Parent Meeting

Greetings! We hope this finds everyone feeling warm and enjoying the summer. For all parents of children attending for the 2019-2020 school year we will be meeting on Tuesday 6/25 from 4:30-6 at the school. We are excited to get a chance to meet everyone and share some fun and exciting news happening in our NPM community. Light refreshments will be available and we will be prompt to get everyone home for dinner! See you next week 🙂

Schedule

We have worked to release the schedule for 2020 well in advance for vacation planning. As a year round school we offer shorter breaks throughout the year while providing a greater number of contact days for children in comparison to a normal school district schedule. This model is meant to provide a better opportunity to follow the child in their educational journey. We hope you all find these breaks refreshing and have a chance to spend some quality time with your children! As always thank you for providing any necessary feedback and placing commitment to Early Childhood Education!

Check-in

Hello everyone!! In case you don’t follow us on social media we want to share we’ve moved and gotten settled in nicely! This past weekend we had an Open House with a little Easter egg hunt which was a great turnout.

We are also experiencing a bit of traffic for the former business of our new location, so we are working to get our new sign printed. I was a bit shocked at the price tag and decided we should try our hand at a little fundraiser. We have already sold enough t-shirts to have a guaranteed print with our bonfire.com campaign. If you would like to grab a soft summer shirt and help our little school, please visit the link below. As always thank you for supporting our program and Early Childhood Education in interior Alaska!!

https://www.bonfire.com/great-new-summer-wear/

We’re Moving!!!

We have the opportunity to expand our space, so North Pole Montessori is moving! Our new location is near the corner of 5th Ave and St. Nicholas Dr.

We will be hosting an Open House for everyone to come and explore our new environment and participate in an Easter egg hunt as the holiday quickly approaches. Please join us Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 12:00-2:00 pm. Easter egg hunt will begin at 12:30pm. See you all there!!

Happy Valentine’s Day from NPM!

We had an exciting Valentines Day in class. Our friends were equally as excited to give their treats as they were to receive them. We had a parent send some delicious food and made some additional yummy things for lunch. It all seemed to be a big hit! Thank you to everyone for your participation in making such a great day!

We have welcomed Mrs. Dion to our teaching staff. She comes to us with paraprofessional experience along with the experience of raising children of her own. She has brought some great ideas already and was immediately welcomed into the environment by the students.

We also will be receiving some visits from Ms. Usha who is an amazing Montessori advisor. She has decades of experience from all over the world in Montessori classrooms and has the knowledge to provide learning for students and staff alike.

I appreciate all the support for NPM and am so excited to see the growth in the children and our program as a whole! I am happy to answer any questions you have regarding staff, future plans, or the Montessori Method.

Quick Updates

Parents from 2018 should have all received tax receipts by email. If you did not receive one or need additional information please let me know!

We received some indoor play equipment which allows for some additional free time activities on those miserable weather days! We are happy the weather is brightening up in the near future, but we all know February usually treats us with those “Alaska temperatures!”

Lastly, let me know if you are in need of summer care or know anyone who may be. The question has been asked a number of times over the last couple of weeks and I want to secure a spot for your child if they do not already have one!

Montessori Curriculum

Montessori curriculum is divided into 5 separate categories. The Christmas break was spent reorganizing and bringing in the New Year with a stronger focus on each of these curriculum categories. The goal with this short blog is to bring a better understanding of what children may be discussing when they go home. More information about specific lessons will soon be uploaded to the Parent Resources tab.

Sensorial

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The senses: see, touch, smell, taste, hear, & touch with movement.

Sensorial materials are often referred to as self-correcting.

Practical Life

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Generally, the introduction into Montessori is done with lessons in this category.

Care of Self- buttoning, zipping, washing hands.

Care of Environment- watering plants, sweeping, wiping tables.

Language Arts

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Mathematics

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Numbers, numbers, and more numbers!

Cultural Studies

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Subjects covered include zoology, geography, science, botany, foreign language, and the study of counties, religions, and holidays.

 

Winter Solstice

The air has been a buzz with all of the holiday celebrations along with questions about why it’s so dark! We’ve done some experimenting with working in different lights and explored a little of what’s happening from outer space. Today we closed out 2018 sharing in a tradition of bringing in Winter Solstice with warmth and light with ice lanterns. This is going to be a continual topic as it has peaked interest in every student. We look forward to the coming year and watching young minds flourish and grow!

Food Drive Follow-up

We had a chance to tour the Fairbanks Community Foodbank where we donated our 154 lbs of food! They do amazing work and are truly so grateful for all the support they receive from around our area. We too are grateful for all of those who helped bring awareness to our students about the importance of caring for those around us and giving back. Please consider volunteering or donating to this amazing organization if you are offered the opportunity! Thank you!!!