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Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School

Parent Newsletter
MVMPCS CALENDAR:
Fri., 12/202 hour early dismissal at 12:45 p.m., Pre-School/Pre-K dismiss at 11:30 a.m., Lunches served on an early schedule and No after care. Mon., 12/23Wed., 1/1School Closed for Winter Break! Fri., 1/10End of Term 2, Semester 1 Mon., 1/13School ClosedTeacher Work Day Thurs., 1/16 MLK Celebration at Gov. TJ High, 7:00 p.m. MVMPCS Chorus is singing Mon., 1/20School ClosedDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday observance. Fri., 1/24Talent Show Rehearsal, 3:004:30 p.m., Sanctuary Fri., 1/31Talent Show Rehearsal, 3:00 4:30 p.m., Sanctuary

December 19, 2013


FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Families, In our past newsletters, I have been talking about absenteeism at MVMPCS and ways the community can improve our overall attendance percentage. In this newsletter I would like to talk about students that are late to school and its impact on learning. In the Montessori classroom, the morning is dedicated to an uninterrupted three hour work cycle. When students are late to school the work cycle is interrupted or delayed. Below is the description of what happens during the three hour morning work time. This was included in the presentation to parents in Montessori 101 by Ms. Venus at Back to School Night.

2-HOUR EARLY DISMISSAL TOMORROW FRIDAY, DEC. 20 AT 12:45 P.M. Students in K8th grade will be dismissed tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 20 at 12:45 p.m. for a teacher work session. (PreK and PreSchool will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. at the regular time.) Lunch will be served on an early schedule. There will be NO aftercare. ENJOY A PEACEFUL HOLIDAY BREAK AND HAVE A HAPPY, HEALTHY NEW YEAR! FROM THE ART ROOM Dear Parents, Student work will continue to be posted on the website www.artsonia.com with parental permission. If you are not familiar with the website, it is an online gallery and a great resource to view student artwork, and to purchase customized products. I will send emails to parents whose child/children are missing permission for posting. Please be aware that if permission was granted in the past and you no longer want your childs artwork to be posted, contact me by email at: Elizabeth.benefiel@fcps.org. The first projects to be posted are fall leaves by Upper Elementary students! We have collected enough yogurt and cereal boxes! Thank you to everyone who contributed. We are still in need of toilet and paper towel rolls though!

Work cycle: Through years of observation around the world, Maria Montessori understood that children, when left in freedom, displayed a distinct work cycle that was so predictable, it could even be graphed. This cycle, with two peaks and one valley, lasted approximately three hours. In Montessori schools, children have three hours of open, uninterrupted time to choose independent work, become deeply engaged, and repeat to their own satisfaction.
False Fatigue: A phenomenon observed in Montessori classrooms around the worldoften at approximately 10 a.m. The children seem to lose interest in work, their behavior becomes disorderly and the noise level rises. It may appear as if the children are tired. However, if the directress understands this is simply false fatigue, they will return to work on their own and their work will be at an even higher level than before. Great Work: Involves the most concentrated and focused type of child chosen activities. This is the ultimate goal of the prepared environment and the balance of freedom and responsibility. Lets make a New Years resolution as a community to be at school every day and on time. Have a wonderful winter break. See you on January 2nd.

Elizabeth Benefiel Art Teacher K-8


MVMPCS ATTENDANCE YEAR TO DATE: 96.45% MD STATE REQUIRED ATTENDANCE: 94%

*Send absence notes to: Rose.Shapiro@fcps.org

Cita King

MVMPCS NEWSLETTER
CHECK THE LOST AND FOUND Now that the cooler weather is here, be sure to check the lost and found periodically for discarded jackets, hats, and other missing valuables. The lost and found is located in an alcove past the computer lab before going into the Sanctuary. In addition, we have small miscellaneous items in the office.

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ITS NOT TOO LATE TO PURCHASE MVMPCS MEMORABILIA!

Overstock clearance! MVMPCS keepsakes are available for purchase in limited quantity. If youve been meaning to purchase any of the following items, now is your chance!

DONATIONS WANTED HEALTH ROOM: Tissues are in high demand during this time of the year and the Health Room would appreciate any donations!

Vintage Blue School T-Shirts, $15available in sizes Youth X-Small, Youth Large and Adult SXL KidStuff Coupon Books 2013-14, $25 School Yearbooks 2012-13, $15 School Yearbooks 2011-12, 2010-11, 2009-10, 2006-07, $10 School Panoramic Photo 2012-13, $15

Checks should be made payable to MVMPCS. See Debbie Miller in the school office to purchase any of the items.
Health Tip of the Month

SAVE THE DATE MMCI TALENT SHOW & DINNER FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2014, 5:00 P.M.

The day is quickly arriving for our annual MMCI Talent Show & Dinner! It's time to "get your acts together"!
PLEASE SAVE THE DATE! Friday, February 7, 2014 starting at 5:00 p.m . Tickets will go on sale mid-January. "Try out" info coming soon... If you have any questions, please contact Dina Karakus at: dinakarakus@hotmail.com Thanks, Stacey Flowers & Jen Anderson MVMS Volunteer Committee

Did you know that one of the most effective ways to stay healthy is also the easiest and least expensive? Good hand washing is the best way to prevent many common illnesses. Teaching children when and how to wash their hands can help to keep them and the rest of the family healthy.
Remind children when to wash their hands: After sneezing, blowing their nose or coughing Before eating After using the bathroom After playing outside Before going to bed

DO YOU HAVE MVMPCS LIBRARY QUESTIONS? If you have questions regarding lost books, replacement costs, or book donations please email Kelly Robertson at: kelly.robertson@fcps.org.

Show children how to properly wash their hands: Wet hands and forearms with warm water Lather with soap and scrub for 15-30 seconds Rinse hands and forearms Dry hands and forearms with paper towels Use paper towels to turn off faucet and open door after washing in public restrooms
Encouraging good hand washing habits is an easy way to promote good health for us all.