also focusing on the continent of Asia, the classes are learning everything about their cultures, foods, landmarks, etc. There are a lot of holidays to celebrate and learn about in February. We are discussing, President’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Ground Hog Day, and Chinese New Year!
2/11 – Valentine’s Day party 9:45am-10:45am
2/12- Professional Development – School Closed
2/15- President’s Day – School Closed
January 2021 Recap:
January was such an exciting month! With the holidays behind us and a whole new year ahead, there were many fun things in store. In January, the children spent a lot of time outside, caring for their gardens and enjoying the afternoon sunshine. The theme for January was Winter, Snow and Ice, the classes spent time discussing all about winter animals and how snow is formed. They even got to create their own snow! Our classes also spent some time talking about Martin Luther King Jr., they did a fun activity that allowed the children to visually see the meaning of diversity. They learned that although we all may look different on the outside, we are all the same on the inside. The children really enjoyed it!
December 2020 Recap:
December was such an exciting month! The kids enjoyed many different holiday activities. They especially enjoyed preparing for our annual Holiday Recital. The classes spent weeks perfecting their holiday songs and performances for all our families to enjoy. In December, the theme was Celebrations Around the World. Our classes learned all about the different holidays and traditions that are practiced around the world during December. The book of the month was The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, where the children learned all about the importance of sharing and giving. With that, we had such a great turn out for our Hathaway-Sycamore gift drive, it was great to see the kids excited to bring the gifts in, to help a child in need. Thank you to all the families that participated!
For Enrichments, the classes create some fun holiday treats in Cooking class, they learned all about the weather with Muzzy in Spanish class, and created some watercolor paintings in Art class. For Music, the explored holiday music, and continued their work on ABCMouse.com for Computer class.
In November, the children were able to explore all that Fall had to offer. The weather had shifted into colder times, and the fall leaves created fun arts and crafts! The theme of the month was Virtues and Values, they learned about the importance of being nice to one another. While spending time creating fun Thanksgiving projects, they also had a chance to think about what were thankful for. They ended the month with our annual Harvest Feast, they were so happy to be able enjoy a fun lunch with their classmates.
For enrichments, the children learned about Jazz in music, Andy Warhol in art, and created yummy fall favorites for cooking class. They also continued their learning paths on ABCmouse.com for computer class, they followed along the silly adventures with Muzzy learning the colors of the rainbow, the different seasons, and how to say things like “friends” or be able to say if they are hot or cold in Spanish class.
Parent conferences were a great success, thank you to all the parents for your patience and participation.
In October, the children have been enjoying exploring the new season. They also, planted their new classroom gardens and enjoyed caring for it all month.
The theme for October was Solar System and Space. The children spent the month creating their own solar systems, as well as their own space shuttles, some even had their pictures put into them! In October, the classes also discussed Fire Safety Week. The children practiced what to do in case of a fire and participated in our monthly fire drill. In October we also introduced our new Spanish program for enrichments called Muzzy. Muzzy allows the children to learn Spanish in a new way using songs, and games. The children were so engaged and absolutely loved the new program!
The children had so much fun, during their Halloween party, they got to dress up and had some fun snacks with their friends. Thank you to all the families that donated snacks and goodies.
September Recap: In September, the theme was "All About Me", the classes spent time getting to know each other, sharing all about themselves. During circle time, the classes went over classroom rules, discussed what their favorite part of school is, and had discussions about Autumn. For geography, they discussed the seven continents as well as the land/water globe and the colored globe. For science they focused on magnetic vs. nonmagnetic, and in botany they learned about apples and fall leaves. Enrichment programs are moving along so well, keeping all the children so busy! Enrichments consist of music, art, cooking, computers, and Spanish.
In September, we also had our virtual Back to School Night, we would like to thank all the families who attended. We would also like to thank our families for participating in our Snack Host program, the children have been really enjoying it.
The summer brought a lot of fun activities for the kids to explore! Each week filled with new themes to explore from Up in Outer Space to down Under the Sea and everything in between. They enjoyed virtual field trips, like watching the Disneyland fireworks for 4th of July, and watching different volcanoes from around the world during their Volcano week. They classes ended the summer with an Olympics themed week, they enjoyed different sport matches, and created hand print torches. They all made medals out of pancakes and turkey bacon for a cooking lesson. The toddler’s class used their hand eye coordination to thread fruit loops into a necklace to create their own fun medals! The highlight of the summer was when the classes created their own volcanoes and experimented with chemical reactions to create their own volcanic explosions! With the summer program coming to an end, August 12th started the fall program. We welcomed new and returning friends and learned new ways to say hello from a distance. The children focused on hand washing and how to stay clean and safe.
In March, the theme will be based on the Rainforest and South America, animals, people, culture and traditions. We will also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and Spring. Don’t forget to dress your child in green clothes on March 17th! Please return re-registration form to the office to guarantee your child’s place for the next 2020-2021 school year.
Little Acorn will be closed for Spring recess from Monday, March 30th through April 3rd. March 13th, is the deadline to submit the re-enrollment paperwork. Spring break daycare sign-ups have been sent out. If your child is attending Spring Break session, March 13th is the deadline to turn in your child’s registration. If you have any questions, please let us know.
February was full of friendship and kindness. The children enjoyed exchanging Valentine cards with one another. The teachers taught lessons on cultural awareness and friendship. The children listened and danced to different songs from the continent of Asia including music from China, India, Japan, Korea, and Asian Island countries. Teachers introduced games, cultural foods, clothing and books. The top book for the month is, Little Blue and Little Yellow, by Leo Lionni. The story is about two best friends. One day they can’t find each other, when they finally do, they give each other such a big hug then they turn green!
The children learned about Katsushika Hokusai who was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. The teachers and students also had discussions and lessons on President George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. In cooking, the students carried on the theme by creating friendship inspired recipes, friendship trail mix and friendship salads.
January was a great start to the new year. The students have settled back after the Holiday break. We even welcomed a few new friends to our school. The theme for the month was Winter Animals and Hibernation. Many discussions and readings were based on habitat and places they live in during cold season, and how animals prepare for hibernation. The children enjoyed the book, The Mitten. The toddlers were able to explore the different animals from the book. They learned about animals that can live in the snow. The primary rooms created jobs to promote the lessons of the story.
The classes also touched base on Martin Luther King and Chinese New Year. They read books about the great African American hero. They discussed diversity, acceptance and treating each other with kindness. To continue our appreciation of different cultures we had a live presentation to celebrate Chinese New Year. The grandparents of one of our students returned for the second year in a row to perform the dragon dance with traditional Chinese music to celebrate the year of the Rat. The children absolutely loved the dancing dragon, moving to the beat of the drum. They laughed and cheered as the dragon paraded across the school.
December was a short and busy month. The school wide theme covered Seasons and Holidays. The children enjoyed exploring the diversity of the different holidays while learning about the fun activities that occur in the winter. The students absolutely loved the visit from Santa Claus. He brought great joy to our school! The students had the opportunity to take photos with Santa. Some enjoyed Santa from afar, others were eager to give him a hug. All students were given a holiday treat. The staff and children worked so hard on making the holiday recital spectacular! They all did an excellent job with their performances!
We would like to show our gratitude for all the generous ways you have supported our school throughout the month of December. The See’s Candy fundraiser was a success! We had a high level of participation who promptly submitted their orders. We were also amazed at the interest and involvement in our Hathaway program, each gift was graciously given to support a child or teenager in need. Thank you to the families who contributed towards our Sweet and Salty treat exchange for staff. The staff really enjoyed the delicious and thoughtful treats. We truly appreciate all the efforts made by parents to partake and sustain our school events!
November was all about "Harvest and Healthy Bodies". In our primary rooms the students were introduced to the benefits of eating foods off the food pyramid. They also learned about the importance participating in physical education. The students were familiar with some of the items on the food pyramid because of their experience with the Snack Host Program. Thank you, parents for your participation. They are developing a greater interest in healthy foods. In toddlers, the students also participated in the theme, "Harvest and Healthy Bodies" by learning how to sign the words, eat, happy and thank you. They really enjoyed singing songs with movements about food. The teachers sang, "Biscuits in the oven" and "I like to eat."
For our November Enrichments, in cooking class the students were able to experiment with the seasonal flavors of pumpkin and cinnamon, which smelled so wonderful. For music, the students were introduced to Beethoven and the instruments he used. They listened to the song, "Hymn of Thanksgiving." The children were mesmerized by the sounds. In art, the children had so much fun experimenting with splash paint. Leaves have been a fascination for the month, so the students were thrilled to include it into their art piece. The Spanish class practiced words to increase their vocabulary about the parts of the body. They did this by singing head, shoulders, knees and toes. During computers the children practiced using the mouse and keypad by exploring the various subjects on ABCMOUSE.
October has been busy with many fall activities. It’s so exciting to see the children building new friendships. Parents, thank you for all your patience and support as we made a few changes to the layout of our center. The children are so excited to work in such an open space. It is allowing the older students to model to the younger children the proper ways to use the Montessori materials. The Halloween Parade was lots of fun! It was neat to see everyone (including our teachers) dressed up. The bookfair was also a great success! The children enjoyed the latest books that sparked their interests, wonders, and intrigues. Thank you to the parents who purchased booked and to the parents who volunteered. We couldn’t have had such success without you!
September Recap: We are excited to start the new 2019-2020 academic school year! We would like to welcome all Little Acorn Montessori new and existing children and parents. The theme for the month of September is All About Me! The children are getting to know each other by making friends. They are learning and making crafts about themselves and what makes them so special. The children are discussing family trees with their teachers as well as having discussions on extended family and friends.
Throughout the school year we ask parents to participate in our Snack Host Program by providing a snack for their class each morning. The morning snack will be assigned. A reminder notice will be sent to families the day before their designated day. A calendar with assigned days will be found on each classroom’s bulletin board. Thank you for your help!
To stay connected to our School Website please go to www.la-montessori.com On our website, you will find a Parent section with a drop-down option listing each classroom. For passwords please ask your child’s teacher or the office administrator. Here, you will find lots of information about what activities your child has been doing or what is planned for the coming month. We will also post photos of activities and upcoming events! Please check us out on Instagram and Facebook!
Back To School Night
Back To School Night was a success! Parents had the opportunity to come out to meet with teachers to get a glimpse into your child’s learning day. Teachers shared information on the curriculum and academics while hearing strategies that are used to help your child in his or her daily routine.
The summer flew by! The children had such a fun time during our summer program! Our school carnival, the biggest event of the summer was a huge success! I would like to thank the parents who took the time to volunteer! The parent volunteers made the games and activities even more enjoyable. We couldn’t have put on such a large production without your support! And to the parents who were able to take time off work to attend. I hope you enjoyed the event!
Throughout the month of July, the students participated in so many fun activities. They enjoyed water fun days that included a water slide, bubbles, and a splash pad for our toddlers. For our in-house fieldtrips the children were entertained by Professor Egghead. She explained to the children the importance of the states of matter. As well as safety precautions when using scientific tools for experiments. The students were able to participate in the experiments then they were able to take home their own container of snow.
For the month of August, we continued our water fun days as well as our in-house field trips. The Alhambra Fire Department did a wonderful job-sharing important information about fire safety and prevention. The children were able to see the firefighters suit up close, so they know not to run from them in case of an emergency. Then Ranger Jack came to our school with a high energy, musical performance that included live singing, dancing, instruments and puppets. The staff and children had such a great time, learning new songs and singing familiar ones. This was a time filled with fun and laughter.
The book of the summer was, "Only One You," by Linda Kranz. The moral of the book was to embrace the individuality in our own strengths. We may face difficulties, but we should view the positive around us despite the challenge. The story was told from the perspective of a mother fish sharing her wisdom to her baby fish. The illustration of the book displayed fish with their own unique design. This inspired the rock river that is now placed on the primary playground. The river contains rocks that are painted by each student from our school to serve as a reminder of the beauty in being different.
June was such an amazing month! We have completed another school year. The children have accomplished so much. On behalf of Little Acorn Montessori Academy, we would like to congratulate our graduates! We wish them the best of luck as they move on to the next grade level! Thank you, parents, for all your support throughout the school year! This year was a success because of your participation, big and small.
May was a month full of special events. A big thank you to all the families for the generous gifts, food, and beautiful flowers you brought in during Teacher Appreciation Day! We really appreciate everything you do for all of us here at Little Acorn. Mother’s Day was a great turn out. It was so nice to see all moms spending the morning with their children. The children were super excited to give their moms gifts that they worked so hard on! They ended the month of May witnessing the caterpillars they all had in their classes turn into beautiful butterflies!
In April each class celebrated Spring in their own creative way by creating beautiful crafts such as baskets, bunnies, egg painting and egg dying. The most exciting highlight of the week was egg hunting. Please look for pictures of your children on their class pages on the website. Thank you all for your participation in our Book Fair this year! We sold $1000 worth of books. The school receives 50% off that money in Scholastic Books. Each teacher will order new books for your child’s classroom. Thank you again for all your support!
Spring is in the air! In the month of March, the children had fun learning and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Many children participated in wearing their green for the day. In addition to learning about the holiday, there were many arts and crafts that the children created. They even had a surprise visit from Lenny the Leprechaun! The children also started planting seeds outside in their garden. We will look forward to growing tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, strawberries, and zucchini this year.
We celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday on fourth of March by reading his books. The children were super excited, Ms. Amanda dressed up as Dr. Seuss during story time. Children in our preprimary and primary classes have been enjoying their new playground structure, music wall, and tree stumps. They all love to jump and climb!
All re-registration forms should be in by now. Please check with the office if you are unsure. A re-registration form is required for all children currently attending. If you are withdrawing from our school, you are still required to give us 30 days’ notice.
February was full of care and kindness towards one another. The children gave each other Valentine cards while enjoying their treats at their Valentine party!
The teachers taught lessons on cultural awareness and friendship. Topics discussed were Lunar New Year, the year of the pig, family and cultural traditions. The children listened and danced to different songs from the continent of Asia including music from China, India, Japan, Korea, and Asian Island countries. Teachers introduced games, cultural foods, clothing and books. The top book for the month is, Little Blue and Little Yellow, by Leo Lionni. The story is about two best friends, when one day they can’t find each other. When they finally do, they give each other such a big hug that they turn green!
The children learned about Katsushika Hokusai who was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. The teachers and students also had discussions and lessons on President George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
Our maintenance has been on campus this month working on several projects. Children in our primary and preprimary classes are excited about their new music wall! We are also currently working on placing in a new play structure that will be arriving soon.
January was a great start to the new year. The students have settled back after the Holiday break and are learning and growing every day! The teachers discussed Winter, Snow, and Ice. Many discussions and readings were based on habitat and places they live in during cold season, and how animals prepare for hibernation. They also touched base on Antarctica, the climate, and Martin Luther King Day!
Happy Holidays Little Acorn Families! In December, the children have been wrapping up their academic work and Montessori lessons. The teachers have been working hard to make December fun with holiday activities as well. The children discussed and learned about Celebrations around the world. We enjoyed having a fun holiday week before we headed out for the winter break. The children had so much fun preparing and singing for their recital. Thank you to all the parents that attended our winter Recital!
We had great success with Hathaway-Sycamore Child and Family Services! Thank you to all who had an opportunity to grab a tag off our tree this year. We will be looking forward to other opportunities in helping our community during the coming year.
November was a very eventful month for our school and classrooms. Classes spent time discussing what they are thankful for and how to be helpful to others. We had a great turn out for our Thanksgiving potluck, thank you to everyone who contributed to the classroom feasts. We have come to an end with our See’s Candies fundraiser. The school is excited to see how much was raised! Proceeds will go towards playground improvements.
October has been busy with many fall activities. It’s so exciting to see the children building new friendships. The Halloween Parade was lots of fun! It was neat to see everyone (including our teachers) dressed up. Thanks to all parents and families that attended our back to school night. It was a great benefit to new and existing parents to come in and witness all the hard work and beautiful themes that the children and teachers have put together to make this wonderful event possible!
Throughout the school year we ask parents to participate in our Snack host program by providing a snack for their class’ morning or afternoon snack. Sign-ups are found on each classroom’s bulletin board. Thank you for your help!
September Recap: We are excited to start the new 2018-2019 academic school year! We would like to welcome all Little Acorn Montessori new and existing children and parents. The theme for the month of September is all about me! The children are getting to know each other by making friends. They are learning and making crafts about themselves and what makes them so special. The children are discussing family trees with their teachers as well as having discussions on extended family and friends.
Summer Recap: We had a great and productive summer program! All the children loved all the fun filled activities. We had in house field trips such as Stoil the magician and a visit from the Alhambra Fire Department discussing fire and safety. The children were super excited about the animal petting zoo visit that took place during our Carnival. Thank you to all staff for making this year’s carnival such a great success. Thank you also to all the parents and children that attended this great event! Throughout the summer months the children really enjoyed water play, dance, music, sports, arts/crafts and much more.
The month of June will be educational and informative. Lessons on Transportation and California will be highlighted. Specific topics will include: the timeline of transportation as a Montessori history lesson, California Geography, animals, famous landmarks, and exploring California culture. In the art activity, children will be creating Father’s Day gifts which everyone will enjoy. Please RSPV for our Graduation performance later this month. Invitations and letters regarding the ceremony and performance were sent out last week.
We are looking forward to a wonderful end to this school year and exciting Summer Program. As always, if you have any questions or concern, please see the office. Thank you!
The month of May was very full and exciting. Children learned about the Rainforest and South America. In addition, each classroom from Preprimary on up was able to watch the lifecycle of the butterfly in action with live caterpillars that munched and munched until they spun their chrysalis, where they stayed until ready to be a beautiful butterfly. After a few days in the classrooms as butterflies, each classroom released them on the playground. The children loved the experience! We will be looking for more opportunities in the future to watch the lifecycles of different animals in real life.
Mother’s Day was a wonderful success. Thank you to all the moms who joined us for a small breakfast. Your children love your presence in the school on special days. Hopefully everyone enjoyed their gifts. Parent-Teacher conference were busy with many parents joining their children’s teachers for updates on how they are doing in the classroom and goals for the upcoming weeks and months. Parents went above and beyond for our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Our staff are very dedicated to families and children and your appreciation of what they do is amazing.
For the month of April, the children have taken part in learning about Oceania, Australia, and our Plant Earth. We celebrated the Week of the Young Child as well by having a spirit week. It was fun to see the children in their princess and superhero costumes. There were also several projects and great discussions that the children took part in when it came to celebrating Earth Day.
We welcomed a new member to our Kitchen staff this month. Ruby has brought great nutritional value to the meals we serve daily. We are glad she is a part of Little Acorn!
The office has started to send out a "Friday Wrap-up" email weekly. The email will consist of important information to be aware of such as dates, events, reminders, and things to look out for. You can reply to the email with any questions you may have as well.
Petite Feet Creative Movement class introduces students to dance in a playful and creative ways. The next session will be starting May 1st and running through May 29th. The class is held every Tuesday from 3:15pm-3:45pm and at 3:45pm-4:30pm. If you would like to sign-up, please feel free to fill out the form that is located by the back door of the school and return to the office.
In the month of March, the children had fun learning and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Many children participated in wearing their green for the day. In addition to learning about the holiday, there were many arts and crafts that the children created, class parties with delicious snacks, and they even had a surprise visit from Lenny the Leprechaun! The children also started planting seeds outside in their garden. We will look forward to growing tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and zucchini this year!
Our maintenance has been on campus this month working on several projects. The Infant/Toddler room has been enjoying their new playground floor and the Primary classes have been active in their new sandbox. We also received tile in our front entrance and are looking to improve more things in our building for the future. We will keep you posted on future work that will be done.
The office will be sending out an email every Friday with information on things that have happened during the week and events to look forward to. Emails will also continue to be sent out to parents during the week if there are urgent matters that you need to be aware of. If you are not receiving the office emails, please check your junk mail and/or notify the office. If you have changes to your address, email or phone number please notify the school immediately. We want to ensure that we can reach you in case of an emergency.
Re-enrollment for our current students will end March 30th. We are looking to re-enroll many students for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year!
In the month of February, the classrooms have been busy working on crafts and discussions for the many holidays that were celebrated. We redeemed several points from Scholastic to purchase holiday books that have started to fill our class libraries. Thank you, parents, for purchasing books online with Scholastic. Every time you order there are points that the school receives for free books and we have had an order every month! Check your parent mailboxes for the next month’s Scholastic flyer.
We are always adding new students to our school and would like to welcome the new families that have started with us recently. Welcome! We are glad you are here. We also welcome a new staff member, Iman. She is our new Assistant in the Primary 1 classroom. We are excited to have her join our team.
January Recap: In January we welcomed the Langston, Cho, and Lopez families to our Little Acorn community. We are glad that you are here! We also had a great turn out for our open house. Thank you to all the parents and families that attended. The teachers have been busy getting the children back on track from the winter break. There have been many winter crafts that the children have created and decorated their classroom with. La Petite Feet is back for another dance class session and Amazing athletes has started their Thursday afternoon sports class as well. Tiny Tikes will be back Feb. 6th. If you would like to sign up for any of these extracurricular activities, please feel free to grab a form from the back door of the school. You can drop off payments in the office.
Afternoon enrichments are continuing to progress. The children have had no problem with picking up where they left off. New and unique cooking projects have been introduced, winter Spanish words have been learned, and many of the children have mastered their computer skills. If you are interested, the program ABC Mouse can be downloaded and used at home.
December Recap: Happy Holidays Little Acorn Families! For the month of December, the children have been wrapping up their academic work and Montessori lessons. The teachers have been working hard to make December fun with holiday activities as well. We enjoyed having a fun holiday week before we headed out for the winter break. It was enjoyable seeing the children participate in all the fun from wearing their pajamas to school to cooking, decorating, and eating their holiday cookies!
We had great success with Hathaway-Sycamore Child and Family Services! Thank you to all who had an opportunity to grab a tag off our tree this year. We will be looking forward to other opportunities in helping our community during the coming year.
There will be a few new students joining Little Acorn upon returning from the break and a few that will be leaving us. They will be missed dearly but we wish the families nothing but the best of luck! The office would like to thank you for the generous gifts you left. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!
November Recap: This month has been all about harvest and healthy bodies. The classrooms have really dived into the theme. The cooking enrichment classes have prepared several healthy snacks and our art enrichment has been festive with their Thanksgiving crafts. We were excited to have our very first scholastic book fair and thoroughly pleased with the outcome. The school raised $436.79 for new books! Thank you parents and families for taking the time out to visit our book fair. If you missed it or were unable to stop by, don’t worry we will be looking forward to the next one in spring.
Our annual thanksgiving feast was held this month and the children seemed to really enjoy eating lunch together as a whole school. They were able to visit with their friends and teachers while consuming some delicious dishes prepared by the parents and families. As always, thank you parents for taking the time out of your busy lives to share dishes for our special events. It is greatly appreciated.
I would like to take this time to welcome our new families that have joined us recently. The Ribas, Chung, Ortiz, and White families. Welcome to Little Acorn!
We have come to an end with our See’s Candies fundraiser. The school is excited to see how much was raised and hopefully we will be looking out for a new sandbox on our playground!
October Recap: The children have been working on exploring their feelings and emotions this month. It has been great to see them learning how to express their emotions appropriately. I have seen feelings charts being posted up in the classrooms to help the children identify what type of mood they are in for the day. It really helps a child when they can voice what they are feeling.
Our curriculum for October has been filled with a variety of topics. In honor of the Halloween holiday the children have explored nocturnal animals, the skeleton, and pumpkins.
A letter was sent out to all parents and families regarding the upcoming events to look forward to. This month we have sent out see’s candies fundraising forms. The fundraiser will begin Oct. 23rd. We will be raising money for a new sandbox for our playground. The classroom that raises the most money will receive a pizza party!
We will also have a scholastic book fair coming to our school on Oct. 30-Nov. 9. An ice cream party will be given to the classroom that purchases the most items!
Halloween art has been posted up on the walls of the school and our cooking classes have been creative in incorporating the holiday in their recipes.
September Recap: The school has implemented a new curriculum for the school year. Check out the bulletin boards in each classroom to see what your child will be doing during the month. You will find many Montessori works that have been added into the curriculum for all our classrooms including the infants. We have also started our new snack host program and have integrated it into our practical life areas. Thank you parents for your patience and involvement in this new program.
Extra projects or special events: It was wonderful to see many of you parents and families out for back to school night. We had a great turn out and several of you had some great questions about your child’s classroom. I would like to thank our friends from New York Life for coming out and joining us for the event. If you did not get a chance to have a child ID card made from New York Life don’t worry, we have asked them to come back for future events!
The children look forward to the afternoon enrichments. Our teachers have really taken off with teaching these classes and I know that the office is really enjoying the cooking class as we seem to be the tasters of all their delicious creations.
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