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September 23
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Reflections Art Exhibit

Each year ten pieces of artwork are selected and professionally framed. The artists are our own students, aged from 6-14, who have created colorful, eye-catching art work of differing mediums in their art classes with Carole Golcher. They comprise our Reflections collection which will be seen at several area locations during the year. Currently the pieces are on display in the Main foyer of the school. We will keep you up to date as the collection travels through the community.

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Butterflies Across the Curriculum

Junior II students are raising butterflies in the classroom. They are studying migration patterns of monarchs in Geography, the classification of butterflies and the characteristics of insects in Science, and a poem about butterflies is part of their Language curriculum. All the lessons connect with the concept of the web of life as part of an ecosystem.

September 19
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Mark Your Calendars

Infant and Toddler Fathers are invited to a morning sing-along and breakfast with their child. Primary and Elementary Fathers are invited to 

spend time in their child’s classroom before or after lunch. Middle School fathers will not visit the classrooms, but are encouraged to join us for the luncheon, presentation and student performances.

Father’s Day Schedule

Infant & Toddler: 8:30-9:45 am 
Sing-along followed by breakfast

Primary Full-DayMorning 8:30 am-12:30 pm 
(class visit 8:30-10:45, lunch 10:45-12:30) or 
Afternoon 10:45 am - 2:30 pm 
(lunch 10:45-12:30, class visit 12:30-2:30)
Primary Morning: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm 
(class visit 8:30-10:45, lunch 10:45-12:30)

Junior I: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm 
(class visit 8:30-10:45, lunch 10:45-12:30)

Junior II: 10:45 am - 2:30 pm 
(lunch 10:45-12:30, class visit 12:30-2:30)

Middle School: 10:45 am - 12:30 pm 
(luncheon only, no class visit)

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Junior II Bagel Breakfast

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The Junior II students celebrated the completion of their summer homework and the start of the new school year with a bagel breakfast. The students received acknowledgments for their hard work which can be used to purchase privileges at their Acknowledgment Shop which is run by the third level students. An example of a privilege that can be purchased is to read a book to a primary class, or to help out in the office for the morning. 

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Middle School Overnight

Each year the Middle School embarks on an overnight trip in the Fall to provide the students the opportunity to bond as a group and enjoy the outdoors. This year’s trip to Princeton Blairstown Center in Blairstown, NJ was centered around water sports. The students enjoyed canoeing on the Delaware River as well as many other team building and leadership activities.

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September 12
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New Media Room

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The Junior I students enjoyed their first use of our new Media Room, created to be a space for the Montessori Great Lessons and other media activities and lessons designed to support the curriculum.  Through a generous donation, an Apple TV and iPads have been purchased, and teachers are learning how to incorporate some age-appropriate iPad-projected educational short videos and apps.  For this new room’s first gathering, the teachers presented the first of Montessori’s Cosmic Education ‘Big Bang’ lessons. These lessons tell the stories of the evolution of the universe and promote an understanding and appreciation of our human connection to the cosmos and all living things.
 
 The elementary curriculum is derived from the Five Great Lessons as they provide a framework for the specific lessons that follow. Come learn more about the curriculum at Back to School Night, Sept 26.  
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New Beginnings

"Human beings want to know their relationship to their environment. When children enter a new space, they often want to look at and touch everything around them. They enjoy knowing "where" they fit in - from their own cubby and coat hook to their chosen place on the circle.  Classrooms and schools should be designed for this important tendency to unfold.  This fits within the overall task of the teacher, which is to observe the needs of the child and make adjustments in the environment to better suit those needs."  - Maria Montessori

The children are happy to be back to school and busy getting themselves oriented to their environments.

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Primary children are meeting new friends and discovering new materials in their classrooms.

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Toddler children are happily exploring environments that encourage freedom and creativity, watching and learning from their teachers and peers.

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The infants want to taste, feel, smell, and hear all that is new in their world.

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HOS Blog!

Michelle Morrison has a New Blog! “Thoughts from the Head” 
Just as the new school year feels light, joyful, and buzzing with energy, Michelle recently introduced a new blog she will be writing to share her thoughts and insights as new Head of School.  
We hope this blog allows you to get to know Michelle better and allows for sharing some interesting parenting and educational information or reflections. This first post is titled, “Welcome Back To School” and explores the unique meaning of school in a Montessori setting. Sign up and “follow” the blog to receive posts delivered right to your inbox. 
September 11
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Middle School Happenings

6th Grade Sewing Project:
New middle school sixth grade students made a contribution to their new community by sewing storage bags for the class’s communal supply of headphones.  In addition to solving the problem of the headphone cords tangling, the students were able to practice the life skill of using sewing machines.  
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Launching Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC):
Middle School students launched their writing program by engaging all of their senses.  To prepare for writing their first essay of the year - a descriptive essay about their camping trip in Blairstown - they did a pre-writing activity in which they experienced each of the five senses in isolation and brainstormed descriptive words and phrases for each sense.  As they listened to nature sounds, tasted peaches, closely examined a flower, felt the contours of a seashell, and smelled the scent of coconut, students strove to recreate the experiences on paper using their powers of descriptive writing. 
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Solving a Problem to Create Community
Middle schoolers put their heads together on the first day of class to solve a problem, creating a sense of community in the process.  They were asked to stand as a group on a bed sheet, and to figure out how to turn the sheet over without anyone stepping off it.  The task allowed them to practice communicating, listening, encouraging, and collaborating, as well as providing an opportunity for laughter and connection.  
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