We have been enjoying the weather and have been playing sharks and minnows almost every day in the ditch. In the classroom, we are working on multiples and factors, including greatest common factor. Next month, we will study fractions, ratio and proportion and will begin our study of decimals, money and percents.
We just completed our MLK project and are focusing on writing skills. The verb is the most important part of speech this month, and we will work on our descriptive bios. Our biology study this month will be insects, lovebugs and potatoes. We will continue our historical study of Florida, the United States and the world.
We have a few upcoming field trips that are extra exciting! The first is Driftwood, our three-day, two-night stay on St. Simons Island in Georgia. Our community-building focus this month has been empathy. We have invited alumni from last year to join us on this trip and are excited to spend time with them. Our second trip will be to Fort Caroline. We also will have an in-school presentation on prehistoric pottery.
Feb. 8-10: Upper Elementary Overnight to Driftwood Education Center
Feb. 11: Wine Down and Silent Auction
Feb. 15: Pizza Day
Feb. 17: Planning Day- NO STUDENTS
Feb. 20: Presidents Day- NO SCHOOL
Feb. 24: Ft. Caroline
Pizza Day has been a big success so far! Our children have enjoyed serving others and eating pizza together. If you do not have a subscription, you might think about signing up. If the bi-weekly option is best for you, the next order form was sent home today.
Spring conferences are coming up! We are still working out a schedule, but they will be after Driftwood and before Spring Break. Keep an eye out for the sign-up sheet to come home soon.
Parent Education Night II, on Jan. 28, was another exciting expression of parent support and love for Montessori. We spent time looking at materials and discussing the value of the philosophy in an academic setting and at home.
We are all buzzed about our trip to Driftwood next week!
Your child should arrive to school at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, and will be back to school around 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10.
Student information, including a packing list, went home several weeks ago. Please let me know if you need another copy. It is important that your child is prepared for this trip. They will need to pack a lot, including sleeping gear and clothes that can get very muddy.
We have 10 parents going with us on the trip, and all of our chaperones have participated in a mandatory discussion about safety and freedom within limits.