~IMPORTANT~
CURRENT INFORMATION, DATES, EVENTS, CHANGES AND/OR NEWS

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THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017: CULTURE FAIR 10:30-1:00
Bonjour! Buenos Dias, Shalom, Gutentag, Ciao... to all Parents, Families and Friends!

We are looking forward to our Culture Fair and hope you will all be here to celebrate the excitement of the many cultures of the world with your children!

All Toddler and Primary children must have a parent with them at the fair!

Toddler and Primary Parents: You have the option of bringing your child to his or her class at the usual time, 9:00 am and returning by 10:15 to join them for the festivities or you may come to school a little later with your child and enjoy the fair.
We will offer our usual morning (8:00 am) and afternoon (5:30 pm) extended care.

The fair will open in Steve’s Barn, with singing by students from the primary, kindergarten and elementary classrooms.
The singing will be followed by our traditional flag parade, and then elementary students will share games, crafts and food from the country or culture they have been researching. You can “visit” these countries with your children and learn something about them. As you visit each country booth, help your child get stamps for their passports!

Our patio will be set up for our "World Foods" potluck! We ask that you please bring a cultural dish to share.

THIS WILL BE A FULL SCHOOL DAY.
The school day ends at 3:00 pm, as usual and we will have afternoon Extended Care until 5:30.


Adios and Merci!


THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017: ENROLLMENT FORM AND DEPOSIT DUE FOR 2017/2018
Please check your parent cubby for your forms.

FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017 - FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017: SPRING RECESS, SCHOOL CLOSED

MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017: SCHOOL RESUMES








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•FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017: STAFF WORK DAY / NO SCHOOL
WE HAVE DECIDED IT'S A LITTLE TOO COLD AND TOO WET FOR AN OUTDOOR SPRING CLEANING DAY, next Friday, March 10th, as previously scheduled. Therefore, we would like to put most of our energy into our classrooms. We are in need of some repair jobs if you would like to volunteer for that. Otherwise, this year we will call it a Teacher Work Day instead of a Family Work Day. Please let us know if you were planning to stop by and we can discuss a few little projects.

We would love to have your help with the garden and chickens during a school day, later in the Spring.
THANK YOU!


•CHILDREN'S HOUSE 21st ANNUAL AUCTION AND DINNER - SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017
This is one night you do not want to miss! In the next week or so, you will receive an Auction packet in your parent cubby, with all the details. We also have everything available on the
Auction page of our website. PLEASE RETURN YOUR PINK, ITEM DESCRIPTION FORM AND YOUR BLUE, DINNER RESERVATION FORM ASAP!
















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•FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2017, 2:00-3:00 PM: PRIMARY, KINDERGARTEN AND ELEMENTARY STUDENTS HONOR MARTIN LUTHER KING, in Steve's Barn

•MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2017: MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, SCHOOL CLOSED

•MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2017 - FRIDAY, JANUARY 27: PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

•MONDAY, JANUARY 23 - FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 - PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
If you have not yet signed up, please do so. If you do not see a sign-up sheet posted on, or next to, the door of your child's classroom, please see your child's teacher. Remember, there is no school for all students on Friday, Jan. 27. Please try to schedule your conference on Friday. If Friday will not work for you or the sign-up is full, please see the alternative schedule for your child's teacher, Monday thru Thursday (1/23 - 1/26) or speak to the teacher to arrange a convenient time and date. School resumes Monday, January 30, 2017.

•FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017 - SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED FOR ALL STUDENTS - PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
*IMPORTANT NOTE: We will NOT provide Extended Care, on Friday, before 9:00 or after 3:00.

•MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017: SCHOOL CLOSED, LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY OBSERVED

•TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2017: LOWER ELEMENTARY, VALENTINE'S DAY HIGH TEA

•MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2017: SCHOOL CLOSED, PRESIDENT'S DAY (WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY OBSERVED)

•WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017: KINDERGARTEN, 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL

•FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017: LOWER ELEMENTARY, WHITE HOUSE WAX MUSEUM

•CHILDREN'S HOUSE 21st ANNUAL AUCTION AND DINNER - SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017
This is one night you do not want to miss! In the next week or so, you will receive an Auction packet in your parent cubby, with all the details. We also have everything available on the
Auction page of our website. PLEASE RETURN YOUR PINK, ITEM DESCRIPTION FORM AND YOUR BLUE, DINNER RESERVATION FORM ASAP!





























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~COLLECT YOUR JOG-A-THON PLEDGE DONATIONS~
All Primary, Kindergarten and Elementary Parents...
OUR STUDENTS BROKE LAST YEARS RECORD AND
RAN A TOTAL OF 3,989 LAPS (398 MILES)!
WOW!
Once again, we are so proud and impressed by the passion, commitment, determination and stamina, of every child who participated in the Jog-A-Thon fundraiser for the 
must! charities - Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
A huge thank you to all the parents, family members and alumni who came out to help and participate. It was a great event and a huge success again this year!
We know all of you are now busy collecting the donations.
Please write your checks to must! charities and remember, your donation is tax deductible.
We do not need you to return the sponsor sheets. Your donations can be placed in the envelope on the small bulletin board, across from the Lower Elementary classroom door.
You can print out the
"thank you receipt" for and fill it out for everyone on your pledge list.  
Please have your student fill this out with you!
Please don't hesitate to email if you have any questions. Many, many thanks, once again.
THANK YOU!

•TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016 - LOWER ELEMENTARY TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING FEAST
This is a completely separate event from our school wide potluck (see below) and takes place in the lower elementary classroom, only. Lower Elementary parents, please see the food sign-up on the classroom door. If you have any questions, please see Nancy.

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•WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2016 - THANKSGIVING PERFORMANCE AND POTLUCK - 9:15 am to 12:00 pm

This year, as always, we will celebrate Thanksgiving with a family gathering. We will all meet in Steve’s Barn. The elementary children look forward to performing a play, The Velveteen Rabbit, and all children will be singing songs. Please arrive promptly at 9:15 for this event.
Following the performance, we will gather for a lovely Thanksgiving brunch. Please bring any type of brunch item, such as quiche, French toast, eggs, breads, muffins, fruits, etc. NO NUTS! Children’s House will provide the drinks. Bring your food directly to the back patio tables before the performance and continue on to the barn and find a seat. Don’t forget to pick up your plates, platters, bowls and utensils when you leave.

•There will be NO morning care.
Toddler children MUST be accompanied by a parent or other adult for the entire event (9:15-11:30 pm)
For all other classrooms, if you cannot attend with your child, please make arrangements to have your child picked up by 11:30 pm
School will close at 11:30 pm, immediately following our potluck.
•If your child will not attend, please let us know ahead of time.


•THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 and FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016, SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED for the Thanksgiving holiday.



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•IMPORTANT CHANGE ON OUR SCHOOL CALENDAR: We have changed the date for our Auction Dinner, to Saturday, March 18th, 4:00pm. Please save the date!

•FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2016: SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED
 for Veteran's Day.

•MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 and TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 ARE BOTH PICTURE DAYS!
John Alden from J.A Photography, will be taking individual portraits as well as class/group pictures. J.A Photography has been photographing Children's House students for over 25 years. Envelopes will be placed in your Parent Cubby soon. Watch for them!

IMPORTANT PICTURE DAY DETAILS FOR YOUR CHILD’S CLASSROOM:
John will be spending two days at Children's House. On Monday, he will shoot individual portraits for the Monday/Wednesday toddlers, the Monday thru Friday toddlers, all preschool children, all kindergarten children and all siblings for the groups listed above, regardless of class, (and only if siblings have a separate envelope). In the spring, we photograph every child. In the Fall, we photograph every child who has returned an envelope. If you would like siblings to be photographed, you must fill out and return a separate envelope for siblings.

On Tuesday, John will shoot individual portraits for the Tuesday/Thursday/Friday toddlers, and all elementary students. and all siblings for the groups listed above, regardless of class, (and if siblings have a separate envelope). In the spring, we photograph every child. In the Fall, we photograph every child who has returned an envelope. If you would like siblings to be photographed, you must fill out and return a separate envelope for siblings.

He will also be shooting ALL class photos on Tuesday. Parents of Monday/Wednesday toddler children, please bring your child to school on Tuesday for the class photo at 11:30 am. This time is approximate and you may or may not need to wait for a bit. Class photos are free if you order a packet. If you do not want individual photos of your child(ren), you must fill out an envelope for a class photo.

•FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016: JOG-A-THON, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Again this year the entire school (except toddlers) will participate in our 6th annual Jog-a-Thon. All proceeds will benefit must! charities/BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS. Parents, you will receive a letter and sponsor sheet for each child, in your Parent Cubby. Last year we raised over $7000.00. Let's do it again!

•TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016 - LOWER ELEMENTARY TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING FEAST
This is a completely separate event from our school wide potluck (see below) and takes place in the lower elementary classroom, only. Lower Elementary parents, please see the food sign-up on the classroom door. If you have any questions, please see Nancy.
 
•WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2016 - THANKSGIVING PERFORMANCE AND POTLUCK - 9:15 am to 12:00 pm

This year, as always, we will celebrate Thanksgiving with a family gathering. We will all meet in Steve’s Barn. The elementary children look forward to performing a play, The Velveteen Rabbit, and all children will be singing songs. Please arrive promptly at 9:15 for this event.
Following the performance, we will gather for a lovely Thanksgiving brunch. Please bring any type of brunch item, such as quiche, French toast, eggs, breads, muffins, fruits, etc. NO NUTS! Children’s House will provide the drinks. Bring your food directly to the back patio tables before the performance and continue on to the barn and find a seat. Don’t forget to pick up your plates, platters, bowls and utensils when you leave.

•There will be NO morning care.
Toddler children MUST be accompanied by a parent or other adult for the entire event (9:15-11:30 pm)
For all other classrooms, if you cannot attend with your child, please make arrangements to have your child picked up by 11:30 pm
School will close at 11:30 pm, immediately following our potluck.
•If your child will not attend, please let us know ahead of time.

•THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 and FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016, SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED for the Thanksgiving holiday.







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We recognize that Halloween (Monday, Oct. 31) is a great deal of fun for many families and every family has their own traditions. Going on a Sunday excursion to choose a perfect pumpkin, may be one. Sitting around the dinner table while Mom or Dad carves a pumpkin and bakes the seeds in the oven, may be another. Of course dressing up with make-up and posing for pictures is a tradition for many.

At Children’s House, however, especially with the younger children, we keep Halloween pretty low key. A mask project or pumpkin carving may be going on or perhaps face painting on Halloween afternoon. The older children learn about the history of the holiday and some variations in various cultures. The upper elementary class will pay tribute to men and women in history and each student will be dressed as a historical person they have researched. They will present a first person report to their classmates and will also take a walk around to the other classrooms and tell the children who they are. This year, they will be making their presentations on Monday, Nov. 2nd.


With the exception of the upper elementary, it is our policy, however, not to have the children come to school in any type of costume. This includes toddlers, primary, kindergarten and lower elementary children. In addition to hampering free movement, it may lead to hurt feelings if some children do not, or cannot participate.

Please remember, it is also a school policy that candy or sweets of any kind NOT be sent to school. It is extremely hard for children to see others bringing “treats”. Please help by passing this information on to any family member who makes the lunch or drives to school.



•FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2016: SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED
 for Veteran's Day.

•MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 and TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 ARE BOTH PICTURE DAYS!
John Alden from J.A Photography, will be taking individual portraits as well as class/group pictures. J.A Photography has been photographing Children's House students for over 25 years. Envelopes will be placed in your Parent Cubby soon. Watch for them!

IMPORTANT PICTURE DAY DETAILS FOR YOUR CHILD’S CLASSROOM:
John will be spending two days at Children's House. On Monday, he will shoot individual portraits for the Monday/Wednesday toddlers, the Monday thru Friday toddlers, all preschool children, all kindergarten children and all siblings for the groups listed above, regardless of class, (and only if siblings have a separate envelope). In the spring, we photograph every child. In the Fall, we photograph every child who has returned an envelope. If you would like siblings to be photographed, you must fill out and return a separate envelope for siblings.

On Tuesday, John will shoot individual portraits for the Tuesday/Thursday/Friday toddlers, and all elementary students. and all siblings for the groups listed above, regardless of class, (and if siblings have a separate envelope). In the spring, we photograph every child. In the Fall, we photograph every child who has returned an envelope. If you would like siblings to be photographed, you must fill out and return a separate envelope for siblings.

He will also be shooting ALL class photos on Tuesday. Parents of Monday/Wednesday toddler children, please bring your child to school on Tuesday for the class photo at 11:30 am. This time is approximate and you may or may not need to wait for a bit. Class photos are free if you order a packet. If you do not want individual photos of your child(ren), you must fill out an envelope for a class photo.

•FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016: JOG-A-THON, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Again this year the entire school (except toddlers) will participate in our 6th annual Jog-a-Thon. All proceeds will benefit must! charities/BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS. Parents, you will receive a letter and sponsor sheet for each child, in your Parent Cubby. Last year we raised over $7000.00. Let's do it again!

•TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016 - LOWER ELEMENTARY TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING FEAST
This is a completely separate event from our school wide potluck (see below) and takes place in the lower elementary classroom, only. Lower Elementary parents, please see the food sign-up on the classroom door. If you have any questions, please see Nancy.
 
•WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2016 - THANKSGIVING PERFORMANCE AND POTLUCK - 9:15 am to 12:00 pm

This year, as always, we will celebrate Thanksgiving with a family gathering. We will all meet in Steve’s Barn. The elementary children look forward to performing a play, The Velveteen Rabbit, and all children will be singing songs. Please arrive promptly at 9:15 for this event.
Following the performance, we will gather for a lovely Thanksgiving brunch. Please bring any type of brunch item, such as quiche, French toast, eggs, breads, muffins, fruits, etc. NO NUTS! Children’s House will provide the drinks. Bring your food directly to the back patio tables before the performance and continue on to the barn and find a seat. Don’t forget to pick up your plates, platters, bowls and utensils when you leave.

•There will be NO morning care.
Toddler children MUST be accompanied by a parent or other adult for the entire event (9:15-11:30 pm)
For all other classrooms, if you cannot attend with your child, please make arrangements to have your child picked up by 11:0 pm
School will close at 12:00 pm, immediately following our potluck.
•If your child will not attend, please let us know ahead of time.

•THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 and FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016, SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED for the Thanksgiving holiday.































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~IMPORTANT~
CURRENT INFORMATION, DATES, EVENTS, CHANGES AND/OR NEWS


•HOT LUNCH "PIZZA DAY" BEGINS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st

•PRODUCE BAG FUNDRAISER
Local Templeton supplier, Melanie Blankenship of Nature’s Touch Nursery and Harvest, is willing to deliver produce bags to our school every Tuesday afternoon beginning Oct. 4th through Dec. 20th.
The bags will contain a variety of fresh, certified organic, vegetables and fruit locally grown in California. Melanie is committed to providing the highest quality organic produce, and works hard to use local farms.
·      Harvest Basket = $216.00 ($18/week)
·      Fruit Basket = $156.00 ($12/week) 
If you are interested in participating in this Fundraiser please print and return the form with your payment or pick up a form at school. Checks should be made payable to Children’s House Montessori School and put in the basket labeled “PRODUCE BAGS” in the school foyer area. Please return your form and check by Thursday, Sept. 22nd.
PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH FRIENDS AND CO WORKERS WHO MAY ALSO WANT TO PARTICIPATE!

You can pick up your bag inside the coffee shop (MOCHA) beginning at 1:00 pm. on Oct. 4th. If you are unable to pick up your bag please make arrangements for pickup by someone else. Any bags not picked up by 3:00 pm Wednesday will be donated to the school for student and staff use.

•FAMILY ROSTER

Our annual school roster will be out in a week or two and will be distributed to all families. Please check one of the rough draft copies, posted on the Toddler or Primary sign-in sheets, by the front door of the Lower and Upper Elementary classrooms, or on the front desk, to make sure all the information is current! Feel free to make any necessary changes. Please initial after you have checked your info (even if everything is correct). Our roster includes email addresses. If you do not wish to include your email, address or phone number on our roster, please let us know. FYI: This is not for school staff to contact you in an emergency. We have special emergency cards for that. This is for parents to contact one another or children to get in touch with friends, etc.

•PARENT PROJECT VOLUNTEER FORMS: YOU RECEIVED A LETTER AND A LAVENDER FORM IN YOUR PARENT CUBBY!

We have lofty goals and great visions for enhancing your children's educational, emotional, and spiritual experiences. In addition to your financial support, your physical support also helps us to realize these goals. Our fundraisers and many of the “jobs” and/or projects can simply not be done without you. As many of you know from years past, your children enjoy having you participate at “their school”. They learn so much from the spirit of dedication and commitment that your support models. PLEASE RETURN YOUR FORM, WE NEED YOUR HELP!
















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9/8/2016


School has begun and there is so much to do!

There is information in this email, regarding every classroom and every child, so PLEASE READ.
Thanks!

FIRST AND FOREMOST!

WE ARE A PEANUT FREE SCHOOL!
Please do not include peanut butter, peanuts,
or any items that contain peanuts
in your child's lunch or classroom snack!
Other nuts, including tree nuts, are acceptable.
We have a number of students with life-threatening peanut allergies
and feel this is the only way to insure their safety.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this matter.

PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO CHECK YOUR PARENT CUBBY EVERY DAY!
Please look inside the main school building, on either entryway bulletin board, for the list of Parent Cubbies. Your name is listed under your child’s class and your “Box” number is next to your name. Please get in the routine of checking your cubby daily...
**Returning parents: 
You probably have a NEW NUMBER this year, so please check the list!


AND SECOND, ALSO VERY IMPORTANT...
IF YOUR CHILD IS IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CLASSROOMS:
TODDLER, PRIMARY (PRESCHOOL) OR KINDERGARTEN, DO NOT FORGET TO SIGN YOUR CHILD IN WHEN YOU ARRIVE AND SIGN HIM OR HER OUT WHEN YOU LEAVE.

ALSO...

HOT LUNCH "PIZZA DAY"

BEGINS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st
Each year, at Children’s House, we offer a Hot Lunch “Pizza Day” Program. Parents love having a day off from making lunches and the children enjoy this restaurant style novelty. Thanks to Brenda Gates, “Pizza Day” returns again, this year! It will be offered once a week, on Wednesdays, throughout the school year. It will consist of a local, delicious, cheese pizza, a side vegetable, fruit and juice. The Upper Elementary class will prepare and serve the lunch to all the children who would like to partake. Please see the Hot Lunch form in your parent cubby and return your form whether or not your child will partake.



•REMINDER: Please mark your calendars for the very important PARENT ORIENTATION MEETINGS, scheduled for each classroom. Even if you have had a child in one of these same classes in a previous year, your attendance at the Parent’s Night will give you valuable information regarding THIS year’s plans. We strive to make our school better each year and therefore change the way we schedule our days, use our materials, do homework, etc. We appreciate your questions and your input at this initial meeting so we can begin a wonderful year together of consistency, clarity and on-going communication. Please come!
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 7:00 - 8:30 / TODDLER
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 7:00 - 8:30 UPPER ELEMENTARY (4th-6th)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 7:00 - 8:30 / LOWER ELEMENTARY (1st-3rd)














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*ALL this information and more is on our website, http://www.childrenshouse.cc/
See Parents section and/or the Calendars section.

Watch for a new issue of the 
The Quailblazer Times coming the end of September.
Dear Children’s House Families,
We hope you have been enjoying your time together this summer...soon it will be time to begin our 2016/2017 school year and we are looking forward to gathering together once again!

ANNOUNCEMENTS
We use email almost exclusively, to keep in touch with our families. Please check your email regularly for important classroom and/or school information.

Every family has a Parent Cubby. This is different from the cubby your child may have in his or her classroom. Please check your parent cubby daily.

We also have a monthly email newsletter called The Quailblazer Times. We have automatically placed you on the list to receive it. We hope you will read it with your child(ren). The first issue will be out mid to late September. If you'd like to see what it's like, please check out our back issues.

We're also on 
TwitterFacebookPinterest, and Instagram if you'd like to stay connected with us!

We currently have a few openings in our toddler classroom. If you have a friend or family member who may be interested, please have them call or email the school.

New students and kindergartners must have all immunizations. This is now the law in California and we are required to comply.

Kindergarten Parents... REMINDER
Kindergartners need the following immunizations before entry:

·         5 DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough) immunizations
·         4 doses of polio
·         3 doses of hepatitis B
·         2 doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella); and
·         or more doses of varicella (chickenpox)


EVENTS

•FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATIONS FOR TODDLER AND PRESCHOOL CHILDREN
If your child will be here for the first time in September, their teachers will give them an individual 15 to 20 minute orientation on Friday, Sept. 2nd. This is a valuable time for them to be introduced to some of the activities in the classroom. Appointments are made on the half hour. If you have not already done so, email us with the half hour you prefer. We will email or call you back only if we must reschedule. We will be on hand both days (Friday and Saturday) to collect any remaining enrollment forms and answer any questions you may have. If your child attended summer school, they do not need an orientation.

•SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
ANNUAL FAMILY GATHERING/POTLUCK
Please join us as we kick off the new school year and gather together for our annual potluck (appetizers and drinks only) on Saturday, Sept. 3. This is an informal open house...come any time between 2:00 and 4:00 pm and bring an appetizer. This is a great opportunity for the children to get acquainted or reacquainted with school, their friends and teachers. It is also a valuable time for parents to see old friends, meet new families, set up carpools and chat with teachers! Hope to see you all here!

*If you still have forms that need to be filled out and returned, please bring them to us before school begins. WE MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING FORMS ON FILE BEFORE YOUR CHILD CAN BEGIN SCHOOL: A CURRENT EMERGENCY FORM, A CURRENT CONSENT FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT FORM, AND A CALIFORNIA IMMUNIZATION FORM. If you have not yet returned your forms, please do so BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. The sooner we can get your child's file completed, the better. It will also make the first week run smoother. Thank you.

•MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2016 - LABOR DAY, CLOSED

•TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2016 - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! (or Wednesday, September 7th, if your child is enrolled in the Monday & Wednesday, Toddler class)

•REMINDER: Please mark your calendars for the very important PARENT ORIENTATION MEETINGS, scheduled for each classroom. Even if you have had a child in one of these same classes in a previous year, your attendance at the Parent’s Night will give you valuable information regarding THIS year’s plans. We strive to make our school better each year and therefore change the way we schedule our days, use our materials, do homework, etc. We appreciate your questions and your input at this initial meeting so we can begin a wonderful year together of consistency, clarity and on-going communication. Please come!
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 7:00 - 8:30 PM / PRIMARY (PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN) THIS IS THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 7:00 - 8:30 / TODDLER
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 7:00 - 8:30 UPPER ELEMENTARY (4th-6th)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 7:00 - 8:30 / LOWER ELEMENTARY (1st-3rd)


•SEPTEMBER TUITION AND THE MATERIALS FEE ARE BOTH DUE ON SEPTEMBER 1 (or by the first day of school, Sept. 6)


Thank you so much for being a part of our Children’s House family, and for sharing your wonderful children with us. We look forward to a great year.











































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ENVIRONMENTAL SPRING PORTRAITS (no envelopes):

PHOTOS WILL BE TAKEN ON TWO DIFFERENT DAYS - 
During this two-day photo session John will be taking photographs of ALL the children at our school. No class photos! There are no envelopes and no pre-payment. All photographs will be posted on the JA Photography website. Please see below to find out which day your child(ren) will be photographed.

ON TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016: JOHN WILL PHOTOGRAPH THE TUESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY TODDLERS, THE TUESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY PRESCHOOL STUDENTS,  ALL ELEMENTARY STUDENTS AND ALL SIBLINGS FOR GROUPS LISTED ABOVE, REGARDLESS OF CLASS.

ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016: JOHN WILL PHOTOGRAPH THE MONDAY & WEDNESDAY TODDLERS, THE MONDAY THRU FRIDAY TODDLERS, THE MONDAY & WEDNESDAY PRESCHOOL, THE MONDAY THRU FRIDAY PRESCHOOL AND ALL KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS, PLUS ALL SIBLINGS FOR GROUPS LISTED ABOVE, REGARDLESS OF CLASS.












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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2016: LOWER ELEMENTARY, WHITE HOUSE WAX MUSEUM

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2016: LOWER ELEMENTARY, VALENTINE'S DAY HIGH TEA

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2016: SCHOOL CLOSED, PRESIDENT'S DAY (WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY OBSERVED)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2016: KINDERGARTEN, 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2016: OPEN HOUSE This is probably the best evening of the school year! Our Open House at Children’s House is an evening that belongs to your children. They are your guides as they show you all the materials and activities they have learned to use at school. It is also an opportunity for you to chat with other parents, the teachers and visit other classrooms. The school will be open from 5:30 to 7:30. You are welcome to arrive at any time and stay as long as you’d like. Please don’t miss this wonderful event!

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016: PARENT EDUCATION- "COMPARING MONTESSORI WITH THE TRADITIONAL CLASSROOM" 
Join us from 6:00 to 7:00 pm for an exciting discussion on some of the key components of a Montessori classroom that are not usually found in a traditional classroom. Childcare will be provided in Steve's Barn!

•CHILDREN'S HOUSE 20th ANNUAL AUCTION AND DINNER - SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016
This is one night you do not want to miss! You received an Auction packet in your parent cubby, with all the details. We also have everything available on the Auction page of our website. PLEASE RETURN YOUR PINK, ITEM DESCRIPTION FORM AND YOUR BLUE, DINNER RESERVATION FORM ASAP!
































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FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2016, 2:00-3:00 PM: PRIMARY, KINDERGARTEN AND ELEMENTARY STUDENTS HONOR MARTIN LUTHER KING

•MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 2016: MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, SCHOOL CLOSED

MONDAY, JANUARY 25 - FRIDAY, JANUARY 29 - PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
If you have not yet signed up, please do so. If you do not see a sign-up sheet posted on, or next to, the door of your child's classroom, please see your child's teacher. Remember, there is no school for all students on Friday, Jan. 30. Please try to schedule your conference on Friday. If Friday will not work for you or the sign-up is full, please see the alternative schedule for your child's teacher, Monday thru Thursday (1/26 - 1/29) or speak to the teacher to arrange a convenient time and date. School resumes Monday, February 2, 2015.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2016 - SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED FOR ALL STUDENTS - PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
*IMPORTANT NOTE: We will NOT provide Extended Care, on Friday, before 9:00 or after 3:00.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2016: SCHOOL CLOSED, LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY OBSERVED 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2016: LOWER ELEMENTARY, WHITE HOUSE WAX MUSEUM

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2016: LOWER ELEMENTARY, VALENTINE'S DAY HIGH TEA

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2016: SCHOOL CLOSED, PRESIDENT'S DAY (WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY OBSERVED)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2016: KINDERGARTEN, 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2016: OPEN HOUSE This is probably the best evening of the school year! Our Open House at Children’s House is an evening that belongs to your children. They are your guides as they show you all the materials and activities they have learned to use at school. It is also an opportunity for you to chat with other parents, the teachers and visit other classrooms. The school will be open from 5:30 to 7:30. You are welcome to arrive at any time and stay as long as you’d like. Please don’t miss this wonderful event!

•CHILDREN'S HOUSE 20th ANNUAL AUCTION AND DINNER - SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016
This is one night you do not want to miss! You received an Auction packet in your parent cubby, with all the details. We also have everything available on the Auction page of our website. PLEASE RETURN YOUR PINK, ITEM DESCRIPTION FORM AND YOUR BLUE, DINNER RESERVATION FORM ASAP!












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•MONDAY, DECEMBER 7 thru FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2015: Scholastic Book Fair in Steve's Barn! The Book Fair continues through 1:00 pm on Friday, Dec. 11th. We will be packing things up on Friday, so be sure to visit this week. The Book Fair is open 8:00 am - 9:15 am, 11:30 - 1:00 pm, and 2:45 - 5:00 pm, every day this week (except Friday). We will also be open evenings from 5:00 - 7:00, Wednesday, Dec. 9th and Thursday, Dec. 10th.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2015 - "TOYS FOR TOTS"
Our annual toy drive has always been a huge success, thanks to all of you! Your amazing generosity continues! Our box is overflowing, but it's not too late to add to the pile. Please bring in your donation of a NEW, UNWRAPPED toy or book with a value of $10.00 or more, or your tax deductible check to Toys for Tots. The collection box will be in the foyer until Monday, December 14, 2015. Thank You!

MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2015 - KINDERGARTEN & UPPER ELEMENTARY FIELD TRIP TO LOAVES & FISHES
Loaves & Fishes is a non-profit organization feeding families in Atascadero and many of the surrounding communities, every week. Holiday time is an especially busy time for them, so each year our Kindergarten and Upper Elementary students help out by taking this little trip to Loaves & Fishes to sort food. Students and drivers will leave school at 9:15 am and return by 11:30 am. Be sure you have signed the permission form on your child's classroom door.


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2015, 9:30 am

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•WINTER BREAK - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2015 - MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2016
School is closed during this time. Enjoy! Students will resume classes on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. Staff will return on Monday, January 4, 2016.

•SAVE THE DATE! CHILDREN'S HOUSE 20th ANNUAL AUCTION AND DINNER - SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016 - THIS WILL BE OUR SECOND YEAR IN STEVE'S BARN!
This is one night you do not want to miss! You will receive an Auction packet in your parent cubby, when you return from Winter Break, with all the details. We will also have everything available on the Auction page of our website, soon after the break. 












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•WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2015: THANKSGIVING PERFORMANCE & POTLUCK...

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•THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26 and FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2015, SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED for the Thanksgiving holiday.




































11/20/15

~COLLECT YOUR JOG-A-THON PLEDGE DONATIONS~


All Primary, Kindergarten and Elementary Parents...


OUR STUDENTS RAN A TOTAL OF 3700 LAPS
(370 MILES)!
WOW!

We are so proud and impressed by the passion, commitment, determination and stamina, of every child who participated in the Jog-A-Thon fundraiser for the must! charities - Food Bank Coalition-Children's Farmers' Market.

A huge thank you to all the parents, family members and alumni who came out to help and participate. It was a great event and a huge success again this year!

We know all of you are now busy collecting the donations. Please write your checks to must! charities and remember, your donation is tax deductible.
We do not need you to return the sponsor sheets. Your donations can be placed in the envelope on the small bulletin board, across from the Lower Elementary classroom door.


Print our "thank you receipts" and fill out for everyone on your pledge list.  
Please have your student fill this out with you.

Please don't hesitate to email if you have any questions. Many, many thanks, once again.


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•NOVEMBER 18 - DECEMBER 4, 2015: ONLINE BOOK FAIR
Our online book fair will run from 11/18 through 12/4. These pre-fair dates allow us to go online, shop at our leisure, and pick up some great books before the holidays (Books will be delivered before winter break). Please visit http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/childrenshousemontessori2. See "Coming in December" below for the "brick and mortar" event coming to Steve's Barn on December 7th!

•FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2015:
JOG-A-THON, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Again this year the entire school (except toddlers) will participate in our 5th Jog-a-Thon. All proceeds will benefit must! charities/The Food Bank Coalition-Children's Farmers' Market Expansion. Parents, you and your child received a Sponsor Sign-up Sheet in your parent cubby. Learn more about must! charities on their website. Last year we raised over $6000.00.

•TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2015
- LOWER ELEMENTARY TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING FEAST
This is a completely separate event from our school wide potluck (see below) and takes place in the lower elementary classroom, ONLY. Lower Elementary parents, please see the food sign-up on the classroom door. If you have any questions, please see Nancy.


•WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2015: THANKSGIVING PERFORMANCE & POTLUCK...


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•THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26 and FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2015, SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED for the Thanksgiving holiday.

COMING IN DECEMBER
•MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2015: Scholastic Book Fair in Steve's Barn!
We are excited to announce that CHMS will host a book fair this year—and it is almost here! The Scholastic Book Fair will begin on Monday, December 7th, and run through Friday, December 11th. It will be located in our spacious Stephen B. Dudley Community Barn.

At the Book Fair, you and your child can review and buy books together for your child’s home library, as well as for your child’s classroom library. To purchase a book for your child’s classroom, simply select one or more “Book Wish Donation Cards” from the “Classroom Wish List” display. (The titles are hand picked by the teachers for their classrooms.) Your gift will be processed—and your child can personalize a bookplate on the inside front cover!

Our Scholastic Book Fair promises to be a great event to promote the love of reading. If you are interested in volunteering for this fun event, please contact Krista Bobbitt at 831-334-3121.

Your book fair reps
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•TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2015: All children (except Toddlers) will be walking to John's Tree for plein aire art lesson with buddies. Please be sure to sign your permission if sign-up is posted on your child's classroom door.

•WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2015: SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED
 for Veteran's Day.

•FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2015: must! charities and the Food Bank will bring a sample Children's Farmer's Market to Children's House. They will be explaining this new fundraiser concept to the children and we will be raising money for this project when we run at our jog-a-thon. Learn more about The Food Bank Coalition - Children's Farmers' Market.

•FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2015: JOG-A-THON, 10:30 - 11:30 am

Again this year the entire school (except toddlers) will participate in our 5th Jog-a-Thon. All proceeds will benefit must! charities/The Food Bank Coalition-Children's Farmers' Market Expansion. Parents, your child will receive a Sponsor sign-up Sheet by Friday, 11/6/2015. Learn more about must! charities on their website. Last year we raised over $6000.00.

•TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2015 - LOWER ELEMENTARY TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING FEAST

This is a completely separate event from our school wide potluck (see below) and takes place in the lower elementary classroom, only. Lower Elementary parents, please see the food sign-up on the classroom door. If you have any questions, please see Nancy.


•WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2015: THANKSGIVING PERFORMANCE & POTLUCK...


•THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26 and FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2015, SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED for the Thanksgiving holiday.

























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We recognize that Halloween (Saturday, Oct. 31) is a great deal of fun for many families and every family has their own traditions. Going on a Sunday excursion to choose a perfect pumpkin may be one. Sitting around the dinner table while Mom or Dad carves a pumpkin and bakes the seeds in the oven, may be another. Of course dressing up with make-up and posing for pictures is a tradition for many.

At Children’s House, however, especially with the younger children, we keep Halloween pretty low key. A mask project or pumpkin carving may be going on or perhaps face painting on Halloween afternoon. The older children learn about the history of the holiday and some variations in various cultures. The upper elementary class will pay tribute to men and women in history and each student will be dressed as a historical person they have researched. They will present a first person report to their classmates and will also take a walk around to the other classrooms and tell the children who they are. This year, they will be making their presentations on Monday, Nov. 2nd.


With the exception of the upper elementary, it is our policy, however, not to have the children come to school in any type of costume. This includes toddlers, primary, kindergarten and lower elementary children. In addition to hampering free movement, it may lead to hurt feelings if some children do not, or cannot participate.

Please remember, it is also a school policy that candy or sweets of any kind NOT be sent to school. It is extremely hard for children to see others bringing “treats”. Please help by passing this information on to any family member who makes the lunch or drives to school.








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PARENTS: PLEASE RETURN YOUR COMPLETED PICTURE DAY ENVELOPE ASAP!
If you do not return a completed envelope, your child's portrait will not be taken and/or you will not receive your child's class photo! This includes siblings taken together. You must fill out another envelope for sibling photos.

Please make every effort to have your child here. This is the only chance you have to insure your child is included in his or her classroom photo. Please return your completed photo envelope with payment, to the basket above the primary/elementary parent cubbies by Friday Oct. 23rd.


•TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27 and WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28 ARE BOTH PICTURE DAYS!
John Alden from J.A Photography, will be taking individual portraits as well as class/group pictures. J.A Photography has been photographing Children's House students for over 25 years.

IMPORTANT PICTURE DAY DETAILS FOR YOUR CHILD’S CLASSROOM:
John will be spending two days at Children's House. On Tuesday, he will shoot individual portraits for the Tuesday/Thursday/Friday toddlers, the Monday thru Friday toddlers, all preschool children and all siblings for the groups listed above, regardless of class. He will also be shooting ALL class photos on Tuesday. Parents of Monday/Wednesday toddler children, please bring your child to school on Tuesday for the class photo at 11:30 am. This time is approximate and you may or may not need to wait for a bit.

On Wednesday, John will shoot individual portraits for the Monday/Wednesday toddlers, all kindergarten and all elementary students.

















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•PARENT PROJECT VOLUNTEER FORMS: YOU RECEIVED A LETTER AND A LAVENDER FORM IN YOUR PARENT CUBBY!

We have lofty goals and great visions for enhancing your children's educational, emotional, and spiritual experiences. In addition to your financial support, your physical support also helps us to realize these goals. Our fundraisers and many of the “jobs” and/or projects can simply not be done without you. As many of you know from years past, your children enjoy having you participate at “their school”. They learn so much from the spirit of dedication and commitment that your support models.
PLEASE RETURN YOUR FORM, WE NEED YOUR HELP!

•FAMILY ROSTER

Our annual school roster will be out in a week or two and will be distributed to all families. Please check one of the rough draft copies, posted on the Toddler or Primary sign-in sheets, by the front door of the Lower and Upper Elementary classrooms, or on the front desk, to make sure all the information is current! Feel free to make any necessary changes. Please initial after you have checked your info (even if everything is correct). Our roster includes email addresses. If you do not wish to include your email on our roster, please let us know.

•TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27 and WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28 ARE BOTH PICTURE DAYS!
John Alden, from J.A Photography, will be taking individual portraits as well as class/group pictures. John has been photographing Children's House students for over 25 years.

IMPORTANT PICTURE DAY DETAILS FOR YOUR CHILD’S CLASSROOM:
John will be spending two days at Children's House. On Tuesday, he will shoot individual portraits for the Tuesday/Thursday/Friday toddlers, the Monday thru Friday toddlers, all preschool children and all siblings for the groups listed above, regardless of class. He will also be shooting ALL class photos on Tuesday. Parents of Monday/Wednesday toddler children, please bring your child to school on Tuesday for the class photo at 11:30 am. This time is approximate and you may or may not need to wait for a bit.

On Wednesday, John will shoot individual portraits for the Monday/Wednesday toddlers, all kindergarten and all elementary students.

Please make every effort to have your child here. This is the only chance you have to insure your child is included in his or her classroom photo. Photo envelopes will be in your Parent Cubby two or three weeks prior to Picture Day.  Please return your completed photo envelope with payment, to the basket above the primary/elementary parent cubbies by Friday, October 23rd. Your child will not be photographed if you do not return envelope with payment.


COMING IN NOVEMBER
•MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2015: Upper Elementary Historical Person Day

•WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2015: SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED
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9/8/15



School has begun and there is so much to do!

There is information in this email, regarding every classroom and every child, so PLEASE READ.
Thanks!

FIRST AND FOREMOST!

WE ARE NOW A PEANUT FREE SCHOOL!
Please do not include peanut butter, peanuts, or any items that contain peanuts,
in your child's lunch or classroom snack!

Other nuts, including tree nuts, are acceptable.
We have a number of students with life-threatening allergies
and feel this is the only way to insure their safety.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this matter.


PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO CHECK YOUR PARENT CUBBY EVERY DAY!
Please look inside the main school building, on either entryway bulletin board, for the list of Parent Cubbies. Your name is listed under your child’s class and your “Box” number is next to your name. Please get in the routine of checking your cubby daily...
**Returning parents: 
You probably have a NEW NUMBER this year, so please check the list!


AND SECOND, ALSO VERY IMPORTANT...
IF YOUR CHILD IS IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CLASSROOMS:
TODDLER, PRIMARY (PRESCHOOL) OR KINDERGARTEN, DO NOT FORGET TO SIGN YOUR CHILD IN WHEN YOU ARRIVE AND SIGN HIM OR HER OUT WHEN YOU LEAVE.

ALSO...

HOT LUNCH "PIZZA DAY"

BEGINS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd
Each year, at Children’s House, we offer a Hot Lunch “Pizza Day” Program. Parents love having a day off from making lunches and the children enjoy this restaurant style novelty. Thanks to Brenda Gates, “Pizza Day” returns again, this year! It will be offered once a week, on Wednesdays, throughout the school year. It will consist of a local, delicious, cheese pizza, a side organic vegetable, organic fruit and juice. The Upper Elementary class will prepare and serve the lunch to all the children who would like to partake. Please watch for your Hot Lunch form in your parent cubby, coming soon.



•REMINDER: Please mark your calendars for the very important PARENT ORIENTATION MEETINGS, scheduled for each classroom. Even if you have had a child in one of these same classes in a previous year, your attendance at the Parent’s Night will give you valuable information regarding THIS year’s plans. We strive to make our school better each year and therefore change the way we schedule our days, use our materials, do homework, etc. We appreciate your questions and your input at this initial meeting so we can begin a wonderful year together of consistency, clarity and on-going communication. Please come!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 7:00 - 8:30 UPPER ELEMENTARY (4th-6th)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 7:00 - 8:30 PM / PRIMARY (PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 7:00 - 8:30 / LOWER ELEMENTARY (1st-3rd)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 7:00 - 8:30 / TODDLER

ALSO COMING UP IN OCTOBER:

•TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27 and WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28 ARE BOTH PICTURE DAYS!

John Alden, from J.A Photography, will be taking individual portraits as well as class/group pictures. John has been photographing Children's House students for over 25 years.

IMPORTANT PICTURE DAY DETAILS FOR YOUR CHILD’S CLASSROOM:
John will be spending two days at Children's House. On Tuesday, he will shoot individual portraits for the Tuesday/Thursday/Friday toddlers, ALL elementary and all siblings for the groups listed above, regardless of class. He will also be shooting ALL class photos on Tuesday. Parents of Monday/Wednesday toddler children, please bring your child to school on Tuesday for the class photo at 11:30 am. This time is approximate and you may or may not need to wait for a bit.

On Wednesday, John will shoot individual portraits for the Monday & Wednesday toddlers and all Monday thru Friday toddlers, all preschool and all kindergarten students.

Please make every effort to have your child here. This is the only chance you have to insure your child is included in his or her classroom photo. Photo envelopes will be in your Parent Cubby a week or two before Picture Day. Please return your completed photo envelope with payment, to the basket above the primary/elementary parent cubbies.

*ALL this information and more is on our website, http://www.childrenshouse.cc/
See Parents section and/or the Calendars section.

Watch for a new issue of the 
The Quailblazer Times coming the end of September.

Children's House Montessori School
3025 Monterey Road
Atascadero, CA 93422
805-466-5068
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Dear Children’s House Families,
We hope you have been enjoying your time together this summer...soon it will be time to begin our 2015/2016 school year and we are looking forward to gathering together once again!

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Visit our blog! We try to bring you events, updates, fun stuff, news from the school and individual classrooms. We also try to include Montessori articles and tidbits from around the world, as well as some of the latest news in education. Check in regularly. We're also on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest, if you'd like to stay connected with us!

We currently have a few half day openings (9-12), Monday thru Friday, in our primary (preschool) classroom. If you have a friend or family member who may be interested, please have them call or email the school.

Kindergarten Parents... REMINDER
Kindergartners need the following immunizations before entry:

·         5 DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough) immunizations
·         4 doses of polio
·         3 doses of hepatitis B
·         2 doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella); and
·         or more doses of varicella (chickenpox)


EVENTS

•FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATIONS FOR TODDLER AND PRESCHOOL CHILDREN
If your child will be here for the first time in September, their teachers will give them an individual 15 to 20 minute orientation on Friday, Sept. 4th. This is a valuable time for them to be introduced to some of the activities in the classroom. Appointments are made on the half hour. If you have not already done so, email us with the half hour you prefer. We will email or call you back only if we must reschedule. We will be on hand both days (Friday and Saturday) to collect any remaining enrollment forms and answer any questions you may have. If your child attended summer school, they do not need an orientation.

•SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
ANNUAL FAMILY GATHERING/POTLUCK
Please join us as we kick off the new school year and gather together for our annual potluck (appetizers and drinks only) on Saturday, Sept. 5. This is an informal open house...come any time between 2:00 and 4:00 pm and bring an appetizer. This is a great opportunity for the children to get acquainted or reacquainted with school, their friends and teachers. It is also a valuable time for parents to see old friends, meet new families, set up carpools and chat with teachers! Hope to see you all here!

*If you still have forms that need to be filled out and returned, please bring them to us before school begins. WE MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING FORMS ON FILE BEFORE YOUR CHILD CAN BEGIN SCHOOL: A CURRENT EMERGENCY FORM, A CURRENT CONSENT FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT FORM, AND A CALIFORNIA IMMUNIZATION FORM. If you have not yet returned your forms, please do so BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. The sooner we can get your child's file completed, the better. It will also make the first week run smoother. Thank you.

•MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2015 - LABOR DAY, CLOSED

•TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2015 - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! (or Wednesday, September 9th, if your child is enrolled Mondays & Wednesdays) 


•REMINDER: Please mark your calendars for the very important PARENT ORIENTATION MEETINGS, scheduled for each classroom. Even if you have had a child in one of these same classes in a previous year, your attendance at the Parent’s Night will give you valuable information regarding THIS year’s plans. We strive to make our school better each year and therefore change the way we schedule our days, use our materials, do homework, etc. We appreciate your questions and your input at this initial meeting so we can begin a wonderful year together of consistency, clarity and on-going communication. Please come!
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 7:00 - 8:30 UPPER ELEMENTARY (4th-6th)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 7:00 - 8:30 PM / PRIMARY (PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 7:00 - 8:30 / LOWER ELEMENTARY (1st-3rd)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 7:00 - 8:30 / TODDLER

•SEPTEMBER TUITION AND THE MATERIALS FEE ARE BOTH DUE ON SEPTEMBER 1 (or by the first day of school, Sept. 8)


Thank you so much for being a part of our Children’s House family, and for sharing your wonderful children with us. We look forward to a great year.




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SPRING PORTRAITS:

PHOTOS WILL BE TAKEN ON TWO DIFFERENT DAYS - 

ON TUESDAY, MAY 12, JOHN OR JASON WILL PHOTOGRAPH THE TUESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY TODDLERS, ALL KINDERGARTEN AND ALL ELEMENTARY STUDENTS AND ALL SIBLINGS FOR GROUPS LISTED ABOVE, REGARDLESS OF CLASS.


ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, JOHN OR JASON WILL PHOTOGRAPH THE MONDAY & WEDNESDAY TODDLERS AND THE MONDAY THRU FRIDAY TODDLERS. HE WILL ALSO PHOTOGRAPH ALL PRESCHOOL STUDENTS, PLUS ALL SIBLINGS FOR GROUPS LISTED ABOVE.

We will not distribute envelopes. All children will be photographed and you will have the option to purchase online at J.A Photography. Class photos are NOT taken at this time.
























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•FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015: CULTURE FAIR-10:30-1:00
We are looking forward to our Culture Fair and hope  you will all be here to celebrate the excitement of the many cultures of the world with your children!

All Toddler and Primary children must have a parent with them at the fair!

Primary parents: you have the option of bringing your child to his or her class at the usual time, 9:00 am and returning by 10:00 to join them for the festivities or you may come to school a little later with your child and enjoy the fair.
Toddler parents: please come with your child at 10:30 and enjoy the fair! We will offer our usual morning extended care at 8:00 am.


The fair will open in our new barn, with singing by students from the primary, kindergarten and elementary classrooms.
The singing will be followed by our traditional flag parade, and then elementary students will share games, crafts and food from the country or culture they have been researching. You can “visit” these countries with your children and learn something about them. As you visit each country booth, help your child get stamps for their passports!

Our back patio will be set up for our “World Foods” potluck! We ask that you please bring a cultural dish to share.

School will close at 1:00


•CHILDREN'S HOUSE 19th ANNUAL AUCTION AND DINNER - SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2015
This is one night you do not want to miss! You received an Auction packet in your parent cubby, with all the details. We also have everything available on the Auction page of our website.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE! RETURN YOUR PINK, ITEM DESCRIPTION FORM AND YOUR BLUE, DINNER RESERVATION FORM ASAP!

















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2/12/15


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2015: LOWER ELEMENTARY, VALENTINE'S DAY HIGH TEA

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2015: SCHOOL CLOSED, PRESIDENT'S DAY (WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY OBSERVED)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015: HANDPRINTS IN CEMENT!
On Wednesday, February 18th, they will be pouring the concrete patio in front of the new building. In keeping with tradition (although it has been about 18 years) :), we would like to capture the children's presence here this year with their hand print forever in our yard!  The concrete should be ready sometime between noon and 1:00. If your child is here all day they will have their hand print done, but if they are not here on Wednesdays or if they go home at noon, we welcome you to bring them during that time. Concrete is temperamental so we can't know the exact time but I think it is safe to say 1:00. Let us know if you plan to come with your child and if it is looking like it will be earlier or later, we can give you a call. Alumni are welcome to leave their hand print as well!

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2015: KINDERGARTEN, 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL
Watch for email from Diana with details.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2015, 5:30-7:30: OPEN HOUSE
This is probably the best evening of the school year! Our Open House at Children’s House is an evening that belongs to your children. They are your guides as they show you all the materials and activities they have learned to use at school. It is also an opportunity for you to chat with other parents, the teachers and visit other classrooms. The school will be open from 5:30 to 7:30. You are welcome to arrive at any time and stay as long as you’d like. Please don’t miss this wonderful event!



TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015: PARENT Q & A WITH UPPER EL AND LOWER EL TEACHERS
3:15 - 3:45 FOR LEVEL THREE PARENTS, We invite you to an informal discussion with our Upper Elementary Teacher, Kristina Prozesky, regarding our Upper Elementary Program. As we ask you to make a decision for your child for next year, we know that you might have questions about what a Montessori Upper Elementary Program looks like. Please come with your questions after school from 3:15-3:45. Daycare for your children will be provided.


3:45 - 4:15 FOR KINDERGARTEN PARENTS, We invite you to an informal discussion with our Lower Elementary Teacher, Bill Ziegler, regarding our Lower Elementary Program. As we ask you to make a decision for your child for next year, we know that you might have questions about what a Montessori Elementary Program looks like. Please come with your questions after school from 3:45-4:15. Daycare for your children will be provided.

MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2015: ENROLLMENT FORM AND DEPOSIT DUE FOR 2015/2016
Please check your parent cubby for your forms.














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12/17/14

•IMPORTANT AUCTION INFORMATION! WE HAVE CHANGED THE DATE (AGAIN)!
OUR PREVIOUS DATE CONFLICTED WITH THE PASO ZIN FEST.
CHILDREN'S HOUSE 19th ANNUAL AUCTION AND DINNER - NEW DATE: SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2015 - THIS YEAR WE WILL HAVE IT RIGHT HERE AT SCHOOL, IN OUR NEW BUILDING!

This is one night you do not want to miss! You will receive an Auction packet in your parent cubby with all the details. We will also have everything available on the Auction page of our website as the date gets closer. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!





























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12/10/14

•PLEASE NOTE: The Jog-a-thon has been postponed to May 22nd

MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2014 - "TOYS FOR TOTS"
Our annual toy drive has always been a huge success, thanks to all of you! Your amazing generosity continues! Our box is overflowing, but it's not too late to add to the pile. Please bring in your donation of a NEW, UNWRAPPED toy or book with a value of $10.00 or more, or your tax deductible check to Toys for Tots. The collection box will be in the foyer until Monday, December 15, 2014. Thank You!

MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2014 - KINDERGARTEN & UPPER ELEMENTARY FIELD TRIP TO LOAVES & FISHES
Loaves & Fishes is a non-profit organization feeding families in Atascadero and many of the surrounding communities, every week. Holiday time is an especially busy time for them, so each year our Kindergarten and Upper Elementary students help out by taking this little trip to Loaves & Fishes to sort food. Students and drivers will leave school at 9:15 am and return by 11:30 am. Be sure you have signed the permission form on your child's classroom door.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17- WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO PICK UP CHAIRS FOR PERFORMANCE
We are hopeful that the performance on the 18th will be held in our new building! If so, we will be borrowing about 100 chairs from Castoro Cellars. We are asking for a few people to help pick the chairs up on Wednesday and bring them back to Castoro on Thursday. If you are available to help us out, please let Korey know. Thanks so very much.


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014, 9:30 am
This is a family event. Please bring your child and plan to stay and enjoy the morning.

Please arrive with your child(ren) sometime before 9:30 am.
Elementary students should arrive by 9:00 am.
There will be no morning extended care.

Your children have been practicing with great excitement, to present a special play, with songs, by the Lower Elementary, with guest appearances by Primary, Kindergarten and Upper Elementary students:

“The League of Super Mentors”.
We will conclude the show
with a sing-a-long and
invite you all to join in with us.

We’ll gather, after the show, for a yummy,
winter-warming potluck. Please sign up to bring...
a pot of soup, chili or stew, a bread item (rolls, bagels, baguette), or a beverage item (hot or cold cider or juice).
We will have a stove set up outside to keep things warm.
Please don’t feel limited, any other type of food is welcome.
We ask you to sign up so we will have plenty of items
from each category.

The sign-up sheet is on the front desk.

School will close at 11:30
Remember to take home all belongings before the 18th.
All jackets and sweatshirts left behind will be donated to a local charity.

WE HOPE YOU ENJOY THE WINTER BREAK WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

School will resume Tuesday, January 6, 2015


•WINTER BREAK - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2014 - MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015
School is closed during this time. Enjoy! Students will resume classes on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Staff will return on Monday, January 5, 2015.

•SAVE THE DATE! CHILDREN'S HOUSE 19th ANNUAL AUCTION AND DINNER - SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015 - THIS YEAR WE WILL HAVE IT RIGHT HERE AT SCHOOL, IN OUR NEW BUILDING!
This is one night you do not want to miss! You will receive an Auction packet in your parent cubby, when you return from Winter Break, with all the details. We will also have everything available on the Auction page of our website, soon after the break.




















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11/20/14

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•THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27 and FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED for the Thanksgiving holiday.













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11/10/14

•TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2014: SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED for Veteran's Day.

•WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2014: All children (except Toddlers) will be walking to John's Tree for plein aire art lesson with buddies. Please be sure to sign your permission if sign-up is posted on your child's classroom door.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2014 - "TOYS FOR TOTS"
THE "TOYS FOR TOTS" DONATION BOX will be here this week! Our annual toy drive has always been a huge success, thanks to all of you! We hope that amazing generosity will continue again, this year! Please bring in your donation of a NEW, UNWRAPPED toy or book with a value of $10.00 or more, or your tax deductible check to Toys for Tots. The collection box will be in the foyer until Monday, December 15, 2014. Thank You!

•JOG-A-THON has been moved from November to FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12th.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014 - THANKSGIVING PERFORMANCE AND POTLUCK - 9:15 am to 11:00 am
This year, as always, we will celebrate Thanksgiving with a family gathering. The children look forward to performing songs, reciting poetry and playing instruments. We will begin at 9:15, in the Primary classroom. Please arrive promptly at 9:15 for this short, but very sweet, recital.

Following the performance, we will gather for a lovely Thanksgiving brunch. Please bring any type of brunch item, such as, quiche, French toast, eggs, breads, baked goods, fruits, etc.
NO NUTS! Please have everything ready to serve. Children’s House will provide the drinks. Bring your food directly to the back patio tables before the performance and enter the Primary classroom through the back playground door. Don’t forget to pick up your plates, platters, bowls and utensils when you leave.
•There will be NO Morning Extended Care

•Toddler children MUST be accompanied by a parent or other adult for the entire event (9:15 to 11:00am).

•For all other classrooms, if you cannot attend, please make arrangements to have your child picked up by 11:00 am.

•School will close at 11:00 am, immediately following our potluck.

•For parents of children in Primary, Kindergarten and Elementary, if your child will not attend, please let us know ahead of time.

•THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27 and FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED for the Thanksgiving holiday.


















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10/7/14

•PARENT PROJECT VOLUNTEER FORMS: YOU RECEIVED A LETTER AND A LAVENDER FORM IN YOUR PARENT CUBBY! 
We have lofty goals and great visions for enhancing your children's educational, emotional, and spiritual experiences. In addition to your financial support, your physical support also helps us to realize these goals. Our fundraisers and many of the “jobs” and/or projects can simply not be done without you. As many of you know from years past, your children enjoy having you participate at “their school”. They learn so much from the spirit of dedication and commitment that your support models.
PLEASE RETURN YOUR FORM, WE NEED YOUR HELP!

•TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14 and WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 ARE BOTH PICTURE DAYS!
Jason from J.A Photography, will be taking individual portraits as well as class/group pictures. J.A Photography has been photographing Children's House students for over 25 years.

IMPORTANT PICTURE DAY DETAILS FOR YOUR CHILD’S CLASSROOM:
Jason will be spending two days at Children's House. On Tuesday, he will shoot individual portraits for the Tuesday/Thursday/Friday toddlers, ALL elementary and all siblings for the groups listed above, regardless of class. He will also be shooting ALL class photos and the “all school” photo on Tuesday. Parents of Monday/Wednesday toddler children, please bring your child to school on Tuesday for the class photo and the “all school” photo at 11:30 am. This time is approximate and you may or may not need to wait for a bit.

On Wednesday, Jason will shoot individual portraits for the Monday & Wednesday toddlers and all Monday thru Friday toddlers, all preschool and all kindergarten students.

Please make every effort to have your child here. This is the only chance you have to insure your child is included in his or her classroom photo. Photo envelopes will be in your Parent Cubby a week or two before Picture Day. Please return your completed photo envelope with payment, to the basket above the primary/elementary parent cubbies by Friday Oct. 10th.

•FAMILY ROSTER
Our annual school roster will be out in a week or two and will be distributed to all families. Please check one of the rough draft copies, posted on the Toddler or Primary sign-in sheets, by the front door of the Lower and Upper Elementary classrooms, or on the front desk, to make sure all the information is current! Feel free to make any necessary changes. Please initial after you have checked your info (even if everything is correct). Our roster includes email addresses. If you do not wish to include your email on our roster, please let us know.











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9/9/14

School has begun and there is so much to do!

There is information in this email, regarding every classroom and every child, so PLEASE READ.
Thanks!

FIRST AND FOREMOST!
PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO CHECK YOUR PARENT CUBBY EVERY DAY!
Please look inside the main school building, on either entryway bulletin board, for the list of Parent Cubbies. Your name is listed under your child’s class and your “Box” number is next to your name. Please get in the routine of checking your cubby daily...
**Returning parents: 
You probably have a NEW NUMBER this year, so please check the list!


AND SECOND, ALSO VERY IMPORTANT...
IF YOUR CHILD IS IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CLASSROOMS:
TODDLER, PRIMARY (PRESCHOOL) OR KINDERGARTEN, DO NOT FORGET TO SIGN YOUR CHILD IN WHEN YOU ARRIVE AND SIGN HIM OR HER OUT WHEN YOU LEAVE.

ALSO...
"DRINKS FOR LUNCH"
In past years, we have noticed so much waste at lunch time with packaged juice containers. The “throw away packaging”, we feel, does not help your child learn the necessity of recycling and the amount of juice that literally goes down the drain is costing parents money. We offer juice or milk for your children for less than 35¢ per day, if you pay for the entire year. Please complete a “Drinks for Lunch: Order Form” and return with payment to the basket on the front desk. Make check payable to Children's House. Please note, our “drinks for lunch” program, is completely optional!

AND
HOT LUNCH "PIZZA DAY"
BEGINS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th
Each year, at Children’s House, we offer a Hot Lunch “Pizza Day” Program. Parents love having a day off from making lunches and the children enjoy this restaurant style novelty. Thanks to the Brenda Gates, “Pizza Day” returns again, this year! It will be offered once a week, on Wednesdays, throughout the school year. It will consist of a local, delicious, cheese pizza, a side organic vegetable, organic fruit and juice. The Upper Elementary class will prepare and serve the lunch to all the children who would like to partake. WE MUST HEAR FROM EVERY FAMILY, EVEN IF YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR CHILD TO PARTICIPATE. You will find a Hot Lunch form on our website or in your parent cubby by Friday.  Please complete the form and return with payment by Tuesday, Sept. 16th. Make check payable to Brenda Gates. We will begin the program on September 17th, so we would greatly appreciate your immediate response. Thanks.



•REMINDER: Please mark your calendars for the very important PARENT ORIENTATION MEETINGS, scheduled for each classroom. Even if you have had a child in one of these same classes in a previous year, your attendance at the Parent’s Night will give you valuable information regarding THIS year’s plans. We strive to make our school better each year and therefore change the way we schedule our days, use our materials, do homework, etc. We appreciate your questions and your input at this initial meeting so we can begin a wonderful year together of consistency, clarity and on-going communication. Please come!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 7:00 - 8:30 UPPER ELEMENTARY (4th-6th)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 7:00 - 8:30 / PRIMARY (PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 7:00 - 8:30 / LOWER ELEMENTARY (1st-3rd)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 7:00 - 8:30 / TODDLER

•UPPER ELEMENTARY PRODUCE BAG FUNDRAISER BEGINS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23.
WATCH FOR EMAIL WITH DETAILS.

ALSO COMING UP IN OCTOBER:

•UPPER ELEMENTARY FIELD TRIP: THREE DAYS ABOARD THE TALL SHIP, TOLE MOUR

•TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14 and WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 ARE BOTH PICTURE DAYS!

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8/29/14

Dear Children’s House Families,
We hope you have been enjoying your time together this summer...soon it will be time to begin our 2014/2015 school year and we are looking forward to gathering together once again!

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Visit our blog! We try to bring you events, updates, fun stuff, news from the school and individual classrooms. We also try to include Montessori articles and tidbits from around the world, as well as some of the latest news in education. Check in regularly. We're also on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, if you'd like to stay connected with us!

Watch for Volume II of our monthly newsletter, The Quailblazer Times. The Quailblazer is full of fun articles and photos about what is going on at Children's House. It will start again in September or October.

We currently have a few openings in our toddler and primary (preschool) classrooms. If you have a friend or family member who may be interested, please have them call or email the school.

Dori Stone will offer piano and recorder lessons in the art room this year. Our former piano teacher, Kelly Cone, moved out of the area. Dori's siblings are Children's House alumni and she is excited to be part of our CHMS family, once again. If you are interested, please contact Dori.
Email: doristone2008 at gmail dot com / Phone: (805) 235-5547

FAMILY POTLUCK CANCELLED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION - Read letter from Korey, below.

Kindergarten Parents... REMINDER

Kindergartners need the following immunizations before entry:
·         5 DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough) immunizations
·         4 doses of polio
·         3 doses of hepatitis B
·         2 doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella); and
·         or more doses of varicella (chickenpox)

EVENTS
•THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
NEW STUDENT ORIENTATIONS FOR PRESCHOOL CHILDREN
If your child will be here for the first time in September, their teachers will give them an individual 15 to 20 minute orientation on Thursday, Sept. 4th, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. This is a valuable time for them to be introduced to some of the activities in the classroom. Appointments are made on the half hour. If you have not already done so, email us with the half hour you prefer. We will email or call you back only if we must reschedule. If your child attended summer school, they do not need an orientation. We will be on hand (Thursday thru Saturday) to collect any remaining enrollment forms and answer any questions you may have.

•FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
NEW STUDENT ORIENTATIONS TODDLER, KINDERGARTEN & CHILDREN
If your child will be here for the first time in September, their teachers will give them an individual 15 to 20 minute orientation on Friday, Sept. 5th, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. This is a valuable time for them to be introduced to some of the activities in the classroom. Appointments are made on the half hour. If you have not already done so, email us with the half hour you prefer. We will email or call you back only if we must reschedule. If your child attended summer school, they do not need an orientation. We will be on hand both days (Friday and Saturday) to collect any remaining enrollment forms and answer any questions you may have.

•SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2:00 - 4:00 PM ANNUAL FAMILY GATHERING/POTLUCK
***CANCELLED*** PLEASE READ LETTER FROM KOREY, BELOW


Dear Children's House Families,

I have very exciting news!! Our construction on the new Multi-purpose Room / Playground / Parking lot remodel is in full swing! For those of you who have not heard, we have been working tirelessly on this vision for over 2 years now. It hit me at our Thanksgiving Performance a few years ago when parents were standing out in the cold or in the adjoining classroom, peering around shoulders and through windows to try to watch their child perform. I was sad and I knew that we needed to do something about it! Also, there isn't a day that goes by at school when we could not use a place to gather as a school community or practice a performance or work on a large project. 


So I started talking to friends / parents who are engineers and architects and the pencils began to fly. Our "in house" Civil Engineer, Harry Hamilton and Architect, Jennifer Rennick have been more than instrumental. Over the first months, we thought of making a second story, attaching it to the Kindergarten classroom or putting it on the basketball court. Finally, we found a cozy spot nestled among the oak trees in the back of the playground. This building will be about 2,000 square feet and will have two small "back stage" areas, a stage, an open kitchen and a 30 ft. sliding glass pocket door. 


Much to my dismay, however, it wasn't at all simple. The city took this opportunity to scrutinize the existing building and grounds and require updates on all ADA codes. This has taken over a year to get it to the City of Atascadero's satisfaction and it meant completely remodeling our parking lot, purchasing a new, up to current code, play structure and remodeling existing bathrooms.  We had hoped to begin construction in the Spring, or at the latest, in June, but we FINALLY got our permit and loan on the very last day of Summer School, August 15. 


Our contractor is Jason Manske and he has gone to town. He knows that we have a window of 3 weeks between Summer School and the first day of school to tear up and rebuild a beautiful new parking lot. Meanwhile, the playground also needs to get graded and the foundation for the building done, so we can have a new lawn and playground for the children as soon as possible. So it is a blast to watch. I am trying to learn my vocabulary of back hoes, excavators, bulldozers, etc because they are all here, ripping and tearing and filling and smoothing. It is a sight and I'm actually sorry that your children are not here to watch. 


So what does this mean for the start of school? Although we hope to have the parking lot asphalted, it will be close. The lawn will not be ready that first week of school and our new play structure still needs to be delivered and installed. The construction zone will, of course, be fenced off, but my guess is that the children are going to want to spend their recess time watching the construction anyway. :)


We have decided, however, that we have to cancel our Back to School Potluck on September 6th. There is just not enough room or things for the children to do to make it worthwhile. I am so sorry if this is a disappointment for anyone.  

Having said that, IF the play equipment arrives in time and IF the City of Atascadero issues us the Play Structure Permit (yes, there is one of those) I would love to try to get the new equipment in before school begins. PLEASE let me know if you are available that Saturday to be a part of the very important and prestigious (to your children)
Play Equipment Installation Team!  We have an excavator (I think it's an excavator) available to dig our holes and concrete available from the contractor, so those more grueling jobs are taken care of. It will be more like putting together a big erector set! SO FUN!!  So PLEASE email me back and let me know if you are in!  If we cannot install on Saturday, September 6th, we will try for the following week-end or perhaps during the week. If you could let us know your general availability, that would be awesome.

So please feel free to come by. We are here working, although we have to hike through the dirt from the street to get here. :)  It would be great fun for your children to see the transition and all it takes to make our school new and beautiful!!!


I hope to hear from many of you regarding the Play Structure Installation! Otherwise, we will see you for new student orientation or on September 8th, the first day of school! Cheers and looking forward to an exciting and wonderful new school year!


Korey

 
Korey Dudley
Children's House Montessori School
3025 Monterey Road
Atascadero, CA 93422
(805) 466-5068
www.childrenshouse.cc


*If you still have forms that need to be filled out and returned, please bring them to us before school begins. WE MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING FORMS ON FILE BEFORE YOUR CHILD CAN BEGIN SCHOOL: A CURRENT EMERGENCY FORM, A CURRENT CONSENT FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT FORM, AND A CALIFORNIA IMMUNIZATION FORM. If you have not yet returned your forms, please do so BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. The sooner we can get your child's file completed, the better. It will also make the first week run smoother. Thank you.

•MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!

•REMINDER: Please mark your calendars for the very important PARENT ORIENTATION MEETINGS, scheduled for each classroom. Even if you have had a child in one of these same classes in a previous year, your attendance at the Parent’s Night will give you valuable information regarding THIS year’s plans. We strive to make our school better each year and therefore change the way we schedule our days, use our materials, do homework, etc. We appreciate your questions and your input at this initial meeting so we can begin a wonderful year together of consistency, clarity and on-going communication. Please come!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 7:00 - 8:30 UPPER ELEMENTARY (4th-6th)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 7:00 - 8:30 / PRIMARY (PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 7:00 - 8:30 / LOWER ELEMENTARY (1st-3rd)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 7:00 - 8:30 / TODDLER

•SEPTEMBER TUITION AND THE MATERIALS FEE ARE BOTH DUE ON SEPTEMBER 1 (or by the first day of school, Sept. 8)

Thank you so much for being a part of our Children’s House family, and for sharing your wonderful children with us. We look forward to a great year.

Korey and Staff
Children's House Montessori School

3025 Monterey Rd
Atascadero, CA 93422
805-466-5068
www.childrenshouse.cc
office@childrenshouse.cc
























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EVENTS
•FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014: LAST DAY TO PICK UP YOUR FREE PARENT TICKETS FOR BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!

•FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014:
STATE TESTING CONCLUDES FOR LEVELS 4-6

•MONDAY, MAY 12: PLAY PRACTICE BEGINS FOR ALL ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

Dear Elementary Parents,
Beginning this Monday, Erik Austin will be here for our Beauty and the Beast rehearsals. This year, we are performing our play the same weekend as the Montessori Children's School in SLO. That means that Erik will be dividing his time between the two schools during the three weeks. Therefore, since we will have him half as much time, we are asking that your children be here for every rehearsal. He will be with us just one day, ALL DAY, so PLEASE do not have your child be absent on that day. When he is here in the mornings, he will begin at 8:45 sharp. Please have your children here by 8:45 so they do not miss warm-ups.
Here is the schedule:
Monday, May 12:  8:45-11:15
Tuesday, May 13:  12:15-2:45
Wednesday, May 14:  8:45-11:15
Thursday, May 15: 12:15-2:45
Friday, May 16:  DAY OFF

Monday, May 19: 8:45-11:15

Tuesday, May 20: 12:15-2:45
Wednesday, May 21: 8:45-11:15
Thursday, May 22: 12:15-2:45
Friday, May 23: ALL DAY!

Monday, May 26: Memorial Day. No School

Tuesday, May 27: 12:15-2:45 here / 
**   8:00-9:00 Set up at the SLO VENUE:
**Wednesday, May 28: 9:30-12:00 in SLO!! (Need Parent Drivers)

**Thursday, May 29: 12:00-2:30 in SLO!! (Need Parent Drivers)
**Friday, May 30: 9:30-12:00 Dress Rehearsal in SLO!!! (Need Parent Drivers) Afternoon off for actors to rest up
5:00-6:30: Arrival and Costume/Make-up time to be announced
6:30: Performance Begins!
8:00-8:30 PLEASE STAY TO CLEAN UP! Pizza Dinner at Woodstocks or Frozen Yogurt Downtown if there is an interest!
**Sunday, June 1: 2:00-3:00: Break down sets/ clean up!


** NEED PARENT VOLUNTEERS!!

•MONDAY, MAY 12 THRU FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014: 
STATE TESTING FOR LEVELS 2-3

•TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014 AND WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2014- SPRING PORTRAITS:

PHOTOS WILL BE TAKEN ON TWO DIFFERENT DAYS - ON TUESDAY, MAY 13, JOHN OR JASON WILL PHOTOGRAPH THE TUESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY TODDLERS, ALL KINDERGARTEN AND ALL ELEMENTARY STUDENTS AND ALL SIBLINGS FOR GROUPS LISTED ABOVE, REGARDLESS OF CLASS.

ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, JOHN OR JASON WILL PHOTOGRAPH THE MONDAY & WEDNESDAY TODDLERS AND THE MONDAY THRU FRIDAY TODDLERS. HE WILL ALSO PHOTOGRAPH ALL PRESCHOOL STUDENTS, PLUS ALL SIBLINGS FOR GROUPS LISTED ABOVE.
We will not distribute envelopes. All children will be photographed and you will have the option to purchase online at J.A Photography. Class photos are NOT taken at this time.

•MONDAY, MAY 26, 2014: MEMORIAL DAY, SCHOOL CLOSED

•FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014: "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST", 6:30pm, SLO LIBRARY EVENT ROOM

COMING UP...
•THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL/ GRADUATION CEREMONIES
Please join us at 10:00 am, on Thursday, June 12th, for our Graduation Ceremonies and Last Day of School celebration!

To start things off:
•The children will sing a few songs to end the school year!

Our ceremony continues:
•Kindergartners will graduate from the Primary 3-6 Class
•Third Year students graduate from the Early Elementary 6-9 Class
•Sixth Year students graduate from the Upper Elementary 9-12 Class

A BBQ hot dog lunch, for all the children, will follow the ceremony.

For Elementary children, our school day and school year end at this time. If you cannot attend, please be here by 12:00 to pick up your child.

All Toddler and Primary children must have a parent or guardian accompany them for the day's festivities. Toddler and Primary children, scheduled this day, are welcome to come at 9:00 a.m., as usual, however, at 10:00 a.m. their teachers will be going outside to join the rest of the school.

Thank you in advance for a wonderful school year.

Volunteer hot dog grillers would be most welcome!

We will have morning extended care, as usual.











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4/7/14


•THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014 - ENROLLMENT FORM AND DEPOSIT DUE FOR 2014/2015

•ENROLLMENT FORMS and THEMES FOR SUMMER 2014

COMING SOON! 

•FRIDAY, APRIL 11 - FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014: SPRING RECESS, SCHOOL CLOSED


•MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014: SCHOOL RESUMES

•MONDAY, APRIL 21 - FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014: LOWER ELEMENTARY YOUNG AUTHORS FAIR & YOUNG AUTHORS FAIR RECEPTION TUESDAY, APRIL 22
Annual Young Authors Fair & "Meet the Authors" Book Viewing & Reception! Lower Elementary student's picture books will be on display for the Young Authors Fair in the school coffee shop from Monday, April 21, thru Friday, April 25. During the week, the authors will be reading their books to small groups of younger children in other classrooms.

We will be hosting families, staff, and visiting classrooms at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in the coffee shop for a “Meet the Authors” Book Viewing and Reception. Let us know if you would like to provide any snacks or refreshments for this event.

These picture books are truly literary and artistic masterpieces and we hope everyone can visit, meet the authors, and read some great books.

Upper Elementary students will host their own fair from June 2-5, 2014.

Tentative... Both Lower and Upper Elementary students will be visiting the Atascadero Library on {date to be announced}. The books will then be on display for several weeks in the Children’s Section of the library the following week. Please do not allow your child to take his or her book home until after the Atascadero Library showing.


•FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014: ANNUAL CHMS MUSIC RECITAL, 1:15-3:00 p.m.

Because there are so many talented musicians and singers in our Elementary Program, we have set aside this date for just musical performances (including karaoke) or low key performances (such as a ballet dance) that would be challenging to carry well outdoors at the campout. For those Elementary students wishing to showcase their comedic or dramatic talents, we are asking them to bring these acts to our Plaskett Creek Campout show (we never seem to get enough acts). We will have an official signup for the recital after the Spring Break. Those students wishing to perform are encouraged to plan and rehearse during Spring Break.
















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3/14/2014

EVENTS

TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014, 5:30 - 7:30 pm: OPEN HOUSE
This is probably the best evening of the school year! Our Open House at Children’s House is an evening that belongs to your children. They are your guides as they show you all the materials and activities they have learned to use at school. It is also an opportunity for you to chat with other parents, the teachers and visit other classrooms. The school will be open from 5:30 to 7:30. You are welcome to arrive at any time and stay as long as you’d like. Please don’t miss this wonderful event!

FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014: SPRING CLEANING - TEACHER FAMILY WORK DAY!
As designated on the School Calendar, Friday, March 21 is a Staff Work Day. IF you are available, however, we invite you to join us with your children to fix up the school and build an even greater sense of community with your children and their classmates and teachers. We will be celebrating by working in our playground, garden, chicken coop and classrooms! School is NOT in session on this day, however, the staff will be here working and we invite you and your children to join us.

Sign up sheet is on the front desk, please RSVP.



COMING UP...

•ENROLLMENT FORMS FOR 2014/2015, COMING SOON!

•FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014: CULTURE FAIR
We are looking forward to our Culture Fair and hope  you will all be here to celebrate the excitement of the many cultures of the world with your children!

All Toddler and Primary children must have a parent with them at the fair!

You have the option of bringing your child to his or her class at the usual time, 9:00 am and returning by 10:15 to join them for the festivities or you may come to school a little later with your child and enjoy the fair. We will offer our usual morning extended care at 8:00 am.

The fair will open with singing by students from the primary, kindergarten and elementary classrooms.
The singing will be followed by our traditional flag parade, and then elementary students will share games, crafts and food from the country or culture they have been researching. You can “visit” these countries with your children and learn something about them. As you visit each country booth, help your child get stamps for their passports!

Our patio will be set up for our "World Foods" potluck! We ask that you please bring a cultural dish to share.

School will close at 1:00

•SUNDAY, APRIL 6 - FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014: UPPER ELEMENTARY FIELD TRIP TO WASHINGTON D.C.

•FRIDAY, APRIL 11 - APRIL 18, 2014: SPRING RECESS, SCHOOL CLOSED

•MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014: SCHOOL RESUMES


IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE
•FRIDAY NIGHT, MAY 30TH: END OF YEAR PERFORMANCE. This is a new date. More info coming soon!





























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2/4/2014

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2014: SCHOOL CLOSED, LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY OBSERVED



TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm “THE MONTESSORI GEOMETRY MATERIALS”
The child should love everything he learns. Whatever is presented to him must be made beautiful and clear.” 
- Dr. Maria Montessori

Join us on Tuesday, February 11th at 6:30 p.m., for a captivating look at the sequence of Montessori's Geometry materials! We will begin with the Sensorial materials in the Primary classroom and take you through the lessons in Lower and Upper Elementary...
Do you know the "Seven Triangles of Reality" and the names of all the Polygons? If you want to keep up with your children, you will want to attend!


Please sign your name on your child’s classroom door whether or not you are able to attend. Child care will not be provided. We hope to see you here!

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2014: SCHOOL CLOSED, PRESIDENT'S DAY (WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY OBSERVED)



•CHILDREN'S HOUSE 18th ANNUAL AUCTION AND DINNER - SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014
This is one night you do not want to miss! You received an Auction packet in your parent cubby, with all the details. We also have everything available on the Auction page of our website.

WE NEED DONATIONS! IT'S NOT TOO LATE! PLEASE EMAIL OR RETURN 
PINK, ITEM DESCRIPTION FORM

THE PRICE GOES UP AFTER FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH! RETURN YOUR 
BLUE, DINNER RESERVATION FORM NOW!



IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE: OUR SPRING CLEANING DAY HAS BEEN CHANGED TO FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014
















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1/28/2014

MONDAY, JANUARY 27 - FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 - PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
If you have not yet signed up, please do so. If you do not see a sign-up sheet posted on, or next to, the door of your child's classroom, please see your child's teacher. Remember, there is no school for all students on Friday, Jan. 31. Please try to schedule your conference on Friday. If Friday will not work for you, please see the alternative schedule for your child's teacher, Monday thru Thursday (1/27 - 1/30) or speak to the teacher to arrange a convenient time and date. School resumes Monday, February 3, 2014.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2014 - SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED FOR ALL STUDENTS - PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
*IMPORTANT NOTE: We will NOT provide Extended Care, on Friday, before 9:00 or after 3:00.

•CHILDREN'S HOUSE 18th ANNUAL AUCTION AND DINNER - SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014
This is one night you do not want to miss! You received an Auction packet in your parent cubby, with all the details. We also have everything available on the Auction page of our website.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE! RETURN YOUR 
PINK, ITEM DESCRIPTION FORM AND YOUR BLUE, DINNER RESERVATION FORM ASAP!

IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE: OUR SPRING CLEANING DAY HAS BEEN CHANGED TO FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014

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1/8/2014

CANCELLED - TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm “THE MONTESSORI GEOMETRY MATERIALS”
The child should love everything he learns. Whatever is presented to him must be made beautiful and clear.” 
- Dr. Maria Montessori

Join us on Tuesday, January 14th at 6:30 p.m., for a captivating look at the sequence of Montessori's Geometry materials! We will begin with the Sensorial materials in the Primary classroom and take you through the lessons in Lower and Upper Elementary...
Do you know the "Seven Triangles of Reality" and the names of all the Polygons? If you want to keep up with your children, you will want to attend!


Please sign your name on your child’s classroom door whether or not you are able to attend. Child care will not be provided. We hope to see you here!

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2014, 9:00 AM: AUCTION COMMITTEE MEETING
...in the coffee shop

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2014, 2:00-3:00 PM: KINDERGARTEN AND ELEMENTARY STUDENTS HONOR MARTIN LUTHER KING

•MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014: MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, SCHOOL CLOSED

MONDAY, JANUARY 20 - FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 - PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
If you have not yet signed up, please do so. A sign-up sheet is posted on, or next to, the door of your child's classroom. Remember, there is no school for all students on Friday, Jan. 31. Please try to schedule your conference on Friday. If Friday will not work for you, please see the alternative schedule for your child's teacher, Monday thru Thursday (1/20 - 1/30) or speak to the teacher to arrange a convenient time and date. School resumes Monday, February 3, 2014.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2014 - SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED FOR ALL STUDENTS - PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
*IMPORTANT NOTE: 
We will NOT provide Extended Care, on Friday, before 9:00 or after 3:00.

•CHILDREN'S HOUSE 18th ANNUAL AUCTION AND DINNER - SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014
This is one night you do not want to miss! You received an Auction packet in your parent cubby, with all the details. We also have everything available on the Auction page of our website. PLEASE RETURN YOUR PINK, ITEM DESCRIPTION FORM AND YOUR BLUE, DINNER RESERVATION FORM ASAP!