Fall 2015

Dear Maple Community,

If you are new to our class, WELCOME! I, Mr. Copelly, and Miss Roberts are looking forward to getting to know you better. Those of you returning, welcome back to a new school year! Hopefully this letter will touch on some things you need to know to be prepared for the first day of school.

Arrival: Each day, we will have the classroom ready and the door open by 8:15am and will begin the day at 8:30. It is so very important that your child is present and settled in at this time, as we begin by going over the plan for the day and presenting large group lessons and it is essential that your child have this information.

Supplies: Your child will need to bring a pair of “indoor shoes” to leave here at school. This helps keep our carpets clean as children come in and out from recess. We will provide all school supplies.

Lunches: Please make sure your child is either signed up for school lunches through the BMS website or office or brings a packed lunch from home. For home lunches and any other food items, please remember that we are a NUT­-FREE campus due to life­threatening allergies in the community. We will also provide a healthy snack each day.

Birthdays: We celebrate all of the classroom birthdays in a given month together, usually on the last Friday of the month at 3pm. The birthday child’s family (including siblings or others who may be an integral part of your child’s “village”) is invited to attend, and the birthday child usually provides a treat (nut free) to share with everyone. We focus on gratitude­­what are we, the members of the Maple classroom, most grateful for about this person? What do they bring to our community? Also, what is the birthday person grateful to receive from us? For those with summer birthdays, June will be celebrated at the May party, and July with the August party.

Curriculum: We will be covering the Montessori mathematics curriculum (computation, fractions, geometry, measurement, etc.) language (reading, writing, word study, etc.), what we refer to as the “cultural subjects” (botany, zoology, physical science, environmental sciences, history, and geography), and art. In geography, there will be a special continent­study focus on North America second semester. Anyone with a special cultural knowledge relating to this topic who may be willing to come in and give a presentation or lend us interesting artifacts or art, your expertise would be greatly appreciated!

Children will also have Spanish with Señora Smith three times a week and Music with Miss Russo twice a week.

In a few weeks, spelling words will start coming home every Monday as part of your child’s Language Circle to help them prepare for spelling tests on Friday. Please help your child practice these words (here’s one possible website for ideas on ways to practice: Ways to Practice Spelling at Home).

On most Fridays, students’ notebooks will come home for the weekend and MUST RETURN ON MONDAY. This is an opportunity for your child to show you what they have been working on. Please notice the workplan to see what works were expected and how many of these were completed. All LOOSE PAPERS in the pocket of the notebook should be kept at home each weekend, leaving the pocket empty to begin a new week.

We feel so fortunate to have your family as a part of our community and are looking forward to working with you throughout the year. A teacher will greet your family each morning at the door and is available for daily communication needs. However, I am always willing to meet with you regarding any questions or concerns, and welcome the interaction. I am more able to give your questions the time and attention they deserve if we set a time for these conversations, versus trying to have them in the hallway at drop­off or pick­up.

Looking forward to the new school year,

Jessica Davis,
Lead Teacher, Maple Room
Lower Elementary (6-­9)